DH Reviews and News


Revamped Trek Session adds 29er option


Trek’s pursuit of downhill speed has led to a longer, stiffer, Session. A 29er version has been added as well to now that components have caught up with the demands of the big wheel.

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Reynolds carbon DH wheelset


Reynolds has made big strides recently with carbon mtb wheels that are light and strong. They worked with Pivot downhill team to test and develop a new line of carbon DH wheels that are built to survive the abuse.

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Hot new wheels, tires, hubs, plugs and more – part 1


Check out this round-up of what is new and cool from Kenda, Stan’s, Schwalbe, American Classic, Dynaplug, and others.

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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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Santa Cruz Syndicate moving to 29er V10 DH bike


No, it’s not April 1st. The Santa Cruz Syndicate will be hitting the World Cup this season on V10 29ers.

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Jared Graves & Jill Kintner win the 2017 Sea Otter Classic Downhill


Big crowds, perfect temperatures and a fast, dry course made for a great downhill race at this year’s Sea Otter Classic. Trail bikes and 29ers were the tools of choice for the top racers with Jill Kintner and Jared Graves coming out on top.

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Are 29ers the future of downhill?


It’s no secret that a number of World Cup Downhill racers have been testing 29” wheels over the past year, but will they be at the start gate this year?

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Polygon Square One first look


An 180mm travel quiver-killer sounds nuts, right? That much suspension puts the bike solidly in downhill / freeride territory. But what if it can actually climb like an 120mm trail bike?

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Spy shot leaks of new Santa Cruz Nomad 4


V10 style linkage may hold the key to even better suspension performance.

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Enduro vs Downhill bike – Which is faster?


Many of us riding enduro bikes now often wonder if we would have run faster on a downhill bike. The folks at GMBN help us out with this test.

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Pimp My Ride: Norco Aurum gets royal purple treatment


Have you traded your DH rig in for an enduro bike? Well this custom build might just leave you wanting to build up a new big bike.

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Kona releases new 27.5 Operator DH bike


The new Kona Operator is a World Cup ready DH racing machine that’s designed to still be playful enough for bike park laps.

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What is the greatest DH World Champ race run of all time?


In honor of the world champs last weekend, let’s revisit the most incredible DH runs of all time.

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Steps to the Top – Miranda Miller video


Miranda Miller is Canada’s fastest female DH racer. She’s taken a short break from racing after a series of tough crashes but is back with renewed vigor. Watch her progress in this newest entry in the Steps to the Top series.

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Vallnord World Cup DH Preview with Claudio Caluori


The last World Cup DH race of the year will be held this weekend in Vallnord. In addition to the usual drama, it will be Steve Peat’s final World Cup race ever.

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Giro Switchblade helmet first ride review


Giro pulls out all the stops on a their new downhill helmet with removable chin bar. Passing all the downhill safety standards, the Switchblade is highlighted by a very easy to install and remove chin bar.

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Lenzerheide DH World Cup track preview with Steve Peat and Claudio Calouri


After a long hiatus, World Cup DH is back! Preview this action with Claudio and Peaty in this insanely fun track preview.

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WTB rolls out new Convict downhill tire


If you’re a fan of WTB’s Vigilante tire but wanted something a little burlier for riding downhill, the Convict might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

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Video: $179 Huffy FS bike on a DH Trail


Huffy now offers a full suspension Plus bike for $179 sold at Walmart stores. Watch DH Pro rider Phil Kmetz take it down a double black diamond downhill trail.

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Ergon previews new DH GD1 grips and SMD2 saddle


Ergon has a penchant for thinking differently when it comes to ordinary products. It’s earned the German company a legion of fans, but can they win over the DH crowd with their latest gravity-specific offerings?

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Eliot Jackson RAW video


Pivot rider Eliot Jackson wanted a clean, raw video of what he enjoyed most about riding. Enjoy the speed, precision and style as Eliot produces his own soundtrack.

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Budget friendly Intense M16 Carbon Expert Edition DH bike


In an effort to bring its top end downhill bike to the masses, Intense Cycles has released the M16 Carbon Expert Edition, which sells for $5899.

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Pivot Cycles Phoenix DH Carbon sheds 300 grams


A lighter frame, increased tire clearance, and improved sizing sets newly refreshed 2016 Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon apart from its predecessor.

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Bike Check: Chris Kovarik’s new Intense M16 Carbon


Chris Kovarik discusses the development of the new Intense M16C DH bike, and component and suspension setup.

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Review: YT Industries Tues


Mtbr had the pleasure of having a YT Tues arrive on our doorstep, pushing it up the steepest terrain we could find and letting gravity sort out the rest.

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