Amazing views, sick trails and local brews–what mountain biker would ever want to go to Sedona? Bike contributor Simon Stewart doles out some sound advice for those thinking of making a trip to the shred sanctum in the desert. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Reviewed: Tires. Seven of this year’s most sought-after tires from Bontrager, Specialized, Continental, Schwalbe, Mavic, Maxxis, and WTB.
Cross-country up-and-comers Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald shed the race plates and team logos for a laid-back exploration of the mountains above Palm Springs, California, riding the forthcoming RockShox RS-1 fork.
Garrett Buehler in Trail, B.C. Photo of the Day Shot by Margus Riga.
Ryan Stuart & Anthony DeLorenzo in Whitehorse, Yukon. Photo of the Day. Shot by Ryan Creary.
As part of the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, we reviewed four of the year’s most sought after forks from Rockshox, X-Fusion Shox, Fox, & Suntour.
Shredding threads with Bike Mag crash tester, Simon Stewart
Brian Lopes joins the Southern California-based Intense Cycles after splitting with longtime sponsor Ibis Cycles earlier this month. Lopes will presumably be shredding Intense’s new Tracer 275 as he races the enduro circuit this season.
Ben Walker leads his wife, Corinne Furer Walker in Morgins Bike Park, Switzerland. Photo of the Day Shot by John Gibson.
The names spill out, a landslide of exotic words, places glimpsed only in photos or maps, sent via email with descriptions that conjure mental images of tires biting dirt and the dappled strobe of green and sunlight. These are the tip of the iceberg, the first easily recalled names on a long list of places and trails I didn’t ride.
Wade Simmons and Guillermo Tobar in Ecuador. Photo of the Day by Dan Barham.
As part of the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, we reviewed six of the year’s best wheel sets, including DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline One 29, Specialized Traverse SL 29, Bontrager Rhythm Pro, Industry Nine Torch Trail 24, Mavic Crossmax Enduro, and SRAM Roam 6.
Callum Jelley in Oahu, Hawaii. Photo of the Day by Sterling Lorence.
Janne Tjärnström at Crans Montana, Switzerland. Photographed in by Mattias Fredriksson. Photo of the Day.. Photographed by Mattias Fredriksson
Lorraine Blancher in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo of the Day by Sterling Lorence.
A Dozen years ago, Bike’s photo editor David Reddick, his blushing new bride Michelle, and myself spent a few weeks traveling around New Zealand in a middlin’ Winnebago scale RV. It was a great trip, aided on one hand by the convenience of driving around in a house, and also marred somewhat by that very same thing. On that trip, I realized that my irrational lifelong hatred of RVs wasn’t that irrational at all, and that they do, in fact, totally suck.
Matt Hunter on the Balcon Sud Trail near Flegere, Chamonix, France. Photo of the Day Shot by Scott Markewitz.
Janne Tjärnström in Hookipa, Hawaii. Photographed in by Mattias Fredriksson. Photo of the Day.. Photographed by Mattias Fredriksson
Although we’ve never piloted a monster truck, the feeling can’t be far off from riding the TF01 29. It’ll jump a set of 20 cars no problem, but making that turn at the end of the run can prove difficult. I felt invincible aboard the BMC until I needed it to change directions, at which point I felt, well, slightly less so.
MARCH 2014 ISSUE THE AWAKENING Dirt Dreams Become Reality in Unexpected Places: California, Oregon, Newfoundland ALL-NEW APPAREL GUIDE Fresh threads for the shred. 4 BIKES YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT From high-tech enduro steeds to simple one-speeds. SHOWCASE 6 shoes to kickstart your ride.