Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"
It might seem strange for us to be putting out an issue of Bike that is largely devoted to high-alpine riding at a time when much of the Northern Hemisphere is still buried under snow. Though one could argue that it’s masochistic to pine for something that seems so far away, in practice it’s one of the best ways to ward off the mid-winter doldrums.
For the past six years, Bike’s core editorial staff and a hardy crew of freelance mountain bike fanatics have converged at some of North America’s finest riding destinations to test the upcoming year’s most promising bikes, components and soft goods. This extended test—known as The Bible of Bike Tests—usually spans most of October and involves more than 15 people to test gear and photograph/film the effort.
While I cannot say that I like the 650b Stumpy more than the 26- or 29-inch versions, I can say that it is extremely capable.
Giant Bicycles has really stepped up its game this year in the longer-travel department, launching a completely redesigned 6-inch-travel Reign that was built around 27.5-inch wheels. The company spent the better part of two years making sure the new Reign meets the needs of its fastest enduro racers, and after spending hundreds of hours of trail time on it, we think it’s a bike you should know about.
It’s been just over three years since Yeti Cycles unveiled its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension, and they’re already introducing a new system called ‘Switch Infinity’. We visited their headquarters in Golden, Colorado, to learn about the new design and create this Blueprint video to explain its intended benefits.
It’s Friday, the weather is warm and a weekend of riding looms large. And to top it off, the July issue of Bike hits the newsstands—both print and digital—today. So pick up a paper copy at your nearest newsstand or download our iMag on iTunes. Then crack open your favorite beverage, flip open the new issue and get stoked for a weekend of shredding.
Mavic’s 2014 clothing line has been trail-tested by the world’s best enduro racers and is designed to withstand the rigors of high-alpine, technical riding.
This video of Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz chasing each other down scree slopes in southern France show what could’ve been if Barel hadn’t been injured.
The June issue of Bike magazine hits newsstands today, signaling the beginning of summer in North America and the start of another awesome shredding season.