26er Reviews and News


Video: 26 Ain’t Dead

26ers are under attack and in the crosshairs is the bike most of us started with, the 26er hardtail. While sales forecasts may not show growth in this segment, they are still incredibly fun to ride. Do you still ride yours?

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Review: DT Swiss Spline One Wheelset

The DT Swiss Spline 1 is an excellent set of wheels, that are stiff, strong and light, and utilize their superb 240 hub internals.

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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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Interbike 2013: Schwalbe Tires – Magic Mary and Rock Razor

For 2014, Schwalbe has two new gravity oriented tires, the aggressive Magic Mary and semi-slick Rock Razor, along with the cross-country Thunderbolt.

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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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2014 Marin Bikes – More 27.5 Mountain Bikes

Marin Bikes shows their new bike line-up for 2014 including several new 27.5 models and several new women’s specific bikes. Check them out here.

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GT 2014 Fury DH World Cup Winner

GT makes some interesting updates to their Fury DH race bike including changing from carbon to aluminum and some how making the bike lighter, stiffer and stronger. Find out more here.

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Mongoose 2014 Meteore 27.5 and Boot’R DH mountain bike

Mongoose shows us two new models for 2014. The Meteore is reborn as a 27.5 hardtail and the Boot’R remains as one of the best bargain DH bikes on the market. Check them out here.

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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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