Review: Santa Cruz Tallboy C

When Santa Cruz’s Tallboy debuted in 2009 it quickly established itself as The Bacon of 29ers. But does it hold up to the new breed of full-suspension wagon wheelers?

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Transition Smuggler | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Smuggler earns both praise and a place amongst the best bikes in the new breed of short-travel, aggressively-angled 29ers.

Santa Cruz releases new Highball and Stigmata


First, know this: The three bikes released today from Santa Cruz are nothing like the trail and all-mountain bikes the brand has become synonymous with in the last three years. There is no rear suspension on any of them, and no suspension at all on one. Instead, Santa Cruz has gone back to the drawing board on two models that will already be familiar to followers of the brand: the Highball and the Stigmata.

Felt Edict | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


Felt squeezes 100 millimeters of travel out of the Edict’s flexing seatstays, which replace the rear pivots, resulting in a snappy rear-end. Couple this with the svelte, stiff FRD layup and you get pure forward motion.

Review: Specialized Fatboy Expert


We reviewed Specialized's Fatboy Expert on the frigid, snowy trails of Marquette, MI to see how it held up to proper winter conditions.

Specialized S-Works Era | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


After a five-year absence, Specialized brought back the cross-country Era for 2015, redesigned with 29-inch wheels, women’s-specific geometry, top-shelf components and an all-carbon frame.

Preview: Cannondale Jekyll 3 27.5


Two bikes in one? Cannondale's Jekyll has offered that promise for awhile now. The 2015 version, however, gets 650b wheels, an updated geometry and revamped Fox DYAD shock.

Trek Remedy 29 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


You might have noticed that we’ve already reviewed this bike. What gives? Well, you know that one guy who whips everyone’s asses on the climbs and the descents, bunny hops over a picnic table on the way home and then drinks everyone under the table that night? The carbon Remedy 29 is that guy.

Dream builds | Santa Cruz Nomad


Behold, black beauty. A beauty that is also a beast–at least when it comes to slaying singletrack with the instinctual precision of an apex predator determined to stay at the top of the two-wheeled food chain.

Banshee Phantom | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


“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.

Niner Jet 9 RDO | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

Norco Sight Carbon Forma | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

Specialized Enduro Elite 650b & 29 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

Santa Cruz 5010 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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

Scott Contessa Spark | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


This bike is a racehorse for ladies who eat carbon for breakfast, regularly rock spandex and love going fast–uphill and down.

Kona Process 111 | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

Preview: Ibis Mojo HD3 Special Blend


Ibis sells the Special Blend version of their latest, carbon all-mountain bike--the Mojo HD3--for less than plenty of comparable aluminum bikes. That, for the record, is crazy. Here's the report from the trail.

Liv Intrigue | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

Cannondale Scalpel | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Scalpel is a steep, fast and sharp-handling race machine. With more riders opting for bikes in the mid-travel range, though, the market for XC bikes is becoming increasingly competitive. Is the Scalpel ready for the competition?

Pivot Mach 6 Carbon | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


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.

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