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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 […]

November 2013, Volume 28, Number11

BIKE TESTS -The GT Sensor Carbon Pro -The Niner RIP 9 -The Transition TR450 -Specialized Stumpjumper Expert Carbon Evo 29 BUYERS GUIDE -Riding Tips For That Big Night Out -Bringing Light To The Night PRODUCT FIELD TESTS -Renthal Fatbar Lite -Kali Protectives Maraka XC Helmet -Drift HD Ghost Camera -Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket -Fix It […]

September 2013, Volume 28, Number 9

BIKE TESTS The Specialized S-Works Enduro Carbon Taking mountain biking to a new level. The Intense Spider 29er Carbon Comp A nimble 29er with enough travel to tackle tough trails. The Turner Czar A carbon 29er ready to rule the trail. The Trek Superfly 100 Elite SL Cross-country racer refined and defined. The Redline MonoBelt […]


SHOOTOUT Full-Coverage Helmet Battle Bell Full-9 vs. Fox Rampage vs. Troy Lee Designs D3. BIKE TESTS The Niner R.I.P. Nine RDO Proud to be large and in full charge. The Specialized Enduro Comp 29 Smashing preconceived limitations. The Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL A bike that teaches you geometry. The Specialized Fate Comp Carbon 29 […]


DESTINATIONS Gooseberry Jam Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa, made for mountain biking. GUIDES Great Bike Parks Of America Feed your gravity need. BIKE TESTS The Foes F275 Born in the USA for shredding American trails. The $2900 Felt Compulsion LT 50 One very motivated slacker. The Kona Hei Hei Supreme Cross-country speed with a trail attitude. The […]

June 2013 VOLUME 28, NUMBER 6

BIKE COMPARISON Same Frame, Different Personalities, Two Winners The Pivot Mach 429 Carbon Comparison BIKE TESTS The KHS SixFifty 6500 A bike that’s right in the sweet spot. The Specialized P.Series 3 Jump to it. The LiteVille 301 3-In-1 Trailbike For the rider who can’t choose the right wheel size. The Cannondale Trail SL 29ER […]

May 2013 VOLUME 28, NUMBER 5

SHOOTOUT Trailbike Tire Shootout Ten tires go knobby to knobby. BIKE COMPARISON Identical Twins, Different-Sized Shoes Specialized 26- and 29-inch Stumpjumpers battle it out. BIKE TESTS The Pivot Firebird Project Bike One chainring, endless possibilities. The Giant Anthem X 29er 4 Performance beyond its price tag. The Cannondale Trigger 29er 1 Same name, different animal. […]


BIKE TESTS The Trek Stache 8 Old school has been let out. The Jamis Dakar XCT 650 PRO Jamis continues dialing-in their ‘tweener brigade. The Norco Sight Killer B-1 A boost of wheel size and capability. The Fezzari Hidden Peak Top-shelf performance delivered to your door. Moots Divide MX 29er American craftsmanship and welds neat […]


SHOOTOUT Seven Flat Pedals Stand On Their Platforms Plenty of reasons to never clip in. BIKE TESTS The Giant Trance X 29er 0 A 29er that doesn’t feel like one. The Specialized Camber 29 An overachiever for under two grand. The Scott Genius 710 A smart way to attack any trail. The Trek Fuel EX9 […]


SHOOTOUT Shimano’s Sibling Gravity Groups The best way to invest your downhill budget. BIKE TESTS The Yeti SB-66 Carbon A carbon copy of a Colorado favorite. The Cannondale F29 3 A serious hardtail race bike with a soft side. The Transition TR250 Huge fun in a compact bike. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Spank Spike Race Stem […]


SHOOTOUT Suspension Pump Pump-Off Bontrager, Fox and RockShox air it out. BIKE TESTS The Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper FSR Carbon 29 Because you’re dead a lot longer than you are alive. The Foes Shaver 29 Versatility and durability crafted in America. Intense Carbine 275 Bigger hoops on a carbon superbike. The Felt Edict 29er Felt’s ultimate […]

Volume 27, No. 11 November 2012

SHOOTOUT 62 It’s Camel Against Camel The CamelBak M.U.L.E. vs. the M.U.L.E. NV BIKE TESTS The Cannondale Trigger 1 Point this trailbike and pull the trigger. KHS 609 Carbon Another 27.5-inch-wheeled bike that can win today. Marin Mount Vision XM6 A bike with performance beyond its price tag. The Windsor C29 Pro A brand name […]

Volume 27, No. 10 October 2012

SHOOTOUT The $2000 Trailbike Face-off Five bikes, one winner. The Fezzari Alta Peak The Giant Trance 3 The Kona Tanuki Deluxe The Scott Spark 50 Specialized Camber 29er The Best Way To Spend $2000 BIKE TESTS The 2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL A race rig that can also handle long-haul backcountry adventures. The Ibis […]