27.5 Reviews and News


Norco Interbike 2016

A new trail bike, plus model, carbon fatty, and loads of kids bikes mean Norco’s 2017 line has an option in nearly every two-wheeled category.

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Ellsworth Interbike 2016

Ellsworth launches the Rogue Forty all-mountain bike, tightens up of its proprietary suspension design, and unveils a company rebranding.

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Maxxis Interbike 2016

Featuring redesigns of iconic Maxxis offerings, plus the addition of a new eBike-compliant range, the world famous tire maker keeps us rolling into another product year.

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Marin Bikes Interbike 2016

Between the Pine Mountain 1 steel hardtail plus bike, the Attack Trail 7 trail bike, and the budget-friendly full suspension Hawk Hill, Marin Bikes is bringing a range of exciting new products to the table for a wide range of riders.

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WTB Ranger 27.5×3.0” TCS Light/Fast tire review

One of the best all-round, XC/trail, plus size mountain bike tires we’ve tried with options for more aggressive riding.

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Niner RIP Goes Alloy

Carbon bikes are awesome, but they cost a fortune. Good thing Niner is watching out for the little guy. Their new alloy bikes shares the same geo and tech as the RIP 9 RDO, but retails for significantly less.

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Turner Flux V4 goes Carbon

After giving the RFX new life, Turner has turned its attention to the Flux. This reborn legend features a carbon fiber frame, 120mm of travel, and rolls on 27.5” wheels.

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2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer unveiled

The Slayer is back. New bike replaces Altitude as Rocky Mountain’s enduro racer.

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Just in: Maxxis Minion and Highroller II plus tires

Plus bikes are one of the key growth areas of our sport, as riders discover bigger tire volume and lower air pressures. But most of the available Plus tires thus far have very small cornering side knobs. Until now that is…

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Bike Check: Jerome Clementz’s Cannondale Habit

Former EWS champion Jerome Clementz has recently been spotted aboard a new prototype Jekyll, but here’s what he rides when he’s not on the race course?

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2017 Pivot Firebird first look

The previous Pivot Firebird was a little long in the tooth with its ‘short and high’ geometry. But this new version is fully modernized taking in the lessons learned from the success of the Pivot Switchblade.

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Rocky Mountain Growler and Reaper first look

Whether you’re little ripper or just a kid at heart, Rocky Mountain has two new models that are sure to please.

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WTB goes wide with latest Ci31 carbon rims

The latest carbon rims from WTB features a 31mm inner rim width, can be setup tubeless with just a floor pump, and sell for a reasonable price (for carbon, that is).

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Intense Recluse 27.5 trail bike first look

If the Intense Spider is your garden variety trail ripper, the all new 140mm Recluse is a deadly weapon.

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2017 Specialized Enduro first ride

The Enduro 29er was a ground-breaking achievement when the 29er version was launched three years ago. This new one is an even more significant effort with better performance and versatility.

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2017 Specialized Enduro spotted

Rumors about the long-awaited sequel to the Specialized Enduro have gone rampant in the last couple of weeks. The outgoing model was a revolutionary 29er with 155mm of travel with a 165mm travel 27.5 sibling.

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Trek Powerfly 9 FS Plus e-bike first ride review

The Powerfly series is Trek’s initial entry into the eMTB market. It’s their best selling range of bikes in the European market and is making making its U.S. debut. Click through to learn more and read our first ride impressions.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Cecile Ravanel’s Commencal Meta AM V4

Cecile Ravanel is the unquestioned queen of the Enduro World Series this year. Through five races, the Frenchwoman has four wins and one second place. Mtbr caught up with rider and bike after her win in Colorado.

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Kona Hei Hei Trail DL first ride review

Kona’s latest is a 140mm travel trail bike that’s built off their XC race platform. So how does it fair on rough and tumble trails?

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Reynolds 27.5 Enduro carbon wheelset review

The Reynolds 27.5 Enduro is one of the pleasant surprises of the year for us. We’ve ridden it a ton as it’s been absolutely flawless for us railing corners and banging through rocks.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jerome Clementz’s prototype Cannondale

Jerome Clementz could ride a donkey and still be faster than most of us. But give the Frenchman a new prototype bike and look out podium. Here’s a closer look at the yet-to-be-released bike that carried Clementz to third at the EWS in Aspen-Snowmass.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6c EWS race bike

Though his weekend in Aspen-Snowmass didn’t go as planned, Yeti-Fox rider Richie Rude is still overall series leader of the 2016 Enduro World Series. See the bike that has helped propel the American toward another world title.

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Felt Decree 1 27.5 trail bike review

The Felt Decree is one of the next generation bikes – a veritable unicorn of all-mountain/trail performance. So does it live up to the hype? And how does it hold up over a season of hard riding?

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Moots Farwell 27.5-plus Ti hardtail debuts

Meet the Moots Farwell, a 27.5-plus hardtail ripper spec’d with 2.8” tires that’s designed for all-day trail fun. And like most 27.5-plus set-ups, the Farwell can do double duty as a 29er.

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Mtbr weighed the Kona 2017 product line

Manufacturer weights are often very different than actual weights, so we put the Kona 2017 product line on the scale to find out the truth.

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