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Tested: Intense Spider 275 Pro

Aug 04, 2015

Intense Cycles has long been a forward thinking company where bike design is concerned. Long before adopting the VPP suspension platform, the company had one of the greatest downhill race machines of all time, the M1. A bike that had major bike manufacturers so caught off the back that their own racers insisted on riding rebadged versions of it rather


Tested: Giant Reign Advanced 0

Jul 20, 2015

When we first reviewed Giant’s Reign 2 as part of our Fall Test Session last year, it took top marks based on its incredible value and performance.   Having experienced what Giant could deliver in a $2800 package, I was left pining for their Enduro World Series caliber Reign Advanced 0. The rebirth of Giant’s Reign bikes progressed the venerable line


Tested: Kona Process 134 DL

Jul 14, 2015
Matty F

The Kona Process line has come to spread itself across a solid number of options for all manners of trail rider, with all three wheels sizes being included in the options, and four different travel options. This starts at the 29” wheeled Process 111 trail ripper, and goes through to the big mountain enduro/mini-downhill Process 167 option that spins on

First Ride: Shimano XTR M9050 Di2

Jun 22, 2015
Matty F

The testing grounds for our first ride on the XTR M9050 Di2 platform could not have been better. For starters, the trails were completely unfamiliar to us, so shifting was always reactionary, rather than anticipatory. Second, there were plenty of punchy rock an root climbs that necessitated the most challenging kind of emergency shift. Finally, as the icing on the


Tested: Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC Edition

Jun 10, 2015
Matty F

The Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC Edition is Rocky’s forray into the growing market of shorter travel bikes with more aggressive numbers and components. A valuable development for riders who find themselves on trails that demand a fair bit of cross country efficiency from their bike, but still revel in the joy of freeride and downhill goodness at every opportunity. In


Tested: Shimano SH-M200 Trail Shoe

Jun 02, 2015

The timing could not have been better for Shimano to send me their new M200 trail shoe. I’ve had a great run with a decade old pair of original Shimano DX shoes, which I love so much I’ve glued bits of the sole back on several times. The cleats are ground to smooth nubs and permanently fused in place by

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