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NEW FACTOR MOUNTAIN BIKES

FACTOR Bicycles is a premium performance bike brand that has now launched ‘LANDO’ – its first-ever mountain bike range, making its race debut at Cape Epic.

EMINENT CYCLES ADDS A NEW BIKE TO THEIR LINEUP

Eminent’s first bike design has been reincarnated as an Enduro trail killer, with a high pivot AFS suspension design and all-new updated geometry. This full-carbon frame rolls on 29” wheels and will be available in a variety of build configurations.

FIRST RIDE CANYON SPECTRAL 125

CANYON SPECTRAL 125 Welcome the all-new Spectral 125 to the Canyon family. Canyon has intended for this to be its Swiss army bike and a quiver killer. We saw Spectral’s all-new platform launch last year with multiple options from carbon to alloy with various component specs available for riders to receive a value-driven trail weapon. […]

BIKE TEST: PIVOT FIREBIRD

If you’re looking for something that won’t hold you back as your skill improves, or you’re already knocking on the door of a pro license, the Firebird is the kind of enduro bike that will let your riding take flight.

LONG TERM REVIEW: NORCO RANGE C1

Photos by Traece Craig Much to their fans’ delight, Norco has redesigned the Range, which was first launched in 2012. This latest iteration was developed in collaboration with Norco’s World Cup downhill team and is designed specifically for enduro racing. Most notable is that this 29-inch-wheeled bike has a virtual-high-pivot rear-suspension design with an idler […]

LONG TERM REVIEW: KONA HONZO ESD

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 is very slack indeed, especially for a hardtail. There are plenty of […]

MBA LONG TERM REVIEW: IBIS EXIE

Founded in 1981, Ibis Cycles has an ongoing history of crafting high-performance frames. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Ibis continues to push the development process of its mountain bikes from its headquarters in Santa Cruz, California. Stirring up quite the buzz in the cycling community, the Ibis team has stuck with its push to evolve with […]

CRANKWORX ROTORUA PHOTO GALLERY

The official photographers at Rotorua captured some great photos of last week’s action. MBA’s John Ker went through hundreds of shots and picked out some of his favorites to create this selection. Dan Booker (left) and Brook MacDonald battle each other in the Dual Slalom event, where MacDonald took the win in the finals, his […]

BIKE TEST: PIVOT FIREBIRD

Ever since Pivot produced the first aluminum Firebird back in 2008, we have been fans of its hard-hitting, long-travel attitude. Pivot has completely redesigned the Firebird to be a faster enduro race bike. Every model that has received Pivot’s new vertical shock layout and compact frame has seen a massive improvement across the board. And, […]

FIRST RIDE IMPRESSIONS: 2022 GIANT TRANCE X

Giant is adding an all new Trance X to its line in 2022 with a dedicated 27.5″ wheel design that’s made for fun. We will admit that seeing this bike for the first time felt a little like being transported back to around 2013 (give or take a year) when Giant went all in on […]

FIRST LOOK: SPECIALIZED STUMPJUMPER ALLOY EVO

Specialized is taking all of the performance, adjustability and features of its carbon Stumpjumper EVO and offering it in a more affordable M5 aluminum package for 2022. Specialized didn’t hold back on any of the features that makes the carbon version great – this one is just as adjustable and capable. The build kits do […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: LAST DAY HIGHLIGHTS Take a lap around the 2021 Sea Otter Classic with mountain bike action to check out some of the latest and greatest 2021 new gear and bikes landing in North America. Kicking off the 3rd and 4th day of the 2021 Sea Otter Classic, our wrecking crew stopped for […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS Day two of the Sea Otter Classic Sea Otter kicked off with awesome weather and fellow riders full of stoke. Just like the first day, there was plenty to see! We saw a major boost in spectator attendance today but this also meant our wrecking crew was able to […]

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS

SEA OTTER CLASSIC: DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS Day One of the 2021 Sea Otter Classic was slightly smaller than originally anticipated, but there was still plenty to see and explore! Spectator attendance was casual today, making it simple for our wrecking crew, with no need to push through others on the way to meetings. It’s been […]

First Look: 2021 Transition Scout and Sentinel Alloy

(Transition Press Release) After a short hiatus, the Sentinel and Scout are available with an alloy frame option and new spec. The all-new alloy frame matches the clean look and frame design of the carbon versions, with the same geo and character that has built their reputation. These bikes are ready to take anything you […]

ENDURO BIKE ROUNDUP

While trail bikes reign supreme on many types of terrain, enduro bikes hold their own by offering similar versatility in a heavy-hitting package. With major improvements to enduro bikes being made every day, these downhill shredders retain a strong ability to climb back up the trails for round two. The ideal enduro bike is one […]

DEVINCI KOBAIN

A number of brands are launching hardtail frames with trail bike geometry numbers and fork travel. So, what’s the advantage? Yes, a hardtail, not a full-suspension bike, can be a trail bike, folks. A hardtail can offer much more than just a fun time on the trail, and the Kobain is Devinci’s answer for the growing […]

NINER WF0 9 RD0

Take a moment to flash back to 2009 when long-travel 29ers were almost nonexistent and exceedingly hard to find. One of the first brands to take on the challenge of producing such machines was Niner. When Niner’s WFO (Wide, Full Open) 9 was revealed to the public in 2009, it was presented with a plethora […]

First Look: Canyon Lux Trail

Canyon expands is Lux cross country line for 2022 with the addition of the Lux Trail models. The new Trail version is based on the speedy version raced by Mathieu van der Poel and the bike that was part of our cross country race bike shootout last year. It is designed to bridge the gap […]

Product Launch and Review: WTB CZR I30 Wheels

WTB CZR WHEELS (press release) You may recall the set of WTB CZR i30’s that we had built up custom to Chris King hubs. (see review here) Now, WTB is offering their carbon CZR’s rims completely built-up.  The CZR gravel and mountain options utilize WTB’s unique Solid Strip, which is a durable nylon strip that […]