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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 […]