Test Ride Review: Turner RFX


As I prepped for Outerbike, there was one bike I was particularly stoked to have the opportunity to try: the all new carbon Turner RFX 4.0.  Traditionally, Turner has made stouter-than-average bikes in every category, clinging to aluminum longer than most manufacturers.  At the more gnarly end of their continuum lay the all-mountain RFX, a …

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Test Ride Review: Intense Tracer 275C Pro


Intense Cycles’ Tracer 275C has become the stuff of legends, but sometimes, unless you get up close and personal with a legendary figure, you’ll never know how much of what you’ve heard is fact, and how much is fiction. With the Tracer, despite its legendary status, I found that everything I’d heard fell in the …

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Test Ride Review: Polygon Collosus T8

2015-03-19 polygon

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

Bruce G climbs a section of the expert trails at the Bar M demo area

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


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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