2024 Rocky Mountain Instinct C70 Shimano Bike
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In March, Rocky Mountain pulled back the veil on their latest Instinct trail bike. After a few years of sharing frames with its more capable big brother, the Altitude, the Instinct regained its independence with a dedicated and revised chassis. Complete with internal storage, a grip of geometry adjustments, and a proven suspension layout, Rocky aimed to give riders the do-it-all trail bike that could adapt to any terrain or rider preference. We spent the past four months finding out what's on
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Cascade Components V2 Hightower Mullet Link
The Good
It worked well for 3 years until it didn’t and I hit a minor little jumb and crashed. At least they said they evaluated who knows maybe it sat in the box for three weeks until they sent it back guess I should be glad they sent frame back without damaging it. The cascade link box was never taken out of the box never untaped original tape never cut
The Bad
Cascade link went over center over compressed rear shock jamb rear tire against seatpost I went over the bars took 3 mechanics to pull it out sent link and Hightower carbon frame to cascade for evaluation and they could not find anything wrong except minor bearing wear and they sent all it back said tuff luck pal we can’t find any fault with our product. Lesson learned Factory engineers design frames best not to try to make a frame travel further than it was designed for! Now I’m stuck with a damaged $4k carbon frame front triangle. I changed Hightower back to Santa Cruz standard link to be safe. I have videos without shock on that I sent to cascade that they could see how link allows over traveling and head of rear shock mount bolt to gouge into frame and jamb tight hmu if you want the video
Overall Review
Poor quality link never buying from cascade components ever again link caused accident
Cascade Components V2 Hightower Mullet Link
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Specialized Turbo Levo SL S-Works E-Bike Frame
The Good
Incredibly lightweight for an e-bike
Comes with a range extender
Quality of the frame (tube in tube for cable and hose routing!!)
The Bad
The price of a frame set
Some may be put off by the rather loud sound of the motor
Overall Review
I got the frame set as a bargain from a black Friday sale, built it up with Hope parts, PNW dropper and specialized rubber/ seat. Tube in Tube made routing the cables and hoses a treat, no special tools required. I was really amazed that it came with a range extender (usually around 500€). It rides amazing, up and down. The motor is pretty strong for a light e-bike and I have to admit I've so far not used up the battery of the bike + range extender. Usually for my rides the bikes battery
Specialized Turbo Levo SL S-Works E-Bike Frame
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Privateer 161 Frame
The Good
+ Geometry
+ Overbuilt (strong and long-lasting)
+ Dropper insertion
+ Build simplicity
+ Price for performance
The Bad
- Overbuilt (heavyweight)
- Details (raw machining, sharp edges against housing)
- Poor chain protection
- Some shocks very close to the bottle
Overall Review
Geometry is on point with numbers close to a DH rig with a headtube angle at 64° and reach per height pretty advanced. At 1.83m (6") on P3 size (490mm reach) it felt stable and composed when railing corners, but the bike is mostly rewarding at high speeds. Suspension is great overall, just the beginning of the stroke can feel a bit harsh but can be altered with a coil shock. It felt composed on rooty sections like it was his best terrain. The long chainstays and steep seattube (75.49° on P3)
Privateer 161 Frame
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2025 Specialized Stumpjumper 15 Pro Bike
Overall Review
I would consider the Stumpjumper the benchmark for a mountain bike. Maybe it hasn't been the most exciting or revolutionary bike, but it's always done everything really, really well. And as the trail, all-mountain, whatever-you-want-to-call-it-segment has grown denser and murkier, the Stumpjumper has consistently remained a trendsetter and pack leader. From rider-centric sizing to internal frame storage to adjustable geometry—the Stumpy helped usher in many of the features we expect to find on
2023 Transition Relay Carbon X0 AXS PNW E-Bike
The Good
Feels like a normal mtb maybe a little heavier, feels way better than my full power ebike. Battery keeps weight down. If I am doing laps will just buy another battery.
"7.5 rear is awesome easy to manual and flickable, so fun so light.
People miss the point of the bike, and its battery its lightweight if you want to go for an all day spin or laps you can bring or stash a battery.

Another good point if the battery dies, it rides like a normal bike. Try riding your normal ebike up a hill when the battery dies.
The Bad
Ring controller is exposed on the handlebar as in if you put the bike upside down on its bars its exposed and weight will be on it.
Overall Review
Its an awesome bike, the ability to switch the lightweight battery out is the way to go. Speciallized has a battery extener for their bikes which is silly because then you have to carry all that weight. Laps on your favourite trails are awesome, just buy another battery. Geo is great and proper sizing too an xxl is actuall xxl. coil rear, fox up front is buttery smooth win win!
2023 Transition Relay Carbon X0 AXS PNW E-Bike
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OneUp Components V3 Dropper Seatpost
Overall Review
OneUp has built up a well-deserved reputation as makers of a quality dropper post over the years, and we’ve had excellent results with every iteration of it so far. They released the all-new version three a couple of months ago, so of course we had to put it to the test. Keep reading to find out how we’ve been getting along with it. Strengths Weaknesses Compact dimensions, adjustable travel Light weight Lighter actuation now, easier to modulate Reliable, easy to service Fast return speed Price
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EXT Storia Lok V4 Rear Shock
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Tested: EXT Storia V4
Overall Review
Italian suspension specialist EXT has been on a roll recently, introducing new products and updating existing models regularly. The Storia (enduro) and Arma (DH) coil shocks have now been given a complete overhaul, with plenty of new features added and further construction improvements implemented. We’ve had the Storia V4 on a test bike for a few weeks now, keep reading to learn all about the changes and find out what we think of it on the trail. EXT Storia V4 Highlights PSR (Position Sensitive
EXT Storia Lok V4 Rear Shock
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DT Swiss EXC 1200 Classic Wheelset
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Always looking for innovative ways to make better products, DT Swiss has developed new, patented techniques and tools for manufacturing carbon rims. Instead of building up the carbon layers from the inside and out, DT Swiss now uses a singular mold to directly construct each 1200 series rim from the outside in, which they say improves the consistency of the layup and minimizes any imperfections. The new 1200 range of wheels features different layups and builds to suit different riding scenarios
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2024 Norco Fluid VLT C1 130 E-Bike
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Light-weight e-bikes are here to stay, and with all the offerings from nearly every major brand, it's safe to say, like it or not, that the future of mountain bike riding for a majority of the population will involve a battery and a motor. If that's something you despise, move along. If you're down to embrace the power of electricity in a trail-riding application, then Norco's 2024 Fluid VLT lineup should pique your interest. Norco Fluid VLT Highlights Full carbon frame or carbon front triangle
2024 Norco Fluid VLT C1 130 E-Bike
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