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Volume 27, No. 3 March 2012

Jan 31, 2012Comments off11 Views

SHOOTOUTS Real Stopping Power Shimano XT metal vs. resin brake pad comparison. The Wheel-To-Wheel Grudge Match 26 vs. 27.5 vs. 29 wheels go knob to knob. Six Multi-Yools That Can Get You Out Of A Jam Over

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Volume 27, No. 2 February 2012

Jan 09, 2012Comments off10 Views

BIKE TESTS The Pivot Phoenix DH Leave your competition in the ashes. The Form Prevail 29er There is something very familiar about this bike. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Dual Eyewear Glasses Bi-focals have never looked so fast. Specialized

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Volume 27, No. 1 January 2012

Dec 13, 2011Comments off20 Views

BIKE TESTS The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo The Giant Glory 0 The GT Zaskar 100 Expert PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Osprey Viper 7 Hydration Pack FSA Gravity Light Andrew Taylor Cockpit Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR

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Volume 26, No. 12 December 2011

Nov 09, 2011Comments off17 Views

BIKE TESTS The Niner Jet Nine RDO A favorite gets a carbon fiber makeover. The Specialized Status 2 Podium ready without a high entry fee.  The Giant XTC Composite 29er A racing thoroughbred that loves to shred

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Volume 26, No. 11 November 2011

Sep 30, 2011Comments off13 Views

BIKE TESTS The Intense Tracer 2 The perfect Shaun Palmer trailbike. The Ellsworth Evolution 29er Worthy of anything you throw at it. The Kona Unit Simple sophistication. The Orbea Alma 29er S30 The pride of Spain. PRODUCT

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Volume 26, Number 10 October 2011

Aug 31, 2011Comments off21 Views

TESTS The Giant Yukon FX vs. The Giant Talon 29er The best thousand bucks you can spend.   Five Long-Travel Bikes In A Steel Cage Giant vs. GT vs.Specialized vs. Trek vs. Yeti. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Giro

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Volume 26, Number 9 September 2011

Jul 28, 2011Comments off16 Views

TESTS The Niner R.I.P.9 Your favorite trail just got more fun.   The Pivot Firebird Long Travel Bird of prey.   The BMC Trailfox TF01 The Swiss Army Knife of bikes.   PRODUCT FIELD TESTS GoPro Helmet

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Volume 26, Number 8 August 2011

Jul 02, 2011Comments off16 Views

TESTS The Scott Genius LT Blurring the line between long-travel and lightweight.   The Felt Nine Sport Under a grand and overwhelming. The Tomac Supermatic 1 Johnny T inspired to rage.   The Bionicon Alva 160 Air

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Volume 26, Number 7 July 2011

Jun 17, 2011Comments off14 Views

BIKE?TESTS The Trek Superfly 100 A stealth fighter on singletrack. The Rocky Mountain Element 50 MSL Quick bike, eh? The Jamis Dakar Sixfifty B2 The in-between wheel size delivers out-front performance PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Manitou Circus Comp

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Volume 26, Number 5 May 2011

Apr 04, 2011Comments off10 Views

ON THE COVER: South Mountain Cycles’ Taylor Lideen (front) and Jon Pettit power up Tom’s Thumb Trail in Ireland. Kidding, that’s Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by John “That cactus jumped at me” Ker. BIKE?TESTS Specialized S-Works Epic 29er