29er Reviews

Best new mountain bikes of 2015

Our favorite new 27.5”, 29”, and plus sized steeds

This past year, the Mtbr staff has ridden everything from electric assist fat bikes to ultra light cross-country whippets. But only a handful of those bikes could make it onto our Best of 2015 list. And the winners are…

We predict The Following is going to be one of the most emulated bikes of 2016.

We predict The Following will be one of the most emulated bikes of 2016 (click to enlarge).

Evil The Following

With its impressive BMX-like handling and downhill prowess, the short travel Evil 29er doesn’t handle like anything else we’ve ever ridden. Think of it as the two-wheeled offspring of a Mazda Miata and a trophy truck. Check out our First Ride Review.

The Ripley is now available in two different versions, one with the original geometry we loved for XC ripping, and this more trail oriented slayer.

The Ripley is now available in two different versions, one with the original geometry we loved for XC ripping and this more trail oriented slayer (click to enlarge).

Ibis Ripley LS

How do make an already incredible bike even more fun? You make it longer and slacker. The new Ibis Ripley LS also features improved cable routing, better tire clearance, and has a threaded bottom bracket. Learn more here.

A complete Mach 6 Alloy retails for nearly the same cost as some carbon frames!

The complete Mach 6 Alloy costs about the same as some carbon frames. (click to enlarge)

Pivot Mach 6 Alloy

We loved the original Pivot Mach 6 but the price tag kept it out of the reach of most mortals. This year, the brand has righted that wrong with a new alloy version that starts at $3500. Check out our first ride impressions here.

The 5010 and Bronson couldn’t be more different in terms of handling, but we’re grouping the two together due to their similar appearance and impressive versatility.

The 5010 and Bronson couldn’t be more different in terms of handling, but we’re grouping the two together due to similar appearance and impressive versatility (click to enlarge).

Santa Cruz 5010 2.0 and Bronson 2.0

While sequels rarely live up to the originals, Santa Cruz has outdone themselves yet again. The new 5010 and Bronson are slacker, longer, and even more capable than the previous models. They also retain a threaded bottom bracket and have some of the best internal cable routing on the market. For more info, check out our full length review of the 5010 and First Look at the Bronson 2.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”


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