Flash Review — Ibis Ripley AF

Eric Freson & Luke Koppa review the Ibis Ripley AF for Blister

Update 8.3.21: Luke Koppa adds his thoughts on Ibis’s budget-friendly, shorter-travel Trail bike.

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We Are One Arrival

David Golay Reviews the We Are One Arrival for Blister

We Are One made a name for themselves with Canadian-made carbon rims. Now their first bike is here, the aptly named Arrival, made right in British Columbia — a real rarity for a carbon frame. But that’s far from the only thing that’s interesting about the Arrival, so check out our First Look for all the details.

2021 Pivot Trail 429

Dylan Wood and Eric Freson review the Pivot Trail 429 for Blister

Pivot’s longstanding Trail 429 recently got a major update, but how true to the original recipe is the new, V3 version? We’ve now had two reviewers spending a lot of time on the new bike, and you can check out our full review for their thoughts on the new bike and how it compares to the rest of the market.

Chromag Minor Threat

David Golay reviews the Chromag Minor Threat for Blister

Chromag has long been known for making aggressive hardtails, but they’ve just released their first full-suspension model — and it’s a kids’ bike. The Minor Threat (which is the best new product name we’ve seen in a while) is an interesting new direction for the brand and looks like a very promising option for the younger rippers out there. Check out our First Look for all the info.

2021 Santa Cruz Nomad

David Golay Reviews the 2021 Santa Cruz Nomad for Blister

The original Santa Cruz Nomad was one of the first bikes to shape the mold for the modern Enduro bike, way back in 2005. Now in its fifth generation, the new bike stands out from the rest of the market in some interesting ways. We’ve been spending a ton of time on this 27.5”-wheeled bike, and it makes a compelling case for why smaller wheels should stick around. Check out our full review for more.

Flash Review — Forbidden Dreadnought

David Golay reviews the Forbidden Dreadnought for Blister

High-pivot bikes might be even trendier than mullets right now, and we’ve now been spending time on the Forbidden Dreadnought. Check out our Flash Review for our early impressions of this very interesting offering.

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2022 Norco Range

David Golay reviews the 2022 Norco Range for Blister

The long-rumored, high-pivot version of the Norco Range is here. Following in the footsteps of their Aurum HSP DH and Shore Freeride bikes, the Range brings a high-pivot suspension layout to Norco’s longstanding Enduro offering, to compete with the likes of the Forbidden Dreadnought and the just-released Cannondale Jekyll. Check out our First Look for all the details.

2022 Cannondale Jekyll

David Golay Reviews the Cannondale Jekyll for Blister

Rumors and spy photos of a high-pivot Enduro bike from Cannondale have been floating around the internet for a while now, but that new bike is finally here. Check out our First Look of the all-new Jekyll for all the info on this exciting new offering.

2022 Santa Cruz Bronson / Juliana Roubion

David Golay Reviews the Santa Cruz Bronson V4 for Blister

Santa Cruz just gave their longstanding Bronson and its sister model, the Juliana Roubion, a major update, and the biggest change is that they have grown mullets — the former 27.5’’ bikes now feature a 29’’ front wheel. That’s not all that’s new though. Check out our First Look for all the details.

2021 Commencal Meta TR 29

Luke Koppa reviews the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

Our managing editor was in the market for a new bike this year and has opted for Commencal’s “Trail” bike, the Meta TR 29. Check out our First Look & Flash Review for more on why he went with this particular bike and build, how it compares to the rest of the market, and our initial on-trail impressions.

Flash Review: Commencal Meta TR 29

Luke Koppa reviews the Commencal Meta TR 29 for Blister

We’ve got five rides on the latest version of Commencal’s Trail bike — check out our initial thoughts.

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2021 Transition Spire

2021 Transition Spire - Blister First Look

Transition’s just-released Patrol was the longest-travel non-DH bike in their lineup — for just 48 hours. Enter the all-new Spire, Transition’s 170mm-travel 29er. So how do the two bikes differ, and who should be most interested in each? Check out our First Look on the Spire for all the details.

2021 Transition Patrol

2021 Transition Patrol First Look - Blister

The Patrol has long been in Transition’s lineup as their longest-travel Enduro bike, with 27.5’’ wheels. Today they dropped an updated version, and while the 160 mm of rear travel remains, the new Patrol gets the mullet treatment, with a 29’’ wheel and 160mm-travel fork up front. There’s a lot more that’s new than just wheel sizes, so check out our First Look for all the details.

2021 Marin Alpine Trail

David Golay and Zack Henderson review the Marin Alpine Trail for Blister

The Marin Alpine Trail is one of the most playful Enduro bikes we’ve been on recently, but also manages to keep a great deal of capability in technical terrain — and is an impressive bang-for-buck to boot. We think it’s a really compelling option for the right sort of rider, and you can check out our full review to find out who we think will get on best with this unique offering from Marin.

2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude

David Golay Reviews the 2021 Rocky Mountain Altitude for Blister

The Altitude has been in the Rocky Mountain lineup for more than a decade now, but what, exactly, the Altitude is has changed a lot over the years, and the bike got a dramatic overhaul for 2021. We’ve been riding the latest iteration, and have found it to be surprisingly versatile for a 160 / 170 mm travel Enduro bike.

2021 Marin El Roy

David Golay reviews the Marin El Roy for Blister

Marin calls the El Roy “the ultimate aggressive steel hardtail,” and its geometry numbers are certainly eye-popping, even in our current world of longer, lower, and slacker. But who should be interested in a hardtail that’s so emphatically oriented towards descending? And does the El Roy really deliver on what looks like a promising recipe? Check out our full review to find out.

2021 Pivot Switchblade

Ben Sims, Eric Freson, & Dylan Wood review the Pivot Switchblade for Blister

Over the past several months, three of our reviewers spent time on Pivot’s do-it-all Trail bike, the Switchblade, and they think it does an impressive job of standing out in a very crowded category. Check out our full review to see why.

Banshee Titan V3

Zack Henderson reviews the Banshee Titan V3 for Blister

We recently reviewed Banshee’s short-travel Phantom, and we’ve also spent the past year+ on its longer-travel sibling, the Titan. It’s an impressive (and incredibly good looking) 29er, but who is it best suited for, and where does it most notably excel? Check out our full review to find out.

Privateer 161

David Golay Reviews the Privateer 161 for Blister

With progressive geometry, a bargain price for what you get, and thoughtful design touches and spec, the Privateer 161 looks awfully appealing on paper. We’ve been testing this aluminum Enduro race bike and think it delivers on what the brand claims about it — for the right types of riders. Check out our full review for all the details.

2022 Trek Session

David Golay reviews the 2022 Trek Session for Blister

Trek just updated their World-Championship-winning Session, and while it still looks like a Session, there’s a whole lot going on that’s new — including a high-pivot suspension layout. Check out our First Look for all the details.