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Vital MTB recently took five bike testers into the hills of Sedona, Arizona to test a whopping 25 new trail, all-mountain, and enduro bikes. The reviews will start dropping on Monday, January 20th.

As predicted, we saw a massive influx of 27.5-inch (650b) wheeled bikes this year. Last year's Test Sessions saw just four, this year we had 15. Seven 29ers and two of the last standing 26-inch bikes also made the mix. The 25 steeds ranged from a pedal-friendly 120mm of travel to near freeride status at 170mm. There were 14 carbon bikes, 10 aluminum, and even one steel rig thrown in to keep it real. With builds from $3,000 to $9,995 weighing 26.3 to 32.1-pounds, we also tried to keep what’s affordable in perspective while getting a taste of the best.

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  • valilenk

    1/19/2014 2:00 AM

    No Specialized Enduro? No Ibis, Transition.
    Some bikes are with Enve wheels, some - with budget complete.

    I think it's better to test real close bikes (price, travel of suspension) and then make 2-3 articles about it

  • OCsponger587

    1/19/2014 9:11 AM

    why would they ever test a ibis again after breaking it twice last time.

    they already tested the enduro evo - http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/Enduro-Expert-EVO,13412

  • bturman

    1/19/2014 11:20 AM

    valilenk, in addition to the Enduro EVO, we've also already tested the Enduro 29: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Specialized/S-Works-Enduro-Carbon-29-SE,11864

    Here's last year's Ibis Mojo SLR review: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/guide/Bikes,3/Ibis/Mojo-SL-R,11762

    With regard to the spec decisions, know that this isn't a shootout. Each bike was reviewed individually and will be presented that way. You can draw your own conclusions.

  • brydonboutin

    1/19/2014 1:18 AM

    No Rocky Altitude??

  • Maverickdh005

    1/18/2014 9:38 AM

    Pity no Pivot M6 and Ibis HDR 27.5" here!

  • GotShovel

    1/17/2014 10:35 PM

    Sorry but the Ellsworth looks like it ran into a brick wall at speed. 1994 called, they want their geometry back.

  • kellen1230

    1/17/2014 6:55 PM

    It's official, the mountain bike market is completely saturated. In a fervent attempt to differentiate themselves, a lot of these bike companies are making hideous frames. I'm looking at you Evil, Diamondback, Cannondale and Marin.

  • Yuroshek

    1/17/2014 6:47 PM

    I think you guys are going to be surprised with the out come of the Ellsworth. Someone will be back at the drawing board...

  • Samuel J Morris

    1/17/2014 2:54 PM

    look at the geometry on the Ellsworth!!! :?

  • Pip3r

    1/17/2014 12:54 PM

    Looking forward to this. Big price range - would be cool to see a graph of performance vs. price on a spread like this. That Ellsworth might make it interesting...

  • bturman

    1/18/2014 8:33 AM

    I like your thinking

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