Cross Country Reviews and News

First Look: Ibis releases all-new Tranny 29 hardtail

Ibis releases a new 29-inch version of its vaunted Tranny hardtail. See it here–vaunted.

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Hot News: Santa Cruz launches more affordable carbon bikes, bars and grips

Santa Cruz launches lower-cost versions of carbon Bronson, 5010 and Tallboy. New colors, handlebars and grips also announced.

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First Look: Pivot Mach 4 Carbon 27.5 – XC and more

Pivot Cycles shows us their new from the ground up Mach 4 Carbon 27.5. Now with more travel and bigger wheels, this bike is a lot of fun.

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GT announces all new Helion Carbon Pro, Force X and Sensor X for 2015

GT has a new XC bike called the Helion Carbon Pro that is targeted towards the aggressive cross country rider. Other new bikes for 2015 include the Force X and the Sensor X.

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First Look: Cannondale 2015 F-Si 29 Carbon and Black Inc XTR Di2 version

Cannondale announced another brand new model for 2015. The F-Si 29 Carbon is a World Cup racer that will appeal to a broad group of performance oriented riders.

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Sea Otter Video: Kenda Honey Badger updates and new Juggernaut tire 2014

Roger Hernandez from Kenda talks us through some new releases for 2014 including the Honey Badger tires and the Juggernaut fat tire.

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Review: Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1

Whether you are XC/endurance racing or just trail riding, the Fuji Tahoe 29 1.1 is a highly capable ride that is smartly spec’d and offers a solid value.

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Video: Fall BC XC 29er’ing with the Turner Czar and Pivot 429

Fall in BC brings back rain. Rain brings saturated green vibrant moss, ferns, evergreen and deciduous trees back to life. For video entertainment here’s some Czarring in Northern Yukon.

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Interbike 2013 Outdoor Demo: Rejuvenated Merlin Goes ‘Back to the Future’ with Magical XLM 29

The XLM 29 combines new school features with old school Merlin mojo for a magical riding experience.

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Tested: Motobecane Fantom 29 XTR

A few rides in, I’m happy to report that the bike checks out. It rides as a proper hardtail should, responsive yet smooth.
The Motobecane has a stiff front end with its head tube area and it steers accurately with the Rockshox fork.

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Eurobike 2013: World’s Lightest 29er Hardtail?

There is no UCI minimum when it comes to mountain bikes, but if there was it’s safe to say two new concept bikes from Open would be flagged illegal. As it is the pair of hardtail 29ers on display at Eurobike (one fully rigid, one with a 60mm leaf spring fork) are both under the UCI’s 6.8kg minimum for road bikes.

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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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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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2014 Schwinn Rocket 3 27.5 hardtail and Super Sport CX Gravel Grinder

Highlighted here are a couple of Schwinns that are new for 2014. The Rocket 3 is a 27.5 hardtail and the Super Sport CX is a cyclocross/gravel grinder with disc brakes.

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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 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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Mongoose 2014 Meteore 27.5 and Boot’R DH mountain bike

Mongoose shows us two new models for 2014. The Meteore is reborn as a 27.5 hardtail and the Boot’R remains as one of the best bargain DH bikes on the market. Check them out here.

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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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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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Video: Miguel Martinez and his FRM 650b/27.5 Winning Bike

Perhaps the greatest moment at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic transpired when 37-year old Miguel Martinez won the Pro XC race by two seconds. Miguel is a former Olympic champ.

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