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Santa Cruz Bronson V3 first look


How did they improve the Bronson V3? The answer is suspension, geometry, tire size and details.

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Devinci Troy Carbon 29 rolls out


Latest Troy all mountain bike boasts the company’s fifth generation split-pivot suspension platform, which is claimed to increase bottom-out force.

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  • LarsV says:

    I like the dark orange accents!

    That rear end however, stacking superboost, split pivot and a DT RWS skewer, is going to be wider that yo’ mamma’s 🙂

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Understanding the DT Swiss MTB wheel line-up


Whether you’re racing XC, enduro or downhill, or just looking to enjoy a trail ride or fat bike adventure, DT Swiss has all your wheel needs covered.

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  • D Marvin says:

    There is one more category in the mtb wheel line. H (hybrid /e bike)

  • Robbie Gibson says:

    Thanks for stating, right from the top, that this is sponsored content.

  • eb1888 says:

    Where are the 35 and 40 and wider 29 XM 1700 j spoke wheels?
    Certainly missing the boat for the wheel many riders would buy.

  • dave mcirvin says:

    Very cool, well written feature & like the photos.
    May have to inquire about taking a tour the next time I’m driving through GJ.
    Have two pairs of LBS made fatbike wheelsets all with DTS spokes and wonderfully (near) silent fatbike hubs and still have a pair of 12 year old DTS-Mon Chasserals on a roadbike that have never needed any repair.
    BTW-CO based LBSs can’t say enough great things about their products, repairs & support from the personnel in GJ.

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Cane Creek Helm 27.5 “Cherry Bomb” limited edition fork


Cane Creek has announced a limited edition “Cherry Bomb” version of its Helm 27.5 fork. The fork takes its name from the red fireworks and sports matte black lowers with a firecracker red metallic gloss crown and graphics.

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Diamondback Sync’r Carbon coming soon


Count Diamondback among the bike makers embracing the “playful” hardtail market. Coming later this summer is the new Sync’r Carbon with a 66-degree headtube angle.

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  • Loll says:

    How about a short travel FS version too? And I am not referring to just the recoil, release or catch.

    Short travel, just enough to take the bad landing, but still at heart a bike to mess around and launch off things on.

    • Bret says:

      You really don’t think the Release falls into that category? I mean I suppose a 130 front 110 rear would be a cool bike from Diamondback, but the Release is plenty playful imo.

  • josh says:

    2005 is calling. They want their “short chainstays” back. I’m not saying it won’t be fun to ride, but these stays ain’t short.

  • Contrarian says:

    If this could fit 29×2.6 or 275×3.25, I’d be all over it as a bikepacking rig. Unfortunately these days, we’re back to ever-shrinking tire clearances, and it will likely fit 275×2.8 and 29×2.3. Otherwise, looks fun. Yea, not the shortest chainstays, but should be great as a more aggressive XC/TR machine.

  • big_slacker says:

    Dope! Now it needs swappable SS dropouts, I’ll trade in my Pivot Les for one of these since it’s the same idea with more aggressive geo.

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RSD MiddleChild 27.5+ enduro hardtail – video


If the RSD MiddleChild could actually speak it would say, “Skip work, let’s party!”

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Eminent Cycles Haste all mountain bike


One of the most unique bikes we’ve seen in a while is the Eminent Cycles Haste , which has a floating shock and brake that allow it to be more active.

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Mongoose has bikes for all disciplines and budgets


Well spec’d cross country, enduro, and downhill builds come in at under $3000.

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  • jim says:

    Mongoose has made some decent bikes every now and then, but their only consistency has been the low-end, – too bad. These look decent, I wonder where they will be assembled & sold?, hopefully at a store that can point the brake levers in the right general direction.

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Maxxis Assegai tire delivers big traction


Maxxis has collaborated with downhill racing legend Greg Minnaar to create a new high traction tire.

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Panaracer Romero all-mountain tire on way


Dominating gravel tires in recent years, Panaracer is using their rubber technology knowledge to develop a new all-mountain tire.

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Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5 trail hardtail


Yeti Cycles founder John Parker is back with the limited edition Underground Bike Works Revival 27.5 trail bike.

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  • Sasha Kandakov says:

    Reading the specs and frame geometry numbers of the bike put together by a legend is like reading a poem. There’s a deep meaning behind every decision =)

    • LanceLegStrong says:

      yea, deep…Looks like ole John pounded a lot of lagers on this by the looks of that gut.

      $7k for an Aluminum framed bike? Sounds like a nice profit margin for John and “deep meaning”.

  • Scott Crabill says:

    Great looking bike FTW! Great to see OG legends still making great stuff.

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Fuji Auric LT enduro bike released


New bike aims to replace your old DH bike with a do-it-all bike with modern suspension and geometry.

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Whyte Bikes S-150C RS aggressive trail bike – video


The 2018 Whyte S-150C RS is an aggressive trail bike with the ability to switch between 29er and 27.5+ wheels.

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FSA K-Force Light WideR 25 carbon wheels launched


FSA (aka Full Speed Ahead) is moving full steam ahead with two new XC-focused mountain bike wheels, plus something unofficial and wider.

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Kona Process 153 goes full carbon


Kona took some of their best alloy bikes and created carbon versions that were on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Mondraker Foxy and Dune Carbon at Sea Otter


Recently launched in the United States, Mondraker is a Spanish brand bringing an impressive arsenal of carbon fiber trail bikes to this side of the Atlantic.

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Niner to introduce first dedicated 27.5 trail bike


Niner dropped its second big Sea Otter surprise in two days with a prototype 27.5 mid-range trail bike being put through the paces by company pro Kirt Voreis.

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Norco Aurum HSP downhill bike launched


Norco has launched the Aurum HSP, a full composite 200mm travel downhill rig with a high single pivot design available in both 27.5 and 29er wheel sizes.

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Pivot Switchblade Aluminum launched


Pivot has debuted a more affordable aluminum version of its Switchblade trail bike that brings the same innovative geometry, suspension, and on-trail performance to a wider audience.

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Fezzari Signal Peak bridges XC-trail gap


Fezzari’s new Signal Peak artfully blends speed and fun. It’s fast on technical terrain, drops, and rock gardens, and climbs like a mountain goat.

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BMC enters e-bike market with AMP Trailfox and Speedfox


Trailfox AMP and Speedfox AMP designed to conquer everything from challenging climbs to swooping singletrack descents.

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  • Bob says:

    “Like them or not e-bikes are here and they are improving every year. ”

    Great! They can stay in Europe where they won’t cause unnecessary trail access issues for cyclists. (people who choose to not ride mopeds).

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper launched


Specialized has redesigned the Stumpjumper for 2018, a bike that has been around since 1981. Did they address everything on your must have list? Read on to find out.

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  • dickachu says:

    Orbea rallon us market version with hole in down tube.

    • Cole Trickle says:

      Ok, we’re going there…can’t you say that the Rallon copied this design from the Demo, which was released a few years ago?

      • dickachu says:

        So you confirming that the specialized copied this design from Gian Giacomo Caprotti, from 1534 sketch ?

        • Will Urich says:

          I enjoyed going to the wikipedia about the history of the bicycle and learning a tiny bit just now about Gian Giacomo Caprotti, but I don’t understand what you’re talking about Specialized copying a 400 year old design? Or are you commenting that Specialized didn’t innovate enough on their own? Aren’t we all climbing up the backs and over the heads of giants of the past? Isn’t that what human innovation is? Nobody is inventing the wheel over again.

  • benito says:

    “reduced top out force” on the Command Post – thank God

  • M. says:

    Still milking that 20 year old suspension design, eh Specialized?

  • Z says:

    Bravo Specialized for finally getting rid of the proprietary BS! I’m looking forward to ridding this bike! Looks bad ass. However, two notes.

    1. Your price point range sucks. You need something between $5500 & $9500. Say a proper Sram X01 build, with a non-carbon rim set? I can only assume that the wheel set on the Expert is carbon as it’s not listed in your specs. Look at the Santa Cruz Bronson, probably your main competitor.

    2. I rode the Butcher tires for a few years. Loved’m. A proper trail bike need better rear braking traction than the purg can produce. At least put a Butcher on the back. This combo rocks.

    2a. However, the Maxxis Minion is a superior tire. Period. End of story. You’ve come this far, just do it.

  • jason says:

    Specialized crushes it again. Whether you love them or hate them, they set the bar higher than the rest. Is it still cool to hate Specialized?

  • Will Urich says:

    Shout out to ma boi Tyler Wagnor at Specialized for working on the dope team that made this bike a reality. Love you man and can’t wait to shred!

  • BC Shelby says:

    …crikey. quite the change from the 36 year old beast of the same name I still ride. Not sure I like the single small front chain ring as I use mine for commuting on Portland’s oft “trail quality” streets that would beat most standard commuter bikes (and their riders) into submission.

    • Will Urich says:

      Could you explain a bit differently what you mean about Portland’s streets being trail quality and how they’re difficult to bike on/along? Is it because they’re really steep or something?

  • Steven W. says:

    A rather ugly frame design if you ask me, imo, I preferred there 2015 models over these new ones, they looked awesome and were function, was great, so why constantly change it so drastically ? An then to make it ugly to boot :O.

  • Mark J says:

    Where is the $3000 price point bike for the ST version? For women, they have an alloy version about $3000. For men, the jump is from $1850 to $4200. It seems to me that the volume seller would be the $3000 alloy version, makes no sense at all.

    • Dobo says:

      Not sure where Mark J got his information, but there are Men’s Comp Alloy versions at same $3000 price point. That said, there are some problems with the filters on the Specialized website and some of the Alloy versions don’t show up if you filter by “Stumpjumper”.

  • Tyler says:

    What does it weigh?

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2019 Specialized Stumpjumper first impressions


Mtbr spent three days shredding the trails in Ainsa, Spain, to find out if the new Specialized Stumpjumper lives up to the hype.

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  • Zoso says:

    “On the trail we noticed some squirm even running 28psi, but honestly it was less that what I’ve experienced with other 2.6 tires.”

    I’d argue it’s the rim width. Seems the industry is more or less settling on 30mm as the gold standard. Try 34 or 35mm and you’ll find the tires don’t squirm at lower psi than that (I’m the same weight as the tester btw).

  • Chris says:

    So…. Santa Cruz Hightower LT v Expert Stumpjumper?? any thoughts??

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Jamis Bikes releases new 3VO suspension platform


Jamis Bikes new 3VO design dropping at Sea Otter claims a unique instant center, center of curvature and axle path that is said to eliminate unwanted motion when pedaling.

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  • smoothmoose says:

    Interesting take on dual pivot design. New bikes don’t seem pushing the LLS geo much. But interested in hearing the ride reports.

  • Doodgehull says:

    Holy Batman of chain growth,

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>Holy Batman of chain growth,
    You have info on this? Do tell.

  • benito says:

    I’d hate to admit I’d ever buy a bike based on how it looks but these certainly seem like a big step forward aesthetically. At least compared to Jamis’s DS options over the past few years.

  • Tom says:

    Go Chris! Should be called “Speedgoat Sus” though.

  • ezE says:

    tanks for keeping 26’rs alive!

  • dave says:

    Holy cow! I had a Jamis with a single pivot and after 4 warranty rear triangles got rid of it. They couldn’t do a simple single pivot right and now they do this contraption? Good luck!

  • Bnystrom says:

    There appear to be at least 12 bearings in the linkage, plus the top and bottom shock pivots. This may be the “holy grail” of suspension design (who knows?), but how long will it last? I have nothing against Jamis, but like others above, I have one that had a rear triangle issue due to poorly aligned and installed bearings. This one has 50% more bearings, which really makes me wonder.

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Cane Creek releases 29/27.5+ HELM fork


Cane Creek Cycling Components has announced the release of the highly anticipated 29/27.5+ version of the HELM suspension fork.

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