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Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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Sea Otter News: Yeti Launches Carbon SB95 and ARC Models

04.19.2013

Check out bike mag's first ride impressions of Yeti's new SB95C carbon five-inch travel 29er, and see the latest ARC hard tail.

News: Scott Scale 650b Hardtail Release

04.18.2013

Just before all the Sea Otter commotion began, we headed out for a few laps on Scott's new Scale 700 series 650b hardtail.

Exclusive: 26-Inch/650b Death Match…With Puppets

04.10.2013

We sent our trail correspondent, Everett Burl-Sap to scientifically test 26-inch and 650b wheels against one another using the Banshee Spitfire as the test rig – a 140-millimeter travel mountain bike that features interchangeable dropouts that can accommodate both 26" and 650b wheels. This test practically dripped with science!

Bike Test: Salsa Beargrease

04.09.2013

Salsa Beargrease Framset: $1,000 salsacycles.com Fatbikes traditionally have been designed with a high level of utility built in to them, with eyelets and reinforcements for cargo racks and plenty of extra water-bottle mounts. Salsa, however, took a different approach with its Beargrease. Designed it specifically as a race rig, the frame is completely void of […]

Bike Test: 9:Zero:7 McGrath

04.09.2013

9:Zero:7 McGrath MSRP: $2,750 907bikes.com 9:Zero:7 bikes is a small bike company out of Anchorage, Alaska, with a rich history in snow riding. The company claims to have built the first ever aluminum-framed fatbike. The 9:Zero:7 model tested here, uses the symmetrical 170-millimeter rear dropout standard and is built with, pretty much, the McGrath parts […]

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Felt Edict Nine 3

04.03.2013

Felt’s smartly dressed, carbon 29er is more than just a good value, it’s an excellent choice for aggressive XC racers desiring a fast and nimble bike.

Bike Test: Fatback Titanium

03.26.2013

Fatback Titanium Frame only: $2,100 fatbackbikes.com By Ryan LaBar Titanium bikes, in any branch of the sport, have a certain lust factor to them. They are lightweight, elegant and offer a ride quality like no other bikes. On snow, however, the soft surface and squishy balloon tires all but entirely mutes the special ride quality […]

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Scott Gambler 10

03.22.2013

The new Scott Gambler 10 requires some commitment from its pilot, but rewards daring riders with insane control in fast, big-boy terrain.

Exclusive Video: Ibis Ripley 29er

03.18.2013

It took six long years to make the new Ibis Ripley 29er...What took them so long? We crashed Ibis headquarters, brought a video crew and got the exclusive story. Check out our video and, if you're feeling particularly literate, we've got words and pretty pictures too.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Kona Operator

03.11.2013

Calling a bike ‘vanilla’ is usually an insult, but inthe case of the Kona Operator, it’s just the opposite. This bike is plain, simple and durable, and these traits are exactly why we loved it.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Cannondale Trigger Carbon 1

03.05.2013

Cannondale's Trigger Carbon 1 is fast, flickable and tons of fun, though it left some testers wondering whether bigger wheels would make green grass greener.

Video Exclusive: Specialized Enduro 29er

02.27.2013

We went into the heart of Specialized Bicycles to find out both how and most importantly, why, the company decided to squeeze those big wheels onto their Enduro model. Welcome to the first installment of our new Blueprint video series: the story of an impressive new product, from the perspective of the people who designed it. Hard questions asked. Interesting answers given.

News: Specialized Enduro 29 Unveiled

02.27.2013

Our test pilot raced the previously top-secret Specialized Enduro 29er in one of Europe's most grueling enduro races. Here's what he thought of the bike and the race.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Giant Trance X 29er 0

02.25.2013

Giant’s new 29er is effortlessly capable. In any rider’s hands, challenging terrain seems to disappear under its tires. Our testers, however, found lots of room for debate.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Giant Glory 0

02.19.2013

Giant’s re-worked Glory is a dyed-in-the-wool World Cup racer—light, stiff, well-equipped and built for speed.

Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL Preview

02.18.2013

Rocky completely redesigned the Altitude line this year. There are five new models in the lineup—three of them bearing carbon somewhere on the frames, two others rocking all-aluminum chassis. The 790 is, in fact, a total carbon fiber dance party (both the front and rear triangles are made of the stuff).

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Kona Process DL

02.14.2013

Every feature on the trail felt more doable on the Kona. In the strictest sense of the word, it was certainly the most all-mountain of the bikes we had on test.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – BMC Fourstroke FS01 29

02.11.2013

The FS01’s geometry is set somewhere between ‘trail’ and ‘cross-country,’ making it eager to rally through corners and manual through whoops when the track points down. Where other cross-country bikes might start feeling sketchy, this bike just wants to go faster. Our test model broke, but BMC states that this is a first-time failure for this model. Check out the review for more.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Salsa El Mariachi 2

02.04.2013

Our cross-country test course possessed its share of technical climbs and descents that kept our testers on their toes. Despite that fact, each rider found there was something about the Salsa El Mariachi 2 that made it feel right at home among all the fancier, newfangled rigs.

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Niner Jet 9 Carbon

02.01.2013

Sure, it’d make a competent race bike, but with a 120-millimeter fork and some 2.4-inch tires thrown in the mix—the frame is designed to accommodate both of these things—the Jet 9 Carbon could also prove a capable trail bike.

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