Cross Country Reviews and News


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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Interbike: Niner IMBA ROS9+ bike

Niner Raises $40,000 with their IMBA ROS9+ fundraiser. This puts their bike campaigns for IMBA total to over $100k.

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First Look: Orbea Oiz full-suspension XC race bike

Spanish bike maker offers new whip in 27.5 and 29er platforms.

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Eurobike: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 799 MSL

Rocky Mountain’s Thunderbolt 799 MSL an electrifying XC rig with a shocking price tag.

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Eurobike: 2015 ENVE Mountain Fork

ENVE’s new adjustable rigid carbon Mountain Fork a Eurobike show-stopper.

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Eurobike: 2015 SCOTT Spark 700 Ultimate Di2 cross country bike

SCOTT’s ultra light, new Spark 7000 Ultimate Di2 takes electronic shifting and suspension control to new heights.

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Eurobike: 2015 American Classic Carbonator wheels

American Classic carbonates their wide wheel concept with new Carbonator wheelsets.

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Israeli mountain bikers persevere amidst warfare, uncertainty

Team Jamis’ Rotem Ishay overcomes Middle East unrest, warfare to qualify for XC mountain bike world championships.

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News: SRAM Rise 60 carbon wheels

The Rise 60s are XC/Trail wheels that feature a carbon, hookless rim with 21mm internal width. Weight is 1390 grams for a pair of 27.5 wheels and 1430 grams for the 29er version.

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First Look: New 2015 Yeti AS-Rc cross country bike

Yeti’s new AS-Rc marks the storied brand’s return to cross-country. The 120mm front/100mm rear-travel bike comes with 27.5-inch wheels in its smaller sizes and is a 29er on the large end of the spectrum. Check it here.

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News: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt MSL Carbon Announced for 2015

Now in carbon, the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt MSL Carbon rides the wave of aggressive XC bikes designed to fit many different riding needs.

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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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