Scott Contessa Spark | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests

This bike is a racehorse for ladies who eat carbon for breakfast, regularly rock spandex and love going fast–uphill and down.

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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 […]

Mason Mashon’s Evil Undead


During the Monday lull at Crankworx we had a chance to meet up with Mason Mashon and check out his Evil Undead. The carbon reincarnation of Evil’s downhill bike is currently still a prototype, but expect to see production soon enough. Photos by David Peacock Mason’s Undead weighs in well under 40lbs with a relatively […]

Diamondback Unveils its New Line of Full-suspension 29ers


Words and Photos by: Brice Minnigh Diamondback has officially thrown its hat into the full-suspension 29er ring, unveiling the production version of its new 29-inch Sortie to a conference room full of inquisitive Raleigh/Diamondback dealers. Though Diamondback was among the first companies to produce a 29-inch mountain bike—the Overdrive, a hardtail 29er that is one […]

Preview: Norco’s new Aurum, Revolver and Sight bikes.


Norco’s new 200-millimeter Aurum DH Race bike. Price range (USD): $3,400 to $7,350. Headtube angle: 63.5 degrees, BB-height about 13.75 inches. The Aurum is available in three sizes, which each use a different bottom bracket forging that has the suspension pivot in a slightly different spot to increase the chainstay length slightly from the small […]

Trek World 2012


By: Vernon Felton Big changes are afoot at Trek. I’m sitting in the Munich airport, typing this report on a battered PowerBook. My legs are thoroughly roached from two long days of hammering next year’s Treks and I am, in a word, impressed. For 2012, Trek’s key trail and all-mountain models, the Fuel EX and […]

Scott Spark 29 – Details and First Impressions


By: Ryan LaBar The new Scott Spark 29 Elite. The bike we had here has some upgrades to the components over the production version, but the frame will be the same. The 29er model offers adjustable travel from 100 millimeters to ~70 millimeters to fully locked out. Perhaps the most notable feature for the new […]

Rocky Mountain Launches Three New Bikes


Source: Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain announced the launch of its Element alloy in 26 and 29-inch wheel sizes and carbon Vertex RSL. Each of these bikes is packed with some new features. Notably, the wagon wheelers see new geometries for a tight wheelbase and short chainstays. Here is a video from Rocky Mountain introducing the […]

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