Seeing Double on Norco’s New Optic Trail Bikes – Test Ride Review

Can you tell a difference between these two bikes?

There’s no doubt that today’s 150-160mm-travel bikes are extremely capable. Most of the current crop of long-legged trail bikes could blow older downhill bikes out of the water. That said, there aren’t many of us that actually need a bike that’s capable of winning an Enduro World Series race. I count myself among that camp, …

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Santa Cruz Hightower Test Ride Review


Santa Cruz invited a bunch of folks out to their HQ in advance of Sea Otter to talk about what they’ve been up to and to get a quick ride in afterwards. A lot was covered–some of which we can’t share just yet–but a large chunk of the presentation focused on their trail building efforts in …

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Video: Pivot Launches New LES Racing Hardtail


Get the Call Up with Pivot’s New LES from Pivot Cycles on Vimeo. Contenders chasing victory want a cross country hardtail that presents every advantage. In a sport where success is measured in half seconds, racers recognize that having the right equipment is paramount. The new Pivot LES combines incredible efficiency with the smoothness and …

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Yeti Announces Brand-New SB5.5c 29er


The new SB5.5c from Yeti is a 29er sporting 5.5 inches (140mm) of Switch Infinity rear travel. However, Yeti is maintaining the front/rear travel length disparity found on their 4.5c, and claim that the 5.5 is designed to run a 160mm fork up front. With the recent influx of plus-size bikes that can be run …

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Breaking News: Santa Cruz Announces New Hightower 27.5+/29er

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Santa Cruz has just announced an all-new mountain bike in their lineup: the Hightower 27.5+/29er. This new rig is available stock in both wheel size configurations and can be switched between the two without making any negative geometry compromises. The Hightower steps into the noticeable gap that was left by the discontinuation of the Tallboy LT 29er …

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Final Review: The Foes Mixer Enduro


I finished the Foes Mixer Enduro “On Review” article by promising to answer the question  of whether the new mixed wheel (29″ up front and 27.5″ in the rear) bike is a “gimmick or a game changer. ” I won’t make you read this entire article to get the answer to that question.  I will …

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