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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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Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e

05.15.2014

By Vernon Felton Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e Price: $2495 (frame only) A few months back I began riding Ellsworth’s Epiphany C XC 27.5—a lightweight, all-carbon rig that is probably best described as a long-legged cross-country racer. Sure, it has 5-and-a-half inches of travel, but the bike’s steep geometry lend it razor-quick handling, making […]

Matter: Gravity Godfather

05.14.2014

Born and bred in ‘the 909,’ Southern California’s motocross mecca, the Intense M1 capitalized on the notion that with more usable suspension travel and a proper combination of handling and reliability, a rider could take on faster and gnarlier lines. To downhillers who were used to riding ‘DH’ bikes that at the time weren’t much more than glorified XC machines, the ‘little motorcycle’ feel of the Intense seemed truly magical.

Bike Test: Transition Bandit 29

05.13.2014

THERE’S A MARVELOUS AMOUNT OF TECHNOLOGY PACKED into today’s bikes. But we should be as grateful for simple advancements like short stems and sloping top tubes as we are for through axles and disc brakes. While folks in white lab coats are making our bikes lighter and faster, rider-driven frame manufacturers like Transition are making them more fun. So we’re always eager to see Transition’s take on the fun-starved world of big wheels.

Video: Introducing the Trek Session 650B

04.29.2014

You've seen it in action, piloted by Trek World Racing athletes. But what's the story behind Trek's 650B Session? We headed out to America's heartland to find out.

Bike Test: Specialized Camber Expert Carbon Evo 29

04.29.2014

The Camber is a bike you should know about. It could easily be the flagship bike of some manufacturers’ model line-ups, but in Specialized’s stacked all-star cast the capable Camber has had to remain content with its steady supporting role.

Bike Test: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5

04.25.2014

THE ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 2 IS A BARGAIN. YES, IT’S STILL a lot of money, but considering that it has the same exact carbon and alloy frame as the $8,250 flagship model, it’s a good deal. The 2x10 Sram X.7 shifters are an impressive improvement from the previous 9-speed triggers, with a smaller, streamlined look and more positive lever feel. With these paddles strung to X.7 and X.9 Type 2 front and rear derailleurs respectively, the shifting is crisp and precise.

First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

04.18.2014

Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

2014 Sea Otter Classic: That’s a Wrap Product Gallery

04.14.2014

We take one more walk around the pits at Laguna Seca to highlight this year's most promising gear.

Raleigh Unveils Full-Suspension XC Bike

04.13.2014

Raleigh Bikes re-enters the mountain bike world with the Skarn, a 4 inch-travel, 29er bike.

Sea Otter Classic: Product Gallery

04.11.2014

With its hundreds of booths spread around the Laguna Seca Raceway outside Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic is a constant blur of bike bling, and the unofficial start to the North American race season.

FIRST LOOK: Juliana Roubion

04.09.2014

We got our first look at the new Juliana Bicycles’ Roubion at the company’s headquarters in Santa Cruz on Tuesday evening. The bike uses the same frame as the popular Bronson, the all-mountain machine made by Santa Cruz Bicycles, Juliana’s parent company.

Video: Do Matt Hunter and Kyle Norbraten Care About Wheel Size?

04.07.2014

Specialized showed us their new Stumpjumper 650B model and apparel line. We used it as an excuse to make this sick video of Matt Hunter and Kyle Norbraten.

First Impressions: Breezer Supercell

03.31.2014

Bike's gear editor, Ryan Palmer takes the new Breezer Supercell on an perfunctory pedal in the beautiful mountains of Marin County, California

Specialized Offers 650B Stumpjumper

03.28.2014

Specialized is offering two models of its venerable Stumpjumper mountain bike in the 650B, or 27.5-inch, wheel size, becoming the final major U.S. brand to market a mountain bike built around the meet-in-the-middle wheels.

First Impressions: Racing the New Cannondale Jekyll 27.5

03.28.2014

One of the highlights of this year's Cannondale Factory Racing camp was the chance to ride the new 27.5-inch Jekyll on southern Spain's steep, rocky trails.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC 27.5

03.27.2014

While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.

First Impressions: Cannondale Trigger 27.5

03.26.2014

We got some quality riding time on the new Cannondale Trigger 27.5 bike in southern Spain, and we can't wait to get some more time on this promising model.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: “The Slate Reels”

03.20.2014

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: "The Slate Reels". Who thought marking timecodes could be so funny?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Trek Remedy 27.5

03.17.2014

Our longtime romance with the Trek Remedy has had highs and lows. But with the new 27.5-inch-wheeled Remedy, we've been reunited—and yes, it feels so good.

Video: The Kona Cinder Cone Time Machine

03.17.2014

It might not have gull-wing doors and a fiberglass underbody like the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but Kona's iconic Cinder Cone sure has come a long way since its inception in 1988.

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