Giant’s new 29er is effortlessly capable. In any rider’s hands, challenging terrain seems to disappear under its tires. Our testers, however, found lots of room for debate.
Mitchell Scott and Riley Macintosh. Slocan Lake, B.C.
The movie, The Miserable Champion, makes the case that Shaun Palmer changed everything about competitive mountain biking. If you said that about any other athlete, I’d tell you that you were full of crap, but in this case, yeah, it’s true.
Abigail Hippely and Josh Kissner. Gooseberry Mesa, UT
Carston Oliver. Salt Lake City, Utah.
at bikes—they’re either the coolest thing on earth or the dumbest trend to ever waddle its way through the back door of the party. The folks at SRAM, however, are clearly erring on the “Yay!” side of the debate, as evidenced by the recent announcement that the company is now offering two new fat-friendly cranksets.
Reg Mullett & Nick Quinn. Kananaskis, AB
For three days Kona Team rider Spencer Paxson and Kona Grassroots rider Eric Goss took two of the company’s 29-inch wheel XC bikes and laid waste to many kilometers of ultra-buff B.C. singletrack.
Darren Berrecloth. Page, UT.
Rocky completely redesigned the Altitude line this year. There are five new models in the lineup—three of them bearing carbon somewhere on the frames, two others rocking all-aluminum chassis. The 790 is, in fact, a total carbon fiber dance party (both the front and rear triangles are made of the stuff).
Katrina Strand. Whistler, B.C.
Think Southern California must be lacking in quality trails? Think again–it’s not all boob jobs, smog and traffic jams. Kyle Strait and Tyler McCaul pummel the fine trails within a pedal of Laguna Beach in this video from GT Bicycles.
Jonny Johansson. Åre, Sweden.
Sure, it looks like a simple dirt-jumper helmet. Get the Segment into your hands, however, and it’s clear there’s a surprising bit of technology going into this lid.
I completely understand why people feel that the Pacific Northwest is overexposed…I just finished watching this video and am struck yet again by how amazing this chunk of soggy dirt is. Oh, and Reece Wallace is absolutely rippin’ in this clip.
Every feature on the trail felt more doable on the Kona. In the strictest sense of the word, it was certainly the most all-mountain of the bikes we had on test.