27.5 Reviews and News


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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First Look Felt Decree

Felt’s latest mountain bike is a lightweight 140mm 27.5 carbon fiber trail bike with adjustable geometry that’s designed to do it all — and do it well. Find out how it fared in our First Ride Review.

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Santa Cruz Hightower

From the ashes of the Tallboy LT, the new Santa Cruz Hightower has risen. This is a 135mm trail bike that is incredibly agile and capable. It is sold in either 29er or Plus form as it reveals a bike with a massive sweet spot.

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9 Dream Bikes That Will Break Your Budget

Amazing bikes from GT, Marin, Norco, BMC, Intense, Rocky Mountain, Pivot, Scott and Cannondale for the Powerball winning mountain biker.

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Best new mountain bikes of 2015

The Mtbr staff has ridden everything from electric assist fat bikes to ultra light cross-country whippets this past year. But which ones made our Best of 2015 list?

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First Look: 2016 Transition Patrol Carbon

Find out more about this hot new bike — and hear what Transition Bikes co-founder Kyle Menard has to say about the cost of carbon manufacturing and the challenges it poses for smaller brands in an exclusive Mtbr interview.

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Bike Check: Chris Kovarik’s new Intense M16 Carbon

Chris Kovarik discusses the development of the new Intense M16C DH bike, and component and suspension setup.

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Review: Intense M16 Carbon downhill bike

Downhill bikes have come along way since the Intense M1 ruled the podiums. Is the newest M series a worthy successor?

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Review: Santa Cruz 5010

For the adventurous all-mountain rider who would rather pedal than shuttle, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bike than the Santa Cruz 5010. Find out why in our full review.

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Santa Cruz Bronson Review

Santa Cruz enters the 650b/27.5 wheel size party with the introduction of the 150mm travel Santa Cruz Bronson all mountain bike. While not the first, this product introduction is very significant.

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Santa Cruz 5010

The 5010 is slacker now with a 67 degree head angle and updated with a longer top tube and steeper seat tube. It’s way more playful now too with 150mm dropper post capability.

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First Ride Review: Devinci Spartan

Devinci’s 165mm enduro machine has a Dave Weagle designed split pivot rear suspension — and some beautiful aesthetics with neon yellow accents on flat black paint and nice clean lines. Find out how it rode.

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