Call it a hardtail if you must, but truly this is just a very capable, all-terrain, all-mountain, all-seasons, all-weather, all of the above, all-purpose, all-around, all-aboard, all-inclusive, all-hell-breaks- loose, all-star, all manner of brilliance, bicycle.
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.
By: Ryan LaBar Photos: Scott Sports/Ian Hylands Scott recently had a group of bike journalists come to Sun Valley, Idaho, to cover and ride its redesigned Genius line, which now comes in two wheel sizes: 650b (27-inch) and 29-inch. I got to spend a few days riding each bike on some of Sun Valley’s finest [...]
By Vernon Felton Didn’t make it to the latest press launch to ride the latest Cannondale bikes? Well, neither did 99.9 percent of the world. The video below, however, gives you a first-hand glimpse of the bikes that were on display. No suprise, the the Jekyll and Claymore both make appearances, but so does Cannondale’s [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
By Brice Minnigh Photos by Van Swae Rocky Mountain Bicycles is rolling out its 2013 line of carbon 29ers—the Element 29 RSL—and Bike magazine somehow managed to shanghai one for some early-summer shredding. The bike we have is the 970 BC Edition—the only one of the company’s four new Element 970 RSL models that comes [...]
By Ryan LaBar One Ghost Industries Musashi oneghost.com $2,300 (Frame with shock) My first contact with One Ghost Industries came a while ago through a Facebook comment on a post for one of our stories here on bikemag.com. I looked more into the company based mostly on my fascination of its name. I found that [...]
By Stevil Kinevil Ventana El Toro Bravo $2600 (as tested) ventanausa.com To begin this review, I will offer you a little history lesson, during which time absolutely no note-taking is required. Despite the fact that Ventana Bicycles is a relatively intimate operation, their name is synonymous with an array of revolutionary suspension advancements and fabrication [...]
By Kevin Rouse Niner E.M.D. 9 $550 (frame only) ninerbikes.com First things first, basketball’s not exactly my forte, I rely on stepstools quite a bit and, freshly shaven with a beanie and sunglasses on, I was able to get youth lift passes well into my late teens. Accordingly, when 29ers hit the scene, I was [...]
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.
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 [...]
By Vernon Felton A week ago I posted a quick summary of Giant’s newest addition to its mountain line—the Anthem X Advanced 29er. In a nutshell, Giant took their best-selling, full-suspension bike to date (the Anthem X 29er) and replaced its aluminum front triangle with one made of carbon. The result: a loss of 185 [...]
Here’s a look at what makes Jared Graves’ Yeti Cycles 303 Prototype World Cup Carbon downhill bike tick.