Updated Specialized Epic Hardtail Is Company’s Lightest Frame Ever


Specialized recently updated the iconic Epic hardtail mountain bike, and the new version is the company’s lightest bike frame to date. But wait, does that mean it’s lighter than any of their current road bike frames? Yes. Yes, it does. The bare frame, with no paint or hardware, weighs less than 800g. Adding paint and the …

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8 Category-Killing Mountain Bikes


While many, if not most, mountain bikes are easy to slot into their intended category such as cross-ountry, downhill, trail, fat, etc., some recent designs have transcended definition and can play comfortably in several categories. This is achieved either by simple component changes or, in some cases, on the fly adjustments. Here are 8 mountain bikes that defy …

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Niner Adds Aluminum Version of New RIP Trail Bike

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Hot on the heels of the new carbon fiber RIP, Niner is releasing a more affordable aluminum version. The metal bike shares all the same features of its fibrous brother–150mm of rear travel, Boost spacing, 29 or 27+ compatibility, threaded bottom bracket, and internal or external dropper post routing–as well as identical geometry. With 29″ …

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Salsa Timberjack 27.5+ Test Ride Review


Of the two new hardtails in the Salsa lineup, the Woodsmoke might grab more attention because it’s flashier, but their other latest bike is more than worthy of consideration as well. The Timberjack is an aluminum 27.5+ or 29er hardtail that seeks to make off-road exploration and singletrack bikepacking adventures more accessible to people who can’t spend a …

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The New Salsa Woodsmoke – 29+ vs 27.5+ Heads-Up Test


With a motto like “Adventure By Bike,” I figured it wouldn’t be long before Salsa Cycles launched a fun, plus-sized hardtail. After all, plus is where it’s at when it comes to off-the-beaten-path adventures. A slightly wider tire provides extra traction and float when navigating chunky stuff, without having quite the rolling resistance and weight of …

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Salsa Unveils Two New Plus Bikes: The Woodsmoke and the Timberjack

Woodsmoke 29+ XO1 in Warm Red.
All photos courtesy of Salsa Cycles.
Photography by http://www.scottharaldson.com

Salsa Cycles’ annual product launch event, dubbed “Saddle Drive,” is currently taking place at Northstar near Lake Tahoe, California. In conjunction with the event, they’ve released details to the public on their updated product line. While many of the bikes only saw minor tweaks and modifications, Salsa did unveil two new plus-size mountain bikes: the …

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Guerrilla Gravity Unveils New Trail Pistol 29er/27.5+

The new Trail Pistol. All photos courtesy of Guerrilla Gravity

Guerrilla Gravity (GG) has just announced a brand-new mountain bike in their line, dubbed the “Trail Pistol.” GG is known for high quality, made-in-the-USA (Denver) mountain bikes, and the Trail Pistol will continue that legacy. In keeping with the latest trends, the ‘Pistol will be available with your choice of wheelsizes: 29″ or 27.5+. According to …

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