Cross Country Reviews and News


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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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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