Jamis Dakar Sixfifty B Comp and Pro Bike Test

Introduction: This review is a collaboration between Mountain Bike Tales and Francis Cebedo. Mountain Bike Tales tested the Comp Version while Francis of mtbr rode the Pro version of the Jamis Dakar Sixfifty B. Intermediate Sized Wheels & Big Boy Style Fun A Bit About Wheels Collectively, the mountain bike industry isn’t huge on the […]

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Bike Review: Airborne Guardian 29er

Factory Direct, Well Spec’ed and in Effect The MBT Test Crew likes factory-direct mountain bike manufacturers and here’s why: We have our own in-house mechanics so assembling and tuning a brand new bicycle is daily routine. When we can save hundreds, sometimes thousands off the asking price of a given bike to do this, we’re […]

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Bike Review: $199 Mongoose XR200 Full Suspension

This review is brought to you by one of the mtbr.com content partners, Mountainbiketales.com On Department Store “Cheapies” Would it surprise you to know that month after month the most inquired about mountain bike models aren’t uber-expensive, cutting edge, technological wonders? In fact, far from it! It turns out that readers enjoy living vicariously through […]

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Trek Remedy 8 – Bike Review

Technologically Advanced All-Conditions Trail Bike Trek is one of those companies that possess all of the resources that keep fellow big brands like Specialized and Giant atop their game year after year. We’ve heard the tired-old complaints that Trek places more emphasis on its road-bike division but can’t agree with nay-sayers, especially after spending some […]

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Bike Test: Giant XTC 0

Carbon Fiber 29er For Anyone’s Budget Market analysts tell us time and time again that the most popular bike segment going is the 26″ wheeled, aluminum framed, full suspended trail bike making the Giant XTC 0 a bit of an anomaly right from the get-go. A 29-inch wheeled carbon-fiber hard tail, the XTC 0 leans […]

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POV Camera Shootout – GoPro, Drift, Contour

GoPro Hero HD Vs Drift Stealth FX Until recently, if you wanted to make a movie of your mountain bike excursions you had to either advance to professional level where people paid you to put your skills on video, or shell out big bucks for a high end unit by the likes of Sony, Nikon […]

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Pivot Mach 5.7

A Custom Built Mid-Travel Trail Terror The Back Story A few years ago the American “boutique” brand was pretty easily recognizable when compared to many of the big brand offerings by the simple fact that domestic builders were literally building one-off frames in limited quantity and assembling them here on domestic soil. These days the […]

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Bike Test: 2011 Diamondback Overdrive Comp 29er

Big Hoops, Little Coin There was a time when a sub-$1000 mountain bike of any configuration was either wishful thinking or a bloated department store clunker disguised to look like a real off-road bicycle. If there is one good thing to be said for economy of scale, it’s that mountain bikes have been becoming steadily […]

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Bike Review: Giant Trance X3

Well Rounded and Competitively Priced It could be argued that this day of near limitless configuration options that 5-inches of mountain bike suspension travel has become the very definition of a well-rounded trail bike. Sure there are dozens of examples of where 4 or 6-inch models manage to dazzle and we’re not here to dispute […]

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Bike Review: Trek Rumblefish II

Blasting off on the Rumblefish II isn’t about elbow yanking acceleration so much as it’s an exercise is smooth forward motion that gradually builds into a nice head of steam.

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Pro Interview: Travis Fant

The most rewarding aspect of the job for me is to sit down with someone who has never seen the footage or the edit of my latest project and just smile at what we’ve created together.

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Sette Serum Bike Review

The Sette Serum Elite’s carbon fiber frame is rigid and clean, and internally routed cables add to a minimalist appearance that further suggests the bike’s no-nonsense attitude.

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Pro Interview: Bryson Martin Jr.

There’s always going to be opponents whether or not it’s another rider. I’d have to say my biggest opponent is the learning curve of being a professional athlete.

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Bicycle Review: Ellsworth Glimpse

The Ellsworth Glimpse has a lot going for it if your rides tend to take you into speeds that start to unsettle lesser trail bikes.

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Trek 6000 Mountain Bike Review

When you can get 6000 for under 1000 Lustful Logic The MBT test crew prides itself on steering clear of bike snobbism but we’re human just like you. It’s only natural for us to drool over the latest big-travel designs, carbon fiber frames, lightest this and hottest that. So when affordable, sensible, and practical bikes […]

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Continental Rain King Tire Review

These meats are big and beefy up close, measuring in at 2.5 inches wide with knobs that alternate between pairs close together and pairs farther apart. Rounding out the spiky package is a nice healthy shoulder knob smack dab between each of the center-knob pairs.

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Felt Virtue Team Review

XC Specific with All-Mountain Travel Numbers Each year, right about this time, the MBT Test Crew finds itself in a bit of a pickle. Since the riding season is in a state of hibernation not unlike that of a bear, the local shops have scores of demo units available that would otherwise be “waiting list […]

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Bike Review: Turner 5-Spot

Versatility Times 5 The Evolution of the Spot A few years ago five-inches of suspension travel was “big hit” territory. These days it represents the meat of the curve in terms of do-it-all trailbikes. Keeping this in mind, the original Turner 5 Spot was pretty darn revolutionary back in 2003 with aspirations of merging the […]

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K2 Base 2.0 – A Potent Pedaling Package for Penny Pinchers

Recession Buster The MBT crew prides itself on the fact that we don’t need investment portfolios, stock trading values, or financial advisers to clue us in on the state of the economy. No, we’ve got a method far more current and accurate and we call it our inbox. We receive dozens of reader requests each […]

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Scott Genius 10 Bike Review

The Genius is a high-class, expensive, exotic of a mountain bike that demands a rider who is willing to treat it with the respect it deserves.

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Fuji Thrill LT 2.0 Review

All Mountain and Then Some! A Thrilling Reality We’ll come right out with it – we like Fuji Bicycles. And with good reason too… while the industry is overloaded with promises, hype and hoopla, Fuji’s earned a reputation for quietly releasing solid performing bikes that stand on their own merit year after year. Speaking of […]

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Haro Sonix LT Review

Without fail mention of the name Sonix around the MBT office conjures images of a blue video game hedgehog from a few years ago who, among other things, was known for moving very, very fast. Haro could very well have been thinking of the same thing when they set out to build the Sonix LT: […]

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Marin Wolf Ridge 6.7 Pro Review

What Ya Got There? Let’s be honest here, as human beings, it’s pretty easy to dismiss anything that doesn’t conform to the masses. In the case of Marin bicycles, and more specifically the Wolf Ridge 6.7 tested here, the uniqueness in question stems from none other than the Jon Whyte designed Quad-Link suspension platform. We’ll […]

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Giant Yukon FX

Extra Frosting Please When it comes to having our cake and eating it too, the MBT test crew often replies: “what else are you going to do with cake?” Fortunately, when it comes to mountain bikes, some companies understand where we’re coming from. When we picked up a brand spanking new fully suspended Giant Yukon […]

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Motobecane Fantom Pro Titanium

Light, Tight, and the Price is Right   We’ll come right out and say it: For a majority of the MBT test crew, aspirations of a cross country championship have waved goodbye to us long ago thanks to a steady diet of frozen burritos and café lattes. However, make no mistake, when a bike as […]

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