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.
The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.
Named after its "lightning-quick agility," the 2015 Thunderbolt MSL is said to dominate on a variety of terrain. Equally at home on long, technical climbs as it is on flowy singletrack descents, it's built to power through the rough stuff and pop off every trail feature you lay eyes on.
There's a commonly held belief that ultra-light steel hardtails are relics of a more sedate time--that t they can't keep pace with today's more aggressive riding styles. Breadwinner Cycles' Bad Otis turns that notion on its head.
Felt is mostly known for its skinny tire bikes, but the California-based brand likes playing in the dirt as well. Last year Felt showed significant improvements to its mountain lineup so when the invite for the annual product release at the company's Irvine headquarters hit my inbox I was curious to see what 2015 would yield.
It's been just over three years since Yeti Cycles unveiled its 'Switch Technology' suspension, and they're already introducing a new system called 'Switch Infinity'. We visited their headquarters in Golden, Colorado, to learn about the new design and create this Blueprint video to explain its intended benefits.
Do we feel bad about pummeling the bike voted "Best Mountain Bike" at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show? Hell no. Not when the winner, Breadwinner Cycle's Bad Otis, is 25 pounds of brawling fun. And, yes, that's a six-inch travel Pike up front.
Gear Editor Ryan Palmer has had his fun throwing around the newest addition to Specialized fleet, the S-Works Enduro 650B, over the past month. This much anticipated bike–following in the wake of the its bigger brother, the much-loved, long-travel 29er–has been well received by Palmer. The bike is now available to the public and here are his impressions.
A hardtail is a hardtail is a hardtail, right? Nope. Sure, they all lack rear suspension, but that's where the similarity often ends. Transition's TransAM 29er is a good example--a steel-framed wagon wheeler that's less interested in winning races and entirely obsessed with making short work of technical terrain. Vive la difference.