29er Reviews and News


Eurobike 2015: Yeti SB45c short travel trail bike

With all present bike models in full carbon, Yeti has been through 30 years of history and has even been an influencer in this history. Time to celebrate!

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First Ride Review: Trek Pro Caliber 9.9 29er XC bike

Sub-20 pounds right out of the box, this race-ready bike needs no upgrades. But how does the Isospeed decoupler handle bumps large and small?

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Felt adds Plus bikes to line-up for model year 2016 – their last

Check out some of the new bikes from Felt including the all new Surplus line of plus bikes. Also, some updates to the Felt Nine FRD, Edict, Compulsion and DD fat bikes.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Camber

The Camber has upped its climbing prowess with the integration of the new Brain rear shock and the RockShox RS-1 fork. But does it come at the expense of descending ability?

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First Look: RockShox Lyrik and Yari forks

Expanding the sweet spot of their single-crown, 35mm platform, the Lyric has been stiffened up and longer travel options have been introduced. The Yari fork is introduced with even more travel options and a more affordable price.

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First Look: Orbea Occam 27.5 and 29er trail bikes

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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Trek Procaliber SL, Top Fuel and Fuel EX 29 revamped

Turning its focus on its cross-country racing bikes, Trek made some significant changes to its XC line. Most notable is the introduction of the Isospeed coupler in to the Procaliber hardtail line.

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New Focus Raven Max 29, Spine C and Sam C mountain bikes

German brand Focus enters the US mountain bike market with a carbon 29er hardtail, carbon trail bike and carbon enduro racer.

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First Look: Ibis Ripley gets revamped in all the right places

The Ripley was a revolutionary bike for Ibis but it did have its flaws. It seems all those have been addressed with this new version and new geometry, but a classic edition will be maintained as well for those who love its original 26er-like handling.

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Pivot Cycles announces new Mach 429 Trail

Pivot’s all new Mach 429 Trail combines two of their most popular models to create a trail bike that handles beyond its 116mm of travel.

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Pro Bike: Aaron Albright’s BMC Fourstroke FS02 29er

Here’s a tip to tail look at the bike of this up-and-coming Trans-Sylvania Epic stage race contender.

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First Ride Review: 2015 Trek Stache 9

Not too fat, not too thin, the Angry Singlespeeder thinks Trek’s new Stache is just right. Check out his first ride review.

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Pro Bike: Crystal Anthony’s Cannondale Scalpel 29

Trans-Sylvania Epic contender runs Shimano XTR 2×11 drivetrain and Stan’s NoTubes wheels on her 2015 model year full suspension race rig.

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First Look: BMC Teamelite 01 “soft tail” hardtail

Switzerland’s BMC is the latest bike maker to take a crack at perfecting the soft tail concept. How well it works remains to be seen.

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First Look: 2016 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

The Stumpy is back in the spotlight with a major revamp. Shorter stays, slacker head angle, wider rims and a cool SWAT door are some of the tricks up its sleeve.

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Review: Vee Tire Crown tires

Vee Tire enters the market with it’s front and rear specific Crown tires designed by Mike King. Grippy rubber, high TPI and quality construction are some of some of the highlights.

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Sea Otter: Mavic updates MTB wheel-tire systems

The men in yellow unveiled a mix of updates and new product, all of it centering around mountain bike wheels and tires.

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Review: Vittoria Peyote and Barzo tires

Geax is now known as Vittoria and they’ve made their presence known with an exciting line-up of new tires.

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Sea Otter: Bulls Bikes Wild Edge Team 29 endurance race machine

Bulls Bikes brings bikes direct to buyers for the US market. Highlighted here is their top of the line endurance XC model, the Wild Edge Team 29.

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First Look: Bold Bikes takes suspension inside

Rear shock housed completely inside the composite frame’s seat tube in an effort to protect it from rock strikes, crashes, mud and gunk.

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Sea Otter: Fezzari rolls out 27+ Cascade Peak

Consumer direct seller believes there’s a sea change underway with the way people buy bikes — and sees new 27+ platform as great entree into sport for new riders.

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News: SRAM RAIL 40 wheels

SRAM has made huge strides in its wheel development. They’ve dissected every part of the wheel system and improved all the components. They’re not very wide yet but the engineering is now very sound with the RAIL line of wheels. Performance and affordability are in the forefront as well.

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Sea Otter: Haro brings back Shift line of full suspension bikes including the all new Shift Plus

Some prototype bikes from Haro’s 2016 line-up including the Shift S3, Shift R5 and R7 and the Shift Plus running the big 27.5+ tire size.

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Review: Trek Superfly SS singlespeed 29er

The Angry Singlespeeder puts Trek’s budget-friendly one-gear bike through its paces. See if he was still angry at the end of his ride.

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Sea Otter: Coming soon Norco Revolver 27.5 and 29

New full-suspension bike in final stages of development now.

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