New Fizik Downhill and Enduro Shoes

(press release) fizik fully commit to the MTB market announcing Gravita – a range of MTB shoes developed to better blend protection and performance for downhill and enduro riders. A team of industry-leading experts, engineers, and top DH athletes have spent months designing, refining, and real-world testing to come up with not one, but two Gravity-riding models—the […]

Fizik Intros 29er-Specific Mountain Bike Saddle

We didn’t see this one coming. A saddle designed to be 29er specific? That is what Fizik is claiming. Here is how they explain it… “Called the Thar, the new perch addresses a number of issues that riders and bike fitters were facing with big-wheeled mountain bikes. The changes in frame geometry needed to accommodate […]

Fizik Tundra Saddle

Don’t let the name fool you. This is an easy saddle for a cross-country racer to warm up to. The newest mountain-bike-specific saddle from Fizik began registering U.S. National cross-country series victories in 2007 underneath Geoff Kabush. Can a saddle this fast offer an adequate perch for a regular rider? Tech features: The Tundra is […]


A four-inch travel saddle? Sort of. Fizik has categorized their 2008 saddles based on the travel of the bikes they will be used on. The Aliante XM Gamma Saddle falls into their three- to five-inch-travel range (that’s a trailbike to us). The saddle sells for $139.99.       Features: The Aliante XM Gamma Saddle uses a white, […]


  1. FIZIK: Saddles will wear and tear after extended use and from crashing. Even if it looks good, replace the saddle yearly for the best ride and comfort. 2. FIZIK: This is no more evident than with gravity riders. They need extra tough equipment! We recommend the short, stubby-nose and steel-rail Flash for dirt […]


This will be the team’s fourth season in the top Enduro category, with Primoz Strancar leading the pack. “At the competitive level, we will fight to conquer all the podiums, without forgetting that we represent a sport that’s on the rise. Our performance can drive the growth of MTB,” said Strancar.

Giant Bikes Announces Expanded Factory Off-Road Team

The Giant Factory Off-Road Team enters the 2014 season with an expanded roster of downhill, enduro and cross-country athletes representing seven different nations. This year’s lineup of nine riders includes world champions, Olympians and national champions from all disciplines of off-road racing. Leading the lineup of downhillers is former world champion Danny Hart. Coming back […]

Bike Test: GT Sensor Carbon Pro

GT’s engineers have sure been busy. They punted the previous Sensor design and its 29-inch wheels in favor of a totally new, low-slung 2014 Sensor trailbike line that will use 27.5-inch wheels. In other words, forget everything you know about the Sensor, because GT is moving into a new era. WHO IS IT MADE FOR? […]

Bike Test: Giant Trance X 29er 0

With the majority of 29ers, there is just no hiding the fact that you are riding 29-inch wheels. Experienced riders raised on 26-inch wheels can articulate the pros (less affected by the trail surface, increased momentum and amazing traction) and cons (additional wheel weight and great momentum until you lose it) after a short ride. […]

Bike Test: Rocky Mountain Element 950

A 29er Smooth as Maple Syrup   Rocky Mountain Element 950   The Element line has long been a staple in Rocky Mountain’s cross-country offerings. For 2012, 29er fans can finally rejoice, thanks to the addition of three new 29-inch wheel models. The Element 950 is the middle child of the series and does a […]

Bike Test: Giant XTC Composite 0

The Giant XTC Composite 0  A racing thoroughbred that loves to shred trails   Giant, despite its namesake, entered the 29er game a bit late. They unveiled their first alloy 29er hardtail, the XCT 29er, in 2009. Now they are making up for lost time with an expanded line of 29ers that includes everything from […]

Bike Test: Giant Glory 0

  The Giant Glory 0 World Championship Performance The Giant Glory downhill race bike was thrown into the limelight last fall when team rider Danny Hart annihilated the field at the Downhill World Championship. At an event that is usually won by thousandths of a second, Danny and his Glory decimated the field by putting […]

Bike Test: Tomac Supermatic 120

Tomac Mountain Bikeswho pride themselves on the fact that they don’t offer road, cyclocross, BMX or commuter bikes?offers nine models for 2011. The Supermatic 1 works the hardest out of the nine models to appeal to the widest range of riders. This is the bike that hopes to be loved by everyone. And after spending […]

Volume 26, Number 8 August 2011

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 An on-the-trail shape shifter.   The Devinci Dixon XP Devinci Comes Back To The U.S.A.   PRODUCT FIELD […]

Volume 26, Number 7 July 2011

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 Fork The circus has come to town. E.13 XCX-ST Chain Guide Weight-saving simplicity. Fizik Cyrano Seatpost A premium […]

Niner Invests In Your Future With Innovative Programs To Support IMBA

Niner Bikes are good people who, of course, want to sell you a bike, but even if you don’t buy one from them, they want to be sure you can still ride yours. That’s why they have announced two new initiatives to support the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA).     First, Niner has designed and produced […]

Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er SE, Taking The Altitude Even Higher

When we tested the 2009 Rocky Mountain 5.5-inch-travel Altitude we said, “If you need lots of travel but don’t want to give up the performance of a shorter-travel trailbike, the Altitude fits the bill.” The bike we have here is another Altitude, but this one rolls on 29-inch wheels and has slightly less travel. WHO […]