Enduro Reviews and News

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: Pivot shoots for Holy Grail status with new Mach 6 Carbon

The versatile Mach 6 shoots for Holy Grail territory with it’s wide-ranging capabilities for a wide range of riders. Does it hit the mark? Read our Bottom Line review and find out.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 is the king of descent and more

The Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 makes the case for being the best of both worlds—a bike that handles like a 26er and rolls like a 29er. Did they pull it off?

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Enduro Compare-O Bottom Line: Intense’s Carbine 29 knows how to go big, fast and fun

The confidence-inspiring Intense Carbine 29 likes it meaty, beaty, big and bouncy-check it out right here.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Cannondale Trigger 29 Carbon 2 has the good kind of split personality

The split personality Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 has the climbing chops of a short-travel XC racer, but can rip descents like a true trail bike.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Yeti SB95C is a gorgeous high-speed weapon

Captivating looks, big wheels and the simple yet innovative Switch suspension set the Yeti SB95C apart. Take a deep-dive into it’s performance here.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Niner’s WFO 9 eats big trail—and convention—for breakfast and still gives you change for lunch

No carbon, no tweener wheels and half the price of some of our test bikes, the WFO 9 might just be the “get real” bike of the test.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Santa Cruz’s über Bronson a beautiful, agile killer

It’s beautiful. It’s expensive. It wins races and slays mountains.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: GT Sensor Carbon Expert’s stellar suspension performance underwhelmed by parts spec

GT’s new AOS suspension design delivers high-level performance. But can it mask sub-parts spec.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Orbea Rallon’s brings punk rock attitude to the enduro party

Orbea’s 160mm-travel Rallon throws down some serious Euro-trash punk rock on our Enduro Compare-O.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Scott Genius 710 offers many options to suit many riders

The Scott Genius 710 is an excellent climber and is a bike that you could use for racing Enduro or even XC Endurance races.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Highly versatile Ibis Ripley eschews convention to splendid results

The Ibis Ripley has the get-up-and-go of a long-travel cross-country bike, the playfulness of a small-wheeled trail tamer, and even the cajones to tackle some light-duty enduro racing.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Rocky Mountain Altitude brings full-tilt, all-mountain attitude

If we gave out a Chuck Norris award the 2014 Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL 770 Rally Edition would win by a tractor pull.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Fezzari’s roll-your-own Timp Peak packs value, performance

The Fezzari Timp Peak delivers value in and performance in spades with this 150mm travel bike sporting a 1×11 drivetrain and carbon wheelset.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Sublime Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 makes a case for substance over buzz

If you’re a fan of big wheeled bikes, the Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR EVO 29 is a sure fire hit. And if you’re skeptical of wagon wheels, this bike just might change your mind.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Born on the ‘shore’ Norco Range 7.1 packs proven DH chops in AM package

The burly Norco Range Alloy 7.1 can handle the steepest and gnarliest of trails all while offering one of the best values on the market today.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Love it or hate it, electronic suspension cometh and Lapierre strikes first with bold, new Spicy 527

Just like their countrymen Daft Punk, French bike-maker Lapierre brings a unique brand of electronica to the US.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The Ibis Mojo HDR 27.5 is a razor-sharp performer

Ibis’ HDR is a wonderful chameleon that does its thing with 26- or 27.5-inch wheels. See if that’s a good thing or a compromise in our Bottom Line review.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The BMC TrailFox TF01 XX-1 Trailcrew is a go-to enduro race bike

Swiss precision is in full effect on the BMC TrailFox TF01 XX1 Trailcrew, a thoroughbred high performer with a price tag to match.

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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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