When I was looking to assemble a do-it all hardtail mountain bike that could handle everything from XC racing to trail riding to long distance exploration, the Kona Raijin came out as the top choice for the heart of the build. Available only as a frame set, the Raijin is fabricated from 3-2.5 titanium and manufactured in […]
Bermstyle’s own Inga Beck is a BMC brand ambassador again for 2017, and her new year is starting off right with the arrival of the BMC Speedfox 01. The Speedfox is a trail bike shod with 29″ wheels, armed with 130mm (5″) of Fox-powered suspension travel in both front and back. Designed as a do-all trail […]
According to surveys, the average rider will spend anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000 on their next trail bike. That’ll net you a bike with name brand suspension with basic adjustability and solid components. At this price point you’ll choose between an alloy or carbon fiber frame. Choosing alloy will pay off with a higher quality parts […]
When the wet season hit us in Portland, the first thing I did was hang up my road bike. The lack of clearance for full fenders and *gasp* rim brakes made changing over to my 29″ mountain bike a no-brainer. Ideally though, I’d build up a do-it-all road bike. While not the most frugal option, the Waypoint […]
The synopsis: when it comes to 29″ wheels, I’ll admit to being a bit of a hater in the past. However, I’ve found the recent crop of big wheels and tires to be significantly more fun than previously anticipated. Going all in on the big wheels, I decided it was time to build one up for myself, […]
I’m not sure if the Diamondback Haanjo Trail classifies as a gravel bike, cross or endurance road bike, but it sure looks like it would be one hell of a commuter. Since relocating back to Portland, Oregon, we’ve been putting a lot more road miles in than ever before — thanks primarily to a healthy […]
The BMC Trailfox is the enduro-specific model from the Swiss bike brand utilized to contest the Enduro World Series by the BMC Factory Trailcrew. Many of the team members are former downhill racers and after logging saddle time on the BMC Trailfox 01, you can see their influence on the design of this bike. It’s straight up […]
Spotted on the Evil Bikes Facebook page and presented without comment — ok, minimal comment — is this image of Evil Bikes 6″ travel 29″ wheeled, all mountain-enduro destroyer, aptly titled the Wreckoning. We’ve seen Intense and a few other manufacturers playing with 29″ wheels on DH bikes. With Boost spacing allowing improved geometry and shorter […]
It was only a season ago when we participated in a shootout for a German MTB web mag. Over the better part of three days we rode a wide variety of trail rigs, consisting of both 27.5″ and 29″ wheeled rigs. We came away impressed with the straight line speed of the 29ers in the test, but we […]
The new Niner RKT 9 RDO is the flagship XC bike from Niner. It’s also the most fun XC rig we’ve experienced to date, on the race course and the trail.
Raleigh created a bad ass bike, based on a bad ass truck. Turns out this thing has a hell of a backstory. You have to click it to look at it.
When Bermstyle Fashonista Inga Beck was looking for a light weight cross country race whip, the 29″ wheeled BMC Teamelite was on a short list of contenders. Like the others on our list, it features 429mm chain stays. (For us Americans 429mm translates to under 16.89″) In our book, anything sub 17″ qualifies as “short”, especially when 29ers with […]