Photo Gallery III: 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

After nearly two weeks of testing, we’re wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer’s guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.

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Bike Test: Specialized SX Trail 1


Specialized went back to the drawing board in 2009 and heaped a whole lot of engineering love on the already venerable SX Trail. Highlights include a tapered headtube, chainstay-mounted front derailleur, a jungle of reconfigured tubes and all manner of bombproof, forged frame pieces, including the headtube, rear dropouts, bottom-bracket shell and chainstay yoke. The […]

Bike Test: Trek Session 88 DH


Trek’s mountaitaitain bike development team hashashas been on a tear over the last few years, and the company’s Session big-bike platform was the last of the off-road lineup to be anointed with the company’s technological trifecta. In marketing parlance, this includes Full Floater, ABPBP and EVO Link. In plain English, Full Floater simply means the […]

Bike Test: Norco Shore One


Calling a bike “The Shore” might seem a bit pretentious, but Vancouver-based Norco was on the scene before the first ladder bridge was ever built on the city’s infamous North Shore, and it cooked up this bike specifically for the technical terrain of its namesake. As one would expect, the Shore One is truly at […]

Bike Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 70


When it comes to long rides, at least half the fun is going up. So when Rocky Mountain sought to replace its ETSX series, it set out to design a bike that would climb faster than the rider’s heart rate, but still be able to descend in style. Meet the 5.5-inch-travel Altitude, Rocky’s new XC […]

Bike Test: Jamis XAM II


Jamis bills the XAM II as an “aggressive all-mountain” bike, a designation this baby blue beauty had no problem living up to. Witness the headtube-downtube junction: a triple-decker-submarine-sandwich-sized mass of 7005-aluminum tubes and gussets. In fact, everything on the frame, from the massive chainstays to the oversized swing-link and shock mounts, is seriously overbuilt. Spec-wise, […]

Bike Test: Ibis Tranny


“This scale has got to be wrong,” I thought. Sure, this Ibis Tranny was built as a singlespeed, but it’s got a 4-inch-travel fork with a through-axle, and it certainly looks the part of a brawler…. But 20 pounds, complete? Any doubts were erased the first time I rode the Tranny—it felt every bit of […]

Bike Test: Bionicon Golden Willow SC I


There are Autobots, there are Decepticons, and then there is bike maker Bionicon. While the company’s Golden Willow may lack heavy artillery or the ability to morph into a giant talking robot, several months of riding this bike proved that it’s no less of a transformer. The basic Bionicon concept aims to emulate the natural […]

Bike Test: Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice


A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THAT FAMOUS CHROME MONGOOSE BMX bike dropped into Helltrack in the ’80s cult classic RAD. Fastforward to today, and the mean-looking, matte-black, 7.5-inch Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice is a good indication of just how much times have changed. A late melt to the snowpack this season provided the Pinn’R with a […]

Bike Test: Kona Minxy


THE WOMEN’S MINXY IS A FREERIDE-LITE DIRT LOVER THAT HAS been tweaked from the layout of her big brother, the Stinky Six, to deliver a ride that anyone can appreciate, regardless of chromosome combinations. The bike’s custom graphics are just as sexy as her name, and her subtle but strong femininity made the Minxy a […]

Bike Test: Jamis Dakar XCT 2


THE DAKAR XCT IS JAMIS’ TAKE ON THE 5-INCH, GO-ANYWHERE, do-anything, Downieville-style-of-riding bike. Jamis claims it descends as well as its bigger brother, the 6-inch XAM, and pedals like the company’s cross-country race bikes. The first of those claims proved valid—descending was this bike’s strongest asset. The XCT’s slackish 67.5-degree head angle helped the Jamis […]

Preview: Santa Cruz Blur LTC


Santa Cruz has announced it is adding a second carbon fiber bike to its collection—the Blur LTC. The new bike keeps its 140 millimeters of travel, but still manages to lose a full “LB” to bring it down to a fighting weight of 5.6 pounds with a RockShox Monarch shock. Even with the weight loss, […]

Niner W.F.O. 9


An all-mountain bike with 29-inch wheels? No, they didn’t…. Yup, they did, its Niner's W.F.O. 9.

Jamis Dakar XAM II


Jamis made some welcomed revisions to its popular XAM platform for 2010.

Santa Cruz Nomad


Santa Cruz's Nomad is the original gangster of the all-mountain movement, but still a formidable option in this ever-growing category.

Mongoose Khyber Super


Thanks to its white-as-snow color scheme, the 2010 Mongoose Khyber Super stood out among our all-mountain test-bikes line up.

Yeti AS-R 7


At 32 pounds, the AS-R 7 was one of the lightest aluminum all-mountain bikes in the test.

Giant Reign X0


Giant's Reign X received a facelift this year. We thought it looked fine just how it was, but you know how these bikes are these days.

Titus El Guapo


The Titus El Guapo comes armed with a 1.5-inch headtube, ISCG05 tabs and 155 millimeters of rear-wheel travel.

Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon


Boasting a FACT carbon front triangle with M5 aluminum rear triangle, the Enduro SL Pro offers 160-millimeters of travel in a ridiculously lightweight package.

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