Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide: High-End Models

Click here to check out part 2: Mid-Range Models. Last updated by Greg Heil on 10/23/14. For a more up-to-date list of the best fat bikes, check out “The 10 Best Fat Bikes of 2016 – Readers’ Choice Awards.” If you’re not satisfied with what everyone else is riding, or if you routinely spend more …

Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide: Mid-Range Models

Click here to read part 1: Budget Models. Click here for a more up-to-date list of mid-range fat bikes, from $1,000-$2,000. Last updated by Greg Heil on 10/22/14. If you’ve already demoed a fat bike and know for certain that you want one, the mid range ($1,001 – $3,000) offers some excellent builds that will …

Test Ride Review: Giant Trance Advanced 27.5 0

The Trance has been a fixture in the Giant product line-up since it’s introduction in 2006. Originally it was a 4″ travel 26er, and subsequent years saw the travel grow to 5.5″ and a 29er version. Giant has kept the 5.5″ of Maestro travel, but they have settled on 27.5 as the wheel size of …

Review: Funkier Winter Jacket

Fall is here: there’s no mistaking the shorter days and the crispness in the air. Now is the time to start planning ahead for the upcoming cold weather riding season. Enter the Winter Jacket from Funkier. Construction The descriptively-named Winter Jacket is essentially a heavy fleece, with a water and windproof front and sleeves and …

Review: Ryders Trapper Photochromic Sunglasses

Between bright sun, UV rays, flying debris, and the occasional tree branch, protective eyewear is a must-have for any serious mountain biker. Ryders makes a dizzying array of sunglass models, and within most of those models they also offer different lens choices including standard, polarized, and photochromic. This review is for the Trapper model, with photochromic …

Test Ride Review: Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon 27.5

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 …

Test Ride Review: Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1

Until now the Reign and Glory were 26″ hold-outs in Giant’s line-up. For 2015, both of these gravity bikes get the 27.5 treatment. While no Glorys were available to test ride at Outerbike, Giant did bring along a size run of the new Reign Advanced 27.5. The Reign Advanced 1 features a carbon frame with a …

Review: Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5

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 …

Review: Cannondale Scalpel Carbon Team

I’ll be honest. I have never ridden a bike equipped with a Lefty fork, and the idea of doing so scared me a little. I mean, it’s just so weird looking! I finally took out a Cannondale Scalpel at Outerbike, and five seconds later, I had completely forgotten about the half-fork on my bike and …

Final Review: Sarma Naran 80 Carbon Fat Bike Rims

After selling my full suspension 29er, I have been riding my Sarma-equipped fat bike as my main ride for quite a few months now. The On Review article is pretty thorough, so have a look at that for details, and read on here for my continuing impressions after months of running them over dry Colorado …

Review: WTB Vigilante 27.5 Tires

There has been a lot of recent product development in the area of bike components that are tough enough for downhill, but light enough to pedal back up, and the Vigilante 27.5 Tire from WTB is a member of this new breed of parts. The Vigilantes are available in 26″, 27.5″, and 29″, with a …