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Mason Mashon’s Evil Undead

08.03.2011

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

07.27.2011

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.

07.20.2011

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

07.18.2011

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

07.16.2011

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

07.08.2011

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 […]

Commencal Launches Meta AM

06.30.2011

In the footsteps of the Supreme DH’s redesign, Commencal has launched its new all-mountain bike–the Meta AM. Taking both aesthetics and linkage-design cues from the new Supreme DH V3, Commencal claims the Meta AM has increased rigidity, a lower bottom bracket and improved pedaling reactivity and efficiency over the previous Meta frames. Commencal’s marketing campaign […]

Kona’s New Entourage and Operator

05.03.2011

Behold the Kona Entrourage–baby brother to the Operator (see bottom of page). No need to take the cranks or chain guide off to tighten up the main pivot. It can be easily tightened from the non-drive side of the bike. The Entourage has short-for-its-class 16.3-inch chainstays. The back end of the Entrouage sports a 150-millimeter […]

Tested: Mountain Cycle Battery

02.02.2011

Mountain Cycle Battery $1,700 ($600 frame and rear shock) By: Vernon Felton One of the first big names in full suspension was Mountain Cycle. It’s hard to convey just how radical this company was back in 1991, when their San Andreas model debuted. At the time, most riders were still arguing that suspension forks were […]

Morewood’s Split Pivot and Eccentric-Pivot Bikes

01.26.2011

Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Joseph Espiritu Over the past weekend at the second race in Fontana’s Winter Series Bike got a peak at some new stuff coming out of Morewood’s South African HQ. The Izimu has a neat feature packed into its single pivot suspension. The pivot is actually eccentric, allowing riders to adjust the […]

Bringing the Ruckus Back

02.19.2010

GT’s new 7.4-inch-travel Ruckus will come in two models–the 1.0 and 2.0. The 1.0 is set to retail at $4,500 and comes sprinkled with top-notch components, and the 2.0 costs $3,300 with mid-level components. Both models will share the same frame. The bikes are almost completely adorned with bits from SRAM and Funn. The monocoque […]

Long Term Test: Kona Hei Hei 2-9

02.05.2010

By Vernon Felton Sometime ago, I took possession of Kona’s cross-country, full-suspension 29er, the Hei Hei 2-9. Since then, I’ve ridden the bike through every season and in every possible condition. For 2010, the evolution of this model gets a bit more interesting, but we’ll tackle that later in this review. For now, a long-term […]

Bike Test: Yeti 303 RDH

12.09.2009

The Yeti 303 RDH is an impressive piece of MACHINERY—a slimmer, leaner, single-rail version of its twin-rail big brother, the 303 DH. The bike is the direct result of input from Yeti’s sizeable squad of racers. The bigger bike was overkill for smoother racecourses with more high-speed berms and fast, smooth jumps, so racers asked […]

Bike Test: Specialized SX Trail 1

12.09.2009

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

12.09.2009

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

12.08.2009

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

12.01.2009

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

11.03.2009

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

10.27.2009

“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

10.20.2009

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 […]

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