29er Reviews and News


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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Norco Interbike 2016

A new trail bike, plus model, carbon fatty, and loads of kids bikes mean Norco’s 2017 line has an option in nearly every two-wheeled category.

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Ellsworth Interbike 2016

Ellsworth launches the Rogue Forty all-mountain bike, tightens up of its proprietary suspension design, and unveils a company rebranding.

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2017 Pivot 429 MachSL Carbon first look

The 429 Mach SL is already one of the best XC race bikes on the market, so how did Pivot make it even better?

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Niner RIP Goes Alloy

Carbon bikes are awesome, but they cost a fortune. Good thing Niner is watching out for the little guy. Their new alloy bikes shares the same geo and tech as the RIP 9 RDO, but retails for significantly less.

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Canfield Brothers Nimble 9 Boost 29er hardtail launched

Fourth generation of steel Nimble 9 Boost 29er hardtail features boost hub spacing, updated geometry, and some very sparkly frame paint options.

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WTB goes wide with latest Ci31 carbon rims

The latest carbon rims from WTB features a 31mm inner rim width, can be setup tubeless with just a floor pump, and sell for a reasonable price (for carbon, that is).

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Devinci Django 29 debuts

The short travel Django was originally launched as a 27.5 bike, but the platform was begging for the 29er treatment.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Michael Broderick’s Intense Carbine 29C

Michael Broderick was once among the best XC racers in the United States. Now he’s making waves in the masters class of the Enduro World Series. Here’s a look at his 140mm Intense Carbine 29C race bike.

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Fastest bikes at the 2016 Leadville Trail 100 MTB race

Colorado’s Todd Wells and U.K. ace Sally Bigham each scored victory at the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race this past weekend. Mtbr contributing photographer Eddie Clark was in Leadville and captured these photos of the two fastest riders and their bikes.

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2017 Specialized Enduro first ride

The Enduro 29er was a ground-breaking achievement when the 29er version was launched three years ago. This new one is an even more significant effort with better performance and versatility.

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