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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Previewed: GT Fury Downhill Race Bike


The single biggest news from the GT Bicycles 2009 product release, currently underway in Livigno, Italy, is the new Fury downhill bike. Kept under wraps until its unveiling yesterday, the new all-carbon fiber monocoque-framed machine will replace the DHi model currently being sold by GT. The most important point about the frame that GT engineers […]

Previewed: Tomac DB10 Limited Edition


It’s easy to get swept away by all the excitement and technospeak that surrounds full suspension mountain bike designs. There are a lot of exciting bikes on the market these days. But while I was cruising the pits at last month’s Sea Otter Classic, one model stopped me in my tracks. It was steel, didn’t […]

Previewed: 2009 Shimano Saint M810


Shimano Saint components have been around since 2004 and since that time have become renown for their strength and reliability under extreme use. It’s very exciting then to announce the second generation of Saint. Shimano has given the group a complete top-to-bottom redesign taking into account current riding trends in aggressive mountain biking. Mountain bikers […]

Previewed: Diamondback Scapegoat


Diamondback’s Knuckle Box suspension design, used on their Mission and Sortie mountain bikes, is being expanded into the slopestyle and all-mountain arena with a new and very limited edition bike called the Scapegoat. Originally a concept bike developed for Interbike, the production models were created as interest in the show model increased. The Scapegoat’s frame […]

Previewed: Kona’s New “Magic Link” Bike


Brian Berthold, the man behind Therapy Components, which makes custom floating brake arm kits for full-suspension bikes, has teamed up with Kona this year to develop the brand new, highly unorthodox “Magic Link” bike. The platform appears on new CoilAir models and the premise is simple: When climbing or pedaling on flat ground, the bike […]

Previewed: Shimano’s New SLX Group


After making significant changes to XT and XTR, Shimano has begun trickle down their component kung fu to more affordable groups. The new SLX group was recently introduced, which is designed to replace both LX and Hone. LX has not been eliminated, but has been overhauled to target the European trekking crowd so you aren’t […]

Previewed: e.13 Direct Mount Bashguards


e.thirteen continues to push the envelope of product development with the release of more groundbreaking products for 2008. e.thirteen is proud to announce the worldwide aftermarket availability of its direct mount bashguard technology. Over the past several years, e.thirteen has worked along with some of the world’s top riders to develop and refine their worldwide […]

Previewed: Freelap Timing Comes To America


TerraLogic Park Industries, operators of Diablo Freeride Park in Vernon, New Jersey, announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership with Swiss timing innovators, Freelap SA to be the United States distributor of the unique Freelap product line. The Freelap Timing System is hailed by many as an innovative tool that is revolutionizing performance […]

Previewed: SRAM Teases Reba and Colors


The Sea Otter Classic this April 17-20 already promises to be chock full of new product goodness. SRAM has even decided to give everyone a sneak peak at some of the hardware they’ll be debuting. Rockshox plans to show off a new Reba fork that should be noticeably lighter than the current design. It’s expected […]

Previewed: Santa Cruz Blur LT 2


There are plenty of people willing to claim that the existing Blur LT is the best bike ever made. But none of them work at Santa Cruz. As soon as the current model was released in 2005, engineers went to work picking it apart, dissecting it, and concocting an even better machine. The agent of […]

Previewed: Cannondale Rize and Moto


After nearly two years of planning, Cannondale last weekend called a global summit in Gran Canaria to announce the release of two new bikes—the 130-millimeter travel Rize and the 160-millimeter Moto. The two new platforms split duties of what Cannondale has identified as “all-mountain” and “big-mountain,” and the long-awaited additions round out the company’s full-suspension […]

Previewed: Riding SLO with WTB and Rocky Mountain


For a photo gallery of images from this trip go HERE One’s Canadian, the other American, but Rocky Mountain Bicycles and WTB are two companies with a lot in common. For starters, each has been around for more than 25 years—an impressive run considering the sport of mountain biking isn’t much older than that. Both […]

Previewed: 2009 Fulcrum RedCarbon Wheels


Fulcrum has just announced the details of their 2009 RedCarbon wheelset. This cross-country wheelset was designed with racing in mind as Fulcrum is aiming to build a lighter and faster wheelset than the RedMetal Zero models ridden by Julien Absalon, which he rode when he won the rainbow jersey at the 2007 World Championships. The […]

Previewed: Magura’s MX-Series Air Shocks


Jude Monica, Magura’s resident road warrior and master of all things race pit, was sighted in our parking lot a few days back, his diesel Sportsmobile van idling almost imperceptibly while he brewed morning coffee. Monica is an ace wrench and all-around nice guy, and his tales from the road immediately got us desk jockeys […]

11-30-07 // Previewed: Twenty20′s New VholdR


Watch the video that Anthony Godoy and the Bike mag crew made HERE. About a year ago, Jason Green and Marc Barros, owners of Twenty20 helmet cameras, paid a visit to the Bike magazine SoCal Romparoom. They were checking up on their video camera unit that we were testing for last year’s March issue, but […]

Previewed: Viva La Remedy!


A photo gallery with images from this trip can be found HERE. After offering a quick sneak-peak of its new Remedy, a 6-inch All-Mountain bike, at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo back in September, Trek recently officially christened the new bike with a 3-day mass beating in the rugged terrain around Mexico’s Copper Canyon. Before we get […]

10-16-07 // Previewed: ’08 Sid Takes On 24 Hrs Of Moab


Celebrating the 10th year of the Sid suspension fork, RockShox has completely redesigned their popular XC race fork for 2008. The folks at SRAM took advantage of last weekend’s Granny Gear 24 Hours Of Moab mountain bike race to officially release the new fork, which we also had a peak at last month during Interbike. […]

9-18-07 // Previewed: Crank Brothers 2008 Hardware


The folks at Crank Brothers have been very, very busy over the last year. How busy? Try this: they’ve added wheels, headsets, integrated cranks, a new take on the quick-release skewer…and oh yeah, they’ve also taken over production and distribution of the Speedball adjustable seatpost from Maverick, and they’re looking to boost production of the […]

9-13-07 // Previewed: Yeti Cycle’s New 2008 Bikes


Yeti Cycles took over the small resort mountain of Solvista in Granby, Colorado, last week to bring its dealers out for a few days of lift-accessed and XC riding and to bring them up to speed on where the company is going and what to expect for 2008. We squeezed in a Colorado trip at […]

9-5-07 // Previewed: Garmin Edge 605 And 705 GPS


Garmin recently unveiled two new additions to its Edge family of handlebar-friendly GPS devices: the Edge 605 and the Edge 705. Both new units share the same slightly-bigger/greatly-improved platform: a 2.2-inch color LCD screen, a “click stick” thumb-operated joystick, and the same basic look and feel as their predecessors, the 205 and 305 models. The […]

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