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First Ride Review – Santa Cruz Blur CC Carbon

Mar 20, 2018

Today, Santa Cruz announced the return of one of its most iconic bikes, the Blur.  The mythical Blur has come in many forms over the years and this new Blur shares some DNA from each of them.  This is the lightest 100mm VPP suspension bike Santa Cruz has ever made. Now replace lightest with toughest and 100mm with flawless and

First Ride Review – Santa Cruz Highball CC Carbon 29

Mar 20, 2018

Santa Cruz released today a completely reshaped version of its cross-country race bike, the Highball. The Highball has been in production since 2011 and alongside its wilder sibling, the Chameleon, represents only a few hardtails amidst Santa Cruz’s line of legendary full-suspension bikes. When designing the Highball 3, Santa Cruz sought to engineer a lighter frame while also improving the


Tested: Santa Cruz Nomad 4 CC

Jan 29, 2018

The Santa Cruz Nomad is a fabled bike that has shaped the all-mountain category since its debut in 2005. This roaming drifter could get you every place while never flinching any place. The Mk III rolled out on its tweener wheels in 2014 as one of the deeper, single-crown offerings in its class. Enduro racing was taking over the planet



Tested: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

May 26, 2017

On the surface, gravel grinding and cross racing don’t have much in common. The cross riders’ emphasis on fast and twitchy bikes runs antithetical to the more stable platform offered by a gravel-specific rig. Bikes are often an ‘either-or’ sort of thing and threading this fine needle is an oft-elusive task. The Santa Cruz Stigmata, however, accomplishes this task with



Long Term Review: Salsa Mukluk X7

Mar 30, 2017

When thinking of expedition-oriented fatbikes, the Salsa Mukluk is invariably one of the first that pops into my mind. Not only is Salsa one of the biggest names within the industry, they were one of the originators of the movement. The quality of their products shows this, and it’s exciting to see what the Mukluk series can handle. Fatbikes are



Tested: Two Seasons Rolling on The Pivot Les Fat

Mar 27, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an all-embracing bike junkie. Despite having a dozen or so enviable, quiver-killing rides slung throughout my garage, if the bike-bureaucrats were to come knocking and take them all but one, this Pivot Les Fat might be the sole survivor. I’m not even really sure I like fatbikes, if I’m coming clean, but I

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