The Best Value Bikes of 2016

This year is brimming with blinged out, high-zoot, lightweight and thoroughly badass mountain bikes. Those adjectives, however, don’t always share real estate in the same sentence with words like “value.” So, what the hell, here’s a list of some bikes that I think present a good value. They aren’t “cheap,” they might not even be “affordable,” but they are all a hell of a lot of bike for the buck.

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Durango Moonshine | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


"American made" and "full suspension" can't usually be used in reference to the same bike. But the 650b, all-mountain Durango Moonshine is an exception.

Trippin’ Winter rides the Isle of Skye


The Trippin' boys attempt an escape from the clutches of winter by heading West to the Coast of Scotland. They initially encounter equally bad weather, but the skies clear up and they get in some incredible riding.

Valparaiso urban DH highlights


You might have seen the POV footageof this tight and technical track earlier this week, but check out these Valparaiso urban DH highlights to see the racing from another perspective. Sorry for the dubstep.

Review: Five Ten Kestrel


Five Ten's new clipless shoe proves to be both efficient and comfortable, despite a couple hiccups.

The Mine | Subterranean singletrack


Canyon rider Rob J rides the singletrack and dirt jumps on offer at the underground bike park inside Louisville, Kentucky's Mega Cavern.

2015 Scott freeride squad announced


Scott today announced that Americans Paul Basagoitia, Kyle Jameson and KC Deane will continue to ride for their freeride team in 2015. Combined with their European squad (Nico Vink, Louis Reboul and Xavier Pasamonte), Scott will have a strong presence at events around the globe.

Video: Smith, Ratboy and Fearon | Fox 2015 DH gear


The best press releases come with an edit like this one of Stevie Smith, Ratboy and Connor Fearon shredding in Fox's Spring '15 DH collection.

BMC Speedfox | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


The Speedfox has hit the mark as a well-rounded bike, with a toe in both the XC and the trail pools, although the toe in the XC pool goes in a wee bit deeper.

Trek World Racing | The Kiwis


Trek's Brook MacDonald and George Brannigan are two very fast Kiwis, both of whom could contend for a top spot this year on the downhill circuit. Watch them get loose on dirt bikes, a ski (only one) and aboard their Trek Sessions at various world cup stops and at home.

Thank you, bicycle


We could all use to thank our bicycles now and then, and this video does a nice job of summing up feelings that many of us have for our bikes and for the things we're all able to do because of them.

Evgeny Kurnikov | Distortion line


Evgeny Kurnikov got creative with some urban spots and made some big features in places you wouldn't suspect to see in a mountain bike video.

Trek Farley review


Trek’s Farley is about as ‘Wisconsin’ as a bike can be. The frame is named after the larger-than-life comic Chris Farley, who was born and raised in Madison; the wheels are named after the folklore animal, the Jackalope, which may not have originated in the Badger State, but has seriously deep roots there; and the tires are called Hodag, which is a fearsome mythological beast that resides near the town of Rhinelander in Northern Wisconsin. The only thing that could make this bike more Wisconsin is cheesehead-shaped hand pogies.

Breaking new trail at Woodhill MTB park


Woodhill mountain bike park in Auckland, New Zealand, is being gradually destroyed by a logging operation on the same tract of land. Thankfully, they've been permitted to build new trails on a protected piece of land.

POV: Remy Metailler’s Taxco Downhill run


Fastman Remy Metailler was pinned in October's Taxco urban downhill race, and this POV really shows the speed with which Remy attacked the track.

Specialized Rumor Evo | 2015 Bible of Bike Tests


When it comes to this bike, evolution isn’t just in the name; the Rumor Expert Evo is good. So good that it had us checking and re-checking the wheel size in between bouts of laughter.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Best Bike of 2015?


As a writer, you sound like you know your stuff when you come out guns-a-blazin’ and declare a single winner in your “shoot out”. You can even make it seem more convincing by creating a little ranking system with stars or imitating the voice of God in your writing. There’s just one problem with that kind of review: it’s rubbish.

POV: Filip Polc’s winning run in Valparaiso


Filip Polc makes it two in a row with his urban DH win over the weekend in Valparaiso, Chile.

Rick Koekoek ascends Montserrat’s “Stairway to Heaven”


Trials rider Rick Koekoek hops his way up the "Stairway to Heaven" sculpture that stands atop Montserrat in Catalonia.

Ed Masters gets fat


Ten cheeseburgers, four whoppers with extra bacon and a milkshake? Ed Masters extols the virtues of fat bikes, showing the world why four-inch tires are here to stay.

Showcase: No Holds Barred


Looking for a handlebar upgrade? Here are six cockpit setups from Deity, Easton, Raceface, Renthal, Answer and FSA.

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