Review: Specialized Andorra Short

The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.

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Bike Test: Cannondale Jekyll Ultimate


By Joe Parkin Cannondale Jekyll Ultimate $8,000 / cannondale.com Maybe it’s just me, but Cannondale’s new Jekyll is one powerful finalist in the Most Anxiously Awaited New Bike category for 2011. Perhaps it’s the unique and complex Fox Racing Shox DYAD RT2 rear shock that can change the Jekyll’s rear-travel characteristics at the flip of […]

Bike Test: Intense M9-FRO


By Brice Minnigh Intense M9-FRO $3,150 (frame with Cane Creek Double Barrel shock) / intensecycles.com When we first began riding this blood-red Intense M9-FRO almost a year ago, we were so blown away by its penchant for pure speed that we likened it to Slayer and Sepultura: Fast, uncompromising and relentless. After several months—and many […]

Bike Test: Specialized Safire FSR Pro


Specialized Safire FSR Pro $4,500 / specialized.com

Bike Test: Jamis Dakar XCT 4


Before testing the Dakota D29 hardtail for this year’s Bible of Bike Tests, I hadn’t climbed aboard one of Jamis’ offerings for a long time. In fact, the last time I can remember goes all the way back to when this magazine was a toddling two-year old. I enjoyed the company’s hardtail 29er so much that I jumped at the chance to see what they’re capable of in the full-squish department. Jamis did not disappoint.

Bike Test: Tomac Supermatic 120-1


One of the newest additions to the growing Tomac line is the Supermatic 120. This new trail bike wrangles 4.7 inches of rear suspension out of an all-carbon frame that weighs just five pounds (including rear shock). So, yeah, it’s damn light. The real motivator, however, behind building the Supermatic out of carbon was to boost stiffness. Joel Smith, Tomac Bikes’ owner and principle designer, has said that his goal with the Supermatic 120 was to create “a trail bike with cross-country sensibilities and downhill capabilities.” It took just a few miles of particularly nasty singletrack to confirm that this is more than just idle talk.

Bike Test: Dual Review – Rocky Mountain Element 70 MSL


From the Designer The Element MSL is designed to be one of the stiffest and lightest 120-millimeter bikes on the market while still retaining the qualities that Rocky Mountain is known for: race pedigree, rough-and-tumble durability and technical descending prowess. By developing some new technologies, we were able to hit our performance targets and create a bike that rides like a Rocky should. —D'Arcy O'Connor

Bike Test: Norco Range 2


The Range is Norco’s new all-mountain model. Bucking the carbon-fiber trend (for now, at least), Norco crafts the Range’s carcass out of 6061-aluminum. The main frame is a sexy mix of hydroformed tubes replete with nice touches, including integrated dropper-post cable guides and a set of finger holds, molded into the rocker link, which allow for easier portaging during hike-a-bikes.

Bike Test: Breezer Cloud 9 Ltd


Lively and carbon are two words not often used in the same sentence unless prefaced by the word ‘not.’ Somehow, however, Joe Breeze managed to meld these words nicely together. The bike had a playful feel, when pushed through corners and mobbed though rock gardens, usually reserved for steel or high-end aluminum frames.

Bike Test: Dual Review – Intense Tracer 29


We wanted to make a 29er for the non-29er crowd—no disrespect intended—a burly 29er that was made to thrash and play, yet still had the finesse to hammer uphill and on the flats. We wanted to build a bike that would be ahead of its time and would define the category. —Jeff Steber

Bike Test: Devinci Wilson RC


The completely redesigned Devinci Wilson is a radical departure from previous incarnations of its downhill platform.

Bike Test: Specialized Epic Comp Carbon 29er


It was no surprise when Specialized issued a 29er version of the Epic last year. If ever there was a bike that cried out for a big-wheel makeover, it was this one. The Epic is a dyed-in-the-wool racer.

Bike Test: Yeti SB-66 Pro


By Brice Minnigh Yeti SB-66 Pro $6,150 / yeticycles.com We at Bike were among the first few journalists in the world to get some shred time on Yeti’s brand new all-mountain bike, the SB-66 Pro—which features a completely redesigned suspension platform intended to make it the company’s best-pedaling bike to date. In what felt like […]

Inspired Launches Danny MacAskill Signature Trials Bike


Source: Inspired Bicycles Inspired Bicycles recently announced the launch of Danny MacAskill’s signature “Skye” 24-inch street bike. Named after the small Scottish island where MacAskill grew up, the Skye has been developed to meet the specific demands of today’s progressive street and trials riders. Continual testing and feedback from MacAskill, as well as Inspired’s prior […]

Bike Test: Turner DHR


Scroll down for video from a day of testing on the Turner DHR. Tester 1: Joe Parkin Years Riding: 28 Test Locales: Whistler & Southern California One of the greatest benefits to being the editor of this magazine is that whenever I feel a strong desire to review a particular bike, I can add it […]

Homegrown in North Carolina – Frames by Stickel and Industry Nine Wheels


The Brevard/Asheville area is home to a slew of framebuilders, machinists and innovators—many of which are building innovative product right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Frames By Stickel and Industry Nine Wheels are just two examples of this.

Marin Bikes 2012


Marin has entered 2012 with some noteworthy changes, the most key being the latest update to their quad-link suspension design. Quad 3.0, as it’s being called, changes the position of the linkage entirely, allowing for more tuneable leverage ratios and rear-wheel arc throughout the bike’s travel. Admittedly though, these improvements weren’t exactly the predominant impetus […]

Updated: A Look at Diamondback’s 29er Future


Jon Kennedy, Diamondback’s marketing guru and mastermind behind the Dixon, runs through some of this new bike’s features. Diamondback’s view of the 29-inch-wheeled future–a bike tailor-made for aggressive descenders who want to take full advantage of the larger wheel size. Expect a production version of this bike as soon as 2013. You heard about this […]

Moots MX Divide


Here’s a quick look at the new MX Divide, a race oriented cross-country rig from Moots. Moots has been delivering expertly crafted titanium frames and components since 1981, and the experience shows—the Divide looks to be an eminently capable racer. The MX divide presents a dashing profile—one we wouldn’t mind gracing with our own. Moots […]

Yeti’s New SB95 29er Trail Bike


Yeti turned quite a few heads with the introduction of the SB66 and their new Switch Technology linkage. Now, the SB95 is drawing attention, which takes the same linkage and applies it to a 29-inch platform. The pedal-friendly linkage, paired with a relatively slack geometry (68.5-degree head angle) should make for a formidable all-day mile-muncher. […]

Preview: GT Zaskar 100 9r Pro


By: Ryan LaBar GT’s top-end Zaskar 100 9r Pro retials for $5,500. The 100-millimeter bike isn’t adorned with the lightest parts, but still comes in at a reasonable 27 pounds with pedals (size large). GT’s Marketing Manager, Chris Hopwood runs through some of the Zaskar 100 9r Pro’s new features: To better accommodate the characteristics […]

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