29er Reviews and News

Stan’s NoTubes ZTR Crest 650b and ZTR Arch EX 29er Wheels

Not just for sealant any more, Stan’s NoTubes has some new options coming for their top selling ZTR Crest 650b wheelset. Also, their ZTR Arch EX 29er wheels continues to be popular and has plenty of options as well.

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Video: Niner ROS 9 and New JET 9

Here is a look at the all new Niner JET 9 and ROS 9. The JET 9 gets the same airformed tubing treatment that the RIP 9 received including an increase in travel and a decrease in weight.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain Instinct MSL – 130mm Travel Carbon 29er Revealed

Smooth going up and even plusher going down. The Rocky Mountain MSL is a capable ride for rocky, rooty, and fast terrain.

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First Look: 2014 FOX TALAS

The complete TALAS redesign gives better ride performance and alterable travel settings, and it utilizes an updated air spring and a new travel adjustment system and fewer seals.

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Reynolds 29er XC Carbon and 27.5 Carbon AM wheels

Reynolds has some exciting offerings for 2014 including several wheelsets in 27.5″ size. Their all new 27.5 AM carbon wheels are a whopping 31mm in width! They also have several 29er models available in carbon as well.

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Fezzari Timp Peak 27.5 and Solitude 29er

Fezzari is a company that has a unique direct-to-consumer business model that allows them to offer a great deal of value for their solid, innovative bikes. Highlighted here are the 2014 Timp Peak and Solitude 29er.

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Review: 2014 Salsa Horsethief

With 130mm front and 120mm out back, the redesigned 2014 Horsethief with Split Pivot rear suspension blends freeride capability with cross-country agility.

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Review: 2014 Salsa Spearfish

Already popular within endurance and backcountry racing circles, the 2014 Salsa Spearfish gets even better with new Split Pivot rear suspension design and refined geometry.

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Poll: Help Mtbr Pick the Next Trek Test Bike

Trek wants to send us a test bike but mix things up, they gave us the Trek Project One url and said “Create your own test bike!” Ok, that could be a blessing or a curse because now we have to choose between a million bike configurations and color options.

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New Cannondale Rush and Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc

Here is a close-up look at two new Cannondale XC models for 2014 both featuring 100mm of travel. The Rush returns as an entry level 29er and the Scalpel 29 Carbon Black Inc represents the top of the line world class racer.

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Tested: Niner 2014 RIP 9 125mm Travel Trail Bike

The 2014 RIP 9 is here and it is lighter, stiffer and more capable than before. Travel has been increased to 125 mm in the rear. Up front, 120 mm or 140 mm are the fork options and they deliver a head angle of 70.5 and 69.5 degrees respectively.

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Niner ROS 9 – Steel, Long Travel Hardtail Released

What is the purpose of this steel hardtail that is designed for a 120mm or 140mm front fork? Well the purpose is to ‘Ride Over Shit’ and that’s why it’s called the ROS 9. But is there really a market for a 29er hardtail bike that is not optimized for Cross Country or Racing? Can a 29er hardtail be fun?

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Bike PressCamp 2013 Live Blog

Stay up to date on new gear, revamped apparel, and cutting edge technology from this three-day mini-trade show in Deer Valley, Utah. We’ll have the full 411 from all 26 brands in attendance, including Niner, Cannondale, GT, Orbea, Rotor, Capo, Clif, CamelBak and Turner.

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Review: BAMF Shit Kicker 29er

Say what you will about BAMF’s cocksure marketing approach, the Shit Kicker turns heads and is a standout value at only $1,999.

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Review: Felt Nine FRD – Ultimate Carbon Hardtail 29er

“That bike is sick!” is what we heard most often whenever we took this bike out. The Felt Nine FRD is not for everyone but it’s good to know that such a bike exists.

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Just In: BAMF Shit Kicker 29er

We unpack the BAMF Shit Kicker and give our first impressions on this boldly marketed carbon 29er.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 2 Unveiled

The Santa Cruz Tallboy is the #1 selling bike of the the Santa Cruz Bicycles empire. So for the Tallboy 2, how could they evolve it? Well, here’s what they did.

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Review: Bailey Bikes 29er

The Bailey 29er delivers sub-20 pound weight, and one of the best warranties in the industry, making it an outstanding value for XC racers.

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Review: 2013 Trek Superfly 100

Trek sought out to drop a full pound from their already lightweight Superfly 100. They wanted to maintain all stiffness numbers to build a worthy race bike. Did they succeed?

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Magura 2014 – TS 140/150mm 29er Forks

Magura releases a brand new long travel 29er fork called the TS 29er 150. Magura also announced new eLECT sensor and fork adjuster…electronic suspension setup and tuning is here.

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Fox Float X Shock and 2014 Talas Fork

FOX unveiled new updates to their TALAS fork, along with a new rear shock, the FLOAT X. The 2014 TALAS fork’s internals should offer smoother travel and improved handling.

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Brian Mullin’s Walkabout – Sea Otter 2013

This is a short synopsis of my wanderings during the Sea otter 2013 festival, and captures some products that I found interesting…

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Yeti SB95C and ARC Carbon

The SB95C is Yeti’s brand new carbon version of the excellent SB95 full suspension 29er bike. I have tested the normal aluminum SB95 extensively, and this carbon frame is livelier, lighter, has better damping and resiliency, and the sculptured lines and aesthetics were knockouts.

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Video: New Spinergy Zyclone Full-Carbon 29er Wheels At Sea Otter

Spinergy gave us a preview of their upcoming all-carbon, disc-ready, 29er mountain bike wheels at Sea Otter. Check out our exclusive intro video and photos of the new sub-1400 gram 29er wheelset.

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Diamondback Overdrive Carbon Pro and Mason FS 29ers

Diamondback has two exciting new models coming out this year including the brand new 2014 Overdrive Carbon Pro and the Mason FS 29ers.

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