29er Reviews and News

First Look: BMC Speedfox Trail Bike 130mm travel 29er

BMC fills the void between the 100mm Fourstroke and the 150mm TrailFox with this very capable Speedfox 130mm trail bike.

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First Look: Ibis releases all-new Tranny 29 hardtail

Ibis releases a new 29-inch version of its vaunted Tranny hardtail. See it here–vaunted.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz launches more affordable carbon bikes, bars and grips

Santa Cruz launches lower-cost versions of carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. New colors, handlebars and grips also announced.

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First Look: New Niner ROS 9 Plus – Big wheels get bigger

The 29+ movement gains speed with the annoucement of the all new ROS 9 Plus from Niner Bikes. Check out our photos and some of the frame highlights.

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Pro Interview: Marco Fontana – Cannondale Factory Racing Team

Check out our interview with friendly and flamboyant World Cup racer Marco Fontana of the Cannondale Factory Racing team – proving that XC racing isn’t just high posts and lycra.

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First Look: Cannondale 2015 F-Si 29 Carbon and Black Inc XTR Di2 version

Cannondale announced another brand new model for 2015. The F-Si 29 Carbon is a World Cup racer that will appeal to a broad group of performance oriented riders.

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News: Vitus Escarpe 135mm bike and Vitus Sommet 155mm All Mountain bike

Chain Reaction Cycles has invested heavily in the Vitus brand to deliver the Vitus Escarpe trail bike and the Vitus Sommet All Mountain bike with 155 of rear travel.

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Review: New 2015 Fox 36 FLOAT and TALAS fork

The new FOX 36 takes the fight to RockShox in the battle for all-mountain fork supremacy. See who comes out on top in this epic clash of titans.

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News: Mavic announces Crossmax XL wheel and tire system

Mavic’s new WTS wheels called the Crossmax XL and the matching Crossmax Quest tires are designed more for the adventure rider than the pure enduro racer. Unlike other brands, Mavic is still supporting the 26″ wheel size.

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Video: Tobi Leonhardt’s slays Lake Garda on 29er/27.5 mashup bike

Tobi Leonhardt pivots, drops and bounces his way down one of the chunkiest goat trails you’ve ever seen near Italy’s Lake Garda. What’s more, he does it on a 29er/27.5 mashup bike.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights Part 2

More photo highlights from the Riva Bike Festival that’s held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy.

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Riva Bike Festival: Product Highlights

Mtbr got a chance to visit the Riva Bike Festival held annually in Riva del Garda, Italy. It is a chance for enthusiasts and pros to race, see new products and demo new bikes. Here are some photo highlights from the event.

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First Ride: SRAM Roam 30 and Roam 40 wheels

SRAM’s product release onslaught continues with Roam 30 and Roam 40—two high-value, low-cost wheelsets.

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Sea Otter Video: 2014 Clement XC LVX 29 and FRJ 27.5 mountain bike tires

Kevin Markham takes us through the finer points of Clement’s cross country mountain bike tires.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain’s 27.5-inch prototype Sherpa fatbike

“Practical” isn’t a word generally associated with fatbikes, but Rocky Mountain’s pragmatic Sherpa prototype may change all that.

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Polygon brings the Collosus N9 and T8 to the US direct to consumers

Polygon is bringing two of their mountain bikes into the US with a direct-to-consumer business model. Featured here are the Collosus N9 enduro race bike and the Collosus T8 trail bike.

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Sea Otter Video: Kappius KR29 carbon rims 2014

Kappius Components launched their new KR29 rim at Sea Otter this year and Kappius President Brady Kappius stopped by the Mtbr booth to show us the goods.

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Sea Otter Video: Kenda Honey Badger updates and new Juggernaut tire 2014

Roger Hernandez from Kenda talks us through some new releases for 2014 including the Honey Badger tires and the Juggernaut fat tire.

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Bike Test: Pivot LES 29 Singlespeed review

Bike-maker Pivot has been on a roll of late, and their first hardtail offering is no exception. The Pivot LES 29 is one mean, lean, racing machine whether you go geared or singlespeed.

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First Ride: RockShox RS-1 inverted fork

Though inverted forks have many advantages and are commonplace in the motorcycle world, widespread success has eluded the design in the bike market to date. RockShox hopes to change that with its new RS-1 29er cross-country superfork.

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Compare-O Award-O: The best enduro bikes from our big shootout

The Mtbr crew hands out the hardware at the Sea Otter Classic to the winners of our Enduro Compare-O earlier this year.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Intense Cycles in the middle of all the action

The Mtbr crew checks out the double-decker race it setup of legendary SoCal bike maker Intense Cycles.

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Hot News: New 36 RC2 fork highlights FOX 2015 releases

Suspension-maker FOX announced a new version of their 36 fork as well as updates to their 40, 34 and 32 models in a 2015 product release this week. The company launched 40th anniversary heritage graphics and stealth models as well.

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Bike Check #1: Nine cool bikes from pre-Sea Otter rides

Sea Otter starts today and we kick off our coverage with a bike check of bikes some of our industry friends are riding this weekend. Keep a sharp eye peeled and you may see some previously unreleased new product.

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Hot news: RockShox finally reveals new RS-1 inverted fork

We’ve been speculating about RockShox’s new RS-1 for weeks now and today the company confirmed the new fork is an inverted, 29er-specific cross country model.

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