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Best kid’s bike ever – Santa Cruz Nomad


Here is an example of the best kid’s bike we’ve seen as Forrest Arakawa passes on his deep love of mountain biking to his son 7-year-old son Finn.

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  • bert sawicki says:

    You have clearly never seen Meekboyz bikes. Purpose built carbon kids downhill bikes. 20 24 and 26 inch http://www.meekboyz.com

  • loll says:

    All due respect, because both father and son can ride. As a parent, I am a full believer to give kids the basic or the standard equal to their peer, and they need to earn premium. It looks like son clearly has earned it in skill level and a sponsorship will take him far.

    On the other hand, this is a bike that someone easily pour their annual savings to get. In LA, it is not uncommon to pull into a gas station to see 17 year olds in their Lotus or BMW. This reminds me of that.

    • Eli says:

      So what? Why is it any of anyone else’s business how much the bike costs? Everyone has their own priorities. Most kids are stuck on junk, so it’s great to give them a bike that’s actually fun to ride and will encourage them to ride more.

  • DPeper says:

    Wow! That is a fantastic bike for the young rider. Extra Mom points for talking the wife into that… Awesome Nomad. M90s in a 26″ someone knows someone cuz you can’t just go order that stuff anymore!

    @bert sawicki- That is a nice spam post but those bikes are nowhere near the level of this fathers labor of love. This young mans father has thought of everything and hand selected the best part for the job. This bike is a one of a kind and meekguys are looking like less in comparison to the obsession featured here.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      great points @Dpeper

      And this bike is just an object, dream bike project. The real love is displayed every single day as Forrest interacts with his two sons. They’ve done more together in 7 years than many in a lifetime.

  • Steve says:

    @DPeper…. “This young mans father has thought of everything and hand selected the best part for the job.” .. you mean apart from cranks and saddle???

    “nowhere near the level of this fathers labor of love”
    Go to any kids race … DH or XC and you will see plenty of examples of labor’s of love.
    In this case I’m missing perhaps where the love is directed … is it pouring money into the bike regardless of functionality… why not buy a kids saddle? It seems the problem is not that they don’t exist but that the label is wrong….why not buy some appropriate cranks (e.g. Trailcraft) or have some machined? (Or just do it himself) … if its not simply a problem that the label is wrong…. Sure the XT have hollow crank arms and that would mean sticking a older Deore LX or Zee … obviously then upsetting the labels on the bike..

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    @Steve, we can criticize the spokes or the grips, etc…

    The key though is the amount of time that went in to this bike and get the kid ready to ride it at Whistler and the Sierras at this very young age. That means hundreds and hundreds of rides and coaching and motivation.

    And understand that this is work in progress. Cranks, saddles, tuning are all being worked on for this bike and the local, milder trails.

    • dtimms says:

      @Francis, You say hundreds and hundreds of rides? He states in the article he goes a couple rides a month. I don’t get the bike for a kid this size but not my money and he can do what he wants. But it seems like a big show and how fancy he can make his kids bike.

      • Francis Cebedo says:

        good point @dtimms

        I’m thinking the past seven years including all the rides in the neighborhood, with friends etc. When your kid is that small, every pedal session counts.

        Little Finn didn’t get to this level with just a few rides.

      • Forrest Arakawa says:

        @dtimms, he rides a lot around the block. Not too much on the trail because he, like most 7yo’s has a schedule that doesn’t always allow for it. He loves to fish, read, paint, play baseball, ski, swim, skate, scooter, play soccer, look for bugs and spend time hiking with the family. We built the bike because it keeps him safe while riding double black diamond trails in the bike park. So, it may look to you as an extreme expense but to me it’s just the best tool for the job and gave me solace while on the trail watching him fly.

  • dtimms says:

    @Forrest – You built a very nice bike and it is your money and your feeling of comfort your son. Enjoy!

  • Steve says:

    Hi @Forrest, beauty of a trophy ride right there! How tall is Finn? Sizing is always challenging for kids bikes and they can’t demo everything. Any reason why a Spawn FS 140mm bike wouldn’t cut it? Watching those spawn kids whip the bageezus out of A-line with Brook McDonald in their sponsor video certainly makes me think it’d be hard for a kid to out ride one of those bikes.

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Devinci Spartan 29 rolls out


Featuring radical angles in an aggressive configuration, the Devinci Spartan 29 is meant to go fast and hard over everything a trail can throw at it.

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Scott Ransom enduro bike debuts


Available in 29er and 27.5, the Scott Ransom has 170mm of travel front and rear, modern, progressive geometry, and weighs just 5.84 pounds for frame, shock, and hardware.

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Yeti SB150 review


The Yeti SB150 is a big bad beast of a bike that can handle just about anything this side of a World Cup downhill — and actually climbs really damn well, too.

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  • SunsPSD says:

    I appreciate the clarity on the bike’s climbing prowess on switchback climbs. Cool bike, but realistically not the one for me.

  • Ephraim Ingals says:

    Regarding your Pro statement, “Clearance for some 2.5 tires (though it may be tight in rear so measure first)”: As shops rarely display all tire brands and models inflated on wheels and actual inflated tire size typically varies between brands and rim width, measuring first would not be an option for most buyers. What specific tire/rim combination was used in Yeti’s 2.5 fit calculation?

    • ToffieWolf says:

      I would also like to know this. I specifically asked Yeti if I can fit an aggressor 2.5 WT on the rear and their reply was: “Thank you for reaching out to Yeti Cycles about the SB150 – the rear tire clearance max is 2.5” depending on the tread pattern. Since tread patterns vary from brand to brand it is difficult to say if they all fit. If you have any other questions please let me know. “

      • Jason Sumner says:

        I have not had chance to play with multiple tire configurations, but here is the answer I got from Yeti: “You can fit a 2.5mm Maxxis rear tire and most 2.5 rear tires, but as you know every tire company width is a little different so we encourage measuring first.” So sounds like you’d be okay with an Aggressor, but again Mtbr has not verified this, so we’re just going on what Yeti told us. Thanks for reading — Jason

    • Jason Sumner says:

      I have not had chance to play with multiple tire configurations (and do not know what they used to make fitment determinations), but here is the answer I got from Yeti: “You can fit a 2.5mm Maxxis rear tire and most 2.5 rear tires, but as you know every tire company width is a little different so we encourage measuring first.” But again Mtbr has not verified this, so we’re just going on what Yeti told us. Thanks for reading — Jason

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Yeti SB150 29er launched


If you’re already a fan of Yeti’s trail and enduro bikes, then the only thing you need to know about the new Yeti SB150 is that it has space inside the main triangle for a water bottle. But there’s much more to it.

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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.

  • Jase_Rad says:

    Just Another Maintenance Intensive Suspension.

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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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