Intense Spider 29comp Test Ride

While chatting with another reviewer at Outdoor Demo I asked which bikes he was stoked about and he mentioned the Intense Spider 29comp. Syd (element22) also recommended this bike to me before the show so I knew I had to check it out! The Spider 29comp is new for 2013 and it’s nothing like the …

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Turner Burner 650b Test Ride

I’ve been trying to steer clear of the 650b hype but sometimes it’s almost unavoidable. Don’t get me wrong–I have nothing against 650b bikes–but I’m more than happy with both my 29ers. Still, when I got a chance to demo the Turner Burner 650b at Interbike I figured, what the heck, I’ll give it a …

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Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert EVO: 29er Trail Bike

I’ve ridden a few long-travel 29ers (5+ inches of travel) over the last 12 months and up until now, I haven’t been totally impressed. Not only did the bikes seem to handle clumsily but none of them climbed very well–a big turn off for an XC guy like me. A true trail bike should climb …

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The Surly Krampus: 29+

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the release of Surlys Krampus, and when talking about what this bike is, its probably best to begin by talking about what its not: It is not a fat bike with massive 4 or 5-inch tires designed for maximum flotation and slow speed crawling. Its not a …

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Interbike 2012: Diamondback Test Rides

Ive always appreciated the unique look of Diamondbacks Knucklebox suspension, and having had a great ride on a 26 Sortie at Sea Otter a few years ago, I was eager to get on a couple more of Diamondbacks rigs. The Mission The Mission is Diamondbacks rendition of the all-mountain 26 wheeled bike. With a full …

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Interbike 2012: KHS SixFifty 608 Test Ride

Ive spent plenty of time riding a full-suspension 650b bike over the course of this summer, but I had yet to see how the tweener wheels handle in a hardtail package. So, when I wandered over to the KHS booth and noticed the beautiful carbon frames rolling on WTB Laser Disc 650b wheels, I had …

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Interbike 2012: Spot Honey Badger Test Ride

New this year to Spot Brand Bicycles is the Honey Badger. Based off of their classic Rocker frame, the new steel-framed Honey Badger features a very similar geometry (that has been slightly tweaked), butthere have beenmany significant upgradesthathelp providesignificant performance improvement. New to the Honey Badger is a taperedheadtubeandacrenelateddowntubegusset integrated directly into the tubing (not …

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All-Wheel-Drive Mountain Bike Test Ride

Here’s something you may not have considered: an all-wheel-drive mountain bike. The idea has been around for some time—most notably, Christini produces all-wheel-drive models—but it’s something most of us have never experienced. That’s why I had to test ride the Tretta 29er at Interbike. Looking at the photos you can see how the system works: …

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Interbike 2012: Yeti SB-95 Test Ride

My first taste of the dry, dusty desert singletrack of Bootleg Canyon was aboard the Yeti SB-95 and what a taste it was! With 29 wheels, 5 of travel front and back, and a 68.5 headtube angle, this is an aggressive bike that was ready to tackle the most technical Outdoor Demo test track that …

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