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Trail Tested: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon

I got pretty excited about the Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon when I first peeked around its linkage. The stout, snug links connect a front and rear triangle that didn’t skimp on material. The rest of the bike was also applied liberally.

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First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014

What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Trek Superfly 8

02.05.2014

Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Norco Sight Carbon LE FS

02.03.2014

The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Fury Team

01.31.2014

While we'd ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Troy Carbon SL

01.29.2014

Going into this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.

Bike Magazine Launches New Bible of Bike Tests Mini Site

01.29.2014

Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Juliana Joplin Primeiro

01.28.2014

The ads for the Juliana Joplin Primeiro probably won't have giant, half-naked, large-breasted women in them. Probably no stripper poles, either. And maybe, if we're lucky, no butterfly orgies. Could this bike—and the marketing strategy behind it—open the door to more female riders? Watch this video to see what our testers thought.

Video: Red Bull Goes Behind the Scenes at Bike’s Bible of Bike Tests

01.27.2014

You hear a lot from us about what Bike's Bible of Bike Tests is all about. But how would our annual bike-testing boot camp strike someone from outside the immediate Bike family? Red Bull Bike visited us on location in Sedona, Arizona, last October and created this behind-the-scenes look at our yearly testing grind.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

01.27.2014

With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it's no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses' mouths:

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Specialized Demo 8 II

01.24.2014

Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demo 8 II really stood apart from the rest. All of our testers agreed the geometry was perfect, and they immediately felt at home on the bike. And the traction? Unparalleled. Watch this video to find out why the Demo pushed our testers to charge harder on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Dream Builds: Banshee Spitfire

01.23.2014

I’ve been having dreams about the Spitfire since I sent back the model I picked as my tester’s choice in the 2011 Bible of Bike Tests. That original version was everything I wanted … almost. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see if Banshee’s new 2013 Spitfire together with a no-compromise build kit could truly be the bike of my dreams.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Kona Process 134 DL

01.22.2014

The subtle geometry choices in Kona’s new range of Process bikes mark a tipping point for mountain-bike fit and sizing. Despite being very different than road cycling, mountain bikes are still often designed around the supposition that sizing can be appointed by static fit—one built around a seated rider riding on a fixed plane.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Niner ROS 9

01.21.2014

Niner's new steel hardtail, the ROS 9, really took our testers by surprise. It comes with geometry and parts that suggest it is more about fun than racing performance, and it had one of our testers forgetting all of her troubles and simply frolicking on the trails of Sedona, Arizona. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.

Gear: Matt Hunter’s Afghanistan Expedition Bike

01.21.2014

Matt Hunter's world-first mountain-bike expedition into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor last summer with Anthill Films and Bike editor Brice Minnigh required a bike that could handle punishing climbs and fast descents on unforgiving, rugged terrain.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Evil Uprising

01.20.2014

The Evil Uprising is the “Chinese Democracy” of the mountain bike world. Like the Guns 'n Roses album that Axl Rose obsessively fiddled with for decades, the Uprising has spent an eternity in the prototype stage. Turns out, it might have been worth the wait.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Yeti ARC Carbon Race

01.17.2014

The carbon-fiber version of a classic Yeti model embodies the brand's racing spirit, and ignited our testers' inner competitive fires.

Dream Builds: Stumpjumper EVO – The Extended Version

01.16.2014

Gear editor Ryan Palmer's personalized Specialized Stumpjumper EVO

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Wilson Carbon RC

01.15.2014

Devinci’s downhill beast feels comfortable from the first pedal stroke. The short 430-millimeter chainstays paired with the low standover instilled confidence to throw this bike around on rugged terrain. For a downhill bike, the Wilson pedals efficiently, and cranking out of corners was simple and enjoyable in comparison to some of the other DH bikes we tested.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Giant Trance Advanced SX 27.5

01.14.2014

Few bike companies have forged more boldly into the 27.5-inch-wheel market than Giant Bicycles, and the company's new Trance Advanced SX 27.5 certainly ignited the passion of our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests crew. Check out our latest 'Roundtable Reels' video to find out what stoked the flames of this fireside debate.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Santa Cruz Bronson C

01.13.2014

Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company's tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You'll be glad you did.

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