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Shimano XTR Di2 M9050
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Review by Brandon Turman // Photos by Courtney Steen and Brandon TurmanMaybe it was our hangover from the launch party the night before, but we were overwhelmed the first time we laid eyes on our Santa Cruz Bronson test bike equipped with Shimano's electronic XTR Di2 drivetrain. "What the hell are all these tiny little wires all over the bike? Why are the shift levers backwards? And for god's sake, STOP BEEPING."Yeah, it probably was the hangover.Like many, we couldn't stand the thought of electronics on a bike. Part of why we go mountain biking is to get away from all of that. Yet here we...
Posted by bturman on 6/29/2016 7:22pm
2014 Lapierre Zesty AM 527
Vital Review
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Reviewed by John Hauer and Jess Pedersen // Photos by Shawn Spomer and Lear MillerLapierre’s Zesty AM ticks many of the boxes for an aggressive all-mountain bike: it has great geometry, a good looking list of components, a carbon frameset, and 150mm of travel at a reasonable price. It also has an interesting “Electronic Intelligence” rear shock, known as the E:i system. “There’s no place for electronics in mountain biking,” some of you will say, while others may be open to new ideas and technology. With an open mind and nothing but miles of rough Sedona, Arizona trails in front of us during...
Posted by bturman on 5/29/2014 1:57pm