2010 Raleigh XXIX Pro Interbike Test Ride

Im starting to think that bike manufacturers are onto something with steel 29er hardtail mountain bikes. The Raleigh XXIX Pro shows why this is such a winning combination: its lightweight, supple, and rolls fast and smooth. Not content with just that, Raleigh ups the ante on the XXIX Pro by including the SRAM XX component …

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Ellsworth Evolve Interbike Test Ride

These days mountain bikers like to talk about the 29er revolution but the fact is that even just a few years ago 29ers were generally poorly designed and awkward to ride. Today the Ellsworth Evolve proves that Charles Darwin was right: only the strongest survive and this is one strong mountain bike! Climbing with the …

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Moots MootoXz Interbike Test Ride

The Moots MootoXz offers an embarassment of riches: it’s a 29er, made of titanium, full-suspension, and it’s built in Steamboat Springs, CO. If you’re imagining a super plush ride that can climb like a gazelle you’re not too far off… The interesting thing to note about the MootoXz is that the rear suspension doesn’t have …

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Spot Longboard Interbike Test Ride

Regular readers know I’m into simple, lightweight XC bikes that just work and today I rode what is perhaps my new favorite: The Spot Longboard. This is a steel frame, 29er (natch), single speed mountain bike with a twist. See that drivetrain? It’s a Gates Carbon Belt system. We’ve written about the Gates carbon drive …

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Blue Ryno Carbon Mountain Bike Test Ride

Don’t let the name fool you: the Blue Ryno Carbon mountain bike isn’t heavy or clumsy on the trail. In fact, like an actual rhino, this bike is fast, tough, and enjoys playing in the mud every now and then. Named after Blue’s marketing manager Ryan “Ryno” Barnett, a Cat 1 racer who was severely …

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Official Redline d660 Review

Regular readers know I bought a new mountain bike earlier this year and while I’ve been sharing bits and pieces about my new ride it’s time I wrote a summary review. The Redline d660 is a sleek, race-ready mountain bike that proves 29ers (and Redline!) are here to stay. You may be familiar with BMX …

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Blue XC Carbon: A Serious Mountain Bike

Mudhunny and I started getting curious about Blue Competition Cycles last summer after hearing about them from a friend and over the next several months we talked with people at the company about their mountain bikes. Everyone we spoke with at Blue told us they only make mountain bikes for pro-level athletes – in other …

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2008 Opus Maadh Limited Frameset

After much anticipation I finally received my new frame set for this year – the Opus Maadh Limited. It was love at first sight as I removed the frame from its packaging – truly stunning. The original graphics were created by Alec Stephani who took his inspiration from an earlier work of his on canvas. …

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Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bikes

I got a chance to demo a few women’s bikes at Interbike and I was impressed with the selection of high-performance cross-country mountain bikes available. Actually, let me correct myself, many manufacturers these days don’t necessarily make womens specific bikes, just smaller frames. With smaller frames, naturally, a more compact geometry follows (for males and …

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