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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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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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