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Throwback Thursday: Bikes, tires and drivetrain innovations from 1988

Fisher’s Pro Caliber bike offered a Prestige-tubed TIG-welded frame, Fisher Fattrax 26×2.02-inch tires, and Shimano’s Deore XT components. A Hite-Rite seat spring (the precursor to the dropper posts of today) allowed riders to raise or lower the saddle while still riding, completing the package. “Do you want to do some serious climbing?” That was the […]

MBA DECEMBER 2017

BIKE TESTS •Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup – Nino’s legs aren’t included •Ibis Ripley LS – New geometry, more tire clearance, “hella NorCal” •Specialized Chisel Comp – Affordable and fast—carve the trails •Norco Fluid FS 7.2 – Born in B.C. with blue-collar parents FEATURES •Best Bikes of 2017 – We pick the 10 best •Best Innovations of 2017 – […]

OCTOBER 2017

BIKE TESTS •Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC The bike that was born to ramble •Rocky Mountain Carbon Altitude 70 Rising to the occasion •Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Pro If you could only have one bike •Airborne Plague 27.5 Infectiously affordable bike delivered to your door   FEATURES •PressCamp 2017 The Newest Gear You’ll Be Riding […]

SEPTEMBER 2017

BIKE TESTS • Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5+ Do it all and do it well • Giant XTC Advanced Plus Fat wheels, lightweight XC frame • Canyon Lux CF 9.9 Pro Race Team The Germans are here • Jamis Trail X Expert It’s seriously affordable   FEATURES • What to Expect When Buying Your Next Bike Understanding what’s built into […]

JULY 2017

TECHNICAL Inside the Pros’ Bikes Bruce Klein’s pimped-out KHS SKILLS AND FITNESS   15 Tips to Climb Faster You might get a KOM PRODUCT FIELD TESTS   Trek RE:aktiv Shock Something special for the XC nerds Crankbrothers Iodine 27.5 Wheels Stiff, light, fast and surprisingly affordable Northwave Outcross Plus Shoes Big performance without the big price tag 6D ATB-1T Helmet The […]

JUNE 2017

 TECHNICAL Inside the Pros’ Bikes Connor Fearon’s Kona Operator Garage Files How to install OneUp’s Shark Cage SKILLS AND FITNESS How to Ride Steep Descents It takes more than guts BIKE TESTS Trek Slash 9.8 29er Making 29ers great again Norco Range C9.2 29er Canadians making 29ers great again too Devinci Marshall 27.5+ Plus-sized bike […]

MAY 2017

BIKE TESTS Giant Anthem Advanced 0 XC racing to trail shredding Turner Flux Carbon Don’t stop, Dave Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR The bike that started a geometry revolution Kona Hei Hei Trail DL Make mountain biking fun again FEATURES Ten Things Your Bike Hates About You Take better care of your machine Hans Rey and […]

August 2016 Issue Contents

BIKE TESTS 38    Ellsworth Epiphany 27.5+ Big tires meet California engineering 56    Orbea Occam AM M10 A seriously aggressive bike from Spain 80    Kona Hei Hei DL Race Fastest ever version of a Kona classic 108    Devinci Django The “D” is silent for this short-travel, big-attitude 29er PRODUCT FIELD TESTS 44    Fox 32 Factory Step-Cast […]

Mountain Bike Action March 2016

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 6 Carbon 2.0 Yes, it’s actually better than the original Six-Trailbike Shootout Have $3000 to spend on a new trailbike? We tell you which one’s the best KHS SixFifty 5500 Awesome value in a 27.5-inch package Giant Trance 2 Tried-and-true suspension with dialed components Cannondale Habit 5 Feed your trailbike habit […]

December 2015 Issue

BIKE TESTS Pivot Mach 429 Trail Trail-worthy version of a 29er favorite BMC Teamelite 01 The bike that survived Leadville Liv Lust 2 A little somethin’ for the ladies Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon Is this really the fastest bike on earth? PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Bell Event XC Helmet More bang for the buck on […]

November 2015 Issue

BIKE TESTS Cannondale Habit Carbon Big-travel confidence in a small-travel package Rocky Mountain Instinct 990 MSL BC Edition A beastly trailbike that survived BC Bike Race Trek Fuel EX 9.9 Trailbike that’s full of surprises YT Industries Capra CF The young hucker’s choice for an enduro bike Kona Honzo More bang for less buck PRODUCT […]

OCTOBER 2015, VOLUME 30, NUMBER 10

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 650b Hot-rodded trailbike for the cross-country rider PRODUCT TESTS Schwalbe ProCore System Has Schwalbe solved flat tires forever? […]

August 2015

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 Voltage FR 710 Bringing the electricity to the bike park PRODUCT FIELD TESTS SKS Mini-Pump Shootout How much […]

JULY 2015

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 can fly Transition BLT Enjoying the jumps, pumps and whoops FEATURES Fifteen Life Hacks for the Mountain Biker […]

JUNE 2015 VOLUME 30, NUMBER 6

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 a fresh twist FEATURES Riding the Palm Canyon Epic with Shimano Will XTR electronic shifting survive this desert […]

MAY 2015

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 Accelerates like a rocket and devours rocks FEATURES Twelve Bikes That Changed History From humble beginnings to ground-breaking […]