27.5 Reviews and News


27.5 vs. 29: Sonya Looney chimes in

Does size really matter? If we’re talking mountain bike wheels, my answer is, it depends, says Sonya Looney.

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The Calling is Evil’s new extra rowdy short travel trail sled

In the market for a short travel trail bike but discouraged by the lack of rowdy options? This new bike from Evil just might be the answer.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review

Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Turner Flux

Dave Turner from Turner bikes has been working on this carbon Flux for awhile and it shows…. in good ways and bad.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Yeti SB5+

Meet the Yeti SB5+, a comfortable and sure-footed plus bike that’s downright capable and damned playful in temperament.

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Reynolds Trail 27.5 carbon wheels review

$2500 is a lot of money — especially when you’re talking about an upgrade for your mountain bike. But if you’re going to drop big dime in the name of incremental performance enhancement, high zoot carbon wheels are arguably the best way to go. So are these hoops a good choice?

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Kona releases new 27.5 Operator DH bike

The new Kona Operator is a World Cup ready DH racing machine that’s designed to still be playful enough for bike park laps.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Firebird

With its comfortable fit and reach, the Firebird is a great big bike option, provided you have a zippier trail alternative for longer days in the saddle.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Transition Patrol Carbon

Transition’s big bike offering has 155mm of rear travel, a long front center, slack head angle, and one very plush ride.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Rocky Mountain Slayer

The Rocky Mountain Slayer is back with a full carbon frame, 27.5 wheels, and 165mm of enduro crushing travel. See how it fared at Outerbike in Moab.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Switchblade

The original Switchblade (made by Titus 15 years ago) ticked all the right boxes for a high-end full suspension bike. The new Pivot Switchblade was tops on the Outerbike Test Sessions list for the very same reasons.

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Niner unveils budget priced alloy Jet 9 trail bike

Niner has expanded its Jet 9 trail bike line-up to include a budget-friendly $2600 alloy option to go along with the current carbon frame offerings.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds

Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000

At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2016

Pivot Cycles long ago earned its title as an award-winning mountain bike manufacturer. But the best never stop evolving. For 2017, Pivot launches several new mountain bike models and updates a few classics.

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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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