Test Ride Review: Commencal Meta AM V4


Let me preface this by saying, the trails surrounding the venue at the Sea Otter Classic do not require a 6″ travel full suspension bike. You could ride pretty much everything on a road bike, and you might even be faster too. That said, you work with what you’ve got at your disposal, right? Commencal is …

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Test Ride Review: Trek Stache 9 29+

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The big story at the 2015 Sea Otter Classic is the widespread introduction of the 27.5+ wheelsize. For those unfamiliar, this is a mid-fat wheelsize featuring approximately 3-inch tires. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis of this progression in the plus size trend once the show has finished. The Trek Stache reviewed here is …

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Final Review: Motobecane Fly Team 29 Titanium


I’ve been testing the Motobecane Fly Team 29 titanium mountain bike for several weeks now, and if you read my first-look article, you know this is a seriously-dialed build. With a full Shimano XTR 11spd drivetrain, RockShox Reba fork, and top-shelf Ritchey components slung on a polished titanium frame, this is an XC race bike …

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Test Ride Review: Polygon Collosus T8

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Polygon has been around for decades; since 1989, to be exact. You’re not going to see these bikes at your local bike shop. Based out of Indonesia, Polygon has only expanded to the US market in the past couple of years. They have over two decades of experience building bikes, but a quick Google search …

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Test Ride Review: Scott Spark 710


Cross-country bikes are typically known for their speed. This is accomplished by designing a bike with shorter suspension, long top tube, steep head tube angle, and efficient pedaling. Unfortunately, not all cross-country trails know that they are supposed to be free of technical terrain. Attacking large drops and rock gardens on a traditional XC bike …

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Test Ride Review: Marin Mount Vision C-XM9


The Marin Mount Vision C-XM9 is a beautifully-designed bike that blurs the lines between the 27.5″ trail and all-mountain categories with 140mm of travel linked to Marin’s IsoTrac suspension platform. The bike was clearly designed to climb as well as it descends, targeting arguably what most riders need who are looking to shred any type of terrain. …

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