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.
Since relocating back to the Pacific Northwest, the prospect of exploring hundreds of miles of trail means having a capable short travel trail rig is a priority. Since Inga’s new day job is doing events and marketing for a bike shop that is a Cannondale dealer, it was only logical she would gravitate to wanting […]
We’ve been hearing a lot about the rising costs of high end bikes, and while it’s possible to spend a small fortune to get a dream ride, the actual cost of admission to the sport isn’t anywhere as daunting as one might expect. Take the Diamondback Sync’R for example. $1350 gets you a complete all mountain capable alloy hardtail […]
Speedvagen bikes are limited production pavement racing machines hand built by the craftsmen of the Vanilla Workshop in Portland, Oregon. Owned and designed by builder/ maker Sacha White, they recently came through town performing fit sessions for new customers, putting on rides and showcasing the bikes. Among the rides on display was Speedvagen’s take on the street-style super […]
We decided to run them head to head on the new flow style trail at Crockett Hills Regional Park to see which bike – and brother – would come out ahead.
The mountain biking segment of the internet was ablaze earlier this week when Ibis announced the launch of the third generation of their flagship trail bike, the Mojo HD. Featuring contemporary trail bike geometry, 650b wheels and six inches of front and rear suspension travel, the latest Mojo addresses all the short comings of their […]
Although we love our long travel trail rigs, most of the local Bay Area trails are better served with a short travel trail bike or 29″ hardtail. And while the 29″ hardtail is the choice for putting down fast lap times on smooth groomer trails, the new Mach 4 from Pivot with its minimal 115mm […]
We’re often asked advice on what types of bikes to buy. This is never an easy question to answer, and my first response is ask more questions in order to formulate a proper recommendation. Road or dirt? Trail riding? Pavement? A commuter? Who are you planning to ride with? And of course, “how much are […]
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 is an awesome time to be a mountain biker. I wrote a piece just over a year ago that pondered the question, “do I want a long travel trail bike, or an all mountain bike?” A year later, the lines have blurred even further. For a casual rider, it could mean even more confusion […]
Fans of Black Market bikes were undoubtably stoked when Carter Holland of Black Market showed up at Interbike recently with a new prototype all mountain frame. Taking a few design cues from their first full suspension release, the Killswitch, with a decidedly DH/FR take on the all mountain concept, the new 5.7″ frame will feature a 66º […]
When looking to build up an all around bike that can serve as a do-it-all quiver killer, Santa Cruz and their Nomad is on a short list. I’ve talked to more than a few riders that have sold every bike they had just to build up this ride as their only bike. With the introduction […]