This Just In: Salsa’s Deadwood SUS 29+ full suspension bike will surprise you

If you haven’t heard the news, Salsa has a new bike. Specifically, the Deadwood SUS is their take on a full suspension frame built around 29+ wheels and tires. Salsa isn’t the first company to shoehorn the tires into a suspension frame, but their move into the space is a big indication of what’s to come. Along with their fellow Q-brand Surly, Salsa has routinely been ahead of the wave when it comes to new tire sizes, whether that means plus, gravel, or fat.

To launch their newest masterpiece, Salsa invited us out to Stokesville, Virginia to give it a rip. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the trip, but when Salsa offered to send a bike, the wheels started turning. Looking for the opportunity to get in some fat bike testing as well, we set off in search of the sun, warm weather, and dry trails. That led us down to Ocala, FL to check out the Santos trail system. It’s been years since I’ve been to Santos – the last time was on a 26″ mountain bike, and I think 29ers had just become a thing (27.5″ was not even a concept at that point). At that time, I remember thinking to myself that the constant roots, jagged rock, and sandy corners made for a ride that offered little reward for a lot of work. This time though, it was different.

It’s amazing how much of a difference a little time, and a lot of tire volume can make…

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If you haven’t heard the news, Salsa has a new bike. Specifically, the Deadwood SUS is their take on a full suspension frame built around 29+ wheels and tires. Salsa isn’t the first company to shoehorn the tires into a suspension frame, but their move into the space is a big indication of what’s to come. […]

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One Ride Review: The affordable Raleigh Roker Sport carbon gravel road bike

2017 Raleigh Roker Sport affordable carbon gravel road bike review

Raleigh had several of their new road bikes on display at Winter PressCamp, but I needed to grab something quick to catch the group ride and the Roker looked like it would fit. At first glance, and based on the spec level, I thought the Roker was an alloy bike. It’s stiff like one, and even wrapping knuckles on the top tube sounded alloy-ey. But it’s all carbon, and it’s darn solid. And it’s relatively cheap, getting on/off the roads with a very upgrade worthy frame and a parts mix that’ll carry you for a while before the inevitable upgrade train toots its horn.

As the group ride pulled out and I realized there was no hope of catching them, I pulled off on the first dirt access road I could find to give the Roker a proper ride…

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Raleigh had several of their new road bikes on display at Winter PressCamp, but I needed to grab something quick to catch the group ride and the Roker looked like it would fit. At first glance, and based on the spec level, I thought the Roker was an alloy bike. It’s stiff like one, and […]

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2017 Niner RLT RDO carbon gravel bike – First impressions & actual weight

Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to see that Niner could do carbon that kept the speed but introduced more compliance. They also tweaked the geometry, giving this RDO version a bit racier feel than the steel and alloy models, which gives it a seemingly perfect blend of stability, speed and comfort. Last but not least, they incorporated all manner of rack and fender mounts, checking off that last requirement for adventure gravel riders and racers looking for a top end bike.

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Last week, Niner finally delivered what many of us had been wanting…a carbon fiber version of their RLT gravel bike. I’ve ridden their BSB RLT cyclocross race bike, and it, like their AIR 9 RDO, is a race bred speed machine that sacrifices all day comfort for all out performance. So it was refreshing to […]

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Review: Riding the BH bikes G7 Disc over cobbled classics, dirt roads & racing the clock

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie was preparing to race the bike in the 2016 Spring Classics. That didn’t pan out, but nonetheless the vast majority of us don’t race under the UCI (although rounded rotors are coming back soon), so the thought of a pro-level aero bike built with tire clearance and disc brakes for the Classics certainly sounded like something we wanted to try. So we spent more than half a year testing the G7 from the pavé & bergs of Flanders to our own home cobblestones and back roads. We even did some non-UCI racing on it too, and were quite pleased with its fast ride…

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The BH G7 Disc was introduced back leading into Eurobike 2015 and offered the promise of a pro-level aero road bike with a bit more versatility. As one of the first companies to commit to going disc brake-only for their top road bike redesign, BH put their neck on the line as their French Pro Continental team Direct Énergie […]

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Review: Cannondale Slate “all road” bike is just too much fun

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

Cannondale Slate Force CX1 all gravel road bike review and actual weight

The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden.

When it first debuted, I (and likely you) questioned the logic of using a 650B wheel and tire for a “road” bike, but after riding it, I’m satisfied with the answer. It makes sense, and it makes for a great ride. It may not look traditional, but if you’re looking for an alternate to your standard road bike, it doesn’t get much more alternative than this…

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The promise of gravel bikes is freedom. The ability to dive off the paved road and into the unknown. To explore those backroads, short cuts and secret paths. Or to just stave off boredom. The Cannondale Slate delivers on all those promises with one of the funnest bikes I’ve ever ridden. When it first debuted, […]

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Review: Rolling into the new year with airless tires on the Specialized Alibi Sport

Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading the site on a regular basis, the threat of a puncture and the need to inflate your tires on a regular basis isn’t a deterrent to getting out for a ride. But for a large chunk of the population who ride far less often, flats and under inflated tires are a big deal. In fact, Specialized cites a study from German Sport University Cologne that claims up to 90 percent of cyclists ride with under inflated tires, and 55 percent of riders have at least one puncture per year. That may not sound that bad, but when you lack the ability or desire to fix a puncture yourself and you end up having to bring it to a shop (or having the shop come to you), all of a sudden your quick ride becomes an ordeal.

Rather than dwelling on the rider’s ability to fix a flat, with the help of Tannus, Specialized is taking a completely different approach – airless tires. This certainly isn’t the first use of airless tires in the bicycle world (technically, the very first tires were airless as solid rubber). But just like all the other components of the bicycle, the technology has drastically improved with the times. Tannus announced their newest airless tire back in 2015 with their Aither 1.1 which promised better ride characteristics while maintaining the completely flat free feature.

Now, that same technology is available on the Specialized Alibi for a truly maintenance free tire that never goes flat and never needs air…

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Maybe your new year’s resolution is to lose a little weight. Riding can be a great way to get yourself out the door and on the way to fitness, but you actually have to get the bike down from that hook in the garage and do it. I’m assuming that for most of us reading […]

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One Ride Reviews: Extra long Pole Evolink 150 27.5 LD & 140 29 EN

Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the same, whether for XC or DH and everything in between, and they all share in the same philosophy that longer is better.

We’d covered the Finnish 110mm cross-country bike and 140mm trail bike back when they were introduced at the start of 2016, but later in the year, we took the opportunity to hit some gravity-fueled, lift-assisted trails in the Austrian Alps on some of the more enduro-focused bikes. Back before the snow fell on some familiar trails, we took the 29er Evolink 14o EN and 27.5″ Evolink 150 LD into the woods to give them a proper thrashing and see how those long wheelbases would react through the berms, technical trails, and rooted switchbacks…

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Pole’s take on mountain bikes is a bit unique in the industry. While the recent trends of contemporary trail-ready geometry has pushed most bikes out with longer toptubes and slack head angles, Pole still stands apart with some of the longest wheelbases of any bike maker out there. All of their bikes look almost exactly the […]

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Review: Raleigh’s RXC Cyclocross bike is race ready out of the box

Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves to the point of vomiting for 30-45 minutes, or they’re hopelessly hooked and doomed to spend the majority of their fall weekends on the CX circuit. Those who fall in that second category are the ones who eventually will be looking for bikes like the Raleigh RXC.

There’s quite a range when it comes to carbon fiber cyclocross rigs, but true to form, the Raleigh seems to pack a high level of value to dollars. At this level you don’t want to end up buying something you’ll need to immediately upgrade, but you also want to leave enough funds for those entry fees, travel expenses, and post race frites. Fortunately, the Raleigh comes incredibly well spec’ed – though there’s still a bit of room for improvement…

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Most cyclocross racers do not start out on high end carbon bikes. Instead, it’s more often something cobbled together from race worn spares, an affordable alloy bike, or even a mountain bike. Regardless of how it starts, many reach a point where they’re either tired of spending money on entry fees, only to push themselves […]

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One Ride Review: ELEVEN’s fat bike gets race car inspired, reverse enduro design…and it works

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

eleven bikes fat bike review and details

After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our first post on the brand.

Thomas comes from motorsports, with several Indy and NASCAR championships under his belt as head engineer for some of the top teams. His role was (and still is on occasion) to set up the car’s suspension and other variables to optimize performance at a specific track and in specific conditions. In that environment, any weak link is a life threatening risk, which is why he spent a lot of extra time with the builder to have the frame constructed a certain way to pass their own aggressive testing. And since he was used to tuning ride characteristics using the soft points like suspension and tires while keeping the chassis as stiff and strong as possible, he carried that philosophy over, too. His bikes have straight tubes, with reinforcements at key joints, to make it very stiff. Compliance is adjustable with the fork and tires. It’s an interesting take, and the geometry makes it even more so…

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our […]

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