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First Ride: Ibis Ripmo AF


Since Ibis relaunched in 2004, the company has focused exclusively on carbon frames. Today, the Santa Cruz-based brand is launching a more affordable version of its long-travel 29er, the Ripmo, in aluminum. The Ripmo AF (aluminum frame), isn’t the same bike made from a different material. It’s longer, slacker and incorporates a more progressive suspension […]

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Trust Suspension goes big with the Shout


Trust turned the mountain bike world upside down when it launched the Message linkage suspension fork last fall. The company is following up on the launch of the 130mm-travel Message with a long-travel offering that will turn heads and burn wallets. Read more: everything you need to know about the Trust Message linkage fork  Trust […]

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Book Review: “Let’s Mountain Bike”


Mountain biking can be intimidating to beginners. In a perfect world, riders would get an instruction manual on how-tos and dos and don’ts when they purchase their first mountain bike. “Let’s Mountain Bike” is the closest thing to a quick dunk in mountain bike culture. This 278-page book covers nearly every facet of the sport: […]

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2020 Rocky Mountain Slayer First Ride Review


Rocky Mountain released the latest rendition of the Slayer today, and we had a chance to take one out for a ride with Rocky Mountain’s PR frontman and former Olympian, Andreas Hestler, on some of the techiest trails in the Whistler valley. Rocky Mountain Slayer: everything you need to know Rocky Mountain Slayer Carbon 70 […]

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2020 Specialized Enduro First Ride Review


In a category they pioneered, Specialized re-engineered the Enduro with 170mm travel on a new suspension platform to regain top dog honors.

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2020 Specialized Epic HT First Ride – lightest XC frame ever


Revamped and modernized, the new Specialized Epic HT is ready to race. And with a 775 gram frame, it believes it can fly.

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Review: Kenda Alluvium Pro 700×40 gravel tire


For the roads and gravel that I frequent the Kenda Alluvium comes pretty darn close to a do-it-all gravel tire.

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2020 Santa Cruz Hightower First Ride


Modern geometry and a brand new suspension broaden the sweet spot of the versatile Hightower Trail Bike

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The Pivot Vault – ready for road, gravel and cyclocross.


The new Vault looks to be a great option for mountain riders looking to get gravel riding and seasoned crosser alike.

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Review: Giro Artex MIPS XC helmet


Road race inspired design partnered with a removable visor and tons of ventilation. This $110 MIPS helmet packs serious value, safety and could be all the helmet you need.

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Review: Canyon Grail AL 7.0 105 Gravel Bike


The same geometry and pedigree as the double handlebar Grail, the Grail AL is aimed at the gravel riders and races that like the stiffness of alloy and the price point it offers.

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Best of Bike Tools series: Pumps and Inflators


Getting air in your tires isn’t the sexiest conversation but its something that cyclist do almost every day. So why not get the best, most efficient equipment for the task?

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Vittoria Mezcal Review


In the XC line exists the Peyote, Mezcal, and Barzo, increasing in levels of grip. Thus the Mezcal sits right in the middle and can be used for front and rear applications.

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Review: Sigma ROX 12 GPS Cycling Computer


For many of us, a wired Sigma was the first computer to grace our bikes. This trusted brand has changed with the times well with the new Sigma ROX 12 GPS Computer.

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2019 SQLab bars, grips saddle and chamois?


At Mtbr, we are massive fans of SQLabs. We not only love their enthusiasm for bikes and science but really appreciate the thought and construction they put in their products.

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Best of Nutrition: Drink Mix, Recovery shakes and Pre-race


There are lots of hydration companies and products out there and it gets hard to choose and figure out what you need. Let us help guide you through the categories and our favorite products.

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Top 7 best hip packs


Here’s the latest generation of hip packs offering adequate storage for tools and gear and water-carrying capacity without sweating up the rider’s back.

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Top 15 Best Bike Chain Lubes


Do you want to find the best bike chain lube for you? Are you curious about what type to get? Wet, dry, wax or ceramic? We explain the tech and guide you to the best options for each type of bike lube.

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YT Decoy ebike first look


YT introduced the Decoy, a full suspension ebike sporting 160mm of front and 165mm rear travel. It’s dialed, stealthy, and good value.

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SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS – Outerbike


Sweepstakes Period: The Sweepstakes Period starts June 28 2019 at 12:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) and ends July 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM. MTBR.com controls the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes. To Enter: To enter the giveaway, you must register via the mtbr.com sweepstakes form. Entries submitted with missing fields will not be […]

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Vittoria Factory Tour – Part 1


At Mtbr, we’ve toured quite a few headquarters around the world. Problem is, we rarely see anything being created. So we feel very privileged to visit two factories in Thailand where Vittoria tires are produced.

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Tools Series: Stealth tools that stay on the bike


Tools that live in your bike are always there when you need them. And they don’t take up any space in your body or pack. Interested?

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Tool series: Best Tools for the trailhead and pack


Are you the type of rider that likes to prepare for anything? Do you like to help out on group rides and operate as your ride’s defacto mechanic? Read on and tool up.

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Review: 2019 Specialized S-Works Recon


Specialized created an entirely new S-Works Recon clipless shoe, loaded with premium features and targeting XC and gravel riders. MTBR used them for our normal all-mountain riding to find out how they fulfill our daily demands.

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Specialized Stumpjumper Evo Pro Carbon first ride


The Carbon Evo has the ability to create a gap and hold it. It is stable on the rockiest gullies, yet it is agile. One needs to be deliberate with the moves but it will change direction and hold direction.

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