29er Reviews and News


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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Sam Schultz and His 2013 Trek Superfly 100 SL 29er Racing Machine

Trek Factory Racing team member Sam Schultz, the current US National XC Mountain Bike Champion and a 2012 London Olympian, shows off his completely redesigned 2013 Superfly 100 SL XC 29er.

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SRAM Roam 50, Roam 60 and Rail 50 Wheels – Sea Otter 2013

SRAM had three new wheels on display at Sea Otter, the Roam 50 and Roam 60, and the Rail 50, and they’ll all come in 26″, 27.5″ and 29″ sizes, and are UST compatible.

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DT Swiss Spline 1 Wheels – Sea Otter 2013

The new DT Swiss Spline One wheel follows in the design footsteps of their upscale Tricon brethren, and offers high performance and technology in a value-added package.

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Haro FLC 29 Pro – Carbon 29er hardtail

The Haro FLC 29 is a carbon 29er hardtail that is built with massive tubes that provide a still and efficient pedaler that won’t beat you up on the downhills.

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Ibis Ripley: First Impressions – Sea Otter 2013

My impressions of my short ride on the Ripley is that it seemed much smaller than a 29er, and it felt light, quick, nimble, and flickable.

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Grammo Introduces 650b and 29er Full Suspension Bikes At Sea Otter

Check out the new carbon 650b bikes and wheels that Grammo was showing off at Sea Otter!

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Shimano – New XTR, Carbon 29er Wheels and more!

Shimano announces all new XTR carbon tubular 29er wheels! Also, some highlights from the new XTR group including improvements to the new disc brakes, hubs, bottom bracket and chains.

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