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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First Look: SRAM X01 DH Drivetrain

SRAM engineers have created an X01 drivetrain that is optimized to take on the demands of downhill racing.

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Paul Component’s stem cap Camera Mount puts GoPro front-and-center

Fresh Product – Paul Component’s stem cap Camera Mount puts GoPro front-and-center.

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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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Just In: YEP Components Uptimizer Dropper Seatpost

The Yep Components Uptimizer dropper seatpost’s smoothness and fluidity of the movement are excellent, the mechanical connection is reliable and quick, and the trick joystick remote with its 360 degree of actuation is superb, allowing either pushing or pulling lever action.

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First Look: New WTB Breakout, Trail Boss and Nine Line tires

WTB is on a roll this Winter, and is rolling out some new tires, namely the Breakout 2.5, the Trail Boss 2.25, the Nine Line 2.25 racer, and finally, the Gravel-Specific Nano 40c. We’ve had a couple of test rides on the Breakout and Trail Boss before the official release announcement at Frostbike.

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Enduro Compare-O: The Mtbr test crew picks their favorite Dream Bike Spec components

Our test crew picks their ultimate, no-holds-barred component mix from the Enduro Compare-O in our Dream Spec feature.

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Colorado’s Beti Bike Bash celebrates women on bikes, from Little Bellas to big race prize money

Colorado’s Beti Bike Bash aims to bring more women and girls into mountain biking with races and youth camp.

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Review: Lifeproof frē smartphone case and bike mount

The Lifeproof frē is a slim case that is rugged and abuse proof, and can provide some serious protection from drops, dirt, water and snow, while still offering full access to the buttons, touchscreen, camera and phone.

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Former DH world champ Leigh Donovan launches ichoosebikes.com mountain bike skills clinics for women

Former DH world champ Leigh Donovan launches ichoosebikes.com series of free mountain bike skills clinics for women

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First Look: Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Rizer handlebar and WCS Trail stem

Check out the Ritchey WCS Carbon Trail Rizer handlebar and WCS Trail stem we picked up at Ritchey world headquarters this week to test on one of our trail bikes.

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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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Review: Demon Knee and Elbow Soft Cap Pro X D3O soft armor

The Demon Knee Soft Cap Pro X D3O is an exceptional piece of soft armor, that is comfortable, and allows long pedaling sessions without binding and irritation issues.

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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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Rowdy the Clown joins the Red Bull Crashed Ice circus in St. Paul

Rowdy the Clown and Richie Schley get all biker-cross down the Red Bull Crashed Ice course in St. Paul.

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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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The Angry Singlespeeder: Hippies, high schoolers, naked dudes and drunkards in the desert

The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, dubbed as the “Burning Man of Bike Races”, captures everything that is amazing about mountain bike culture.

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Hart, Craig, and Emmett anchor Giant’s enduro- and downhill-focused roster

Danny Hart, Adam Craig, Kelli Emmett and Carl Decker anchor the enduro- and downhill-focussed 2014 Giant Factory Off-Road Team roster.

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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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First Look: X-Fusion Hilo SL Strate seatpost

X-Fusion has added an internally-routed version of the popular Hilo adjustable seatpost to their product line…we take a First Look here.

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Viral Video: Danny MacAskill – inspired in Barcelona

Check out the latest amazing video from Danny MacAskill called Inspired In Barcelona. Danny is joined by some friends as they journey through the heart of the capital of Catalonia and entertain us with an incredible display of bike handling ability and talent.

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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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Hot News: Specialized rolls-out mid-sized 27.5-inch/650b tires

Notably absent from the sprint to market with 27.5-inch bikes, Specialized launches 650b tires in what might be a foreshadowing of bigger things to come.

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