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OHM XS 750 Review

I have been riding the OHM XS 750 Electric bike, through most of the Winter, doing short commutes into work, and riding with the family on singletrack, and sundry trails. The XS 750 is quite a high tech piece of engineering, with excellent features and component selection, and it’s more than meets the eye. The […]

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Bike Review: Giant Trance X3

Well Rounded and Competitively Priced It could be argued that this day of near limitless configuration options that 5-inches of mountain bike suspension travel has become the very definition of a well-rounded trail bike. Sure there are dozens of examples of where 4 or 6-inch models manage to dazzle and we’re not here to dispute […]

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Ibis Mojo SLR – The new Ibis bike!

The Ibis team and their latest creation The Ibis Mojo Mojo SL-R is indeed  the new Ibis bike for 2011. It is a 140mm travel all mountain bike that incorporates all the latest technologies and standards. No, it’s not a 29er or 650b and yes, it is another 140mm bike in the Ibis line-up. So […]

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Santa Cruz Blur TR Carbon

The Blur TRc fits between the Blur XC and the Blur LT models. With 5″ of rear travel, the TRc strikes a solid balance between both. An entirely new addition to the Santa Cruz family, the Blur TRc defines what Santa Cruz Bicycles think a trail bike should be. Crafted from carbon fiber, featuring our […]

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Santa Cruz Tallboy Aluminum

The Tallboy Al is the new aluminum version of the highly rated original Tallboy which is made out of carbon fiber. Producing an aluminum version not only brings the price down, but also provides more options when adding to your stable of bikes. Tallboys have become mighty popular bikes in the relatively short time since […]

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Santa Cruz Blur TRc Review

Update: March 14, 2012 We shipped our Blur TRc to Laguna Beach and it was outfitted with the newest dropping post called the Kronolog.  It also got the latest Crank Brothers wheels and parts. The trails were unfamiliar to us as Hans Rey and Richie Schley took us around.  But the Kronolog complemented the TRc […]

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BMC FS01 Full Suspension Bike Review

 

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Trek Transport Cargo Bike Review

I got to try the Trek Transport, Transport + in Vegas and I’ve now owned the Transport for about a week. Here’s some key observations. $1300 – That is a great value. It comes complete with all the racks and one bag.

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Sette Serum Bike Review

The Sette Serum Elite’s carbon fiber frame is rigid and clean, and internally routed cables add to a minimalist appearance that further suggests the bike’s no-nonsense attitude.

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Norco Phena Review

Test Rider name: Tiffany Allmandinger Age: 34 Height: 5’6” Inseam: 33” Weight: 135 lbs Bike Tested: Norco, Phena (Small) Pros: Fun Affordable Good fit Cons: Heavy Needs certain components upgraded immediately: Handlebars, seatpost quick release, saddle Slightly over priced   Introduction When first asked to review the Phena I was, I admit, skeptical. I’ve been […]

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Introducing the New Pivot Cycles Mach 5.7

During my recent trip to North Vancouver for the Norco 2011 Product Launch, I met a couple of fellow journalists from Israel, of all places. As it turns out, there is a very strong market over there for high end mountain bikes and the “boutique” brands are very popular. Eyal Inbar works for a very […]

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Bicycle Review: Ellsworth Glimpse

The Ellsworth Glimpse has a lot going for it if your rides tend to take you into speeds that start to unsettle lesser trail bikes.

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Yeti ASR 7 Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I tested a Demo Yeti ASR 7 this past winter for five weeks that was built with their Freeride Part kit, and I was amazed how comfortable, controlled and useful it was for climbing and riding steep, rocky and technical terrain. This bike liked to fly! The suspension just soaks […]

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Norco 2011 Range – All Mountain 6" travel bike

By far, the most popular bike at the 2011 Norco Product Launch is their all new “Range”. The Range is replacing the LT 6 series. It is a 6″ travel all mountain bike that can even handle light freeriding. In this video, Engineering Manager PJ Hunton explains the details of the Range: Highlights: -160mm of […]

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Ibis Mojo 2010 Review

Ibis Mojo 2010 Review by Sharon Bader Unchanged since 2005, the Carbon Ibis Mojo sports the the DW link suspension in a sleek monocoque design. The smooth lines are the result of the unibody construction which allows the frame to be constructed in one piece with fewer areas of stress in a lighter, stiffer and […]

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Trek 6000 Mountain Bike Review

When you can get 6000 for under 1000 Lustful Logic The MBT test crew prides itself on steering clear of bike snobbism but we’re human just like you. It’s only natural for us to drool over the latest big-travel designs, carbon fiber frames, lightest this and hottest that. So when affordable, sensible, and practical bikes […]

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Norco LT 6.1 2010 – Review

Norco LT 6.1 – 2010 Review Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau First Looks and components The Norco LT 6.1 is a long-travel bike from Norco that sits in the “all-mountain” category but with a bias to downhill performance. I’ve already taken a look at the Norco LT 6.1′s components and briefly reviewed the […]

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Felt Virtue Team Review

XC Specific with All-Mountain Travel Numbers Each year, right about this time, the MBT Test Crew finds itself in a bit of a pickle. Since the riding season is in a state of hibernation not unlike that of a bear, the local shops have scores of demo units available that would otherwise be “waiting list […]

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Norco LT6.1 – 2010 – first look

Norco LT 6.1 – 2010 – First look Review by Lee Lau ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Norco is a Canadian company that’s established its bona fides in designing bikes that deliver value for money. Norco provided me with the LT 6.1 bike to ride and long-term test. This “First Looks” article serves as an introduction to the LT 6.1; […]

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 70 Pro Review

Having spent some time with the MTBR.com, I was given the chance to test ride and review the Rocky Mountain 2009 Altitude 70 mountain bike. Billed on their website as a XC Marathon mountain bike. Rocky Mountain has ten different categories on their website under the mountain bike category. Talk about options! No matter, it […]

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Transition Syren Review – Women's Specific Freeride

Test Rider name: Tiffany Allmandinger Age: 33 Height: 5’6” Inseam: 33” Weight: 135 lbs Bike: Transition Syren Size: M Kit: All Mountain Build Kit Syren Frame with 2010 Fox Racing Shocks – DHX 5 AIR Rear Shock $1,626.00 USD Parts Kit – All Mountain $1,279.00 USD www.transitionbikes.com Pros: Stable Great build kit Excellent fit Cons: […]

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Norco 2010 Product Launch

Norco 2010 Products We just spent the last couple of days up in Vancouver B.C. riding, photographing, and getting time on the 2010 Norco products. On the whole it appears that over the past year Norco has sat down, put their heads together, pulled in new team mates, engineers, and has busted out with a […]

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Norco Vixa and Kona Minxy, ’09 Women FR Bikes

Norco Vixa: (Small) $2875 Travel: 152mm – 6″ Weight: ~36.5 lbs/16.6 kgs Website Pros: 1. Quick and responsive, light and neutral to control 2. Small design fits average female shape well 3. Doesn’t over react to rider input Cons: 1. Requires sizable effort to pedal up hill 2. Not a great sprinter 3. Seat Post […]

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