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Mongoose has bikes for all disciplines and budgets


Well spec’d cross country, enduro, and downhill builds come in at under $3000.

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  • jim says:

    Mongoose has made some decent bikes every now and then, but their only consistency has been the low-end, – too bad. These look decent, I wonder where they will be assembled & sold?, hopefully at a store that can point the brake levers in the right general direction.

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Maxxis Assegai tire delivers big traction


Maxxis has collaborated with downhill racing legend Greg Minnaar to create a new high traction tire.

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Commencal Meta 29er teased at Sea Otter


This trail tamer has 170/160mm front/rear travel, a 65.5-degree headtube angle, 75-degree seat tube angle, and 432mm chainstays.

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Intense M29 FRO special edition DH race bike


Only 15 of these For Racing Only models will be sold. They are equipped with the same spec as the Intense Factory Racing M29.

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Norco Aurum HSP downhill bike launched


Norco has launched the Aurum HSP, a full composite 200mm travel downhill rig with a high single pivot design available in both 27.5 and 29er wheel sizes.

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Aaron Gwin talks strategy ahead of World Cup opener


The 2018 World Cup downhill season kicks off this weekend in Lošinj, Croatia. Here’s some insight on what will likely go down from Aaron Gwin.

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POC Coron Air Carbon SPIN helmet debuts


POC has launched the Coron Air Carbon SPIN, calling the new brain protector a highly ventilated and lightweight DH and enduro specific full-face helmet.

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2018 Giant Factory Off-Road Team Bikes


See the rigs being raced in XC, enduro and downhill this season.

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Riding down the world’s steepest alpine ski course


Watch Max Stöckl top 60mph while riding a mountain bike down the famed Hahnenkamm alpine ski course in Austria.

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2018 Pivot Phoenix updated


With geo numbers and suspension design that remain spot-on for the World Cup circuit, new colors are the highlight for this competition-ready downhill racing machine.

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Canyon Torque super enduro bike launched


German direct-to-consumer seller unveils new Torque super-enduro bike, aluminum Sender DH rig, and G5, the company’s new line of gravity-focused handlebars, stems, and grips.

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Motobecane 2Hundred7 downhill bike review


True to form with Motobecane’s core values, components are where they deliver the goods. Most bikes in this price range of $2600 are upgrade ready but this one is dialed and ready to ride.

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  • Loll says:

    How did you decide to test the 7 instead of 10 speed?

    Also, looks like there are some corner cutting for cost. 31.8 handle bar and stem. That’s about a 100 bucks to upgrade to 35mm.

    • sam says:

      Many bikes are spec’d with 31.8 bar/stem. I doubt 35 really makes that much a difference, i’d hardly call that “cutting corners”

  • ron says:

    You lost me at 64 deg HA. LOL!

    And

    “It looks like a KHS.”

    • Barry says:

      ron, I’m pretty curious what you think’s funny about 64 deg HTA. That’s a fairly play-it-safe number for this bike, and within 1 degree of most it’s competitors. As mentioned in the review, you shouldn’t expect bikesdirect to push industry standards. And yeah, many of their Al frames are KHS knock-offs (from the same factory).

  • Phil Esra says:

    Nice, you don’t see bikesdirect bikes reviewed much, and I always wonder what they’re all about.

  • Sean says:

    “All the checkboxes are addressed well with no shortcuts on this bike.”
    Do you always ride without a dropper post? I consider that absolutely integral to any bike. YT’s mostly if not always come with one, so yeah, the spec on this is not up to par.

    • LJ says:

      Sean this is a downhill bike, which are almost never spec’d with dropper posts – look at the YT Tues – none of them come with dropper posts – it would typically be a waste to put a dropper on a bike that is only designed to go in 1 direction – downhill – that is why it is called a “downhill” bike

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Motobecane releases a 2Hundred7 DH bike


Motobecane is known for offering bikes selling at the fraction of the retail price sum of all the components. Here’s their offering in the DH world.

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  • mikeD says:

    “Motobecane is known for offering bikes selling at the fraction of the sum of all the components.” – are you sure? I’d agree with them selling at low margins but nobody sane sells below the purchase price. Unlikely even at a close out sale.

    • MCA says:

      Fraction of the sum of the RETAIL PRICE of the components. It’s achievable since they get the bits at wholesale, and often wholesale on previous year’s stock is very much lower than retail on this year’s goodies. Supergo bike shops in LA used to run this business model but also would mix in some blems unbeknownst to the buyers.

  • joules says:

    “geometry is fairly standard…”

    really? Are these meant to be kids bikes, because the large is maybe big enough to fit someone 5’0?

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Santa Cruz Aluminum Nomad Review


Always dreamed of owning a Nomad but couldn’t afford the price of admission? Santa Cruz recently dropped an alloy version and complete builds start at just $3,600. Here’s how it stacks up against its carbon counterpart.

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  • loll says:

    For the aluminum model, it should be available in raw aluminum color. Reference what Intense Tracer aluminum did. This is the easiest way to fix the aethestic problem on the aluminum model and make it appealing look wise compared to the carbon model.

  • Dickachu says:

    Does it come with made in china sticker?

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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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  • Scotch Hennesy says:

    I’ve been riding and racing mountain bikes non-stop since 1990. The years of turning pedals in the hills have put me on top of the very first Manitou fork, ATAC stems, Anza bar ends, Cannondale HeadShocks, Triple rings down to single rings..etc. Of all my bikes throughout these ever changing years, my Pivot Trail 429 is by far my fave. I sold my Cannondale Scalpel team model in order to buy this amazing ride. I gained some weight for sure; but inherited a work of art that is so much fun to climb and descend on. I’m a loyal Pivot guy for many years to come.

  • Marty Arnwine says:

    I may have to sell a kidney for it, but damn that 10 year anniversary 5.5 is a sweet ride!

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Val di Sole World Cup DH course preview


It’s the last race of the season. Here’s Claudio Caluori’s POV footage with guest star Ed Masters.

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Updated Race Face SIXC handlebar & Atlas wheels debut


The Race Face SIXC carbon bars are among our favorite. For 2017, they’ve received an update that makes them even wider. The Canadian brand is also launching a new Atlas wheelset targeted at park riders.

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Polygon DH with R3ACT-2Play suspension spy shots


Mtbr spotted this prototype Polygon downhill bike underneath Tracey Hannah at Crankworx Whistler. Here’s what we know so far.

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Transition TR11 DH bike first look


The TR11 is Transition’s newest downhill bike. Officially released today, the bike has already been raced successfully to a World Cup podium by Tahnee Seagrave.

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Kenda Hellkat and Helldiver DH tires review


Kenda attacked cornering speed, braking power, rolling resistance, and tested it on the DH circuit. But they did not forget casing technology, or pursuing strength and suppleness.

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  • SteveO says:

    Did you miss the part where these are DOWNHILL tires?

    • MikeG says:

      Clearly you missed, or haven’t made it to the lesson in which nasty terrain and race courses turn standard trail tires into leaking, piles of rubber that even the most liberal pre-race Stans and 30+ PSI setup can’t mitigate. I have spent much of the season watching riders in all classes have tire-related mechanical before taking the weight penalty and racing (if not riding full time) full downhill casings. More people then you would assume run these, or similar tires on trail bikes.

  • toad says:

    Get rid of the DH sidewall stuff and make a lighter 29er trail version and I would totally get the Hellkat. Kenda’s 29er options suck.

  • Kenda_Wake_UPPPP says:

    Kenda PLEASE listen up…

    Take your Small Block 8, stiffen up the sidewalls and make it in a 2.6 / 2.8 size and you will sell a TON of tires. The Small Block 8 is a GREAT tire for the desert and I “used” to buy a ton of them till Kenda stopped at a 2.1 racer weight wennie size.

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Commencal Supreme SX first look


While most 180mm bikes are targeted towards the gravity racing realm, Commencal took a different approach with the new Supreme SX.

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2017 Lenzerheide World Cup DH highlights


Minnaar and Nicole come out on top in Switzerland, but with two more rounds left in the series, the overall titles are still up for grabs.

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Lenzerheide World Cup DH course preview


Claudio Caluori and Gaetan Vige take us on a tour of the Lenzerheide World Cup DH track.

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2017 Vallnord World Cup DH highlights


This is one race you’ll want to rewatch.

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Vallnord World Cup DH preview with Claudio Calouri


Vallnord is a notoriously steep track that’s impossibly difficult in the rain. With Rachel Atherton back after injury and a number of riders jumping back to 27.5 wheels, you won’t want to miss race day.

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