Mtbr Best of Award Reviews and News


Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Plus Bike

What makes the Santa Cruz Hightower great? For starters, it’s not just a plus bike; it’s a trail ripping, do-it-all singletrack slayer that can be set up with 27.5+ wheels and a 150mm fork or 29er hoops and 140mm of front end squish. Click through to find out more.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Trail Bike

As cross-country bikes get slacker and enduro bikes get faster, it’s become increasingly difficult to draw a line between these two segments and good old fashioned trail bikes. After much debate, we finally settled on a definition — and a winner for 2016. Click through to see if you agree with our choices?

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Best night riding light

Innovation is not dead when it comes to bike lights, as these options offer unique new features and ease of use. This year’s winner is a budget priced light from an upstart company.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Cross-country Bike

Gone are the days of one-trick-pony XC bikes. The modern cross-country machine is equally adept at climbing and descending. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Innovation of the Year

Yes, there are still plenty of holdouts who will argue otherwise, but as far as we are concerned the front derailleur is dead. And for that we thank 2016’s Mtbr Innovation of the Year.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Enduro Bikes

This is a crowded field that has pushed the envelope of our sport. These bikes allow us to ride radical terrain at high speeds — and go uphill with relative efficiency, too.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Rear Shock

This year’s battle for best mountain bike suspension shock was an epic showdown between air and coil. See which bump tamer took the top spot.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Protective Gear

As bikes get more capable and trails more aggressive, body and brain protection becomes more and more important. Here are the Mtbr picks for best pads and helmets on the market today.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Dropper Post

The dropper post went from nice to have to an essential piece of equipment in a few short years. Now, we have a crop of reliable posts that will help maximize the mountain bike experience. Here are three of the best from 2016.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Suspension Fork

With more incredible options than ever, picking our favorite fork wasn’t easy. In the end, we voted with our hearts….and wallets.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Rider of the Year

Perhaps the truest sign of greatness is living up to expectation. And no rider had more expectation thrust on his shoulders in 2016 than Nino Schurter.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Mountain Bike Tire

Tire preference varies wildly depending on terrain and riding style, but our three favorites are tough, reliable, and stupid fun.

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