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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

March 2015

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 Pro Making cross-country riding fun again FEATURES Hidden Trails Friend or foe? Ibis’ New Long-Travel Machine The HD3 […]

February 2015

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 Affordable way to satisfy your craving PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Magura MT7 Brakes Supermoto stopping power for your bike […]

January 2015

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 27.5-Inch Hardtail ecstasy PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Mavic Crossmax XL Wheel and Tire System Wheels that can handle “French […]

December 2014 Issue

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… FEATURES Inside the World’s Biggest Toy box 2014 Eurobike coverage Idaho’s Mountain on the Lake Crown jewel of […]


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 tires mean big fun on the trail Roca Roja Legendary Single-Speed Simple, elegant and fast TECHNICAL Garage Files […]

September 2014 Issue

SHOOTOUT Droppin’ It Like It’s Hot The dropper seatpost shootout you’ve been asking for. BIKE TESTS The Airborne Toxin Five-star-resort riding at Motel 6 pricing. The Fezzari Timp Peak Utah’s special-delivery performance goes 27.5. The Fuji SLM 29 1.1 Ready to race, whether or not you are. The Ibis Ripley Believe it or not, the […]

The August Issue Has Hit The Streets

CAR RACK BUYER’S GUIDE Keeping Track Of What’s On The Rack Taking total command of your hauling capacity Ways To Haul Your Bike To The Trailhead Safely And then all bets are off. COMPARISON Manitou Dorado and Mattoc Pro Forks Enduro technology trickles from downhill. BIKE TESTS The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo 650b […]

July 2014, Volume 29, Number 7

SHOOTOUT The Trek Remedy 27.5 Versus The Trek Remedy 29 BIKE TESTS The Diamondback Sortie 3 29 The Haibike X-Duro RX PRODUCT FIELD TESTS iXS Dagger Kneepads Uvex Sportstyle Vario Eyewear FEATURES The North American Handmade Bike Show Cannondale And Sho-Air’s Long Honeymoon Nathan Hickey’s Quest To Help Childhood Cancer SKILLS CLINIC Mastering The Gnarliest […]

June 2014 Volume 29, Number 6

BIKE TESTS -The Intense Tracer Carbon 27.5 -The Norco Range Carbon 7.1 -The RSD Mutant 29+ -The $1380 Giant Talon 27.5 1 -The Hanebrink X2 PRODUCT FIELD TESTS -Answer ProTaper Carbon SL Series Handlebars -Smith ForeFront Helmet And Goggle -Pearl Izumi X-Project 1.0 Shoe -Club Ride Apparel New West Jersey and Rumble Short -The Cratoni […]


ON THE COVER: The 27.5-inch-wheeled Scott Genius 730 goes against its big brother, the 29-inch-wheeled Scott Genius 930 in a battle that answers a lot of your questions on wheel size. Photo by John “Belly-Flop” Ker (with help from Mr. Wirthington and Pat the Pixel Wizard).

April 2014, Vol. 29, No. 4

BIKE TESTS -High Power Cycles XC Series Full Suspension -The Specialized S-Works Epic 29 -The $1840 Cannondale Rush 29 2 -The Jamis Nemesis 650 Team -The Borealis Yampa -The Yeti SB-75 PRODUCT FIELD TESTS -SRAM Roam 50 Wheelset -Alpinestars Aero Glove -Troy Lee Designs Catalyst Knee Brace -Kenda Honey Badger XC Pro 29 Tires -RockShox […]


COMPARISON What A Difference $700 Can (And Can’t) Make The Kona Process 134 versus the Kona Precept DL BIKE TESTS The Trek Slash 9 Slashing the trail with bigger wheels. The Salsa Spearfish 2 Taking the day off to go fishing. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V Is Sony’s little camera the next big […]

VOLUME 29, NUMBER 1 January 2014

BIKE TESTS Giant Glory World Champion’s secrets revealed. Specialized Camber Evo 29 Ready to wear a few different hats. Raleigh Talus 29 Carbon Expert Carbon fiber ready for the starting line. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS WTB Bee Line 27.5 TCS Tire Bridging the gap between cross-country and trail. Birzman Zacoo Macht and Zacoo Zama Shock Pumps […]

December 2013, Volume 28, Number 12

BIKE TESTS -Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0 -Santa Cruz Heckler 27.5 -The Easy Motion Neo Jumper -The KHS SixFifty 500 PRODUCT FIELD TESTS -RockShox Revelation World Cup Fork -Vans-ODI MTB Lock-On Grips -Oakley Radarlock Photochromic Glasses -Specialized S-Works Trail Shoe -Prestaflator Nitrogen Tire Inflation System -Jetflow Tomahawk Hydration Pack -Abus Bordo 6000 Lock -Crankbrothers Sterling […]