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Specialized Offers 650B Stumpjumper

03.28.2014 //

Specialized is offering two models of its venerable Stumpjumper mountain bike in the 650B, or 27.5-inch, wheel size, becoming the final major U.S. brand to market a mountain bike built around the meet-in-the-middle wheels.

Red Divinity

03.21.2014 //

Similar to the New Age devotees who flock to Sedona, one is never truly lost there, simply searching for clarity on a new path, and before long, we found ours. Soon, our tires were crunching along on a narrow strip of loose, rocky dirt lined with desert sagebrush and foreboding Prickly Pear cactus needles as we wound our way up to treeline, dwarfed by magnificent red spires stretching for the sky.

News: Brian Lopes Signs Deal With New Sponsor

03.14.2014 //

Brian Lopes said on Friday afternoon that he has signed a deal with a new bike sponsor, and will announce specifics about that relationship before next month’s Sea Otter Classic.

NEWS: Big plans for small-town Nevada

03.14.2014 //

Caliente, Nevada, isn’t what most mountain bikers think of when fantasizing about their next ride destination. The one-time mining and Union Pacific depot town of 1,100 sits two hours northeast of the glittering lights of Las Vegas in the middle of the Nevada desert, at 4,400 feet in elevation.

News: SRAM Forms Mountain Bike Team

02.28.2014 //

SRAM and Troy Lee Designs announced on Friday the formation of their own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Contessa Genius 700

02.28.2014 //

This bike impressed all the testers with its sensible component choice, lightweight, stealth matte-black carbon frame and variable suspension, making it practical for XC races or all-mountain rides.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

02.28.2014 //

Darcy Turenne and Janne Tjärnström in Åre, Sweden. Photographed in July 2011 by Mattias Fredriksson

Bike Park at Heavenly Resort Nears Final Approval

02.25.2014 //

Construction is set to start next year on a long-awaited bike park at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The yet-to-be-finalized plan includes a total of nine to 10 miles of entry- to mid-level gravity-oriented trails that will be built in the East Peak Basin area at the top of the gondola, accessed by the Comet Express and Big East lifts.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

02.21.2014 //

Teo Gustavson in Åre, Sweden during the Åre Bike Festival. Photo of the Day by Mattias Fredriksson.

News: Easton-Bell Sports slims down

02.13.2014 //

The portfolio of brands under the Easton-Bell Sports umbrella—Giro, Blackburn, Easton Cycling and Bell Helmets—stands to gain additional investments in product and marketing with the company’s now-nearly sole focus on the action sports industry.

Yeti Cycles Goes All-In on Enduro

01.21.2014 //

Yeti’s decision to focus all its racing resources on enduro could mark a pivotal shift in competitive mountain biking. The company said on Monday that it would support a full team of enduro racers including Jared Graves, who placed second overall in the Enduro World Series last year and is also a DH World Championship bronze medalist and Richie Rude, the 2013 Junior DH World Champion. Because of this increased investment, Yeti Cycles will no longer take part in World Cup DH racing.

Video: RockShox Tech Pills-Bottomless Tokens

01.16.2014 //

If you’ve been watching our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels, you’ll know that we’re fans of the RockShox Pike. One of its features incorporates these easy-to-install volume spacers that can be used to change the spring rate. SRAM calls them Bottomless Tokens. In this video, SRAM race technician, Sean Cruickshanks explains what they do and how to install them.

Mini-Bike Mayhem

01.03.2014 //

I NERVOUSLY ROLLED up to the starting line, wrapped my hands around the bars in a white-knuckled death grip, firmly planted my flip-flop on the pedal and hunched myself over in racing position. I glanced at the two competitors to my left, then at the racer on my right. The announcer count- ed us down. I pedaled half a stroke, promptly popped a wheelie and landed flat on my back, clumsily taking the woman to my right down with me.

Teva plans exit from mountain bike segment

11.08.2013 //

Teva will exit the mountain-bike category by the end of 2014, just three years after the outdoor and lifestyle brand introduced its first freeride shoe, the Links.

Interview: Kirk Pacenti

10.15.2013 //

Chances are you haven’t heard of Kirk Pacenti. Chances are you have heard of 650B, or 27.5, the wheel size between 26-inch and 29ers that the industry can’t seem to get enough of right now. Save for Specialized and Cannondale, 27.5-wheeled bikes have become the dominant choice on the majority of all-mountain, 5- to 6-inch trail bikes for most brands. Some, like Giant and Scott, have almost entirely foregone both 29ers and 26-inch wheels to focus on designing frames around the mid-sized hoops.

News: Mammoth Mountain Seeks a Spark in Kamikaze Reboot

10.07.2013 //

To most mountain bikers, Mammoth Mountain needs no introduction. This is, afterall, the ski resort that pioneered lift-accessed riding and, in turn, transformed a non-descript, dusty access road into one of the most famous race courses in the world. Now, as Mammoth Mountain emerges from a difficult past few years, it wants to revive its reputation as a world-class cycling destination in order to attract more visitors and drum up business in the financially-strapped mountain community.

News: Wheels 4 Life Fundraiser

10.01.2013 //

The Southern California bike industry turned out in the hundreds last Friday night to support Wheels 4 Life, the nonprofit organization of mountain-bike luminary and Laguna Beach, California, local Hans Rey. Wheels 4 Life provides bicycles to villagers in developing countries, mostly in Africa, in hopes of improving the quality of life. The bicycle allows locals the ability to get to work or school, or to carry goods, which would otherwise be done only by walking.

Interbike Gallery: From the Tradeshow Floor—Final

09.23.2013 //

We can still hear the ringing of slot machines in our ears, and the feeling of the oppressive desert heat singing our skin hasn’t quite worn off, but despite how our bodies and minds may feel after six long days in Las Vegas, Interbike 2013 is officially over.

While the show is still fresh, though, here are a few more noteworthy bits of gear you can expect to see on store floors next year.

First Impressions: 2014 Giant Intrigue 1

09.18.2013 //

liv/Giant started from scratch with its women’s line for 2014, developing the bikes from the ground up, all based around the ever-more-popular 27.5-inch wheel size. That means unique geometry, colorways and graphics and factory molds cast specifically for women’s frames, an investment few brands are making.

Profile: Darcy Turenne

09.12.2013 //

Darcy Turenne’s swift transition from freerider to filmmaker began two years ago when she produced a 30-minute documentary on female action-sports athletes in Indonesia as a thesis project for her master’s in intercultural communications.

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