Cross Country Reviews and News


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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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review

Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Turner Flux

Dave Turner from Turner bikes has been working on this carbon Flux for awhile and it shows…. in good ways and bad.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds

Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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Bulls Bikes Black Adder 29 carbon hardtail review

If you are looking for a budget friendly bike that is XC race-ready right out of the box, the Bulls Black Adder is it. But if you are the type that installs dropper posts on all your bikes (including hardtails) then this is not the ride for you.

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Coolest Interbike Bike: Otis Guy’s Vintage Repack Racer

We saw some incredible new mountain bikes and technology at Eurobike and Interbike, but this 70 year old klunker might be our favorite.

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10 great upgrades for your bike — and more

It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. But it’s very possible your best option is not buying all new gear. Instead give one of these upgrades a try.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000

At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Ellsworth Interbike 2016

Ellsworth launches the Rogue Forty all-mountain bike, tightens up of its proprietary suspension design, and unveils a company rebranding.

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Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti

If you’re a vintage bike nerd, you’re going to love this bike. Just try not to drool all over your phone or keyboard.

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REI retires Novara brand, launches Co-op Cycles

REI may not be the first place you shop for a bike, but their new brand offers a lot of value for the average consumer looking to break into the sport.

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Fastest Bikes at the Vail Outlier Offroad Festival

The Vail Outlier Offroad Festival teamed up with USA Cycling to host the Rocky Mountain Regional XC and enduro championships. Photographer Eddie Clark was there and caught these shots of the fastest riders and their bikes.

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When did XC racing get so gnarly?

It used to be that hardtails where the weapon of choice for World Cup level XC racers. But recent years have seen an explosion of slacker, full suspension bikes, wider rims, and even dropper posts. Why the shift? Two of America’s fastest pros explain.

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WTB Ranger 27.5×3.0” TCS Light/Fast tire review

One of the best all-round, XC/trail, plus size mountain bike tires we’ve tried with options for more aggressive riding.

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2017 Pivot 429 MachSL Carbon first look

The 429 Mach SL is already one of the best XC race bikes on the market, so how did Pivot make it even better?

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Bike Check: Jerome Clementz’s Cannondale Habit

Former EWS champion Jerome Clementz has recently been spotted aboard a new prototype Jekyll, but here’s what he rides when he’s not on the race course?

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Moots Farwell 27.5-plus Ti hardtail debuts

Meet the Moots Farwell, a 27.5-plus hardtail ripper spec’d with 2.8” tires that’s designed for all-day trail fun. And like most 27.5-plus set-ups, the Farwell can do double duty as a 29er.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride

Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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Orbea Alma XC race bike first look

While most XC race bikes are getting slacker and more trail worthy, Orbea’s latest remains a purebred XC whippet.

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Commencal relaunches Meta SX at a price that can’t be beat

For model year 2017, Commencal has re-released revised versions of older frames with modern geometry and product spec at price points you won’t believe.

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Niner RKT 9 RDO XC race bike review

Do you want a bike with a precise, narrow focus? Or are you looking for something more diversified? How you answer those questions will go a long way towards whether or not you’re a fan of the Niner RKT 9 RDO. Read our full review to learn more.

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Santa Cruz brings back aluminum, kills single pivot models

Santa Cruz bikes just got more affordable with the introduction of three all-new alloy bikes.

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The most exciting new XC bikes of 2016 (so far)

In recent years, cross country race courses have become more technical. To help give their athletes a competitive edge, a number of brands are launching bikes that are more capable of tackling technical terrain. Check out the most versatile new XC bikes released this year.

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Scott Scale XC hardtail drops significant weight

The new lighter Scott Scale goes a long way toward defining what the company is all about: racing — and winning.

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New Orbea Oiz XC race bike gets stiffer and lighter

The Orbea Oiz has proven itself as a competitor with numerous podium finishes and titles to its name. For 2017, this proven formula has received major updates to increase stiffness and reduce weight.

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