27.5 Reviews and News

Compare-O Bottom Line: Scott Genius 710 offers many options to suit many riders

The Scott Genius 710 is an excellent climber and is a bike that you could use for racing Enduro or even XC Endurance races.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Rocky Mountain Altitude brings full-tilt, all-mountain attitude

If we gave out a Chuck Norris award the 2014 Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition would win by a tractor pull.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Fezzari’s roll-your-own Timp Peak packs value, performance

The Fezzari Timp Peak delivers value in and performance in spades with this 150mm travel bike sporting a 1×11 drivetrain and carbon wheelset.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Born on the ‘shore’ Norco Range 7.1 packs proven DH chops in AM package

The burly Norco Range Alloy 7.1 can handle the steepest and gnarliest of trails all while offering one of the best values on the market today.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Love it or hate it, electronic suspension cometh and Lapierre strikes first with bold, new Spicy 527

Just like their countrymen Daft Punk, French bike-maker Lapierre brings a unique brand of electronica to the US.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The Ibis Mojo HDR 27.5 is a razor-sharp performer

Ibis’ HDR is a wonderful chameleon that does its thing with 26- or 27.5-inch wheels. See if that’s a good thing or a compromise in our Bottom Line review.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Ultimate one bike quiver? The $10k Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon might be it

You won’t win the Enduro World Series on this bike, but you could ride it just about anywhere in the world.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Scalable Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0 a lightweight, versatile winner

The versatile Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0 changes colors like a chameleon making it one of the most versatile bikes in our test. See how it does with the rest of the mountain here.

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Compare-O First Look: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

This once hallowed bicycle brand lost its way for a while, but now it’s attempting a major comeback with two new high-zoot trail bike. Can they return GT to a place among mountain biking’s elite?

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Compare-O First Look: Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5

Trek boots 26-inch hoops in favor of 27.5s on the all-new 2014 Trek Remedy 9.8. Dressed in premium Bontranger componentry, their full-carbon, 140mm-travel flagship is looking leaner, meaner and readier than ever.

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Compare-O First Look: Orbea Rallon

Engineered to dominate the Enduro World Series circuit, the all-aluminum Orbea Rallon features 27.5-inch wheels and 160mm of travel with adjustable geometry

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Compare-O First Look: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon

The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon is one of the most anticipated bikes in our test. See what the buzz is all about.

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Compare-O First Look: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon

The Pivot Mach 6 is one of the most anticipated bikes in our test with 155mm of plush dw-link suspension. It’s laterally stiff with short stays and a smart bottom bracket height designed to corner well and clear rocks and rough stuff.

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Compare-O First Look: Norco Range Alloy 7.1

Available in both carbon and aluminum, the Norco Range offers 160mm of all mountain travel derived straight from the North Shore. The Range Alloy 7.1 may be one of the best value bikes in our tests.

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Compare-O First Look: Scott Genius 710

Scott’s stealthy Genius 710 now comes Fox-equipped. Will the new spec equate to more customers?

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Compare-O First Look: Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition

Rocky Mountain’s Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition has a long name, big tires and tall gears. Check out what else this Euro-style sled brings to the enduro party.

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Compare-O First Look: Ibis Mojo HDR 650b

The tried and true Ibis Mojo HDR is now offered in the trendy 27.5-inch wheel size. But do the bigger wheels enhance or detract from the performance of this legendary bike?

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Review: Schwalbe Magic Mary and Rock Razor Tires

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is an excellent tire for loose, wet and muddy conditions, and excels as a front tire. The Rock Razor is a rear only specific tire, and excels in dry conditions, and the semi-slick center knob design offers a quick acceleration, response and control.

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Compare-O First Look: Lapierre Spicy 527

Lapierre’s burly Spicy 527 is ready to rumble with its stout four-bar Horst Link-style suspension, but is the world ready for its electronically-controlled suspension?

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Compare-O First Look: Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon

Santa Cruz’s playful all-day adventure rig looks to have plenty of climbing chops. But will the Fox 32 fork and trim-profile frame be up to the task when things get rowdy?

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Compare-O First Look: Fezzari Timp Peak

Fezzari ain’t a Ferrari, but its Timp Peak AM Bike is still pretty damn sexy and light to boot.

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Compare-O First Look: Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0

Giant’s 24-pound Trance Advanced has us both a little excited and a little nervous. Can a bike this feathery handle our aggressive test track?

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First Look: Orbea Rallon Breaks Away with 160mm of Tuned BOS Suspension

Orbea has been known for road bikes and cross country bikes. But with this new 27.5 long travel bike, they will soon be a force in the All Mountain arena.

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Just In: Magura eLECT Automatic Lockout and Wireless Remote for Front Forks

We are delighted to report that Mtbr is one of the first folks in North America to test the production version of the Magura eLECT forks. The eLECT is a brain that locks the fork when you’re climbing and opens it up when descending.

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