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A HARDCORE HARDTAIL FROM TRANSITION

The return of the TransAM hardtail

The updated geo encourages hard-charging but rewards thoughtful line choice. It orchestrates a fast-paced ballet through the landscape of your choosing. The new TransAM is ready for the rider looking to get back to their roots.
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TREK LAUNCHES THE NEW WAHOO TRAIL

Adult-level features in a kids' oriented and durable platform

Equipped with kid-specific hydraulic disc brakes, a 1x9 drivetrain, and MTB-style trigger shifters, little rippers on Wahoo Trail will enjoy precision control, effortless shifting, and adult-level tech that will set them up for future…
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TITANIUM TUESDAY: LITESPEED PINHOTI III REVIEW

The Tennessee way is always a unique way

In addition to Litespeed being one of America’s most notable titanium frame builders, it’s safe to say that over the course of nearly four decades that we’ve been testing bikes, when it comes to titanium mountain bikes, we’ve tested more…
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LONG TERM REVIEW: KONA HONZO ESD

A hardtail with the heart of an enduro bike

Photos by Traece Craig We have been longtime fans of the incredibly capable and versatile Kona Honzo line, so when the slacker and more aggressive Honzo ESD was released, we just had to test it. ESD stands for “Extra Slack, Dude,” and it…
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GT ZASKAR: MORE THAN JUST A BIKE

How a classic from mountain bike's golden era continues to evolve

By: Nick Claire Over a span of three decades, the GT Zaskar has seen a progression in its design and application. Early on in its development, this bike became “the ultimate all-around bike,” as Hans Rey described it. It’s the only bike to…
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FIRST LOOK: CANNONDALE SCALPEL HT

Cannondale’s next generation XC race hardtail

The legacy of progressive Cannondale XC race hardtails continues with the all new Scalpel HT. Cannondale says it took learnings from its previous F-Si race hardtails, capable trail bikes, and Scalpel to create this new design. The…
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THE TRAILS ARE CALLING, BUT FOR WHAT KIND OF BIKE?

Our best tips on deciding between a hardtail and full suspension mountain bike

Owing to the COVID pandemic, the sport of cycling (in all its forms) has enjoyed a significant surge in popularity. Best of all, as more people are getting into the habit of riding, they might start thinking about riding multiple times a…
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MBA HARDTAIL ROUNDUP

Ride more and spend what you have to

This past year a plethora of new riders have developed a desire to escape and experience riding a mountain bike. Due to this high demand, bikes have been disappearing off showroom floors in record numbers, creating a shortage of new bikes.…
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Custom 2015 Giant Talon

Teaching an old bike new tricks

With such a high demand for parts to be manufactured in the current climate of the bike industry, fellow riders (and even the local shop) are hard-pressed to find what is needed. Whether it be new or old, we are going to continue to see…
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