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New Zealand’s native forest is unlike any other in the world. With rainfall levels not much below those found in tropical rainforests over much of the country, but a cooler, other-side-of-40-degrees latitude, and benefitting from the species isolation and subsequent singular evolution at the bottom of the world, the native bush of this country in its raw state is the kind of thing that makes the imagery of Dr. Seuss books look unimaginative.
LIV/Giant’s 4-inch-travel Lust 1 is light, fast, good-looking and equipped with some of the best parts you can get on a bike for just over $3,000. Plus, it’s one of the only brands to fully commit to designing and producing mountain bikes specifically for women. So what’s the catch? Is there one? See what our testers thought.
Rotorua is a strangely aligned mix of New Zealand’s Maori heartland, a geothermal wonder, a huge tourism machine, and an incredible network of singletrack. Busloads of tourists disgorge at hot spring resorts, at re-enacted Maori villages, at steaming geysers and bubbling cauldrons of mud, at sheep shearing exhibitions, while at the same time, a different tide of visitor vectors in on the continually expanding network of trails snaking through Whakarewarewa forest.
Jamis has been making bikes with 27.5-inch wheels longer than most brands, so we had high expectations of the company’s new cross-country whip, the Dakar XCT 650 Team. In this video, our testers debate whether the bike lives up to its promise.
Sometimes it takes moving away to realize the greatness of a place. Every return visit over the years would reveal some new amazing piece of land, introduce some new friends who were legitimately larger than life, and each trip would inevitably, every single time, feel like there just wasn’t enough time.
There’s no doubt about it: The Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition sparked some serious emotions in our testers, leading to this robust and unfettered debate about what wheel size actually means. Check it out.