This sub-$3000 bike packs a lot of value. But how did it perform on trail?
“A bike for Bo and Luke Duke, maybe even Chuck Norris,” commented one tester. That seems about right. Bo and Luke can drive the wheels off a car, and the Phantom, like the General Lee, really shines with someone who can ride the wheels off it.
RDO, in Niner nomenclature, is short for ‘Race Day Optimized.’ In the case of our test Jet 9, this is embodied in a carbon-fiber frame using Niner’s patented CVA suspension to squeeze 100 millimeters of travel out of a Fox Float CTD shock.
The Norco Sight Carbon Forma was the most polarizing bike in the women’s test, eliciting a different opinion from each rider. But one assessment was consistent–when pointed downhill, this bike rules.
We tested both the 29-inch Enduro and the new 650b version. The latter piqued our testers’ interest, given how perfectly the smaller wheel size fits with the Enduro’s best-of-both-worlds mantra.
It’s not every day that our test crew rides a bike that sparks an impassioned debate over the vagaries of punk rock in an increasingly corporate world. But that’s exactly what happened after we took the 5010 Carbon S on some hot laps around our drop-filled test loop.
YETI ASR C | $5800 | YETICYCLES.COM It’s not every day you hop aboard a ‘cross-country’ bike and find yourself intentionally seeking out the chunkiest lines you can find. But during my time on the Yeti ASR C, that’s all I could think about. While the mostly buff singletrack of Central Oregon’s Dutchman Flat trail […]
When Kona announced its redesigned Process bikes in 2013, we knew it would signal a turning point in mountain bike design. The new bikes featured longer top tubes paired with shorter stems. They also had uber-short rear ends, and were purpose-built for dropper posts. The Process 111 is the big-wheeled bike in the lineup, and it's a much more capable rig than its 111-milimeters of rear-wheel travel suggests.
It would be completely forgivable to mistake Liv's Intrigue for Giant's Trance. Yet while the two bikes' silhouettes are nearly indecipherable, the Inrigue's geometry is, in fact, ladies-specific and completely different from the Trance's. Watch the video to see how the Intrigue performed on some of Oregon's finest singetrack.
Pivot's Mach 6 falls squarely in the busting-at-the-seams all-mountain segment, sporting a head angle of 66.5˚ and 160 millimeters of travel. The Arizona brand worked with suspension-whisperer Dave Weagle to create a bike that we found to be fond of high-speed descents but also quite efficient on climbs. But of course, these days there are lots of bikes that match that description. Check out the video to see if Pivot's Mach 6 stands out amongst the crowd.
Rocky Mountain's Thunderbolt proved itself as one of the most capable trail bikes in this year's Bible of Bike. A couple of our testers even pegged it as the most fun of all 36 bikes. Check out the Roundtable Reel review video to see why.
Salsa's Spearfish proved one of the most maneuverable XC bikes in this year’s garage, which stood in contrast to the traditionally stable, long-wheelbased trekking machines we usually see from Salsa. But even more surprising was that this bike, which we found so fun and capable, had just 80 millimeters of rear travel.
Some "women’s specific" models are actually just their male counterpart disguised in different paint and slightly different parts. Trek’s Lush earns our praise for its completely unique women’s-specific geometry. The move from 29-inch hoops down to 27.5 complements women’s geometry on paper, but how did the category-straddling Lush perform on trail?
Out of 36 incredible bikes, half of our test crew picked Evil’s The Following as their favorite. Two others mentioned it as a close second, and the only guy who didn’t say anything about the bike when asked about his favorite didn’t even ride the thing. There’s no way to truly understand how remarkable The Following is without riding one yourself, something we definitely recommend doing.
Light, confident and capable–Yeti's new 'super bike' is a better climber and descender than its predecessor, and, quite frankly, much of the competition.