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  1. Beginner's Corner
    Hi, First time here. My son is a freshmen and signed up for the mountain biking team at his high school (5' 8" 160lbs). I am looking for a bike that would be good for a beginner that he can grow into as he takes up the sport. And if he decides it is not for him then I guess I will take up...
  2. Yeti
    Hi, I have a SB130 LR with Assegais, inserts in each end. It’s a beast. I’m thinking of getting an XC bike also, road riding scares me. The SB130 is impressively light, 3kg lighter than my Enduro. Anyone have any experience with something similar to just getting a light carbon wheelset with...
  3. Santa Cruz
    Hi, I recently got a v3 bronson (Carbon - R version), and climbing on it is exhausting. My old bike is a 7 year old giant trance 29er - see link below. On the old bike I was passing everyone on the climb. On the bronson I'm getting passed by everyone. Might there be something wrong with the...
  4. Beginner's Corner
    I'm planning on taking part in some adventure races this summer, based on a few articles I have read I should be looking for a 29" wheel, XC bike, with main focus on the fork, frame and wheels. Based on my budget (c. £1.5k), and limited stock in many stores, I've narrowed my choice down to 4...
  5. Shocks and Suspension
    Hi everyone I've recently purchased mtb carrera vengeance and would like to replace the current Suntour XCM, 100mm forks as they don't seem to be the greatest what's would be the ideal 100mm fork Rockshox or Fox ? Also could I fit a 120mm on a 27.5" wheel and is it worth it? Is it gonna make any...
  6. News & Reviews
    This is your guide to mountain, road and gravel treads from Vittoria Tires. The Best Vittoria Tires Vittoria is one of the world's leading manufacturers of bicycle tires. The company itself produces more than 7 million tires and 900,000 high-performance tubular and cotton tires per year! As of...
  7. General Discussion
    The Ehline is a deeply knobbed tire that rolls great on hardpacked trails. A very versatile tread, which sharp lugs and progressive design bites on a variety of trail and gravel conditions. Available in both a light/supple or sturdy/durable that both have their place on the trails. Teravail is...
  8. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    BC Bike Race began as a vision from two passionate mountain bikers who wanted to share British Columbia's mountain biking culture with the world. What they created is a stage race that journeys through old growth forests and along coastal waterways. It is an event that's been referred to as "the...
  9. General Discussion
    Race on Saturday, shred on Sunday: That's the mantra of the new Ibis DV9. After hitting a proverbial home run with its Ripmo enduro slayer early this year, Ibis has unveiled its new DV9 carbon hardtail. The Ibis DV9 is a split-personality rig that's billed as being equally comfortable racing...
  10. 29er Bikes
    Already the best XC racer of all time, Nino Schurter will look to add to that legacy this weekend. Nino Schurter is an Olympic champion, 6-time World Champion, and 6-time World Cup champion. In addition, he has 30 World Cup wins to his name. But the Swiss star prefers to look forward not back...
  11. 29er Bikes
    What is it Among the French tire maker's most versatile offerings, the Hutchinson Toro has tall evenly spaced knobs designed to deliver neutral handling. Center knobs are slightly shorter for better mud clearing, while side knobs get a little more height for enhanced cornering grip. Check out...
  12. 29er Bikes
    What is it The Vittoria Mezcal is a fast, dry conditions pure bred XC race tire that has a low profile, densely spaced knob configuration with a defined center ridge tread for low rolling resistance, plus multiple braking and climbing edges and capable side knobs. The sidewall is measurably...
  13. 29er Bikes
    Here's one of the fastest XC race bikes in the world in retro colors. With its 60 birthday this year, Scott is having a little retro fun. At the recent World Cup cross-country race in Val di Sole, Italy, the Swiss bike maker presented reigning Olympic XC champion Nino Schurter with a throwback...
  14. General Discussion
    Mathieu van der Poel has already been tearing up the World Cup circuit on the new Canyon Lux. Efficiency will always be the highest value currency in XC racing. The lighter your setup, the faster you'll climb. But what goes up must come down. Whether tackling technical World Cup singletrack or...
  15. General Discussion
    Orbea is familiar with the demands of cross country racing and how tracks have evolved. Riders are facing more technical features and steeper lung busting climbs that demand the evolution of cross country bikes and design. Orbea's go-to race machine the Oiz has two world championships under its...
  16. General Discussion
    Heretofore best known for its ultra high-end road cycling kit, technical cycling apparel maker ASSOS is launching an XC line of cycling clothing. The new range has been put through its paces by the partnership with BMC MTB Racing Team. Here's a quick rundown of some of the new pieces from the...
  17. General Discussion
    When the Cannondale Factory Racing Team saddles up for one of the toughest courses on the cross country World Cup circuit in Albstadt, Germany, this weekend they'll have two new aces up their sleeves: the new F-Si hardtail and the Lefty Ocho ultralight XC fork. Introduced in 2015, the original...
  18. General Discussion
    After a three-year hiatus, the bike that arguably put Santa Cruz on the map is back. Meet the new Blur, a 29-inch wheeled full carbon XC speed machine with 100mm of travel front and rear, VPP suspension, aggressive geo angles, and a host of on-point features, including a bar-mounted dual remote...
  19. General Discussion
    Hardtails don't have to be harsh. At least not overly so. That was the thinking as the Santa Cruz design team went to work on revising the Highball 29er, which after 3 years was ready for a refresh. The result is the new Highball launched today, which sheds a half pound of frame weight, and sees...
  20. General Discussion
    Rocky Mountain has updated the Vertex, its flagship XC-race hardtail. According to the accompanying PR material, its lightweight frame provides stiffness and rolling speed, while its modern, aggressive geometry inspires confidence - even in technical corners and on descents. To do this Rocky...
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