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Review: X-Fusion HILO SL – Dropper Seatpost

The Hilo SL represents the high-end model in the X-Fusion dropper seatpost range, featuring 125 mm of infinitely adjustable travel. At first it looks like the post will offer a very low standover with just a 20 mm ring on the lower housing. However, on closer inspection, those hoping for a nominal standover height will Read more…

Long-term Review: Bergamont Threesome EX MGN

The Bergamont Threesome EX MGN was also one of the companions at numerous races and just as many trips to the bike park during the past six months. One thing is for sure: for 5000€ (RRP) you get a rock-solid enduro bike with equipment that also pleases ambitious bikers in the Bergamont Threesome EX MGN. Read more…

Review: Specialized Command Post – Dropper Seatpost

For 2014 Specialized has revised its Command Post. With a redesigned saddle clamp, and trimmed down weight, the post now weighs in at a competitive 583 grams (including lever and cable). The purchase price of this brand new seatpost has not been confirmed at the time of our editorial deadline. The saddle clamp offset towards Read more…

Long-term Review: Alutech Fanes Enduro 3.0 Pinion

With 170mm of rear travel and 180mm at the front, the Alutech Fanes Enduro 3.0 Pinion was the most “loaded” bike within our long-term test – on top of that, the built-in gearbox with 18 gears made it an extraordinarily unique candidate. Therefore, we did not go easy on it: dozens of visits to the Read more…

Review: KindShock LEV – Dropper Seatpost

The Taiwanese component manufacturer KindShock won the Design & Innovation Award by Enduro Mountainbike Magazine last year with its LEV Seatpost! We were impressed with its many intelligent features, and it is one of the few dropper seatposts available with 150mm of travel (joined by the RockShox Reverb). The 150mm travel version of the LEV Read more…

Long-term Review: Merida One-Sixty 1800

Joy and sorrow are often interrelated. During the final test ride with our long-term test bike, the Merida One-Sixty 1800, bad luck came along. After a severe tree-contact, we were left with a wrecked frame, and the Merida was disqualified from the race. But it is exactly this mess that makes us look back on Read more…

Review: RockShox Reverb Stealth – Dropper Seatpost

The first RockShox Reverb was a game changer, taking the comfort, control, and action of dropper seatposts to a whole new level, influencing the development of the other seatposts in this test. We tested the latest “Stealth” model with 150 mm of travel and internal cable routing, which can be purchased at a price of Read more…

Bike Review: Transalpes BM 650B – a loaded gun!

It is truly unbelievable! As little as one year ago, not only were the end customers confused, but also the entire industry: 26”, 27.5”, OR 29”? Which wheel size should work out? Which size would be accepted by the customers? Good question! Transalpes, a small but exquisite Swiss bike maker, created the BM650B even before Read more…

Long-term Review: Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29

I always thought working in the bike industry would mean lots of biking too. Well, think again! Others think 29ers are no fun – once more, think again! Unfortunately, the Enduro 29er did not get to go out as many times as I had hoped this season. Still, its riding characteristics are fantastic! I have Read more…

Review: 8 Dropper Seatposts selected for testing

During the past years, dropper seatposts have revolutionized our riding, progressing from a luxury item for those with too much money, to a must-have item for every trail bike. Whether you are out for a comfy evening ride or fighting for a podium position – a seatpost that can be adjusted via the handlebar improves Read more…