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2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Salsa Horsethief 2

02.24.2014 //

The latest version of Salsa’s all-mountain 29er, the Horsethief 2, left some of our testers wanting to hit the trail as if they were running from the law.

Bike Magazine Drops Into Third Decade With An All-New Look

02.21.2014 //

As Bike magazine drops into its third decade of publication, we’re revamping our look and feel to keep things nice and edgy. Are we really all grown up?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Marin Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro

02.20.2014 //

Marin has made a comeback with the Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro. But how does this smartly equipped model rank against other top-of-the-line ‘enduro’ bikes?

Exclusive Video: Marshall Mullen Digs His Field of Dreams

02.18.2014 //

It took Malibu, California native Marshall Mullen five years to perfect his private backyard dirt jumps. Our video and photos give you a rare look at them.

Video: Kona Celebrates Cross Country’s Fun Side

02.18.2014 //

Since when did cross-country mountain biking become synonymous with spandex, seriousness and shedding every possible gram from your bike? For most riders, it’s simply about going for a shred with your friends—and, of course, going as fast as you can, both down and up.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Specialized Camber 29

02.16.2014 //

Most mountain bikers are well aware of Specialized’s flagship Stumpjumper and Enduro models. But hiding in the shadow of these standout bikes is a less-celebrated yet equally capable beast: the Specialized Camber Expert Carbon EVO 29.

Video: Mike Kinrade Shreds Nelson, BC Smoother Than a Runway Model

02.11.2014 //

Sure, we know this video is a Race Face ad—a grandiose, big-production piece designed to unveil the company’s 2014 apparel line in grand fashion. And it certainly does that. But perhaps more importantly, it showcases some of the many sick-ass trails around Nelson, with Kinrade joyfully shredding amid a sublime backdrop of mind-numbing alpine scenery.

Video: Nico Vink Shreds the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

02.11.2014 //

Anyone who’s seen Nico Vink get sideways on ridiculously big jumps will tell you he’s one of the steeziest riders around. This video of him gettin’ loose in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park gives a glimpse into why he’s one of Belgium’s sickest riders.

Exclusive Video: “The Process” of the Bible of Bike Tests

02.11.2014 //

Ever wonder what it’s like spending the better part of a month on our (mostly) dude ranch, testing bikes and gear for our annual Bible of Bike Tests? This video should help put a few things into context. Strava and spandex not included.

Dream Builds: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 — The Extended Version

02.07.2014 //

I don’t know if I’m much of a dreamer, but when the time came to assemble my ‘dream build,’ I took the welcome task quite literally: I dug deep into my wildest fantasies of the all-around trail slayer.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Devinci Troy Carbon SL

01.29.2014 //

Going into this year’s Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.

Bike Magazine Launches New Bible of Bike Tests Mini Site

01.29.2014 //

Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine’s annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our ‘Roundtable Reels’ discussions of 34 of this year’s best bikes.

Video: Red Bull Goes Behind the Scenes at Bike’s Bible of Bike Tests

01.27.2014 //

You hear a lot from us about what Bike‘s Bible of Bike Tests is all about. But how would our annual bike-testing boot camp strike someone from outside the immediate Bike family? Red Bull Bike visited us on location in Sedona, Arizona, last October and created this behind-the-scenes look at our yearly testing grind.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned

01.27.2014 //

With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it’s no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses’ mouths:

Video: James Doerfling shreds his backyard favorites

01.18.2014 //

If this video doesn’t get you amped for a Saturday-afternoon shred, we don’t know what will. James Doerfling is one of the world’s most talented big-mountain riders, and his talent shines through during every second of this video. Filmed in the mountains around his home in Williams Lake, British Columbia, it’s awesome to see him cut loose in his own stomping grounds. And speaking of stomping, wait until you see the flex he puts his tire under toward the end of the video. Simply. Sick.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Santa Cruz Bronson C

01.13.2014 //

Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company’s tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You’ll be glad you did.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Turner Czar

01.08.2014 //

Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company’s first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

01.07.2014 //

The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year’s most promising bikes. We’ve created videos with highlights from our candid ’roundtable discussions’ of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona.

Here’s the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike’s awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers….

Video: 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Arrives

01.06.2014 //

Our fifth-annual Bible of Bike Tests is much more than your usual buyer’s guide. It is not a ‘pay-to-play’ magazine. It does not contain copied-and-pasted catalog copy and photos. And it is devoid of regurgitated marketing babble.

Exploring (and Maintaining) the Humble Cup and Cone

11.09.2013 //

There’s a sense out there in the cycling world that cup-and-cone hubs are about as technologically advanced as the horse and buggy, and that the only reason this bearing system isn’t used on more hubs is that the ‘sealed’ cartridge bearing is an inherently better system. Not true. It’s more complicated than that.

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