Long Term Review: Specialized Fuse Expert Carbon 6Fattie mountain bike

Specialized Fuse 6fattie Carbon 275plus trail hardtail mountain bike

Specialized Fuse 6fattie Carbon 275plus trail hardtail mountain bike

Specialized has peppered it’s lineup with “Plus” bikes, and its Fuse lineup is helping bring new life to the hardtail by combining trail bike nimbleness with near fat bike traction. Using modern trail bike geometry and a dropper post, the Fuse rides a lot like a small-travel full suspension rig. I didn’t expect to be this smitten over a hardtail, but I’ve been all grins for the last two months on the 27.5+ Fuse…

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Specialized has peppered it’s lineup with “Plus” bikes, and its Fuse lineup is helping bring new life to the hardtail by combining trail bike nimbleness with near fat bike traction. Using modern trail bike geometry and a dropper post, the Fuse rides a lot like a small-travel full suspension rig. I didn’t expect to be this […]

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Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 3: Insane GT prototypes & concepts

If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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If you thought the prototype and team Cannondale mountain bikes from our HQ tour were wild, wait until you see these GT full suspension concepts. Above is a working concept bike developed by the product and engineering teams for an Interbike show. This early concept led to the iT-1 bike from 2006…

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New HED Raptor 27.5+ carbon rims rip grams from your plus mountain bike

Now that we’re settling in on a range of “plus” tire widths, it’s time to lighten things up. HED’s on the case with their new Raptor, which lays down a hookless 45mm wide carbon rim (40mm internal width) that weighs in at just 430g. Yes, that’s lighter than some regular width rims, but includes sidewall shaping to boost lateral stiffness. That width does mean they’re recommended for the wider end of plus tires, hitting a sweet spot for 27.5×3.0. More pics and video, below…

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Now that we’re settling in on a range of “plus” tire widths, it’s time to lighten things up. HED’s on the case with their new Raptor, which lays down a hookless 45mm wide carbon rim (40mm internal width) that weighs in at just 430g. Yes, that’s lighter than some regular width rims, but includes sidewall […]

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Friday Roundup: Cycling Odds & Ends

  • Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure bike escape from the daily grind. There’s kit from Kitsbow themselves, Big Agnes, Yeti, Biolite, Verve coffee, Blackburn, Silca, Camelbak, Light & Motion, GU, GoPro & the National Park Service for this super giveaway. The only question left will be where it takes you? While mostly it’s a winner-take-all deal, one runner up will also get a nice package. Enter from now until Mar 21 over at Kitsbow’s website, then get ready to Get Out There. Kitsbow.comCheck out where you’ll ride in 2017 after the break…

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Win tons of goodies in the Obsessives: Get Out There Giveaway from Kitsbow – We’ve seen this before, bike clothing maker Kitsbow is dreaming of spring and has gathered a bunch of on & off the bike gear from cycling and outdoor rec companies to put together a huge cache of gear to outfit you next adventure […]

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Shimano boosts XT wheels, adds wide range 11-46 SLX cassette, new axles & more…

While Shimano just released some revised budget mountain bike groups that stick with status quo regarding 10 & 9 speed gearing options, they also are dripping out some more updates that apply to a wider range of mountain bike builds. At the highest level that starts out with a long needed update bringing Boost spacing to their XT wheels for both 27.5″ & 29er formats. The also have quietly debuted a new wide range SLX cassette that should make 11 speed Shimano fans happy, whether for 1x or 2x drivetrains. Then there is a newly designed version of the e-thru axles that significantly reduced their profile for improved clearances, and lastly a couple of non-series cranks that bring their non-standard 4-bolt 94mm BCD to a more affordable pricepoint…

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While Shimano just released some revised budget mountain bike groups that stick with status quo regarding 10 & 9 speed gearing options, they also are dripping out some more updates that apply to a wider range of mountain bike builds. At the highest level that starts out with a long needed update bringing Boost spacing to their […]

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Cannondale Headquarters Tour, Part 2 – Wild prototypes & team bikes!

When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline skate wheels up front. Naturally, we had to ask, how does it steer?

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When we visited Cannondale’s HQ just before CX Nats, we took a lot of photos of bikes. Prototypes, concepts, team bikes and one-off race rigs. Being a shared office with GT, there were plenty to see from both brands, so we’re splitting them up. Here’s the Cannondales, starting with this insane aero concept with inline […]

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Dakine goes bigger with expanded Drafter, Builder mountain bike pack lines & more…

It might still be powder season for those at Dakine HQ under Mt. Hood, but with a spring thaw in the sights they’re got an expanding line of packs to haul water, snacks & gear on your next trip off-road. Most of us are already looking to a new season of mountain bike riding, and Dakine has reworked a number of their packs. The mid-sized 12l Drafter gets both smaller & larger updates plus built-in back protection, the Builder’s pack gets a bunch more hauling capacity to get more gear farther from the existing trailhead, and there’s even a new tailgate Pick Up Pad DLX for a new crop of trucks with modern features…

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It might still be powder season for those at Dakine HQ under Mt. Hood, but with a spring thaw in the sights they’re got an expanding line of packs to haul water, snacks & gear on your next trip off-road. Most of us are already looking to a new season of mountain bike riding, and Dakine has […]

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Ride the stairs with Red Bull in Chile’s Valparaiso Cerro Abajo urban downhill

courtesy Red Bull, photo Nicolas Gantz

Gravity racers took to the streets and stairs of Valparaiso in Chile celebrating the 15th year of the urban downhill race this past weekend. The port city west of the nation’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but still takes lets Red Bull take over its maze of steep cobblestone streets and stairways so that some of the best mountain bikers in the world can bomb down the hillside in between its colorful buildings. This year Czech rider and past Fourcross World Champ Tomáš Slavík bested the bunch taking his first win at the race by a little over two seconds. Czech out his winning run on the super shady narrow course care of a helmet-mounted GoPro, plus more great photos and videos across the gap…

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Gravity racers took to the streets and stairs of Valparaiso in Chile celebrating the 15th year of the urban downhill race this past weekend. The port city west of the nation’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but still takes lets Red Bull take over its maze of steep cobblestone streets and stairways so that some […]

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Norco Range Carbon up(date)s the ante on their Enduro mountain bike platform

The Norco Range has been around long enough that it was debuted as an alloy 160mm All-Mountain bike back in 2010, before Enduro was even a thing. Over the years it made its first jump to 27.5″ wheels, updated geometry, then went carbon for 2014, and stretched out with longer fork travel last year. But now after teasing us last fall, Norco is back with an all new uh.. range-topping Range Carbon. The new frame has been reworked around both 27.5 & 29″ formats with different travel for each to deliver the same fit and ride character with either wheel size in a new longer, lower & slacker trail-eating machine…

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The Norco Range has been around long enough that it was debuted as an alloy 160mm All-Mountain bike back in 2010, before Enduro was even a thing. Over the years it made its first jump to 27.5″ wheels, updated geometry, then went carbon for 2014, and stretched out with longer fork travel last year. But now after […]

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