Cross Country Reviews and News


10 great upgrades for your bike — and more


It’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. But it’s very possible your best option is not buying all new gear. Instead give one of these upgrades a try.

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12 best mountain bikes for around $1000


At this price you can expect to get an aluminum hardtail, though many manufacturers are using plus size tires to breathe new life into the category. Here are some great options from Scott, Marin, Haro, KHS and more.

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Ellsworth Interbike 2016


Ellsworth launches the Rogue Forty all-mountain bike, tightens up of its proprietary suspension design, and unveils a company rebranding.

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Chris Chance’s personal Fat Chance Ti


If you’re a vintage bike nerd, you’re going to love this bike. Just try not to drool all over your phone or keyboard.

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REI retires Novara brand, launches Co-op Cycles


REI may not be the first place you shop for a bike, but their new brand offers a lot of value for the average consumer looking to break into the sport.

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Fastest Bikes at the Vail Outlier Offroad Festival


The Vail Outlier Offroad Festival teamed up with USA Cycling to host the Rocky Mountain Regional XC and enduro championships. Photographer Eddie Clark was there and caught these shots of the fastest riders and their bikes.

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When did XC racing get so gnarly?


It used to be that hardtails where the weapon of choice for World Cup level XC racers. But recent years have seen an explosion of slacker, full suspension bikes, wider rims, and even dropper posts. Why the shift? Two of America’s fastest pros explain.

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WTB Ranger 27.5×3.0” TCS Light/Fast tire review


One of the best all-round, XC/trail, plus size mountain bike tires we’ve tried with options for more aggressive riding.

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2017 Pivot 429 MachSL Carbon first look


The 429 Mach SL is already one of the best XC race bikes on the market, so how did Pivot make it even better?

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Bike Check: Jerome Clementz’s Cannondale Habit


Former EWS champion Jerome Clementz has recently been spotted aboard a new prototype Jekyll, but here’s what he rides when he’s not on the race course?

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Moots Farwell 27.5-plus Ti hardtail debuts


Meet the Moots Farwell, a 27.5-plus hardtail ripper spec’d with 2.8” tires that’s designed for all-day trail fun. And like most 27.5-plus set-ups, the Farwell can do double duty as a 29er.

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Salsa Woodsmoke first ride


Salsa introduced a lot of bikes this week with the Woodsmoke taking much of the mountain bike spotlight.

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Orbea Alma XC race bike first look


While most XC race bikes are getting slacker and more trail worthy, Orbea’s latest remains a purebred XC whippet.

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Commencal relaunches Meta SX at a price that can’t be beat


For model year 2017, Commencal has re-released revised versions of older frames with modern geometry and product spec at price points you won’t believe.

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Niner RKT 9 RDO XC race bike review


Do you want a bike with a precise, narrow focus? Or are you looking for something more diversified? How you answer those questions will go a long way towards whether or not you’re a fan of the Niner RKT 9 RDO. Read our full review to learn more.

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Santa Cruz brings back aluminum, kills single pivot models


Santa Cruz bikes just got more affordable with the introduction of three all-new alloy bikes.

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The most exciting new XC bikes of 2016 (so far)


In recent years, cross country race courses have become more technical. To help give their athletes a competitive edge, a number of brands are launching bikes that are more capable of tackling technical terrain. Check out the most versatile new XC bikes released this year.

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Scott Scale XC hardtail drops significant weight


The new lighter Scott Scale goes a long way toward defining what the company is all about: racing — and winning.

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New Orbea Oiz XC race bike gets stiffer and lighter


The Orbea Oiz has proven itself as a competitor with numerous podium finishes and titles to its name. For 2017, this proven formula has received major updates to increase stiffness and reduce weight.

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Kona Honzo gets the carbon treatment


The original Kona Honzo was a forward thinking hardtail for all mountain enthusiasts. In its newest incarnation, the bike has been reborn as an XC race bike and given the carbon treatment.

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New Giant XTC and Fathom hardtails


Whether you prefer singlespeeds or gears, big wheels, big tires, or 27.5″ hoops, Giant’s new line of hardtails has you covered.

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Rizer Rival 2.0 27.5 hardtail review


The appeal (or lack thereof) of the Rizer Rival 2.0 depends greatly on your budget and bike riding abilities. Get all the details in our full review.

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Giant goes longer and slacker with new Trance and Anthem


Longer, lower, and slacker. That’s the theme for Giant’s 2017 updates to the popular Trance and Anthem.

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Rocky Mountain releases thoroughly updated Element 29er XC race bike


The Element has been Rocky Mountain’s premiere XC race bike for two decades. It’s evolved considerably over the years and the newest version is claimed to be the most capable to date.

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GT Pantera 27.5 Plus hardtail first ride


We’re often asked by beginnners or intermediate riders what bike to get and it’s often a balance between budget and interest level. These new Plus hardtails by GT offer a very attractive option now with their attractive price and versatility.

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