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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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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 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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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: RSD Wildcat

June 16, 2017 Eric McKeegan 0

Rubber Side Down isn’t a new brand, but it has quietly built an ever-expanding series of mountain bikes. Previously, those bikes have all been hardtails, but 2017 brings the Wildcat, a full-suspension departure from RSD’s

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Review: Yeti SB4.5c

April 13, 2017 Dirt Rag Contributor 0

Words and photos by Zach White Age:42 x Height: 6’2″ x Weight: 200 lbs. x Inseam: 32” “Hey man, sweet bike!” As a bike whore, er, “product reviewer,” I get an interesting perspective on brands

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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,

NEW STUFF

Salsa Cycles Introduces Deadwood SUS

February 14, 2017 Helena Kotala 0

A couple years ago, Salsa introduced the Deadwood, a steel 29plus drop bar touring bike. It was produced in limited numbers, we heard about it for a little while, and then it disappeared. Now, it

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First Impression: Trek Farley EX 9.8

January 21, 2017 Jon Pratt 0

Trek designed the Farley EX 9.8 to be a year-round bike capable enough to tackle any trail or weather condition. Fortunately I got my hands on this beauty at just the right time, as we

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Review: Kona Hei Hei Race DL

November 2, 2016 Katherine Fuller 0

Tester: Katherine Fuller Age: 30 Height: 5’4″ Weight: 120 lbs. Inseam: 31” Price: $4,200 Sizes: S, (Tested), M, L, XL Online: Kona Bikes I laughed when the powers that be said I was getting a

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Review: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27plus

September 9, 2016 Dirt Rag Magazine 0

Tester: Eric McKeegan Age: 42, Height: 5’11, Weight: 155, Inseam: 32 inches Price: $5,300 Sizes: 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5 (tested), 21.5 More info: Trek Fuel EX The previous generation Fuel EX was Trek’s best selling

NEWS

New: Pivot Mach 429SL carbon

August 31, 2016 Press release 0

Pivot’s full-suspension “race” bike, the Mach 429SL carbon, has been updated for 2017. It’s not plus (but it does have a Boost rear); it’s not even 27.5. This carbon bike has 100 mm of suspension front

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New: Rocky Mountain Slayer updated

August 25, 2016 Press release 0

Rocky Mountain has brought back the Slayer, this time as an all-carbon machine with 170 mm front / 165 mm rear suspension and 27.5 wheels designed for enduro racing, bike parks and big mountains. It’s