29er Reviews and News


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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Rocky Mountain releases thoroughly updated Element 29er XC race bike

The Element has been Rocky Mountain’s premiere XC race bike for two decades. It’s evolved considerably over the years and the newest version is claimed to be the most capable to date.

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Wade Simmons and Rémy Métailler ride the shore

Technically this video is an ad, but who cares when the riding (and filming) is this good.

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Tracy Moseley’s EWS winning Trek Remedy 29er

Tracy Moseley is a former DH World Champ and the reigning EWS Champion. She recently retired from racing full time, but is still attending select events. We caught up with her recently to discuss her bike setup and more.

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Race Face Turbine R Wheelset and Vault Hub roll out

Tubrine R wheelset from Race Face feature new Vault hubs, which were designed with high engagement and long lasting bearings.

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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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2017 Scott Spark first look

Scott went back to the drawing board for the model year 2017 Spark, changing the suspension linkage, adding boost hub spacing, and splitting the line into three segments, race, standard, and plus.

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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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