What do you get when you take eight seasoned bike testers, give them twenty brand new mountain bikes, put them in front of two very patient videographers, and ship the whole mess to an up-and-coming riding destination? You get a collection of exhaustive, entertaining, and insightful reviews that will help you choose your next bike.
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Esker’s Rowl mixes together a new suspension design, burly componentry, absolutely massive tires, and serious all-mountain aspirations, then throws in a joker card with some of the shortest chainstays we’ve ever seen.
Beta Senior Editor Ryan Palmer breaks down the newly-updated Rocky Mountain Instinct, and shares his first takes from the trail. The verdict? It's an Instinct.
The Knolly Chilcotin 167 sets a high bar. It was built to hold up to the worst (and best) that British Columbia has to offer, and it was built for riders who would expect nothing less.
The Liv Intrigue 29 is one of the few truly women's-specific bikes out there, but there's way more to it than that. Liv combined big wheels, moderate travel and remarkable value into a compelling package.
Devinci’s Troy has developed a reputation for being an uncompromising, go big or go home kind of ride. The newest redesign seeks to add an element of refinement and approachability to the mix. Did it succeed, or did the beast get neutered?
The new Process X DL comes to the table with a ton great stuff going for it - more travel, spot on geo, solid spec, built in mullet-ability, and a handsome frame with a rad paint job. But it also has entered into a tough category - long travel 29ers, now more than ever, are expected to be daily drivers.
Once the ultimate do-absolutely-everything bike, the Santa Cruz Nomad is now a high-precision plaything for those who are getting bored with the “safety-first” attitude of today’s 29-inch enduro bikes. But the subtle updates to the Nomad’s suspension and geometry have made it easier to live with than ever, and it had us questioning our biases about 27.5-inch wheels.