About the author: John Bennett

With 210 lbs of solid, descending mass, John is a good litmus test of what bikes and components will survive out there in the real world. And with a good engineering mind, John is able to make sense of it all as well. Or at least come up with fancy terms to impress the group.




Maxxis Assegai tire review


Greg Minnaar rolled years of race winning experience into a tire that holds its line, whatever the conditions. Named after a traditional zulu warrior spear, meet the Assegai.

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Orange Stage 6 Factory review


To the casual observer, the aluminum frame is a simple single-pivot design with massive swing arm, but it demands a closer look. Click thru to hear what makes this bike special.

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Magura MT1893 brakes, updated Vyron, and more


Magura has updated multiple product offerings for 2018. Arguably the most noteworthy is their 1893, a collector’s edition MT7 brake that features the HC3 levers and a sparkling chrome finish.

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Mongoose has bikes for all disciplines and budgets


Well spec’d cross country, enduro, and downhill builds come in at under $3000.

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Kogel brings precision ceramic bearings to mountain bikes


Kogel has made a name for themselves in the road and cyclocross worlds. Now they have products geared to the mountain biker seeking frictionless spin.

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Maxxis Assegai tire delivers big traction


Maxxis has collaborated with downhill racing legend Greg Minnaar to create a new high traction tire.

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Five Ten updated their popular Impact Pro


Five Ten showcased their updated DH oriented Impact Pro flat pedal shoe.

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Handske Gloves bringing style to your digits


Handske is putting art onto your hands, while helping you to hold onto the bars and wipe the sweat off your brow.

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Commencal Meta 29er teased at Sea Otter


This trail tamer has 170/160mm front/rear travel, a 65.5-degree headtube angle, 75-degree seat tube angle, and 432mm chainstays.

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Box Components revamps drivetrain offerings


Box Components has redesigned and expanded its drivetrain offerings. Options coming soon will include 11-speed, 9-speed e-bike specific, and 7-speed DH.

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Kona Process 153 goes full carbon


Kona took some of their best alloy bikes and created carbon versions that were on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Pole Bicycles Machine 29er is functional work of art


The Machine is a 180mm front/160mm rear travel 29er with a 63.9-degree headtube angle and extremely steep 78-degree seat tube angle. Chainstays can accommodate up to a 3.0 tire.

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper launched


Specialized has redesigned the Stumpjumper for 2018, a bike that has been around since 1981. Did they address everything on your must have list? Read on to find out.

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper first impressions


Mtbr spent three days shredding the trails in Ainsa, Spain, to find out if the new Specialized Stumpjumper lives up to the hype.

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2018 Specialized Enduro dream build


Ground-hugging performance, enough squish for a magic carpet-like ride and total silence. Meet our custom Specialized Enduro.

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2017 Norco Range C9.2 review


Norco surprised us with a Range that came with 150mm of travel and 29er wheels. With a 65.5-degree head angle and steep seat angle, it came with best of breed components read to get rowdy.

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Video: Slime and Genuine Innovations tire sealant


New sealant blend claims to improve longevity, and work with CO2 inflators. Plus the new Tubeless Tackle Kit that includes a sealed metal housing, plug insertion device, five plugs, valve core remover, and two extra valves.

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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Julbo Aero sunglasses with Zebra Light Red lenses and more


Eyewear company has new sunglasses and goggles with a photochromic lens tint option aimed at the mountain bike crowd.

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HED Raptor and No Big Deal wheels roll out


HED Cycling has some exciting carbon wheel offerings for both fat and semi-fat tire bikes. And they’re both made in the USA.

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BOS Suspension Deville 35 fork ready for primetime


BOS Suspension has released a new Deville 35 fork for the all mountain category. It will initially be available with travel between 150-170mm (fixed) in 27.5 wheel size for the boost 110x15mm standard.

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ESI Grips launches limited edition colors


ESI Grips is utilizing social media to find out what their customer base wants and are offering rotating “limited” custom grip color offerings.

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First Ride Review: Fox Float X2 for 2017 Specialized Enduro


Fox has updated its Float X2 shock to fit 2017 Specialized Enduro frames. Our tester would be bouncing with joy, if it wasn’t so well damped.

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2017 Norco Range C 9.2 first ride review


Norco has debuted a pair of enduro beasts, one clad in 27.5 wheels with 170/160mm of travel, the other a 29er with 160/150mm of travel. Check out Mtbr’s thoughts after a first ride on our 29er test bike.

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YT Industries Jeffsy CF Pro review


Find out if this 140mm 29er trail bike with progressive geometry can handle a season’s worth of punishment — and deliver fun fast times along the way.

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YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1 first ride review


The crew from YT Industries visited Santa Cruz recently for a date with Mtbr to do some loam testing on the new YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1. Find out how this 29er trail bike fared.

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FOX Float X2 review


A FOX Float X2 has been suspending and damping the rear of our Specialized Enduro for the past few months – check the full review to see how it went.

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Review: YT Industries Tues


Mtbr had the pleasure of having a YT Tues arrive on our doorstep, pushing it up the steepest terrain we could find and letting gravity sort out the rest.

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First Look: YT Capra All Mountain bike


Now that the YT Industries bikes are available in this market, Mtbr was invited to Reno, Nevada to find out if the Capra shreds like its mountain goat namesake at a budget price.

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