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  1. What Bike to Buy
    ME: 5'8", 178lbs - short legs, long arms (there is a joke there for sure) 44 years old Knees, shoulders and wrists have lots of wear on them :whistle: Riding since late 90's ... but last two years far more serious, disciplined and ambitious/aggressive Miles / wk - urban goon'ing ~ 30 - 35 Miles...
  2. 29er Bikes
    YT announce DECOY Pro 29 and DECOY Base 29 all-mountain range An all-mountain eMTB with a license to shred Now that we know that eMTB's can look good, feel great and deliver plenty of 'Good Times' both up and down the trails, YT embarks on a new mission with their new DECOY models. Both the...
  3. Apparel and Protection
    The All-new Sidi Dimaro When I think of Sidi shoes, I think carbon, cross country, road, and enduro, downhill really never come to mind. All that changed this week when Sidi released the Dimaro a shoe it says is designed specifically for the demands of today's downhill, enduro, and all-mountain...
  4. General Discussion
    Orbea Occam is ready for the trail and all the mountains The most striking feature of the new Occam is the asymmetrical frame design. During the development of the new frame, Orbea took inspiration from the form and function of its successful Rallon to create the balance of stiffness...
  5. News & Reviews
    What is it The Bell Sixer is an all mountain bike helmet with MIPS protection. The Sixer's shell is very robust compared to similar helmets and coverage is better than most. This half-shell targets aggressive all mountain riders that are not ready for a chin bar. Pluses Virtually...
  6. General Discussion
    Powered by their testing is everything ethos, Devinci's latest Troy all mountain bike boasts the company's fifth generation split-pivot suspension platform, which is claimed to increase bottom-out force. The new frames are 100% carbon including the rocker. Meanwhile, its team-inspired...
  7. News & Reviews
    Editor's Note: An overview of the best Maxxis tires is available HERE. What is it Greg Minnaar worked with Maxxis during the past two years to create a tire of his exact specification. Its charter: mitigate "moments" on unsettling terrain. The initial product offering was pointed directly at...
  8. General Discussion
    What is it Today Pivot made the case for long travel 29er bikes with the new Firebird 29 - a long travel 29er ideally suited for enduro racers, park riders or anyone looking for a bike that lets them do rad descents with minimal weight penalty or climbing inefficiency. Often, riders ponder what...
  9. General Discussion
    Mtbr flew to Lisbon, Portugal, to learn about the new enduro machine from YT. Editor's note: This is part 2 of our coverage of the 2018 YT Capra. Part 1 with the details of the bike are covered here. Crater in its wake Mtbr rode both 29 and 27.5 wheel size versions of the Capra for a few days...
  10. 29er Bikes
    The original Honzo was a steel play bike. It had stays so short, it couldn't accommodate a FD, and we loved it. It was a bad ass bike with forward thinking geometry that kept a grin spread across your face. Fast forward to today and that little hardtail is all grown up. In addition to the OG...
  11. General Discussion
    Ryan Howard leads the pack in the Squamish, BC trails. What is it? While the Fuel EX has been the best selling Trek bike in the line, the Remedy has always been the class clown for best fun bike with a few EWS wins here and there. It's been the carver and jumper of the line as it hits the...
  12. 27.5
    Orbea enters the All Mountain arena with a world-class frame design and components that stand out from the crowd. Update by Gregg Kato We have a new video of Orbea's Creative Director Jordan Hukee showing us some of the highlights of the Orbea Rallon from Winter Press Camp. Mtbr.com has been...
  13. Apparel and Protection
    All Mountain helmets have come of age as a new crop of helmets have been introduced that are more optimized for more aggressive descending and Enduro racing. First and foremost, there is more coverage. With the new six inch travel bikes approaching the descending ability of downhill bikes from...
  14. 27.5
    Instead of $10k bike in a fixed configuration, Fezzari competes with $6k, a custom build and best of breed components. Overview We'll just put it out there, Fezzari is not a great bike brand name. It sounds like too much like Ferrari and it gives impression that this is just an offshore...
  15. 27.5
    Lapierre's entry to the US market is sure to turn heads as it updates an already strong lineup of bikes with electronically-controlled e:i shocks developed jointly by the French bike-maker and Rock Shox. We'll give you our impressions after testing the 2014 Lapierre Spicy 527 as part of our...
  16. 27.5
    Update: Nov. 20, 2013 We are doing another round-up in December. We'll have an army of 27.5 bikes as well as some 29er bikes. What bikes would you like us to include in this shootout? Update: August 1, 2013 The season is in full swing and a lot of good things have occurred in the world of...
  17. Enduro Racing
    Liteville is a German brand that has been building aluminum framed mountain bikes since 2005. Liteville incorporates the tried and true 4-bar suspension design on their 3 full suspension models (they also make one hardtail model for 4x racing). The 601 highlighted here falls in the middle of...
  18. Apparel and Protection
    I have been riding with the Lazer Oasiz All Mountain helmet for several months now and it is a solid choice if you are looking for an all mountain style helmet that offers a bit more protection than a standard XC type lid. Like the Giro Xar or Hex or the Fox Flux, the Oasiz helmet extends down...
  19. Apparel and Protection
    Troy Lee Designs has a long history in the world of two wheels. They have a huge (and successful) Supercross team and have been one of the most popular brands for the freeride and DH set. Their apparel and protection products have always had great style. I had the opportunity to talk to...
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