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Interview: Breadwinner Cycles’ Take on The Perfect Rowdy Hardtail

There’s a commonly held belief that ultra-light steel hardtails are relics of a more sedate time–that t they can’t keep pace with today’s more aggressive riding styles. Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis turns that notion on its head.

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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.

Video: Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland Daytrip to Rip

01.10.2014

Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rip around Santa Cruz with two classics: the Jackal and a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner. This will get you stoked to ride this weekend.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Intense 951 EVO

01.10.2014

In its former life, the Intense 951 was playful, lively and nimble, leaving full-on racing duties to the M9. Not anymore. The 951 EVO has been reincarnated into a focused racer-type, drinking protein shakes and sharing gym time with the Athertons. The trouble is, it lost its sense of humor.

Exclusive: Dream Bikes – The Extended Version

01.09.2014

Given a carte blanche opportunity to build my one and only, I opted for a bike that was hopefully an evolution of my own riding philosophy. I chose the Ibis Ripley, hoping it would strike a balance between 100-millimeter-travel, XC-oriented bikes and more burly, but less XC-friendly 140-millimeter-plus bikes I had been alternating back and forth between for the past few years.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Turner Czar

01.08.2014

Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company's first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

01.07.2014

The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year's most promising bikes. We've created videos with highlights from our candid 'roundtable discussions' of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona. Here's the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike's awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers....

Tested: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon

12.26.2013

Lighter and more efficient--Specialized tweaked the 2013 Enduro with an eye towards improving its climbing abilities while retaining its unrivaled descending traits. I've been riding this bike for a solid year. Here's how it fared.

Tested: Turner Burner Expert

12.25.2013

It’s clear that Turner set out to make a 27.5-inch-wheeled bike that was uniquely its own with the new Burner. the high-speed stability and outstanding cornering prowess are standout ride features. Knowing that the bike climbs as well as it descends makes it an ideal candidate for someone looking for a no-nonsense, do-it-all trail bike.

Dream Builds–the Juliana Furtado

12.19.2013

The Furtado stole one editor's heart. It had all the updates from the original Juliana I’d been looking for: a lighter, stiffer carbon-fiber frame, a boost in travel, an upgrade from the single-pivot suspension platform to Santa Cruz’s VPP linkage and 27.5-inch wheels. This is how she built the bike up to be her perfect match.

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