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NiteRider Lumina 950 Boost Bike Light Review

83

2017

NiteRider Lumina 950 Boost Bike Light Review

The NiteRider Lumina 950 Boost is an urban cycling light that delivers 950 lumens of illumination.

Light and Motion Urban 700 Bike Light Review

86

2017

Light and Motion Urban 700 Bike Light Review

The Light & Motion Urban 700 is an urban cycling light that delivers 700 lumens of illumination.

Lezyne Macro Drive 1100XL Bike Light Review

84

2017

Lezyne Macro Drive 1100XL Bike Light Review

The Lezyne Macro Drive 1100XL is an urban cycling light that delivers 1100 lumens of illumination.

Knog Blinder ARC 640 Bike Light Review

85

2017

Knog Blinder ARC 640 Bike Light Review

The Knog Blinder ARC 640 is an urban cycling light from Australia that delivers 640 lumens of illumination.

Fenix BC21R Bike Light Review

87

2017

Fenix BC21R Bike Light Review

The Fenix BC21R is an urban cycling light that delivers 880 lumens of illumination.

Specialized Enduro Pro Carbon 29/6Fattie Review

82

2017

Specialized Enduro Pro Carbon 29/6Fattie Review

The Specialized Enduro Pro Carbon 29/6Fattie is a Enduro-optimized Trail bike with six-inch travel that can accommodate 27.5” Plus wheels/tires.

Alchemy Arktos Review

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2017

Alchemy Arktos Review

The full-carbon Alchemy Arktos has a trail-bike feel with enduro-bike capabilities with six inches of dual suspension travel on a 27.5 tire size setup.

Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL Review

85

2017

Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL Review

The Rocky Mountain Slayer 790 MSL is a downhill-oriented enduro and all-mountain carbon bike with 170mm of travel up front and 165mm in the rear.

Norco Range C7.1 Review

86

2017

Norco Range C7.1 Review

The Norco Range C7.1 is a full-carbon bike with six-inch-plus front travel and six in the rear.

Yeti SB5.5 Review

88

2017

Yeti SB5.5 Review

The Yeti SB5.5 is a full-carbon, 29” Enduro rig with 5.5” of travel front and rear.

Niner RIP 9 RDO 4-Star XT 29 ENVE Review

90

2017

Niner RIP 9 RDO 4-Star XT 29 ENVE Review

The Niner RIP 9 RDO 4-Star XT 29 ENVE is a two-way bike with six inches of travel, 29” wheels, and carbon rims.

Giro Synthe MIPS Review

82

2017

Giro Synthe MIPS Review

The Giro Synthe MIPS is a lightweight road cycling helmet with stunning good looks and optimal fit.

Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS Review

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2017

Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS Review

The Louis Garneau Heros RTR MIPS is a road cycling helmet with outstanding comfort and safety features.

Smith Overtake MIPS Review

83

2017

Smith Overtake MIPS Review

The Smith Overtake MIPS is a lightweight, well-fitting road cycling helmet with outstanding safety features.

Specialized Airnet MIPS Review

83

2017

Specialized Airnet MIPS Review

The Specialized Airnet MIPS is a lightweight, comfortable, MIPS-equipped road cycling helmet.

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Review

81

2017

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Review

The POC Octal AVIP MIPs is a lightweight road cycling helmet with outstanding ventilation and safety features.

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

84

2017

Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket Review

The Specialized Deflect H2O Mountain Jacket is a wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

85

2017

Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket Review

The Gore Element GT Paclite Jacket is a light windbreaker, that provides exceptional protection against heavy rain and breathes reasonably well.

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

87

2017

Louis Garneau Torrent RTR Review

The Louis Garneau Torrent RTR is a wind and water resistant, packable, light-weight mountain bike shell with many reflective hits.  

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

88

2017

Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Review

The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX is a sleek, form-fitting wind and water resistant, packable mountain bike shell.

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

90

2017

Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody Review

The Arc’teryx Squamish Hoody is a versatile windbreaker that protects against diverse elements and breathes comfortably throughout the entire jacket.

Borealis Crestone Pro

89

2017

Borealis Crestone Pro

The Borealis Crestone Pro is a 26" carbon-fiber, full-rigid Fat bike with 4.8 inch tires on carbon rims.

OTSO Voytek

87

2017

OTSO Voytek

The OTSO Voytek is a 26" carbon-fiber hardtail Fat bike with 100mm of front suspension (also available with rigid fork), designed for all purpose use.

Norco ITHAQUA 6.2

85

2017

Norco ITHAQUA 6.2

The Norco ITHAQUA 6.2 is a budget-friendly, full-rigid carbon fat bike with 26" wheels, 4.5 inch tires and a mix of mid-level SRAM componentry.

Cannondale Fat CAAD 1

84

2017

Cannondale Fat CAAD 1

The Cannondale FAT CAAD 1 is a 26" aluminum-framed fat bike based on their iconic CAAD road bike frames with a Lefty Olaf front suspension fork, SRAM components, and 4.8" tires.

Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro

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2017

Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro

The Specialized Fat Boy Trail Pro is an 26" aluminum-framed Fat bike with a RockShox Bluto front fork, a dropper post and a mix of Shimano XT and SRAM XO components.

Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q 50

83

2017

Rocky Mountain Suzi-Q 50

The Rocky Mountain Suzy-Q 50 is a 27.5” full-rigid Fat bike with an alloy frame, a carbon fork, and slightly narrower wheels/tires (3.8”) than the majority of bikes in this category.

Specialized Enduro Pro

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2017

Specialized Enduro Pro

The Specialized Enduro Pro shorts are a downhill/enduro short built for durability and containing a ton of storage.

Club Ride Commander Shorts

86

2017

Club Ride Commander Shorts

The Club Ride Commander Short is a stylish, full function cross-country/enduro/downhill short.

Pearl Izumi Launch Short

83

2017

Pearl Izumi Launch Short

The Pearl Izumi Launch short is a relaxed fit mountain bike short for cross country, enduro and downhill riding.

Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts

82

2017

Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike Shorts

The Patagonia Dirt Craft Bike short is a cross-country/enduro style short built for warm weather.

Sweet Protection El Duderino

81

2017

Sweet Protection El Duderino

The Sweet El Duderino short is a well-made cross-country/enduro bike short.

Deuter Giga Bike

84

2017

Deuter Giga Bike

The Deuter Giga Bike is a twenty-eight liter urban daypack with outstanding organization that works well on bike commutes.

Osprey Radial

83

2017

Osprey Radial

The Osprey Radial is a twenty-six liter urban daypack with outstanding organization that works well on bike commutes.

Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21

78

2017

Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21

The Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21 is an attractive heritage-style twenty-liter urban daypack that works well on bike commutes and general travel.

Chrome Rostov

77

2017

Chrome Rostov

The Chrome Rostov is a twenty-three liter urban daypack with good organization that works well on bike commutes.

Lander Timp

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2017

Lander Timp

The Lander Timp is a twenty-five liter urban daypack with minimalistic organization that works well on bike commutes and for general travel.

Timbuk2 Tuck

74

2017

Timbuk2 Tuck

The Timbuk2 Tuck is a twenty-liter urban daypack with good organization that works well on short bike commutes. 

Turner Flux 4.0

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2017

Turner Flux 4.0

The Turner Flux 4.0 is a mid-top level Trail rig, with a ride quality that leans towards cross-country: quick in the corners and daring you to get out of the saddle, while remaining a fully capable trail bike. 

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL

90

2017

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770 MSL

Rocky Mountain lists the Thunderbolt 770 MSL in its XC category, but it’s equally suited in this Trail category. It features a full Shimano XT build and FOX Float suspension front and rear with a full carbon frame featuring adjustable geometry.

Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ

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2017

Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ

The Yeti SB5+ XT TURQ is a Trail bike with Yeti's premium TURQ full-carbon frame and mostly Shimano XT components. The SB5+ is a mid-top-level bike featuring 27.5" plus-size wheels and tires.

Specialized Camber Expert Carbon 650b

89

2017

Specialized Camber Expert Carbon 650b

The Specialized Expert Carbon Camber 650b is a mid-to-top of the line Trail bike with 27.5" wheels, a full-carbon frame and a mix of Shimano XT and SRAM components.

Breezer Supercell LTD

85

2017

Breezer Supercell LTD

The Breezer Supercell LTD is a 29” mid-to-top level Trail bike with an aluminum frame, 120mm of travel, and primarily outfitted with SRAM XO components. 

Diamondback Catch 2

84

2017

Diamondback Catch 2

The Diamondback Catch 2 is a full-suspension 27.5" middle-level Trail bike with an aluminum frame and outfitted with a SRAM drivetrain.

RockyMounts SplitRail

89

2017

RockyMounts SplitRail

The RockyMounts SplitRail is an expandable two- to four-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack and is the easiest rack to use in this test.

Kuat Transfer 2

83

2017

Kuat Transfer 2

The Kuat Transfer is a two- or three- bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack that uses a unique spring-loaded kick plate lever to adjust the tip of the rack.

Rhino Rack Dual Trekker

82

2017

Rhino Rack Dual Trekker

The Rhino Rack Dual Trekker is a two-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack that is the most solid of the racks tested.

Thule T2 Classic 9044

81

2017

Thule T2 Classic 9044

The Thule T2 Classic 9044 (2” hitch) is an expandable two- to four-bike, wheel hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack and has adjustable lateral width for optimal bike spacing.

Yakima FourTimer

77

2017

Yakima FourTimer

The Yakima FourTimer is a convertible four- to two-bike, frame hook, tow hitch mounted tray rack with a number of adjustable points for various bike types.

Cervelo R5

93

2016

Cervelo R5

The Cervelo R5 is an extremely light weight top-of-the-line Road Race machine with a do-it-all geometry and frame, excellent components, and all-purpose wheels. 

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