Updated Specialized Epic Hardtail Is Company’s Lightest Frame Ever

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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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KTM Scarp Prime Test Ride Review

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KTM is an Austrian company best known to most Americans for their motorbikes, but for the past couple years the company has been working to enter the US mountain bike market. John Fisch reviewed one of their bikes, the KTM Myroon Prestige, last fall at Outerbike. Yesterday I got a chance to test the KTM Scarp Prime, …

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Nino Schurter and Jenny Rissveds Win Gold at the Rio Olympics

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Nino Schurter of Switzerland and Jenny Rissveds of Sweden, both sponsored by Scott Sports and riding the new ultra-lightweight Spark, both took gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics XC mountain bike race. In the men’s race, Jaroslav Kulhavy took silver after a hard-fought battle with Schurter, and Carlos Coloma Nicolas took bronze after a hard-fought battle …

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New for 2017: Scott Releases Two of the Lightest XC Mountain Bikes in Existence

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Scott Sports has just released their new 2017 line of mountain bikes, and the big story this year is the release of two of the lightest XC mountain bike frames in existence: the Scott Scale hardtail at 849g, and the Spark full suspension frame at 1,749g (weight includes shock and mounting hardware). “Thanks to new carbon …

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Test Ride Review: KTM Myroon Prestige

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Outerbike was full of surprises.  One came while wandering down the second aisle looking for my next demo bike and spotting a tent with the letters “KTM.”  Doesn’t KTM make motorcycles?  I knew they did, since I had ridden them, and while I never had any delusions of becoming a pro motocrosser, I knew enough …

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News: Trek Announces Two New XC Race Bikes

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Listen up hammerheads: today Trek announced an updated Top Fuel — their full suspension XC bike — and the Procaliber SL, a hardtail featuring their IsoSpeed decoupler. Iso-what-so? If you follow road cycling at all, you may be familiar with Trek’s IsoSpeed decoupler from their Domane line of bikes. Basically, the seat tube is decoupled …

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