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Review – 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 manufacturers in the world. After selling Avid, the family founded Spot Brand. What sets Spot apart from other bicycle manufacturers is […]

Cannondale Scalpel Si World Cup – Interbike 2018

Cannondale had a couple new bikes on display including their newest Jekyll 29. Along with the new Enduro rig was the 2019 Scalpel Si with the new Lefty Ocho. For 2019 there are several versions of the Scalpel Si including the highest end World Cup version that Henrique Avancini won Marathon World Championships aboard. The […]

SEPT-Review – Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL

Canyon is a consumer-direct brand from Germany that entered the U.S market in August of 2017. Canyon offers a full line of bikes designed to be raced at the most elite levels of cycling—from cross-country to downhill and even enduro. The newly updated Spectral, however, is far from a race machine. Now, don’t get us […]

Review – Kona Honzo CR Hardtail

Kona has been known for making rowdy bikes that are not only extremely capable but just fun to ride. We have tested our fair share of Konas over the years and have continually been impressed, especially with their Process lineup. Two years ago Kona sent us their Honzo Ti that was more than ready to crush […]

Manuel Fumic’s Custom Scalpel Si

With World Championships in full swing this week, companies are rolling out all of the stops for custom bikes for their top athletes. Cannondale Factory Racing athlete and German National Champ Manuel Fumic is sporting one seriously dialed Scalpel Si for the racing this week. The team has been running a Shimano XTR drivetrains all […]

Review – Ibis Ripmo 29

  Ibis Cycles has a long history in the sport of mountain biking, with its first bikes being produced in Occidental, California. From custom-welded steel hardtails to its latest big-wheeled carbon fiber Ripmo, Ibis has evolved with the technological landscape. Recently, 29ers have been getting a lot of attention with revised geometries and suspension designs, making […]

Crankworx 2018 – Bike Check with Nico Vink

Nico Vink is a madman on a bike whether he’s styling it out over huge jumps or holding manuals down the entire Whistler Mountain. In fact, if you haven’t seen his latest video we highly suggest you scroll down and check it out. Don’t worry we’ll wait. Now that you’ve seen Vink in action we’ll tell […]

Crankworx 2018: First Ride: Devinci Wilson 29

Big wheeled downhill bikes are all the rage these days with World Cup stars using them to shave precious seconds off their lap times. Devinci, after a few years away from the scene returned to World Cup Downhill racing and armed their elite athletes with an all-new, Canadian made, Wilson 29er. These race weapons were only available to factory […]

Crankworx 2018: Knolly Fugitive LT

Knolly built the Fugitive LT to punched above its weight class, featuring 135mm of travel, the Fugitive LT is a bike designed to hit the trails as hard and fast as most bikes with 150mm of travel. Knolly, based on the North Shore, is all too familiar with making highly capable bikes built to shred and the new […]

First Ride: 2019 Santa Cruz Blur Carbon CC XO1

If you’re a diehard Santa Cruz fan, then you likely remember the Blur — a cross-country bike first introduced in 2002. The Blur transformed over the years until Santa Cruz removed it from the lineup after 2014. Today, the Santa Cruz Blur is a bike designed to blur the lines between modern cross-country racing and […]

First Ride: Fezzari La Sal Peak

Action photography by @markcleblanc The La Sal Peak is an all-new bike recently welcomed into Fezzari’s lineup, named after a peak located near the top of the Whole Enchilada Trail in Moab. If you happen to follow Fezzari’s model line, you’ll notice every bike is named after a mountain, and that’s not by accident. In […]

Review – Whyte Carbon RS T-130

Established in 1999, Whyte has continually pushed the innovation of mountain bikes, starting with its radically designed PRST-1, which helped put the company on the map back in the early 2000s. If you don’t remember that bike, we strongly suggest you take a few minutes to run a Google search on it now. Don’t worry; we’ll […]

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 boundaries on geometry and capability, Intense has pushed way beyond any constraints with the release of its […]

Spotted – Cannondale’s Prototype Jekyll 29er

There were plenty of sweet bikes and products on display at Eurobike this year. Walking through the WTB booth we spotted Marco Osborne’s Jekyll with 29-inch wheels. The current Jekyll 27.5 that was released last year has 165mm of rear travel a 170 fork and this 29er version looks to be about the same. Rumors […]

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 proud to be an outlier. The Full Stache stands tall on monstrous 29×3-inch tires and offers many of Trek’s […]

First Ride Pivot Firebird 29 – Mountain Bike Action Magazine

You may remember the Firebird from Pivot’s line up and while the Firebird 29’s name suggests that the new bike simply received larger wheels, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Firebird 29 is a brand new machine from the ground up. Featuring a full carbon frame, 162mm of dw-link suspension and a Super […]

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 Kerschbaumer. Like the two previous years, N1NO attacked at the very same […]

Introducing The All-New 2019 Canyon Lux

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 do one thing, cross the finish line atop the podium. We rode the all-new […]