Cross Country Reviews and News


2017 Niner AIR 9 RDO

Merging the pedaling efficiency of first RDO and the ride quality of the second, this third iteration modernizes the geometry to create an attractive XC racing hardtail.

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2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si 100mm XC race bike

Cannondale knows XC race bikes as they’ve produced some of the lightest, stiffest and fastest bikes in existence. But in this iteration, they put on the party hat to allow the bike to thrive in the most technical courses the World Cup XC circuit can dish out.

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Marin Pine Mountain 1 and new 141x9mm boost QR standard

A new hub standard is coming and it’s going to make beginner and intermediate bikes better. Here’s what you need to know.

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Hot new XC, DH, enduro, plus, and fat tires from Sea Otter

It’s a good time to be a mountain biker. Whether you want burly plus sized tires, or ultra fast rolling XC shoes, there was something for everyone at this year’s Sea Otter Classic.

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Pivot LES cross-country bike first look

Race ready fun bike has been revamped, shedding 50 grams, and gaining Shimano Di2 electronic shifting compatibility and 27.5+ capability.

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Felt unveils Surplus 27.5+ mountain bikes

New wide-tired bike will be available in two builds, both of which are built around a double-butted, hydroformed 6061 aluminum frame.

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RockShox updates Recon, Sektor, and Paragon Forks with improved internals

SRAM has updated several of its entry to mid level forks with improved internals. They are also available for a number of different wheel sizes and axle standards.

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Coastline Cycle Co channels Urban Moto style into a new brand of bicycle

Bicycle industry veteran Chad Battistone launches Coastline Cycle Co with their first model named “The One” – a simple, durable alloy hardtail. The Kickstarter campaign has begun for those interested in buying one of these bikes.

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Domahidy Designs new Ti hardtail with internal gearbox

Famed Niner co-founder expands his line of boutique frames with a new titanium hardtail featuring an indestructible drivetrain.

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Ibis Mojo 3 first ride review

New do-it-all trail bike designed around the capability to run 27.5×2.8” tires. Also lighter and stiffer than its predecessor.

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Review: Trailcraft Cycles Pineridge 24 kids mountain bike

Trailcraft Cycles is a small, family-run business based out of Fort Collins, CO. They specialize in 24″ wheeled kids mountain bikes that are made with real components and real gearing and are ready for real fun.

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Sneak Peek: Prototype XC FOX fork with step down lowers

Spotted on the instagram account of Peter James Lucas, this yet to be released 32mm XC fork from FOX that appears to be close to production. The most interesting feature of the new chassis appears to be the stepped lowers, which taper near the axle.

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Review: Santa Cruz 5010

For the adventurous all-mountain rider who would rather pedal than shuttle, you’d be hard pressed to find a better bike than the Santa Cruz 5010. Find out why in our full review.

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Santa Cruz 5010

The 5010 is slacker now with a 67 degree head angle and updated with a longer top tube and steeper seat tube. It’s way more playful now too with 150mm dropper post capability.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: For the crazy competitive cross-country racer

If low weight, speed and efficiency are what matters most, these 10 gifts should be on your holiday shopping list.

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Round up: Best value mountain bikes under $1000

27 interesting options for the entry level rider on a tight budget from brands like Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, GT, BMC, Scott, Rocky, KHS, Kona, Marin and more.

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First Ride Review: Intense Spider 29 Carbon

Intense’s take on the increasingly popular 29er trail bike was tossable in back and forth S turns without feeling too big wheel sluggish. Find out more in our First Ride Review.

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GT Verb full suspension mountain bikes for under $1600

New model targets budget-minded entry level riders with the Verb Expert, Verb Elite and Verb Comp.

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First Look: Canfield Brothers Carbon EPO 29er

Utah brand’s first carbon offering is no ordinary hardtail. The EPO is an all mountain oriented 29er with slack and low geometry.

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First Ride Review: Niner RKT 9 RDO XC 29er race bike

Niner’s new XC race bike is a ruthlessly efficient climber that’s nimble going downhill, too. Find out more in our first ride review, plus get all the details on pricing, geometry and build specs.

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Review: Trek Stache 9

With its big, meaty Bontrager tires, nimble hardtail design with stubby 420mm chainstays, and attractive $3700 price tag, is the Stache 9 an affordable alternative to a full-suspension trail bike?

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Marin Interbike 2015

Marin Bikes celebrates it’s 30th anniversary by introducing a fresh spin on their on their classic Pine Mountain hardtail.

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Interbike 2015: Marin launches Pine Mountain 2 hardtail

Marin Bikes may have celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this year, but it’s by no means over the hill. They’re going back to their roots with a beautiful new hardtail, improved spec across the board, and some incredible attention to detail.

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Eurobike 2015: Maxxis rolls out new tires for XC, enduro, snow, gravel and more

Top-tier tire maker Maxxis is touching nearly all corners of the two-wheeled world, offering up a host of new models. Highlights include Race TT for XC, Tomahawk for aggressive all-mountain, and Colossus for fat bikes.

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First Ride Review: Trek Pro Caliber 9.9 29er XC bike

Sub-20 pounds right out of the box, this race-ready bike needs no upgrades. But how does the Isospeed decoupler handle bumps large and small?

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