The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.
Crankworx is indeed an exhilarating festival. But it is also an exhausting one, especially for the haggard members of the Mountain Bike Press Corps. With so many contests and product launches to cover, we can scarcely find time to actually ride bikes. It was time to rise up and revolt, to liberate ourselves from the fetters of global taurine domination. It was time to leave the Red Bollocks and the Big Green Monster behind. It was time to head to Squamish for a ride with some of our buddies.
We loved the 2013 Kona Process DL. They scrapped the bike for 2014 and replaced it with a new line of both 29er and 650b bikes. Why? We went looking for answers in our latest Blueprint Series video. We've also put more than 600 miles and 150,000 feet of descending on the new bikes and have in-depth reviews of all three 2014 Kona Process models. Here's the most in-depth coverage you'll find of a bike line that should turn heads this coming season.
Rocky Mountain's Element 970 RSL BC Edition is a cross-country racer, British Columbia style. Light, efficient and surprisingly capable in technical conditions—an excellent choice for grueling endurance races.
Scott Sports has abandoned 26-inch hoops in favor of the larger 27.5 and 29-inch options on all of its trail, all-mountain and XC mountain bikes, leaving the smaller wheel size available only on its DH Rambler, Voltage freeride and dirtjump bikes and a few entry-level Aspects.
More frolicsome than its serious, speed-seeking counterparts, this bike has solid parts that make it good value.
Our gear editor went to France to try out the new (2014) Specialized trail bike models and came back blown away by a bike that had never turned his head before--the Camber. What's so great about that bike? Read on--we have his report on both the new Camber and Stumpjumper lines.
Cannondale credits its ECS-TC (Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control) system for this super-precise ride quality. And all marketing hype and terminology aside, every single one of our test riders has commented about immediately feeling this true-tracking ride quality.
Kiwi Tim Pierce is a director, producer and cinematographer who has been shooting mountain biking since he was a teenager. He travels all over the world on assignments for skiing and snowboarding clients, but his truest passion remains that of the two-wheeled, trail shredding sort.
Seeking to improve on its already successful Horsethief and Spearfish full-suspension 29ers, Salsa Cycles partnered with Dave Weagle to incorporate Split Pivot into the bikes' rear-suspension design. The results are impressive.
We give Turner's new Flux a perfunctory pedal on Park City's Wasatch Crest Trail.
GT recently unveiled not one, but two, new bikes: the Sensor and Force. Having undergone a new, ground-up redesign, both models see changes, with new geometries, Goldilocks wheels and a new linkage called AOS, or Angle Optimized Suspension.
The XC Carbon remains one of the most capable cross-country race machines I’ve ever swung a leg over. Its geometry is unchanged in this rendition, however, it now comes stock with a 120-millimeter fork—an upgrade I made after writing my previous review of this bike. Over the test period, I found myself riding lines on the Blur that usually make me nervous on 6-inch bikes.
Of all the bikes in our gear-guide issue, we had the toughest time pinning GT's Distortion 2.0 to a specific category.The Distortion presents an interesting departure from the standard trail-bike formula—with surprisingly fun results.
Santa Cruz engineer, Joe Graney, sums up the changes to the Tallboy thus, "We learn more so we add these things to existing bikes in our range rather than make up new acronyms. We just improve our bikes." How did they improve the Tallboy? We went to Scotland to find out. Read on.
It's taken a while, but Trek has finally updated its popular Fuel EX and Remedy models with wagon wheels. Many of you must be wondering, with 650b all the rage these days, why not go with that wheel size? It's simple, really: they don't offer much advantage over 26" wheels.
There are times when the whole 29er/650b hoopla gets a bit, well, stupid. Slap some big wheels on an existing model and presto—the bike somehow gains a 29 or 27.5-percent boost in efficiency, stiffness and utter radness. Logic and reason go right out the window. Whatever.
Specialized's Status II is one of the most affordable DH bikes on the market, but it’s not just a bargain—it’s a phenomenal bike at any price.