Tags: Field Test
Matt Beer    Sep 7, 2022
Field Test: 7 Unique Enduro Bikes Battle Another Impossible Climb Field Test: 7 Unique Enduro Bikes Battle Another Impossible Climb
Slippery logs, wet rocks, and one banana peel thrown in for good measure. Which of these enduro smashers made it to the top?
Alicia Leggett    Sep 6, 2022
Video: 7 Enduro Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable Video: 7 Enduro Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
Watch the roundtable video to hear more of our impressions from this group of heavy-hitters.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 30, 2022
Field Test: Deviate Claymore - High Pivot Heaven Field Test: Deviate Claymore - High Pivot Heaven
Deviate's latest carbon creation ended up surprising testers with its versatility.
Matt Beer    Aug 25, 2022
Field Test: 2022 Intense Tracer S - Energy & Speed Field Test: 2022 Intense Tracer S - Energy & Speed
The bright red Tracer is hard to miss, but there's more to this 170mm machine than a flashy paint job.
Alicia Leggett    Aug 24, 2022
Field Test: 2022 Fezzari La Sal Peak - The Purple Trail Eater Field Test: 2022 Fezzari La Sal Peak - The Purple Trail Eater
With a makeover and some compelling selling points, how did the La Sal Peak stack up against its competition?
Alicia Leggett    Aug 23, 2022
Field Test: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Even More Mega Field Test: 2022 Santa Cruz Megatower - Even More Mega
The second iteration of the Megatower is stiff, responsive, and ready for almost anything.
Mike Levy    Aug 18, 2022
Video: Welcome to the 2022 Enduro Bike Field Test Video: Welcome to the 2022 Enduro Bike Field Test
Seven brand new enduro bikes, two weeks in the Pacific Northwest, and only one winner. Which bike is your money on?
Mike Levy    May 12, 2022
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 121 - How To Film Rampage & Field Tests with the PB Team The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 121 - How To Film Rampage & Field Tests with the PB Team
Max and Tom take you behind the scenes while shooting at Rampage, Crankworx, and the Field Tests.
Mike Kazimer    May 6, 2022
Editors' Choice: Our Favorite Parts From the Value Bike Field Test Editors' Choice: Our Favorite Parts From the Value Bike Field Test
Here are the components that impressed us the most during the Field Test, the ones that we'd happily run on our own bikes.
Matt Beer    May 5, 2022
Field Test: 9 Value Bikes Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slo-Mo Field Test: 9 Value Bikes Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slo-Mo
Capturing the beauty of violent impacts at 1,000 frames-per-second.
Matt Beer    May 4, 2022
Field Test: 4 Hardtails & 5 Full Suspension Bikes vs. The Impossible Climb Field Test: 4 Hardtails & 5 Full Suspension Bikes vs. The Impossible Climb
Another challenging course, this one made even trickier thanks to all of the pointy desert plants.
Mike Kazimer    May 3, 2022
Video: 5 Value Full-Suspension Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable Video: 5 Value Full-Suspension Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
Pinkbike's tech editors go over the pros and cons of five value-oriented full suspension bikes.
Mike Levy    Apr 27, 2022
Value Bike Field Test: Fezzari Cascade Peak - The Classic Trail Bike Value Bike Field Test: Fezzari Cascade Peak - The Classic Trail Bike
More middle-of-the-road than leading the pack, but that could be just the ticket for many riders.
Alicia Leggett    Apr 26, 2022
Field Test: 2022 Stumpjumper Alloy - As Versatile As Ever Field Test: 2022 Stumpjumper Alloy - As Versatile As Ever
The base model Stumpjumper is a workhorse of a trail bike with a frame that's worth upgrading with nicer parts.
Mike Levy    Apr 25, 2022
Field Test: Kona Process 134 29 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop Field Test: Kona Process 134 29 - Can't Stop, Won't Stop
The least expensive Process needs a serious stopping upgrade to unleash its full potential.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 21, 2022
Field Test: Marin Team Marin 1 - A Wallet Friendly XC Race Bike Field Test: Marin Team Marin 1 - A Wallet Friendly XC Race Bike
The Team Marin 1 is ideal for riders hoping to test the waters of XC racing without breaking the bank.
Alicia Leggett    Apr 20, 2022
Value Field Test: Salsa Timberjack XT 29 - The Jack of All Trades Value Field Test: Salsa Timberjack XT 29 - The Jack of All Trades
The Timberjack XT 29 is Salsa's workhorse trail hardtail, which Salsa says "just might be the best hardtail 29er for the playful types out there."
Mike Levy    Apr 19, 2022
Value Field Test: Diamondback Sync’r - Swim Value Field Test: Diamondback Sync’r - Swim
Plus-sized tires, a dropper post, and a $1,500 price tag sound promising...
Beta MTB    Apr 18, 2022
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Henry Quinney    Dec 23, 2021
Field Test: 12 Trail & Downcountry Bikes Face the Efficiency Test Field Test: 12 Trail & Downcountry Bikes Face the Efficiency Test
A dozen mountain bikes and one gravel road. Which ones were the most efficient climbers?
Mike Levy    Dec 23, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 98 - Field Test Trail Bike Debrief The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 98 - Field Test Trail Bike Debrief
Six aluminum, carbon, and steel trail bikes, varying ideas of what that even means, and liberal use of purple and toothpaste. Plenty to talk about, including a bunch of your questions from each review.
Matt Beer    Dec 22, 2021
Field Test: 6 Trail Bikes & 6 Downcountry Bikes vs. The Impossible Climb Field Test: 6 Trail Bikes & 6 Downcountry Bikes vs. The Impossible Climb
This Impossible Climb was filled with obstacles that were slicker than snot on an icicle.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 21, 2021
Video: 6 Aggressive Trail Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable Video: 6 Aggressive Trail Bikes Ridden & Rated - Field Test Roundtable
It's time to figure out the highlights and lowlights of this crop of Field Test contenders.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 17, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Scor 4060 ST - Fast & Filthy Field Test: 2022 Scor 4060 ST - Fast & Filthy
A futuristic-looking carbon machine that uses a dual short-link suspension layout to deliver 140mm of travel. How does the new brand's trail machine match up to its competitors?
Alicia Leggett    Dec 13, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Propain Hugene - The Definition of Balanced Field Test: 2022 Propain Hugene - The Definition of Balanced
On its website, Propain boldly calls the Hugene the "one bike to rule them all." Has the German direct-to-consumer brand finally cracked the code?
Henry Quinney    Dec 9, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Rocky Mountain Element - Radical Geometry Meets Low Weight Field Test: 2022 Rocky Mountain Element - Radical Geometry Meets Low Weight
The new Element is drastically different in the geometry department than its predecessor. What did those changes mean out on the trail?
Mike Levy    Dec 9, 2021
The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 95 - Field Test Down-Country Bike Debrief The Pinkbike Podcast: Episode 95 - Field Test Down-Country Bike Debrief
The Field Test bikes we wanted to keep, why we didn't get on with a few of them, and what we'd change to make them even better.
Henry Quinney    Dec 8, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Canyon Lux Trail - A Revised Racer Field Test: 2022 Canyon Lux Trail - A Revised Racer
Is a new front triangle enough to move a more traditional XC bike into the downcountry category?
Henry Quinney    Dec 7, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Niner Jet 9 RDO - The Easy Rider Field Test: 2022 Niner Jet 9 RDO - The Easy Rider
The Niner Jet 9 is more focused on the down portion of 'downcountry' compared to some of the other bikes on test.
Henry Quinney    Dec 6, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Santa Cruz Blur TR - The Cruz Missile Field Test: 2022 Santa Cruz Blur TR - The Cruz Missile
The Blur was the lightest bike in this year's downcountry field test. What did that mean out on the trail?
Henry Quinney    Dec 2, 2021
Field Test Review: 2022 Giant Trance Advanced Pro 1 - Eat, Pray, Live Valve? Field Test Review: 2022 Giant Trance Advanced Pro 1 - Eat, Pray, Live Valve?
The new Trance recieves updated geometry, along with version 1.5 of Fox's Live Valve suspension system.
Mike Levy    Dec 1, 2021
Video: Welcome to the 2021 Fall Field Test - Trail and Downcountry Bikes Video: Welcome to the 2021 Fall Field Test - Trail and Downcountry Bikes
Twelve of the latest trail and downcountry bikes face-off in the wettest cage match we've ever held.
Mike Levy    Sep 23, 2021
Field Test: Enduro and eMTBs Get Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slow Motion Field Test: Enduro and eMTBs Get Hucked to Flat in Ultra Slow Motion
It's not a Field Test unless we're hucking to flat and something breaks...
Matt Beer    Sep 22, 2021
Field Test: 5 Enduro Bikes and 4 eMTBs On the Impossible Climb Field Test: 5 Enduro Bikes and 4 eMTBs On the Impossible Climb
Here we go again - another round of impossible climbing, this time with some motors added into the mix.
Mike Levy    Sep 21, 2021
Field Test: 5 Enduro Bikes (and 1 eMTB) Face the Efficiency Test Field Test: 5 Enduro Bikes (and 1 eMTB) Face the Efficiency Test
It's fair to say that none of them were designed to excel at the Efficiency Test, but we're not gonna let that stop us.
Matt Beer    Sep 17, 2021
Video: Meta Power 29 vs 160E vs Range VLT vs Kenevo SL - Field Test Roundtable Video: Meta Power 29 vs 160E vs Range VLT vs Kenevo SL - Field Test Roundtable
You have seen all the reviews, but now its time to decide which one is our favorite. From Norco's monster truck Range VLT to Specialized's lightweight Kenevo SL, join Mike Levy, Henry Quinney, and Matt Beer to find out which eMTB came out on top.
Matt Beer    Sep 15, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Norco Range VLT - The Carbon Monster Truck Field Test: 2022 Norco Range VLT - The Carbon Monster Truck
With its big travel and huge 900Wh battery, the second iteration of Norco's Range VLT is one serious machine.
Henry Quinney    Sep 13, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Yeti 160E - The All-Rounder E-MTB Field Test: 2022 Yeti 160E - The All-Rounder E-MTB
The 160E was built for racing, but it's not just for the steepest and rowdiest tracks around.
Henry Quinney    Sep 12, 2021
Video: Arrival vs Range vs Force vs Spire vs Capra - Field Test Roundtable Video: Arrival vs Range vs Force vs Spire vs Capra - Field Test Roundtable
Which did we like? Which would we have ourselves? And how do they compare against a previous Field Test winner and a bike that we all have a great amount of appreciation for - the Specialized Enduro?
Matt Beer    Sep 11, 2021
Field Test: 2022 We Are One Arrival - Efficient & Effective Field Test: 2022 We Are One Arrival - Efficient & Effective
With a steep price tag it won't win on value, but with 152mm of travel, how did this dual-link carbon bike stack up against our other enduro bikes?
Henry Quinney    Sep 10, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Transition Spire - Suprisingly Versatile Field Test: 2022 Transition Spire - Suprisingly Versatile
With near-downhill bike geometry, does the Transition Spire limit itself to the gnarliest, steepest terrain, or is there more to it than meets the eye?
Henry Quinney    Sep 9, 2021
Field Test: 2022 GT Force Carbon - Longer, Lower, Idler Field Test: 2022 GT Force Carbon - Longer, Lower, Idler
The new GT Force ticks all the boxes on the modern enduro bike checklist, but does that mean it rides well?
Henry Quinney    Sep 8, 2021
Field Test: 2022 YT Capra - The Speedy All-Rounder Field Test: 2022 YT Capra - The Speedy All-Rounder
The new Capra is well spec'd for the price, and it turns out it's pretty quick, too.
Matt Beer    Sep 7, 2021
Field Test: 2022 Norco Range C1 - The Pedal Friendly 'Downhill' Bike Field Test: 2022 Norco Range C1 - The Pedal Friendly 'Downhill' Bike
There aren't many bikes out there that can match the Range's appetite for rough terrain.
Mike Levy    Sep 6, 2021
Video: Welcome to the 2021 Summer Field Test - Enduro and eMTBs Video: Welcome to the 2021 Summer Field Test - Enduro and eMTBs
The Field Test is back, this time with the newest and most interesting enduro and eMTBs going head-to-head at the Sun Peaks Resort.
Mike Levy    Dec 24, 2020
Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro Bikes Hucked To Flat at 1,000 FPS Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro Bikes Hucked To Flat at 1,000 FPS
Ten of the latest trail and enduro bikes and one bottom-out bonanza for Christmas.
Mike Levy    Dec 23, 2020
Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro bikes VS the Impossible Climb Field Test: 10 Trail and Enduro bikes VS the Impossible Climb
Yes, the Huck to Flat is coming soon but we have to get to the top first.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 21, 2020
Field Test: Searching Out the Best Values in the Enduro Category Field Test: Searching Out the Best Values in the Enduro Category
We took a closer look at the bikes featured in the Enduro / Freeride Field Test in search of the best price vs performance ratios.
Mike Levy    Dec 20, 2020
Field Test: Searching Out the Best Values in the Trail Bike Category Field Test: Searching Out the Best Values in the Trail Bike Category
We take a closer look at the five Field Test trail bikes to see which model gives you the most bike for your buck in each range.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 14, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Propain Spindrift - Lots of Travel & Lots of Fun Field Test: 2021 Propain Spindrift - Lots of Travel & Lots of Fun
With 180mm travel front and rear, the Propain Spindrift is designed for rowdy riding, wild lines, and big hucks.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 12, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Trek Slash - Ready to Race Field Test: 2021 Trek Slash - Ready to Race
The Slash received multiple updates for 2021, but it's still an enduro race machine at heart.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 8, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Norco Shore - The Freeride Tank Field Test: 2021 Norco Shore - The Freeride Tank
The Shore is back for another round of freeride glory, this time with 27.5" wheels and 180mm of travel.
Mike Levy    Dec 1, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper - The Do It All 'Er Field Test: 2021 Specialized Stumpjumper - The Do It All 'Er
The 2021 Stumpjumper gets an all-new frame design, and that translates to a big difference out on the trail.
Mike Levy    Nov 28, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Ibis Mojo 4 - The Trail Rider's Trail Bike Field Test: 2021 Ibis Mojo 4 - The Trail Rider's Trail Bike
Version 4.0 of the Mojo is the longest and slackest yet, but it's still designed to be a fun-loving, 'all-mountain play bike.'
Mike Levy    Nov 24, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Giant Trance X - Computer Controlled Climbing Convenience Field Test: 2021 Giant Trance X - Computer Controlled Climbing Convenience
We put the new Trance X to the test, electronically controlled suspension and all.
Mike Levy    Aug 10, 2020
Field Test: Transition Spur - Made to Descend Field Test: Transition Spur - Made to Descend
A short-travel bike for riders who don’t care that they only have a short amount of travel.
Sarah Moore    Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively Fast
The Scalpel proves that a bike doesn't have to feel harsh to be fast on the climbs.
Sarah Moore    Jul 28, 2020
Field Test: 2020 Trek Supercaliber - Short On Travel, Not on Traction Field Test: 2020 Trek Supercaliber - Short On Travel, Not on Traction
A pure cross-country race bike designed with Olympic cross-country in mind, featuring just 60mm of rear travel.
Mike Levy    Jan 20, 2020
Video: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 Field Test Video: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 Field Test
There's a broken Mini, bloopers, and more in this candid look at the 2020 Field Test.
Mike Levy    Dec 26, 2019
Field Test: 13 Bikes VS The Impossible Climb Field Test: 13 Bikes VS The Impossible Climb
Thirteen bikes compete for honors up a tricky climb littered with roots, wet rocks, tight corners... And banana peels?
Mike Kazimer    Dec 25, 2019
Field Test: 13 Bikes Hucked to Flat at 1000 FPS Field Test: 13 Bikes Hucked to Flat at 1000 FPS
Merry Christmas! We busted out the Phantom to capture 13 bikes being hucked to flat in gratuitous slo-mo.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 23, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Yeti SB165 - A Pedalable Park Bike Field Test: 2020 Yeti SB165 - A Pedalable Park Bike
Do you prefer trails that are on the steeper and scarier side of the spectrum? The SB165 could be worth a look.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 18, 2019
Pinkbike Field Test: GT Force 29 Pro - A Solid Descender With Room for Improvement Pinkbike Field Test: GT Force 29 Pro - A Solid Descender With Room for Improvement
The GT Force 29 was designed for downhill performance, but this stout aluminum steed's part spec wasn't quite up to par.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 17, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Ibis Mojo HD5 - An Easygoing All-Rounder Field Test: 2020 Ibis Mojo HD5 - An Easygoing All-Rounder
The Mojo HD5 got a little longer and slacker, but it's still plenty quick in the corners.
Sarah Moore    Dec 9, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Trek Top Fuel - The Featherweight That Packs a Powerful Punch Field Test: 2020 Trek Top Fuel - The Featherweight That Packs a Powerful Punch
Neither an up-forked XC bike nor a short-travel trail bike, the Top Fuel rewards riders for pushing hard.
Brian Park    Nov 20, 2019
Video: How We Tested at the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test Video: How We Tested at the 2020 Pinkbike Field Test
Check out some of the trails, test tracks, and processes we used at this year's Field Test.
Mike Levy    Nov 19, 2019
Field Test: 2020 Intense Primer S - Mixed Wheel Corner Carver Field Test: 2020 Intense Primer S - Mixed Wheel Corner Carver
The all-new Primer S is Intense's go at a trail bike with a 29" front wheel and 27.5" rear wheel, but do mixed wheels just end up sending mixed signals?
Mike Levy    Nov 12, 2019
2020 Field Test: Norco Optic - Short on Travel, Not on Capability 2020 Field Test: Norco Optic - Short on Travel, Not on Capability
The all-new Optic is what happens when you make fun the main priority by combining smart geometry with short travel.
Sarah Moore    Jan 19, 2019
Recapped: The Complete 2019 Pinkbike Field Test Recapped: The Complete 2019 Pinkbike Field Test
Brand new bikes tested, antics, arguments, and all. Here is our super mega ultimate recap of all the videos from the first annual Pinkbike Field Test.
Richard Cunningham    Jan 17, 2019
Field Test: 3 Full Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3000 Field Test: 3 Full Suspension Mountain Bikes Under $3000
RC compares the Norco Fluid FS 1 with Whyte's G-170 S and the Transition Scout Alloy NX to see how much trail bike you can buy for under $3000.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 21, 2018
Field Test: Firebird 29 vs Spartan 29 vs Ransom Field Test: Firebird 29 vs Spartan 29 vs Ransom
Pinkbike's tech editors choose between the Pivot Firebird, Devinci Spartan, and the Scott Ransom. Which one would you pick?
Paul Aston    Dec 20, 2018
Field Test: Scott Ransom Field Test: Scott Ransom
The Ransom returns, with 170mm of travel, 29" wheels, and an appetite for steep terrain.
Daniel Sapp    Dec 19, 2018
Field Test: Trance vs Sensor vs Habit vs SB130 Field Test: Trance vs Sensor vs Habit vs SB130
Which one would you pick? Pinkbike's tech editors choose between the GT Sensor, Yeti SB130, Giant Trance 29, and Cannondale Habit.
Paul Aston    Dec 19, 2018
Field Test: Devinci Spartan 29 Field Test: Devinci Spartan 29
The new Spartan is a burly, unflinching bike, with big wheels and 165mm of travel.
Paul Aston    Dec 18, 2018
Field Test: Pivot Firebird 29 Field Test: Pivot Firebird 29
The Firebird 29 is built for speed, whether that's in the bike park or between the tape at an enduro race.
Daniel Sapp    Dec 15, 2018
Field Test: Yeti SB130 Field Test: Yeti SB130
With a little less travel than the enduro-oriented SB150, how does the SB130 compare?
Richard Cunningham    Dec 13, 2018
Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert Field Test: GT Sensor Carbon Expert
GT's redesigned Sensor pays homage to the famous LTS, but with big wheels and slacker numbers than DH bikes of the time.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 8, 2018
Field Test: Stumpjumper vs Remedy vs Process vs Bronson vs SB150 Field Test: Stumpjumper vs Remedy vs Process vs Bronson vs SB150
Which one would you pick? Pinkbike's tech editors choose between the Santa Cruz Bronson, Trek Remedy, Yeti SB150, Kona Process 153, and Specialized Stumpjumper.
Richard Cunningham    Dec 12, 2018
Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon Field Test: Cannondale Habit Carbon
Riding the original Habit had us dreaming of bigger wheels and a more aggressive chassis. Well, here it is...
Daniel Sapp    Dec 10, 2018
Field Test: Giant Trance Advanced 29 Field Test: Giant Trance Advanced 29
Is 115 millimeters of rear travel enough for the trails surrounding Whistler? We found out aboard the new Giant Trance.
Mike Kazimer    Dec 6, 2018
Field Test: Yeti SB150 Field Test: Yeti SB150
The SB150 is the longest and slackest bike in Yeti's lineup. Find out how it handled the rugged terrain around Whistler, BC.
Mike Levy    Dec 5, 2018
Field Test: Trek Remedy 9.9 Field Test: Trek Remedy 9.9
We find out how the latest version of the Remedy performs.
Mike Levy    Dec 4, 2018
Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 Review - Field Test Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper 29 Review - Field Test
With the lines between categories blurring, Specialized's new Stumpy aims to be an ideal all-arounder. Is that the right approach for you?
Mike Levy    Dec 3, 2018
Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29 Field Test: Kona Process 153 CR/DL 29
Next up in our Field Test series is Kona's big-wheeled 29er enduro bike, this time in carbon fiber.
Brian Park    Nov 28, 2018
Video: Introducing The 2019 Pinkbike Field Test Video: Introducing The 2019 Pinkbike Field Test
We flew our entire team of technical editors to Whistler, and spent a few weeks testing a dozen new 2019 bikes on some of the world's best trails.

 
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