26er Reviews and News


Fox Float X Shock and 2014 Talas Fork

FOX unveiled new updates to their TALAS fork, along with a new rear shock, the FLOAT X. The 2014 TALAS fork’s internals should offer smoother travel and improved handling.

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Yeti SB95C and ARC Carbon

The SB95C is Yeti’s brand new carbon version of the excellent SB95 full suspension 29er bike. I have tested the normal aluminum SB95 extensively, and this carbon frame is livelier, lighter, has better damping and resiliency, and the sculptured lines and aesthetics were knockouts.

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Schwalbe 2013 Tires – Hans Dampf, Rocket Ron, Nobby Nic

By Brian Mullin and Francis Cebedo For the 2013 product year, they’ll have most of the model range in 29er sizes (except gravity tires), and 650B will get the Hans Dampf, Nobby Nic, Racing Ralph, Rapid Rob and Rocket Ron. It’s nice to see Schwalbe stepping up to the plate with a big chunk of […]

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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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Cannondale Jekyll Carbon – Over Mountain Bike

At the recent Bike Press Camp event, we talked to Cannondale’s Product Manager Murray Washburn about their updated “Over Mountain” bike, the Jekyll. What is “Over Mountain”? Well, according to Cannondale, it’s the more aggressive end of the All Mountain category. With the addition of the all new Cannondale Trigger appealing to the lower travel […]

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GT 2013 Mountain Bikes – Distortion 2.0 and Zaskar 100 9r Pro

Highlighted in this video are the new 2013 GT Distortion 2.0 and Zaskar 100 9r Pro. Chris gives us a quick view of each bikes features and uses. The Distortion wears many hats including dual slalom, slopestyle or enduro racer. Or just all around fun bike. The Zaskar 100 9r Pro is a full suspension […]

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Scott Presents the All New Gambler

The all new Scott Gambler is ready to ride. After extensive prototyping with Brendan Fairclough and Scott11, the Gambler is ready for its official unveiling. Race tuning and prototyping In late 2009 we started race tuning the original Gambler with Nick Beer and Fabien Pedemanaud of the Scott 11 WC DH race team. We made […]

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2013 Pivot Cycles Bike Lineup

For 2013 Pivot is excited to announce 2 new big additions to their line with the 429 Carbon and LES. These 2 new bikes as well as the rest of our 2013 line are highlighted below. 2013 Pivot Mach 429 Carbon Pivot has upped the ante once again by taking the proven performance of the […]

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New Knolly Team Edition Chilcotin

We are thrilled to celebrate our continued partnership with James Doerfling, Ryan Berrecloth, and Garett Buehler by releasing our new Chilcotin all mtn/freeride frame in team edition Day Glow Yellow. We currently have FULL STOCK on our highly acclaimed all-mountain design… The Chilcotin. This trail and park ripper is your versatile and ready for any type […]

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Review: Rocky Mountain Slayer 70

Rocky Mountain’s goal for the latest iteration of their famed Slayer bike line was to create a world class All-Mountain/Enduro/DH adventure cycle machine.  Easy to pedal, light weight, and fantastic on the downhills.  Did they meet these goals?

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GT Xizang – Still Ti After All These Years

Who remembers the old GT Xizang? Back in the 90′s, GT had a frame called the Xizang, it came from their SkunkWorks lab that they had in Longmont, CO. That was the pinnacle of the bike, basically equivalent to the Zaskar LE but it was produced in titanium. For 2013, GT has brought back the […]

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GT Fury Carbon Team Downhill Bike

The 2013 Fury Carbon Team is back again and is a testament to GT being the first company to produce a full carbon DH bike (including both the front and rear triangle) an the first company to win a World Cup with it. The track record is proven and GT has signed the Athertons and […]

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Felt Compulsion – New 2013 All Mountain Trail Bike

One of the highlights, if not THE highlight of the 2013 Felt Bicycles Product Launch today was the all new model: The Compulsion. The LT1 and LT3 versions are the UHC carbon frames (main frame) and the LT50 model is aluminum. The Compulsion has 6″ of rear travel and utilizes Felt’s Equilink suspension design. Equally […]

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Cannondale 2013 Tango SL 29 and Althea

Lyriel from Cannondale shows us the highlights of the new Tango SL 29 and Althea women’s specific models for 2013

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Cannondale Trigger 1 and Trigger 2 OverMountain Trail Bikes Announced

The Cannondale Trigger is a brand new model that falls into their “OverMountain” category. Within this category they further break it out into Big-Mountain (represented by the 180/110mm Claymore), All-Mountain (150/90mm Jekyll) and Cross-Mountain represented here by the 120/70mm Trigger. The Trigger is aimed at the fast trail riders who have the fitness to hammer […]

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The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling by Kris Holm

This book by Kris Holm is the first book written about unicycling in a mountain environment. It’s also the first book written about trials unicycling but since I’m writing this review for a mountain-biking website, I’ll focus on the mountain and trail-riding aspects. So why write about unicycles on MTBR? I don’t even unicycle; in […]

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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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Audi Introduces New E-bike – Wörthersee Electric Bicycle

Besides recently acquiring Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, German auto manufacturer Audi has recently announced a new electric bicycle dubbed the “Wörthersee”. As you can see from the photos, the Wörthersee features a prodigious amount of carbon fiber construction and also features disc brakes and Acros hydraulic shifting (with the cables run internally). It also features […]

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Banuelos Artcycle – The Arcadian Wooden Bicycle

Every year at the Sea Otter, there are a variety of parts makers, gear creators and bike builders that walk around the expo, hoping to get coverage of their products. Sometimes it’s a guy with a mountain bike with big wheels (Chris Sugai – Niner) or a bike with super wide tires (Greg Matyas – […]

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Tour of California – Specialized, Cannondale, Trek

The 2012 Tour of California is going on this week and I had the chance to watch the finish of Stage 2 (SF-to-Santa Cruz) in Aptos yesterday. Even if you aren’t into road bikes or racing, the event is a pretty spectacular cycling scene. There were even a few mountain bikes to be found in […]

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Scott 3 Rox Racing – Team Scale 29 and Spark

Adrian Montgomery from Scott Sports shows us the 2012 Scott 3 Rox Racing Team Bikes – the Scott Scale 29(hardtail) and Spark (full suspension). The Scale 29 features Fox Fork, Shimano drivetrain, Syncros components. The Scale 29 is the high-end carbon fiber race bike. The Spark also features Fox, Shimano and Syncros and like all […]

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Scott Sports Prototype – Brendan Fairclough’s New DH Rig

Ben Walker from Scott Sports shows us Brendan Fairclough’s prototype Gambler DH with completely redesigned suspension. This bike is still very much under development so there isn’t a lot of specifics that Ben can share, but you can tell from looking at it that it is nothing like the current Gambler. Look for this bike […]

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A Visit With Ellsworth At Sea Otter

I stopped by the Ellsworth booth at Sea Otter a couple of weeks ago to say hi and see what was new. Specifically, I wanted to take a look at the new Dare downhill bike. I’ve owned a few Ellsworths over the years, including a Dare, and I wanted to see what they’d done to […]

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RoadBikeReview’s Coverage of the Sea Otter Classic 2012

Besides hot mountain bikes and gear, there were plenty of new road and cross bikes and components shown for the first time at the Sea Otter! We have more Sea Otter Classic coverage on our sister site: RoadBikeReview.com. New this year was the addition of a bonafide cyclocross race, we’ve got some photos from this […]

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2012 Norco Sight Review

Norco has been a household name for mountain bikes here in British Columbia, Canada for as long as I can remember. They are a company that is continuously evolving

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