In late June, a group of five riders set out on a multi-day exploration of the French Maritime Alps near the Italian border aided by note cards from locals, maps and a compass. The following are excerpts from rider Ross Measures’ journal and directions from the cards that guided the group on multiple rides each day.
Jared Graves is one of the most well-rounded riders in mountain biking with success in 4X, downhill, BMX and now enduro. Giro visited Graves’ hometown and explored Queensland, Australia, with American enduro haunch Adam Craig and Kiwi freeride star Kelly McGarry to check out the trails and learn what makes Graves so fast. In addition to kangaroos and snakes we found Graves busy cultivating a cycling mecca in Toowoomba, with dozens of dedicated mountain bike trails, a booming bike club and a local race series.
Santa Cruz Bicycles has revamped its popular Nomad all-mountain bike, incorporating a single-ring specific design, internal cable routing, 165 millimeters of VPP travel and a new compact lower link and a V10-style upper link, all built around 27.5-inch wheels.
RockShox has revisited its Boxxer downhill fork with some pretty substantial tweaks, even if it doesn’t look like it from afar. SRAM gave us the opportunity this February to spend three days trying out the new fork on the trails of the Queenstown Bike Park in New Zealand.
To the mountain-bike community, Kyle Strait needs no introduction. On the bike, he was an absolute child prodigy, and entered his first Rampage when he was just a young teenager. In 2013, after landing a massive Suicide No-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender, Strait became the only person to break the Rampage curse, and won the for a record second time.
In news today, RockShox has released a new, higher volume air can for Monarch and Monarch Plus air shocks. Offered standard on Monarch Plus RC3, or as an upgrade to Monarch RT3, DebonAir adds a more linear spring rate, improving small bump compliance.
Could Cannondale's rookie enduro racer, Marco Osborne, be the man to beat on this year's North American enduro circuit? All signs point to the affirmative.
We mountain bikers spend an inordinate—no, make that a ridiculous—amount of time obsessing about gear. But none of it actually matters. Here’s the truth—and it’s a simple matter of math—a shitty bike plus an awesome trail equals an amazing day of riding. Conversely, a great bike plus a crappy trail equals a day that would have been better spent flossing your toenails.
The 4th Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival returns June 26-July 5, 2014, with a packed week of events, races, rides and high times on two wheels for all ages and persuasions of mountain biker. With over 400 miles of stellar singletrack twisting around one of America’s premier mountain bike destinations, this event is a great reason to get out of town for an epic week of singletrack therapy.
One of the highlights of this year's Cannondale Factory Racing camp was the chance to ride the new 27.5-inch Jekyll on southern Spain's steep, rocky trails.
Amazing views, sick trails and local brews–what mountain biker would ever want to go to Sedona? Bike contributor Simon Stewart doles out some sound advice for those thinking of making a trip to the shred sanctum in the desert. Don't say we didn't warn you.
While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.
The names spill out, a landslide of exotic words, places glimpsed only in photos or maps, sent via email with descriptions that conjure mental images of tires biting dirt and the dappled strobe of green and sunlight. These are the tip of the iceberg, the first easily recalled names on a long list of places and trails I didn’t ride.