What's the deal with 27.5+ and 29+? Why is the bike industry suddenly pushing another new wheel size? And, most importantly, is it worth your time and money? Get your answers in this latest video installment of our Blueprint series.
You don’t need to read the Chromag logo to recognize that this 29er hardtail measures wins in units of fun, not on the stopwatch.
We put Rocky Mountain's Blizzard to the test to see how the aggressively angled fatbike performs on snow-packed trails.
Twin Six, an alternative-style cycling apparel company out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, surprised just about everyone last year when it announced its entrance into the bike manufacturing business.
A look at Bike editor Nicole Formosa's Scott Contessa Genius 700 Dream Build.
The Santa Cruz Tallboy is, in many ways, the bike that proved the merit of full-suspension 29ers. But does it stack up to the new breed of big-wheeled bikes?
With its overbuilt pivots, supple suspension feel and good pedaling support, this burly bike should offer years of service to aspiring rippers.
Gear Editor Ryan Palmer shows off his dream build: a decked-out Trek Fuel EX 29.
A burly concoction from GT, praised for its pedaling efficiency, praised for its descending ability, and targeted for, or better yet, tailor-made for shredders.
The new Mojo HD is more capable and even quicker on the gas than its predecessor. Ibis has crafted one of the best-balanced all-mountain bikes on the market.
Versatility is the Genius’ strong suit. It’s a bike that changes personality from a cross-country racer to a trail bike with the flip of a switch.
The new version of Norco's Aurum comes with a host of upgrades to serviceability and performance.
The Range C 7.2 is a downhill-scorching carbon missile that nails its target, and offers a super-competitive, well-thought-out parts spec for the price.
A split-personality trail bike, the Trigger rips uphill like an XC bike in short-travel mode and levels descents when flipped to full-travel. The tradeoff for this multiple personality is that it needs to be switched from mode to mode to get the best out of it, and comes with an attendant level of heightened complexity.
The Juliana Roubion was the belle of the bike ball inside the garage at the Bible, its turquoise matte paint job and shiny parts beckoning from the racks. Its reputation as a kick-ass adventure-mobile had preceded our meeting, in no small part due to Juliana’s affiliation with ‘it’ brand Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Diving straight into steep, technical, unfamiliar trails can be a bit intimidating. Not exactly something that you would want to tackle on a bike that you just threw a leg over for the first time, but that’s exactly what happened the first time I rode the Rocky Mountain Altitude a couple summers ago in Whistler when the 27.5-inch-wheeled version debuted.
"American made" and "full suspension" can't usually be used in reference to the same bike. But the 650b, all-mountain Durango Moonshine is an exception.
The Speedfox has hit the mark as a well-rounded bike, with a toe in both the XC and the trail pools, although the toe in the XC pool goes in a wee bit deeper.
Trek’s Farley is about as ‘Wisconsin’ as a bike can be. The frame is named after the larger-than-life comic Chris Farley, who was born and raised in Madison; the wheels are named after the folklore animal, the Jackalope, which may not have originated in the Badger State, but has seriously deep roots there; and the tires are called Hodag, which is a fearsome mythological beast that resides near the town of Rhinelander in Northern Wisconsin. The only thing that could make this bike more Wisconsin is cheesehead-shaped hand pogies.
When it comes to this bike, evolution isn’t just in the name; the Rumor Expert Evo is good. So good that it had us checking and re-checking the wheel size in between bouts of laughter.