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Test: Trek Fuel EX 9.9

We raved about Trek’s 2009 carbon fiber Fuel EX 9.9 trailbike (MBA, August 2009). The 4.7-inch travel machine screamed uphill like a race bike, and the top-notch Fox Shox suspension smoothed the trail on descents, making it worth every foot of elevation gained on the climb. We liked last year’s Fuel EX 9.9 so much […]

Test: The Titus FTM Carbon

The new-in-2009 aluminum Titus FTM (Full Tilt Moto) tested in our July 2009 issue unseated a perennial favorite, the Titus Motolite, on our short list of recommended trailbikes. The FTM offers a half-inch more rear wheel travel than the Motolite and a completely different frame. The FTM frame is available in aluminum, titanium and, for […]

Test: Redline D660 29er

Redline only offers two mountain bike models, the MonoCog and D Series. The MonoCog is a single-speed, fully rigid bike rolling on 26- or 29-inch wheels and your choice of a chromoly or aluminum frame. The MBA wrecking crew heartily recommends the MonoCog to riders who want to try the unique world of single-speed riding […]

Bike Test: The Motobecane Fly Team 29 Ti XX

Motobecane U.S.A. has a reputation for delivering a lot of bike for the bucks. The Fly Team 29 Ti XX is going to cement this reputation, coming in way below $6000 and loaded to the max with the SRAM XX group. WHO IS IT MADE FOR? The Fly Team 29 Ti XX is made for racing […]

Bike Test: The Morpheus Oracle World Cup

Wandering the new-exhibitor section of the annual Interbike trade show, we discovered a 10×10 booth manned by Michael Schwartz, who was showing off his creation?the Morpheus Bikes Oracle World Cup. The bike was a real eye-catcher because it was loaded with everything but a giant price tag. While the $5000 neighborhood is not low rent, […]

Bike Test: Tomac Snyper 140

Can it really be only two years since the Tomac brand was reintroduced (for the third time) under the control of an all-new company headed by industry veteran Joel Smith and John “Johnny T” Tomac? That seems impossible, because the latest incarnation of Tomac Mountain Bikes is already so entrenched in the mountain bike community. […]

Test: Specialized Epic Expert

Specialized Bicycles produces seven models in their Epic cross-country race line. The top offering is the World Championship-winning S-Works Epic Carbon Disc at a staggering suggested retail price of $8800. While we would all love to ride the bike that Christoph Sauser races (he’s the World Champ), we’ve got to put food on the table […]

Bike Test: Norco Fluid One

Norco is located in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, north of our border in Canada. Their location gives them a certain advantage when it comes to developing mountain bikes. There are few places on the planet that allow you to ride most of the year on epic trails that spawned a new style of riding, and […]