The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.
Ellsworth's Epiphany C XC and Epiphany Enduro sport nearly identical frames, suspension travel and components...and yet offer very different rides. Which bike is better?
Try a carbon, 1x11 hardtail that weighs just shy of 19 pounds. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a 160-millimeter, 4-bar, all-mountain machine that looks like it’s ready to take on a multi-stage enduro race? Still not convinced, how about a 110-millimeter 29er that looks like it’ll give Trek, Specialized and Yeti a run for their money.
Giant Bicycles has really stepped up its game this year in the longer-travel department, launching a completely redesigned 6-inch-travel Reign that was built around 27.5-inch wheels. The company spent the better part of two years making sure the new Reign meets the needs of its fastest enduro racers, and after spending hundreds of hours of trail time on it, we think it's a bike you should know about.
The all-new Scout is a playful trail bike that is fun right out of the box. It's one of four new bikes Transition is introducing at Interbike, all of which use the Horst Link suspension design, or ‘Giddy Up’ as Transition named it to poke fun at the common misconception that the link is called ‘Horse’ Link.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
Commencal has released two new DH rigs, the Supreme DH Park and the Supreme DH Comp. The Park sports 200 millimeters of travel and runs 26-inch wheels, whereas the Comp can be ran with either 650b or 26-inch wheels and has slightly less travel, 190 millimeters.
Yeti has introduced the new AS-Rc cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size-specific wheels and delivers 100 millimeters of optimized rear-wheel travel.
Just one day after the most grueling round of the Enduro World Series, held in Whistler, British Columbia, I experienced winner Jared Grave’s and second place Nico Lau’s bikes exactly as they were set up during the race.
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.