Since the moment of its re-branding just prior to its 2013 launch, Santa Cruz’s 5010 has been the standard metric against which all other trail bikes are measured. Despite this success, the California-based manufacturer has taken the drastic step of revising the 5010’s geometry, well, drastically.
There are six things separating the Beti SB5c X01 Complete Mountain Bike from Yeti’s standard SB5c models: a modified cockpit, a different paint job (coral, not pink), and the four letters B, E, T, and I. Other than that, the Beti SB5c features the same frame as the Yeti equivalent, making it the shark in a women-specific-sea of pink-and-shrink frames with also-ran build kits.
The new Tracer 275C from Intense Cycles is the latest in trail bike innovation and the newly crowned king of Intense’s 27.5″ range. Building upon the venerable reputation of several previous variations of the alloy Tracer, the 275C propels the Tracer name to new heights by introducing the lightweight agility of a competition grade carbon frame. No wonder it was named “mountain bike of the year” at Interbike.
GT’s COR All-Mountain Philosophy drives the design and spec for the 2016 GT Force Expert 27.5-inch mountain bike. The result is an all mountain ripper, as capable in a DH competition as it is attacking single-track. With Progressive Geometry–a long top tube, short stem and long front center geometry, you’ll have excellent positioning and precision steering at your command for the kind of control you need descending. This bike is designed to be responsive when close encounters ensue or on unpredictable terrain.
With mid-sized wheels, Shimano’s durable, race-ready XT drivetrain, and Santa Cruz’s peerless Carbon CC construction, the Highball Carbon CC 27.5 XT Complete Mountain Bike boasts a versatility equal to the brutal climbs and twisting, techy descents of XC courses like Albstadt, but at a price point that’s more palatable to the self-sponsored racer.
Building on nearly a century of evolution as a company, Orbea continually pushes the limits of elite cycling performance. Orbea is proudly located in Basque country and puts their exceptional cycling machines to the test on the twists and climbs of the Pyrenees mountains — a crucial stage of the Tour De France and Vuelta a Espana. Before release, each Orbea bike endures enough blood, grit, and suffering to sympathize with the greatest racers of all.
Are you ready to take cross country riding to the next level? While hardtails are fundamentally the same as they have been for years, the design differences between the models and brands are vast, and everything is in the details.
The GT Zaskar Elite 27.5″ XC Mountain Bike continues to offer an incredible ride for your cross country passion. Lightweight, fast and built to offer an exceptionally stable ride, the Zaskar Elite is a highly maneuverable XC hardtail built to put your power to the ground.
It seems counterintuitive, but the Borealis Echo XX1 Complete Fat Bike has us thinking that fat bikes and suspension aren’t such a strange combination. The Echo was built as a perfect partner to the RockShox Bluto suspension fork, and saying it adds even more fun to the equation doesn’t really do it justice.
It’s fat. It’s fun. It’s the Charge Cooker Maxi 2. And it will tackle more than the usual off-road trails. Much more.
The SE F@R 26 will not only change the way you look at off road bikes, it will most definitely change the way you ride one. That’s because to the long list of reasons for going off-road, like the challenge, or competition, or a personal best, or to get off-the-more-beaten-path, you can now add this: outrageous fun. This is the SE F@R 26 fat tire.
While many brands are pushing into the realm of front and rear suspension, which adds an enormous amount of cost, something great can be said of keeping things simple. The Access Chinook Bravo Fat Bike is a classic hardtail mountain bike, a bike style now over 30 years old, and its rich tradition of trail-slaying is realized in our very own Access Chinook Bravo. We’ve taken an aluminum frame and designed it with a comfortable geometry, which means plenty of standover height, so you can spend hours upon hours in the saddle.