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First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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News: Five Bucks Could Net You This Bike

12.06.2013

Buy 1 foot of singletrack for $5 and you could win your choice of any complete Santa Cruz Bicycles model, decked out in ENVE Composites wheels, Fox suspension and Shimano components. You'll also get a year's worth of free shuttles in Downieville. All proceeds go to the trailbuilding effort in the Downieville area.

Friday Five: Dicking About

12.06.2013

To be a better mountain biker all it takes is to drop the seriousness and increase the silliness. A radical theory? Perhaps, but you should seriously give "not being serious" a try.

Dirty Words: Ten Years After in Iraq

12.06.2013

I’ve been thinking about a kid I met near the Iraq-Iran border a little more than 10 years ago. I was in Kuwait taking care of logistics for USA TODAY reporters and photographers moving back and forth between the carnage in Bagdad and Fallujah and all those messed up places....

Video: Road to Rampage, Episode 7

12.05.2013

What separates guys who compete in Red Bull Rampage from the rest of us? Besides that obvious, yawning gulf in skills? It's a mental thing--as this episode of "Road to Rampage" clearly illustrates.

Video: Yep, That’s Gotta Hurt

12.05.2013

Anyone who rides knows that a misplaced wheel and some pain are always just a millisecond away, but sometimes a video like this comes around and reminds you that it might be a good idea to re-read your Guide to Relocating Parts of Your Body, which has probably been collecting dust on your bookshelf.

FOR SALE: The Best Photos Ever

12.04.2013

What's hanging on your walls? Ditch the Monet or Picasso and put up something worth showing off. We're selling professionally mounted, one of a kind photos--some of the best to have ever graced the pages of Bike. You only have a few weeks to snatch one up. Proceeds from the sale go to WORCA, to help support the great trails around Whistler.

Video/Gallery: Familiar Territory with Dustin Gilding

12.04.2013

Let's say you bust your leg, spend four months recuperating and then face your first day back on the bike. How would that day unfold? How would you ride? A little rusty? A little timid? Not if you are Dustin Gilding. Here's some video and a photo gallery of Gilding's first day back on the bike. Amazing.

Video: 26 Ain’t Dead

12.03.2013

Twenty-six inch wheels are dead? Don't tell the guys at Cotic that. One of the best videos of the year. Check this out.

Video: XX1 Enduro–Stepping Up

12.03.2013

With enduro racing quickly picking up speed all over the world, enduro riders have become an essential part in the development of a new generation of components, which combine light weight, durability and flawless performance during long and hard races. SRAM XX1 is an excellent example, as this video shows.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Mammoth

12.03.2013

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.

News: Wintertime Fat-Biking Documentary Nears Release

12.03.2013

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.

Gallery: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour – Mammoth Mountain

12.03.2013

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.

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Mammoth

12.03.2013

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.

Video: 12 Months, 12 Stories–Time to Ride

12.02.2013

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.

Tested: 2014 Marin Attack Trail XT8

12.02.2013

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.

Video: Ride the Alps Teaser 2

12.02.2013

Not a huge leap of logic: Switzerland has mountains. Those mountains have trails. Those trails can be ridden. ...This seems to be the underlying logic of the upcoming film, "Ride the Alps" and the logic sure looks pretty. Here's a taste of it.

Tested: 2013 Scott Genius 720

12.01.2013

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.

Video: The Best Colnagos of All Time

12.01.2013

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 .

News: Kitsbow Shows Off Cold Weather Gear

11.30.2013

Kitsbow recently expanded their product line to include cool-weather gear--just in time to fend off the miserable wet and cold of the winter season. The new products include two new base layers, arm warmers, and knee warmers.

News: Single-Ringin’ It Gets a Boost

11.29.2013

OneUp Components' new 42-tooth cog just might make ditching the front derailleur a feasible, and affordable, option for the masses. Here's the story.

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