29er Reviews and News


Bryn Atkinson: Don’t Tell Anyone I’m on a 29er

The perception that 29” wheels are somehow inferior for getting shreddy is a myth – one that should have been dispelled years ago. Don’t believe us? Then watch this video.

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Magura unveils inverted Boltron e-bike fork

Magura’s latest offering is an inverted suspension fork designed in conjunction with motocross suspension expert WP that is specifically for ebikes.

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Orbea Alma XC race bike first look

While most XC race bikes are getting slacker and more trail worthy, Orbea’s latest remains a purebred XC whippet.

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2017 Trek Slash 29er first look

Trek proudly showed us its newest Enduro racing bike, the Slash 29er sporting 150mm of rear travel. It had to be carbon and had to have 29er wheels to put forward their best effort in the category.

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Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol 120mm bike debuts

Colorado based Guerrilla Gravity has just rolled out a new edition to its growing line-up of trail-friendly bikes. The new Trail Pistol comes in “Crush Mode” and “Plush Mode”, which is achieved via a shock mounted flip chip that optimizes the geometry and suspension for 29” wheel “crushing” or 27.5+ “plushness.”

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Niner RKT 9 RDO XC race bike review

Do you want a bike with a precise, narrow focus? Or are you looking for something more diversified? How you answer those questions will go a long way towards whether or not you’re a fan of the Niner RKT 9 RDO. Read our full review to learn more.

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Santa Cruz brings back aluminum, kills single pivot models

Santa Cruz bikes just got more affordable with the introduction of three all-new alloy bikes.

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Niner’s new Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO get boosted and plus

After years of complete dedication to 29ers, Niner is getting in the plus game, as it rolls out fully revised versions of its popular Rip 9 RDO and Jet 9 RDO trail bikes. Both will be available in the usual 2- through 5-star 29er builds. But now you can also order them spec’d with 27.5+ set-ups with max tire size of 3.0”.

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The most exciting new XC bikes of 2016 (so far)

In recent years, cross country race courses have become more technical. To help give their athletes a competitive edge, a number of brands are launching bikes that are more capable of tackling technical terrain. Check out the most versatile new XC bikes released this year.

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Scott Scale XC hardtail drops significant weight

The new lighter Scott Scale goes a long way toward defining what the company is all about: racing — and winning.

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New Orbea Oiz XC race bike gets stiffer and lighter

The Orbea Oiz has proven itself as a competitor with numerous podium finishes and titles to its name. For 2017, this proven formula has received major updates to increase stiffness and reduce weight.

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Kona Honzo gets the carbon treatment

The original Kona Honzo was a forward thinking hardtail for all mountain enthusiasts. In its newest incarnation, the bike has been reborn as an XC race bike and given the carbon treatment.

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New Giant XTC and Fathom hardtails

Whether you prefer singlespeeds or gears, big wheels, big tires, or 27.5″ hoops, Giant’s new line of hardtails has you covered.

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2017 Trek Fuel EX first ride

The Fuel EX is Trek’s #1 selling bike so its design has stayed the course for many years. But for 2017, Trek takes some risks and pushes the bike into longer, slacker and more aggressive horizons.

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Ripping and Whipping with Bernard Kerr

Whether he’s ripping moto or hitting the pump track, Pivot rider Bernard Kerr has an effortless style that makes him incredibly entertaining to watch.

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Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er first ride

Known for lust-worthy road bikes, Orbea broke the mtb ice last year with the rowdy, enduro-ready Rallon. With everything they learned about mtb geometry, they merged that with their carbon expertise to create the trail ready Occam.

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Fastest bike at Tour Divide: Mike Hall’s Pivot LES 29er

The third time at the Tour Divide proved to be a charm for British endurance racer Mike Hall. Hall took his second victory in the self-supported 2745-mile race that roughly follows the Continental Divide from Banff, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Here’s an up close look at the bike that got him there.

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Rocky Mountain releases thoroughly updated Element 29er XC race bike

The Element has been Rocky Mountain’s premiere XC race bike for two decades. It’s evolved considerably over the years and the newest version is claimed to be the most capable to date.

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Wade Simmons and Rémy Métailler ride the shore

Technically this video is an ad, but who cares when the riding (and filming) is this good.

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Tracy Moseley’s EWS winning Trek Remedy 29er

Tracy Moseley is a former DH World Champ and the reigning EWS Champion. She recently retired from racing full time, but is still attending select events. We caught up with her recently to discuss her bike setup and more.

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Race Face Turbine R Wheelset and Vault Hub roll out

Tubrine R wheelset from Race Face feature new Vault hubs, which were designed with high engagement and long lasting bearings.

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Wilier Triestina 101X cross-country bike review

If you’re looking for a race-ready hardtail rocket ship, this bike is a fantastic option with Italian flair. Its blend of carbon frame construction, and geometry that allows for improved comfort and application beyond the specific race setting.

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2017 Scott Spark first look

Scott went back to the drawing board for the model year 2017 Spark, changing the suspension linkage, adding boost hub spacing, and splitting the line into three segments, race, standard, and plus.

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Is this Nino Schurter’s new Scott Spark?

In the lead-in to Scott’s annual Scott Week media event in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, the Swiss bike maker is showing off a “spy shot” 27.5 rig that is very likely an updated version of the Nino Schurter’s dual suspension Spark race bike.

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WTB’s new plus sized Ranger tire

The new plus sized Ranger from WTB is equally at home on the trails or when fully loaded for a bikepacking tour.

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