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The Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon makes a welcome reappearance in MBA and takes center stage, while the Scott Scale and Cannondale F-Si square off in a cross-country cage match. Photos by John “Jump in my Miami Vice white Ferrari” Ker.


Aug 20, 2015Comments off1774 Views

BIKE TESTS Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon Miami Vice style meets enduro performance Cross-Country Race Bike Shootout Scott Scale and Cannondale F-Si square off Intense M16 Like napalm for the trail—the evolution of M-series bikes Specialized S-Works Camber

On the cover: Trek’s new Slash 9.8 Carbon steals the center stage, and Niner’s ROS 9 and GT’s Sanction Project Bike fill out the mix. Photos by John “which one can we ride first” Ker.

August 2015

Jul 13, 2015Comments off1578 Views

BIKE TESTS Trek Slash 9.8 Carbon Carbon copy of an enduro favorite Niner ROS 9 Steel is real, baby! GT Sanction Our custom-built project bike hits the racecourse Salsa Horsethief 29er Testing a spicy cross-country trailbike Scott

The Foes Mutz takes center stage and looks to prove that fat bikes are for more than riding in the snow. The Cannondale F29 Carbon 4 is a budget-friendly bike that likes to go fast. Photos by John “Let’s go get these things dirty already” Ker.

JULY 2015

May 29, 2015Comments off2135 Views

BIKE TESTS Giant Glory Advanced 27.5 0 Carbon maestro gravity fiend Cannondale F29 Carbon 4 29er hardtail—locked and loaded for racing Foes Mutz Full-suspension fat bike from the fabrication masters Intense Spider 275 Expert A spider that

The Ghost Riot, BMC SpeedFox and Giant Stance represent the lion’s share of our test fleet for this month, while Clayton Wangbichler “schralps” a corner on our version of Repack Hill on the Felt Burner 29er. Photos by John “Coconut oil is the best chain lube” Ker.


May 19, 2015Comments off1488 Views

BIKE TESTS Ghost Riot LC Speedy German-import trailbike Giant Stance 27.5 0 Seriously affordable suspension Litespeed Pinhoti American-made titanium 29er speed freak BMC SpeedFox SF02 Swiss bike that can wear many helmets Felt Burner Klunker history with

The Scott Genius LT 710 and the Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL spend a little time in the studio before hitting the trails. Photos by John “Can I borrow one of these bikes for a while?” Ker

MAY 2015

Apr 13, 2015Comments off2553 Views

BIKE TESTS Scott Genius LT 710 Outsmarting the trail Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770MSL B.C. born-and-bred trail slayer Foes FXR275 Brent will build a long-travel machine for you Chumba Rastro Steel-framed hardtail for hardcore riders Orbea Oiz M10

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 off3086 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 off2806 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 off1410 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 off3381 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.


Sep 15, 2014Comments off3004 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