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Moots launches Farwell 27plus hardtail

Moots Farwell

The plus tire juggernaut of 2016/2017 continues its roll now on a titanium Moots hardtail, the Farwell. You can run this bike 27.5 x 2.8 (that is max tire clearance) or up to a 29 x 2.25. The Farwell was designed around a 120 mm fork, 17.1-inch (434 mm) chainstay length, 68.5-degree headtube angle (68 on the XL) and a 12.6-inch (32o mm) bottom bracket height.

Options include internal electronic routing, fender mounts and rack eyelets, a polished or etched finish, an engraved head tube and color decal options. The frame and FOX 34 fork retails for $4,789. The build as shown goes for $7,900. See full details and options from Moots.



Project titanium 29+ from Carver, Whisky, Syntace and Vee Tire

Carver Gnarvester1

The new Carver Gnarvester is designed specifically for  29+ (29×3.0 tires) and we got one in-house for a long-term review. We are building up this titanium frame with a selection of new and used components.

This is a pretty sweet chainstay yoke. What kind of word is yoke anyway?

Sliding dropouts with Paragon Machine Works sliders and a Shimano thru-axle.

Whisky No. 9 carbon fork.

Whisky No. 9 carbon fork.

15mm thru-axle up front.

First generation RockShox Reverb dropper. It worked last time I used but, but alas, it needs a rebuild to get running again. On the right is the Vee Tire Trax Fatty 29×3.00. Only the second 29+ tire that has made it to market, you can buy this now.

Wide Syntace W35 wheels. Offset rims, tubeless ready, pretty sweet.

We’ve also got a Carver MyTi carbon alt-bar and Hayes Stoker brakes to finish off the build, and a 1×10 drivetrain, as there are no allowances for a front derailleur on the Gnarvester.

Want to see where this project goes? Stay tuned!


Moonmen rises with custom titanium bikes inspired by vintage BMX


Photos by Craig DeMartino

With experience and aesthetics honed at Black Sheep Cycles, Moonmen Bikes are both cutting edge and decidedly retro, inspired by moonlit rides on the Front Range of Colorado. And it’s not just the custom, one-of-a-kind titanium frames being crafted in Fort Collins—the team is building its own custom titanium bars, stems, seat posts and forks as well.

Get the full story here.


Review: Van Nicholas Zion 29


By John Herron

I’ve ridden my share of XC wünderbikes over the last 20 years, but I wasn’t familiar with Van Nicholas, or its line of titanium bikes. Without much of an American dealer presence, the Dutch company relies on its website for selling to most of the United States, which left me to ponder: Can you reach Ti Nirvana from a dropdown menu?

Find out in our long term review.


Review: REEB Cycles TyREEB


REEB cycles was started a few years ago by Colorado craft beer brewery, Oskar Blues. Rather than copy an existing design and slap on the REEB logo, Oskar Blues went against the grain with slacker geometry to tackle the rough descents near its Colorado brewery.

REEB bikes are aimed at the rider wanting a capable trail rig without twitchy, XC racer geometry. But, non-race geometry doesn’t necessarily make a bike slow, as evidenced by Macky Franklin’s victory at last year’s Breck Epic in the Solo Singlespeed category riding a REEB. My tester is a 29-inch-wheeled singlespeed, with Paragon dropouts and a Gates belt drivetrain, but it can also be built as a geared bike.

Read the full review here.


Review: GT Xizang


Like a Phoenix, the GT Xizang rises from the ashes of the 90’s, when stars like Rishi Grewal and Juli Furtado marked the history books with their global domination of cross-country racing. Times have changed and cross-country racing isn’t the center of mountain bike culture like it used to be, but there’s still a place in many hearts for a bike like this.

GT’s product people, (some of whom were around for the last Xizang in the 1990’s) asked themselves “What would this venerable machine look like decades later?” After much consideration the Xizang has been updated with 29-inch wheels, hydroformed titanium tubing, and modern standards such as a tapered headtube.

How does the new Xizang perform? Read our full review.


Review: Carver Ti 420


Admittedly, I went into this test a bit skeptical. I can justify titanium for other applications rather easily, but for a progressive trail riding 29er I needed to be convinced. The weight savings is nice, but would it be stiff enough?

Although Ti is usually associated with compliant ride characteristics, Carver Bikes made a point of using larger-diameter tubes that were shaped for stiffness. I was pleased to hear that was a priority. I’m not one to enjoy unwanted and unexpected feedback from a frame.

Did it work out? Read the full review.

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