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Nukeproof Mega 275 bike line updated


Nukeproof announced a refresh of its signature Nukeproof Mega 275 bike series and added to its growing list of components with a unique foam tire insert and lightweight steel shock spring.

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $3000


What’s the magic dollar amount number for scoring a legit mountain bike? If you’re buying new, around three large goes a long way. Here are Mtbr’s picks for the best mountain bikes under $3000.

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  • Bret says:

    How is the Diamondback Release 3 and 4c not on this list? Release 3 out specs nearly all of these bikes and the 4c msrp is a tick over $3000 but can easily be had for under $3000 with discounts.

  • Ken Noem says:

    Regular price and not blowout prices/sale pls ‘n thx.
    Canyon Strive CF 7.0 doesn’t make the list.
    Otherwise put all the sale prices as well for all bikes otherwise misleading the sheep.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    I always think that the true test of a great mountain bike company isn’t that it can make a great $10,000 ‘halo’ bike but whether it can make a great $3000 ‘every man’ bike! Thanks for the reviews.

  • Jim Rawson says:

    Trance 2 is the best under $3k

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Rocky Mountain Reaper kid’s bike launched


The new Rocky Mountain Reaper packs the same aggressive trail performance found in their full suspension bikes like the Altitude and Instinct, but in a smaller package for young rippers.

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  • Ryan H. says:

    Still too heavy ! Weighs nearly as much as my (adult) bike.
    We have an older Rocky Soul 26er hard tail ~ 25.5 lbs.
    Perfect bike nimble & super handling.
    All this for way less than the tax on these new machines.

  • Brad S says:

    would like to see how the 24-26 compares to the 2017-2018 model

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Eminent Haste review


The Eminent Haste is the new bike maker’s entry into the MTB market and appears to be traveling at Mach speed while simply standing still. But what happens when it’s unleashed on a trail?

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $1000


What if your current disposable income window is around $1000 — and you still want a new mountain bike? Well, you’re in luck. While not overly sexy (or light) there are plenty of decent entry-level type MTBs in that price range.

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Scott Ransom enduro bike debuts


Available in 29er and 27.5, the Scott Ransom has 170mm of travel front and rear, modern, progressive geometry, and weighs just 5.84 pounds for frame, shock, and hardware.

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Best Mountain Bikes Under $2000


What if you’re not a member of the doctor/dentist/hedge fund manager club? Can you still get a decent MTB? The answer is an emphatic, yes, provided you know what to look for.

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Esker Elkat features latest Dave Weagle design


Meet the Esker Elkat, a 150mm rear travel carbon fiber 27.5 trail eater that features the latest Dave Weagle suspension design.

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  • Carl says:

    No thanks. I’ll keep my Evil. Kind of a dumb name for a bike company. Not as dumb as ‘Pivot’. Who comes up with these names…???

  • Russ says:

    Pivot is a great bike. nothing kind of dumb about the name. kind of dumb to pick a bike based on a name. who comes up with these dumb comments? Kind of dumb to even respond to this comment except I am supporting a great bike company like Pivot.

  • Velorangutan says:

    That’s a great name for a bike! Crossing an Elk with a cat. I wonder if their next bike will cross and elephant and a rhino?

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Schwalbe Nobby Nic Plus review


The Schwalbe Nobby Nic is a popular all around tread that’s gotten the Addix compound treatment and larger sizing options, including the 27.5×2.8 that is tested here.

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  • Shark says:

    I ran the 27.5×3″ version until I wore out the rear one.
    They are ok, but not a great front tire. They give little to no warning when it’s going to let go when riding anything except perfect hero dirt.
    It’s not a bad rear tire.
    Do yourselves a favor and go with a maxxis HRII up front instead.

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WTB Ranger Plus review


Whether heading out on a multi-day bikepacking adventure or just a quick after work trail spin, the WTB Ranger Plus is billed as a do-it-all fast rolling tire.

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  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    I’ve been riding 29×3.0 Light WTB Rangers since they first came out a couple of years ago and I’ve been suprised how well they perform. They roll very fast, even on pavement. They are suprising durable for such a light tire. I haven’t ripped one yet and it is rocky and rooty where I live. Even though they have shallow knobs they seem to last as long as other tires. Switch out your heavy, slow-rolling, Enduro-ish tires for a set of Light Rangers and you will give your bike a new livelier personality.

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Vee Crown Gem Plus review


The Vee Crown Gem Plus is designed to handle everything from all-mountain shredding to endurance XC racing.

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  • Chris says:

    That is one horrible tire profile. Too round, knobs lack the necessary height to get the ground.

  • DMP says:

    For a 2.8, these are a wide tire. I had them on WTB Scraper i40 rims, and they actually measured 3″ wide. I was happy with the volume and the traction, but I started having cornering knobs tear off of the rear tire around 100 miles in. After 300 miles I had lost some on the front as well. By 400 miles the rear tread was worn enough and the spots of exposed casing where the knobs had torn off were fraying enough to merit replacement.

    Despite the fact that they didn’t last very long I would have gone with them again if not for the issue with the cornering knobs ripping off. Not sure if if’s a manufacturing issue or design defect, but it’s too bad.

    I replaced them with a set of Maxxis Rekon 2.8 EXO 3C MaxTerra 60-tpi skinwall tires. The rubber on those seems a little more durable, but I pinched flatted the sidewalls on both of them right away running them at the same pressure as the Crown Gems. The Maxxis 2.8s measured a little under 2.8″ wide, and needed a slightly higher pressure.

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Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR review


The Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR may not be the fastest on pedal heavy sections of trail or fire roads, but when your bike is pointed downhill into gnarly roots and slick rocks, this is a great tire to have.

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  • ColinL says:

    Only the plus sizes cost that much. The XR4 2.4 is $55 which is a bargain. They do wear fast on the rear, but not noticeably fast (to me) on the front.

  • root says:

    Um, pretty much all premium MTB tires cost more than low end car tires. Low end car tires are cheap, and ride like krap. I bought a set just to get my car rolling (which for the set was cheaper than the set of tires on my MTB) and gave them away as soon as I could. They drove horribly, I considered them almost dangerous.

  • N says:

    I’ve got the 60TPI 29×2.6 version of these on my Krampus. Seems pretty similar to DHF/DHR for knob height and pattern, maybe not quite as tall of knobs. Definitely more traction than the 29×3 Chupacabras I ran on the original build.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Nice to see that this tire is true to size. A true 2.8 tire should measure 2.8in on an i40mm rim and 2.75in on an i35mm rim. Bontranger tires are usually the most expensive tires you can get. I think Trek makes them for their new bikes but doesn’t expect to sell many as replacements. There are many other similar great tires of this type for much less money and especially if you buy them online. The 27×2.8 Maxxis Minions are one example which you can find online for about $75.

  • James says:

    Have this tire on front (it’s a 26 x 2.35). Bought is for $55 CAD several years ago.
    Love this tire absolutely awesome. Way waaaay better than the Nevegal it replaced.
    Never lost traction ever, loose or hardpack up or down or around.
    Long wearing too no torn knobs, sidewalls tough.
    Paired up with an XR3 on the rear is a great combo !

  • Matthew says:

    Not a fan of this tire. Came stock on my Fuel EX8. Anything but perfect conditions and they really want to slip and slide all over the place. Even on just humid days with no rain they won’t grab tree roots or rocks. Won’t stay on off camber rocks in any conditions and just generally are unpredictable. Tried many different combos of air pressure and while it helped these tires won’t be on the bike come next spring. I will say they are right on the money in sizing. On the i29mm rim they are exactly 2.4 and the I’ve had 0 problems with punctures or holding air pressure so there is that.

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Maxxis Rekon+ review


The Maxxis Rekon+ is an aggressive trail tire inspired by the Ikon+ for intermediate and technical terrain.

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  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    I sure would like to see Maxxis produce a 29×2.8 version of this tire. 29er’s need more 2.8in wide tire choices. And of course, I would want it to measure a true 2.8in when mounted on an i40 rim (or 2.75in when mounted on an i35 rim).

  • Jason says:

    This tire came on my Scott Spark 720.. In the NE it’s one rock garden after another..The tire is great!!!

  • Ben says:

    I switched to the Recon+ (71-584) from the WTB Bridger on my hardtail last fall. Also changed from tubes to tubeless. Absolute night and day difference. i35 rims. 19 psi rear, 17 front. Rider weight is 165 lbs. Dropped 2.25 lbs off the bike. The tires completely changed how the front fork felt and how the bike handles. Traction improved dramatically. Corners where the Bridger would wash out, the Recon+ grabbed all the way through. When I purchased my full suspension bike this spring, I had the LBS swap the Bridgers for the Recon+ and run 16PSI front, 18 rear, tubeless. The FS bike has i45 rims. Maxxis states to run these tires on i39 or wider, but I do like the way they work on the i35 vs i45. The i45 does widen the tire to 2.7″ vs. the 2.6″ on the i35. Purchase price was closer to $80 per tire for the 780 gram version. Between the two bikes I have approximately 600 miles on the Recon+ tires. The wear has been acceptable, better than the Bridgers. I definitely recommend.

  • kyle242gt says:

    I’ve got about 1K miles on my front 27.5*2.8, only just starting to show undercutting on the side knobs. I predict another 500++ miles out of it.
    I run a 27.5*2.6 on the rear, at about 800 or so, no notable wear yet.
    Compared to the Ardents I’ve used previously, these things wear like iron.
    Only issue I’ve found is they load up with mud pretty fast.

  • josh says:

    I’m running the 2C “2.8” (actually 2.67″) version on the back of my hardtail. It’s probably halfway worn out but it has served me quite well thus far. Local dude uses this tire front and rear with excellent and fast (Strava!!!) results. Might use a 3C version up front when my current HRII wears out.

  • MDW says:

    I agree with the comments above. Switched to these (780gram version) from the 3″ Nobby Nics that came on my 2017 Cannondale Bad Habit 1 Carbon with 40mm wide carbon rims. Totally impressed with the speed and climbing abilities of 27.5 plus. Mine measure just a tad under the 2.8″ width.

    When plus started to gain momentum in 2015/2016, the number of tire choices was very sparse. Now there are plenty of choices with very little weight penalty. Life is good!

  • MDW says:

    You can buy online for around $75 a tire.

  • Plusbike Nerd says:

    Hey, isn’t a tire that measures 2.6 on an i35 rim the definition of a 2.6 tire? A true 2.8 tire should measure 2.75 on an i35 rim (or 2.8 on an i40 rim). Is this tire mislabeled? Maxxis makes a 27×2.6 Rekon also. Maybe the 2.6 and the 2.8 are both the same tire! Is Maxxis scamming?

    • Ben says:

      Just a guess, but I would expect the sidewall heights to be different between the 2.6 non plus and the 2.8 plus measuring out at 2.6 width. Has anyone measured? My FS with the i45 is in the shop right now, but I can put a caliper on it when I get it back. Still need to change my hardtail back to the Rekon+ for dirt (use homemade studded WTB Rangers for snow/ice, and WTB Bridgers for snow/slush/dry pavement during the shoulder ride seasons when the off road is closed).

    • Ben says:

      Put the Rekons back on my Hardtail tonight an put the caliper o. To measure the height difference between the 3.0 Bridger and 2.8 Rekon. The Rekon is about a 1/2″ shorter sidewall so about an inch smaller diameter. So maybe you are right. I took pictures and will add them to my mtbr folder.

    • Mark says:

      They are not the same width. I run a 27.5×2.8 on the back and a 29×2.6 on the front, and the difference in width (and ride characteristics) is clear.

  • Ben says:

    Update – 500 miles on the Rekon+ on i45 rims, the rear now measures 2.8″ and the front 2.7″. So I guess they stretch with use…

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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 first look


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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