Team News: Brian Lopes to ride for Intense in 2014

Intense Cycles announces their new relationship with multi-time world and national mountain bike world champion Brian Lopes, via a short video.

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Race Report: Cape Epic Prologue

Mtbr follows the trials and tribulations of the Team Kappius/Sir Richard’s Condom duo of Thomas Dooley and Mike Hogan as they do battle in the grand masters division of the Absa Cape Epic.

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Video: Mountain biking Northern Ireland

The fictional realm depicted in CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia were likely inspired by Northern Ireland. And after watching the guys shred the trails of Rostrevor, Castlewellan and Davagh Forest it’s easy to see why.

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News: Cannondale OverMountain Team To Race SuperMax Fork in EWS

We’ve tried a couple of Lefty forks this past winter and were left impressed. It is just uncanny how a light, single-legged fork can be so stiff laterally and precise steering-wise.

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Scott Photo Contest – Does Size Matter?

Scott Photo Contest – Does Size Matter? Submit your photo answer through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook by hashtagging #SCOTTsizematters #SeaOtterEdition to enter to win a Scott Genius 710 or Genius 910 mountain bike!

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Race Report: True Grit 100

Sonya Looney’s full report on the 100-mile, True Grit 100 bike race in St. George, Utah. See how Sonya fared on the rough, rowdy, and technical course.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: The Felt Virtue Nine 20 proves you don’t need to spend a mint to have a good time

The well-spec’d Felt Virtue Nine 20 climbs well, looks great and does well on terrain up to about the intermediate level. It also proves you don’t have to spend a mint to have a good time.

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Review: Subaru XV Crosstrek – Long Term Update

It’s now got 13,000 miles and we call it the Enduro™ car. It’s slow on the climbs but it’s fast on the descents and it rallies on the rough stuff.

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Review: Mavic Notch Helmet

Mavic is going big with a full line of apparel designed for All Mountain riding and Enduro Racing and the Notch Helmet is a big part of this line.  The helmet is a clean design with understated black graphics on black color.

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Review: Troy Lee Designs A1 helmet

Troy Lee, a brand with rabid customer loyalty and a long tradition in downhill clothing and helmets sought out to make their first half shell helmet with the A1. They gave it full coverage, an adjustable visor and excellent padding and ventilation.

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Gear Review: Giro New Road Women’s Apparel

Giro targets women with its daring, mountain bike capable, New Road line of casual looking, but technically serious cycling apparel. See if they hit the mark or come up short.

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Compare-O Bottom Line: Trek Remedy 9.8 27.5/650b a gateway to long-travel bliss

The new 27.5-inch wheel version of Trek’s venerable Remedy 9.8 delivers just the right dose of travel and performance for the XC rider looking to go bigger.

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Video: Kilian Bron and Maxime Peythieu Shred Southern France

Fresh from the crew at Epic TV comes this edit of Kilian Bron and Maxime Peythieu as they rip around Cévennes National Park in the south of France.

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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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Review: Intense Tracer T275 Carbon

The Intense Tracer 275C is an impressive bike, utilizing carbon fiber front and rear triangles, which provide exceptional damping and stiffness. Toss it down through the gnar and chunder and it just effortlessly glides through stuff like it’s hardly there, creating a confidence inspiring experience.

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Handmade Show: Ritchey carbonates Break-Away travel bike

Ritchey has been building their luggage-checkable Break-Away travel bikes in steel and titanium for years. This year company adds a three-pound carbon frame option.

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Video: How a fi’zi:k saddle is made

Our friends at Global Cycling Network went to the fi’zi:k factory in Italy, for a behind the scenes look on how their saddles are made.

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Handmade Show: Ritchey rolls a fattie into NAHBS with launch of new Commando fatbike

Ritchey goes back to the future with new Commando fatbike. Orgainic farmers rejoice.

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Handmade Preview: Ritchey unveils Swiss Cross Disc CX bike at NAHBS

Ritchey gives us a sneak peak at what they’ll be showing at this weekend’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show, starting with the new Swiss Cross Disc.

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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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SRAM family mourns the passing of innovator and engineering leader John Cheever

SRAM innovator and senior engineer John Cheever passed away last Sunday, succumbing to the brain cancer he battled for the past three years.

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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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Video: Juliana Bikes heads to New Zealand with Anka Martin for a Kiwi girl-duro

Poking eels with sticks, hopping into helicopters and shredding rad trails are all on the agenda for Anka Martin and her friends from Juliana Bikes in this new edit. See it all here.

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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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Mtbr invites local readers to get their flow on at Demo Dig Days, March 15-16

Find out how you can have fun, build trails and win great schwag all at the same time. Join us for Mtbr’s Demo Dig Days in Soquel Demonstration State Forest, March 15 and 16.

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