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Review: Carver Ti All-Road

March 5, 2018 Karl Rosengarth 0

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” Carver’s Ti All-Road is a mountain biker’s road bike. With a design aimed at mixed- surface comfort and stability, the All-Road stands ready

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Review: Trek Roscoe 8

February 5, 2018 Karl Rosengarth 1

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Weight: 150 lbs. Height: 5’10” Inseam: 32” The Bike The Roscoe checks key trail-bike boxes with its relaxed head angle, short chainstays, wide (740 mm) bars and a short (60

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First Impression: Trek Roscoe 8

December 18, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 2

The trail hardtail is the cockroach of bicycle kingdom: tough to kill. Just when I thought full-suspension was set to crush the venerable beasties, plus tires and modern trail geometry came along and breathed new

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First impression: Carver Ti All-Road

October 27, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 1

Carver’s Ti All-Road is a mountain biker’s road bike. It’s more than ready for rough road rambles, gravel grinds and singletrack shortcuts. Built from 3/2.5 titanium alloy, the All-Road comes with a lifetime warranty and

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Review: Marin Hawk Hill 27.5

October 23, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” The 27.5 Hawk Hill is an entry-level bike that passes muster. The frame is built from 6061 butted and hydroformed aluminum alloy. Judicious

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Review: Kona Hei Hei Trail DL 27.5

August 31, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 2

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs. Inseam: 32” As the industry continues to dive headfirst into the longer-lower-slacker deep end, Kona, despite having a big part in creating this trend in

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Review: Salsa Woodsmoke 29+ X01

May 8, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

“Salsa—you have made some risky decisions before, but this time you have gone too far.” That quip is a sample of the feedback that Salsa received after the Woodsmoke launch. The company’s marketing manager admitted

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First Ride: Bontrager Mountain Bike Shorts

March 3, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

Wisconsin is not the sort of place from which you’d expect to receive a package of riding apparel that also included warm and sunny February weather to facilite testing. But, lucky me, that’s exactly what happened

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First Impression: Marin Hawk Hill

February 22, 2017 Karl Rosengarth 0

At $1,499 the 27.5 Hawk Hill may be the lowest-priced bike in our upcoming group test of under-$2,500 full-suspension trail bikes, but it’s far from overmatched. Judicious use of house-branded components keeps the budget tight,

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Review: Rocky Mountain Pipeline 770 MSL

December 23, 2016 Karl Rosengarth 0

Tester: Karl Rosengarth Age: 59 | Height: 5’10” | Weight: 150 lbs. | Inseam: 32” Price: $4,799 Sizes: S, M, L, XL (tested) More info: bikes.com Rocky Mountain calls the new-for-2016 Pipeline an “aggressive trail”

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First Impression: Salsa Woodsmoke 29+ X01

December 12, 2016 Karl Rosengarth 0

Salsa describes the Woodsmoke as a “singletrack/bikepacking/off road exploration” bike. That’s a wide-ranging job description, but the carbon fiber Woodsmoke is an exercise in versatility. The same frame is offered in 29er, 27plus or 29plus