Dedicated 26+ Mountain Bikes and 27.5 to 26+ Conversions Are Gaining Momentum

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Surly introduced a 26+ bike about 3 years ago but since that time, we really haven’t seen any others. Then, at Interbike six months ago, I saw a 26+ full suspension bike from Coast called the Axis that was designed with smaller riders in mind. Finally, at Sea Otter last week we caught additional glimpses of 26+ tires and wheels, which got …

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30(!) Offline Mountain Bike Brands You Can Buy From Online Retailers


Buying a mountain bike online is still a relatively new concept, especially among the big brands like Specialized, Trek, and Giant. But much to our surprise, we found 30 mountain bike brands, including Santa Cruz, Yeti, Niner, and Pivot, that are currently selling at least some of their bikes online to consumers. Here are the …

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Test Ride Review: The All-New Jamis Defcon


I’ve ridden Jamis bikes off and on for years. In fact, my first full suspension bike was a Jamis Dakar XLT, and I reviewed a newer version of the Jamis Dakar back in 2012. Despite a substantial hiccup during my Dakar review, I’ve always been a proponent of Jamis as a quality MTB brand providing …

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2012 Jamis Dakar SixFifty B Pro Long-Term Review: Part 2

Click here to read part I of this long-term review. Ride Quality As I’m sure you’ve already gathered, the XC components and geometry make the Jamis Dakar SixFifty B Pro a very capable climber for a 5.5″ bike. If you don’t feel like you need full squish on the climbs, close the gate on the …

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