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