Review: 2008 Trek Fuel EX9

This bike is my baby. I own the 2006 edition of the Fuel EX9. The new features of the 2008 model – the Active Braking Pivot (ABP), Full Floater, and EVO Link – offer a huge step-up in performance. My 2006 EX9 is a medium size 17.5 inch, but I demoed the new 18.5 size because it’s all they had available (Trek was a popular booth both days at Interbike.) This new size is perfect for me. The geometry has changed quite a bit since 2006. I only got a…

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Review: Santa Cruz Nomad

I got the most saddle time on the Santa Cruz Nomad. I didn’t want to let the bike go, so I kept on riding… and as soon as I turned it back in I felt instant regret. The guy who was waiting for it was sure was happy though. On the Nomad we wandered up to the less ridden XC trails at the top of Bootleg. I gave the Nomad a shake on Skyline, Boy Scout, the East Leg and Girl Scout. Taking the shuttle up was almost as fun…

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Review: Titus El Guapo

My first demo at Bootleg Canyon was on the Titus El Guapo. As an XC rider, hopping on a 6 inch travel bike felt like sitting on a freeride. But as soon as I start pedaling uphill it felt like I was riding XC. The geometry and I got along perfect. I’m 5’11” and rode the medium frame. I spun the El Guapo around the XC loops a couple of times and got a few good climbs in along with plenty of jumps and drops. With so many riders out…

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Review: Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC70

This was by far my favorite bike that I demo’ed at Interbike. The 2008 model hasn’t been updated on their website but I don’t think there are too many differences between this year and last years models. I had no problems adjusting to the feel or geometry of this bike. It was just like butter. The more I rode it the more I loved it and I truly did not want to return the bike or test ride any others. The bike climbed smooth and even though it is not…

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Interbike Outdoor Demo – Day One

Today was an awesome day. All bikes, all day. I got to the Outdoor Demo around noon and went right for my home state bike company, Titus Bikes. I’ve wanted to ride the El Guapo for a long time. One word for El Guapo. Dulce. The infamous El Guapo is a sweet ride. For a six inch travel rig it sure can climb. I also took a spin on an Ellsworth Truth, Gary Fisher Hi-Fi 29er, and Trek 69er. What a day. I’ll post reviews of the bikes later. The…

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The Trail to Interbike 2007

My Interbike 2007 show badge arrived yesterday! It’s been a long wait…. Last year I was at a business conference at the Venetian the same week as Interbike 2006. I managed a sneak peek at the showroom floor while the crews were setting up… then by the good graces of Tim Grahl I was introduced the right man at the blogger meetup, who got me into the show on the last day. This year I am official working media and will be heading to the “city of spin” with my…

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