27.5 Reviews and News


Review: Polygon Collosus T8 trail bike

Full carbon trail bike from direct to consumer manufacturer offers solid value, a unique design and pleasing aesthetics.

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First Ride Review: Trek Pro Caliber 9.9 29er XC bike

Sub-20 pounds right out of the box, this race-ready bike needs no upgrades. But how does the Isospeed decoupler handle bumps large and small?

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2016 Pivot Mach 6 carbon and aluminum bikes

The outgoing Pivot Mach 6 carbon was a highly successful bike for Pivot. Cable routing and a slack seat angle opened the door for some improvements and the high price of carbon called for an aluminum version as well. The call is answered here.

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Jamis Defcon 27.5 enduro bike line-up launched

New Jersey-based bike maker launching line of alloy 27.5 enduro bikes built around 160mm suspension platform.

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Turner’s RFX returns as a full carbon enduro racer / aggressive trail bike

Turner’s venerable RFX now features a carbon frame with 160mm of dw-link travel rolling on 27.5″ wheels. Billed as the “Enduro Game Changer”.

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First Look: Cannondale Habit XC with an attitude

A look at the all new Cannondale Habit in carbon and alloy versions and a first ride impression. This bike stretches the definition of XC like no other.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain Maiden downhill bike

Optimized for either 26” or 27.5” wheels, the Rocky Mountain Maiden’s four bar Smoothlink suspension rotates on oversized bearings and collet axles. New braking technology, integrated frame protection, and electronics compatibility are some of the highlights.

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First Look: Orbea Loki 27.5+ hardtail

Orbea has made the transition from road bike company, XC specialists and and now All Mountain experts. With the Rallon, Occam and now the Loki, they’ve created a family of bikes that are truly fun to ride.

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Felt adds Plus bikes to line-up for model year 2016 – their last

Check out some of the new bikes from Felt including the all new Surplus line of plus bikes. Also, some updates to the Felt Nine FRD, Edict, Compulsion and DD fat bikes.

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First Look: Salsa Cycles Pony Rustler 27.5+ trail bike

The 120mm Pony Rustler is here to play in the growing trail bike market, optimized for 3-inch tires. It comes in either aluminum or carbon and can be matched with a 120mm or 130mm fork.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes

SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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Special 25th Anniversary GT Zaskar Carbon Announced for 2016

The legendary GT Zaskar is back for 2016 with special 25th Anniversary carbon versions as well as 4 alloy models.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari forks

Expanding the sweet spot of their single-crown, 35mm platform, the Lyric has been stiffened up and longer travel options have been introduced. The Yari fork is introduced with even more travel options and a more affordable price.

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First Look: Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er trail bikes

Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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Trek Procaliber SL, Top Fuel and Fuel EX 29 revamped

Turning its focus on its cross-country racing bikes, Trek made some significant changes to its XC line. Most notable is the introduction of the Isospeed coupler in to the Procaliber hardtail line.

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New Focus Raven Max 29, Spine C and Sam C mountain bikes

German brand Focus enters the US mountain bike market with a carbon 29er hardtail, carbon trail bike and carbon enduro racer.

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Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times

Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss with hundreds of demo bikes, and access to the world’s most famous bike park.

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BMC rolls out new Speedfox 27.5 Trailcrew

This beefier version of the Speedfox has a slacker head tube, lower BB, and shorter chainstays.

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First Look: YT Capra All Mountain bike

Now that the YT Industries bikes are available in this market, Mtbr was invited to Reno, Nevada to find out if the Capra shreds like its mountain goat namesake at a budget price.

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First Ride Review: 2015 Trek Stache 9

Not too fat, not too thin, the Angry Singlespeeder thinks Trek’s new Stache is just right. Check out his first ride review.

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Polygon Bikes – New Syncline 9 carbon hardtail and Collosus N9 enduro rig

Developed with help from the UR Team, Polygon is bringing the Collosus N9 to America. Also available is a Di2 spec’d carbon hardtail racer rolling on 27.5″ wheels, the Syncline 9.

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WTB showcases new products in WTB Throwdown

Following the success of popular new tires like the Vigilante and the Trail Boss, WTB reaches back to its roots to innovate with the new Trailblazer and Riddler Tires.

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First Look: Specialized Stumpjumper and Rhyme FSR 6Fattie

Specialized adds to the 29er and 27.5 stable with a 3.0 tire version. Outer tire diameter is roughly the same as the 29er version but its character is quite a bit different with ultimate comfort and traction.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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