29er Reviews and News


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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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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Vittoria Morsa G+ 29er tire review

Vittoria’s tire technology has progressed dramatically, led by the introduction of their Graphene rubber compound. This rubber, denoted by the G+ nomenclature, has already received much acclaim. But how would it work in the Morsa G+ 29er tire?

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Bulls Bikes Copperhead 29 RSi, Copperhead 3 RSi 27.5 and Wild Edge Team 29

German brand Bulls Bikes expands their US offerings this year to include two new alloy hardtails, a monocoque carbon full suspension 29er and yes, a full suspension e-Bike.

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Showdown: 27.5 versus 27.5+ versus 29er

We’ve seen videos before of media hacks comparing the ride and feel of different wheel and tire sizes. But how about some actual timed laps and feedback by a few of the world’s fastest racers?

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Pivot Switchblade first look

Pivot launches versatile and capable trail bike with a huge sweet spot. It has the shortest chainstays in the category yet allows the biggest tires — and a front derailleur. But your wheels will need 157mm hubs.

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Mongoose’s new bikes for 2017 – the Tyax Supa plus bike, Argus 24 mini fat bike, Teocali and more

Mongoose ditches direct-to-consumer sales and 2017 models will be sold through Amazon.

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Kona rolls out Hei Hei Carbon in race and trail versions

The Kona Hei Hei is a 100mm travel 29er cross country rig that’s capable of so much more with the right build kit. Kona recognizes that and their latest is now available in either XC or AM trim.

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KTM’s new 2016 mountain bikes come to the States

Well known Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is bringing their bicycles direct-to-consumer in America. Highlighted here are some of their performance oriented 2016 mountain bikes.

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Fezzari Timp Peak 2.0 first look

Utah-based direct-to-consumer seller recently unveiled the latest rendition of its 27.5 Timp Peak carbon trail bike, which features updated frame geometry and a great parts spec mix.

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Kona teases new Carbon Hei Hei, Plus sized Honzo, and Wozo fat bike

While Kona wouldn’t formally discuss their new product line, they did have several new models on display.

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2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si 100mm XC race bike

Cannondale knows XC race bikes as they’ve produced some of the lightest, stiffest and fastest bikes in existence. But in this iteration, they put on the party hat to allow the bike to thrive in the most technical courses the World Cup XC circuit can dish out.

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2017 Niner AIR 9 RDO

Merging the pedaling efficiency of first RDO and the ride quality of the second, this third iteration modernizes the geometry to create an attractive XC racing hardtail.

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YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1 first ride review

The crew from YT Industries visited Santa Cruz recently for a date with Mtbr to do some loam testing on the new YT Jeffsy CF Comp 1. Find out how this 29er trail bike fared.

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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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