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Southern California is a big place. Head east from Los Angeles and it doesn’t take more than an hour or two (depending on traffic, of course) before you run out of houses and into the great wide open. Mammoth Mountain sits out there in the Southern Sierra: tall, imposing and full of great trails. Here’s our ride report from the Heavy Pedal Tour 2013.
Fat biking ain’t for everyone. Okay, that’s an understatement. Fat biking draws more ire and ridicule than anything shy of a recumbent. The big, heavy tires. The general lack of suspension. The sheer What the F*ck-ness of the whole enterprise….it simply leaves a lot of people sputtering angrily. A new documentary, however, will soon make the case for fat biking America’s frozen northlands.
Mammoth had its peak in the mid to late `90s and then things went quiet for awhile. That, however, is something the resort hopes to change–as evidenced by the rash of new trails they’ve put on the mountain in the hopes of luring riders. Here’s a glimpse of the goods.
We were prepared to embrace the two-wheel drift on Mammoth’s infamous mountain of pumice. Along with judicious use of wood for drops, jumps, and wall rides, Mammoth does not suffer a lack of iconic features to challenge and excite mountain bikers of all skill levels.
With the racing season over, you might think that Jerome Clementz would take up residency on a couch somewhere–growing indolent and fat. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Clementz is still out there riding, roosting trails, defying exercise guru maxims about recovery periods… It looks like a very good life indeed.
Marin’s new Attack Trail XT8 would be a strong bike for someone who rides tight, technical terrain. The new Attack Trail is not as efficient and speedy a pedaler as some of the best all-mountain bikes, but it holds its own on climbs and makes for a competent all rounder.
If there was ever a perfect time to use the Swiss Army-knife metaphor for a bike, it’s with the Scott Genius 720. This 650b-wheeled beast is the quintessential do-it-all trail machine. The heart of this bike is the TwinLoc system, which simultaneously
controls both the Fox 34 fork and Genius Nude2 shock.
Few brands have had as much impact on cycling (and we’re including our skinny-tired brethren here) as Colnago. Here’s a quick tour of some of their “best” bikes–everything from a gold-plated Pope bike to crazy, futuristic models (hydraulic brakes, carbon frames and internal routing…back in the early `80s) that the cycling world is still just catching up to, decades later .
While no one ever intends to over-tighten their bottom bracket or cassette lock ring, these sorts of things happen to the best of us. Thus, I was excited to get my hands on Lezyne’s CNC-Rod, which provides the more ham-fisted amongst us with a bit of extra leverage.
I used to think body armor was for park rats and professional freeriders. I wouldn’t be caught in the stuff anywhere outside of a lift-accessed resort. Sporting pads on a trail ride? It was, to my way of thinking, a bit like slapping a “Tap Out” mixed martial arts bumper sticker on your pick up or, getting “No Fear” tattooed on your neck or riding a unicycle in public—all just desperate cries for attention.
The down and dirty guide to mountain biking the beautiful island of Elba, Tuscany, as seen through the squinted view of pro-photographer and mountain bike mentalist Dan Milner. In this episode: Dan and his GoPro are joined by Scott German pro-riders Holger Meyer and Karen Eller for a lesson in European harmony – with unforeseen results…