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Looking Back 10, 20 & 30 Years

Our November 1989 issue came out at a time when almost all mountain bikes were still rigid, 26-inch-wheel models. The term “hardtail” wasn’t even being used yet.

Throwback Thursday: 27.5 Plus vs. 27.5 (from May 2016)

Back in 2016, we compared regular 27.5-inch wheels with 27.5+ wheels, which back then ranged from around 2.75 to 3 inches in width. Now, at the end of 2019, the differences are not as great as they were before, since the regular 27.5-inch wheels now often come with 27.5 x 2.6-inch tires, offering a compromise between the two choices. Still, for those riders wondering what the best wheel size and tire width might be for them, this is worth reading.

Photo of the Day: Wheel-Size Shootout, 2012

 The MBA crew did three shootouts involving bikes with 26, 27.5 and 29-inch wheels in 2011 and 2012, including this one from our July 2012 issue, where we tested three full-suspension bikes from KHS, including all three wheel sizes. The 27.5-inch size won all three of our shootouts, and the mountain bike world hasn’t been the same since. […]

Face-off: Scott Genius 730 versus 930

You don’t have to be a genius to make the right decision Ten years ago, Scott unveiled the Genius, its first “Do-it-All” super-lightweight carbon trail bike. Times have changed, and trails have changed, and Scott’s genius line of bikes has evolved to fit the needs of today’s riders. The latest Genius bikes are full-suspension trail […]