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 […]
At $549.00, the 938 Alloy wheels from Ibis are $100 less than many other wheels in the category, while still coming in at a reasonable 1935 grams. And they’re wide as heck offering a ton of cornering mojo.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
When Paul and Melanie began the process of customizing Melanie’s bike, they took it to a level far beyond the average enthusiast.
Lightweight 29″ carbon hardtails scream up hills, no doubt about it. On smooth terrain, they’re are hard to beat in terms of efficiency. Most are designed for the race course though, and although there are 29″ hardtails designed be equally fun pointed back down, most are made from heavier materials like cromoly or aluminum. The […]
What is it about Santa Cruz and the bikes they make that have gathered such a rabid following? (us included) With the release of their new iteration of their 29er, folks are all talking about picking up a wagon-wheeled steed of their own. I’ll be the first one to admit, the big wheels done right […]
It’s pretty clear- 29ers are here to stay. Not just a fad, the big wheels of the 29er have evolved from being a side show curiosity to a standard tool for discriminating XC and endurance trail riders for some time now. I was a holdout for some time, but eventually came around as well, with the […]
It has been a while since I’ve spent time on a hardtail. A few buddies and myself put in a number of rides last winter on the NW Oregon coast rolling fully rigid single speeds, and it was a pretty good time. Sandy trails with short climbs and zero bike maintenance equals lots of fun […]
In my effort to embrace the NW cycling culture, I’m breaking down and (partially) returning to my roots. Not the BMX bike roots, (quite yet, but I’m revisiting that too, in a future post) but the next phase I adopted early in my cycling life, the world of spandex- that is right, I’m talking XC. […]