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LONG TERM REVIEW: KONA HONZO ESD

Photos by Traece Craig We have been longtime fans of the incredibly capable and versatile Kona Honzo line, so when the slacker and more aggressive Honzo ESD was released, we just had to test it. ESD stands for “Extra Slack, Dude,” and it is very slack indeed, especially for a hardtail. There are plenty of […]

Throwback Thursday: 27.5 Plus vs. 27.5

Back in 2016, we compared regular 27.5-inch wheels with 27.5+ wheels, which back then ranged from around 2.75 to 3 inches in width. Nowadays, the differences are not as great as they were before, since the regular 27.5-inch wheels now often come with 27.5 x 2.6-inch tires, offering a compromise between the two choices. Still, for those riders wondering what the best wheel size and tire width might be for them, this is worth reading.

MBA LONG TERM TEST: NORCO SIGHT VLT C1

The Canadian brand Norco brought the heat for 2022 with its updated VLT line of e-mountain bikes. Norco will offer a shorter-travel, trail-style Fluid VLT; an enduro, heavy-hitting Range VLT; and the Sight VLT. Norco offered Mountain Bike Action a ride on its latest Sight VLT, which will fit somewhere between the Fluid and the […]

MBA LONG TERM REVIEW: KONA REMOTE 160 DL

Already well known for its line of big-hit-loving Process pedal bikes, legacy Canadian brand Kona continues to bring its off-road R&D smarts to its e-bike line. For 2021 Kona has produced two versions of its Remote 160, with the major update being the move from 27.5-inch wheels to a pair of 29-inch hoops. With 160mm […]

MBA HARDTAIL ROUNDUP

This past year a plethora of new riders have developed a desire to escape and experience riding a mountain bike. Due to this high demand, bikes have been disappearing off showroom floors in record numbers, creating a shortage of new bikes. Fortunately, technology has reached a point where even the most affordable mountain bikes can […]

ENDURO BIKE ROUNDUP

While trail bikes reign supreme on many types of terrain, enduro bikes hold their own by offering similar versatility in a heavy-hitting package. With major improvements to enduro bikes being made every day, these downhill shredders retain a strong ability to climb back up the trails for round two. The ideal enduro bike is one […]