When it comes to going fast both uphill and down on all day trail rides, today’s bikes are more capable than ever. If you’re shopping for a bike in the XC / Trail bike category, 29″ wheels and 120mm/130mm of travel hits the sweet spot for a lot of riders. This category used to be […]
The GT Force Carbon Pro has accomplished something GT hasn’t for some time — got me thinking about getting a GT again. With 27.5″ wheels and 150mm of rear wheel travel mated to a 160mm fork, the Force is solidly planted in the midsize wheel enduro category. It also looks like it would be a […]
Intended for XC/marathon applications, the BMC Agonist 01 ONE is equipped with 29″ wheels and 110mm (4.33″) of Fox-powered suspension travel in both the front and rear. The long distance backcountry machine is built around a full carbon frame with internal cable routing, SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 drivetrain and Shimano XT brakes. An adjustable height […]
Buying the correct size mountain bike used to be easy. For me, being near an average height of 5’10”, a size medium bike was generally the right choice — sometimes. It turns out at 5’10”, I fall between a medium and large for a number of brands size recommendations. It’s been a struggle at times […]
The Kona Honzo sets the mold when it comes modern production hardtails. Being based in the PNW, the Honzo is the steed of choice for many when the weather turns and the wet season is upon us. I’ve had my eye on one for sometime now as well, split between the Honzo and the newest […]
Spanish mountain bike manufacturer Mondraker is known for pushing the lines of what a modern mountain bike looks like with their Forward Geometry. Their new release, the Foxy 29″ is their first entry in the long travel 29″ trail smasher category.
Mondraker bikes are known for progressive, cutting edge geometry, with long front centers and slack front ends that bring the DH feel to the trail. Coming soon to a bike shop near you in the US, like many riders we’re super intrigued and looking forward to throwing a leg over one to see how it […]
The new Speedfox from BMC is a fascinating beast. Although the offerings we’re seeing from other manufacturers lean towards additional travel and more aggressive geometry, this year’s model actually reduces the amount of suspension travel. It also introduces technology once predicted as the “future” of mountain bikes. Interestingly enough, the futuristic looking fantastic plastic frame […]
The Transition Sentinel is a fascinating bike. 140mm of rear wheel is paired with a 160mm fork and some of the most aggressive geometry we’ve seen to date for a bike consistently described as an absolute beast on the descents, keeping pace with bikes with more rear wheel travel. Keeping in line with current trends, […]
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 […]
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 […]