Rocky Mountain’s Little Big Bike – Altitude Carbon 70 Review

Rocky Mountain kindly lent me a brand-new Altitude Carbon 70 for the duration of my stay in Whistler during Crankworx. Over the course of the week, I put 125 miles on the bike while riding singletrack, in the Whistler Bike Park, and beyond. Overview Rocky launched the latest generation of the Altitude earlier this spring. Like …

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Spot Mayhem 29er Test Ride Review

I first spotted the intriguing Spot Mayhem at Outerbike in Moab this spring, but they didn’t have any bikes available for testing. This August was a different story, and I was able to take one out for a test ride in Crested Butte. Specs The Mayhem is the little brother of the Rollik, offering a …

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Steel Full Suspension Proudfoot Cycles Primed 29er Test Ride Review

Most people think steel is best suited for hardtail mountain bike frames–and if it’s a singlespeed, then even better! Generally speaking, steel is much heavier than any other bike frame materials–aluminum, carbon, titanium, you name it–and again, generally, the vibration damping qualities are considered unnecessary in a full suspension bike when considering the total weight. Proudfoot Cycles …

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Guerrilla Gravity’s Shred Dogg Offers Precision and Speed in a Shorter Travel Package – A Review

Guerrilla Gravity is the marriage between a made-in-the-USA ethos and a focus on getting sendy and shredding gnarly trails. Their head badge logo? The sign of the horns. Most brands making bikes in the US today seem hell-bent on endurance riding, drop bars, and going long and fast… which is all well and good, until …

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Pisgah Tested, Racer Approved: 2017 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL Review

The Element has long been Rocky Mountain’s purpose-built cross country race machine, first appearing in their catalog in 1996. Over the past two decades Rocky has tweaked, updated, and overhauled the Element regularly to keep it relevant — including the most recent 2017 model tested here. It’s more capable than ever thanks to an increase …

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Guerrilla Gravity Smash Review: A New Long Travel 29er

Guerrilla Gravity (GG) has developed a new bike to satisfy customers who have asked for a longer travel Trail Pistol or a bigger-wheeled version of the popular Megatrail. The “Smash” as it is known, is inspired by rock n’ roll roots (like all of their bikes), in this case punk legend Joe Strummer. After the success of the original …

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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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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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