About the author: Kent Robertson

Kent Robertson (better known to Mtbr forum users as KRob) is just a guy who likes to ride. A lot. Kent’s 52 and has been riding mountain bikes for almost two decades, though he says his love of two-wheeled conveyances began when he was 5. His favorite trail type is any, be it fast and flowy, steep and chunky, or jumpy and droppy. Even a mellow bike path cruise with his wife makes him happy. “If I’m on two wheels it’s a good day.” Kent calls Ely, Nevada, home, but he’s ridden all over the western U.S. from Moab and Fruita, to Tahoe and Oregon, to a bunch of places in between. And while Kent focuses on the ride more than the bike, he’s ridden and tested a ton of bikes and knows what makes for a good ride — and a good bike. You can read more from Kent on his personal website, www.stuckinthespokes.com




Outerbike Test Sessions: Ibis Ripley LS

Check out this responsive all-trail 29er that feels more like a 27.5 while popping and playing, yet still displays those desirable 29er traits on rolling, up and down trails, and in choppy, rocky momentum sapping terrain.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Guerilla Gravity Trail Pistol

Colorado made 120mm trail bike has 148mm rear wheel spacing to accommodate 29er (crush mode) and 27.5+ (plush mode) wheels.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Turner Flux

Dave Turner from Turner bikes has been working on this carbon Flux for awhile and it shows…. in good ways and bad.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Orbea Occam

Just because you may not be familiar with this Spanish manufacturer, you should still give Orbea Ocam a look.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Transition Patrol Carbon

Transition’s big bike offering has 155mm of rear travel, a long front center, slack head angle, and one very plush ride.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Rocky Mountain Slayer

The Rocky Mountain Slayer is back with a full carbon frame, 27.5 wheels, and 165mm of enduro crushing travel. See how it fared at Outerbike in Moab.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Switchblade

The original Switchblade (made by Titus 15 years ago) ticked all the right boxes for a high-end full suspension bike. The new Pivot Switchblade was tops on the Outerbike Test Sessions list for the very same reasons.

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First Ride Review: Devinci Spartan

Devinci’s 165mm enduro machine has a Dave Weagle designed split pivot rear suspension — and some beautiful aesthetics with neon yellow accents on flat black paint and nice clean lines. Find out how it rode.

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First Ride Review: Canfield Brothers Riot

Canfield Brothers was one of the first companies to make an aggressive and fun 29er. Now they’ve refined (and maybe defined) the genre with the new Riot. Find out why.

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First Ride Review: Intense Spider 29 Carbon

Intense’s take on the increasingly popular 29er trail bike was tossable in back and forth S turns without feeling too big wheel sluggish. Find out more in our First Ride Review.

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First Ride Review: Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition

From general trail riding to long adventure rides or backcountry stage races to steep and blown out shuttle descents — this bike is ready.

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First Ride Review: Evil Bikes The Following

The Following has created quite a stir in the bike industry. Evil Bikes carved out a whole new niche in the bike world with this short travel, aggressive geometry 29er trail shredder. Find out more in our First Ride Review.

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First Ride Review: Pivot Mach 429 Trail

Pivot’s newest steed is a do-it-all 29er trail bike that’s comfortable and capable on a variety of terrain.

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First Ride Review (No. 2): Turner RFX 4.0

RFX 4.0 is made of high modulus Toray carbon and designed following the successful lines of the carbon Czar, while still staying true to classic Turner design cues like the seat tube/top tube taco “brace.” But how does it ride?

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Outerbike photo preview of 2015′s hottest mountain bikes

Events: Mtbr brings you a look at a dozen of 2015′s hottest bikes from the Outerbike demo fest in Moab, Utah.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 2

Part two of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Norco Sight, Pivot Firebird 27.5, Intense Carbine 275, Devinci Troy, Turner Flux 27.5 and Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 1

Part one of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Ibis Ripley, Yeti SB95 Carbon, Intense Spyder Comp 29 Carbon, Ibis HDR 650b, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt, GT Force, and Giant Trance 27.5

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2013 All Mountain Bike Tests at Interbike – Part 2

Part two of Krob’s Outdoor Demo bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Turner Czar, Santa Cruz Bronson C, Pivot Cycles Mach 6 Carbon, Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 and the Rocky Mountain Altitude.

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2013 All Mountain Bike Tests at Interbike – Part 1

Krob is back from Outdoor Demo and he tested a bunch of bikes including the Santa Cruz 5010, Giant Anthem 27.5, Niner RIP 9, Niner JET 9 and the Yeti SB 75.

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2012 All Mountain Bike Tests at Interbike Outdoor Demo

Mtbr member KRob attended Interbike’s Outdoor Demo and test rode some of the hottest mountain bikes on the market for the coming year. These are his unsolicited ride impressions.

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