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Review: “IMBA’S guide to new school trails”

IMBA released a Bike Park guidebook in October 2014, following the success of their previous two books. Through essays and expert contributors, this book guides the reader from day one to the completion of a bike park, covering planning, finance, design, management and more.

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Tested: Osprey Zealot 16

06.30.2013

Thirty-eight years in the trade have clearly taught the designers at Osprey a thing or two about making packs, because the Zealot 16—their 976-cubic-inch dump truck of a hydration pack—is the king of comfort. Go ahead, load the Zealot with 100 ounces of water, body armor, a full-face helmet, tools and any other creature comforts—the one thing you won’t feel is a pain in the back.

First Impressions: 2014 Mavic Crossmax Enduro Wheels, Tires and Shoes.

06.25.2013

The Crossmax Enduro wheel-tire system is a race-specific setup designed for the increasingly popular enduro racing format. It also is a wheelset that plain makes sense for a lot of riders with no racing aspirations whatsoever. We went to France and rode the piss out of `em. Here's what we found.

Tested: POC Trabec

06.12.2013

The first thing you’ll notice about the POC is its fit. For those accustomed to primarily XC offerings, be prepared for a different experience.

Tested: CamelBak Agent

06.11.2013

With its 671 cubic inches of storage, CamelBak’s Agent is a midsize pack with big-pack aspirations. The Agent has room to haul all the essentials, in addition to body armor and a full-face helmet.

Tested: Kali Protectives Amara Cam

06.08.2013

While Kali may be a young company, compared to the more established names, it is certainly not lacking in experience. It comes as no surprise then that the company is stirring things up on the technological side of things. Consider the Amara helmet....

Review: The North Face Long Way Home

05.14.2013

At $125, The North Face's "Long Way Home" jacket is a hell of a value. It's also a smartly-designed product: highly breathable, incredibly comfortable and, thanks to its removable sleeves, extremely versatile. An ideal jacket for cross-country rides in fall and spring conditions.

Review: Kitsbow Mixed Shell Jacket

05.13.2013

I’ve worn this jacket on every ride so far this year. I’m sad that now it is summer I won’t be needing to use it as much...

News: Mavic Turns it Up a Notch

02.28.2013

We spent two days racing Enduro in France and testing Mavic's expanded line of apparel aimed at trail and enduro riders. Here are our impressions of the gear.

Video: Introducing the Bell Segment

02.15.2013

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.

News: Foxhead Reveals New Trail and All Mountain Apparel

02.07.2013

Here is a sick video clip from Foxhead's recent shoot to promote its new Rampage Pro Carbon helmet and updated apparel line. Watch Cam and Tyler McCaul, Kyle Strait, Steve Smith and Josh Bryceland shred these NorCal trails—and then try to resist getting on your bike.

Tested: Race Face Chute Jacket

01.28.2013

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.

Exclusive: Touching Cloth With Arc’teryx

12.10.2012

From rain-soaked Vancouver hails Arc’teryx--a company that channels its OCD tendencies into making bullet-proof apparel that keeps you unbelievably dry in the worst weather.

Fresh Produce: Knog Lights and Locks

11.08.2012

Knog gives the industrial-design love to their smart, new line of locks and commuter lights.

First Impressions: 2013 Kali Protectives Maraka XC Helmet

11.01.2012

Kali's new XC helmet is s ridiculously lightweight and comfy, weighing in at a scant 260 grams. Made with a carbon and polycarbonate composite, the Maraka XC barely registers on your head,

Bikemag Exclusive: Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag

10.23.2012

Timbuk2's latest messenger bag is loaded with innovative features

First Impressions: Shimano MO-88 Trail Shoes

10.20.2012

By Kevin Rouse Shimano M0-88 Shoes $120 / bike.shimano.com I didn’t exactly need a pair of new shoes. Then again, I wasn’t about to turn a pair down either. So when a pair of Shimano’s latest budget-friendly SPD trail shoes showed up on my desk for review just before the Interbike trade show, I wasn’t […]

Review: Kona Wah Wah Pedals

10.16.2012

By Vernon Felton Kona Wah Wah $80/konaworld.com The flat-pedal market is awash is fancy, wafer-thin models that’ll cost you a mint…and then there are the decidedly blue-collar Kona Wah Wahs. Kona first issued these flats back in 2007 and what you see here is basically the original recipe. At 17-millimeters, the Wah Wahs are plenty […]

DH Helmets and Kits at Interbike

09.22.2012

Interbike brings an unimaginable amount of downhill bikes and products to Las Vegas. Here's a selection of products coming out in 2013 that might turn some heads.

Review: Bontrager Specter XR Helmet

08.31.2012

The Specter XR is equipped to go toe-to-toe with the better brain buckets on the market. While a few other lids offered better ventilation, the Bontrager is supremely comfortable, lightweight and easy to adjust.

Bike Week Exclusive: Dakine Upgrades the Humble Tailgate Pad

08.14.2012

Dakine went back to the drawing board and came up with some simple, yet clever, tweaks that make their venerable tailgate pad even better.

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