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8.5

Fast!

Tested: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC

May 26, 2017
514 Views
JackPadega

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

9.1

Versatile!

Long Term Review: Salsa Mukluk X7

Mar 30, 2017
579 Views
JackPadega

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

9.1

Unreal

Tested: Two Seasons Rolling on The Pivot Les Fat

Mar 27, 2017
1,359 Views

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

9.3

Loved it!

7,500km Across The Trans-Oceania Aboard the Kona Sutra LTD

Jan 24, 2017
1,926 Views
micah356

This bike was tested on the 2016 Trans-Oceania cycling expedition The bike packing phenomenon has been a godsend for TDA’s style of riding. Traditional touring bikes have never been a perfect fit for supported tours like ours, but the fast-and-light approach of bike packing has led to a multitude of new and exciting bike options. When I got the call to ride

9.1

So Fun!

User Review: Team Colin Reviews the 2017 Norco Ithaqua

Jan 15, 2017
1,088 Views
teamcolin

Christmas came early this year for Team Colin, in the form of a test ride weekend with a 2017 Norco Ithaqua 6.1. Norco’s answer to the question “Hey Norco, could you please build a racing fatbike for me? They answered “Yes”, and the Ithaqua is many other things too, but at it its core, it’s just a big, mean, race-ready,

9.2

Amazing!

Tested: Santa Cruz Tallboy 3 CC

Nov 09, 2016
4,679 Views

Like many, this story begins as the proud owner of either the legendary Tallboy or its updated follow-up the Tallboy 2. Both were undeniable, leading-edge bikes in the budding 29er market. In my case, it was the second version, and like countless skeptics was the bike that sold me on the big wheels. The capabilities of my Tallboy 2 never

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