I’ve had a more than a few people ask what we’d recommend as the ideal San Francisco starter bike, and I’ve always thought a geared steel 29″ hardtail with a rigid fork was it — except I couldn’t think of anyone that offered a production bike with those specs. When I saw the Traitor Cycles Slot, my […]
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 […]
It was probably sometime last year when I was pedaling up the fire road climb in Santa Cruz’s Demonstration Forest next to Don, a marketing manager at Santa Cruz Bicycles. We were both astride our 650b Carbon Nomads when I mentioned the wishlist for my next bike. Citing my fondness for my former ride— a Santa […]
E-bikes are a polarizing topic when it comes to the subject of taking them off road, but more and more commuters are looking to them as a possible option for transportation and utility purposes.
Our buddy Fred Cuthbert of Wolfhound Cycles build bikes. A tall guy himself, he tends to build bikes that use 29″ wheels, but when he was recently asked to be part of a promotion with Travel Oregon, he chose to build it with 650b wheels, 2.5″ tires, a long travel fork and a dropper post. One of seven […]
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 […]
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’ve been toying with the idea of adding a dual suspension 29er to the quiver. No doubt about it— big wheels are fast. The thing is, they’re just not as fun to ride as smaller wheels. If I was in the market for a short travel trail ripper, with all the sweet flow trails popping up, it […]
Today’s trail and XC bikes are more capable and versatile than ever. Most “XC” bikes rarely see action on the race course though, and are used as trail bikes. To see how they stacked up against the trail and all mountain bikes we usually ride, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine put together a group test to […]
I took my 29er off the rack today and went for a pedal— that’s when I remembered why it’s been on the rack. Though 29″ wheels are fast, when it comes to trail riding and being able to interpret the trail creatively, they’re nowhere near as fun as bikes with smaller wheels. I’ve been trying to make […]
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.