Cross Country Reviews and News


Fezzari offers new return policy, scales tall mountains


The Utah-based direct-to-consumer seller makes a huge range of bikes, including a great selection of mountain and road bikes. Find out more about what’s new and cool.

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8 new pedals for XC, trail, and enduro riding


In the market for new pedals? Here are seven of our favorites from Crankbrothers, Xpedo, OneUp, Kona, Deity, and VP.

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10 hot new suspension products for 2017


Mountain bike suspension continues to get better and better. Check out some of the latest developments from BOS, Cane Creek, Fox, RockShox, and more.

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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus


Germany’s Focus is better known in the U.S. for their support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand is now also gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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Giant Anthem 29er sneak peek


Here’s an exclusive first look at what the world’s largest bike maker calls its ultimate racing machine – and it’s first 29er offering in several years.

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Schwalbe ADDIX tire compound first ride


Two years ago Schwalbe hired a mad scientist to redesign their tire compounds. The end result is claimed to offer best in class grip, durability, and rolling resistance.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Vlad Cycles


Vlad Dolinsky builds bicycles in Boonton, New Jersey, just 30 miles west of New York City, in what Dolinsky claims is perfect terrain for both mountain and road cycling. Where these two meet is Vlad’s playground.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Oddity Cycles


Steering clear of the straight-tube look, this first-time Philly Bike Expo exhibitor from Ft. Collins, Colorado, builds exclusively from steel and titanium tubes.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Groovy Cycleworks Funky Fun


Any Groovy Cycleworks bike is guaranteed to have a paint job that can be described as psychedelic. And Walter himself is likely to greet you wearing Birkenstocks.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles


Philadelphia-based builder Drew Guldalian of Engin shows off a sweet titanium hardtail mountain bike.

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Finding the edge: Big Sandy race report


Piloting a new Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, the author goes from a sure-thing podium placing to wondering what could have been. These are the things you learn when pushing up against the mental edge.

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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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Michelin introduces four new tires


Michelin has a reputation for producing well-designed and constructed mountain bike tires. The only ingredient missing is their commitment and longevity to the category. They aim to change that with this significant investment and product introductions in the space.

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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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Roval Control SL MTB wheels first ride review


Searching for a new XC wheelset? The Roval Control SL just got a whole lot lighter, faster, and tougher. By the numbers, it’s arguably one of the best carbon cross-country wheelsets you can buy.

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Six reasons you should ride cross-country


When the weather gets you down, learn to adapt! For this California girl, that meant firing up a hardtail and learning to XC.

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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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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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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike


Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Video: Torture testing a $1000 hardtail


Can an $1000 hardtail survive bike park abuse under a professional rider? The results may surprise you.

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