Are 2.6″ Tires the Sweet Spot? Maxxis Rekon 2.6″ Tire Review

When Maxxis announced offerings of some of their current treads in 2.6″, I was like whaaa?! I was excited. Earlier this year, the 2.6″ Maxxis Forekaster won me over for its proficient, playful, and predictable mannerisms. In fact, the Forekaster is going right back on (as a rear) for the summer. Needless to say, I was more …

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Primal Sky Hoodie Review

For years, Primal has stuck to creating the core clothing needs of the cyclist — the jersey and the bibs (or shorts for those who aren’t keen on the shoulder straps). Recently they’ve made a push to expand their clothing line to attire that’s worn both on and off the saddle. The Sky is a lightweight …

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Pivot Unveils Their New 27.5 LES Hardtail: “World Cup Performance for Every Size Rider”

Pivot has just announced a new addition to their LES hardtail line, the LES 27.5. Previously the LES was only available with 29″ wheels, 27.5+, or 29+ and full-fat on the LES Fat. Now, you can get this lightweight race whip with the smaller wheel size. Pivot elaborates: The lightweight, carbon LES 27.5 exceeds previous …

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A Ripper on a Budget: Niner RIP 9 2-Star SLX Review

Defining the term “affordable” is impossible. What is affordable for one person is astronomically expensive for another. Yet too often, when we talk about affordable mountain bikes, I think we often sell ourselves short based on price point alone. Is “affordable” coming in below a certain arbitrary dollar threshold? Or is “affordable” getting the best …

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New 2018 Scott Genius Can Run 27.5″, 27.5+, and 29″ Tires – All on the Same Frame!

After testing the new Scott Spark last year in both the plus and 29er versions, I’ve been waiting eagerly for Scott to bring their new suspension linkage to the Genius platform… and they’ve done just that! Scott has just announced the revamped Genius, which also features a flip chip to switch from 27.5″ wheels to 29″ wheels, without …

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The $2,500 Mongoose Boot’r Brings Downhill to the Masses

In many ways, downhill can be viewed as the pinnacle of the sport of mountain biking. Above and beyond the extreme difficulty of this discipline, the equipment required is the burliest and the most cutting edge–and with that focus on performance comes a high price tag. However, Mongoose is trying to destroy that perception, in keeping …

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Entry-Level Hardtails Are More Capable than Ever – 2018 Mongoose Tyax Supa Trail Expert 27.5+ Test Ride Review

Mongoose’s self-proclaimed purpose in life is to help get more people into riding bikes and then once they’re hooked, helping them increase their participation in the sport. To help accomplish this goal, Mongoose sells many bikes that are on the affordable end of the spectrum. While you might only associate their brand name with department …

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The 2018 Mongoose Teocalli Offers Bomber Build Kits for Reasonable Prices

Mongoose has just lifted the curtain on the drastically revamped Teocalli for model year 2018, and I traveled to their US headquarters in Madison, WI, to get the scoop. Not only do the new models of the Teocalli offer significantly upgraded component builds, but the frame has been improved as well. To begin, the new Teocalli frame …

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