29er Reviews and News


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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Compare-O First Look: Ibis Ripley

It took six long years for this purported do-anything 29er to go from idea to actuality. Now it’s time to find out if it was worth the wait.

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Compare-O First Look: Yeti SB95 Carbon Race

Traditional trail bike geometry, innovative Switch Technology suspension design, a well-equipped Shimano XT build kit and stunning looks—the Yeti SB95 C is one of the most anticipated rigs in the Compare-O.

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29

No doubt this $9,000 silver-painted super bike will shine, but just how brightly when compared to the competition is the real question.

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Compare-O First Look: Niner WFO

Madeover 2014 Niner WFO challenges the 27.5 status quo with bigger wheels and bigger travel, yet a small(ish) price tag.

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Review: Schwalbe Magic Mary and Rock Razor Tires

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is an excellent tire for loose, wet and muddy conditions, and excels as a front tire. The Rock Razor is a rear only specific tire, and excels in dry conditions, and the semi-slick center knob design offers a quick acceleration, response and control.

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Compare-O First Look: BMC TrailFox TF01 XX-1 Trailcrew

BMC’s TrailFox TF01 has come a long way from its roots as a portly aluminum, short-travel 26er. See the amazing transformation a little carbon, big wheels and long travel have brought to the 2014 version.

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First Look: S-Works Enduro 29 Weighs in at 27 lbs with 155mm of Travel

Well this new 2014 looks like it has all the answers. It is 27.33 lbs, has a climb switch on the Cane Creek DB Air rear shock. And it is now using the smoothest front fork available today, the Rockshox Pike with 160mm travel.

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Review: Michelin Wild RockR2 All Mountain Tire

Michelin bike tires is a brand us old timers are familiar with, but their new tires have not kept up with changing trends. They aim to change that with one of the most compelling All Mountain tires we’ve seen.

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Review: DT Swiss Spline One Wheelset

The DT Swiss Spline 1 is an excellent set of wheels, that are stiff, strong and light, and utilize their superb 240 hub internals.

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Shootout: One Long Race, Four Bikes Compared

Racing four different Santa Cruz bikes for this year’s TBF 50 Miler in Granite Bay! The Tallboy would start off the shenanigans, while saving the speedy Highball for the end.

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Review: Vassago VerHauen 29er

Handmade American quality, exceptional versatility and silky smooth performance; all with an affordable price tag that simply VerHauens the competition.

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Spotted: New Moots Frosti 5” (And 29er+) Fat Bike

The latest creation from Moots is a titanium fat bike frame with spacing to accommodate 5-inch wheels — and 29er+ wheel and tires. That means you can conceivably ride it all year long — on snow, sand or dirt.

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Review: Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1

Whether you are XC/endurance racing or just trail riding, the Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1 is a highly capable ride that is smartly spec’d and offers a solid value.

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Review: 2014 FOX TALAS

The 2014 FOX 34 TALAS offers a great ride, that is plush, smooth and supple, with support and control, and the significant features of the two-level travel adjustment and CTD damper are highly useful and functional.

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Mongoose Teocali, Salvo 29 and Beast fat bike at the Dew Tour

Mongoose is one of the main sponsors of the Dew Tour, an action sports event that was in San Francisco this past weekend. Check out some photos and info about 3 of their new bikes, the Teocali, the Salvo 29 and the Beast fat bike.

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Interbike 2013: Syntace, Liteville, SQLab and 66sick

Radsport USA brought along the German contingency to Interbike, and besides showing the upgraded Liteville 601 bike, wider Syntace Vector bars, SQlab 611 active MTB and trick carbon fiber Super6 and 66sick saddles, they were occasionally seen wearing lederhosen and drinking beer.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 2

Part two of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Norco Sight, Pivot Firebird 27.5, Intense Carbine 275, Devinci Troy, Turner Flux 27.5 and Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5.

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KRob’s Outerbike 2013 Bike Demo Reviews – Part 1

Part one of KRob’s Outerbike bike tests. Here he gives us his opinion on the new Ibis Ripley, Yeti SB95 Carbon, Intense Spyder Comp 29 Carbon, Ibis HDR 650b, Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt, GT Force, and Giant Trance 27.5

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Video: Fall BC XC 29er’ing with the Turner Czar and Pivot 429

Fall in BC brings back rain. Rain brings saturated green vibrant moss, ferns, evergreen and deciduous trees back to life. For video entertainment here’s some Czarring in Northern Yukon.

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