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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 […]

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 […]

Throwback Thursday: July 1988

The Specialized Stumpjumper Epic of 1988 had carbon fiber frame tubes and Biopace chainrings. They only made 400 of this model that year. It was priced at $2400. We’re not sure now who the test rider was on the Stumpjumper Epic, but he definitely had good balance. In our article introducing recent converts to the […]

Carbon vs. Aluminum

Bike parts are lighter and offer better performance than ever. The gains are largely due to improvements in material technology, such as switching from metal to carbon fiber parts. These lighter and “better” parts come with a bit of uncertainty, though. It has long been rumored that carbon parts can suddenly and unexpectedly fail if […]

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. […]