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BikeYoke Divine SL dropper post weighs just 345g


After wowing us with their Revive dropper post, BikeYoke is now chasing the XC market with the new short travel and lightweight Divine SL with 80mm of travel.

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Nukeproof Mega 275 bike line updated


Nukeproof announced a refresh of its signature Nukeproof Mega 275 bike series and added to its growing list of components with a unique foam tire insert and lightweight steel shock spring.

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2019 Mountain Bike National Championships in Winter Park


USA Cycling has announced that the 2019 Mountain Bike National Championships will be in Winter Park, Colorado, from July 23-28.

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Rocky Mountain Reaper kid’s bike launched


The new Rocky Mountain Reaper packs the same aggressive trail performance found in their full suspension bikes like the Altitude and Instinct, but in a smaller package for young rippers.

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  • Ryan H. says:

    Still too heavy ! Weighs nearly as much as my (adult) bike.
    We have an older Rocky Soul 26er hard tail ~ 25.5 lbs.
    Perfect bike nimble & super handling.
    All this for way less than the tax on these new machines.

  • Brad S says:

    would like to see how the 24-26 compares to the 2017-2018 model

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Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz to leave IMBA


Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz has announced it will be ending its status as a chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association at the end of October. Here’s why.

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  • C. says:

    Good choice. Screw the IMBA. It’s no longer what it once was, and, like all else today, is grotesquely corrupt and, in all likelihood, made so by the progressive-liberal ass-hats who now seem to occupy all of the managing positions. Too bad. But everything good comes to an end.

    Again, good choice. Hopefully others will follow your example.

  • Brent says:

    Fantastic move. IMBA no longer (been that way for a while) have MTB’ers best interest in mind. Few Colorado groups looking to ditch IMBA as well. Keep the money and advocacy local!

  • Paul says:

    It’s a shame to read how some folks’ will attack IMBA yet provide absolutely nothing to substantiate their claims. And will not give an inch of credit to anything good they’ve done. We still need advocacy at the national/international level. Can’t dismiss that.

    • Brent says:

      ‘Nothing to substantiate…’.? Throwing all MTBers under the bus in front of Congress on the STC initiative on federal land. That is reason enough. Plenty of other reasons such as less money going towards local advocacy and attempts to sanitize trials with every work party. What else to do you need?
      We do need advocacy for sure. Local orgs can do the best locally. Let IMBA go mingle with UCI

  • Nate says:

    MBOSC is a great organization that has improved mountain biking in the Santa Cruz area and is working on some big local projects. I fully support the decision to focus all their resources locally.

    IMBA has evolved over the past few years and has their own areas of focus and have a seat at the national level.

  • Ryan says:

    Are there any good Trail advocacy groups in So-Cal area. Los Angeles/ Orange County. Been struggling to find ways to get involved.

  • Bob says:

    Right on Brent. IMBA’s time has run it’s course. It would be best for them to bleed out so time, money and resources can be focused on organizations that actually accomplish something for our sport. Good on MBOSC for pulling out.

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Thieves steal 160 Rocky Mountain bicycles from container


During the night of Monday, September 24, a container full of 160 Rocky Mountain bicycles was broken into, and every single bike was stolen.

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  • TimmyS says:

    Probably an inside job or someone was watching. Kind of dumb though to keep a trailer outside with 160 bikes in it. You would think someone saw something. The thieves would have had to have a vehicle big enough to haul all the bikes away in. I am sure if any bikes get posted on the net that they will be shopped. That’s a lot of bikes to unload at a bar with “psst buddy you wanna buy a hot bike?”!!

  • C. says:

    This reeks of an inside job. Easiest way to compensate for company shortcomings is to stage a false flag. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if someone in the company had them stolen and thereafter shipped out of country. It’s the only thing that makes sense considering the sheer size of the theft.

  • Nikolai says:

    Most if not all of them would be sold off for parts. Frames will be sandblasted and serial numbers scrubbed. Similar method used for stolen automobiles and motorcycles. Just the scum of this small blue marble we live on.

  • Lisa Ebner says:

    Ya, how the heck do you steal 160 bikes?? Even in their boxes… 160 bikes! No security cameras? This is very fishy.

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Leatt Prize Pack Giveaway


Enter to win a Leatt DBX 5.0 Jacket, 5.0 Jersey, 5.0 Shorts and 2.0 Windblock Gloves!

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Ibis DV9 carbon hardtail ready to race — or shred


Ibis has unveiled its new DV9 carbon hardtail, a split-personality rig that’s billed as being equally comfortable racing full-tilt XC or getting drifty on techy singletrack.

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  • Geoff says:

    Nice addition to the Ibis lineup! Would be great to see an XS size as well. Especially considering the original intent was to be affordable to NICA racers. Lots of NICA girls out there in the 5′-5’4 range that could use access to an XS.

    • Hans Heim says:

      Roxy (our designer) is 5’0″ and rides the size small with a pretty good fit so we are comfortable recommending it down to about 5′.

  • Ricard Hagar says:

    Student job 8 x 40 hrs/wk @ $10 / hr.
    Buying base model .. Not much left for food !

  • RobertW says:

    I like the geo and the tire clearance. I don’t like the lack of front derailleur mount. Sad.

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Crank Brothers Synthesis wheels first ride


A front wheel that turns and a rear wheels that tracks well is the promise. We’ve been riding the Crank Brothers Synthesis and have some insight to share.

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  • MrK says:

    “Price is high at $2400 but we are very pleased to see a $1700 option so more riders can experience these wheels. ”

    lol, if you have $1700 to spend on a wheel set, is $2400 really that much of a stretch?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Not a bad point MrK. $2k is a big mental barrier though for a lot of people when it comes to wheels, us included.

      And that extra $700 can buy a lot of tires. And beer!!!

  • Joe says:

    I got a chance to ride these wheels at the Whistler Bike Park and also on the trails by my local trails in Vancouver. They rip! The ‘more compliant’ front wheel really does make a difference when it is really rocky and bumpy. Normally I am a big wimp when it comes to my hands hurting even after a few laps – but with the softer front wheel, my hands actually don’t hurt nearly as much as they used to.

    The other part that I notice the wheels is when on a trail (going down) and you’re charging hard through flat sections – the back wheel just stays planted and it feels like the bike will go as fast as you can put power down, tracking exactly where you want it to.

    Seems obvious that the front is compliant, back is stiff now that they say it….

  • N says:

    I understand wanting to offer a lower cost option, but why cut the hub quality so far to do so? Who is going to want a 21 POE hub on a carbon wheelset?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>I understand wanting to offer a lower cost option, but why cut the hub quality so far to do so? Who is going to want a 21 POE hub on a carbon wheelset?

      A little to far on the other end of the spectrum huh? I’m sure they’re chasing reliability as well but that may be too low cost.

  • Tom says:

    Just a general comment that I agree with CB that we’ve probably achieved “peak stiffness” and there are now huge benefits in chasing intelligently designed flex.

    Moto GP racing got to this point about a decade ago, and the benefits have been great.

    But dang, I also think the day of the $2,400 mtb wheelset is also behind us.

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >>But dang, I also think the day of the $2,400 mtb wheelset is also behind us.

      Yeah Tom. $3k used to be the aspirational bling set but now, over $2k is a tough pill for many.

  • Dan M says:

    I also have had some advance time on these wheels and they are indeed a big improvement over the alloy wheels I’ve been on in the recent past, which include the DT Swiss 1700s on my Remedy 29, and Bontrager Line 30s and a Stans Arch/Flow set on my Slash 9.7. Admittedly the ‘30s were rubbish, and the Stans wheels were too narrow for me. A better comparison is to the Crossmax SX wheels, most recently fitted to my Yeti SB66 in 2014. The SX wheels were stiff and light and trouble-free, despite being 230#/6’5”. I hammered on those French wheels as I have with these Crank Bros wheels the last 2 months. So far, so good.
    Although $2400 is a mountain of dough, if I was in the market for carbon wheels these would absolutely be on my short list to consider. They perform exactly as promised, and with a lifetime warranty, I could plan to carry these forward onto future frames. (Provided that Super Boost doesn’t take over frame design).

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Whyte Bikes – Interbike 2018


Take a peek at the exciting 2019 Whyte Bikes including the all new T-130 S-120 and G-170. All bikes are sold exclusively online via Northern Ca. www.whyteusa.bike

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Magicshine Lights – 2018 Interbike


Magicshine grew from its humble beginnings to an engineering powerhouse that engineers and produces high-quality bike lights today.

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Pivot Cycles – Interbike 2018


Pivot was one of the busiest booths at Interbike, with about 250-300 bikes going out to riders on each Outdoor Demo day in Northstar. Their indoor booth seemed just as busy.

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Afton Shoes fall line ready to shred


The 2018 Afton Shoes fall line has arrived and it’s more than just new colors. They also have new rubber that’s more resilient and less susceptible to wear.

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Schwalbe Tires – Interbike 2018


Last year, Schwalbe rebuilt the foundation of the company with the Addix compounds. These tire compounds offered improved grip and durability in a range of formulations ideal for different disciplines in mountain bikin

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Bulls Bikes Interbike 2018


Bulls Bikes uses the drive system from different brands like Shimano, Brose, and Bosch, that will perform best for the job. Here are their highlights from the 2019 line.

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Gwin takes win at 2018 Kamikaze Bike Games


The 2018 Kamikaze Bike Games at Mammoth Mountain went down last weekend in California and look who showed up for a little racing — the one and only Aaron Gwin.

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Rude, Ravanel win round No. 7 of Enduro World Series


Searing heat, seven long stages and some incredible racing brought the seventh round of the Enduro World Series to a dramatic conclusion in Spain this past weekend.

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New Endura MT500 Collection unveiled


Endura has reintroduced its MT500 Collection, including the new MT500 Waterproof Jacket, a piece they call a knockout specialist, delivering ultimate weather protection for epic mountain bike adventures.

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Cane Creek eeWings titanium cranksets launched


Cane Creek has announced that their eeWings Mountain cranks will now be available equipped with an optional power meter from Stages Cycling with Stages-equipped eeWings All-Road cranks available later this fall.

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Esker Cycles Hayduke released


Esker Cycles Hayduke is a playful steel trail hardtail with a 67.6-degree headtube angle, 74-degree seat tube angle, and chainstays that run 425-437mm depending on frame size, which runs from XS to XL.

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Fix It Sticks The Blend ready to wrench


One of Mtbr’s favorite tool makers is back with a handy new problem solver. Meet Fix It Sticks The Blend, which combines aspects of different versions of previous products.

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2019 Specialized Turbo Levo e-bike first ride review


The 2019 Specialized Turbo Levo is version two of the landmark bike and it addresses three years of ideas, suggestions, and complaints about the previous model.

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  • Haywood says:

    My bike, which isn’t exactly a lightweight, has is 11-42, with a 32t up front, and I only use the 42 as a bailout gear, never even shift into it on 90% of my rides (almost all of my riding is in Tahoe, so the climbs are legit). I wouldn’t even consider buying a bike that has an Eagle setup. What’s the point of riding a motorbike if all the motor does is compensate for its own weight?
    Also, didn’t this used to be a mountain bike website?

  • Tom says:

    “And we would love a 350Wh battery option to get this bike closer to 40 lbs.”

    And/or a 250 Wh battery, a lower powered motor, and a bike closer to 35 pounds!

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      >> And/or a 250 Wh battery, a lower powered motor, and a bike closer to 35 pounds!

      That’s gonna happen. Modularity. If we had a 35 lber right now that is reasonably priced, many would purchase now.

      Not too much power but similar weight. It’s like having the best pedaling day all the time.

  • Cooper says:

    Ebikes are sooooo fugly! They all have that “pregnant downtube” look about them 😀

  • Ed says:

    An E-Bike is a Motorcycle NOT a Bicycle. So why are you posting motorcycles on an MTB website?

    • Rick says:

      There are key differences that make it nothing like a motorcycle. 1: No throttle 2: Top speed limted to well below any road speed limit 3: They are pedal assist, as in you stop pedalling they stop moving. I would be very pissed if my motorcycle had those “features”

    • Scotch Hennesy says:

      Ed, I’m assuming you’ve never owner or ridden dirt or street bikes if you believe E-bikes are comparative to motorcycles. Haha!! On your left!

    • Dan says:

      Have you ridden one? Ebikes ride like a mtnb, nothing like a motorcycle.

    • B says:

      Go ride an Ebike, then you’ll realise how puerile your remark was! ‘Further for Longer’ is the motto I hear, why wouldn’t you want do that? Clearly, you haven’t heard how many riders are saying they are fitter on their Ebikes as they ride more! If you don’t like the concept of an Ebike but aren’t willing to try one …then keep your irrelevant comments to yourself.

  • Pat says:

    Yes, a battery that matches my average ride power consumption.
    A drive train with a steel granny, to last longer.
    How about a built in chain wear indicator?

  • Scotch Hennesy says:

    For all that believe E-bikes are motorcycles….please get out and demo an e-bike in the hills. They are far from a motorcycle. I own a Pivot 429, BMW R1200GS adventure and a 5.0 All Mountain Haibike. They all serve a purpose. If it’s not E-bikes, these haters are bitching about some other aspects in life. Born negative. Long live E-bikes and all the fun they bring to me and my Son.

  • Bob says:

    Ebikes are not motorcycles, but they are most certainly mopeds.Mountain bike associations have fought hard for trail access based on the fact that mountain bikes are not motorized equipment. Hiking and environmental extremists have always tried to lump cyclists in with the ATV and dirt bike scene to make their point about trail erosion. Ebikes can stay in Europe. We don’t need the access headaches here in the states.

    I love how all the ebike content starts to roll out (with electric assist of course…because climbing is hard) shortly after the nearly mandatory survey posted here recently. Apparently MTBR is willing to sell out their own sport in effort to grab more advertising revenue.

  • Paul says:

    Love how the technology will indeed get the ebikes down to 35 pounds. I give it 3 years max when we get down to that weight. Can you imagine 30 pounds? And watch the ebike market explode ten fold. Everyone is going to be trading in their dinosaur mountain bikes for an ebike. What’s cool about ebikes is you get to say, “On your left” as you pass those out of breath non e bikers. Hmmm. I better go talk to my broker about buying some stock in ebikes and the money I cash in I’ll grab me a high end Specialized Levo. Ebikes rule!

  • hannable says:

    just get a Zero electric REAL bike.

  • hannable says:

    Motor + Cycle = motorcycle

    I know may of you wished motor + cycle does not = motor cycle

    • kent2106 says:

      are you having a bad day? Just wait soon or later these bikes become so cheap that even you will be able to afford one…Hold on!

  • john_solomito@yahoo.com says:

    And the mad dash toward “pedal assisted suicide” as a user group continues on unabated. LOL! Now where did I leave that old Puch moped…….

  • Jim says:

    For old guys who were racing back in the 80s, an e-mtb is just the greatest thing. It brings back all of the fun and excitement. Sure, it has a motor, but it is not even close to being a motorcycle (which I also ride regularly). Don’t get hung up on the motor. Just ride.

  • Jerry Phillips says:

    Jerry, You don’t have to be a previous racer to enjoy riding an E-Bike…just ride a demo and you will be sold. I started Mt biking in the 70’s and I own several Mt. Bikes.

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Goodyear Bicycle Tire Sealant Unveiled


The new Goodyear Bicycle Tire Sealant will be available in late September in 150ml bottles and sold to shops in boxes of 12. Price per bottle is $10.

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Pivot Shuttle Ebike Review


The Shuttle is Pivot’s attempt at creating the best EMtb that has ever existed. It is a no-holds-barred assault on the best ride quality and weight available today.

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  • Mike @ The Bike Store says:

    The New 2019 KHS 6555+ E MTB is about half the price of the pivot ($5500) and offers the same travel and is only 3 pounds heavier (still a pound lighter then the specialized carbon ride). I have ridden mine 500+ miles and love it. Feels much like a standard mt bike on the trails. The shimano motor works best in “Trail” mode when you are around the 18-20 mph range, less jerky than the “Boost” mode at the same speed.

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Ritchey Ultra returns after 30-year hiatus


Like its predecessor from 30 years ago, the new Ritchey Ultra occupies a unique ride space for cross-country riders looking to get rowdy and go big.

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