29er Reviews and News


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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2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si 100mm XC race bike


Cannondale knows XC race bikes as they’ve produced some of the lightest, stiffest and fastest bikes in existence. But in this iteration, they put on the party hat to allow the bike to thrive in the most technical courses the World Cup XC circuit can dish out.

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2017 Niner AIR 9 RDO


Merging the pedaling efficiency of first RDO and the ride quality of the second, this third iteration modernizes the geometry to create an attractive XC racing hardtail.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 29er first ride review


The original Tallboy was a classic. After seven years without any major geometry revisions, Santa Cruz just introduced an all new model. Here’s our thoughts after the first shake down run.

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Prototype 29er FOX 40 mounted on Evil Wreckoning spy shot


It’s no secret that manufacturers like Trek and Intense have played around with 29er downhill bikes before, but it appears that suspension manufacturers like Fox are also starting to do some serious testing.

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Juliana Joplin gets geometry updates, custom shock tune


The new Juliana Joplin benefits from all the same frame and geometry updates as the just released Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, but improves on that package for the women’s market by focusing on the details.

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Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, now 27.5+ and 29er compatible


Santa Cruz was one of the first brands to figure out the whole 29er thing with the original Tallboy. Since then, the model has been a staple of it’s line up, but it’s been long overdue for an update. Head past the break to see what changes SCB made to the all new Tallboy 3.

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