Test Ride Review: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 27.5

2014-10-07 nomad

With enduro (the racing category) pushing recent bike development, Santa Cruz has re-imagined the venerable Nomad into a gravity-oriented 27.5-equipped park slayer. The carbon-frame-only Nomad comes spec’ed with SLX, XT, or XX1 groups, with prices ranging from $5,899 to $8,299. As with other Santa Cruz models, the Enve wheel upgrade is available at any component …

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Review: Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5

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With Giant abandoning any wheel size that is not 27.5, it’s only natural that their flagship race bike, the Anthem, gets similar treatment. As a former owner of the excellent Anthem X 29er, I have been looking forward to trying out the smaller wheel version. The “Advanced” in the name refers to Giant’s top-of-the-line carbon …

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Test Ride Review: 2015 Trek Slash Carbon 9.8 27.5/650b

The 2015 Trek Slash Carbon 650b. 'nuff said.

Announcing the new 2015 carbon version of the Slash at Crankworks Whistler last week seemed appropriate as Trek continues to tweak their quiver to satisfy a diverse group of riders, in this case the ever-growing Enduro crowd. I was fortunate enough to demo the 2015 Slash Carbon 9.8, which should be available for order in …

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Review: 2014 Fox 34 TALAS


Yes, Fox’s 2015 products have already been released… but do you know what that means? Now’s the time to get a screaming deal on a perfectly-good 2014 fork! Specs The 2014 Fox 34 TALAS model I have in for review features travel adjust–thus the TALAS designation–and goes from 160mm of travel to 130mm with the …

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On Review: The Yeti 575


I want to start by saying that I owe the Yeti 575 a bit of an apology. When I first looked at it, I thought, “that’s too all mountainey for me.” I mean, a 67° head tube angle? That’s scandalously close to a downhill bike for my east coast XC riding tastes. And look at …

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Review: The New Yeti SB5c

Tons of traction for the sketchier sections

On July 17th Yeti shook up the mountain biking world with the announcement of Switch Infinity suspension, a double-barreled Kashima-coated revamp of the wildly popular Switch suspension found on bikes like the venerable SB66 and SB95. Singletracks described the suspension here, but I was fortunate enough to take the bike designed with and for this …

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