DH Reviews and News


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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Interbike 2015: Intense introduces new 27.5″ Uzzi

After a short sabbatical, the Intense Uzzi is back, this time with 27.5 wheels and 190mm of plush rear travel.

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Interbike 2015: POC launches Tectal trail and Coron DH helmets

Following the success of its original trail/enduro specific helmet, the Trabec, POC has added to its MTB brain protection portfolio with the new Tectal trail and Coron DH helmets. These also have some new MTB specific shades.

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Video: Myles Rockwell’s 1998 and 2000 DH race bikes

From the beginning, downhill mountain bike racing has been an epicenter of technological development. In this pair of pro bike videos, we go back in time with Myles Rockwell, 2000 world downhill champion, and one of the most exciting racers of his time. Make sure you check out the brake rotors and “wood” derailleur.

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First Look: Rocky Mountain Maiden downhill bike

Optimized for either 26” or 27.5” wheels, the Rocky Mountain Maiden’s four bar Smoothlink suspension rotates on oversized bearings and collet axles. New braking technology, integrated frame protection, and electronics compatibility are some of the highlights.

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Video: Aaron Gwin winning chainless run in 2015 Leogang World Cup DH

Aaron Gwin snapped his chain at the start of a pedally World Cup downhill race. What ensued was one the most thrilling and flawless runs in mountain bike downhill history.

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Sea Otter: Xpedo’s new GFX clipless DH and CXR cross-specific pedals

Check out these highlights and new products from Xpedo including the all new GFX and CXR pedals.

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Sea Otter: Foes Mutz 27.5 Plus freeride fattie and new Hydro H2 27.5″ DH rig

27.5 Plus wheels and tires continue to gain popularity across all categories. Also, the Hydro returns now rolling on 27.5″ tires.

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News: Intense Cycles Seaching for America’s Next Top DH Racer

Mountain biking legend Shaun Palmer and Intense seek Junior Expert DH racers for training and coaching.

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Video: Neko Mulally joins the Gstaad-SCOTT Downhill Team

“Chainless” Neko Mulally joins the Sultan of Downhill Style, Brendan Fairclough in the SCOTT Bikes downhill team. We expect great results and non-stop entertainment from this pair in 2015.

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First Look: 2015 Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon 650b

Specialized’s all-new Demo Carbon 650b features a radical asymmetric frame design, 27.5-inch wheels, and a new FSR suspension layout. Plus the low, lean racing machine just looks flat-out fast.

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Video: Claudio Calouri takes us down the Mont Sainte Anne DH track talking all the way

Even jetlagged, sleep-deprived and off his game, former world cup downhiller Claudio Calouri’s live-from-the-bike course previews are hysterical. The evidence? His run down Canada’s Mount Sainte Anne world cup track. Check it!

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