David Golay and Zack Henderson review the RAAW Madonna V3 for Blister

RAAW Madonna V3

RAAW has made a name for themselves by building burly, simple bikes that are easy to live with for the long haul, and we’ve spent the last several months with their updated Madonna V3 to see how that promise is borne out — and how the big Enduro bike rides. Check out our Full Review for the whole story.
David Golay and Zack Henderson review the RAAW Madonna V3 for Blister

Deep Dive: RAAW Madonna V3

We compare the RAAW Madonna to the Chromag Lowdown, Kavenz VHP 16, Rocky Mountain Altitude, Orbea Rallon, Norco Sight, Nicolai Nucleon 16, Santa Cruz Nomad, Santa Cruz Megatower, Trek Slash, Ibis HD6, Yeti SB160, Pivot Firebird, Yeti SB165, and Marin Alpine Trail.

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Zack Henderson and David Golay review the Trek Top Fuel for Blister

Flash Review — 2025 Trek Top Fuel

The new Trek Top Fuel aims to compete with a crowded class of light, efficient shorter-travel Trail bikes including the Specialized Epic Evo, Rocky Mountain Element, and Santa Cruz Tallboy. Check out our early impressions of how the Top Fuel stacks up.

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David Golay and Zack Henderson review the Specialized Epic Evo for Blister

Deep Dive: Specialized Epic Evo 8

We compare the Specialized Epic Evo to the Trek Top Fuel, Banshee Phantom V3, Santa Cruz Tallboy, Revel Rascal V2, Transition Spur, Canyon Spectral 125, and Rocky Mountain Element.

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David Golay and Zack Henderson review the Specialized Epic Evo for Blister

Specialized Epic Evo 8

The new Specialized Epic Evo uses the same exact frame as the race-oriented Epic, but the Evo pairs it with a slightly more aggressive build to conquer rougher trails outside the tape. Read our Full Review for our take on how the Epic Evo blends its race-born DNA with more well-rounded Trail-bike intentions.
David Golay reviews the Magura Gustav Pro brakes for Blister

Magura Gustav Pro Brakes

The original Magura Gustav was known for being exceptionally powerful in an era when most MTB brakes were pretty wimpy by modern standards — and after a very long hiatus, it’s back. Check out what the modern Gustav has to offer.
David Golay reviews the 2024 Norco Sight for Blister

Deep Dive: 2024 Norco Sight

We compare the Norco Sight to the Trek Slash, Kavenz VHP 16, Norco Range, Norco Optic, We Are One Arrival 152, Santa Cruz Bronson, Propain Tyee, Pivot Firebird, Deviate Highlander II, Orbea Rallon, Ibis HD6, and REEB Steezl.

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David Golay reviews the 2024 Norco Sight for Blister

2024 Norco Sight

Norco has been one of the pioneers in the recent resurgence of high-pivot bikes, but their decision to move their mid-travel Sight to the layout still came as a bit of a surprise. But has it paid off? We’ve been spending a lot of time on the updated Sight and are ready to weigh in.
David Golay reviews the EXT Storia V4 for Blister

Flash Review — EXT Storia V4

Check out our early impressions of the EXT Storia V4 and how it compares to the previous version of the shock.

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David Golay reviews the EXT Storia V4 for Blister

EXT Storia & Arma V4

EXT hasn’t been shy about the fact that new V4 iterations of their Storia and Arma rear shocks were on the way, but now they’re here. Check out our First Look for all the info on their new offerings, and our Flash Review for our early impressions of the Storia V4.
Zack Henderson reviews the Specialized Chisel for Blister

2024 Specialized Chisel

Hot on the heels of the recently released Epic and Epic EVO, Specialized is announcing the new Chisel. The Chisel keeps similar kinematics and geometry to the Epic, but gets an impressively light aluminum frame to bring down cost. Let’s look at what Specialized has welded up.