27.5 Reviews and News

Hot News: Santa Cruz unveils 27.5-inch V-10 downhill bike

Hot News: Santa Cruz Bicycles reveals new, 27.5-inch wheel version of their World Championship winning V-10 downhill bike in advance of this weekend’s Mont Sainte Anne World Cup.

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Video: Scott Gambler 710 with Brendan Fairclough in Schladming

We rode the Scott Gambler 710 in Park City, Utah but Brendan Fairclough shows us here what the bike is really capable of.

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News: Yeti releases new SB5C trail bike with updated Switch Infinity suspension linkage

Yeti has released the SB5C, an all-new 27.5-inch trail bike featuring an updated suspension system built in conjunction with FOX and dubbed Switch Infinity.

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First Look: Specialized Enduro 650b S-Works 27.5 bike

For 2015 Specialized is making their flagship Enduro bike available in the 27.5 wheel size. And unlike their Stumpjumper 27.5 effort, this seems to be a more serious entry in this very competitive arena.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz launches more affordable carbon bikes, bars and grips

Santa Cruz launches lower-cost versions of carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. New colors, handlebars and grips also announced.

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Review: Zumbi F-11 All Mountain bike

The Zumbi F-11 from Poland offers 27.5, long travel prowess with custom geometry for an All Mountain bike at a reasonable price.

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First Look: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon 27.5 – XC and more

Pivot Cycles shows us their new from the ground up Mach 4 Carbon 27.5. Now with more travel and bigger wheels, this bike is a lot of fun.

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GT announces all new Helion Carbon Pro, Force X and Sensor X for 2015

GT has a new XC bike called the Helion Carbon Pro that is targeted towards the aggressive cross country rider. Other new bikes for 2015 include the Force X and the Sensor X.

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First Look: Trek Fuel EX 27.5 with RE:aktiv suspension

Trek follows up the Fuel 29er with a playful Fuel EX with 27.5 wheels. And they worked with Penske Racing to develop a rear shock that strives to be the best pedaling rear shock available.

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First Look: Trek Slash 9

The Trek Slash 9 is a burly All Mountain bike with 160mm of travel, adjustable Talas front travel and a Mino Link for adjustable geometry.

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Bike Review: Juliana Furtado Primeiro

The Juliana Furtado Primeiro make’s the case for a women’s-specific mountain bike both physically and philosophically. But is it a difference that’s real, or just another pretty paint scheme?

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Video: New Zealanders build world’s first 27.5-inch-specific enduro trails

New Zealand mountain bikers rebuild old track into world’s first 27.5-inch-specific enduro trail.

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First Impressions: Durango Bike Company Moonshine 650b

The Durango Moonshine bike is a 160mm travel, 27.5 wheeled bike with Horst Link suspension. It’s got dialed in geometry and the best components to deliver a great ride for the money.

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News: Vitus Escarpe 135mm bike and Vitus Sommet 155mm All Mountain bike

Chain Reaction Cycles has invested heavily in the Vitus brand to deliver the Vitus Escarpe trail bike and the Vitus Sommet All Mountain bike with 155 of rear travel.

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Review: New 2015 Fox 36 FLOAT and TALAS fork

The new FOX 36 takes the fight to RockShox in the battle for all-mountain fork supremacy. See who comes out on top in this epic clash of titans.

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First Look: Vredestein Bobcat All Mountain tire

The Vredestein Bobcat uses the company’s premier rubber and casing technology in a huge tire that is stable and light.

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News: Mavic announces Crossmax XL wheel and tire system

Mavic’s new WTS wheels called the Crossmax XL and the matching Crossmax Quest tires are designed more for the adventure rider than the pure enduro racer. Unlike other brands, Mavic is still supporting the 26″ wheel size.

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Video: Tobi Leonhardt’s slays Lake Garda on 29er/27.5 mashup bike

Tobi Leonhardt pivots, drops and bounces his way down one of the chunkiest goat trails you’ve ever seen near Italy’s Lake Garda. What’s more, he does it on a 29er/27.5 mashup bike.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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First Ride: SRAM Roam 30 and Roam 40 wheels

SRAM’s product release onslaught continues with Roam 30 and Roam 40—two high-value, low-cost wheelsets.

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First Ride: Specialized’s new 650b/27.5-inch Stumpjumpers

Mtbr takes the new Specialized 27.5-inch Stumpjumper FSRs for a spin in Santa Cruz and gives you the low-down on the better-late-than-never mid-wheelers.

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SR Suntour’s New Auron 29 and Aion 27.5 forks

SR Suntour has a new 29er version of their popular Auron fork now available and they also have a forth coming model called the Aion that is a more affordable version of the Auron with very similar features and performance.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Clement XC LVX 29 and FRJ 27.5 mountain bike tires

Kevin Markham takes us through the finer points of Clement’s cross country mountain bike tires.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Panaracer Driver Pro and Fat B Nimble tires

Jeff Zell shows us Panaracer’s new Driver Pro 27.5-inch, 2.2-inch-wide Driver Pro tire and the new Fat B Nimble fatbike tire.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain’s 27.5-inch prototype Sherpa fatbike

“Practical” isn’t a word generally associated with fatbikes, but Rocky Mountain’s pragmatic Sherpa prototype may change all that.

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