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The new Ibis Mojo HD3 represents a ground-up redesign of Ibis’ famed all-mountain bike. We’ve been lucky enough to ride the thing. Here’s the story.

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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.

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.

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