27.5 Reviews and News


Lauf Grit delivers 30mm of speed-enhancing suspension


The Lauf fork is arguably the most unconventional cycling fork on the market, but it certainly has its fans who appreciate the low weight and ride enhancing suspension.

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Rocky Mountain Altitude redesign debuted


The new Rocky Mountain is everything you’d expect from a modern trail bike AND it’s compatible with 26+.

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Video: Specialized Build Your Dream Stumpjumper program


At the high end of the market, folks like having options with their component selections. It adds a personalized touch and optimizes the bike for the riders style and terrain.

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2018 Cannondale Jekyll


Cannondale has always had a knack for doing things differently with components like the Lefty Fork, DYAD shock and Hollowgram cranks to name a few. But with the new Jekyll, they went with conventional category leader components and many folks are taking notice.

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Teravail Kennebec and Cumberland tires debut


Capitalizing on the mid-plus trend, Minneapolis-based Teravail has launched two versatile new tires, a 27.5×2.8 and 29×2.6. Not ignoring the hardliner plus crowd, it’s also unveiling a 3.0 all-arounder.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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BOS Suspension Deville 35 fork ready for primetime


BOS Suspension has released a new Deville 35 fork for the all mountain category. It will initially be available with travel between 150-170mm (fixed) in 27.5 wheel size for the boost 110x15mm standard.

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American Classic Smokin’ Gun wheels unveiled


Aimed at riders using 2.5” or wider tires, new aluminum rim is a “mini plus” design thanks to its 40mm internal width.

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Polygon Square One first look


An 180mm travel quiver-killer sounds nuts, right? That much suspension puts the bike solidly in downhill / freeride territory. But what if it can actually climb like an 120mm trail bike?

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Knight Composites and Project 321 carbon MTB wheelsets


A composites legend and master machinist team up to offer a wide range of custom built MTB wheelsets with ENVE performance at a lower list price.

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Kenda Hellkat Pro and Helldiver Pro tires launched


Kenda has introduced two new gravity tire, the Hellkat Pro and Helldiver Pro, both featuring Advanced Gravity Casing technology, which was developed to meet the demands of the World Cup circuit.

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2018 Fox 36 first ride


Three years ago, Fox was thrust once again into the lead position of big hit fork performance with the introduction of the Fox 36. Today, the chassis is still sound as the latest Fox updates are applied to push it even further.

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A new tire size is coming and it doesn’t suck


Plus sized erupted in popularity last year. The problem for many aggressive riders is that they didn’t hold up. Now a new tire size is coming that should split the difference between plus size and traditional tires.

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Polygon’s Square One EX bike


Polygon’s latest introduces a new suspension system unlike anything you’ve seen before. And they claim this 180mm travel bike pedals like a 120mm bike, yet performs better than some downhill bikes.

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Haro Shift R9 LT bike review


The components are a highlight of this bike, as Haro is an established brand that is aggressively re-entering the mountain bike market after a hiatus.

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Spy shot leaks of new Santa Cruz Nomad 4


V10 style linkage may hold the key to even better suspension performance.

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2017 ​Cannondale Trigger and Jekyll launched


A year after the first prototypes were spotted on the race circuit, Cannondale has released new versions of the Trigger and Jekyll.

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Dream Build: Santa Cruz Hightower with all the trimmings


This Santa Cruz Hightower with dreamy component spec is admittedly a little over the top. But when you live and ride in a place like Crested Butte, your bike should be worth more than your car.

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Video: Trek Powerfly 8 FS review


The Powerfly 8 is Trek’s 130mm travel full suspension e-bike. Based off the Fuel EX-platform, this bike is fully compliant with e-bike regulations and performs well on the trail.

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RockShox Judy returns as budget plus-compatible fork


Remember the RockShox Judy? Well, she’s back. But this time elastomers are ditched in favor of some new Pike-derived suspension technology.

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2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon first look


Still aluminum and more versatile than ever, the new Santa Cruz Chameleon is here with plus tire compatibility, configurable dropouts, and very modern geometry.

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2018 Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ spy photos


This new Chameleon from Santa Cruz has been spotted in several Santa Cruz dealers. It not only looks promising but the the rumored pricing is attractive as well.

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Ellsworth Rogue Sixty review


The newest offering from the iconic brand is an enudro ready 27.5 battleship with 160mm of well-tuned suspension. Find out more in the Mtbr review.

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2017 Norco Range C 9.2 first ride review


Norco has debuted a pair of enduro beasts, one clad in 27.5 wheels with 170/160mm of travel, the other a 29er with 160/150mm of travel. Check out Mtbr’s thoughts after a first ride on our 29er test bike.

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