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Long Term Review of Pivot Cycles Mach 4 SL with Fox Live Valve

Mar 26, 2020

Pivot Cycles’ new Mach 4 SL replaces both the Mach 4 and Mach 429 SL, designating it the only dual-suspension, cross-country offering in Pivot’s lineup.  The roster isn’t the only thing that’s been streamlined while producing this flagship XC bike.  The new Mach 4 SL has shed some weight and lost some curviness through the makeover process.  The svelte new


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Long Term Review of TRP Quadiem Four Piston Brakes

Mar 06, 2020

Probably like most riders up until a few years ago, I would have never considered TRP brakes.  In fact, I was keenly aware that TRP was just a snazzy label on Tektro which had cemented a place in my brain as the brakes of the sub $500 bike.  Then, the Gwinner got involved. He blessed TRP with a special edition


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Tested: Santa Cruz Bronson CC

Jun 17, 2019

Five years after being unveiled in 2013, Santa Cruz Bicycles presents its latest vision for their original 27.5” trail bike, the Bronson. Now in its third design cycle, this rowdy all-mountain bike has been meticulously refined with little room for improvement. I’ve been fortunate enough to own all three versions of the Bronson, each with its own distinct personality. When



Tested: Santa Cruz Stigmata CC Force AXS Reserve

May 14, 2019

Santa Cruz Bicycles is a brand known for its cutting edge roster of full-suspension mountain bikes. They have produced industry-leading bikes in nearly every category they’ve set their sights on. Sitting at the fringe of that lineup is the Stigmata. The ‘Stig’ is a purebred cyclocross bike that, beyond its success within that circuit, has long been the choice of

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

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