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Spencer Rathkamp shreds the moto-inspired KTM Scarp Prestige 27.5-inch test bike, and Specialized gives us a chance to test their newest Enduro race bike. Photos by John “Darkness is not a problem for a man with three flashes” Ker.

March 2015

Feb 02, 2015Comments off1707 Views

BIKE TESTS KTM Scarp Prestige An Austrian speed machine Domahidy Titanium Master craftsmanship at its finest Specialized S-Works Enduro 27.5-Inch X-Wing fighter for enduro racing Surly Krampus Big wheels and tires for big adventures GT Helion Carbon

Intense’s 951 EVO DVO Special Edition shot by John “The Green Machine” Ker.

February 2015

Dec 29, 2014Comments off1756 Views

BIKE TESTS Kona Process 111 vs. Process 167 Shootout Same concept, different experience Intense 951 EVO DVO Special Edition Custom-built downhill rocket you can buy Marin Attack Trail C-XT9 Marin County attacks enduro Specialized Crave Expert 29er

Pivot’s Mach 4 carbon is the first bike ever built with Shimano’s XTR Di2 electronic shifting. Photo by John “Where does it plug in?” Ker

January 2015

Dec 29, 2014Comments off758 Views

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 4 Carbon A race-inspired trailbike KHS 4 Season 3000 vs. KHS SixFifty 2500 Should you be skinny or fat on the trail? Cannondale Trigger Carbon 2 Pull the Trigger already Giant XtC 2

ON THE COVER: The Orbea Rallon 27.5 stands tall in neon yellow at the Eurobike tradeshow. Shot by Mike “so many super bikes, so little time” Wirth.

December 2014 Issue

Nov 06, 2014Comments off1975 Views

BIKE TESTS Felt Compulsion 10 Fresh design on a Felt favorite Lapierre Spicy 527 Rise of the machine Trek Stache 7 Moustache sold separately Yeti SB5c Flip the switch to infinity Specialized Rumor 29er Rumor has it…

On the Cover: The Ellsworth Epiphany, Breezer Repack Team and Trek Fuel EX stand triumphant for John “I told you this 27.5er thing would catch on” Ker’s lens. The new Specialized Demo 8 carbon lurks in the lower left as Aaron Gwin’s secret weapon for the 2015 race season.

NOVEMBER 2014

Sep 15, 2014Comments off2153 Views

BIKE TESTS Trek Fuel EX 9.8 Mario Andretti’s dream bike Ellsworth Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e The joy of riding enduro Breezer Repack Team Is the MLink the missing link to trail bike suspension excellence? Specialized Fatboy Big

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September 2014 Issue

Jul 31, 2014Comments off1364 Views

SHOOTOUT Droppin’ It Like It’s Hot The dropper seatpost shootout you’ve been asking for. BIKE TESTS The Airborne Toxin Five-star-resort riding at Motel 6 pricing. The Fezzari Timp Peak Utah’s special-delivery performance goes 27.5. The Fuji SLM

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The August Issue Has Hit The Streets

Jul 02, 2014Comments off1389 Views

CAR RACK BUYER’S GUIDE Keeping Track Of What’s On The Rack Taking total command of your hauling capacity Ways To Haul Your Bike To The Trailhead Safely And then all bets are off. COMPARISON Manitou Dorado and

ON THE COVER
The tale of two Treks stacks the Trek Remedy 29 atop the Trek Remedy 27.5, but is that how they finished? Find out on page 42. Cover photos by Doug “This train is leaving” Barnett who departs [Mountain Bike Action] this month for a career in international marketing for Giant Bicycles. We’ll miss ya.

July 2014, Volume 29, Number 7

Jun 10, 2014Comments off1164 Views

SHOOTOUT The Trek Remedy 27.5 Versus The Trek Remedy 29 BIKE TESTS The Diamondback Sortie 3 29 The Haibike X-Duro RX PRODUCT FIELD TESTS iXS Dagger Kneepads Uvex Sportstyle Vario Eyewear FEATURES The North American Handmade Bike

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June 2014 Volume 29, Number 6

Apr 30, 2014Comments off822 Views

BIKE TESTS -The Intense Tracer Carbon 27.5 -The Norco Range Carbon 7.1 -The RSD Mutant 29+ -The $1380 Giant Talon 27.5 1 -The Hanebrink X2 PRODUCT FIELD TESTS -Answer ProTaper Carbon SL Series Handlebars -Smith ForeFront Helmet

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MAY 2014 VOLUME 29, NUMBER 5

Apr 03, 2014Comments off898 Views

ON THE COVER: The 27.5-inch-wheeled Scott Genius 730 goes against its big brother, the 29-inch-wheeled Scott Genius 930 in a battle that answers a lot of your questions on wheel size. Photo by John “Belly-Flop” Ker (with