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Preview: Breadwinner Cycles’ Bad Otis

Do we feel bad about pummeling the bike voted “Best Mountain Bike” at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show? Hell no. Not when the winner, Breadwinner Cycle’s Bad Otis, is 25 pounds of brawling fun. And, yes, that’s a six-inch travel Pike up front.

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Preview: Transition TransAM 29 1

06.26.2014

A hardtail is a hardtail is a hardtail, right? Nope. Sure, they all lack rear suspension, but that's where the similarity often ends. Transition's TransAM 29er is a good example--a steel-framed wagon wheeler that's less interested in winning races and entirely obsessed with making short work of technical terrain. Vive la difference.

Preview: Tioga Spyder Stratum

06.05.2014

How do you make a saddle more comfortable? Conventional wisdom suggests that you increase the padding. Tioga is bucking conventional wisdom altogether and ditching the padding entirely with their new Spyder Stratum saddle, which they contend is far more comfortable and supportive than traditional saddles. Here's the story.

Preview: Mavic introduces updated mountain bike apparel line

05.23.2014

Mavic's 2014 clothing line has been trail-tested by the world's best enduro racers and is designed to withstand the rigors of high-alpine, technical riding.

Preview: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 1

05.22.2014

A lot of bikes claim to be versatile and many of them do a good job of handling a wide range of trails, but a few select bikes twist the knob to 11, so to speak. The Trigger is intriguing in that it has the potential to bridge the gap between cross-country race whip and all-purpose trail bike. On paper, those two categories may seem similar, but on the trail, they are like tuna fish and vanilla ice cream.

Preview: Santa Cruz’s Juliana brand launches all-mountain women’s bike

05.21.2014

Santa Cruz's Juliana Bicycles brand is launching its new Roubion 6-inch-travel all-mountain bike this week in the region that serves as the bike’s namesake.

Preview: Fresh Rubber

05.01.2014

For my money, there’s no greater upgrade than a fresh set of rubber. Good tires boost traction, reduce rolling resistance and improve braking performance. Well, they might not do all three, but chances are you’ll get at least two on that list and that’s still a hell of a lot bang for your buck.

Preview: Chris King Press Fit 24 Bottom Bracket

04.24.2014

I hate Press Fit bottom brackets. But….here’s the rub: it's fair to say that the Press Fit bottom bracket will soon be the only bottom bracket in the future. Accordingly, I’m on a mission to find the best of this breed. Today's candidate? Chris King's Press Fit 24 model.

First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

04.18.2014

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.

News: Shimano Debuts New XTR

04.11.2014

The world's benchmark in mountain bike components receives some much needed updates.

Sea Otter Classic: Product Gallery

04.11.2014

With its hundreds of booths spread around the Laguna Seca Raceway outside Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic is a constant blur of bike bling, and the unofficial start to the North American race season.

Preview: Michelin Wild Mud Advanced

04.03.2014

The new Michelin Wild Mud comes in a new, super soft rubber compound (MAGI-X) that should work wonders on wet roots and is supported by a burly, reinforced casing (there’s an additional ply running from one bead to the other) that should help fend off gashes in rocky conditions. This is a mud tire that can take some abuse and has some decent width to it. It's not your average wet-weather tread.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC 27.5

03.27.2014

While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.

Preview: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon

03.17.2014

Intense debuts its all-new Tracer 275 Carbon. Check it out here.

2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

03.15.2014

Highlights From The North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Preview: Cannondale Scalpel 29 3

03.06.2014

For the past dozen years, Cannondale's Scalpel has lived up to its name—a razor-sharp tool that’s all about finesse and accuracy. It was also expensive. This all-aluminum version brings down the price point on racing performance.

Preview: Kona Hei Hei Deluxe

02.27.2014

A lot of race bikes have a fairly narrow range in which they excel. To wit, if you aren’t pinning it on a relatively buff course, some of those bikes are about as fun as donating blood. This, of course, is understandable—they are race bikes, after all, and racing generally isn’t concerned with smelling the roses: it’s about gritting your teeth and putting the hammer down and tasting blood. Fair enough. Well, the Hei Hei can do the race thing just fine, but it’s also actually fun to ride as well.

First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014

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.

Preview: The XX1 Hack

01.23.2014

Can you create an affordable alternative to SRAM's impressive XX1 single-ring drivetrain (an XX1 hack, if you will)? And would it actually offer XX1-level performance? We're about to find out.

Preview: Lezyne CNC Rod & BB/Cassette Tool

11.29.2013

While no one ever intends to over-tighten their bottom bracket or cassette lock ring, these sorts of things happen to the best of us. Thus, I was excited to get my hands on Lezyne's CNC-Rod, which provides the more ham-fisted amongst us with a bit of extra leverage.

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