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Coolest and Craziest Bikes from 2017

Storck Rebel Nine Pro: Storck is a company known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building lightweight carbon frames, and the Rebel series shows us just that. The new Rebel Nine also comes with a new, muted, but…
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Review – 2018 Ibis Ripley LS

Believe it or not, the Ripley went long and slack Not afraid: We would categorize this as a trailbike and not an enduro or gravity machine. That said, the capable suspension and geometry are not afraid to get a little rowdy when the…
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Review – Cannondale Trigger 2

Built for big ups and big downs The Trigger was introduced nearly five years ago as one of Cannondale’s OverMountain-series bikes. It was built around the idea that you could have two bikes in one and switch between the two with the…
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First Look – Mondraker Dune Carbon RR

There are some bikes that are just flat-out drool worthy, the Dune Carbon RR from Mondraker is definitely one of them. This bike dubbed "super enduro" by Mondraker, showed up at our offices recently to put through its paces here in…
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Review – Pivot Mach 5.5

Evolution of a Pivot Original Favorite When Pivot was founded back in 2008, it only had two bikes in its lineup—the Mach 4 and the Mach 5. The former was built as an XC rig, but the latter was the more popular trailbike, with…
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Tested – Giant XTC Advanced +

Big Tires and Big Performance When Giant decided to design a plus-sized hardtail, they didn’t want another me-too bike in its line—one that was built from boring materials with lackluster performance. Instead, Giant decided to throw…
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First Ride – Mondraker Podium R

Mondraker has been making their mark on mountain biking with their game changing approach to geometry. While most riders are very familiar with Mondraker's longer travel trail bikes, the Podium line is a dedicated cross-country race bike.…
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Tested – Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5+

Designed Specifically for a Trail Near You It’s not often a company revamps its entire lineup in just one year, but if there’s one company that can do it, it’s Trek. Trek Bicycles was established in 1976 when just five employees built…
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Tested – Airborne Plague

A Sick Deal Mailed to Your Front Door Purchasing a bike online seems to become more popular every year; however, it’s not exactly a new idea. Airborne was founded in 1997 and was an early pioneer in selling bikes direct to consumers.…
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Tested – Canyon LUX CF

Full-Blown German Invasion Canyon Bikes has been making waves in the European market, but the bikes have not been available in North America. There had been rumors about Canyon crossing the Atlantic, however, and earlier this year they…
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First Ride – Kona Process 153 CR DL 27.5

After much anticipation, Kona has finally released their all new carbon fiber Process. The dudes over at Kona recently sent out the G2 Process 153 CR DL 27.5 for long term testing, and we have been eager to put some miles on this new trail…
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Tested – Jamis Trail Expert

A Very Affordable Hardtail Here at the MBA office, we have the opportunity to play with some of the coolest bikes on the planet, many of which are top-dollar machines tricked out in carbon goodies and high-tech suspension. Do we really…
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Trail Testing – 2018 Specialized Epic Expert

We got our hands on the new Epic earlier this summer and have been racking up the miles, even with the summer heat and rattlesnakes. New for 2018 is a completely revamped Epic with a single pivot suspension, more progressive…
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Up Close – Pivot Mach 5.5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szlc5M7B5cQ For this First Ride we take a look at the 2018 Pivot Mach 5.5. Some of the features include 140mm dw-link™ rear suspension with Pivot’s mid-travel-specific linkage, designed for forks up to…
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BIKE TEST: RSD WILDCAT

Trail Cat with Big Paws Droppin’ in: The Wildcat came alive when the trails pointed down. This bike is far from a lightweight superbike, but it’s more than willing to send it off all of our test riders’ favorite jumps and…
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BIKE TEST: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER 770 MSL

Laying Waste to the Roughest Trails Two years ago Rocky Mountain decided to kill off the Slayer, a bike that was used by some of the most legendary free riders (e.g., Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Richey Schley)…
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