27.5 Reviews and News


Norco Optic trail platform first ride review

Perhaps best known for their North Shore inspired gravity bikes, Norco’s latest offering is a short travel fun machine that comes in two wheel sizes. Click through to see if they pulled it off.

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Santa Cruz, Chris King partner on limited edition dream bike

Chris King marks its 40th anniversary with this beautiful $8999 limited edition bike designed in conjunction with Santa Cruz.

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New Rocky Mountain Pipeline trail bike launched

Rocky Mountain essentially invented the plus bike category two years ago. Now they’re back at it with the new 130mm Pipeline. Click through for spec and pricing details, plus an interview with their product team.

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Mavic Crossmax wheels get wider and boosted

Mavic is unveiling upgrades to its popular Crossmax Pro and Crossmax Elite alloy XC mountain bike wheels, adding boost compatibility, widening rim profiles, and reducing price.

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Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike

Specialized is throwing its hat in the electric MTB arena with the Turbo Levo FSR. Based on the Stumpjumper FSR 6Fattie, they’ve designed a bike that’s supposed to ride like a traditional mountain bike. Find out if they succeeded.

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Turner RFX 4.0 long term review

You may not have heard much from Turner in recent years, but make no mistake, the brand hasn’t lost its touch. Read on for our long term review of the their newest 160mm platform.

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FOX 32 Step-Cast fork

FOX went on an all-out assault in the XC fork category as they created an incredibly light, plush and tunable fork called the 32 Step-Cast.

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Felt unveils Surplus 27.5+ mountain bikes

New wide-tired bike will be available in two builds, both of which are built around a double-butted, hydroformed 6061 aluminum frame.

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Onza Canis tire now offered in 2.85 plus size

Larger volume tires slot in all mountain category. Sidewall color options include black or light beige.

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DT Swiss rolls out new Spline ONE wheels

The proven DT Swiss Spline ONE wheel series gets a serious upgrade — now with three categories, two wheel sizes, and five different rim widths to choose from.

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Intense Spider 275 C review

The newest Intense takes cues from the slopestyle scene to create a nimble short travel trail bike capable of handling just about anything.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 Enduro World Series team bikes check

Up close look at the race bikes of Ibis-sponsored EWS competitors Robin Wallner and the Gehrig twins.

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Vitus launches carbon Sommet CR and CRX 27.5 trail bikes

Chain Reaction Cycles house brand bikes feature four-bar suspension, RockShox Pike, SRAM X1/XO1, RaceFace cranks, and a mix of WTB and Nukeproof components.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 Plus version released

With a new rear end, Ibis utilizes the Boost 148 width to fit Plus sized 2.8 tires on their 150mm travel HD3. This will allow new buyers to choose between the new versions and existing HD3 owners to upgrade to Plus.

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NAHBS 2016: REEB Cycles new full suspension prototype – the SqWEEB

Owned by the same guy who runs Oskar Blues Brewery, REEB Cycles is based out of Longmont, CO and they are now producing a 27.5 Plus bike with 135mm of travel.

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Eric Porter’s Diamondback Release bike check

Eric Porter was instrumental in the creation of the new Level Link equipped Diamondback Release. Click through to see how his personal rig is setup.

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RockShox updates Recon, Sektor, and Paragon Forks with improved internals

SRAM has updated several of its entry to mid level forks with improved internals. They are also available for a number of different wheel sizes and axle standards.

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Diamondback’s new Release and Catch trail bikes – first ride review

Diamondback’s latest trail bikes introduce a brand new patent pending suspension platform. The Release and the Catch provide great performance at a bargain price.

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Coastline Cycle Co channels Urban Moto style into a new brand of bicycle

Bicycle industry veteran Chad Battistone launches Coastline Cycle Co with their first model named “The One” – a simple, durable alloy hardtail. The Kickstarter campaign has begun for those interested in buying one of these bikes.

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Wheelbuilder.com ENVE and Derby wheels review

With their wealth of expertise building wheels at the highest level of competition, Wheelbuilder.com is able to build the lightest and strongest wheels to fit the rider’s budget and specific demands.

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Motobecane launches budget-friendly plus bikes

Features of the bikes include WTB TCS tubeless compatible wheelsets, tapered head tubes, front and rear thru-axles, lockout suspension forks, hydroformed aluminum frames, and disc brakes.

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Domahidy Designs new Ti hardtail with internal gearbox

Famed Niner co-founder expands his line of boutique frames with a new titanium hardtail featuring an indestructible drivetrain.

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Ibis Mojo 3 first ride review

New do-it-all trail bike designed around the capability to run 27.5×2.8” tires. Also lighter and stiffer than its predecessor.

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Ellsworth celebrates 25th anniversary and offers redesigned lineup for 2016

The all new Epiphany headlines the changes to Ellsworth’s bike line-up for 2016 with both carbon and alloy versions available in 29er, 27.5 or Plus sizes.

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Pivot Cycles Phoenix DH Carbon sheds 300 grams

A lighter frame, increased tire clearance, and improved sizing sets newly refreshed 2016 Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon apart from its predecessor.

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