“Don’t call it a comeback… I been here for years…” It’s only fitting that I’m getting ear-wormed with L.L. Cool J., circa 1990, as I’m carving berms and boosting doubles through Southern California chaparral. The third-generation Niner Rip 9 has got me feeling nostalgic for a few reasons. I’ve ridden these same trails many times on my previous-generation Rip 9—a bike that served me well for two seasons, a bike that I have forsaken for a newer, shinier all-mountain bike even though I couldn’t have been happier with it. I’m going to make some comparisons to that bike, because as much as the v3 is true to its roots… there is not much that hasn’t changed for the newest Rip 9. And I would say that this bike is somewhat of a metaphor for Niner as a company right now (hang in with me for a minute while I explain) …
Evil changed the face of 29er bikes with their Following several years back. Fans of the brand have been eagerly awaiting the coming of the next iteration of aggressive 29er from Evil, and it has finally landed. The all-new Evil Offering is 140mm aggressive trail bike ready for full send sessions. Jump in to read our review and check out our Jenson USA Exclusive Build.
When you've created 2 of the most iconic bikes, the Ripley and the HD4, that occupy different ends of the trail bike spectrum, what is the logical next step? Ibis answered this question with their latest addition to a stellar bike lineup. Introducing the Ibis Ripmo. A bit Ripley, a bit Mojo HD4. Ripmo. It's a bit of a quirky name, but after seeing this stunning bike in person and/or ripping it through your local trails, you won't care what they named this bike. Read on to get the stats and details, and to see our short-term impressions of this 29" trail assassin.
The 2019 RockShox Lyrik fork has just landed, and we've been racking up miles testing it out. RockShox even sent the legend, Duncan Riffle, to make sure we had it dialed, and to give us the 411 on what's new. Follow the link, and read on, to see our short-term impressions, and all the details of what's new for this rowdy single crown fork.
Most advancements in the bike world are an evolution of design and technology that has proved itself in the past.
It's not often, that a company starts with a completely blank slate, and crafts their dream of the latest and greatest.
Orbea has done just that with the completely new, and radically different, successor to the Rallon namesake.
We got one of the first Rallon bikes to hit North America, and we put it through the wringer to give you our first look at this big-wheeled ripper with Spanish flavor. EUSKADURO!!!
Intense Bikes helped to define a new era of mountain biking with the introduction of the original Tracer. Almost 20 years later, Intense is launching their latest version of the Tracer, and it is still defining how capable and efficient a long travel all mountain bike can be. We got our hands on a test bike, and gave it a good flogging. See what we thought of this latest iteration of a legend.
We got the chance to sling a leg over Yeti's latest super bike, the 29" SB-5.5c. After a solid chunk of miles and mixed terrain this 140mm bike has succeeded in breaking our preconceptions of what long travel 29ers can do. Take a look inside to see how this rig performed.
Recently, Ibis invited me to their Mojo 3 launch in Santa Cruz. Since I got back, I've been annoying anyone who will listen to me about how Ibis has re-invented the wheel. So, I thought I should put my obsessed rantings into words and share them with the world.