27.5 Reviews and News

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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Polygon brings the Collosus N9 and T8 to the US direct to consumers

Polygon is bringing two of their mountain bikes into the US with a direct-to-consumer business model. Featured here are the Collosus N9 enduro race bike and the Collosus T8 trail bike.

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Sea Otter Video: Pivot Phoenix DH carbon 2014

A carbon production version of Pivot’s new DH bike was unveiled at Sea Otter this year and we caught up with Pivot Cycles President Chris Cocalis to get the complete rundown.

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GT Sanction returns with more travel and bigger wheels

Check out this early release 2015 model from GT called the Sanction. The name may be familiar but this bike is new from the ground up, designed with lots of help from Dan Atherton and meant as a purpose built enduro race bike with 165mm of travel and 27.5″ wheels.

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Sea Otter Video: Kenda Honey Badger updates and new Juggernaut tire 2014

Roger Hernandez from Kenda talks us through some new releases for 2014 including the Honey Badger tires and the Juggernaut fat tire.

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Sea Otter Video: Haro FL 27.Five Expert 2014

Haro Bikes Brand Manager Philip Tintsman presents the Haro FL 27.Five Expert, a hardtail 27.5 offering for 2014. It comes equipped with a SRAM X7/X5 drivetrain, RockShox 100mm fork, Ritchie cockpit and Prologo saddle and grips.

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Sea Otter Video: Diamondback Mission Pro 27.5 2014

Diamondback Marketing Manager John Kennedy steps away from the chaos of Sea Otter to lay out the new 27.5 Mission Pro for us.

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Sea Otter Video: Durango Bike Company Moonshine 2014

Industry veteran and Durango Bike Company Owner Jeff Estes gives us the rundown on the Durango Moonshine 650b that is hand-built in the U.S.

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Compare-O Award-O: The best enduro bikes from our big shootout

The Mtbr crew hands out the hardware at the Sea Otter Classic to the winners of our Enduro Compare-O earlier this year.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Intense Cycles in the middle of all the action

The Mtbr crew checks out the double-decker race it setup of legendary SoCal bike maker Intense Cycles.

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Hot News: New 36 RC2 fork highlights FOX 2015 releases

Suspension-maker FOX announced a new version of their 36 fork as well as updates to their 40, 34 and 32 models in a 2015 product release this week. The company launched 40th anniversary heritage graphics and stealth models as well.

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Bike Check #1: Nine cool bikes from pre-Sea Otter rides

Sea Otter starts today and we kick off our coverage with a bike check of bikes some of our industry friends are riding this weekend. Keep a sharp eye peeled and you may see some previously unreleased new product.

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Hot Product: ENVE launches new MSERIES rims, wheelsets

Wheel-maker ENVE has announced a new series of carbon wheel sets called MSERIES, designed to meet the needs of four specific user groups, according to the company.

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Hot News: Ibis launches line of ultra-wide carbon wheels

Ibis reinvents the wheelset with new line of ultra-wide wheels. Beefy, hookless rims highlight new 741, 941 and 928 wheels.

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First Look: Cannondale Jekyll 27.5 Enduro bike

Like some, we were skeptics when it came to the new Jekyll and its proprietary technology. But come explore with us and understand how this bike comes together and why it’s worth considering for your next steed.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz releases 27.5-inch Nomad Carbon

It may be April 1, but this is no fool’s joke—Santa Cruz releases 27.5-inch wheel version of their vaunted Nomad Carbon all-mountain sled today.

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Hot News: Specialized launches 27.5-inch Stumpjumper

Specialized ended months of speculation today launching their first 27.5-inch wheel bike on the company’s website—the Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon EVO 650B.

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First Look: Michelin Wild Mud reinforced tire

Michelin adds to its new tire line a mud tire with a great casing and a couple nifty features.

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First Look: New Cannondale Trigger 27.5 and SuperMax fork

Cannondale unveils 27.5-inch wheel Trigger trail bike with 140mm-travel Lefty SuperMax fork, and a new iteration of their adjustable FOX-built DYAD rear shock.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5/650b a gateway to long-travel bliss

The new 27.5-inch wheel version of Trek’s venerable Remedy 9.8 delivers just the right dose of travel and performance for the XC rider looking to go bigger.

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Enduro Compare-O: Mtbr’s Best of Test Award Winners

Find out which bikes took home the hardware from our first-ever Enduro Compare-O.

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Review: Intense Tracer T275 Carbon

The Intense Tracer 275C is an impressive bike, utilizing carbon fiber front and rear triangles, which provide exceptional damping and stiffness. Toss it down through the gnar and chunder and it just effortlessly glides through stuff like it’s hardly there, creating a confidence inspiring experience.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Pivot shoots for Holy Grail status with new Mach 6 Carbon

The versatile Mach 6 shoots for Holy Grail territory with it’s wide-ranging capabilities for a wide range of riders. Does it hit the mark? Read our Bottom Line review and find out.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Santa Cruz’s über Bronson a beautiful, agile killer

It’s beautiful. It’s expensive. It wins races and slays mountains.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: GT Sensor Carbon Expert’s stellar suspension performance underwhelmed by parts spec

GT’s new AOS suspension design delivers high-level performance. But can it mask sub-parts spec.

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