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Custom craft in carbon fibre - Argonaut RM3 review

Feb 23, 2024 · Peter Stuart

Portland brand Argonaut creates bikes customised to the last fibre, but does the craft justify the $15,000 price?

Highs
  • Exceptional engineering

  • Beautiful design and finish

  • Highly customisable

  • High performance

  • Excellent ride quality

Lows
  • It comes at a price

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EMTB Forums
First ride on the superlight Superior iXF 9.7 - Bosch SX powered

Feb 23, 2024 · Knut Nes

The lightweight Superior iXF was introduced a while ago, but it didn’t materialize. Not until now. We were lucky enough to ride a pre-production version of what will eventually be the iXF 9.7. Why were we so excited about this bike, you ask? It’s...

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Electric Bike Report
QuietKat Apex Pro Review 2024

Feb 23, 2024 · Griffin Hales

As Tough & Rugged As The Terrain You’ll Explore, The Apex Pro Is A True Hunting Companion. Quietkat has long been a friend to the outdoor crowd, and in our QuietKat Apex Pro review we discovered a bike with serious appeal for anybody with all-terrain needs for hunting, camping, or just exploring the backwoods on

Highs
  • It just feels solid. Thick frame, large tires, powerful motor and more make you feel like you can go most anywhere.

  • There are a ton of ways to set up the ride. Hunting, angling, overlanding accessories make it a great offroad ride, as does the 100 lbs-capacity rear rack.

  • The 9-speed SRAM drivetrain offers a much wider range of gears than we usually see with all-terrain e-bikes

  • 140mm-travel KKE air-spring fork offers more travel and adjustability than we see in most suspension forks

  • 4-piston Tektro hydraulic disc brakes paired with 203mm rotors offer better-than-average stopping power

  • 4.5-in.-wide tires offer amazing traction and a very smooth ride

  • Comes in three sizes to fit a broad range of riders

Lows
  • 325-lb. total load capacity seems a tad modest for someone hunting deer. Game trailer add onrecommended

  • Speed limitations would be nice as all modes in class 2 setting lead to 20mph. It also makes convserving battery range more difficult.

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EBIKE MAG
[Test] Scott Voltage: la leggerezza dell'All Mountain elettrico

Feb 22, 2024 · Di Marco

Scott presenta la Voltage, una ebike light con motorizzazione TQ, una batteria da 360Wh integrata, ruote da 29 pollici, 160mm di escursione all'anteriore e 155 al posteriore.

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EMTB Forums
2024 Scott Voltage eRide – mild yet aggressive

Feb 22, 2024 · Knut Nes

The age of mild and relatively lightweight, I mean Superlight emtbs, is truly upon us. So many electric trailbikes are being introduced, and most of them are lighter bikes with less battery and power. Scott is now out with their second...

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Escape Collective
Lauf Úthald review: Going against the grain - Escape Collective

Feb 22, 2024 · James Huang

Lauf’s first dedicated road bike, designed to strike a balance between performance and comfort.

Highs
  • Super comfy ride

  • Decently lightweight

  • Stable-but-not-boring handling

  • Reasonably aggressive fit

  • User-friendly design

  • Solid build quality

  • Fantastic value.

Lows
  • Not as responsive under power as more traditional race bikes

  • Seat tube angle might be too slack for some

  • Polarizing aesthetics

  • Only offered in five sizes.

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MBR
Canyon pulls out all the stops on the new 2024 Spectral CF 9 trail bike with less travel, more sizes, internal storage and steering stabilisation as standard - MBR

Feb 22, 2024 · Alan Muldoon

Canyon clearly isn’t afraid to innovate. Because after just one year and a trial on just one model, it is back with a brand new range of Spectral CFs, all sporting KIS, its Keep It Stable steering technology. Not to be confused with a steering damper, KIS has springs that attach to a cam on the fork steerer that help recenter the front wheel after a deflection. And based on rider feedback the latest version has been tweaked to feel less intrusive. Best of all, there’s no longer an additional upcharge associated with the cutting edge tech. Packed with mod-cons, Canyon is plainly serious about building one of the best full-suspension trail bikes on the market. Canyon Spectral CF 9 need to know Updated Spectral CF is an out-and-out trail bike Rear travel is capped at 140mm Five sizes, reach on M is now 475mm, L grows to 500mm Geometry designed around a 150mm fork Internal frame storage first seen on the Grail gravel bike Wheel size flip-chip on the chainstays Chainstay length shortens from 437mm to 429mm in 27.5in setting New frame is only 20g heavier than the old one. Geometry flip-chip in shock eyelet gives high/low settings Detuned KIS steering stabiliser comes standard Four models, all with the same frame and all with KIS Prices start at £3,299 for the Spectral CF 7 One look and the new Spectral CF chassis and it’s clear that Canyon also isn’t afraid to imitate. Specialized pioneered internal frame storage with SWAT and given that we predicted that the new Spectral would have the same internal storage as the recently launched Canyon Grail gravel bike, its addition should come as no surprise. But that’s not the only technology the Canyon has borrowed from Specialized when reimagining the latest Spectral CF range. Take a closer look at the carbon rear dropouts on the new Spectral CF and you’ll notice the asymmetric Horst link pivots first used on the Gen 2 Specialized Levo SL to accommodate 27.5in or 29in rear wheels without messing up the geometry. Canyon is even referring to them as wheel size flip-chips, and just like on the Specialized Levo SL they keep the geometry identical, bar the 8mm shorter chainstay length when swapping from a 29in rear wheel to 27.5in. It’s a great feature and having measured the geometry of the Canyon in both settings, with both wheel sizes, both shod with same tyre treads and widths, it does exactly as claimed.  You simply choose your preferred wheel size at checkout and the bike ships in the corresponding geometry setting.  What’s interesting is that Canyon has claimed that the new frame with KIS and internal storage is only 20g heavier than the old one and retains its Category 4 rating. And I don’t doubt that for a second, but when I looked up my notes on the 2021 Spectral 29 CF 8 that I tested, that bike weighed 14.38kg with a bottle cage. The new Spectral CF 9 weighs 15kg, …Continue reading »

Highs
  • • Progressive geometry that's 29in and MX compatible

  • • Extended size range + internal frame storage

  • • Innovative KIS technology at no extra cost

  • • Loads of suspension support for pedalling

  • • Improved heel clearance with slender stays

Lows
  • • Rear suspension bottoms too easily

  • • With 136mm travel, things gets rowdy on rough trails

  • • Internal frame storage has limited capacity

  • • Complete build is heavier than the old bike

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Pinkbike
First Ride: 2024 Canyon Spectral CF - Evolution Not Revolution

Feb 22, 2024 · Seb Stott

The Spectral is now a 140mm trail bike with in-frame storage, and a removable steering stabilizer.

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Pinkbike
First Ride: Scott Voltage - The Electric Genius

Feb 22, 2024 · Seb Stott

The hidden shock leaves room for extra water bottle or battery carrying capacity.

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Bike Perfect
Canyon Spectral CF 7 2024 review – the best affordable trail MTB I’ve ever ridden

Feb 22, 2024 · Guy Kesteven

This entry level model of Canyon’s evolved all-rounder is a brilliant value, full feature trail MTB with pop and play for days. Guy Kesteven has been testing the Spectral CF 7 and is several weeks deep into a love affair with it, so what makes this bike so good?

Highs
  • Premium frame feel and details at a bargain price

  • Excellent adjustable all rounder geometry

  • Outstanding performance for price component selection

  • 29er or mullet compatible chassis

  • Adjustable steering stabilization

Lows
  • Not available from shops

  • Relatively heavy for its travel

  • Big senders might want to add a shock spacer

  • Initial rattle is irritating

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Bikerumor
Scott Voltage eRide Stretches Out 155mm Lightweight TQ-powered All-Mountain eBike

Feb 22, 2024 · Cory Benson

All-new 2024 Scott Voltage eRide eMTB takes lightweight TQ-powered ebikes to new heights with all-mountain geometry & capability…

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Cyclist
Ribble CGR AL review

Feb 22, 2024 · Paul Norman

The alloy Ribble CGR AL is the British brand's original all-road bike, capable of fulfilling a range of remits from

Highs
  • Versatile design

  • Smooth shifting 105 mechanical groupset

  • Full set of bikepacking braze-ons

Lows
  • Significant weight

  • Non-tubeless wheelset

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Electric Bike Report
Kona Dew-E DL Review, 2024

Feb 22, 2024 · John S. Bozick

This lightweight, low-profile commuter hosts high-end components and long range touring ability. The Dew-E DL is a cyclist’s e-bike, with a 250W mid-drive motor and a minimalistic style that maintains an analog appearance. As the Deluxe model (hence, the DL), it’s also fully loaded with tons of name-brand components for reliability and a premium feel!

Highs
  • Smooth, responsive, and natural-feeling pedal assistance from the Shimano E6100 mid-drive motor. It feels like an analog bike!

  • Maneuverable and manageable to lift with a total weight of 43 lbs including the custom carbon fork.

  • Great riding stability and acceleration from the fast rolling 650x47mm WTB Horizon road tires.

  • Available in 4 frame sizes to offer a precise fit to a wide range of riders from 5’-0 to 6’-5”.

  • Excellent stopping power from the Shimano hydraulic disc brakes using 2-piston calipers and 160 millimeter rotors.

  • Bikepacking ready! The seat tube, down tube, and forks include bosses for carrying bottles, luggage, etc.

  • Pairs with the Shimano E-TUBE app to switch between a Sport and Comfort output profile for the motor.

  • A great stealth factor with a minimal design and a super-quiet motor.

Lows
  • The Dew-E DL includes a small tail light but we hoped to see brake light functionality to better ensure safety while riding alongside traffic.

  • We appreciate the complement of premium components, but we challenge Kona to include (or at least offer) a cargo rack in the future.

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Loam Wolf
First Ride Review: The New Scott Voltage eRide

Feb 22, 2024 · Robert Johnston

The new Scott Voltage eRide is a sweet machine for a trail to all mountain eBiker looking for a natural feel assistance as well as descending

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MBR
Scott's 2024 Voltage eRide 900 Tuned mid-power e-bike prioritises grins over grams and is all the better for it - MBR

Feb 22, 2024 · Danny Milner

With the same motor and a similar profile to the ultralight Lumen, but with more travel and a broader remit, the new 17.9kg Voltage promises to amp up the experience and compete for a spot among the best lightweight e-bikes. Scott Voltage Need to know Scott resurrects the Voltage name for its latest mid-power e-bike 155mm of rear wheel travel along with hidden shock and 29in wheels Compact TQ HPR50 motor takes up very little space but delivers 50Nm of torque and 300W of peak power 360Wh internal battery can be supplemented with 160Wh range extender Hidden shock and concealed cable routing gives an exceptionally smooth silhouette Four models including two women-specific versions, starting with the Voltage eRide 920 at £6,599 17.9kg claimed weight for the eRide 900 SL For its latest model, Scott has delved into the archive and resurrected the Voltage, but this time as a lightweight trail e-bike rather than a freeride monster. Fitted with the inconspicuous TQ HPR50 motor, and sporting a concealed shock and hidden cables, the new Voltage is so cloak-and-dagger it could have been designed by ‘Q branch’. This is not Scott’s first rodeo when it comes to TQ-equipped, hidden-shock, diet e-bikes, having released the Lumen last summer. But while the Lumen is very much an XC bike – something akin to a Spark with Nino Schurter shrunken into the BB and turning the cranks like a superhuman biped hamster – the Voltage is pitched as an aggressive trail bike in the spirit of the current Genius, with the beef to handle being hammered by less sympathetic pilots than our Nino. Quantify that numerically and we’re talking about 155mm of rear wheel travel, a 160mm travel fork, a 63.9º head angle in the slackest setting, and 29in wheels. But do those numbers add up to a successful ride formula? Let’s find out. Frame and geometry Weight is usually one of the bullet points at the start of any Scott product presentation, and the Voltage was no exception. With a headline weight of 17.9kg for the range-topping eRide 900 SL, the new Voltage is competitive against the likes of the Mondraker Neat (17.9kg), and Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo SL (17.65kg), while undercutting the Whyte E-Lyte 150 Works by a healthy 1.8kg. Drop down a rung and you’re looking at 19.2kg on our scales for the 900 Tuned tested here in size large, and around 19kg for the eRide 910 and 920, even though all models use the same carbon frame. The 160Wh range extender – standard on the eRide 900 SL – adds around 950g to that figure. It’s no surprise that Scott has chosen the TQ system, being the lightest and most compact option currently on the market. Just 1.85kg for the motor, and 1.83kg for the battery, it can be packaged into the tightest spaces – particularly handy if you’re trying to find space inside the frame to hide a shock. That’s right, not only has Scott managed to hide the motor …Continue reading »

Highs
  • • Double-take integration of motor, battery, and shock

  • • Quiet, unobtrusive motor

  • • Adjustable head angle

  • • TracLoc system lets you have your cake and eat it on the climbs

  • • Room for a water bottle and a range extender

  • • Shock is protected from contaminants

Lows
  • • Expensive, even compared to other top-of-the-line competitors

  • • Lots of heat build-up in the motor/shock area

  • • More difficult to tinker with shock settings

  • • Lots of harsh carbon components

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MTB Mag
[Test] Nuova Canyon Spectral CF

Feb 22, 2024 · di Marco Toniolo

Canyon presenta la nuova Spectral, ovvero una delle bici più polivalenti in commercio.

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NSMB
2024 Canyon Spectral Review

Feb 22, 2024

Canyon's all new Spectral combines four bikes from the manufacturer into one

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BIKE Magazine
Tested: Canyon Announces New Spectral

Feb 22, 2024

All the small things.

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BikeRadar
Scott Voltage eRIDE 900 Tuned first ride review

Feb 22, 2024 · Nick Clark

How does Scott’s new Voltage lightweight eMTB shape up?

Highs
  • Clean aesthetic

  • Supple suspension

  • Natural feeling motor

Lows
  • Pricey

  • Some may dislike integration

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Bikerumor
All-new Canyon Spectral Refined for Trail with Shorter, Fully Capable Travel & KIS: First Rides

Feb 22, 2024 · Cory Benson

All-new 2024 Canyon Spectral CF is reborn with shorter travel adapted for all trail riding, without losing its enduro inspiration…

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Bikerumor
All-new Canyon Spectral Refined for Trail with Shorter Travel & KIS System: First Rides

Feb 22, 2024 · Cory Benson

The Canyon Spectral CF is reborn with shorter travel adapted for all trail riding, without losing its enduro inspiration…

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E-Mountainbike Magazine
New SCOTT Voltage eRIDE 900 Tuned 2024 first ride review – The wizard of light eMTBs?

Feb 22, 2024 · Mike Hunger

SCOTT dug deep into their bag of tricks with the new Voltage eRIDE with TQ-HPR50 motor. Here's our first ride review!

Highs
  • Mind boggling level of integration

  • Precise, intuitive handling

  • Excellent suspension

  • Allows you to carry both a water bottle and range extender in the main frame

Lows
  • Puncture-prone tires don’t do justice to the bike’s potential and intended us

  • No tool mount

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MTB Mag
[Review] Scott Voltage

Feb 22, 2024 · Marco Toniolo

Scott introduces the Voltage, a light ebike with TQ motorization, a built-in 360Wh battery, 29-inch wheels, 160mm of travel at the front and 155 at the rear. I was able to preview it on the trails in Girona, Spain, and then on those back home, assisted by the unstoppable CrisB. Our followers will notice similarities with the Scott Lumen, and indeed the Voltage has the same motor and battery, as well as the now typical Scott design with the shock hidden in the frame. The character of the bike is radically different: this is an all mountain that loves downhill.

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Singletrack World
Canyon Spectral CF 9: First Fortnight Findings

Feb 22, 2024 · Ben Haworth

The new Canyon Spectral CF trail bike has dropped a bit of travel but added the K.I.S. steering stabiliser. Here's our first impressions...

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Our Reviews
99 Spokes
First Look at the Cannondale Moterra SL || 43 lb Full Power E-MTB!

Feb 20, 2024

The Cannondale Moterra SL is a full-powered E-MTB that rivals the weight of some of slimmest lightweight e-bikes on the market.

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99 Spokes
State Bicycle Co. 6061 Trail+ Review

Jan 19, 2024

The State Bicycle Co 6061 Trail+ is one of the least expensive fat bikes on the market these days, and in this video we test it on ...

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99 Spokes
State Bicycle Co. 6061 Trail+

Jan 19, 2024

The 6061 Trail+ is a great option for someone looking for an affordable way to extend their urban commuting or recreational riding into the off season, but the “Trail” moniker might be a bit of an overstatement.

Highs
  • Low price

  • Fun around town and in mellow, low-incline terrain

Lows
  • Shimano Altus drivetrain

  • Outdated geometry

  • Not compatible with a dropper post

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99 Spokes
Can This Bike Replace Your Car? | Yuba Spicy Curry Review

Jan 12, 2024

The Yuba Spicy Curry AT is a long-tail e-cargo bike designed to be ridden offroad and in inclement weather. But we wanted to ...

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99 Spokes
Yuba Spicy Curry AT

Jan 12, 2024

In the realm of long-tail e-cargo bikes, the Yuba Spicy Curry AT shines with its all-terrain prowess, robust design, and a powerful Bosch motor, offering a viable alternative to car usage.

Highs
  • Higher-end spec than most bikes in the segment

  • Competent in adverse weather and terrain

  • Smooth and silent Bosch e-drive system

Lows
  • Sizing may limit taller riders

  • Relatively short effective range

  • Expensive

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