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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Review: Hincapie Power Jersey

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While many mountain bikers these days are gravitating toward an “enduro” look–basically jerseys that look no different than technical t-shirts–I’ve only become even more of a stalwart fan of the classic cycling or “roadie” jersey for almost all mountain biking applications… yes, even enduro racing. Hincapie sent over their Power jersey for review, and I’ve …

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News: GT Announces New Helion 27.5 XC MTB

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New to GT’s lineup is the Helion 27.5 cross country rig. While this tweener-sized bike is aimed at the average XC market, it’s designed with aggressive cross country in mind, with a slightly slacker head angle, a long top tube, and wider bars than a lot of XC riders run. Key Specs The Helion features …

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On Review: Foundry Tomahawk 27.5 / 650b Carbon Hardtail

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Foundry Cycles recently sent over their brand new Tomahawk carbon fiber hardtail race bike for review. The Tomahawk is an evolution of Foundry’s well-tested Broadaxe 29er hardtail, but rendered in new the Koolaid flavor of 650b. Like the entire Foundry product line, the Tomahawk is constructed from carbon with a matte finish that incorporates understated …

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Review: Thomson Carbon Flat Bar


Thomson is widely known for their quality-machined bike components, but recently the company has started working with a a different, non-metal material… aka carbon fiber. Carbon Flat Bar Specs Thomson’s Carbon Flat Bar features an asymmetrical clamping area that allows for a 0° rise or a 5mm drop. When mounted in the “flat” position, the bar doesn’t …

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Giro Gauge MTB Shoe Review

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The last pair of shoes I got in for review was intended primarily for cross country racers, and not for all-day epics and adventurous rides that might require hike-a-bike. When the opportunity came to review a pair of shoes from Giro, I examined their website carefully to see exactly which shoe might fit my wants …

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