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Beatdown: The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Rims Gain Muscle

CRANKBROTHERS GOT A BLACK EYE WHEN IT RELEASED ITS first wheel line back in 2010 and the rear hubs failed at a rate of about 17 percent. When your product looks this odd and its guts start seizing up on the trail, you’re in a precarious position. So Crank- brothers redesigned its hubs in 2011 and they’ve proven up to the task ever since. With its hubs sorted, the company went into 2014’s version 3.0 looking to improve the rims.

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Video: Grizzly bear charges mountain biker

08.27.2014

"While mountain biking in Jasper, Alberta on August 4, 2013, my cousin Dan and I were charged by a grizzly sow three times," said the rider, Brad Paras.

Heavy Pedal Tour – The trails, free shuttles and beer of Helena, Montana

08.27.2014

Helena is an IMBA Bronze-level ride center, with over 70 miles of trails. “Singletrack at the end of every street,” is how they like to say it, and it’s not far from the truth.

Video: Improving women’s rights in Afghanistan with bikes

08.27.2014

Besides being the first woman to ride a mountain bike in Afghanistan – which is an amazing feat in itself – Shannon Galpin has been improving women’s rights in Afghanistan through education, art and sport. She has worked with graffiti artists in Kabul and created the groundbreaking “Streets of Afghanistan” photography installation. She now supports […]

Video: Kids riding with Thomas Vanderham and Matt Hunter

08.27.2014

Riding bikes is awesome. Getting to ride bikes with Thomas Vanderham and Matt Hunter when you're 7 years old? That's even more awesome.

News: Giro releases new helmets equipped with MIPS technology

08.26.2014

After years of collaboration researching and validating new technologies to further reduce impact energy, Giro will be introducing new helmets equipped with MIPS in three categories: road, mountain and urban.

Gallery and Results: Big Mountain Enduro Round 4, Moab

08.26.2014

Photo gallery of the fourth stop of the Big Mountain Enduro, which was in Moab, Utah.

Video: Trans Savoie 2014 Day 2

08.26.2014

A tough day on the Trans Savoie race brought relentless technical, rocky descents in the first half of the day's stages, followed by some faster, flowing balcony-style trails in the afternoon.

Video: Road to Rampage 2014 teaser

08.26.2014

Red Bull Rampage challenges the full package of skills possessed by the world's best mountain bike riders. Red Bull will follow three of them in the lead up to the 2014 event

Middle Ground: Indiana’s trail network

08.26.2014

The trail map for Indiana’s Brown County State Park reminds me of Disneyworld. There are so many highlights that it’s tough to know where to start. It’s hard to believe, standing here among oaks, elms and maples that overlook nearly 30 miles of mountain-bike trails, that a map of Brown County from 10 years ago only offered a few dirt roads for bikes.

Video: Trans Savoie 2014 Day 1

08.25.2014

Trans-Savoie 2014 started this weekend in the French Alps. The score: six days of mammoth descents and adventure in the Savoie region.

Video: Dueling it out at the Bearclaw Invitational

08.25.2014

Continuing the incredible progression witnessed at last week's Red Bull Joyride, the renowned Bearclaw Invitational returned to Vancouver Island over the weekend to set a new benchmark in what's possible on a mountain bike.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Where’s the Hateful Review?

08.25.2014

Magazines and websites simply brim with bike reviews that drip with praise. It seems like every bike “instills confidence” or “rails corners” or “climbs like a goat.” You might believe that some bikes are awesome, but they can’t all be. It defies logic. This isn’t tee ball where everyone wins—this is the real world, a world that’s full of winners and losers. And yet you don’t see a lot of reviews that flat-out flame a bike. Why is that?

Trail Tested: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon

08.24.2014

I got pretty excited about the Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon when I first peeked around its linkage. The stout, snug links connect a front and rear triangle that didn’t skimp on material. The rest of the bike was also applied liberally.

Video: 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH highlights

08.24.2014

The 2014 DH season came to a close with a bang here in Méribel, delivering one of the best races of the year. Sam Hill returned to the top of the podium with a spectacular winning run, wildcard riders mixed up the usual standings and cheering fans wielding chainsaws, air horns and flags lined the Méribel course from top to bottom. Not to mention the crowning of a new World Cup Champion, Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland.

Video: Live replay of the 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH

08.23.2014

With classic, wide-open style bottom corners and big, loose rock gardens up top, the 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH course kept all of the top riders on their toes.

Tested: Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race

08.23.2014

When someone mentions the company Uvex, my thoughts go immediately to the late '80s to early '90s when their neon ski goggles dominated the slopes. Clearly Uvex has been off my radar for the past 20 years, but my outdated vision of their products totally changed when I laid my hands on the Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race glasses.

Video: The Last Chance Saloon – Méribel DH practice

08.22.2014

With only one more stop following this weekend's competition, the UCI World Cup Méribel DH will be a proving ground for the season. Unlike the wide open, relatively single-lined Windham this is a true thinkers track and will reward those who can string it all together amidst the loam, mud and grass.

Video: Nick Geddes’ battle – “Elixir”

08.22.2014

Nick Geddes is an exceptional athlete with an exceptional story. His battle has been through a more treacherous path than your typical mountain bike racer. But without the back story he may just seem like a typical – albeit extremely talented – rider now racing the World Enduro Series.

Sacred Rides launches women-only trips and skills camps

08.22.2014

Sacred Rides, voted the number one Mountain Bike Touring Company by National Geographic Adventure magazine, launches a line of Women’s Mountain Bike Trips and Skills Camps.

Tested: Chromag Squarewave Grips

08.22.2014

I almost never think about grips. Let’s face it, if they don’t slip and they offer decent traction for your mitts, you’re pretty much golden. The bar is kinda low in this product category. But then I started using Chromag’s Squarewave grips and, I have to admit, they made me realize that most of my other grips aren’t cutting the mustard.

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