Biking

Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL3 Super Light

With defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and runner-up Andy Schleck both riding Specialized bikes this year, don't be surprised to see a rider in yellow atop an SL3. But it won't...

State Secrets

With more and more budget-conscious travelers planning domestic trips—and the 33 million viewers of Ken Burns's The National Parks licking their chops—expect an onslaught of...

Eddy Merckx EMX-1105

This season marks the return of Eddy Merckx bikes to elite racing, with the company's sponsorship of Belgium's top team, Quick Step. But we wanted to see what Merckx delivered in its entry-level...

Madsen kg271/Bucket

With its lower center of gravity, the high-tensile-steel Bucket is a seriously stable cycle truck, and we used its 40-gallon capacity to carry gobs of sundries and hardware; unwieldy, oversize...

Trek Fuel EX 6

Got two grand and big dreams? Here's a lot of bike for the money. The EX 6 is basically an aluminum version of one of our favorite bikes from last year's test, the full-carbon Fuel EX 9.9. And...

Giant Trance X Advanced SL 0

If the price has you stymied, consider this: Of the ten categories in which we scored, the Trance had the highest marks in six (descending, suspension design, comfort, fork performance,...

Cannondale RZ One Twenty 3

Frightened by Cannondale's single-arm Lefty front fork? Get over it. The 4.7-inch Lefty Ultra DRL on our test bike was damping, predictable, and just as (or even more) stiff laterally as any...

Pivot Mach 5

The Mach 5 is a great illustration of why trail bikes—those loosely defined as having five inches of travel—are the right choice for 75 percent of riders. "Set up for comfort and...

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