Enduro Compare-O: Mtbr’s Best of Test Award Winners

Find out which bikes took home the hardware from our first-ever Enduro Compare-O.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Scalable Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0 a lightweight, versatile winner

The versatile Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0 changes colors like a chameleon making it one of the most versatile bikes in our test. See how it does with the rest of the mountain here.

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Compare-O First Look: Felt Virtue Nine 20

The Felt Virtue Nine 20 offers 130mm of Equilink suspension and looks sick with its “Fool’s Gold” finish. Will its performance match up to its good looks?

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Compare-O First Look: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2

The Trigger 29 Carbon 2 eschews traditional technology with a unique two-in-one shock and dual crown, single legged fork. Is Cannondale being different just for the sake of it? Or will this technology tame the trail?

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29

The S-Works Enduro 29 is one of the hottest bikes on dirt right now thanks to a remarkable combination of a 67.5 degree head tube angle, 155mm of rear wheel travel, super-short 16.9-inch chainstays despite its big hoops. See what else we found remarkable in our First Look.

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Compare-O First Look: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

This once hallowed bicycle brand lost its way for a while, but now it’s attempting a major comeback with two new high-zoot trail bike. Can they return GT to a place among mountain biking’s elite?

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Compare-O First Look: Intense Carbine 29

Intense sets out to change minds about 29ers with burlier, longer-legged version of the big hooper that’s well-spec’d to boot. Take a First Look with us.

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Compare-O First Look: Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5

Trek boots 26-inch hoops in favor of 27.5s on the all-new 2014 Trek Remedy 9.8. Dressed in premium Bontranger componentry, their full-carbon, 140mm-travel flagship is looking leaner, meaner and readier than ever.

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Compare-O First Look: Orbea Rallon

Engineered to dominate the Enduro World Series circuit, the all-aluminum Orbea Rallon features 27.5-inch wheels and 160mm of travel with adjustable geometry

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Picking The Perfect Enduro Bike: The most (and least) important components

Enduro Compare-O Feature: What spec is worth spending extra coin on? With weight less important than on XC bikes, our experts skew towards parts that improve the ride rather saving grams. So what do you do when there are two bikes you’re equally enamored with, same cost, same test ride performance? It’s time to look at components. Where should you spend a little extra? And where can you hold off and upgrade later?

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Compare-O First Look: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon

The Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon is one of the most anticipated bikes in our test. See what the buzz is all about.

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Compare-O First Look: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon

The Pivot Mach 6 is one of the most anticipated bikes in our test with 155mm of plush dw-link suspension. It’s laterally stiff with short stays and a smart bottom bracket height designed to corner well and clear rocks and rough stuff.

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Picking The Perfect Enduro Bike: Which wheel size is right for you?

Enduro Compare-O Feature: Three wheels, no waiting: Our experts agree to disagree when it comes to wheel size in Part 2 of our three-part series, “Choosing the Perfect Enduro Bike.”

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Compare-O First Look: Ibis Ripley

It took six long years for this purported do-anything 29er to go from idea to actuality. Now it’s time to find out if it was worth the wait.

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Compare-O First Look: Yeti SB95 Carbon Race

Traditional trail bike geometry, innovative Switch Technology suspension design, a well-equipped Shimano XT build kit and stunning looks—the Yeti SB95 C is one of the most anticipated rigs in the Compare-O.

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Choosing The Perfect Enduro Bike: How much suspension do you need?

Enduro Compare-O Feature: Pro riders Aaron Bradford, Andreas Hestler, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Heather Irmiger and Boulder Cyclesport owner Brandon Dwight weigh in for Part 1 of our 3-part series, “Choosing the Perfect Enduro Bike.”

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Compare-O First Look: Norco Range Alloy 7.1

Available in both carbon and aluminum, the Norco Range offers 160mm of all mountain travel derived straight from the North Shore. The Range Alloy 7.1 may be one of the best value bikes in our tests.

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Compare-O First Look: Scott Genius 710

Scott’s stealthy Genius 710 now comes Fox-equipped. Will the new spec equate to more customers?

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Compare-O First Look: Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition

Rocky Mountain’s Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition has a long name, big tires and tall gears. Check out what else this Euro-style sled brings to the enduro party.

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Compare-O First Look: Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29

No doubt this $9,000 silver-painted super bike will shine, but just how brightly when compared to the competition is the real question.

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Compare-O First Look: Niner WFO

Madeover 2014 Niner WFO challenges the 27.5 status quo with bigger wheels and bigger travel, yet a small(ish) price tag.

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Compare-O First Look: Ibis Mojo HDR 650b

The tried and true Ibis Mojo HDR is now offered in the trendy 27.5-inch wheel size. But do the bigger wheels enhance or detract from the performance of this legendary bike?

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Compare-O First Look: Lapierre Spicy 527

Lapierre’s burly Spicy 527 is ready to rumble with its stout four-bar Horst Link-style suspension, but is the world ready for its electronically-controlled suspension?

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Compare-O First Look: Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon

Santa Cruz’s playful all-day adventure rig looks to have plenty of climbing chops. But will the Fox 32 fork and trim-profile frame be up to the task when things get rowdy?

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Compare-O First Look: Fezzari Timp Peak

Fezzari ain’t a Ferrari, but its Timp Peak AM Bike is still pretty damn sexy and light to boot.

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Compare-O First Look: Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0

Giant’s 24-pound Trance Advanced has us both a little excited and a little nervous. Can a bike this feathery handle our aggressive test track?

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