26er Reviews and News


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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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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