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What’s the fastest pedal for enduro: flats or clips?


With former downhill racing great (and longtime flat pedal user) Sam Hill making a seamless transition to enduro and winning last year’s EWS overall title, it’s natural to wonder which pedals are faster?

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Pivot Firebird 29 first ride review


We got to ride the stunning new Pivot Firebird 29 on Moab’s best trail, The (almost) Whole Enchilada.

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  • Loll says:

    Agree, we dont want one more standard. Not to the fault of Pivot, as they are only trying to find a winning edge. But please, some body invent an adaptor that lets you run 148×12 on a 157 spacing.

    Also, applaud to pivot for cleaning up the frame. Losing the seat brace trangle is a win aesthetically. Pivot bikes are actually starting to look nice.

  • Brian McInnis says:

    I’m looking forward to riding mine tonight!

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Orange Stage 6 Factory review


To the casual observer, the aluminum frame is a simple single-pivot design with massive swing arm, but it demands a closer look. Click thru to hear what makes this bike special.

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  • BlockHouse says:

    Nice review. I have the Stage 5 and test rode both the Stage 6 and the Stage 5 on the same day at Bike Park Wales. I went with the Stage 5 as I thought the 6 only really came into it’s own when hammering full on enduro / DH trails. The Stage 5 was a better all round bike, more fun and very, very capable in 95% of trails. It rides well at normal speeds, climbs well, pops and is fast but when you let it take you in to new speeds and descents (which is very easy to do) it rips along with great agility, stability and grin inducing abandon.

    I think the 6 would be a great Alps bike but for most of the year the Stage Five shines everywhere you take it.

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Mondraker Foxy Carbon 29 unveiled


Following the introduction of the Foxy Carbon in 2018, Mondraker’s most popular model now welcomes a 29er sibling.

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RSD MiddleChild 27.5+ enduro hardtail – video


If the RSD MiddleChild could actually speak it would say, “Skip work, let’s party!”

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Lopes to lead U.S.-based Ibis enduro team


Four time UCI World Champion (and winner of almost every kind of bike race you can think of) Brian Lopes has partnered with Ibis Cycles to launch a U.S. domestic enduro racing team.

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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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Kona Process 153 goes full carbon


Kona took some of their best alloy bikes and created carbon versions that were on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Bollé Trackdown enduro helmet launched


Features include Bollé’s Avid Progressive EPS technology to maximize ventilation and save weight. Fit is enhanced with their click-to-fit 360° retention system and full strap to create the perfect fit for most head shapes.

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Mondraker Foxy and Dune Carbon at Sea Otter


Recently launched in the United States, Mondraker is a Spanish brand bringing an impressive arsenal of carbon fiber trail bikes to this side of the Atlantic.

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Pole Bicycles Machine 29er is functional work of art


The Machine is a 180mm front/160mm rear travel 29er with a 63.9-degree headtube angle and extremely steep 78-degree seat tube angle. Chainstays can accommodate up to a 3.0 tire.

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  • Sasha Kandakov says:

    Beautiful bikes, but “canceling their carbon frame making plans due to the environmental impact” sounds quite hypocritical unless they make the whole bike out of bamboo. It’s obvious that eventually even entry level bike frames will be made of carbon… just because it’ll be ridiculously cheap and it’s more durable that alu alloys. Metal will always have fans in the bike industry though. I love my Al-Sc frame and it feels better than a carbon frame with identical geometry.

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Pivot Switchblade Aluminum launched


Pivot has debuted a more affordable aluminum version of its Switchblade trail bike that brings the same innovative geometry, suspension, and on-trail performance to a wider audience.

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New Terrene Chunk 2.6 trail tire for trail and enduro use


The Terrene Chunk 2.6” tire is designed around a wide variety of trail conditions and tested to ensure that it works in the real world.

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  • Mickey says:

    What’s the point of making this announcement if you can’t buy the product? I need some new 2.5/6 tires, and I’d love to run something new to market. How about some Goodyear’s or Terrene’s. Nope. Pre-order only. Oh well. I need tires now, Maybe next year. Oh right by then I’ll have forgotten Terrene even exists.

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Jamis Bikes releases new 3VO suspension platform


Jamis Bikes new 3VO design dropping at Sea Otter claims a unique instant center, center of curvature and axle path that is said to eliminate unwanted motion when pedaling.

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  • smoothmoose says:

    Interesting take on dual pivot design. New bikes don’t seem pushing the LLS geo much. But interested in hearing the ride reports.

  • Doodgehull says:

    Holy Batman of chain growth,

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>Holy Batman of chain growth,
    You have info on this? Do tell.

  • benito says:

    I’d hate to admit I’d ever buy a bike based on how it looks but these certainly seem like a big step forward aesthetically. At least compared to Jamis’s DS options over the past few years.

  • Tom says:

    Go Chris! Should be called “Speedgoat Sus” though.

  • ezE says:

    tanks for keeping 26’rs alive!

  • dave says:

    Holy cow! I had a Jamis with a single pivot and after 4 warranty rear triangles got rid of it. They couldn’t do a simple single pivot right and now they do this contraption? Good luck!

  • Bnystrom says:

    There appear to be at least 12 bearings in the linkage, plus the top and bottom shock pivots. This may be the “holy grail” of suspension design (who knows?), but how long will it last? I have nothing against Jamis, but like others above, I have one that had a rear triangle issue due to poorly aligned and installed bearings. This one has 50% more bearings, which really makes me wonder.

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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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Ibis Ripmo video and Q&A


Mtbr has been riding the Ripmo for a couple weeks now despite a very rainy March in Northern California. Our biggest revelation is that it’s a very compelling package that does many things very well.

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  • Greg says:

    One thing I’m curious about is with the steeper seat tube angle and so so chain stay length, how easy is it to manual this bike? You know, in comparison to more traditional geometries. Thanks.

  • tony says:

    Why would the seat tube angle matter for manuals?

  • Scuba Steve says:

    look up Jeff Kendall-Weed’s latest video and you will get a good insight on this bike as he compares it is other Ibis models.

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Ibis Ripmo first look


With its combination of long reach, steep seat angle, and dw-link geometry, the Ripmo delivers two bikes in one. It’s a bike that can descend with authority and one that’s not afraid to climb.

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  • Sun says:

    I always shop for bikes and this would make a very worthy replacement for my Yeti 5.5.

    What a bike, on paper at least. Can hardly wait for the reviews.

    • Chuk says:

      Would you replace your yeti with this? I’m really stuck in pulling the trigger on this vs the 5.5 right now.

  • Mike says:

    So we know that these new bikes with super steep STAs climb well on steep sections, but what are they like to pedal in the flats <5% grade?

  • MTBMoose says:

    And I thought my XL Niner RIP9 had a long wheelbase and was a handful to get around tight switchbacks. This new Ibis is 3″ longer in that regard. Yikes!

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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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2018 Tranz NZ Enduro five day MTB adventure


The Trans NZ Enduro is a 5 day all-inclusive Enduro event that took riders over some of the best trails on the South Island of New Zealand.

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Vee launches Factory version of Flow Snap


Vee Tire Co. is now offering an updated version of its Flow Snap gravity and enduro tires. The new Factory version continues to benefit from the super tacky rubber compound that’s known for its grip.

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Trail Searching: Behind the scenes with the EWS


The Enduro World Series has become synonymous with epic locations. In order to keep uncovering the world’s best destinations, the man behind the series has to scour the globe looking for the hottest new trails.

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Michelin Wild Enduro and Power Gravel tires launched


Mtbr spotted several exciting new tires from Michelin at Frostbike 2018, including a new enduro model and their highly anticipated Power Gravel offering.

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  • John Williams says:

    I don’t get this gravel brainwash.
    Friends decent MTB riders more XC scared of steeps, glued to ground.
    For yrs never talked tires or grip, nothing of the sort. Sorta weird.
    Now they’re 50+ yrs too much money gravel comes around perfect timing.
    Now all they talk is gravel grip this gravel width gravel gravel that non-stop.
    Multiple wheel sets tires and trading tires like hockey cards.

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2018 Specialized Enduro dream build


Ground-hugging performance, enough squish for a magic carpet-like ride and total silence. Meet our custom Specialized Enduro.

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  • Sean Duckworth says:

    Any impressions on how the Enduro rides with the Fox suspension, possibly in contrast to the Ohlins setup the factory builds come with?

    • jb says:

      Hi Sean – this originally had the Ohlins rear, which I rode for a while – but I’ve not ridden it with their fork. My issues were blowing through all of the travel with the STX22, wanting a bit more ramp-up, even at max air pressure. It was a choice of small bump versus not bottoming out vs. The X2 offers increased tunability, so covers a wider range of riding styles and rider weights, plus lets you increase the spring rate for deep travel via the volume reducers. My stock stx22 cavitated (air in the damper) within about 10 hours, which they did cover under warranty, but I swapped it out at that point. Also, I definitely like having the climb switch on this bike. I’ve heard of a few people having Ohlins tweak their stx22’s at the factory to get some more ramp-up (basically, reduce the air volume a bit to increase the spring rate for deeper travel). Unsure about any revalving possibilities though. Cheers!

      • Sean Duckworth says:

        Thanks for the response JB. That’s actually almost exactly what I was worried by with the STX22. I have an X2 on my current bike and love it, especially with how tune-able it is, especially being over 200 lbs my self. Looks like I know what to stick with. Much appreciated.

  • Justin says:

    210 lbs is not that heavy

    • jb says:

      Haha – true, yet it is heavy relative to many designers and pro riders, the ones creating the tunes and doing the development & testing.

  • tony says:

    Awesome build! I would only consider changing the dropper to a Bikeyoke Revive at 185mm drop. But only for reliability. The Revive I’m running now has been flawless, and any air that mixes with oil gets fixed by doing a Reset, which takes about 5 seconds..

    I did not know that you could change the KS dropper’s cartridge.

    • jb says:

      Thanks Tony. I’ve not tried the Revive myself but know others that have and they all recommend them. My only concern is I store the bike vertically to keep the wipers lubricated, so the dropper would be inverted and read that could require frequent bleeds. That said, I cannot speak from personal experience.

      On the KS cartridge – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Y_pnisXfc
      Online prices are between 70 and 90.

  • LB says:

    Nice build and write up JB! I was thinking a lot of the same things you were thinking during my HTLT PUSH custom build up. Grip, reliability, stopping power due to 205 to 210lbs without gear, and fun factor!

    I went with my Thomson dropper and Wolftooth lever, but it’s only a 125mm…I could definitely used a 150mm though…but why 175mm? Seems like a lot of post! LOL

    And then on the bars…I’ve never tried 35mm bars…still on 31.8 enve dhr’s. What’s the hype on the 35mm?

    I debated long and hard on tires but just couldn’t pull the trigger on the maxxis…ended up with e13’s new single-ply setup and the DH LG-1 for a spare.

    At 210lbs did you consider a coil setup front and rear, or was the added weight not worth it to you?

  • LB says:

    P.S. great choice of BB and wheels too!

  • Vincent Edson says:

    JB,
    Curious as to why you run a 170mm crankset. Is it only to prevent rockstrikes? We are similar heights, and even my 175s feel a bit short sometimes ( think circus clown on mini trike). Infact, Ive been tempted to try some 180s just so I can put down some more power down on those pedally enduro segments.
    BTW, great seeing your contributions on MTBR!

  • Benny says:

    John,
    Are you able to slam your seat post all the way into the seat tube or is your post too long? I ride a 2017 Large Sworks Enduro and would love to run a longer post.

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Marin Wolf Ridge 9 review


The Wolf Ridge is Marin’s answer to the ultra-competitive long travel 29er segment. It also serves as the debut for a remarkable new suspension system.

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  • peper says:

    This bike with REACT suspension needs for reviews. I’ll save judgment for the trail. I like the idea of something outside the box in design as better than another new hub, bar or BB standard. I’m interested to see if this design will transfer well to the short travel platforms and get under 25#. I just don’t enjoy pedaling bikes off-road that are heavier than that.

  • Jeff says:

    I’d be interested in learning more about how efficient the R3ACT-2Play suspension is compared to dw-link or Yeti Switch designs. I haven’t found the other bikes mentioned (Evil Wreckoning, Trek Slash, Intense Carbine, Santa Cruz Hightower LT) to be particularly efficient.

  • Jeff Bodnar says:

    I own a size Large Marin Wolfridge Pro.

    Marin’s website for the Wolfridge lists a 120 mm dropper only for the size small…it lists 150 mm for the other sizes.

    You must have only tested a size small…my KS with offset dropper is 150 mm and can be fully inserted into the seat tube (not sure if it is the same with a medium).

    With my seat all the way down…there is NO tire rubbing the seat when the shock is fully compressed.

    I will be posting pictures to the Marin forum tomorrow…

    Note: originally most long travel 29er’s were not available in size small…I’m surprised they can make a size small.

    I asked the owner of a size medium Wolfridge Pro to check his bike in terms of dropper insertion and tire clearance/rubbing.

    I suspect that your post was supposed to be 120 mm instead of 125 mm to prevent rubbing on the size small.

    I just want to be accurate and fair…I suspect that rubbing problem only occurs on the size small.

    I do not work for Marin bikes…

    Thanks…I really like your reviews…keep them coming.

    I would love a pay option to support mtbr if I could get less ads so the pages display faster.

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Ibis Cycles 2018 enduro team revealed


Fresh off winning the Enduro World Series overall team title, the Ibis Cycles squad returns for 2018 with some new faces but still determined to hold onto their crown.

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