Cross Country Reviews and News


Rocky Mountain Element BC Edition review


Rocky Mountain’s new Element BC Edition is an XC race bike that’s fully embraced the benefits of trail-oriented geometry and components.

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Scott Spark 900 review


If you like riding mountain bikes uphill and downhill with equal precision and efficiency, the Scott Spark is a serious no-compromise option.

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DT Swiss Interbike 2017


With three main MTB wheel families (XC, all-mountain, enduro) and multiple price points within each family, DT Swiss has all your riding bases covered.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2017


Straight from Interbike in Las Vegas, here’s Pivot front man and lead designer Chris Cocalis running through the company’s hottest bikes, starting with a very special 10-year Anniversary Edition Mach 5.5.

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Whyte Bikes Interbike 2017


The Whyte Enduro team will have a secret weapon in 2018 – the S-150 Works is their “out of the box” race bike for all-round events. Find out about that bike and much more.

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Five bikes we’d rather own (and cost less) than an iPhone X


The new iPhone retails for a thousand dollars or more. Turns out, you can get a whole lot of bike for that kind of money. Here’s our five favorites.

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Stung by the Steamboat Stinger


With 7000 feet of climbing, 90% singletrack, zero pavement, and two primary ascents that crest above 8000 feet, you better bring your A game if you plan to stay near the front — or just finish.

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Kestrel introduces carbon 29ers


One of the top names in carbon fiber frame construction is getting into the mountain bike game — and offering some screaming deals in the process.

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Specialized Epic first ride review


The Specialized Epic is one of the most successful race platforms in history, so how do you improve on a two time gold medal winning bike?

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Specialized Chisel hardtail launched


Want to race XC on a budget? Specialized’s new Chisel hardtail might just be what you’re looking for.

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2018 Pivot Mach 4 goes Boost


The Mach 4 is one of those bikes that’s difficult to categorize. With 115mm of suspension on tap, it looks the part of an XC race bike, yet it rolls on 27.5” wheels. For 2017, it’s gone boost and received additional updates.

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Niner SIR 9 trail bike launched


News out of the Niner camp today. The Colorado-based bike maker has re-released its original steel classic, the SIR 9, in a redesigned, ready for anything form.

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BMC Agonist XC race machine first ride


XC courses are getting more technical so BMC addresses the category with a very fast and capable machine. And it’s comfortable enough to handle the long courses of Leadville and Downieville.

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Fastest bikes at Vail GoPro Mountain Games


Last weekend saw a bevy of MTB racing action at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado. Click through to see an expansive photo gallery of the bikes that carried riders to enduro and cross-country victory.

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Fezzari offers new return policy, scales tall mountains


The Utah-based direct-to-consumer seller makes a huge range of bikes, including a great selection of mountain and road bikes. Find out more about what’s new and cool.

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8 new pedals for XC, trail, and enduro riding


In the market for new pedals? Here are seven of our favorites from Crankbrothers, Xpedo, OneUp, Kona, Deity, and VP.

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10 hot new suspension products for 2017


Mountain bike suspension continues to get better and better. Check out some of the latest developments from BOS, Cane Creek, Fox, RockShox, and more.

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Orange Mountain Bikes making way to USA


Offering a wide range of bikes, from modern geometry hardtails to full-on downhill sleds, there is a new player in the U.S. market. Orange Mountain Bikes is coming to America.

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Focus Jam trail bike a departure from usual XC focus


Germany’s Focus is better known in the U.S. for their support of cyclocross and XC racing, but the brand is now also gunning to capture a piece of the ever-expanding trail bike market.

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Fat Chance updates Yo Eddy, debuts new cross bike


To say that the cycling world was ready for Chris Chance to make a comeback would be an understatement. The reception to his Kickstarter campaign aimed at resurrecting the much-loved Fat Chance brand was exceptional and since then Chance has quickly ramped up production of the Yo Eddy.

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Breadwinner Cycles Goodwater rolls out


Breadwinner Cycles was on hand at Sea Otter, showing off the new Goodwater, a bike the Portland-based custom builder calls its most versatile to date.

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Giant Anthem 29er sneak peek


Here’s an exclusive first look at what the world’s largest bike maker calls its ultimate racing machine – and it’s first 29er offering in several years.

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Schwalbe ADDIX tire compound first ride


Two years ago Schwalbe hired a mad scientist to redesign their tire compounds. The end result is claimed to offer best in class grip, durability, and rolling resistance.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Vlad Cycles


Vlad Dolinsky builds bicycles in Boonton, New Jersey, just 30 miles west of New York City, in what Dolinsky claims is perfect terrain for both mountain and road cycling. Where these two meet is Vlad’s playground.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Oddity Cycles


Steering clear of the straight-tube look, this first-time Philly Bike Expo exhibitor from Ft. Collins, Colorado, builds exclusively from steel and titanium tubes.

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