Cross Country Reviews and News


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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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Groovy Cycleworks Funky Fun


Any Groovy Cycleworks bike is guaranteed to have a paint job that can be described as psychedelic. And Walter himself is likely to greet you wearing Birkenstocks.

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Top bikes of Philly Bike Expo: Engin Cycles


Philadelphia-based builder Drew Guldalian of Engin shows off a sweet titanium hardtail mountain bike.

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Finding the edge: Big Sandy race report


Piloting a new Santa Cruz Tallboy 3, the author goes from a sure-thing podium placing to wondering what could have been. These are the things you learn when pushing up against the mental edge.

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Pimp My Ride: Jamis Dakota Team XC racer


Inspiration for his custom decal set is the Rescue Racing Team, an organization that raises money for the Charles Smithgall Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in northern Georgia.

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Michelin introduces four new tires


Michelin has a reputation for producing well-designed and constructed mountain bike tires. The only ingredient missing is their commitment and longevity to the category. They aim to change that with this significant investment and product introductions in the space.

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2017 Santa Cruz Chameleon first look


Still aluminum and more versatile than ever, the new Santa Cruz Chameleon is here with plus tire compatibility, configurable dropouts, and very modern geometry.

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2018 Santa Cruz Chameleon 27.5+ spy photos


This new Chameleon from Santa Cruz has been spotted in several Santa Cruz dealers. It not only looks promising but the the rumored pricing is attractive as well.

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Project Alloy trail bike


For the same money, should you go for a carbon frame with a budget build kit or an alloy frame with a higher end spec?

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Roval Control SL MTB wheels first ride review


Searching for a new XC wheelset? The Roval Control SL just got a whole lot lighter, faster, and tougher. By the numbers, it’s arguably one of the best carbon cross-country wheelsets you can buy.

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Six reasons you should ride cross-country


When the weather gets you down, learn to adapt! For this California girl, that meant firing up a hardtail and learning to XC.

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Canfield Brothers Carbon EPO updated for 2017


Canfield Brothers has updated their EPO, the brand’s carbon-fiber hardtail 29er that’s engineered for aggressive all-mountain riding, with XL sizing, stealth dropper routing and a gloss black finish.

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Mtbr’s top 10 most read articles in 2016


What are Mtbr readers most interested in? If we use the top 10 most read articles of 2016 as a barometer, it’s reviews, reviews, and more reviews. Plus a smattering of interviews and product roundups.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike


Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Video: Torture testing a $1000 hardtail


Can an $1000 hardtail survive bike park abuse under a professional rider? The results may surprise you.

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Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie review


Hardtails aren’t dead. Not by a long shot. Specialized’s new Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie proves that thanks to its fun geometry, excellent parts spec, and agreeable price point.

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Outerbike Test Sessions: Turner Flux


Dave Turner from Turner bikes has been working on this carbon Flux for awhile and it shows…. in good ways and bad.

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Canfield Brothers debut complete bike builds


Good news this week for fans of boutique bike maker Canfield Brothers — especially if you’re not the type who prefers to buy a bare frame and then build it up yourself.

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Bulls Bikes Black Adder 29 carbon hardtail review


If you are looking for a budget friendly bike that is XC race-ready right out of the box, the Bulls Black Adder is it. But if you are the type that installs dropper posts on all your bikes (including hardtails) then this is not the ride for you.

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Coolest Interbike Bike: Otis Guy’s Vintage Repack Racer


We saw some incredible new mountain bikes and technology at Eurobike and Interbike, but this 70 year old klunker might be our favorite.

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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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