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All-new second generation Santa Cruz Hightower

If ever a bike resembled your most cherished mixtape compilation, the Hightower is it.  Featuring the Santa Cruz lower-link mounted shock design, updated, adjustable geometry, this “Engineering Best Of…” assembles some of Santa Cruz’s biggest design pleasers into one belter of a road-trip companion.The Hightower has been a does-it-all-well trail bike since its inception. More […]

First Ride: All-New RIP 9 RDO

Niner, founded in 2005, established their brand around building bikes with big wheels long before it was even cool to do so. One could argue that Niner’s passion and commitment to the larger wheel size helped paved the way for the growing popularity of 29er’s today. The RIP 9 was introduced to Niner’s fleet in […]

First Ride: Devinci Spartan 29

FIRST RIDE: DEVINCI SPARTAN 29 The Spartan became Devinci’s answer to the growing segment of Enduro racing back in 2015. Skip forward a few years and professional level Enduro racing is more popular than ever. The Spartan received major updates last year receiving a new metric shock, a set of Boost hubs and a completely […]

Review – Spot Mayhem 29

Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake manufacturers in the world. After selling Avid, the family founded Spot Brand. What sets Spot apart from other bicycle manufacturers is […]

Review – Kona Honzo CR Hardtail

Kona has been known for making rowdy bikes that are not only extremely capable but just fun to ride. We have tested our fair share of Konas over the years and have continually been impressed, especially with their Process lineup. Two years ago Kona sent us their Honzo Ti that was more than ready to crush […]

Yeti Introduces New SB130

Yeti Cycles rounds out their 2019 bike line with the addition of the SB130. The 29-inch trail bike aims to crush descents and pedal with ease in a “one-bike-that-rules” style. The SB130 features 130 mm of travel and progressive trail geometry, including a longer reach, steeper seat angle and slacker head angle. The bike is […]

AARON GWIN HAS BEEN TESTING A 29-INCH DOWNHILL BIKE FOR YT

(Image: Aaron Gwin on his way to a bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships with 27.5-inch wheels. Photo by Isac Paddock)      We recently learned on good authority that Aaron Gwin has been testing a 29-inch YT downhill bike for the last few weeks and that Gwin’s teammate, Neko Mulally—America’s new downhill national […]

First Ride: Fezzari La Sal Peak

Action photography by @markcleblanc The La Sal Peak is an all-new bike recently welcomed into Fezzari’s lineup, named after a peak located near the top of the Whole Enchilada Trail in Moab. If you happen to follow Fezzari’s model line, you’ll notice every bike is named after a mountain, and that’s not by accident. In […]

Cannondale Releases New Jekyll 29er

We teased Cannondale’s new Jekyll 29 a couple weeks ago with shots of Marco Osborne’s prototype bike that he had been racing most of the year. New 2019, Cannondale has officially released the Jekyll 29er. Last year Cannondale released an updated Jekyll 27.5 with new shock technology and an updated geometry. The 29er version uses […]

First Ride Pivot Firebird 29 – Mountain Bike Action Magazine

You may remember the Firebird from Pivot’s line up and while the Firebird 29’s name suggests that the new bike simply received larger wheels, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The Firebird 29 is a brand new machine from the ground up. Featuring a full carbon frame, 162mm of dw-link suspension and a Super […]

Review – Rocky Mountain Instinct Carbon 70

Rocky Mountain’s R&D facility is nestled at the foot of Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, home to some of the most well-known trails in the world. The company started in 1978 when a few soon-to-be founders were working at a bike shop and began modifying steel road bikes with flat bars, wide tires and thumb shifters. […]

First Ride: Spot Mayhem 29

Spot Mayhem 29 Spot Brand is a family-owned bicycle company located in Golden, Colorado, that is passionate about high-level engineering. The family founded Avid in 1991 and grew the component company into one of the largest brake manufacturers in the world. After selling Avid, the Lumpkin family founded Spot Brand. What sets Spot apart from other bicycle manufacturers […]

Review – Ellsworth Evolution Convert 29er

The Evolution builds off the chassis design of Ellsworth’s latest enduro bike, the Rogue, while bringing an aggressive twist to Ellsworth’s previous 29er, the Evolution. The all-new Evolution has evolved from a 120-millimeter-travel cross-country rig into an aggressive 29er trailbike ready to take on singletrack. The Evolution now sports longer travel, a more aggressive geometry. […]

Review – Cannondale Scalpel SE 2

We tested Cannondale’s Scalpel Si in April of last year. It immediately impressed us as a quick and lightweight cross-country weapon; however, it was specifically designed to be a race bike first and a trailbike second. Fastforward to 2018. Cannondale has introduced a second version of the Scalpel dubbed the Scalpel SE. It is meant […]

Pivot Releases Limited Edition 429 Trail

Pivot recently released a limited edition version of their 429 Trail featuring a custom paint scheme and build kit. The 429 Trail features 116-millimeters of rear travel with a 130mm fork on 29-inch wheels and full carbon fiber frame and rear triangle. Similar to the anniversary edition of their Mach 5.5, Pivot produced a limited quantity […]

Review – 2018 Ibis Ripley LS

Believe it or not, the Ripley went long and slack Not afraid: We would categorize this as a trailbike and not an enduro or gravity machine. That said, the capable suspension and geometry are not afraid to get a little rowdy when the trail gets rough. The original Ripley went into production four years ago […]