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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 […]

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 […]

SEPT-Review – Canyon Spectral CF 9.0 SL

Canyon is a consumer-direct brand from Germany that entered the U.S market in August of 2017. Canyon offers a full line of bikes designed to be raced at the most elite levels of cycling—from cross-country to downhill and even enduro. The newly updated Spectral, however, is far from a race machine. Now, don’t get us […]

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 […]

Test – Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt Carbon 70

Rocky Mountain was established in 1981 when the founders began modifying Nishiki road bikes with wide tires, straight handlebars and thumb shifters. Based on Vancouver’s North Shore, Rocky Mountain’s engineers were forced to build bikes burly enough to handle the rugged terrain that would soon spark the freeride movement. Rocky Mountain helped create Race Face Components […]

Review – Ibis Ripmo 29

  Ibis Cycles has a long history in the sport of mountain biking, with its first bikes being produced in Occidental, California. From custom-welded steel hardtails to its latest big-wheeled carbon fiber Ripmo, Ibis has evolved with the technological landscape. Recently, 29ers have been getting a lot of attention with revised geometries and suspension designs, making […]

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. […]

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 […]

Review – Cannondale Trigger 2

Built for big ups and big downs The Trigger was introduced nearly five years ago as one of Cannondale’s OverMountain-series bikes. It was built around the idea that you could have two bikes in one and switch between the two with the flip of a switch. That original bike used a pull-style shock and had […]

Trail Testing – Trek Fuel EX 9.9 29

The Fuel EX has quickly become Trek’s go-to, all round trail bike.  From the classic 26-inch wheeled machines to the new re-designed 29er version, Trek has delivered time and time again.  We were recently invited by Trek out to Zeist, Holland to preview the new mountain lineup, like other journalists in attendance we all anticipated seeing […]

Bike Test: Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0

When Giant looked at the math and real-world trail analysis, they determined that the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels were profound enough to justify dedicating the majority of their 2014 model lineup to the wheel size. At the forefront of this 27.5-inch charge into the future is the new Trance Advanced 27.5. WHO IS IT MADE […]