29er Reviews and News


YT Industries Jeffsy 27 launched

Choice is never a bad thing. For riders who want a more playful ride, YT just dropped an all new 27.5 version of their popular 29er Jeffsy trail bike.

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YT Industries Jeffsy CF Pro review


Find out if this 140mm 29er trail bike with progressive geometry can handle a season’s worth of punishment — and deliver fun fast times along the way.

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Salsa Deadwood 29+ adventure bike launched


The new Salsa Deadwood harnesses 29+ wheels and an efficient short travel carbon frame to create the ultimate bike packing and endurance racing machine.

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Yeti SB4.5 trail bike review


Yeti’s 29er trail bike with 114mm of Switch Infinity suspension is put to the test in this Mtbr Featured User Review. See how it fared.

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Maxxis Minion and HighRoller Plus tires weights and measurements


Plus Tires is a growing category eagerly awaiting the arrival of more tires with better side knobs and sidewalls. How big are they and how much do they weigh?

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Norco Sight updated with new geometry


Norco refreshes Sight with small but key updates.

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2017 YT Jeffsy, Capra, and Tues bikes launched


For 2017, the Young Talents Jeffsy, Capra, and Tues will all be available in a CF Pro Race version, including a new flagship “liquid metal” paint job. This will also be XL frame sizes for both the Capra CF and Tues CF.

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Canfield Brothers Carbon EPO updated for 2017


Canfield Brothers has updated their EPO, the brand’s carbon-fiber hardtail 29er that’s engineered for aggressive all-mountain riding, with XL sizing, stealth dropper routing and a gloss black finish.

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Is the new WTB Ranger 29+ the ultimate bike packing tire?


While plus tires are popular in the mountain bike arena for their ability to level terrain, they’ve also helped open up a new whole world to bikepackers.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016


What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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27.5 vs. 29: Sonya Looney chimes in


Does size really matter? If we’re talking mountain bike wheels, my answer is, it depends, says Sonya Looney.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Ibis Ripley LS


Check out this responsive all-trail 29er that feels more like a 27.5 while popping and playing, yet still displays those desirable 29er traits on rolling, up and down trails, and in choppy, rocky momentum sapping terrain.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Guerilla Gravity Trail Pistol


Colorado made 120mm trail bike has 148mm rear wheel spacing to accommodate 29er (crush mode) and 27.5+ (plush mode) wheels.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Orbea Occam


Just because you may not be familiar with this Spanish manufacturer, you should still give Orbea Ocam a look.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Intense Primer


The Intense Primer 29er was one of the best looking bikes spotted at Outerbike. But how did it ride?

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Canfield Brothers Riot


For riders wary of carbon (and its expense) and looking for a solid feel that will likely translate into long-term durability, the Canfield Brothers Riot is definitely worth a look.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Niner RIP 9 RDO


Find out how Niner’s long travel 29er fared in this shootout on Moab’s famed slickrock trails.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Norco Optic


Good memories of the original aluminum Norco Sight moved us to take a cruise on the new Optic, an 110mm rear, 120mm front 29er setup that leans to the XC side of the trail bike category.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Salsa Woodsmoke


Salsa’s 29er with plus sized wheels and clever rear dropouts bucks is a bit of a head scratcher.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Pivot Switchblade


The original Switchblade (made by Titus 15 years ago) ticked all the right boxes for a high-end full suspension bike. The new Pivot Switchblade was tops on the Outerbike Test Sessions list for the very same reasons.

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Niner unveils budget priced alloy Jet 9 trail bike


Niner has expanded its Jet 9 trail bike line-up to include a budget-friendly $2600 alloy option to go along with the current carbon frame offerings.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds


Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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Bulls Bikes Black Adder 29 carbon hardtail review


If you are looking for a budget friendly bike that is XC race-ready right out of the box, the Bulls Black Adder is it. But if you are the type that installs dropper posts on all your bikes (including hardtails) then this is not the ride for you.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000


At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2016


Pivot Cycles long ago earned its title as an award-winning mountain bike manufacturer. But the best never stop evolving. For 2017, Pivot launches several new mountain bike models and updates a few classics.

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