Framed Marquette 27.5+ Long Term Review

I’ve had my eye on plus bikes ever since they became a “thing.” Bridging the gap between “normal” mountain bike tires and fat bike tires, plus-size mountain bikes are remarkably versatile, retaining the confidence-inspiring traction of the wider end of the tire spectrum while being a little more nimble with less rolling resistance than true fat …

Salsa Timberjack 27.5+ Test Ride Review

Of the two new hardtails in the Salsa lineup, the Woodsmoke might grab more attention because it’s flashier, but their other latest bike is more than worthy of consideration as well. The Timberjack is an aluminum 27.5+ or 29er hardtail that seeks to make off-road exploration and singletrack bikepacking adventures more accessible to people who can’t spend a …

The New Salsa Woodsmoke – 29+ vs 27.5+ Heads-Up Test

With a motto like “Adventure By Bike,” I figured it wouldn’t be long before Salsa Cycles launched a fun, plus-sized hardtail. After all, plus is where it’s at when it comes to off-the-beaten-path adventures. A slightly wider tire provides extra traction and float when navigating chunky stuff, without having quite the rolling resistance and weight of …

Salsa Mukluk Gets Carbon Makeover for 2017

The Salsa Mukluk was one of the first production fat bikes ever, helping to turn the wide-tired contraptions into a more mainstream trend. In the years since, Salsa has continued to be one of the leaders of charge when it comes to fat bikes, pushing the limits and transforming peoples’ mindsets, making big tires fun. …

Surly Karate Monkey 27.5+ Test Ride Review

The Surly Karate Monkey, or “K-Monk,” as it is affectionately called, has been around for a long time. It was one of the first production 29ers, and has developed a cult-like following of people who swear by its steel frame and simple design. This year, the ole K-Monk got a bit of a revamp, offering …

Introducing Foundry’s New Race Bike: The Firetower

I spent a lot of time at Saddle Drive this year riding and talking about bikes with plus-sized tires (or at least plus-compatible). It definitely seems to be the theme of the moment in mountain bikes. Then there was the Foundry Firetower XT. Not plus compatible. Just a lightweight, race-inspired carbon hardtail 29er with cross-country geometry. …

Salsa Introduces New EXP Bag Line

In addition to a couple new bikes and some revamps, Salsa has introduced its new line of bags, the EXP series, for 2017. These bags are designed specifically to fit on their bikes, though most of them seem versatile enough to put on many other mountain bikes as well. Frame Bag Salsa first designed this frame bag around the …

Ride Report: The Singletracks #BrutalLoop in North Georgia

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Georgia for the Maxxis Appalachian Summit to test out some tires, check out the local trails, and hang out with others in the mountain bike industry world at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway. Aaron and I were both representing Singletracks at this press camp, and I felt really lucky …

6 Reasons Why You Should Ride a Singlespeed

I have to admit, when I first started riding mountain bikes, the concept of a singlespeed was a little odd. Gears seemed natural. We had come up with the idea to use different gear ratios to make going uphill easier and to maximize speed on the downhills. Why throw away this technology? Why make anything …