Cross Country Reviews and News


Trek Procaliber SL, Top Fuel and Fuel EX 29 revamped

Turning its focus on its cross-country racing bikes, Trek made some significant changes to its XC line. Most notable is the introduction of the Isospeed coupler in to the Procaliber hardtail line.

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SCOTT launches 27.5 Plus bikes

SCOTT Sports erases any doubt of whether a major European manufacturer will jump on the Plus sized bikes for 2016. They answer with a resounding ‘YES’ as they introduce five new 27.5+ bikes.

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First Ride Review: 2015 Trek Stache 9

Not too fat, not too thin, the Angry Singlespeeder thinks Trek’s new Stache is just right. Check out his first ride review.

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Pro Bike: Crystal Anthony’s Cannondale Scalpel 29

Trans-Sylvania Epic contender runs Shimano XTR 2×11 drivetrain and Stan’s NoTubes wheels on her 2015 model year full suspension race rig.

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Polygon Bikes – New Syncline 9 carbon hardtail and Collosus N9 enduro rig

Developed with help from the UR Team, Polygon is bringing the Collosus N9 to America. Also available is a Di2 spec’d carbon hardtail racer rolling on 27.5″ wheels, the Syncline 9.

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First Look: BMC Teamelite 01 “soft tail” hardtail

Switzerland’s BMC is the latest bike maker to take a crack at perfecting the soft tail concept. How well it works remains to be seen.

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Review: Vittoria Peyote and Barzo tires

Geax is now known as Vittoria and they’ve made their presence known with an exciting line-up of new tires.

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Sea Otter: Bulls Bikes Wild Edge Team 29 endurance race machine

Bulls Bikes brings bikes direct to buyers for the US market. Highlighted here is their top of the line endurance XC model, the Wild Edge Team 29.

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Sea Otter: Fezzari rolls out 27+ Cascade Peak

Consumer direct seller believes there’s a sea change underway with the way people buy bikes — and sees new 27+ platform as great entree into sport for new riders.

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Sea Otter: New XC, enduro and fat bike shoes from Lake

Dutch cycling shoe maker Lake unveils an XC racer, an enduro slayer, and two commuter models with high hipster quotient. Here’s the rundown on each of the new kicks.

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Sea Otter: Catharine Pendrel’s Orbea Oiz World Championship race bike

A close-up look at the 2x and reigning World Champion’s ultimate race rig featuring electronic shifting and suspension control.

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Sea Otter: Cross-country race bike round up

With full-suspension, short-travel cross country bikes weighing in lighter than ever, and pedaling with near-hardtail efficiency, we’re seeing pro racers and weekend warriors alike choose the extra squish. Here are some the newest choices coming into the market.

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Review: Trek Superfly SS singlespeed 29er

The Angry Singlespeeder puts Trek’s budget-friendly one-gear bike through its paces. See if he was still angry at the end of his ride.

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Sea Otter: Coming soon Norco Revolver 27.5 and 29

New full-suspension bike in final stages of development now.

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Pro Bike: Marco Fontana’s Cannondale F-Si Carbon Team

Lightweight racer of Italian national XC champ and Olympic bronze medalist spec’d with SRAM XX1 drivetrain, ENVE wheels, and Prologo saddle and grips.

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Interview: XC racer (and trail bike rider) Geoff Kabush

Most people are familiar with Geoff Kabush. He’s won a World Cup, stood on nine World Cup podiums, been to three Olympics, and won 13 Canadian national championships. But what you don’t know is that the quiet and reserved Canadian is a trail rider at heart.

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Interview: XC racing legend Tinker Juarez

At 54, Tinker Juarez has been racing bikes longer than many of his competitors have been alive. But that hasn’t dimmed the flame that is his insatiable competitive drive.

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First Look: Specialized Atlas lightweight knee pad

Specialized enters the lightweight knee pad arena with this 156-gram set of pads. It features an impact hardening material and a fit that is designed to stay in place without straps.

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Review: Haro FLC 29 Pro carbon 29er hardtail

The Haro FLC 29 Pro offers a great value for the rider looking for a lightweight, carbon frame that can serve as an XC race bike as well as an all around trail bike.

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News: Niner launches new RIP 9 Carbon, revised JET 9 Carbon and EMD 9

New offerings for the new year give price conscious buyers more options and popular Niner models receive nice updates.

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Cleary Bikes Owl – 20″ kid’s mountain bike

New Marin based company builds lightweight and simple singlespeeds for kids that will provide miles of smiles for young riders ready to upgrade.

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Long Term Test: 2015 Ibis Tranny 29

The Angry Singlespeeder puts Ibis’ latest hardtail—the Tranny 29—through the wringer to see if the versatile wagon wheeler has got the goods for the long haul.

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Review: Fuji SLM 29 – Carbon 29er Race Bike

The top of the line Fuji SLM 29 1.1 offers a race ready bike right off the shelf, but is also fun as well as fast.

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Interbike: 2015 Liv Lust Advanced 0

Liv’s 2015 Lust Advanced 0 gives women an unapologetically top-of-the-line choice.

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Interbike: Thomson prototype singlespeed cranks and Thomson 27.5 Elite ti hardtail

New drivetrain coming, dropper post updates, Thomson branded Ti bikes and more.

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