Biking

Ellsworth Evolve

Take Ellsworth's time-tested Truth—an especially popular bike with 24-hour cross-country racers—and merge it with terrain-smoothing 29-inch wheels, and you get the Evolve. "I was actually...

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 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...

Moots Gristle

Yup, that's a 29-inch front wheel paired with a traditional 26-inch back wheel. It might look weird, but, as advertised, this four-inch-travel bike really does roll over small obstacles with...

Niner RIP 9

One of the most forgiving bikes we rode this year, the big-wheeled RIP 9 gobbled up obstacles that tripped up lesser bikes, making its 4.5 inches of travel feel more like six. Our testers were...

Rocky Mountain Altitude 70

"Less travel would make it a little faster," remarked one tester, "but that's not the point of this bike." He's right: The point is a 5.5-inch-travel bike that can actually be ridden up the...

Tomac Automatic

At half the price of other bikes in this category, the Tomac wowed us with its descending prowess. The slightly raised bottom bracket and four active inches of suspension made quick work of...

Commencal Meta 5.5.2

The white-and-lime graphics—which practically scream "I'm from the Continent!"—were not a big hit with most of our Arizona test crew. But paint doesn't affect performance, and this aluminum, 5.5...

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...

Ibis Tranny XT

As the name implies, this gorgeous frame is capable of transformation. (No, nothing to do with women's clothes.) It's a lightweight race bike for riders who want pure speed without the weight or...

Raleigh XXIX Pro

Yes, yes; 29-inch wheels are slower to accelerate. But once you get them rolling, they're so good at soaking up obstacles, it's like having an extra two inches of travel. That means this tricked...

Trek Fuel EX 9.9

The problem with 30-pound trail bikes is that riders on more sprightly cross-country rigs drop you on climbs like a flatlander in loafers. Not so with the bantam-weight, full-carbon EX 9.9. It...

The Best Mountain Bikes of 2009

You need a new bike. And whether you're just getting into the sport, replacing an old ride, or adding to your collection, we've go the right mountain bike for you. How can we be so sure? Our...

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...

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