27.5 Reviews and News


Rocky Mountain Instinct, Instinct BC, and Pipeline revised


Rocky Mountain’s new Instinct serves as the platform for three different bikes. Which version is up your alley?

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2018 Specialized Enduro: longer, adjustable geo, new spec


For 2018, the Specialized Enduro doesn’t look that different, but the Big Red S has lengthened the reach, integrated a hidden flip chip, and added some clever new spec features.

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2018 Transition Bikes line-up unveiled


For model year 2018, the Patrol, Scout, and Smuggler get major geometry tweaks, and welcome a new bike to the stable, the Sentinel 29er with 160mm front and 140mm rear travel.

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Hope HB160 prototype bike comes to market


Hope’s radical new all-mountain bike doesn’t adhere to any industry standards. Click through to find out what makes it so special (and what it will cost).

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Art’s Cyclery Bike Check: Mark’s Yeti SB5


With a recent history of owning long travel bikes and spending weekends ripping the local moto track, Mark was ready for something different.

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Updated Race Face SIXC handlebar & Atlas wheels debut


The Race Face SIXC carbon bars are among our favorite. For 2017, they’ve received an update that makes them even wider. The Canadian brand is also launching a new Atlas wheelset targeted at park riders.

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Industry Nine Grade300 wheelset ready for park laps


Don’t trust carbon? Industry Nine’s new Grade300 wheelset features a new alloy rim that’s designed to take a beating.

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Richie Rude’s Yeti SB6


We caught up with Richie Rude before the Whistler EWS and took a look at his gorgeous Yeti SB6.

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Transition TR11 DH bike first look


The TR11 is Transition’s newest downhill bike. Officially released today, the bike has already been raced successfully to a World Cup podium by Tahnee Seagrave.

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Heller Barghest plus bike review


Heller Bikes is aiming to offer a good value bike with a full carbon frame, 1×11 drivetrain, 130mm of rear travel, plus tires, and a dropper post. But how does it ride?

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Kenda Hellkat and Helldiver DH tires review


Kenda attacked cornering speed, braking power, rolling resistance, and tested it on the DH circuit. But they did not forget casing technology, or pursuing strength and suppleness.

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Ibis Mojo HD3 vs HD4


Struggling to decide between the Ibis HD3 and new HD4? Click the link for Jeff Kendall-Weed’s hot take on these two very capable trail bikes.

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2018 Giant Reign first look


The Reign hadn’t been updated since 2014. For model year 2018, Giant gave this best selling bike some serious updates.

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Commencal Supreme SX first look


While most 180mm bikes are targeted towards the gravity racing realm, Commencal took a different approach with the new Supreme SX.

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Orbea Occam TR and AM updated


Whether you prefer little wheels and more travel or big wheels with less, Orbea’s new Occam is sure to please.

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Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX bike review


If you want a fast, fun, and reasonably affordable 27.5 trail bike, and are willing to pick your lines versus smashing them, the Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 EX is a great choice.

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Fox Float 34 fork with EVOL review


For model year 2018, Fox has updated the 34 chassis with a large volume negative air spring. Can something so minor really make a big difference?

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e*thirteen TRS Race SL carbon wheels review


e*thirteen’s new SL wheelset is targeted at trail riders, yet offers two times the strength of its current all mountain rims.

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2018 Pivot Mach 4 goes Boost


The Mach 4 is one of those bikes that’s difficult to categorize. With 115mm of suspension on tap, it looks the part of an XC race bike, yet it rolls on 27.5” wheels. For 2017, it’s gone boost and received additional updates.

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2017 BMC Speedfox first look


The Speedfox is a very capable steed with 120mm front and rear travel. With a dropper post integral to this ride, BMC designed a system that opens the rear shock when it’s down and puts it in Trail mode when it’s up.

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Niner SIR 9 trail bike launched


News out of the Niner camp today. The Colorado-based bike maker has re-released its original steel classic, the SIR 9, in a redesigned, ready for anything form.

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2018 Scott Genius first look


With 150mm of travel front and rear, the Genius sits squarely in the sweet spot for most riders. For 2018, it’s also received a number of key updates, including the capability to be run 29er, 27.5 or 27.5 plus.

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Bike Check: Marco Osborne’s EWS ready Cannondale Jekyll


Yesterday, we checked out Mark Weir’s Cannondale Jekyll. Today, we’ll take a quick look at Marco Osborne’s.

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Bike Check: Mark Weir’s Cannondale Jekyll


We recently caught up with Mark Weir to talk about his new Cannondale Jekyll and bike setup.

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Juliana Strega first ride impressions


Based on the same platform as the new Santa Cruz Nomad 4, the Juliana Strega is tailor made for women who dare to go further and faster.

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