“Sometimes people forget that speed is nothing without control,” so begins Fabien Barel’s discourse on getting faster by, well, braking intelligently.
If you like mixing it up between cross-country throttling and technical charging, the Scott Genius 720 might be your match.
Ben Boehner and Gabe Glosband. Park City, UT.
Fake deaths, the death of celebrity and happy news about the effectiveness of the death penalty. Surprisingly, it’s all much happier than it seems.
Santa Cruz’s long-travel, carbon 29er was top three in many of our books and took home one Editor’s Pick selection. Why did we universally like this bike? Check out the video.
Self-Portrait (Reuben Krabbe). Whistler, B.C.
Some rain jackets give up the ghost after a few crashes, but the Chute is built to withstand the kind of abuse the North Shore doles out, which is something I definitely appreciated.
Matt Hunter waxes poetic on the new Enduro.
A clip dedicated to everyone who takes the Sunday group ride way too seriously.
Darcy Turenne. Åre, Sweden.
The ultimate enduro ride in the alps? This could be it. Hunter and company circle Mont Blanc and sample every flavor of trail along the way. One of those videos that makes you wish you were there.
Just as Zeppelin left Top 40 to the Bee Gees while they pursued something pure and kick ass, so too has Diamondback steered away from the obvious style of 29er with this model, the Mason.
Wade Simmons. Bellingham, WA
More coverage than a cross-country lid, but with an eye at keeping things light and breezy, Troy Lee Design’s A1 enters the burgeoning enduro helmet market. Here’s an interview with TLD’s Stikman on the what, where and why-the-hell of the new helmet.
Here’s what I take away from this video: it doesn’t suck to be Brandon Semenuk. A house in B.C. with five acres of jumps in the backyard, infinite miles of singletrack out the back door, a Subaru WRX to rally on the logging roads of Squamish… This is the video your high-school guidance counselor didn’t want you to see when he was selling you on a degree in Business Administration.
In this episode of Lars n Bars, Lars and Darrin head out to the Chuckanuts (the less hyped riding spot in Bellingham) for some introspective moments and a good dose of Metallica and shred. Proof positive that’s it’s never too cold to go out and ride.
Logan Whitehead. Whistler, BC.
The Wilson has an interesting mix of soft, ground-hugging suspenstion that tracks well in turns and shrugs off square-edged hits, and a stiff, lightweight frame. What did our testers think of it? Check out the video.