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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 […]

Volume 27, Number 9 September 2012

BIKE TESTS The Niner Air 9 RDO The Felt Virtue Elite The Jamis Dakar Sixfifty B Comp The Norco Sight 3 The Turner 5.Spot SHOOTOUT Shimano XTR Trail vs. XT Trail vs. PD-M530 Pedals PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Kore Durox 2 Wheelset SRAM X0 GripShift Fyxation Mesa Pedal Rokform Rokbed v3 Bike Mount Kit Airace Fit […]

Volume 27, Number 8 August 2012

BIKE TESTS The Giant Trance X Advanced SL A Super Enduro racer’s dream comes true. The Nukeproof Snap Comp Riders ready? Watch the gate? The Airborne Goblin The home-shopping channel bike. SEA OTTER EXPO SPECIAL COVERAGE The 2013 New Year’s Celebrations Begin Next year’s products seen at the Sea Otter Classic. Jimmy Mac’s Picks From […]

Volume 27, Number 7 July 2012

SHOOTOUT Attack Of The Killer B Our first-ever 26 v. 27.5 v 29 dual-suspension shootout.   BIKE TESTS The Giant Reign 0 Your chance to reign over the trails. The Specialized Demo 8 II Unleash the monster. The Trek X-Caliber 29er A simple solution to lots of needs. Kona Entourage Deluxe Slopestyle approved.   PRODUCT […]

Volume 27, Number 6 June 2012

BIKE TESTS The Giant Reign 0 Your chance to reign over the trails. The Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon Pivot makes no bike before its time. The Turner DHR Low and slack aluminum rocket ship. Cannondale Jekyll 4 Aluminum A two-faced, all-mountain machine. Specialized Camber Comp Carbon 29er A confidence booster when things get rough. The […]

Volume 27, Number 5 May 2012

AMERICAN-MADE BIKE TESTS From our shores to the mountains The Foes Shaver The Ventana El Rey   BIKE TESTS The Intense Carbine The Kona Operator Norco Revolver 2 The Trek Superfly AL 100 Elite Transition Bandit 2 PRODUCT FIELD TESTS E.thirteen TRS+ 29er Wheelset Truvativ XO Chainguide Maxxis High Roller II tires Easton EC90 XC […]

Volume 27, Number 4 April 2012

SHOOTOUT The Cannondale Scalpel 29’er Carbon 1vs. The Scott Spark 29 RC   BIKE TESTS The Yeti SB-66 The Trek Session 9.9 Carbon The Salsa Fargo 2 The Xprezo Super-D   PRODUCT FIELD TESTS SKS Aircon 6.0 Floor Pump Avid XX Disc Brakes Giro Remedy CF Helmet X-Fusion Hilo Adjustable Height Seatpost Shimano XTR Shadow […]

Volume 27, No. 3 March 2012

SHOOTOUTS Real Stopping Power Shimano XT metal vs. resin brake pad comparison. The Wheel-To-Wheel Grudge Match 26 vs. 27.5 vs. 29 wheels go knob to knob. Six Multi-Yools That Can Get You Out Of A Jam Over seventy tools attack bolts, screws, clamps and chains.   BIKE TESTS The Rocky Mountain Element 950 It’s aboot […]

Volume 27, No. 2 February 2012

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 S-Works MTB Shoes Pumped up kicks. IceToolz Rollup Tool Kit A great idea with a weird mix. SHOOTOUT […]

Volume 27, No. 1 January 2012

BIKE TESTS The Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert Carbon Evo The Giant Glory 0 The GT Zaskar 100 Expert PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Osprey Viper 7 Hydration Pack FSA Gravity Light Andrew Taylor Cockpit Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLR Tires Giant Contact Switch Seatpost Cane Creek Double Barrel Shock Sidi Spider SRS Lorica Lizard Skins G-Love Gloves […]

Volume 26, No. 12 December 2011

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 trails. The Spot Rocker SS A belt-driven single-speed makes chain lube obsolete. The Airborne Wingman Cheap seat for […]

Volume 26, No. 11 November 2011

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 FIELD TESTS Genuine Innovation Race Day MTB Kit The fastest way to get back into the game. Gaerne […]

Volume 26, Number 10 October 2011

TESTS The Giant Yukon FX vs. The Giant Talon 29er The best thousand bucks you can spend.   Five Long-Travel Bikes In A Steel Cage Giant vs. GT vs.Specialized vs. Trek vs. Yeti. PRODUCT FIELD TESTS Giro Aeon & Specialized Prevail Top lids shoot it out. Specialized Command Post Blacklite This will make you faster. […]

Volume 26, Number 9 September 2011

TESTS The Niner R.I.P.9 Your favorite trail just got more fun.   The Pivot Firebird Long Travel Bird of prey.   The BMC Trailfox TF01 The Swiss Army Knife of bikes.   PRODUCT FIELD TESTS GoPro Helmet Hero HD Camera Re-live every ride and take friends along with  you.  UVEX xp 100 Helmet A trail […]

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 […]

Volume 26, Number 5 May 2011

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 Should everyone else just stop trying? Trek Remedy 9.8 All-mountain cure for the common trail. Pivot Mach 5.7 […]