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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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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 […]

First Look: Orange Gyro 29er

03.29.2012

Orange Gyro Black Gold

Photos: Scott’s New Gambler

03.15.2012

The new Scott Gambler appears to have a single-pivot, linkage-driven suspension design.

SRAM Trail House 2012 : Part I

03.15.2012

No doubt about it, I love Santa Cruz, California. With its magical dirt, sweet smelling redwoods trees and laid-back, beachy lifestyle, Santa Cruz is my favorite little town in the world. Sign me up.

Two Wheels and Taiwan

03.14.2012

Bike magazine is back in Taiwan again this year for the Taipei International Cycle Show and another stealth program of two-wheeled shenanigans.

Race Face Leaks Photos of Yeti Edition SIXC Cranks

03.06.2012

In a cryptic, if not just confusing, email the folks at Race Face attached these photos of Yeti bikes edition, SIXC cranks: Rumor has it these are going to be super-limited edition and distributed mostly in Europe. So you might need make some noise at Race Face’s Facebook page (or @RaceFace2012 on the Twitter) if […]

A Day on the Kona Satori and a Look at the Honzo

03.01.2012

As evidenced by my previous two "House of the Big Wheel launch" posts (here and here), it's clear that Kona has completely embraced the 29-inch wheel size.

Salad Days Revisited

02.27.2012

My first full-suspension bike was a Santa Cruz Superlight. I bought the spartan grey frame with Fox Float shock third-hand, from a Swiss Frenchman named ‘Fred’ whom I used to ride with on Hong Kong’s mountainous Lantau Island.

Frostbike Roundup: Bits and Widgets Aplenty

02.25.2012

If you've never heard of Frostbike, it shouldn't be a cause for concern. Taking place inside the doors of Quality Bicycle Products, headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, the show is on a slightly smaller scale than the sprawling Interbike exhibition hall.

48 Hours on the Kona Hei Hei Supreme and the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo

02.24.2012

Writing a review of a bike during a press camp is like saying you’ll marry someone after the first date. There simply isn’t enough time to get entirely used to a bike after a brief ride or two.

Santa Cruz Shredfest in Sedona

02.22.2012

The international assemblage of irreverent mountain-bike hacks gathered at Santa Cruz Bicycles’ big-wheeled bike launch in Sedona, Arizona, has embarked on its third day of riding—and the fleet of shiny new 29ers has long since been covered in thick layers of Sedona’s famous terracotta-colored dust.

Santa Cruz + Sedona = Superlight29 & Singletrack

02.21.2012

Santa Cruz Bicycles has brought an amiable crew of self-proclaimed ‘mountain-bike journalists’ to the high-desert trails of Sedona, Arizona, this week to unveil some new big-wheeled bikes—and, more importantly, to ride them.

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