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Review – Intense Sniper XC Elite

Cross-country racing has seen a bit of a renaissance in the last couple of years, with World Cup courses becoming more technical and riders demanding more from their bikes. While brands like Cannondale and Scott have pushed the…
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Bike Review – Trek Full Stache 8

Plus-sized bikes have rapidly grown in popularity; however, the focus has mostly been on 27.5-inch wheel sizes—that is, until now. Trek recently introduced an all-new 130mm-travel plus-sized bike to its lineup, and this one is…
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Nino’s Custom 60th Anniversary Scott Spark

N1NO Schurter managed to win his 29th World Cup. In front of a huge crowd in Val di Sole, the Olympic Champion dominated the race from the first lap. However, at the end the 32 year old Swiss had to battle it out with local Gerhard…
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Introducing The All-New 2019 Canyon Lux

A German take on XC racing

The Canyon Lux is a proven cross-country race bike designed to excel at the most elite levels of cross-country and marathon racing. From the Cape Epic to the World Cup Circuit, the Lux is a competitive full-suspension race bike designed to…
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Review – Santa Cruz Hightower LT

Long-travel 29ers have been making a major comeback in the last year, with modern advancements in geometry and suspension making these machines better than ever. The Hightower was originally introduced in 2016 as a 135mm-travel trail…
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Review – Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70

Rocky Mountain’s R&D facility is nestled at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, home to some of the most well-known trails in the world. The company started in 1978 when a few soon-to-be founders were working at a bike…
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Intense Cycles Teases New Electric Bike

Intense Cycles posted a teaser on their Instagram today of an aluminum top tube tagging owner Jeff Steber. We clicked through to Jeff's account to find some slightly more detailed photos of a prototype electric full-suspension.…
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First Ride – Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL

The Canyon Spectral was designed for trail riders looking for a playful and poppy bike that dances around the trails. While the bike is surely fast enough to handle your local enduro race, its nimble handling will likely have you looking to…
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First Ride: Spot Mayhem 29

Spot Mayhem 29 Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake…
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Blast from the Past: “Mountain Bike vs. BMX” — circa 1986

MBA, Vol. 1, No. 1, July 1986, with John Tomac and Byron Friday

Our very first issue of Mountain Bike Action had all sorts of interesting stories, thanks to the creative mind of editor Dean Bradley, who wrote the articles and shot the photos. This article humorously compared mountain bikes with BMX…
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First Ride – 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper ST 29

First debuted in 1981, the Specialized Stumpjumper is one of the most iconic mountain bikes in the world. In fact, it was the first full production mountain bike to be sold to the general public. The original Stumpy with its steel frame and…
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First Ride: Pivot Trail 429

Introducing the all-new Trail 429

Pivot Trail 429 The Pivot Mach 429 Trail adds an aggressive twist to Pivot's full-suspension cross-country race bike the Mach 429 SL. These two bikes are vastly different in design and intended use but are quite similar in name. This…
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Debunking Electric Bike Myths

Electric-assist bikes, otherwise known as e-bikes, have been causing a stir throughout the cycling industry. Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard both the pros and cons of these new-age machines. The electrified…
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First Ride: Pivot Switchblade Aluminum

A new more affordable version

 The Pivot Switchblade was first introduced in 2016 and quickly got attention due to its Super Boost Plus 157 rear end. The new  Super Boost Plus hub spacing allowed Pivot to give the Switchblade tire clearance for either 27.5+ or 29"…
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Review – Ellsworth Evolution Convert 29er

The Evolution builds off the chassis design of Ellsworth’s latest enduro bike, the Rogue, while bringing an aggressive twist to Ellsworth’s previous 29er, the Evolution. The all-new Evolution has evolved from a 120-millimeter-travel…
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Review – Cannondale Scalpel SE 2

We tested Cannondale’s Scalpel Si in April of last year. It immediately impressed us as a quick and lightweight cross-country weapon; however, it was specifically designed to be a race bike first and a trailbike second. Fastforward to…
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