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Sarah Moore    Apr 19, 2024
First Look: Pinarello Renews Focus on MTB with Dog First Look: Pinarello Renews Focus on MTB with Dogma XC & XC Now Available in FS & HT
No guarantees that riding the same bike as Tom Pidcock and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will improve your race results.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 19, 2024
Review: Yeti's Back in the XC Game With the 2024 A Review: Yeti's Back in the XC Game With the 2024 ASR
After a nine-year hiatus, the ASR returns to take its place as Yeti's dedicated cross-country race bike.
Ed Spratt    Mar 18, 2024
Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Custom Cape Epic Race Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Custom Cape Epic Race Bike
Nino and his custom-painted Scott Spark have already picked up one stage win at the 2024 Cape Epic.
Dario DiGiulio    Mar 12, 2024
First Ride: 2024 Specialized Epic EVO 8 First Ride: 2024 Specialized Epic EVO 8
The Epic EVO gets a longer travel fork and a burlier build kit compared to its more XC race oriented sibling.
Sarah Moore    Mar 11, 2024
First Look: 2024 Liv Pique Advanced 29 is Slacker, First Look: 2024 Liv Pique Advanced 29 is Slacker, Lighter & Stiffer
The third-generation Pique has evolved to be a more capable bike on increasingly technical cross-country race tracks.
Jessie-May Morgan    Mar 7, 2024
First Look: Lee Cougan Crossfire Trail XC Bike First Look: Lee Cougan Crossfire Trail XC Bike
The Crossfire's shock is partially hidden in the downtube in order to increase frame stiffness.
Betsy Welch    Dec 18, 2023
Review: The Pivot Mach SL 4 Blends XC Speed & Review: The Pivot Mach SL 4 Blends XC Speed & Comfort
Pivot's XC race machine is more capable (and lighter) than ever.
Dario DiGiulio    Nov 7, 2023
First Ride: 2024 Canyon Lux Trail First Ride: 2024 Canyon Lux Trail
With revised sizing, kinematic, and categorization, the Lux feels a bit more at home in its skin.
Dario DiGiulio    Oct 3, 2023
First Look: Mondraker's New F-Podium First Look: Mondraker's New F-Podium
Lines have been refined, standards have been updated, and they've pushed the geometry even further to match an increase in travel.
Henry Quinney    Sep 18, 2023
Review: Factor Lando XC Review: Factor Lando XC
The Lando XC is a true marathon bike, with 29" wheels and 115mm of rear travel.
Troy Templin    Aug 10, 2023
First Ride: 2024 Trek Supercaliber G2 First Ride: 2024 Trek Supercaliber G2
The new Supercaliber sheds weight and gains additional travel.
Matt Beer    Jul 10, 2023
Bike Check: Maxime Marotte's Rockrider 940S Bike Check: Maxime Marotte's Rockrider 940S
Maxime Marotte turned a few heads with a sixth place finish at the Val Di Sole XC World Cup recently.
Nick Bentley    Jun 16, 2023
Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Pinarello Dog Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Pinarello Dogma XC
Pauline's running SR Suntour's unreleased electronic suspension on the new Dogma.
Dario DiGiulio    Jun 15, 2023
Bike Check: Henrique Avancini's Caloi Elite FS Bike Check: Henrique Avancini's Caloi Elite FS
As one of the largest bike producers in Latin America, Caloi has the resources and catalog to allow Henrique to build the program of his dreams.
Nick Bentley    Jun 12, 2023
Bike Check: Milan Vader's Cervelo ZFS-5 Short Trac Bike Check: Milan Vader's Cervelo ZFS-5 Short Track Bike
Vader's Cervelo is set up with a rigid aluminum link for short track racing.
Dario DiGiulio    May 23, 2023
First Look: Pivot's New Mach 4SL First Look: Pivot's New Mach 4SL
The team at Pivot is touting the whippet as a World Cup bike that can punch above its weight class.
Dario DiGiulio    May 11, 2023
First Look: Cervélo's New ZFS-5 XC Bike First Look: Cervélo's New ZFS-5 XC Bike
The ZFS-5 will be available with either 100 or 120mm of travel.
Betsy Welch    May 11, 2023
First Look: New Pinarello Dogma XC Race Bike for P First Look: New Pinarello Dogma XC Race Bike for Pidcock and PFP
The Ineos Grenadier riders will be racing new Pinarello Dogma bikes this year, ahead of the official launch in 2024.
Matt Beer    Mar 10, 2023
The 2023 Focus Raven Carbon Hardtail Has In-Frame The 2023 Focus Raven Carbon Hardtail Has In-Frame Storage
The carbon Raven also has a 120mm fork and an angle adjust headset.
Ibis Cycles    Jan 24, 2023
Ibis Launches New Vietnam Made Exie Ibis Launches New Vietnam Made Exie
There's now a more affordable Exie in the mix.
Mike Kazimer    Nov 4, 2022
First Look: 2023 Orbea Oiz - A Modern XC Machine First Look: 2023 Orbea Oiz - A Modern XC Machine
The new Orbea receives updated geometry, a stiffer frame, and more integration, all while maintaining a very light weight.
Matt Beer    Nov 2, 2022
Field Test: Lapierre XRM 8.9 - Firm French Flier Field Test: Lapierre XRM 8.9 - Firm French Flier
The XRM requires an attentive pilot, and prioritizes efficiency over outright comfort.
Sarah Moore    Oct 31, 2022
Field Test: Ibis Exie - Ready for Your Next XC Rac Field Test: Ibis Exie - Ready for Your Next XC Race
There's more to the Exie than just a gleaming raw carbon finish and a low number on the scale.
Mike Levy    Oct 27, 2022
Field Test: BMC Fourstroke LT - Gorgeous in Green Field Test: BMC Fourstroke LT - Gorgeous in Green
Where does the Swiss missile sit on the short-travel spectrum?
Henry Quinney    Oct 7, 2022
Ridley Release New Raft and Probe RS XC Bikes Ridley Release New Raft and Probe RS XC Bikes
Ridley has added a pair of clean looking cross-country machines to their lineup.
Seb Stott    Oct 5, 2022
BMC's All-New Fourstroke Has a Self-Dropping 'Auto BMC's All-New Fourstroke Has a Self-Dropping 'Automatic' Seatpost
The revamped race bike's saddle goes up and down at the press of a button.
Mike Kazimer    Aug 15, 2022
5 Race Bikes from the 2022 Leadville 100 5 Race Bikes from the 2022 Leadville 100
Five of the speedy machines that took on the 100 mile course with 13,000 vert of climbing. [Updated with Keegan Swanson's Santa Cruz.]
Danger Holm    Aug 11, 2022
Dangerholm's Scott Spark RC Hypersonic Project Dangerholm's Scott Spark RC Hypersonic Project
Gustav's back with a new XC / trail machine that weighs less than 21 pounds.
Mike Kazimer    Jul 13, 2022
First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready First Look: 2023 Niner RKT 9 RDO - XC Race Ready
The new RKT gets a little longer, a little slacker, and gains a geometry adjusting flip chip.
Nick Bentley    Jul 6, 2022
Bike Check: Isla Short's Race-Ready Juliana Wilder Bike Check: Isla Short's Race-Ready Juliana Wilder
Isla Short's size small Juliana Wilder uses Hunt Wheels, XTR everything, and a Fox 32 SC fork.
James Huang    Jun 14, 2022
The 2022 Canyon Lux World Cup is Still an Unapolog The 2022 Canyon Lux World Cup is Still an Unapologetically Sharp-Edged XC Race Bike
It’s longer and slacker like everything else these days, but don’t call it a downcountry bike.
ridebmc    May 3, 2022
BMC Unveils Pauline Ferrand Prevot’s 2022 BMC Fo BMC Unveils Pauline Ferrand Prevot’s 2022 BMC Fourstroke Ahead of the Albstadt World Cup XC
Pauline’s custom-painted BMC Fourstroke will be ridden for the first time this weekend at the World Cup in Albstadt, Germany.
Matt Wragg    Apr 6, 2022
Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Winter Traini Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot's Winter Training BMC Four Stroke
Matt Wragg caught up with PFP in Southern France as Cecile Ravanel put her through the paces on stepdowns and road gaps.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 29, 2022
Pivot Releases New Les SL Lightweight XC Hardtail Pivot Releases New Les SL Lightweight XC Hardtail
The new Les SL is 300 grams lighter than the previous version.
Mike Kazimer    Mar 23, 2022
First Look: Lapierre Returns to XC With the New XR First Look: Lapierre Returns to XC With the New XR & XRM
Lapierre's cross-country lineup has been completely revamped for 2022.
Sarah Moore    Mar 14, 2022
Review: Scott Spark RC World Cup - 120mm Is The Ne Review: Scott Spark RC World Cup - 120mm Is The New XC
The Spark RC has more travel than you'd expect to find on a purebred XC race bike.
Ed Spratt    Feb 12, 2022
Bike Check: Lars Forster's European Champion Inspi Bike Check: Lars Forster's European Champion Inspired Scott Spark RC
To mark his second European Championships victory in 2021 Lars Forster has a custom painted Scott Spark RC for 2022
Ed Spratt    Jan 10, 2022
Bike Check: Rab Wardell's Marathon World Champions Bike Check: Rab Wardell's Marathon World Championships Santa Cruz Blur
The bike Rab used to return to Elite level competition since retiring from World Cup racing in 2014.
Ed Spratt    Nov 19, 2021
MMR Launches New Kenta XC Bike MMR Launches New Kenta XC Bike
MMR has launched its new Kenta XC bike, which was first seen being ridden at this year's World Cups by the MMR Factory Racing Team.
Alicia Leggett    Aug 27, 2021
Bike Check: Jolanda Neff's Olympics-Winning Trek S Bike Check: Jolanda Neff's Olympics-Winning Trek Supercaliber
'What was that tape doing on her downtube?' and other questions answered about the bike that carried Jolanda Neff to Olympic victory.
Henry Quinney    Aug 6, 2021
Poll: Once and For All, How Much Should a Mountain Poll: Once and For All, How Much Should a Mountain Bike Weigh?
Should DH bikes weigh less than enduro bikes? Cast your vote to decide what actually constitutes a 'light' bike.
Sarah Moore    Jul 22, 2021
Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Filippo Colom Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Filippo Colombo & Elisabeth Brandau's Olympic Edition BMC Fourstrokes
BMC has created three special Olympic edition bikes for Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Filippo Colombo, and Elisabeth Brandau to ride in Tokyo.
Norco Bicycles    Jul 22, 2021
Video: Norco Shows Off Haley Smith & Peter Dis Video: Norco Shows Off Haley Smith & Peter Disera's Olympic Race Bikes in 'Spinning Maple Into Gold'
Norco Factory Team XC riders Haley Smith and Peter Disera will be riding Norco Revolvers with gold imprints of Canadian maple leaves on them.
James Smurthwaite    Jul 7, 2021
Bike Check: Nadir Colledani's Custom Olympic MMR K Bike Check: Nadir Colledani's Custom Olympic MMR Kenta
Take a closer look at the bike Nadir Colledani will be piloting in Tokyo.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 30, 2021
First Ride: The 2022 Ibis Exie is Made in USA &amp First Ride: The 2022 Ibis Exie is Made in USA & Ready to Race
The Exie was conceived to be light enough to trade paint with any World Cup race bike and tough enough to step into the trail bike arena.
Alicia Leggett    Jun 16, 2021
Bike Check: Loana Lecomte's Winning Massi Aire SL Bike Check: Loana Lecomte's Winning Massi Aire SL
Let's take a look at the bike that has carried Loana Lecomte to her commanding victories this season.
Alicia Leggett    Jun 14, 2021
Bike Check: Nino Schurter's New Scott Spark RC Bike Check: Nino Schurter's New Scott Spark RC
Here's a closer look at the redesigned, ultra-integrated Scott Spark that Nino raced in Leogang.
Henry Quinney    Jun 9, 2021
First Look: All New 2022 Scott Spark - The Next Ge First Look: All New 2022 Scott Spark - The Next Generation of Integration
The Spark's shock is now hidden in the downtube, which leaves all sorts of room for water bottles inside the front triangle.
Sarah Moore    Jun 1, 2021
First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 2022 Blur is XC Race First Ride: Santa Cruz's New 2022 Blur is XC Race Ready
The new Blur is available in XC and TR versions, with either 100mm or 115mm of travel.
Canyon    May 19, 2021
Canyon Announces Limited Edition Mathieu van der P Canyon Announces Limited Edition Mathieu van der Poel Lux
It all comes down to the words printed on the top tube behind the shock: Let The Legs Do The Talking.
Sarah Moore    May 18, 2021
Bike Check: Emily Batty's 22.5lb Race-Ready Canyon Bike Check: Emily Batty's 22.5lb Race-Ready Canyon Lux CFR
We take a look at the custom-painted Canyon Lux full-suspension bike that the 32-year-old Canadian raced in Albstadt, Germany and Nove Mesto, Czech Republic.
James Smurthwaite    May 17, 2021
MMR's Prototype Kenta Full Suspension XC Race Bike MMR's Prototype Kenta Full Suspension XC Race Bike
The Olympics are on the way, and more and more new XC bikes are starting to roll out.
James Smurthwaite    May 6, 2021
9 Bikes That Have Won the Albstadt XC World Cup 9 Bikes That Have Won the Albstadt XC World Cup
Take a look at this selection of past winners, dating all the way back to 2014.
James Smurthwaite    Apr 26, 2021
Legendary Road Cycling Brand Wilier Launches New U Legendary Road Cycling Brand Wilier Launches New Urta SLR Cross Country Bike
Best known for their road bikes, Wilier is expanding their mountain bike lineup with a new XC race bike.
Mike Kazimer    Apr 9, 2021
Santa Cruz Teases New XC Race Bike Santa Cruz Teases New XC Race Bike
It looks like Santa Cruz are getting ready to roll out a new cross-country race machine.
Geoff Kabush    Mar 2, 2021
Video Bike Check: Geoff Kabush's 3 Olympic Bikes f Video Bike Check: Geoff Kabush's 3 Olympic Bikes from 2000, 2008, & 2012
The evolution of these Olympics XC race bikes is a fascinating reminder of how young our sport is and how quickly the technology has changed.
James Smurthwaite    Feb 19, 2021
Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Custom European Champi Bike Check: Nino Schurter's Custom European Champion Scott Spark Race Bike
Take a look at Nino Schurter's latest custom bike inspired by his win at the European Championships that features one-piece carbon Syncros wheels.
Alicia Leggett    Feb 9, 2021
Fezzari Revamps Solitude Hardtail, a Featherweight Fezzari Revamps Solitude Hardtail, a Featherweight XC Bike with Modernized Geometry
This hardtail frame weighs less than 1 kg and aims to balance pedaling efficiency with trail capability.
James Smurthwaite    Jan 8, 2021
Bike Check: Jordan Sarrou's World Champion Custom Bike Check: Jordan Sarrou's World Champion Custom Specialized Epic
Sarrou will be on Specialized for 2021, and they welcomed him to the team with a custom painted Epic.
Daniel Sapp    Dec 4, 2020
Bike Check: Rab Wardell's Santa Cruz Blur Bike Check: Rab Wardell's Santa Cruz Blur
The machine that Rab Wardell used to snag the FKT of the The West Highland Way.
Ed Spratt    Nov 12, 2020
Merida Launches New Ninety-Six Trail and XC Bikes Merida Launches New Ninety-Six Trail and XC Bikes
Merida has overhauled its Ninety-Six full suspension XC bike range to include both race and trail models.
Gustav Gullholm    Nov 11, 2020
Bike Check: Dangerholm's Insanely Light Scott Spar Bike Check: Dangerholm's Insanely Light Scott Spark
Dangerholm's at it again, this time with a 29" full-suspension XC bike that weighs less than 18 pounds. With pedals.
Daniel Sapp    Oct 1, 2020
Triple Bike Check: Comparing the Scalpels of Canno Triple Bike Check: Comparing the Scalpels of Cannondale Factory Racing
Three bikes with medium frames but different settings. Check out what Cannondale's World Cup team is bringing to the first race of the season.
Ross Bell    Sep 30, 2020
8 XC Bikes From The Nove Mesto World Cup Pits 8 XC Bikes From The Nove Mesto World Cup Pits
The Pinkbike photographers have been snooping around the pits (socially distant of course) and managed to grab a selection of bikes that were lurking in the team tents.
Ed Spratt    Sep 13, 2020
The Best Tech From Val di Sole XC World Cups The Best Tech From Val di Sole XC World Cups
All the best lightweight racing tech from Val di Sole.
Daniel Sapp    Aug 27, 2020
First Ride: Trek's New 2021 Procaliber First Ride: Trek's New 2021 Procaliber
Trek's revamped Procaliber hardtail couples a full-carbon XC race frame with surprisingly affordable build options.
Dan Roberts    Aug 19, 2020
2021 Mondraker Podium - The World's Lightest Produ 2021 Mondraker Podium - The World's Lightest Production XC Hardtail?
At 775 grams, the new Mondraker Podium stakes its claim as the world's lightest XC hardtail frame.
James Smurthwaite    Aug 14, 2020
The Best Tech From Lenzerheide XC World Cups The Best Tech From Lenzerheide XC World Cups
A look back at the fast and light machines that were lining up at previous Lenzerheide XC World Cups
Sarah Moore    Jul 29, 2020
Field Test: 2021 Cannondale Scalpel - Deceptively 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 Trav 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.
Dan Roberts    Jul 28, 2020
Giant Launches Its Lightest Ever Aluminium Hardtai Giant Launches Its Lightest Ever Aluminium Hardtail to Bring More Affordability to XC Bikes
The 2021 XTC SLR ha a frame weight that encroaches into the territory of some carbon fibre composite frames.
James Smurthwaite    Jul 24, 2020
Super Lightweight Components From XC Race Bikes Super Lightweight Components From XC Race Bikes
Take a look back at some of the lightest components we've seen at XC races over the years.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 21, 2020
First Look: The 2021 Orbea Oiz Gets Even Lighter First Look: The 2021 Orbea Oiz Gets Even Lighter
Orbea's 2021 Oiz XC bike receives updates including a lighter OMX frame.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 30, 2020
First Look: 2021 Yeti SB115 First Look: 2021 Yeti SB115
Yeti says the SB115 "looks like an SB100, rides like an SB130."
James Smurthwaite    Jun 29, 2020
Bike vs Bike - Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney's S Bike vs Bike - Nino Schurter and Kate Courtney's Scott Sparks
There are the bikes that Kate and Nino would have been riding at XC World Champs in Albstadt.
Ed Spratt    Jun 28, 2020
Round Up: 23 XC World Champs Bikes Round Up: 23 XC World Champs Bikes
Looking back at five years of custom World Championship race machines.
Guerrilla Gravity    Jun 24, 2020
Guerrilla Gravity Launches Limited Edition Trail P Guerrilla Gravity Launches Limited Edition Trail Pistol Race SL
Guerilla Gravity has put together a limited edition run of just 25 Trail Pistol Race SL models.
James Smurthwaite    May 22, 2020
The Best Tech From Nove Mesto XC World Cups The Best Tech From Nove Mesto XC World Cups
6 years of XC bike evolution in the Czech Republic.
Daniel Sapp    May 21, 2020
First Ride: Cannondale's All-New Scalpel SE First Ride: Cannondale's All-New Scalpel SE
The Scalpel gets a significant update, and there are now two models - one with 100mm of travel, and the other with 120mm.
Mike Levy    May 8, 2020
Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Specialized Diverge EVO: Gravel Shredder, High-End Hybrid, or Just a Rigid Mountain Bike?
Does a flat-bar gravel bike appeal to you, or is this just a mountain bike with not enough tire clearance?
Gustav Gullholm    Apr 29, 2020
Video: XC Meets BMX? Dangerholm’s Completely Cus Video: XC Meets BMX? Dangerholm’s Completely Custom Scott Spark
What happens if you take a World Cup proven XC frame and build it up with components worthy of a place on an EWS bike? Dangerholm finds out.
Mike Levy    Apr 14, 2020
Review: Kona's Fresh Hei Hei Can Make Cross-Countr Review: Kona's Fresh Hei Hei Can Make Cross-Country Fun - Pond Beaver 2020
The new Hei Hei is a 120mm-travel cross-country-ish 29er that's ideal for all-day adventures.
David Arthur    Feb 3, 2020
Review: NS Bikes Synonym TR1 - Not Your Typical XC Review: NS Bikes Synonym TR1 - Not Your Typical XC Bike
Did someone say downcountry? The Synonym is another worthy contender in the rapidly growing field of short travel bikes with modern geometry.
Richard Cunningham    Sep 6, 2019
Bike Check: Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercaliber - Sno Bike Check: Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercaliber - Snowshoe XC World Cup 2019
Jolanda has been racing it "in secret" for most of the season. Check out the details of her new machine and learn how she sets it up for different tracks
Trek Bikes    Sep 5, 2019
Video: Jolanda Neff Gets Weird on the New Trek Sup Video: Jolanda Neff Gets Weird on the New Trek Supercaliber
They missed the "weird MTB marketing videos" post by a few weeks, but it's always nice to see something a bit different.
Daniel Sapp    Sep 5, 2019
First Ride: Trek's New Supercaliber XC Race Bike First Ride: Trek's New Supercaliber XC Race Bike
The 2020 Supercaliber has 60mm of rear travel and a unique IsoStrut suspension design.
David Arthur    Sep 2, 2019
Review: Mondraker’s 2020 F-Podium RR is a Rapid Review: Mondraker’s 2020 F-Podium RR is a Rapid XC Racer with Great Handling
Modern cross-country bikes are getting more capable than ever, and Mondraker's F-Podium RR is a prime example.
Sarah Moore    Aug 20, 2019
First Ride: 2020 Liv Pique 29 - A World Cup Ready First Ride: 2020 Liv Pique 29 - A World Cup Ready XC Bike
The Liv Pique has morphed from a small-wheeled trail bike into a big-wheeled cross-country race machine.
Mike Levy    Jul 22, 2019
Review: Ibis' 4th-Generation Ripley Is More Capabl Review: Ibis' 4th-Generation Ripley Is More Capable, But Still Very Much A Ripley
Slacker, longer, and with revised suspension kinematics... But is it still a Ripley? Levy finds out how Ibis' trail bike has evolved.
Mike Levy    Jul 13, 2019
Bike Check: Felix Burke's BCBR-Winning Rocky Mount Bike Check: Felix Burke's BCBR-Winning Rocky Mountain Element
The fastest bike (and racer) used tire inserts to win one of the most technically challenging cross-country stage races in the world.
Mike Levy    Jul 13, 2019
Bike Check: Katerina Nash's BCBR-Winning Orbea Oiz Bike Check: Katerina Nash's BCBR-Winning Orbea Oiz
While others chose more forgiving machines, Katerina Nash rode her purebred cross-country race bike to victory at the BCBR.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 8, 2019
Bike Check: Sam Gaze's S-Works Specialized Epic - Bike Check: Sam Gaze's S-Works Specialized Epic - Vallnord World Cup XC 2019
Kiwi Sam Gaze's S-Works Specialized Epic has a mix of lightweight parts, RockShox suspension, and a stem slammed to the max.
Dan Roberts    Jul 5, 2019
First Look: ARC8 Bicycles' XC Hardtail & 120mm First Look: ARC8 Bicycles' XC Hardtail & 120mm Trail Bike
We take a closer look at two new bikes from this small Swiss brand.
Richard Cunningham    May 26, 2019
5 XC Race Weapons from the 2019 Nove Mesto World C 5 XC Race Weapons from the 2019 Nove Mesto World Cup
The battle for cross-country supremacy was fought with lungs, legs, and... some new technology.
Daniel Sapp    May 23, 2019
First Ride: Trek's 2020 Top Fuel Gets a Little Mor First Ride: Trek's 2020 Top Fuel Gets a Little More Travel & a Lot More Aggressive
Trek sends its premier dual-suspension XC race bike to the aggressive trail bike gym.
James Huang    May 23, 2019
First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL First Ride: Pivot's XC Race Ready 2020 Mach 4 SL
The new Mach 4 SL is Pivot's premier cross-country race bike.
Richard Cunningham    May 20, 2019
First Look: Mondraker's F-Podium Brings Forward Ge First Look: Mondraker's F-Podium Brings Forward Geometry to XC Racing
Mondraker blends its forward geometry and Zero suspension system with the latest carbon manufacturing technology to take XC racing to the next level
David Arthur    May 6, 2019
Review: 2019 Swarf Contour 29 - A Hard-Charging Sh Review: 2019 Swarf Contour 29 - A Hard-Charging Short Travel Fully
Steel is real, especially in the UK. We put the Swarf Contour 29, a short-travel steel steed, to the test.
Sarah Moore    Apr 14, 2019
Liv's Prototype XC Bike - Sea Otter 2019 Liv's Prototype XC Bike - Sea Otter 2019
American long-distance mountain bike racer Kaysee Armstrong was spotted on this Liv prototype during the XC race at Sea Otter.
Mike Levy    Apr 10, 2019
First Ride: Norco's 2020 Revolver Cross-Country Bi First Ride: Norco's 2020 Revolver Cross-Country Bike
The name is the same but Norco's full-on cross-country bike is new from tip to tail.
Sarah Moore    Apr 9, 2019
Walmart Launches High-End 'Viathon' Bike Brand Walmart Launches High-End 'Viathon' Bike Brand
Department-store bikes look a lot better than they used to.
David Arthur    Feb 11, 2019
Review: 2019 Merida One-Twenty 8000 Review: 2019 Merida One-Twenty 8000
The One-Twenty is a short travel ripper that's surprisingly capable on the descents.
Mike Levy    Oct 22, 2018
Review: Yeti's New SB100 Review: Yeti's New SB100
How good can 100mm of travel actually be?
Richard Cunningham    Aug 26, 2018
XC Bike Checks from the La Bresse World Cup 2018 XC Bike Checks from the La Bresse World Cup 2018
PB photographers Irmo Keizer and Dave Trumpore return from the XC World Cup pits with more crazy tech.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 9, 2018
Review: Kona Satori DL Review: Kona Satori DL
The Satori isn't your typical 130mm 29er - find out what makes this orange machine stand out from the crowd.
Daniel Sapp    Jul 7, 2018
Bike Check: Nino Schurter's 60th Anniversary Editi Bike Check: Nino Schurter's 60th Anniversary Edition Scott Spark - Val di Sole World Cup 2018
Nino Schurter's 60th anniversary edition Scott Spark has a throwback theme for the 2018 Val di Sole World Cup.
David Arthur    Jul 2, 2018
Review: Intense Sniper XC Elite Review: Intense Sniper XC Elite
Type “XC bikes are dead” into Google and you get 385,000 results. But if the new Intense Sniper taught me anything, it’s that short travel bikes with proper modern geometry, wide bars, and a dropper post make a complete mockery of this myth.
Mike Kazimer    May 25, 2018
Bike Check: Vlad Dascalu's Protek 29FS - Nove Mest Bike Check: Vlad Dascalu's Protek 29FS - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
Take a closer look at this made-in-Italy carbon fiber speed machine.
Mike Levy    Mar 20, 2018
Santa Cruz's New Blur XC Bike - Review Santa Cruz's New Blur XC Bike - Review
Remember the Blur? It's back as a sporty, 100mm-travel cross-country bike, and Levy's been riding and racing it to see how it performs.
Richard Cunningham    Mar 9, 2018
Thömus Lightrider Dual-Suspension 29er at Stellen Thömus Lightrider Dual-Suspension 29er at Stellenbosch World Cup XCO - Bike Check
Thömus brings a new dual-suspension 29er machine to the World Cup in South Africa for the Flückiger brothers, Alessandra Keller and Kathrin Stirnemann.
Vernon Felton    Aug 3, 2017
Erin Huck's Cannondale Scalpel Si - Mont-Sainte-An Erin Huck's Cannondale Scalpel Si - Mont-Sainte-Anne XC World Cup 2017
What is the 2017 Pan American Continental Mountain Bike Champ racing this weekend? Here's a look at Erin Huck's Cannondale Scalpel Si.
David Arthur    Jul 31, 2017
Cube Stereo 140 C:68 SLT 29 - Review Cube Stereo 140 C:68 SLT 29 - Review
There’s no shortage of good 140mm travel 29" bikes on the market these days. Here's how the Cube Stereo stacks up to the competition.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 21, 2017
BMC Speedfox 01 - First Ride BMC Speedfox 01 - First Ride
BMC Synchronizes the dropper seatpost with the shock's remote lockout and reinvents the trail bike.
Richard Cunningham    May 19, 2017
Helen Grobert's Cannondale Scalpel Si – XC World Helen Grobert's Cannondale Scalpel Si – XC World Cup Round 1, Nove Mesto
German Olympian chooses her dual-suspension bike for the infamous Czechia cross-country venue.
Mike Levy    May 8, 2017
Scott Spark 900 - Review Scott Spark 900 - Review
Levy finds out what the completely redesigned, 120mm-travel Scott Spark is all about.
Vernon Felton    Jan 9, 2017
Santa Cruz Tallboy/Hightower - Review Santa Cruz Tallboy/Hightower - Review
We've had both the Santa Cruz Tallboy and Hightower in our stable this season. Here's how both bikes fared in the wild.
Mike Kazimer    Jun 20, 2016
Yeti SB4.5c - Review Yeti SB4.5c - Review
Big wheels? Short travel? Loads of fun? The SB4.5c checks all the boxes.
flag Ian Chu    May 2, 2016
Santa Cruz Tallboy - 初體驗 Santa Cruz Tallboy - 初體驗
新版Tallboy 與 Joplin 擁有嶄新幾何,增加了實戰能力。
Vernon Felton    Apr 26, 2016
Santa Cruz Tallboy - First Ride Santa Cruz Tallboy - First Ride
The new Tallboy and Joplin models get a small boost in rear travel and a big increase in capability.
Vernon Felton    Apr 25, 2016
Niner RKT 9 RDO 2-Star Build - Review Niner RKT 9 RDO 2-Star Build - Review
When you call a bike a "rocket", it has a lot to live up to. How does Niner's all-new cross-country weapon measure up to its moniker?
Mike Levy    Mar 28, 2016
Fuji Rakan 1.3 - Review Fuji Rakan 1.3 - Review
Fuji's 120mm travel Rakan is a short-travel trailbike with the heart of a cross-country weapon.
Mike Levy    Sep 21, 2015
Cannondale Habit Carbon SE - Review Cannondale Habit Carbon SE - Review
It's missing half its fork and some might say a bunch of wheel travel, but the Habit can't be defined by numbers or its appearance.
Richard Cunningham    Jun 15, 2015
Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review Pivot Mach 4 Carbon - Review
PB gives the new carbon fiber version of Pivot's original cross-country trailbike a run for its money.
Richard Cunningham    May 22, 2015
Bike Check: Catharine Pendrel's Orbea Oiz - Nove M Bike Check: Catharine Pendrel's Orbea Oiz - Nove Mesto World Cup XC
The two-time World Champ from Luna Chix shows off her electronically controlled carbon superbike.
Rachelle Frazer Boobar    Apr 6, 2015
Specialized Rumor Expert EVO 29 - Review Specialized Rumor Expert EVO 29 - Review
Specialized mixes big wheels and their EVO tweaks to create a female-specific trail bike, and we put that recipe to the test.
Mike Levy    Jan 5, 2015
Salsa Bucksaw - Review Salsa Bucksaw - Review
Salsa's full-suspension fat bike looks to raise the bar when it comes to fun, but just how capable is this big tire brawler?
Mike Levy    Jun 3, 2013
Ibis Ripley Review Ibis Ripley Review
How does Ibis' first 29er offering hold up to hard miles in the Pacific Northwest rain?
Matt Wragg    Feb 25, 2013
Lapierre X-Flow 712 Review Lapierre X-Flow 712 Review
Lapierre's 120mm carbon fiber trail weapon is put to the test.
Mike Levy    Jan 30, 2012
Felt Virtue Sport Review Felt Virtue Sport Review
Find out how Felt's $1999.99 Virtue Sport, complete with their Equilink suspension, performs on the trails.
Tyler Maine    Apr 29, 2009
Sea Otter - Tomac Carbide SL Sea Otter - Tomac Carbide SL
Source: Tomac Bikes

Over three years in development, the Carbide SL is the ultimate in lightweight, stiffness and pedaling efficiency. At a scant 4.4 pound frame weight with DT Swiss carbon shock, it’s one of the lightest XC full suspension bikes on the market, and certainly the stiffest. The Carbide SL can be hammered through anything an XC rider or racer could throw at it.
Mike Estes    Feb 20, 2008
Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Deluxe 29'er - Review Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Deluxe 29'er - Review
When the 29'er hit the market, there were instant skeptics and equipment problems. But with a amazing dedication to Mountain Biking, The Gary Fisher Bicycle Company set out to change the standard of 29'ers, Mr Fisher loves the 29'er and it shows in the final product. Let me share my story in hopes of inspiring you to simply "try one out!"







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