Cross Country Reviews and News


Kona Process 153 goes full carbon


Kona took some of their best alloy bikes and created carbon versions that were on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

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Syncros Silverton SL one-piece carbon wheelset


Check out this one-piece carbon wheelset, where the rim, spokes, and hub shell all come out of one composite mold. Just push in a hub bearing (DT Swiss 190s in this case) and off you go – quickly.

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Intense M29 FRO special edition DH race bike


Only 15 of these For Racing Only models will be sold. They are equipped with the same spec as the Intense Factory Racing M29.

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Fezzari Signal Peak bridges XC-trail gap


Fezzari’s new Signal Peak artfully blends speed and fun. It’s fast on technical terrain, drops, and rock gardens, and climbs like a mountain goat.

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Hardtails; more versatile than ever


From XC to Enduro, slack and long hardtails are taking the mountain back.

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Yeti cycles releases trail capable and raceable SB100


Yeti’s new SB100 obscures the line between XC and Trail, utilizing a new Switch Infinity Mechanism repositioned and optimized specifically for this shorter-travel twenty-nine-inch wheel bike.

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Santa Cruz Blur first ride review


After a three-year hiatus, the bike that arguably put Santa Cruz on the map is back. Meet the new Blur, a 29-inch wheeled full carbon XC speed machine with 100mm of VPP suspension.

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2018 Santa Cruz Highball first ride review


New low-angle stays designed to work in tandem with a bridgeless seatstay design to help absorb trail chatter.

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2018 Rocky Mountain Vertex debuts


Rocky Mountain has updated the Vertex, its flagship XC-race hardtail, which is now lighter and more aggressive.

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Vittoria Barzo tire review


Vittoria’s Barzo is ready to take on technical cross-country trails and extreme conditions. And it can win an XC race as well.

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2018 Giant Factory Off-Road Team Bikes


See the rigs being raced in XC, enduro and downhill this season.

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Intense Sniper XC and Trail released


Intense launches 100mm XC and 120mm Trail Sniper, designed to rock your race season to the next level.

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Partners in Grime: Felix Burke and Quinn Moberg


For many, completing post-secondary schooling is a difficult task. For others, training and racing through Canada’s grueling winter weather is overwhelming. But what about doing both?

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Bontrager Kovee XXX TLR 29 wheelset review


High end carbon wheelset is race ready out of the box with a single purpose in mind: help make you faster.

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Trek Roscoe and X-Caliber hardtails reviewed


Trek’s budget-friendly hardtails have evolved on two distinct paths, an affordable XC steed and a fun trail machine. Born out of the same frame, find out how these two bikes compare.

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Rocky Mountain Element BC Edition review


Rocky Mountain’s new Element BC Edition is an XC race bike that’s fully embraced the benefits of trail-oriented geometry and components.

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Scott Spark 900 review


If you like riding mountain bikes uphill and downhill with equal precision and efficiency, the Scott Spark is a serious no-compromise option.

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DT Swiss Interbike 2017


With three main MTB wheel families (XC, all-mountain, enduro) and multiple price points within each family, DT Swiss has all your riding bases covered.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2017


Straight from Interbike in Las Vegas, here’s Pivot front man and lead designer Chris Cocalis running through the company’s hottest bikes, starting with a very special 10-year Anniversary Edition Mach 5.5.

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Whyte Bikes Interbike 2017


The Whyte Enduro team will have a secret weapon in 2018 – the S-150 Works is their “out of the box” race bike for all-round events. Find out about that bike and much more.

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Five bikes we’d rather own (and cost less) than an iPhone X


The new iPhone retails for a thousand dollars or more. Turns out, you can get a whole lot of bike for that kind of money. Here’s our five favorites.

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Stung by the Steamboat Stinger


With 7000 feet of climbing, 90% singletrack, zero pavement, and two primary ascents that crest above 8000 feet, you better bring your A game if you plan to stay near the front — or just finish.

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Kestrel introduces carbon 29ers


One of the top names in carbon fiber frame construction is getting into the mountain bike game — and offering some screaming deals in the process.

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Specialized Epic first ride review


The Specialized Epic is one of the most successful race platforms in history, so how do you improve on a two time gold medal winning bike?

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Specialized Chisel hardtail launched


Want to race XC on a budget? Specialized’s new Chisel hardtail might just be what you’re looking for.

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