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Scott Scale 29 Pro, Low-Price, Low-Weight 29er

You don't need us to tell you that bikes like the $6300 Scott Scale 29 RC cross-country race hardtail are awesome. You also don't need us to tell you it is priced way out of your budget. That's why we jumped at the chance to test Scott's…
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Bike Test: It’s A New Beginning

Name game: It has a new name and it plays a new game. The combination of Fisher creativity and Trek ingenuity results in a great bike that is free of the teething problems of old. In case you haven't been keeping up with current…
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Bike Test: Giant Faith 0 2010

Giant had one major goal for every 2010 Maestro suspension bike in their line?make it lighter. From their cross-country race machines to their downhill dragster, each design was refined to shed weight. Along with revising their existing…
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Bike Test: The Foes B29

Big-wheel trailbikes are headlining every mountain bike brand's 2010 lineup, so it should come as no surprise that Foes has a dual-suspension 29er this year. Foes' B29 fits nicely on the more aggressive end of the 29er spectrum. WHO IS…
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Bike Test: The Cannondale F4

All the excitement in mountain bike design seems to surround 29-inch wheels, ten-cog cassettes, two-ring cranks and carbon fiber everything else. So where does a bike like the $1059 Cannondale F4, which does not have any of these…
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Bike Test: The Scott Scale RC

Scott takes cross-country racing seriously. They offer ten models of their Scale hardtail and nine models of their Spark dual-suspension cross-country race bikes. That's 19 models specifically designed for cross-country racers. Many bike…
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Bike Test: The MSC Hunter RR

Founded in 1999, MSC offers a complete lineup of bikes with everything from ultra-light, carbon cross-country race versions to World Cup downhill rigs. In 2010, MSC products will be available in the United States, and we had the opportunity…
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Test: Carbon Fiber GT Fury

In 2008 at the annual Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas, there was a buzz among those who cruised the aisles searching for groundbreaking products, and GT's  prototype carbon fiber downhill bike was the reason for their excitement. GT took…
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Bike Test: The Felt Virtue Two

It has been over two years since a Felt Virtue rolled through our test fleet, and when the Felt Virtue Two finally showed up, we had to wonder if we got the right bike. This Virtue is so different in so many ways from the 2008 model; maybe…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Bike Test: The Morpheus Oracle World Cup

Wandering the new-exhibitor section of the annual Interbike trade show, we discovered a 10x10 booth manned by Michael Schwartz, who was showing off his creation?the Morpheus Bikes Oracle World Cup. The bike was a real eye-catcher…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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