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First impressions: 2015 Scott gravity bikes

We recently had an opportunity to ride the 2015 Scott gravity bikes, the 27.5-inch Gambler and 27.5-inch Voltage, in Chatel, France and Morgins, Switzerland.

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26 Ain’t Dead?

12.16.2013

If you are looking to buy a brand new bike and want to keep on 26-inch wheels then the list of options is very small, and probably getting smaller and smaller by the day. However, the bikes that are still out there are amazing, regardless of anything. Here's our short list of the best of `em.

Exclusive: Dream Bikes–the Extended Version

12.13.2013

Smack. Dang… Smack. Damn. Smack. Gawdammit! Smack. F@ck this!!! I threw the 29er to the ground and stalked off into the woods. Godalmighty, I hated these things. Stupid-long rear centers, senile shopping cart handling up front and some kind of evil Gypsy curse against the whole breed of wagon wheelers.

Tested: 2014 Marin Attack Trail XT8

12.02.2013

Marin's new Attack Trail XT8 would be a strong bike for someone who rides tight, technical terrain. The new Attack Trail is not as efficient and speedy a pedaler as some of the best all-mountain bikes, but it holds its own on climbs and makes for a competent all rounder.

Tested: 2013 Scott Genius 720

12.01.2013

If there was ever a perfect time to use the Swiss Army-knife metaphor for a bike, it’s with the Scott Genius 720. This 650b-wheeled beast is the quintessential do-it-all trail machine. The heart of this bike is the TwinLoc system, which simultaneously controls both the Fox 34 fork and Genius Nude2 shock.

Tested: 2013 Cannondale Trigger 29er 1

11.28.2013

By the time I got my hands on this test bike I was primed for speed. It didn’t let me down. on the first ride—my mildly technical singletrack commute, filled with abrupt, punchy climbs and sharp descents—the bike felt freakishly fast, its big wheels rolling effortlessly up taxing climbs that often leave me breathless.

Tested: 2013 Felt Compulsion LT3

11.27.2013

Many bikes get tossed into the ‘enduro’ or ‘all-mountain’ category because they sport six inches of travel and yet they don’t possess the slack geometry, stout frame and burly parts to really excel on prolonged technical riding. The Compulsion LT, happily, is one bike that fits the bill. The Compulsion LT is no pretender.

Tested: Ibis Ripley

11.22.2013

Versatility inspired the Ibis Ripley’s creation. Never mind that it happened to introduce a promising new suspension platform. Few other trail bikes could be your all-day backcountry mule one weekend, and cutting-edge race machine the next.

Tested: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29er

11.15.2013

I really hate 29ers. I think they are for old men to ride when they’re not playing golf. I’m sure that’s why I got the assignment to test the highly anticipated 29-inch Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon....

Tested: 2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL

11.11.2013

The 790 MSL is rocky mountain’s top-of-the-line model. It bears a complete carbon-fiber frame that Rocky says weighs just 5.1 pounds. That frame sports ISCG tabs, a 142x12 rear axle and tidy, internal cable routing. Envy-inducing components include a SRAM X0 drivetrain, Avid X0 Trail brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Kashima-coated Fox suspension. There isn’t a weak link in this chain, but at nearly $7,000, there shouldn’t be.

First Impressions: 2014 Marin Attack Trail XT8

11.04.2013

If you’ve been paying attention to all the Interbike/Eurobike/Outerbike posts this season, you’ve probably seen a hell of a lot of bandwidth sacrificed in praise of the Marin Bicycle’s new mountain bikes, which, and I’m going to be blunt here, is a big change.

Tested: Durango Pucker 650b Ti SS

11.03.2013

The pucker Ti is a blast to ride. At less than 23 pounds, the singlespeed rewards out-of-the-saddle efforts with astonishing speed. our bike was equipped with 34x20 gearing, which might be too low for the über-fit, but was perfect wintertime gearing in the mountains.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29

10.25.2013

The EX performs brilliantly on everyday singletrack—the kind of trails you want to ride for hours upon hours. Its handling traits are balanced and nimble, thanks in part to its low bottom bracket and ample standover. The efficient DRCV suspension platform and the 27.5-pound weight make the EX 9.8 feel like a no-holds-barred race whippet while on the pedals.

Tested: Transition Klunker

10.09.2013

Chances are, you’re looking at this bike right now and thinking either ‘cool!’ or ‘What the hell?’ A fully rigid, coaster brake-equipped, 32-pound cruiser is a love or hate proposition. In truth, I had no idea which camp I belonged to before I threw a leg over the Klunker, but I was definitely intrigued.

Reviewed: Santa Cruz 5010

09.30.2013

Lean, low and keen to let loose, the sleeper bike from Santa Cruz in 2013.

First Impressions: 2014 Giant Intrigue 1

09.18.2013

liv/Giant started from scratch with its women’s line for 2014, developing the bikes from the ground up, all based around the ever-more-popular 27.5-inch wheel size. That means unique geometry, colorways and graphics and factory molds cast specifically for women’s frames, an investment few brands are making.

Video: First Impressions, 2014 Devinci Troy XP

09.18.2013

Stevie Smith can ride it to victory at Crankworx Air DH, but how does the Troy stand up to us mortals?

First Impressions: 2014 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 29er

09.17.2013

There are actually 11 Stumpjumper FSR bikes and three frame-only options to choose from, ranging in price from $2,900 to $9,500. The back-in-black model here—the Expert Carbon EVO 29er—is the angry, pissed off member of the sprawling Stumpjumper family. Here are our first impressions, straight from the dirt, here at Interbike 2013.

Video: First Impressions of New Yeti SB75

09.17.2013

The venerable Colorado-based company introduces its new 27.5-inch-wheeled bike, the SB75, which shares the same 'Switch Technology' linkage as its 'Super Bike' brethren.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Yeti SB66c

09.16.2013

The Yeti SB66c has been called a "quiver-killer". Of course, that's been said of a lot of bikes, but is there another ultra-light, six pound all mountain bike that has been raced to a World Cup DH podium? Nope. The Yeti SB66c is a rare bike, no doubt about it--light and efficient enough to tackle all-day climbs, yet capable of smoothing the ugliest lines on technical descents.

Reviewed: Scott Gambler

09.12.2013

We rode and wrote about the Scott Gambler 10 for the 2013 Bible Of Bike Tests, and we liked it. So much so that we needed to make sure we liked it as much as we did. So, we had one shipped up to Whistler for some bike park bashing throughout the summer. Here's what we found after a summer of bashing about on the Gambler.

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