29er Reviews and News


Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 29er first ride review

The original Tallboy was a classic. After seven years without any major geometry revisions, Santa Cruz just introduced an all new model. Here’s our thoughts after the first shake down run.

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Prototype 29er FOX 40 mounted on Evil Wreckoning spy shot

It’s no secret that manufacturers like Trek and Intense have played around with 29er downhill bikes before, but it appears that suspension manufacturers like Fox are also starting to do some serious testing.

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Juliana Joplin gets geometry updates, custom shock tune

The new Juliana Joplin benefits from all the same frame and geometry updates as the just released Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, but improves on that package for the women’s market by focusing on the details.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, now 27.5+ and 29er compatible

Santa Cruz was one of the first brands to figure out the whole 29er thing with the original Tallboy. Since then, the model has been a staple of it’s line up, but it’s been long overdue for an update. Head past the break to see what changes SCB made to the all new Tallboy 3.

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This is the hot rod inspired Ibis Ripley of your dreams

While the stock Ibis Ripley looks great in its stock configuration, a little pinstriping and some custom decals transform this custom ride into a one of a kind beauty.

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Stan’s NoTubes redesigns Arch, Crest and Flow alloys wheels

The preeminent pioneer of all things tubeless is going wider and lighter with its cross-country, enduro and downhill-oriented alloy hoops.

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Maxxis releases new plus-size tires

Recognizing the exploding popularity of plus-size bikes, Maxxis today showed off some of its newest rubber, including 3.0-inch wide versions of its much loved Minion DHF and DHR II tires.

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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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Yeti SB5.5c long travel 29er: 7 burning questions answered

While we haven’t had the opportunity to ride Yeti’s new long travel SB5.5c 29er, the press kit left us with several burning questions. Head past the break to see what nuggets the Colorado bike maker’s product team dished out.

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Yeti SB5.5c long travel 29er debuts

Do you like to go fast? Like really fast? How about over really gnarly stuff? Answered yes to all those questions? Yes? Well then, we have a bike you might be interested in.

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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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YT Jeffsy 29er trail bike

When most riders think YT, they either think bitchen prices, or good times. The direct-to-consumer brand has set itself apart from competitors with its ultra low prices and party attitude, so their latest offering may surprise a lot of existing fans, and attract a number of new ones.

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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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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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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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Bontrager Line Plus TLR 29 wheels review

If you can live with the loud color scheme, the Bontrager Line Plus TLR 29 wheels are a terrific upgrade for any 29+ bike. Find out why in our full review.

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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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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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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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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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Ibis launches Trans-Fat fat bike

Using the same front triangle as the Tranny 29, the Trans-Fat features a new rear triangle that accepts 4” fat bike tires, making it a highly versatile package.

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First Ride Review: Canfield Brothers Riot

Canfield Brothers was one of the first companies to make an aggressive and fun 29er. Now they’ve refined (and maybe defined) the genre with the new Riot. Find out why.

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Round up: Best value mountain bikes under $1000

27 interesting options for the entry level rider on a tight budget from brands like Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, GT, BMC, Scott, Rocky, KHS, Kona, Marin and more.

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