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News: Specialized introduces all-new Demo 8

The Specialized Demo 8 has been an eye-turner since the original with its distinctive twin seat stays and spider web shock enclosure. The bike has gone through several redesigns since then, but none as transformative as what you see here.

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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.

News: Drift Unveils New Ghost-S POV Camera

11.20.2013

Drift Innovation unveiled the Ghost-S today—their latest and “most powerful” action sports camera to date. What does “most powerful” actually mean? In this case, better battery life, improved low-light performance, higher quality video and a ton of new features. Here are the details.

First Ride: Schwalbe Rock Razor And Magic Mary

08.28.2013

This is not the complete review, just some early impressions from one ridiculous ride on some of Schwalbe's newest offerings – the loam destroying Magic Mary and the speed demon Rock Razor.

News: SRAM Debuts X01

08.01.2013

What sets X01 apart from its slightly pricier sibling? Why should you even care when you’ve probably spent years shifting a front derailleur and never thought, “Man, what I need right now is some way to just rid myself of that thing that makes climbing hills easy!” Fair questions. Here are some answers.

News: Giant Goes Big with 27.5

07.26.2013

Want to know what’s happening with Giant in 2014? Here, I’ll summarize it for you—27.5—as in 27.5 (a.k.a. “650b”) wheeled bikes. Giant will roll out 28 different 650b bikes next year around the world--from hardtails to enduro bikes. Here's the story on the bold move.

Preview: Mission Workshop Acre-Series Trail Pack

07.23.2013

We recently had a chance to get up close and personal with Mission Workshop's upcoming Acre Series Trail Pack. Here's a quick rundown on both the pack and Mission Workshop's very cool testing protocol.

Previewed: Truvativ BlackBox Stevie Smith bars

07.15.2013

Steve Smith’s signature bar is high and out in front, giving him ultimate control. His signature 780-millimeter downhill bar features a 30-millimeter rise, which keeps his hands forward, his head up and his eyes focused.

News: Santa Cruz Debuts New Heckler

06.14.2013

Words by Vernon Felton/Seb Kemp Photos by Dan Barham Now with the same geometry as the acclaimed Bronson (see the chart a bit further on down the post), plus six inches of travel and 27.5-inch wheels to match, the new Heckler is, well, new. Some things, however, remain the same…. Still single pivot. Still durable […]

Exclusive: Ibis Launches Mojo HDR

06.10.2013

Today Ibis publicly unveiled the Mojo HDR—an updated version of their Mojo HD model. We've been riding the HDR, shod with 650b wheels, these past few weeks. Here are our thoughts on the new bike as well as the inside story from Ibis founder, Scot Nicol.

News: SRAM 7-Speed Drivetrain

06.09.2013

There is no official word from SRAM at this point but we did track down Jon Cancellier, Blackbox's man on the ground, and squeezed some information out of him.

First Impressions: 2014 Fox TALAS & Float X

06.03.2013

To run their new pogo sticks through the ringer, Fox invited a few of us media clowns up to Hood River, Oregon and pitted us against each other in our own, very handicapped "media" class at the first round of the Oregon Enduro series. Here are our gear editor's impressions of the new 34 TALAS CTD forks and Float X shocks after a weekend of muddy enduro racing.

Preview: Magura eLECT compression damping

05.24.2013

Electronic, automatic suspension lockout. Has the future arrived? Or is it a bit ahead of itself?

Exclusive Video: Cannondale Trigger 29er Preview

03.12.2013

While we were impressed with Cannondale's 26er version of its Trigger trail bike, all of our testers wanted to give the 29er version a go. We now have a Trigger 29er and will be showcasing it in the pages of Bike. In the meantime, here's a quick video preview we made of the new Cannondale Trigger 29er.

News: New Pearl Izumi X Project Shoes Get A Proper Pounding

10.30.2012

Pearl Izumi invited journalists from all over the country to see how their new ‘X Project’ shoes perform on the steep, technical singletrack of Laguna Beach, California. Here's what went down.

Fresh: Raleigh Talus 29 Elite

09.27.2012

Raleigh Talus 29 Elite Raleigh deems the Talus 29 series as its versatile trail 29er. The ‘Elite’ model, here, is Raleigh’s top-end aluminum model. Retailing at $1,800, we feel the Raleigh Talus 29 Elite comes with a pretty solid parts spec, complete with a Fox F29 CTD 100-millimeter fork (with a 15-millimeter through axle) and […]

Test Ride: XX1: SRAM’s Single-Ring Group

09.18.2012

Simplicity, reliability and surprising versatility...SRAM's new single-ring XX1 group has more to offer than you might have guessed.

First Ride: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon

09.18.2012

Already an amazing descender, the new Enduro is now a hell of a climbing machine as well.

Preview: Niner Unveils New Carbon RIP9 RDO

09.18.2012

Niner’s venerable RIP 9, their self-professed “quiver-killer” has gone carbon for 2013 with the RIP 9 RDO. The 2013 RIP 9 RDO in Rally Blue Featuring a full carbon frame, including linkages, the RIP 9 takes Niner’s patented CVA suspension and squeezes out 125-millimeters of travel designed with anywhere from a 120-millimeter to 140-millimeter fork […]

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