29er Reviews and News


Trek Powerfly 9 FS Plus e-bike first ride review

The Powerfly series is Trek’s initial entry into the eMTB market. It’s their best selling range of bikes in the European market and is making making its U.S. debut. Click through to learn more and read our first ride impressions.

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Continental Der Baron Projekt 29er tire review

Though the Der Baron wasn’t our favorite for dry, skatey, rocky terrain, this tire would almost surely shine in wet and/or loamy terrain. Plus, its casing is super durable, resisting tears and punctures in even the sharpest rocks.

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Pro Bike Gallery: Jared Graves’ Specialized S Works FSR Stumpjumper 29er

Jared Graves’s transition from Yeti to Specialized has not been perfectly smooth. After dominating the Enduro World Series in 2014, the Aussie had yet to match those results in his first campaign with the Big Red S. But now things are turning around. Here’s a look at the bike that helped make that happen.

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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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Canfield Brothers Riot 29er trail bike review

If you lean toward the rowdy side of riding, dig the benefits of big wheels, and don’t want to rely on a pick-up truck to get you to the top of the descent, the Canfield Brothers Riot is a top-notch one-bike solution.

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Mtbr weighed the Kona 2017 product line

Manufacturer weights are often very different than actual weights, so we put the Kona 2017 product line on the scale to find out the truth.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride

Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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Santa Cruz Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy 3 alloy bike weights

Santa Cruz recently launched alloy versions of their three most popular bikes. We stopped by their HQ in order to get some real world weights.

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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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