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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Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL Review

Rocky Mountain announced the new-and-improved version of their venerable Slayer in late 2016. The latest rendition features everything you could want in a modern, aggressive enduro bike: Full-carbon frame Boost spacing Wide tire clearance Slack (and adjustable) geometry Internal cable routing An aggressive component build …and so much more While the sleek frame lines and pleasing …

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Banshee Rune Test Ride Review

The 2017 Spring Outerbike saw a 30% increase in attendance over 2016, which is a big accomplishment for Western Spirit! Unfortunately, the number of vendors didn’t keep pace with the increase in consumers, and many times Aaron and I were left searching for bikes to ride. One booth that kept getting passed over by most consumers …

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Scott Spark 700 Plus Tuned Test Ride Review

For my final ride at Outerbike, the fine folks at Scott set me up with the Spark 700 Plus Tuned. Our own Chris Daniels did a long-term test on another bike in the Spark range, the 720 Plus. The differences between the bikes lie in the frame material and the build kit. Chris’s tester sported an …

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