Test Ride Review: Commencal Meta AM V4

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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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Review: Rocky Mountain Sherpa 27.5+

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It was almost exactly a year ago when the interwebs started buzzing about a new concept bike which paired a 95mm rear suspension frame to a plus-sized 27.5-inch wheel. Making things even more interesting, it was rumored to be purpose-built for bikepacking. That bike, the Rocky Mountain Sherpa, had forums and comment boxes filled with …

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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: Durango Bike Company Pucker SS Titanium Hardtail

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Durango Bike Company (DBC) was well represented at Outerbike Moab despite their small size and limited build-to-order business model. Their custom bikes with meticulous attention to detail garnered a lot of attention, as did the creative way they had the bikes displayed. I did not personally test this bike, but instead it was tested by …

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Test Ride Review: Scott Spark 710

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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

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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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