On Review: Norco Aurum 1 Dorado

Just a few weeks back, Norco was nice enough to send over a big bike box. Low and behold, inside that wondrous package of reinforced cardboard was a bike with one of the sexiest paint jobs on the planet: the Norco Aurum 1! I wasn’t sure if Norco was sending over the BoXXer or the …

Final Review: Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro 29er

What does it take to adequately review a bike? Some people think a quick leg-over-the-top and a spin around a parking lot is enough to get a feel for a bike. Others take it out for a short spin on the singletrack, logging five miles or so, and then they think they know a bike. …

Review: Raleigh XXIX+G Steel 29er

The Raleigh XXIX+G is a steel hardtail 29er that sports classic styling with a real disposition toward modern technology and real performance. While it’s available as a singlespeed or with a 3×10 drivetrain, I chose to test the 3×10—Raliegh calls this version the +G. A couple months ago I wrote about the Raleigh XXIX+G’s specs …

Review: Vassago OptimusTi Mountain Bike Frame

Vassago only builds big-wheeled bikes, and is best known for their steel single speed frame, the Jabberwocky.  I have been riding one for over three years now, and really like it, so I was sad to see the company go through a rough patch a while back.  But recently Vassago was bought by some former …

On Review: Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro Mountain Bike

I’ve been shopping around for a good bike to race the Cohutta 100 on. At first, I was hoping to find a carbon hardtail 29er to use for my race bike, but based on Jeff’s recommendation, I also threw some short-travel 29er FS XC rigs into the mix. When the opportunity came to do a …

On Review: Raleigh XXIX+G Steel 29er

Raleigh Bicycles is one of the most venerable names in the cycling world. Over 125 years after it was originally founded, the company still continues to make high-quality bicycles that are sold around the world. According to an article on BikeBiz.com, Raleigh was recently named to a list of “superbrands” in the UK. This list …

On Test: Fatback Bikes

Read any mountain biking mag or hang out at the LBS and chances are you’ll hear people talking about the latest craze to hit the market: fat bikes. Whether they are a fad or a solid piece of engineering that extends our sport in new directions is a conversation for another day. But in the …

Final Review: Foundry Broadaxe 29er

Much of what the Broadaxe is, and much of what it isn’t, hinges on Foundry’s mission statement. According to the Foundry website, Foundry believes that a bike is a tool, a means to an end – not a trophy. It’s about producing purpose built high-performance carbon bicycles that aren’t traveling billboards – they’re understated, they’re …

On Test: Foundry Broadaxe 29er

If you’ve never heard of Foundry Cycles before, don’t be ashamed: they’re one of the newest bike companies around. But if you have heard of them, I wouldn’t be surprised! Officially launched in October 2011, Foundry is just over a year old but has already made a splash in the mountain bike industry, especially in …

Final Review: Airborne Goblin 29er v2.0

Click here to read the “On Test” blog post, and to get more information on the Goblin’s specs. In the initial “On Test” blog post I mentioned all of the modifications that Airborne has made to v2.0 of the Goblin based on what they learned from their experiences with v1.0. While some of these changes …

On Test: Airborne Goblin 29er v2.0

As long-time readers may recall, I was a member of the Airborne Flight Crew in 2010 and 2011. As a member of the Crew, we got free bikes from Airborne to ride and review in exchange for spreading honest reviews via our blogs and social media outlets. At the end of 2011, I officially stepped …

Yeti SB95 – Outerbike Review

I got in a quick ride on a Yeti SB95 at Outerbike last month and had a great time. In case you missed it, mtbgreg1 rode this bike at Interbike and jeff demo’ed an earlier version last year. There has been a lot of buzz about the new ‘switch‘ suspension technology from Yeti, and it …