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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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SOC18 – New Litespeed Unicoi Damped Hardtail

Litespeed is known for their titanium prowess, especially in the road side of things. Today they had two new bikes on display, this being their newest Unicoi. The Unicoi is what Litespeed is calling a "damped hardtail" with…
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SOC18 – Josh Carlson’s Reign Advanced

For the 2018 race season Giant Factory Off-Road is using DVO suspension and Shimano drivetrains and brakes. We got an up close look at Josh Carlson's Reign Advanced that he is racing here at Sea Otter. Josh's Specs DVO…
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SOC18 – New Yeti SB100 TURQ

This has been the year of new, progressive cross-country bikes and the Yeti SB100 is one fine looking XC rig. We spotted this ripper at the Yeti booth and with that classic Turq color, it was too good to pass up. The SB100 has…
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SOC18 – Norco Aurum HSP 1 29 Downhill Bike

29er downhill bikes have been the hot ticket since Greg Minnaar proved you can win races on bigger wheels. For 2018 Norco has revamped their Aurum line with the HSP designed around 27.5 and 29-inch wheels. The Norco Aurum HSP 1…
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Review – Scott Genius 920

The Genius was launched back in 2004 when Scott saw the need to add a well-rounded trailbike to its lineup. Over the last 14 years the Genius has undergone many changes, but its ultimate goal of being a highly versatile trailbike…
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Review – Specialized Camber 29

Sub $2,000 full suspension ready to rip

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Specialized loves to build mountain bikes. Specialized is best known for its iconic Stumpjumper and Rockhopper models, but those are far from the only bikes with the big red S logo…
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Review – Mondraker Dune RR

A few years ago a Spanish company called Mondraker designed its dual-suspension bikes with a peculiar geometry. They had a very long front end coupled with an extremely short stem, a low bottom bracket and short chainstays. The bikes…
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Review – 2018 Giant Reign Advanced 1

The Giant Reign has long been known for being a plush, long-travel machine built for conquering climbs and obliterating descents. The Reign quickly became the bike of choice for the most hard-core trail riders, later shifting its attention…
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Up Close – Nino’s 2018 Scott Spark RC 900

The frame: The benchmark weight of 1779g (incl. shock and hardware) of the team's Spark RC 900 was not only achieved by utilizing the lightest and most exclusive HMX carbon fibers but also thanks to our sophisticated carbon lay-up…
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