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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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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
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
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
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
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
WARNING: Much of the action depicted in this magazine is potentially dangerous. Virtually all of the riders seen in our photos are experienced experts or professionals. Do not attempt to duplicate any stunts that are beyond your own capabilities. Always wear the appropriate safety gear.
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