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Bike Test: Spot Brand Cream

The Cream isn’t for the masses: It’s a three-year product of passion made with little regard for cost. Each tube was selected, shaped and tapered to provide the desired ride feel, vertical compliance and lateral stiffness.

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New Product: BMC Speedfox

07.08.2014

The new BMC Speedfox packs in the vital features demanded by those seeking high quality, the latest technology, and most important, pure enjoyment.

Juliana Bicycles launches 2015 line

07.07.2014

Juliana Bicycles’ 2015 line of bikes shows that the commitment the brand first pledged to the women’s market a year ago remains a serious one.

Dual tester: Kona Hei Hei review

07.07.2014

There are four Kona Hei Hei models–two very affordable aluminum models and two carbon versions. Our $4,000 Hei Hei Deluxe is quipped with a carbon frame.

News: Spot Brand introduces the Cream SS

07.04.2014

The Spot Brand Cream SS is reportedly the most advanced, highly engineered titanium bike on the market. It also costs $8700.

Tested: Felt Edict Nine 3

07.01.2014

Felt's 100-millimeter-travel Edict Nine series is designed for speed and efficiency, and it does not disappoint.

First Look: Ibis Tranny 29

06.30.2014

This morning, the veil is officially lifted to reveal the sleek, super lightweight Tranny 29 singlespeed or geared hardtail, about a year after Ibis retired the 26-inch version.

Preview: Transition TransAM 29 1

06.26.2014

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.

Santa Cruz Bicycles drops price on popular carbon frames

06.24.2014

A new manufacturing partnership has allowed Santa Cruz Bicycles to drop the prices on the carbon frames of some of its most-popular models: the Bronson, the 5010 and the Tallboy.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5

06.24.2014

A couple weeks ago Trek introduced some bikes and technologies at its media event in North Carolina. The Fuel EX 27.5 and RE:aktiv shock are the first of these new products to hit shop floors, so we’ve been spending every waking hour with the new bike and shock putting them through their paces.

News: 2015 Trek Bikes and Technology

06.13.2014

Each year Trek invites media from around the globe to see and ride next year's offerings. This year we headed out to North Carolina to check out what the company had in store.

Exclusive: “Blueprint” Video on Trek 148 Boost

06.11.2014

When Trek told us that they were doing 148-millimeter rear axle spacing, our first reaction was to turn our noses up at it. We just figured the whole axle spacing thing out, didn't we? But they swore that it was legit, so we flew out to Waterloo to get the story on Boost 148 to see if this was just a marketing gimmick or the real thing.

Preview: Nicolai Bikes Available in the U.S.

06.03.2014

Germany based Nicolai Bikes will now be distributed throughout the US by Nicolai USA and dealers.

First Rides: Juliana Bicycles Roubion

06.01.2014

Juliana Bicycles officially launches its burliest bike yet today with the Roubion, the women’s-specific version of the 150-millimeter-travel Santa Cruz Bronson. The Roubion uses the identical carbon-frame and geometry as the wildly popular Bronson¬, but offers a different parts package hung on an eye-catching matte teal frame that is specific to Juliana.

Preview: All-new Cannondale F-Si Carbon 29

05.30.2014

Cannondale has announced the launch of the all-new 2015 F-Si Carbon 29. Based off the successful Cannondale F29, the F-Si sets the bar higher for a stiffer and lighter platform. “While we pride ourselves in building the most cutting edge frames in cycling, our real advantage is in our System Integration approach to bike design,” […]

Bike test: Santa Cruz Bantam

05.28.2014

The single-pivot Santa Cruz Bantam offers a lot of bang for your buck.

Preview: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 1

05.22.2014

A lot of bikes claim to be versatile and many of them do a good job of handling a wide range of trails, but a few select bikes twist the knob to 11, so to speak. The Trigger is intriguing in that it has the potential to bridge the gap between cross-country race whip and all-purpose trail bike. On paper, those two categories may seem similar, but on the trail, they are like tuna fish and vanilla ice cream.

Preview: Santa Cruz’s Juliana brand launches all-mountain women’s bike

05.21.2014

Santa Cruz's Juliana Bicycles brand is launching its new Roubion 6-inch-travel all-mountain bike this week in the region that serves as the bike’s namesake.

Bike Test: Niner RIP 9

05.20.2014

It’s nice to see advancements being made in aluminum. The Niner Rip 9 is a phenomenal frame and the X7 build is an excellent way for mere mortals to get on one.

News: Cane Creek’s DB Inline Shock Brings Big Adjustment To A Smaller Package

05.19.2014

For three days we were able to dial in the DB Inline on the rocky, rooty terrain in Pisgah and Dupont, Cane Creek's stomping grounds. The employee-owned company shared with us its passion for riding and making the finest products they know how to.

Bike Test: Norco FLUID 7.1

05.16.2014

The Fluid is built around an alloy 6061 frame and utilizes the Norco Advanced Ride Technology (A.R.T.) suspension platform. The main idea is to incorporate an increased rearward axle path and fine-tune the pivot locations specific to the bike’s intended use. A tapered steerer tube and tidy external cable routing with dropper-post provision round out the frame.

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