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Esker Elkat features latest Dave Weagle design


Meet the Esker Elkat, a 150mm rear travel carbon fiber 27.5 trail eater that features the latest Dave Weagle suspension design.

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Yakima HangOver vertical hitch rack revealed


The vertical mountain bike hitch rack is set to go mainstream with the soon-to-launch Yakima HangOver, the first of its kind from a leading manufacturer.

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National Mountain Biking Survey Launches


The National Mountain Biking Survey is now open and seeking the opinions of America’s mountain bikers to understand their habits, access to trails, and levels of engagement.

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Kenda Regolith Pro tire launched


The Kenda Regolith Pro comes in three casings, the light and fast TR for race and XC, the SCT with sidewall protection for trail, and the burly EMC for e-bikes.

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Wolf Tooth Morse adjustable Stainless & Ti bottle cages


Made in USA Morse Cage base plate offers four positions across 32mm of vertical adjustment.

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Fezzari La Sal Peak first ride


Fezzari wanted to elevate their brand and produce a bike desired for its total package, not just its value. Have they succeeded with the La Sal Peak? Read on and find out.

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  • vern says:

    If I was in market, this would be at top of list. Geo, lyric, dropper, carbon, warranty for 3500 entry level…….no brainer.

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Best Mountain Bike Clipless Pedals


Here’s some the best mountain bike clipless pedals we recommend.

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  • bikebuddha says:

    speedplay frog to rule them all…

  • roberto says:

    so you say theres lots of reasons to go clipless and describe three insipidly. if you are trailriding i.e. not downhilling or trials, there is no reason not to be in clipless pedals and we should have ceased having tis discussion 20 years ago, Back-pedalling , ratcheting feathering , all types of crank fine adjustment necessary to smooth xc pedalling let alone pure hard but supple pedalling are unquestionably improved when you are attached to the crank. who are you trying to kid otherwise? as for say crank brothers getting rock strike releases, what pedal doesn’t? duh! One dim article really

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2019 Cannondale’s Jekyll 29er released into the wild


The Cannondale Jekyll 29er gets released into the wild, with a big-wheel revamp, Gemini tuned shock, carbon front-end and much more.

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Fezzari La Sal Peak long travel 29er


Finally, Fezzari entered the long travel 29er market and they’re doing so with a capable bike that stands out in this very competitive field.

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Maes, Ravanel capture Enduro World Series Whistler


There have been some dramatic races in Whistler over the years, but round six of the Enduro World Series, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized, will go down in history as one of the most fiercely contended yet.

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2018 Breck Epic: Stage 6 video highlights


What a day. What a week. What a race. And now the 2018 Breck Epic is in the books. Congrats to our overall winners Jeremiah Bishop and Carla Williams.

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Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC Edition released


The Rocky Mountain Instinct Alloy 50 BC edition is the latest offering from the North Vancouver-based bike maker. It’s designed to shred the gnar — and do a reasonable job when the trail turns skyward.

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Enduro World Series heads to Whistler


The Enduro World Series is back on Whistler’s iconic trails for one of the most anticipated races of the year, the Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.

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Breck Epic: Stage 4 video highlights


Another day is in the books at the 2018 Breck Epic. This time it was the famed Aqueduct Stage.

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2019 Giant Trance 29er launched


Giant Bicycles launched the all-new line of Trance 29er to its 2019 lineup of full-suspension trail bikes.

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  • stiingya says:

    I don’t get why they didn’t go with an Anthem X for this bike. OR figured out how to get more travel. A trance without more rear travel just isn’t a trance. And coming back to trail 29ers with such a low travel number just makes it seem like there is something inherently incompatible with Maestro and long travel 29er geometry. (of which it seems really odd that someone couldn’t find some kind of work around after all these years…???) Anyway, no doubt it’s a good bike. Just doesn’t make sense the way it’s been brought to market to me.

    • Jay says:

      This is exactly what everyone wants to know…. it sounds like a HUGE FAIL for a trance AM/Trail bike to be anything less the 125mm rear like the first generations Trances!!! WTF Giant Get with the program or prove a 115mm rear acts like a 150mm!!!!

  • stiingya says:

    And also… bout flippin time with steeper seat post angles I see the newest Liv bike also runs a 74.5. Again, just don’t understand who’s making decisions at Giant. They should have had SA this steep like 4 years ago… I remember the last Reign refresh and Giant’s response was that their racers preferred the slacker seat post angle. First, probably BS. Probably they just didn’t want to invest in new frame molds? Second, if not BS; WHY would you let a hand full of racers who get frames/bike for free go against the overwhelming majority of riders who pay money to buy your bikes/frames. I used to be a die hard Giant fan. But they just aren’t making the decisions/product that gets me to spend my money their way..

  • James T Kirk says:

    You’re a day late and a dollar short Giant, 27.5 is the ideal tire size right?

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2018 Mtbr ebike survey


We want to hear your opinion on ebikes. Buying one or steering clear of them?

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  • Reign 1 says:

    I have ridden an Ebike and enjoyed it very much. In fact I would like to own one but, they are generally a fair bit more expensive than a conventional bike which leads me to think 1/ Can I afford the initial outlay for an Ebike and 2/ how long before I need to spend even more money on maintenance eg: cost of motor repairs, new battery in addition to the cost of the normal bike parts that wear out. for the budget conscious this is a serious issue.

  • Ben says:

    Like mountain biking, E bikers are a highly diverse group, so what works for one willnot work for all. Mfgs have taken the low road, minimal investment in new bikes, mostly modifying existing bikes and using less expensive systems to electrify the bikes. As a result, the best E bikes suffer from serious obesity, poor performing suspensions, ultra low BB height, and an imbalance of power and efficiency.

    Unless high end E bikes can drop a lot of weight, the only people buying these bikes are going to be recreational riders. Granted, recreational riders far outnumber sport riders, but sport riders also spend more money on bikes and are much more likely to buy a high end E Bike.

    What “we” sport mountain bikers want:

    Full suspension <35#
    Hardtail <30#
    New School Geo
    Increased BB height
    Low COG
    Short crank options
    Emphasis on effciency
    Frame only options

  • TCP says:

    I have a couple of guys I ride with that are into their 60s. Both have recently purchased e-bikes as, sadly, aging has an effect on fitness. They lead the pack uphill and keep up on the downhills we all work for with their 40lb bikes, both of which have 150mm or travel on both ends and rip going down. After being out with an injury for 3 months and having to rebuild my cardio, watching them climb makes me jealous. If it keeps riders enjoying the sport longer, I have no problem with ebikes at all.
    One more point: Having a son who was recently diagnosed with leukemia, who loved to ride and has been riding the trails since a young age, my plan is to get him an ebike once his treatment allows him to ride again. That wouldn’t be an option without electric assist. Try to look past your own circumstances when it comes to e-bikes and you’ll see they have their place.

  • Alan S says:

    Fine for commuters and elderly/disabled. Keep them off the dirt trails otherwise.

  • John says:

    I agree ebikes are great for commuting. But what if elderly/disabled people want to ride dirt trails? This is an issue I’m struggling with because I’m almost 60, still hanging in there on my six inch full suspension bike, but what about 10, 20 years from now?

    Mountain biking is an essential part of my life. I hate to contemplate a future where I’d have to quit altogether, but at my age, I have to confront the facts. There’s only so much conditioning, weight training, and good diet can do to combat aging.

    The disabled have the legal right to use ebikes, which is only fair, because disability can happen to anyone at any time. For the able-bodied, maybe a minimum age limit is the answer? If so, what age?

  • joeyB says:

    keep them OFF legal mountain bike legal single track! if your too old and decrepit there comes a time to hang up the gear.

    How about : shuffle board, walk around the park, swimming, shuttle ALL your rides, bike path.

    Your “I” mentality infringes on other peoples space

  • richwolf says:

    I came here initially because it was a mountain bike forum and not a road bike forum or a motorcycle forum.
    You guys can do whatever you want but I will eventually leave it and I think many others will as well when they see the takeover by the motorcycle crowd and advertisers.
    I understand money rules and people tend to be a lazy slovenly group as a whole. Those of us who haven’t given into that trend will look elsewhere for their mountain bike fix.
    I made up an e-bike from a kit but I kinda felt dirty when I rode it. It now sits and gathers dust.
    Several of my friends have gone from pedal bikes to e-bikes and their waists are getting bigger and their fitness is getting worse.

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Specialized Boulder Experience Center opens


The new Specialized Boulder Experience Center officially opened its doors this week in Boulder, Colorado. A full range of demo bikes and high-end bike fitting are among the offerings.

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Dainese Enduro Knee Guard sneak peek


Dainese Enduro Knee Guards to feature hybrid construction that mixes mobility and breathability with durability and impact resistance.

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Cane Creek adds trunnion mount shocks


Cane Creek has announced the release of their DB Air CS and DB Coil CS shocks in trunnion-mount versions. Both shocks include the same four-way independent adjustability and climb-switch technology.

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Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild now comes in multi-serving bags


Responding to demand from customers, Tailwind Nutrition Rebuild recovery drink is now available in 15-serving bags online and at specialty retailers.

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  • AA says:

    Hmm, more value — so now there is a multi-serving option which is only hideously expensive, instead of outrageously expensive.

    The single serve packs look very intriguing and would fill a niche for me, would love to try some, but at $3 a pop they’re pretty much out of the question for any kind of regular use, so what’s the point..

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Bike raffle to benefit Hood River Pump Track


Win a custom Santa Cruz Bicycles Jackel Dirt Jumper and help raise funds for the Hood River pump track.

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Ergon SM Saddle line launched


Unique shell shape is first Ergon saddle to offer the ergonomic benefits of a “cutout saddle” while keeping the stiffness of a solid saddle.

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  • renoirbud@hotmail.com says:

    Quote ‘Ergon has also unveiled an e-mountain bike saddle designed to meet the ergonomic demands for the eMTB rider’

    ???

  • Kuttermax says:

    I had purchased a high end Ergon saddle for my mountain bike a few years back after doing the appropriate fitting for it. While the seat was very comfortable to sit on, the issue I had was the cover material was very slippery and I tended to slide around a lot on it rather than feel anchored, especially when I wore baggies. Ultimately this was enough of an issue that I went back to my tried and true WTB saddles. I wonder if others had a similar experience?

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Video: How to do drops on your mountain bike


Doing drops on a mountain bike is one of the most crucial skills a mountain biker can learn these days. Whether it’s a 6-inch drop or a 6-footer, these trail features or obstacles can cause great havoc or great joy in a rider.

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Enduro World Series: Hill and Ravanel reign in La Thuile


The fifth round of the Enduro World Series was held in Italy and concluded much as it started — with Sam Hill and Cecile Ravanel leading the way.

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2019 Trek Powerfly ebike first look


New in this Powerfly generation are an advanced removable battery system, carbon fiber frames, purpose-built ebike components and the 150mm of travel in the LT model.

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  • Train Hard says:

    Nice motorcycle! Joe, if you do have an injury and knee problems spend your time with your physio in the gym then get back on the trails. These Ebikes will complicate our already sensitive relationship[s] with other trail users.

  • r says:

    eBike is good for delivering food, like Ubereats, nothing more.

  • ejbrockway says:

    Lame. MTBR shame on you for writing this up like a ligit bike.

  • Halstead says:

    As someone slightly involved with the legislation and as a trail user on many levels who often thinks the government entities in charge have forgotten whop owns the lands,which, for the most part all of us, I understand the concerns. I am getting older and while I do not yet have a ebike I think to keep riding, especially to keep up with my kids, and enjoy retirement an emtb is in my future. BUT, to me the class 1, pedal assist, no throttle, no go without pedaling, is the only unit type I will support. There is no evidence that class 1 bikes have any negative impact, unless enabling folks to live their passion a bit longer is something you are against. Bike that require no rider input except to twist a grip are in my book motor vehicles and should be banned from no motorized trails. Ride a Class 1 then decide. Its still work. .

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Absolutely.

      Mountain biking is a very exclusive sport and that’s one of the reasons why we have little access. We need to make it more inclusive. Include the ones who may not be as fit, as young and as willing to suffer. Include the the decision makers, the land managers, the board members.

  • agmtb says:

    I turn 65 next month. In about 10 years I may consider an eMTB an option. For now my Turner Flux rocks! Espically here in the Sonoran Desert’s rocky trails

  • Pete Cherry says:

    You naysaers will eventually buckle as ebikes continue to progress to the point you will have to look closely to tell if it’s a pedal or pedal assist. for sure, you’ll cave in and get yourself one because you’ll want that competitive edge, to go longer and faster. And if you don’t change, the ebikers will be the ones to put their noses up at you, leave you in the dust, because you’re stuck in the past. Ebikes rule!

  • Haibike in your face says:

    Pete Cherry…amen my brotha! I own a Haibike 5.0 and a Pivot 429 trail. Living in So Cal I can ride my ebike just about anywhere I want. These toys are great for days when its too hot and when I’m a little crispy from the previous nights activities. If I don’t feel like riding either of my pedal bikes, I’ll take out my BWM R1200GS through the canyons of Santa Monica. Too many people get hung up on the legal aspects of progression. Just remember to move over when I pass you on the left! Ha Ha!

  • Bob Lawrence says:

    Whiny puritan bitches… eBikes are going to surpass regular antiquated pedal bikes in 10 years or less, stop complaining about how amazing you are for not trying them and do your research and have some fun. The biggest complaint I hear from riders is they don’t want to be passed, this is a ego battle not a bike/ebike battle. Find a real cause like plastic recycling in India…

  • Fasterjason says:

    The writer is mistaken about what unsprung weight is. Unsprung weight is the weight of the tires, wheels, brake calipers, and moving suspension components (e.g., fork lowers).

    In the “Dialed Suspension” and “Other Details” sections the extra weight of the motor and battery is referred to as unsprung weight when it is actually sprung weight.

  • Fuel53 says:

    Yes, in 10 years it will be hard to visually tell the difference between human powered and motor powered bikes. While ebikers are so concerned about having fun, you are jeopardizing access to a multitude of trails that hinge on the concept of non motorized or human powered only. Putting these motorcycles on the same plane as bicycles opens up justifications to ban bikes of any kind from multi-use trails. Your fun will potentially come at the expense of access to multi-use singletrack- mountain biking simply doesn’t exist without trails!!!!

  • Gregk111 says:

    Im an advanced XC rider and traded my Stumpy for a Turbo Levo and love it. I ride twice as often and twice as far. I get way more of a workout, especially upper body and arms. I don’t worry about bringing extra gear or running lower tire pressures. pitches and ledges that were 20% make are now 80% make. I’m trying and getting over obstacles that were strictly hike a bike. If we lose trail access it will be from the DH banzai riders that use too much rear brake and damage the trail or scare the hikers. My ebike doesn’t do any more trail wear than my old stumpy.

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