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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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Previewed: Fisher Bikes’ 2009 HiFi Pro

01.19.2009

Last summer Gary Fisher announced its newest all-mountain bike—the Roscoe—to great fan fare and fireworks. But beyond the din of all the ooohs and aahhhs, there was another ’09 introduction from Fisher lurking in the shadows—the significantly redesigned HiFi platform. No, it doesn’t have the custom DRCV (which is code for way-cool modified Fox RP23). […]

Previewed: Bionicon Golden Willow Video Preview

01.15.2009

Biconicon’s Mic De Min recently dropped off a new scandium Golden Willow at the Bikemag mothership. While he was here, he took some time to explain the mountain goat origins of the company’s founding concept—which basically involves use of robotics-grade pneumatic hoses to radically alter bike geometry at the push of a button. CLICK HERE […]

Gear Preview: Intense Cycles Launches The 2009 Uzzi

01.07.2009

Intense Cycles is starting 2009 with a flurry of new-bike activity as they have announced two new bikes in the last month. 2009 promises to be the most exciting year ever at Intense Cycles as Intense’s owner, Jeff Steber, continues to innovate his line of made-in-the-USA mountain bikes. Hot on the heels of the new […]

Gear Preview: Intense Cycles Launches Spider 2

12.23.2008

Intense Cycles is filling the gap between its 4-inch Spider FRO and the longer-travel Tracer VP trail bike with the new Spider 2. The new bike will have adjustable rear travel from 4.5- to 5-inches and is designed for riders who want an XC bike they can abuse. “We designed the bike to be between […]

Online Exclusive: Foul-Weather Clothing Essentials

12.09.2008

Today’s foul-weather gear is lighter, more breathable and offers better protection against the elements than ever before. Check out some of the season’s best new riding gear. Seattle Sports Aquaknot /// $75 800-632-6163; SEATTLESPORTSCO.COM Seattle Sports designed the Aquaknot pack to keep your belongings dry on wet rides. The 1,600-cubic-inch pack can seal three different […]

Gear Preview: Chrome’s Champ Cycling Jacket

11.25.2008

Chrome’s new wind- and water-resistant Champ jacket is designed to be stealthily functional and blatantly fashionable. It boasts a lined collar, zippered armpit ventilation, mp3 player pocket with internal wire routing, hidden back pocket and articulated elbows. What really makes this jacket shine are the reflectors (no pun intended). The reflective material on the cuffs […]

Previewed: SRAM Develops XX Group

11.13.2008

SRAM is good at marketing. Its quiver of brands (SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ) feature some of the best graphics around. The ads are great. Even their catalogs win design awards. The company is also pretty skilled at viral marketing and isn’t afraid to tease riders in the hopes of building anticipation for new product. Well, […]

Previewed: Twenty6 Rallye Limited Edition Pedal

10.30.2008

Looking to add some unique bling to your bike? Twenty6 Products is making a super limited edition run of it’s Rallye pedal dipped in chrome. There will (aptly) only be 26 of these pedals made—each one is numbered, in limited edition packaging. The thin 5/8 inch thick pedal will come with five full sets of […]

Previewed: The Gary Fisher Roscoe

09.21.2008

Among mountain bike companies, where “innovate or die” is the rule of the jungle statements like, “This is the best mountain bike we’ve ever made,” are a dime a dozen. But when that quote comes from Gary Fisher, one of mountain biking’s originals, it makes your ears perk up. This is the Gary Fisher bike […]

9-8-08 // Previewed: Mavic’s Whistler Wheel Debut

09.08.2008

Mavic introduced some significant improvements in its mountain bike wheel line at Crankworx last month. All the usual suspects are there–decreased weight, increased performance, new graphics. Expect to start seeing these wheels on bikes and in shops soon. Given the nature of the Crankworx venue–Whistler’s bike park–Mavic only showed its four newest big-hitter gravity and […]

Previewed: Specialized 2009 Product Launch

09.02.2008

Page 1 of 4, make sure you scroll down to read the other pages. The new Epic is lighter and stiffer. No big surprise there, right? I mean, aside from having more travel, that’s kind of always been the aim of mountain bike design. The real story, however, is how they got there in the […]

Previewed: Aaron Chase’s Proto FS Street Bike

08.19.2008

Aaron Chase was showing off his new full-suspension street bike at Crankworx. It’s really nothing like we’ve ever seen before and is just in the development stages, only two prototypes currently exist, but could potentially turn into a new FS frame style. Aaron provided all of the design input and the Cannondale engineers got creative […]

Previewed: Unveiling Truvativ’s Hammerschmidt

08.13.2008

Since spring, we’ve been subject to a barrage of ambiguous ads and various clandestine activity from the folks at Truvativ all in the name of Hammerschmidt. Thankfully the veil of secrecy has been officially lifted and Truvativ is publicly revealing its secret product. Hammerschmidt is a crank and bottom bracket combination with an integrated planetary […]

Previewed: Norco’s 2009 Lineup Revealed

08.01.2008

The Whistler Bike Park recently played host to the 2009 product launch from Norco Bicycles. As expected, Norco took the opportunity to show off their more aggressive, gravity inspired bikes. Two team-inspired bikes highlighted the new lineup. With the help of last year’s Crankworx Slopestyle event winner Ben Boyko, Norco this year is offering the […]

Previewed: Salsa El Kaboing and Big Mama

07.30.2008

Since the early fillet-brazed frames of Salsa Cycle’s heyday, the brand has enjoyed success in niche markets with its cyclocross, commuter, 29-er and steel hardtail frames. But Salsa has developed two new frames—one built around 26-inch wheels and the other 29ers—that should have mainstream riders salivating. The El Kaboing and Big Mama may have colorful […]

Previewed: The New Scott Genius

07.23.2008

The Genius is back. A patent dispute with Specialized had prevented Scott from selling its Genius bikes in the U.S. for years, but the company has completely redesigned the bike for 2009 and will soon offer six versions of this new 150-millimeter trail bike. It’s an important step for the company. Until know, the company […]

7-22-08 // Previewed: Fox The Main Goggle

07.23.2008

What: The Main Goggle How Much: $40 Fox has long been synonymous with motocross gear, but now they are making a push to get their eyewear in the display case at bike shops, too. They’re taking a step in the right direction: optical offerings include The Main goggle, a no-frills design to get the job […]

Previewed: Santa Cruz Nomad “Redux”

07.15.2008

The Santa Cruz Nomad frame design broke new ground by practically defining the “all-mountain” category of mountain bike. Now Santa Cruz has redesigned the Nomad using many of the same revisions that we saw them use on the new Blur LT (TESTED HERE). The Virtual Pivot Point (VPP) revision results in a flatter shock rate, […]

Previewed: Avid Elixir CR Disc Brakes

07.09.2008

Avid introduced the all-new Elixir R disc brake at April’s Sea Otter Classic event. The Elixir R lacked the contact adjust feature pioneered by the Juicy model so it was easy to predict additional Elixir models would follow. Avid is now introducing the Elixir CR model with tool-free pad contact and reach adjustment. The Elixir […]

Previewed: GT’s 2009 Lineup From Livigno

06.26.2008

The radical new carbon fiber Fury downhill bike from GT Bicycles will undoubtedly stir up lots of controversy, but there are lots of other GT bikes being released here in Livigno, Italy that we can actually ride. Here’s an overview of the new GT quiver. Force The Force premiered a year ago as the big […]

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