DECEMBER 2017

The Specialized Chisel Comp, Norco Fluid, Scott Spark RC and Ibis Ripley LS test bikes take the stage. This group proved to us that whatever your budget may be for a new bike, you can still find plenty of performance. Photos by John “One more time” Ker and Joey “Come on, John, I want to go ride” Mackey.

BIKE TESTS

  • Scott Spark RC 900
    World Cup Nino’s legs aren’t included
  • Ibis Ripley LS
    New geometry, more tire clearance, “hella NorCal”
  • Specialized Chisel Comp
    Affordable and fast—carve the trails
  • Norco Fluid FS 7.2
    Born in B.C. with blue-collar parents

TECHNICAL

  • Garage Files
    Making sense of leverage ratios
  • Inside the Pros’ Bikes
    Josh Carlson’s Giant Reign Advanced

FEATURES

  • Best Bikes of 2017
    We pick the 10 best
  • Best Innovations of 2017
    10 Game-changing concepts
  • Best Products of 2017
    The things our editors won’t ride without
  • Crankworx Whistler
    New products, sweet rides and epic riding
  • Bell’s Fresh New Lids
    A do-it-all trail to DH helmet
  • The Biggest Bike Show in Europe
    Eurobike delivers hot new products

SKILLS AND FITNESS

  • Which Trails Are Toughest on Your Bike?
    Tips on how to take better care of your machine

PRODUCT FIELD TESTS

  • RockShox Pike RCT3 Fork
    Making an already great fork even better
  • Geigerrig Rig 500 Hydration Pack
    It’s like having a portable water fountain
  • Exustar E-PM825 Enduro Pedals
    Plastic clip-in pedals—will they hold up?
  • KS Lev CI Dropper Post
    Long, light, reliable
  • Kenda Hellkat Pro Tires
    Sweet rubber for every situation Tioga Undercover Stratum Saddle
    Everyone needs a good “chair” on their bike
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS
    You’ll never get lost again
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