Biking

Orbea Fleche

A race-worthy bike for less than a grand? Believe it. The Fleche pounces under the lightest pedal pressure and is nimble enough to move through a peloton. Like all aluminum bikes, it can be...

BH Connect

We don't intentionally crash-test bikes, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't surprised that this stiff, full-carbon racer survived a high-speed wreck completely unscathed, save for some...

Pinarello FP3 105

If you're more likely to ride the occasional century than hammer hill repeats by yourself in the rain, the full-carbon Pinarello FP3 is for you. A gentler version of the much lauded (and...

Giant TCR

If you are truly looking to start racing, and think it might stick, this bike can grow with you. As with the BMC, an aluminum bottom half stiffens the frame for better handling and...

Van Dessel Hella Faster Ultegra SL

Consider the Hellafaster if you're thinking of entering your first criterium. This stiff aluminum frame is built for pure speed. It's not ideal if you put in big mileage on bad roads—"On chip...

GT GTR Carbon Sport

Rough mountain roads? Achy back? If you experience either on a regular basis, consider the GTR. This full-carbon frame muted high-frequency vibrations and bigger hits, and took the sting out of...

BMC Racemaster SLX01

Why are some of BMC's sponsored pros choosing the Racemaster over the company's full-carbon, top-of-the-line Pro Machine? Because the Racemaster's stiff, atavistic aluminum bottom half delivers...

Felt AR4

The AR4 delivers the same race-proven geometry and aerodynamics that the Felt-sponsored riders of Garmin-Chipotle used in last year's Tour de France. It's not identical, of course—the frame is...

Look 566 Rival

The radically shaped chainstays. A top tube so flat it's nearly invisible from the side. You can tell simply by looking that the 566 is designed with one thing in mind: vertical compliance...

Santa Cruz Blur LT

Santa Cruz's updated version of its bestseller was the clear winner in our all-mountain category, earning top marks for pedaling, climbing, and descending. "Very little bob even on out-of-the...

Cannondale Rize 3

When hammering through tight corners, it was tough to believe the feathery aluminum Rize was sporting five inches of travel. "Accelerates like my XC racer," said one tester, "but with all...

Scott Genius 10

The lightest all-mountain bike we tested, the full-carbon Genius 10 was designed with off-road marathons in mind. True to form, it arrived with bar-mounted suspension lockouts, which instantly...

Pivot Mach 429 XT

We know what you're thinking: With full suspension and heavier 29-inch wheels, this must be a beast going uphill. Amazingly, it isn't. The Mach 429 eliminates bob with a design that uses linkage...

Gary Fisher Procaliber

The drivetrain is a top-flight mix of lightweight Shimano XTR and SRAM X.0. A Fox RP23 shock takes care of the rear suspension, while the Fox RP24 fork uses a custom crown to incorporate...

Gary Fisher Roscoe 1

As part of the Trek family, Gary Fisher enjoys the R&D muscle of the world's biggest bike brand. To wit: The secret behind the smooth, responsive 5.5 inches of rear travel in the all-new...

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