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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: Santa Cruz Chameleon

September 29, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 5

Tester: Zach White Age: 42 Weight: 200 lbs. Height: 6’ 2” Inseam: 32” As the name suggests, Santa Cruz’s Chameleon has historically been a frame that’s adapted to various riding styles quite well. Over the

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Ride Review: Marin B-17 3

September 28, 2017 Helena Kotala 0

The pickings were pretty slim at Interbike’s Outdoor Demo this year, especially if you didn’t want to just ride e-bikes all day, which I didn’t (I did try one out – it was alright but didn’t

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Review: Soma Juice

September 15, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

By Eric McKeegan Some things just go together. Cream cheese and bagels. Peanut butter and chocolate. Harleys and guys dressed like pirates. Soma and steel. Soma has been turning out high-quality steel frames to fill

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First Ride: 2018 Specialized Enduro

September 13, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

By Zach White Specialized listened to feedback from riders about both the 27.5 and 29 Enduros and made some small geometry adjustments for 2018. Tired of hearing “lower, longer, slacker”? Too bad, because that’s a

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First Ride: Kona Process G2 153

September 12, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

The news we’ve all been waiting for: Carbon Process! OK, maybe not EVERYONE was waiting, but there is no arguing that the high-end trail and all-mountain markets are dominated by carbon-framed bikes, and the Process

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First Impression: Pivot LES

September 11, 2017 Scott Williams 1

When Pivot made subtle updates to their LES for 2017, the sliding dropouts and sub 70º head angle which made the LES a crowd pleaser when it first came to fruition in 2012 remained intact.

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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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First Impression: Kona Unit

August 28, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 16

By Adam Newman Ah yes, the Kona Unit. At once the least glamorous and most amorous model in the Kona lineup. A no-frills, knobby tire gateway drug for the masses. The Unit may be simple

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Review: Salsa Deadwood SUS XT 1 x 11

August 21, 2017 Eric McKeegan 1

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 160 lbs. Inseam: 32″ There is no getting around it, the Deadwood SUS is perhaps the weirdest full-suspension bike released by a major player in a long time,

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Review: Jamis Dragonfly 26+ Pro

August 14, 2017 Helena Kotala 0

Tester: Helena Kotala Age: 27 Height: 5’3” Weight: 127 lbs. Inseam: 29” The Jamis Dragonfly is a little bit of everything. Parts of it seem decidedly old-school, like a steel hardtail frame and 26 inch

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First Ride: Heller Barghest

August 10, 2017 Helena Kotala 2

Heller Bikes launched last year as a QBP-affiliated brand that aims to give the customer “the best bang for the buck” and create quality bikes at an affordable (relatively-speaking) price point. The brand’s first bike

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Review: Scott Spark 950

August 7, 2017 Mike Cushionbury 5

Tester: Mike Cushionbury Age: 47 Height: 5’10” Weight: 158 lbs. Inseam: 32” Scott’s revamped Spark line is vast and thorough. It hosts 39 models all based on a new-single pivot rocker-link suspension design and the

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Review: Pivot Switchblade Pro XT/XTR 1x

July 24, 2017 Eric McKeegan 3

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” At first glance, the Pivot Switchblade doesn’t seem to be much different than bikes with similar travel numbers and 29/27plus wheel compatibility. But

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Review: Raleigh Stuntman

July 17, 2017 Eric McKeegan 15

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 43 Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 lbs. Inseam: 32” Self, you need to go for a ride.” “Yeah, but I have to finish writing this review and box up a bike and

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Review: Kona Honzo CR Trail DL

June 28, 2017 Scott Williams 4

Tester: Scott Williams Age: 31 Height: 5’10” Weight: 175 lbs Inseam: 32″ Back in 2012, Kona unleashed the Honzo, an aggressive all-mountain steel hardtail featuring geometry that was long, low and slack before those aggressive