26er Reviews and News


Felt Edict 9 LTD Carbon 29er

Eddie from Felt Bicycles shows us their new 2013 flagship model full supsension 29er – the Edict 9 LTD. The Edict 9 is made from Felt’s own UHC Ultimate plus Nano carbon and features their Felt Active Stay Technology (FAST) suspension design. The LTD is the top-of-the-line version and comes with full XTR and features […]

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Norco Fluid 9.2 29er and Aurum DH

Dustan from Norco shows us their new 2013 model 29er – the Fluid 9, which features 100mm of rear travel and is a less expensive option than either of the other full suspension 29er offerings (the XC Marathon race oriented Revolver and the All Mountain oriented Shinobi). Although the amount of travel is the same […]

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Knolly Endorphin Sneak Peek

I believe I just scored an exclusive with this Knolly Endorphin sneak peek. Kevin Waterbury from Knolly showed me what I think he said was a one-off pre-production bike. It has a shocking day-glow yellow paint job that my photos don’t do justice and Knolly’s standard-issue sophisticated linkage with beautiful CNC machined parts. The Endorphin […]

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Norco 650b Prototypes – A.R.T. with Gravity Tuning

I got to chat with Norco’s Engineering Manager PJ Hunton about two brand new 650b prototypes. Shown here is the 160mm bike that is NOT the Range 650b. This bike has been completely designed from the ground up as a new model. This is a very early prototype and there are only 5 of these […]

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Photos: Intense, Pivot, Titus and more

A few various shots around Sea Otter on Day 1. Intense was showing off the Hard Eddy carbon 29er now with their Intense carbon fork. Mr. Intense himself (aka Jeff Steber) has posted some images of two 27.5 (aka 650B) builds in our Intense forum, be sure to check out those photos here. Although they […]

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Foes FXR, Shaver 29, Hydro and SSV Prototype

I chatted with Brent Foes about a few new bikes he has coming out this year and a few updates to already existing models. The Foes FXR has been completely redesigned for 2013, the popular Shaver now comes in a 29er version and there is a new slopestyle bike that is still in prototype right […]

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Home Bicycles – A New Brand of Mountain Bikes

Home Bicycles is a new brand of mountain bikes born in France. The founders, Cyrille and Bruno decided to create this brand two years ago, in October 2009. A French brand, the bikes are designed and manufactured at 100% in France. Home Bicycles Story It all started in June 2009 when Cyrille and Bruno worked […]

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A Look Back: Highlights from the Sea Otter Classic 2011

As we get ready for this year’s 22nd edition of the Sea Otter Classic (sponsored this year by Volkswagen and presented by SRAM), we would like to take a look back at some highlights from last year. 2012 Shimano XT and XTR The XT gets an 2×10 (40/28 and 38/26) and 3×10 (42-32-24) crankset, Race […]

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Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc and LT 29er All Mountain Bike

On April 1, 2012, Santa Cruz builds on the success of their full suspension 29er Tallboy with their entrance into the all mountain 29er category. Two bikes are being introduced, the LTc carbon bike and the LT aluminum bike.

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The New Olympia Blast

Olympia introduces Blast, the full suspended dedicated to the XC competition. A model that sits on the top of Olympia full suspended mtb range. Dedicated to the XC competition, the Blast is characterized by an unidirectional UD carbon fiber monocoque frame. The aesthetic look of the tubes is new and features gear and derailleur cableways […]

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Buying & Building the Steve Potts 2012 Award Winning Ti Bike

Introduction by Francis Cebedo We get a little bit of a different look at this Steve Potts Ti Hardtail. The perspective from the buyer’s point of view is represented by Peter Tsang who is a regular forum member (aka “tburger”) on Mtbr and also a good friend. Read on to follow Peter’s bike building journey […]

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Sycip – Unleaded Steel Hardtail (not a 29er)

Jeremy Sycip is an old friend and here he shows us his steel hardtail that is part of the new revolution – retro surprise it’s not a 29er! The 26″ wheel is not dead! The model is named the Unleaded and this one is a gearie but it can also be turned into a singlespeed. […]

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Tom Ritchey Interview – Tandem Breakaway

We interviewed cycling legend Tom Ritchey and he enlightened us with his 40 years of bike building expertise. He had several things to show including a new Road Logic triple butted steel bike that will be available in late July of this year as a frameset for $1199. Also featured is the 40th Anniversary commemorative […]

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Transition Bandit Review

Transition Bike’s products have a reputation for downhill performance. Traditionally Transitions are not flashy and are instead optimized for technical trails. Uncomplicated… almost businesslike, but not looked on as bikes for climbing. This is strange given that the owners of the company spend a lot of time self-powered. The Bandit is Transition’s first foray into the […]

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Write a Review Contest Winner: Dj – Featured User Review: Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7 Carbon

Congrats to Dj, the winner of this week’s Write a Review Contest and the new proud owner of a Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light! Congrats also, to runner-up winners “donlaforet” (Sci’con Saddlebag) and “Odii” (Mtbr t-shirt) for their reviews of the Specialized S-Works Epic 29er and the SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack! (note: “Dj” if you […]

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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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Featured User Review: Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro Downhill Full Suspension Bike

Featured User Review: Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro Downhill Full Suspension Bike by DesertCrawler Price: $2300.00 at Rage Cycles Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Value Rating: 5 of 5 Bike Setup: Loaded Precision AMX 785mm bars, Loaded Precision AMX stem, ODI Rogue locking grips, ODI aluminum bar end plugs, MRP G2 chain guide/bash guard, Spike Spank […]

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Intense Carbine SL Announced!

The much anticipated Carbine SL from Intense Cycles was announced today. This bike has been in the works for a while and is the SL version of their Carbine model. The Carbine SL joins an ever growing list of carbon fiber all mountain/trail bikes like offerings from Santa Cruz, Ibis, Yeti, Pivot Cycles and of […]

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IBIS Tranny (S) Crankbrothers Dreambike for Sale on eBay to Benefit Wheels 4 Life

One of our first Crankbrothers Dreambikes is up for sale/auction on ebay right now at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170750758849#ht_560wt_1110 This is one of Crankbrothers Dreambikes to benefit 100% the Wheels 4 Life charity. The Ibis Tranny may look like a simple yet beautiful carbon fiber hardtail, but look closer and you will see so much more. The Tranny […]

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Specialized Camber Pro – Extended Review

Specialized was gracious enough to let us play with their Camber Pro for a good six months.  At least five different riders rode it in such varied terrain as Santa Cruz and Downieville in CA and Bend, Oregon.  The first thing to note is every rider had fun and walked away impressed with the bike. […]

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Mountain Cycle Twentysixandsix Carbon bike

If you’ve been around the sport a while, you would be familiar with the Mountain Cycle brand. Mountain Cycle revolutionized the mountian bike world in 1991 when they introduced the San Andreas bike. This bike featured an aluminum monocoque full suspension frame, disc brakes and an upside down 2-inch travel suspension fork. The bike was […]

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State Bicycle Co. Opens Two More Concept Stores in Campbell, Ca. and Denver, Co.

Tempe, AZ – Tempe, Arizona-based State Bicycle Co. has announced the opening of two more concept shops in Denver, Colorado and Campbell, California. State Bicycle Co., who specializes in fixed gear/single speed bikes, continues to broaden its scope with these 2 retail locations, in conjunction with recent expansions in new models, apparel, and accessories.The company […]

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Commencal Titanium

Riding a titanium frame is pretty exceptional, almost rare.  A noble material with an instantly recognizable colour, it has unique benefits when compared to aluminum, cromo or even carbon.  With its ability to better absorb vibrations, a titanium frame has a non negligible level of comfort. The durability of this element, unalterable, makes it almost […]

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Santa Cruz Bicycles – A Guide to Fall Colors!

Okay, we admit it right off the bat: that is a hokey title and we’re really too late to try using it. According to our friends at The Weather Channel, we’ve missed the peak. But that has never stopped us from kicking a pun until it begs us to stop, and in this case the […]

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