29er Reviews and News

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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Hot Product: ENVE launches new MSERIES rims, wheelsets

Wheel-maker ENVE has announced a new series of carbon wheel sets called MSERIES, designed to meet the needs of four specific user groups, according to the company.

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Hot News: Ibis launches line of ultra-wide carbon wheels

Ibis reinvents the wheelset with new line of ultra-wide wheels. Beefy, hookless rims highlight new 741, 941 and 928 wheels.

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Gear Review: Lauf Trail Racer 29 fork

Lauf’s 990-gram, leaf-spring Trail Racer 29 suspension fork challenges the status quo and—at 60mm-travel—comes up a little short. But that’s not the fork’s only issue. Our Kurt Gensheimer takes a close look at this Icelandic oddity.

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Hot News: Breezer introduces Supercell 29er trail bike

Breezer announces an all new 29er trail bike called Supercell. It has 120mm of rear travel and utilizes the MLink rear suspension design with the rear pivot located in the middle of the chainstay. Watch the video and find out more.

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Spy Shots: New inverted RockShox RS-1 fork

RockShox has left a trail of breadcrumbs leading to their new, high-zoot inverted RS-1 suspension fork—but they haven’t said anything officially. We look at the evidence, take some guesses and make our bets.

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First Look: Michelin Wild Mud reinforced tire

Michelin adds to its new tire line a mud tire with a great casing and a couple nifty features.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The Felt Virtue Nine 20 proves you don’t need to spend a mint to have a good time

The well-spec’d Felt Virtue Nine 20 climbs well, looks great and does well on terrain up to about the intermediate level. It also proves you don’t have to spend a mint to have a good time.

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Enduro Compare-O: Mtbr’s Best of Test Award Winners

Find out which bikes took home the hardware from our first-ever Enduro Compare-O.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 is the king of descent and more

The Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 makes the case for being the best of both worlds—a bike that handles like a 26er and rolls like a 29er. Did they pull it off?

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Enduro Compare-O Bottom Line: Intense’s Carbine 29 knows how to go big, fast and fun

The confidence-inspiring Intense Carbine 29 likes it meaty, beaty, big and bouncy-check it out right here.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2 has the good kind of split personality

The split personality Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 has the climbing chops of a short-travel XC racer, but can rip descents like a true trail bike.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Yeti SB95C is a gorgeous high-speed weapon

Captivating looks, big wheels and the simple yet innovative Switch suspension set the Yeti SB95C apart. Take a deep-dive into it’s performance here.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Niner’s WFO 9 eats big trail—and convention—for breakfast and still gives you change for lunch

No carbon, no tweener wheels and half the price of some of our test bikes, the WFO 9 might just be the “get real” bike of the test.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Highly versatile Ibis Ripley eschews convention to splendid results

The Ibis Ripley has the get-up-and-go of a long-travel cross-country bike, the playfulness of a small-wheeled trail tamer, and even the cajones to tackle some light-duty enduro racing.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Sublime Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 makes a case for substance over buzz

If you’re a fan of big wheeled bikes, the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 is a sure fire hit. And if you’re skeptical of wagon wheels, this bike just might change your mind.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The BMC TrailFox TF01 XX-1 Trailcrew is a go-to enduro race bike

Swiss precision is in full effect on the BMC TrailFox TF01 XX1 Trailcrew, a thoroughbred high performer with a price tag to match.

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Compare-O First Look: Felt Virtue Nine 20

The Felt Virtue Nine 20 offers 130mm of Equilink suspension and looks sick with its “Fool’s Gold” finish. Will its performance match up to its good looks?

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Compare-O First Look: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2

The Trigger 29 Carbon 2 eschews traditional technology with a unique two-in-one shock and dual crown, single legged fork. Is Cannondale being different just for the sake of it? Or will this technology tame the trail?

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29

The S-Works Enduro 29 is one of the hottest bikes on dirt right now thanks to a remarkable combination of a 67.5 degree head tube angle, 155mm of rear wheel travel, super-short 16.9-inch chainstays despite its big hoops. See what else we found remarkable in our First Look.

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Compare-O First Look: Intense Carbine 29

Intense sets out to change minds about 29ers with burlier, longer-legged version of the big hooper that’s well-spec’d to boot. Take a First Look with us.

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