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News: Shimano Debuts New XTR

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

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First Impressions: 2013 Scott Gambler 10

07.13.2012

Earlier this week in Chatel, France, a select group of journalists gathered for the official launch of Scott Bikes new Gambler. This new downhill race bike was born in Alps on the same trails where we would get an opportunity to ride it for the first time.

Adam Craig’s Prototype Giant Trance X 29er

07.09.2012

Adam Craig defended his U.S. National Super D title yet again in Sun Valley, Idaho. This year he piloted a prototype Giant Trance X 29er to victory. Bike magazine caught up with Craig after the race to talk about his new ride. That said, Giant, and hence Craig, is staying pretty quiet about the Trance […]

Preview: Magura TS8 29er

07.09.2012

By Vernon Felton Some days just don’t play out the way you plan them. Take today for instance…. Today, I was going to slap Magura’s new 29er fork onto my bike, give it a test run on a solid four-hour ride and call it all good before heading out for a week of riding in […]

Preview: Scott Bike’s 650b Genius 700 and 29er Genius 900

07.08.2012

By Ryan LaBar For its 10th birthday, the Scott Genius received not only a complete frame and suspension redesign, but also a complete wheel-size change. Scott will now offer the Genius in 650b (27.5-inch) and 29-inch wheel sizes–only the Genius LT will have 26-inch wheels. Aside from the original concept of the Genius–having two bikes […]

SRAM’s XX1 1×11 Group: New Details Emerge

07.02.2012

By Vernon Felton By now, you probably know that SRAM is rolling out an 11-speed, single-ring group called XX1. If not, check out this story. Today, SRAM revealed a few more details about the new group, which they believe will appeal to both enduro and cross-country racing types. If you’re still grappling with the whole […]

Cannondale Trigger 1 First Impressions, Plus New Lefty and Trigger 29er Info

06.26.2012

By Ryan LaBar Cannondale recently brought a group of mountain bike journalists to Deer Valley, Utah, to launch a new bike, as well as go over its changes, to the “OverMountain” line. This new bike is the Trigger, a 120-millimeter (adjustable down to 70 millimeters) trail bike to fill the short-travel gap that was in […]

Preview: NiteRider 2013 Light Lineup

06.24.2012

The 2013 NiteRider product line has undergone some serious changes that will no doubt leave consumers happy. With the goal of increasing both output and value, Nitrider has been busy this past year. Major changes include the replacement of Niterider’s popular Cordless model line with the new Lumina series, a cordless USB-rechargeable light available with […]

Preview: Niner Bikes S.I.R. 9

06.19.2012

Niner Bikes S.I.R 9 $999 (frame-only) / ninerbikes.com By Kevin Rouse Niner Bikes is looking to prove that steel has a solid spot on the list of modern mountain-bike building materials. Their argument for ferrous fabrication? Look no further than the completely redesigned Niner Bikes S.I.R 9. Centered around a proprietary steel tubeset that includes […]

Osmo Nutrition: Up Close and Personal

06.02.2012

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been known to receive some strange things in the mail here at the office. Still, I couldn’t help but be surprised when I received a box containing a two-page press release, a canister of ‘Whiz Wands’ and instructions for a good ‘ol fashioned experiment. For those as […]

First Impressions: HT AE03 Pedals

05.28.2012

Why have Aaron Gwin, Brian Lopes and Kyle Strait all begun riding HT's lightweight pedals? HT's AE03 pedal, shown here, makes its case.

Preview: Felt Edict Nine LTD

05.17.2012

Felt introduced the all-new Edict in 2011 to some pretty positive reviews. It featured one of the lightest frames in its class and an innovative, updated suspension design—Felt Active Stay Technology (F.A.S.T.).

First Look: Open Cycles O-1.0

05.05.2012

Industry veterans Gerard Vroomen (Co-founder of Cervélo) and Andy Kessler (Former CEO of BMC), have partnered together in an interesting new venture dubbed Open. With the launch of their O-1.0 hardtail, the nascent brand has already made a name for themselves, claiming the bike to be the lightest 29-inch production hardtail on the market.

2012 Sea Otter Classic Gear Wrap-Up

04.25.2012

Photos by Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh Dirt, sweat and gears—look for the artist-collaboration series of Dark Timbers, an apparel company that is by riders, for riders. The up-and-coming components company Rove—which specializes in headsets and bottom brackets—is introducing a new line of headsets in a wide range of sizes and colors. Simplify your […]

First Impressions: GT Distortion 2.0

04.24.2012

By Ryan LaBar GT Distortion 2.0 gtbicycles.com $3,300 GT’s Distortion defies conventional bike categorization. The bike has a 66.4-degree head angle, 17-inch chainstays, 13.8-inch high bottom bracket, a 150-millimeter fork, bash guard and wide bars with a short stem. None of these numbers seem out of place together, but what’s unusual is that the Distortion […]

Video Preview: Yeti Cycles 303 Prototype World Cup Carbon

04.22.2012

Here’s a look at what makes Jared Graves’ Yeti Cycles 303 Prototype World Cup Carbon downhill bike tick.

Suntour Rebounds into High-End Market With New Forks

04.20.2012

By Brice Minnigh Photos: Anthony Smith After several years in the mass market, Suntour is refocusing much of its efforts on higher-end suspension, introducing a new 650B fork and a long-anticipated downhill model. The company is throwing its chips in with 650B, developing a fork for what it anticipates will be the dominant wheel size […]

Shimano Releases New Saint and Zee Groupsets

04.18.2012

Shimano, the very first component manufacturer to offer a full gravity-specific group (think way back to the Saint group’s original introduction in 2003), is turning their focus back to their gravity offerings. For 2013 Shimano has completely revamped their venerable Saint group, and is introducing the all-new Zee group—an entry-level gravity group. Zee Shimano’s new […]

BMC Launches Teamelite TE01 29 Carbon Hardtail

04.18.2012

By Ryan LaBar Just in time for Sea Otter, BMC launched its first carbon 29er hardtail. At first glance, it’s apparent that BMC’s new Teamelite TE01 29 is not a cookie-cutter carbon bike. According to BMC, the TE01 29 was designed from the ground up to be a no-compromise racing machine that was “Fast, efficient […]

Intense Launches Hard Eddie Carbon 29er Hardtail

04.11.2012

Intense Cycles recently announced the launch of its all new Hard Eddie bike--the company's first hard tail 29er.

Novatec Signs Key Racers to its Wheel Program

04.07.2012

By Brice Minnigh Novatec has upped the ante with its wheel program this year, sponsoring a slew of talented gravity riders—several of whom have recently been slaying it at the Fontana Winter Series Downhill and Super D races. The crew includes gravity legends Eric Carter and Brian Lopes, along with up-and-coming standouts such as Kevin […]

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