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.


  • 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


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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