29er Reviews and News


Whyte Bikes debuts 150mm travel 29er


U.K.-based direct to consumer brand debuts a sharp looking and capable 150mm front and rear travel 29-inch trail bike.

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Marin Wolf Ridge first ride review


Curious about the new Polygon Square One, but prefer wagon wheels? The say hello to the new Wolf Ridge from Marin.

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2018 Ibis Ripley LS first ride review


The 3rd generation Ripley is here. It shares the same geometry as the beloved LS, but features a brand new rear triangle that can accommodate massive tires.

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2018 Fox 36 first ride


Three years ago, Fox was thrust once again into the lead position of big hit fork performance with the introduction of the Fox 36. Today, the chassis is still sound as the latest Fox updates are applied to push it even further.

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A new tire size is coming and it doesn’t suck


Plus sized erupted in popularity last year. The problem for many aggressive riders is that they didn’t hold up. Now a new tire size is coming that should split the difference between plus size and traditional tires.

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Bontrager Line Pro 40 29+ carbon wheels review


The Line Pro 40 carbon wheelset is one of several new Line Pro components that have significantly upped the quality and design aesthetics game of the Bontrager brand. Is it worth the price of the upgrade over aluminum?

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Pimp My Ride: Jamis Dakota Team XC racer


Inspiration for his custom decal set is the Rescue Racing Team, an organization that raises money for the Charles Smithgall Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in northern Georgia.

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Santa Cruz/SRAM Team custom painted Hightowers


This beautiful trio of custom Santa Cruz bikes would be equally at home on the trail or in an art gallery.

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RockShox Judy returns as budget plus-compatible fork


Remember the RockShox Judy? Well, she’s back. But this time elastomers are ditched in favor of some new Pike-derived suspension technology.

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2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon first look


Still aluminum and more versatile than ever, the new Santa Cruz Chameleon is here with plus tire compatibility, configurable dropouts, and very modern geometry.

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2018 Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ spy photos


This new Chameleon from Santa Cruz has been spotted in several Santa Cruz dealers. It not only looks promising but the the rumored pricing is attractive as well.

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Project Alloy trail bike


For the same money, should you go for a carbon frame with a budget build kit or an alloy frame with a higher end spec?

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2017 Norco Range C 9.2 first ride review


Norco has debuted a pair of enduro beasts, one clad in 27.5 wheels with 170/160mm of travel, the other a 29er with 160/150mm of travel. Check out Mtbr’s thoughts after a first ride on our 29er test bike.

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YT Industries Jeffsy 27 launched


Choice is never a bad thing. For riders who want a more playful ride, YT just dropped an all new 27.5 version of their popular 29er Jeffsy trail bike.

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YT Industries Jeffsy CF Pro review


Find out if this 140mm 29er trail bike with progressive geometry can handle a season’s worth of punishment — and deliver fun fast times along the way.

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Salsa Deadwood 29+ adventure bike launched


The new Salsa Deadwood harnesses 29+ wheels and an efficient short travel carbon frame to create the ultimate bike packing and endurance racing machine.

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Yeti SB4.5 trail bike review


Yeti’s 29er trail bike with 114mm of Switch Infinity suspension is put to the test in this Mtbr Featured User Review. See how it fared.

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Maxxis Minion and HighRoller Plus tires weights and measurements


Plus Tires is a growing category eagerly awaiting the arrival of more tires with better side knobs and sidewalls. How big are they and how much do they weigh?

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Norco Sight updated with new geometry


Norco refreshes Sight with small but key updates.

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2017 YT Jeffsy, Capra, and Tues bikes launched


For 2017, the Young Talents Jeffsy, Capra, and Tues will all be available in a CF Pro Race version, including a new flagship “liquid metal” paint job. This will also be XL frame sizes for both the Capra CF and Tues CF.

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Canfield Brothers Carbon EPO updated for 2017


Canfield Brothers has updated their EPO, the brand’s carbon-fiber hardtail 29er that’s engineered for aggressive all-mountain riding, with XL sizing, stealth dropper routing and a gloss black finish.

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Is the new WTB Ranger 29+ the ultimate bike packing tire?


While plus tires are popular in the mountain bike arena for their ability to level terrain, they’ve also helped open up a new whole world to bikepackers.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016


What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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27.5 vs. 29: Sonya Looney chimes in


Does size really matter? If we’re talking mountain bike wheels, my answer is, it depends, says Sonya Looney.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Ibis Ripley LS


Check out this responsive all-trail 29er that feels more like a 27.5 while popping and playing, yet still displays those desirable 29er traits on rolling, up and down trails, and in choppy, rocky momentum sapping terrain.

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