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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


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

First Look: Norco Aurum Carbon

Mar 16, 2015
Matty F

When Norco originally launched the Aurum in 2012, it marked the start of a new era for the long standing B.C. Company.  After a few years of mixing in with the crowd somewhat, the original Aurum showed some forward thinking design that turned a lot of heads. This was the first implementation of their Gravity Tune geometry concept, in which the

Giant Unveils All-New Glory Advanced 27.5 Downhill Bike

Feb 15, 2015
Matty F

After many reports of seeing prototypes out in the wild, Giant has officially announced the carbon version of their World Championship winning Glory downhill bike, the Glory Advanced 27.5. “This is a project that we’ve been working on for over two years now,” said Giant Global Off-Road Category Manager Kevin Dana. “We went into the project with clearly defined goals



Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1 Review

Jan 14, 2015
Matty F

If you were to spend a weekend at a World Cup or World Championship event in the early 90s, you would have very likely had your eyes on John Tomac all weekend. Back then he would race in both the cross country and downhill series, and was a major force in both disciplines. At the 1991 World Championships he managed

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