Niner W.F.O. Test Ride

At the Southeast Bike Expo this weekend I got a chance to demo the Niner W.F.O., a 5.5-inch all-mountain/trail bike that also happens to be a 29er. You can basically count the number of 5+ inch travel 29ers on the market with one hand and to be honest I went into my demo ride with …

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On Test: Slingshot Ripper 29 Mountain Bike

And now for something totally different: the Ripper 29, produced by Slingshot Bikes. It’s so different that I’m not even sure where to beginthis post. I mean, it’s got a cable instead of a downtube. And there’s a spring. Andfiberglass. What’s going on here? The Ripper 29 is a very unique looking bike. Components The …

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Banshee AMP DJ Bike Build

Over the Christmas break I had a chance to put together a new DJ bike after retiring my older Opus. This year I decided to go with the Banshee AMP after a great season of riding the Banshee Legend. Calling up Banshee and ordering an Amp frame in black was an easy decision. I had …

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2012 DH Bike Dream Build: Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon

Can you think of anything more exotic than Carbon? Neither can I. Introducing the gorgeous 2012 Santa Cruz V-10 Carbon! I seem to recall that Gordon Murry, a well-known engineer in motorsports, once said, “If it looks fast, it probably is.” Well, it turns out he’s right. It all started back at Interbike while chatting …

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Final Review: Focus Black Forest 1.0 29er

It’s clear at this point that in general, 29ers are here to stay, and even with incredible developments in full suspension technology, 29″ wheels are allowing hardtails to see aresurgence in popularity due to the way those big wheels help smooth out the bumps. The 2011 Black Forest 29erfrom Focus is yet another entry into …

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