29er Reviews and News


2014 Marin Bikes – More 27.5 Mountain Bikes

Marin Bikes shows their new bike line-up for 2014 including several new 27.5 models and several new women’s specific bikes. Check them out here.

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First Look: Felt Virtue Nine 1 – 130mm Travel All Mountain 29er

We visited the friendly folks of Felt USA at their headquarters in Irvine, CA and they proudly showed us their new 130mm travel 29er.

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Review: Turner Czar 29er

The Turner Czar is just about as close to a perfect bike as one can envision. It’s beautiful. Its performance uphill and downhill is superlative. Its range of useability is insanely large.

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Announced: Intense Carbine 29 – Trail/Enduro/AM

Intense reveals the all new Carbine 29. A carbon version of the Tracer 29, the Carbine 29 has 5 or 5.5″ of VPP travel, G2 dropouts and the ride quality of carbon.

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Tested: 2014 Trek Remedy 29er with 140mm of Travel

Trek’s Remedy 29 is a very capable descender with big wheels and 140mm of rear-wheel travel. But is it an agile handler and able climber as well?

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SUN-Ringlé 2014 27.5 Wheels – Black Flag, Charger, A.D.D.

SUN-Ringlé jumps full force into the 27.5/650b movement with models available across their 3 most popular models – the BlackFlag (XC), the Charger (AM/Trail) and the A.D.D. (DH/Freeride).

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2014 Cannondale Trail 29er 7 and Tango Women’s 29er Mountain Bikes

From Cannondale’s Trail series of entry level bikes, the Trail 7 is a hardtail 29er that won’t break the bank. Also featured is the new women’s specific Tango 29er hardtail with optimized geometry and handling. Check them out.

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Marzocchi 55 Micro STA and 44 Micro STA 29 forks and more for 2014

Highlighted here are Marzocchi’s new forks including the 55 Micro STA and the 44 Micro STA 29. Also, a sneak peek of the 2014 320 LCR Carbon XC fork, 380 C2R2 DH fork, Moto C2R and Roco Lite rear shocks.

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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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