Specialized has tweaked its popular Rumor women’s-specific trail bike to give it a few modern touches like snappier geometry, more travel and 27.5-inch wheels. The changes reflect Specialized’s evolving philosophy to offer multiple wheel sizes on its popular mountain bikes, whereas the company was previously firmly planted in the 29er camp.
Jamis has been making bikes with 27.5-inch wheels longer than most brands, so we had high expectations of the company's new cross-country whip, the Dakar XCT 650 Team. In this video, our testers debate whether the bike lives up to its promise.
The Santa Cruz Bantam is designed around 650b wheels and sports a bevy of smart features that include 142x12 rear thru-axles, ISCG-05 tabs, Santa Cruz’s excellent collet-axle pivots and a threaded bottom bracket. Best of all, the frame can be had for $1,300.
There's no doubt about it: The Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition sparked some serious emotions in our testers, leading to this robust and unfettered debate about what wheel size actually means. Check it out.
Last year's launch of the Ibis Ripley was wildly anticipated, with intense speculation over whether the 29-inch-wheeled bike would measure up to its smaller-wheeled counterparts. When the red dust of our Sedona, Arizona test trail had settled, what did our testers have to say about this bike's performance?
I don't know if I'm much of a dreamer, but when the time came to assemble my 'dream build,' I took the welcome task quite literally: I dug deep into my wildest fantasies of the all-around trail slayer.
For such an all-around workhorse of a bike, the 29-inch-wheeled Felt Virtue Nine 20 had our testers firmly divided on its strengths and weaknesses. One editor had one of his best rides of the entire Bible of Bike Tests on this beast. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.
Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.
The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?
While we'd ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities.
Going into this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.
Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.
The ads for the Juliana Joplin Primeiro probably won't have giant, half-naked, large-breasted women in them. Probably no stripper poles, either. And maybe, if we're lucky, no butterfly orgies. Could this bike—and the marketing strategy behind it—open the door to more female riders? Watch this video to see what our testers thought.
You hear a lot from us about what Bike's Bible of Bike Tests is all about. But how would our annual bike-testing boot camp strike someone from outside the immediate Bike family? Red Bull Bike visited us on location in Sedona, Arizona, last October and created this behind-the-scenes look at our yearly testing grind.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.