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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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Chemtrails and mountain bike trails

10.28.2013

Momentum is building for Sedona, Arizona. There’s a rising tide of partially spandex-clad bikers washing up on the sandy desert floor around Sedona. More and more cars, laden with riders and their marvelous looking mechanical contraptions, flow into the red rock ravine.

Tested: Specialized EMT Pro MTB

10.27.2013

Specialized packed an impressive amount of tools into a lightweight (104 grams) and compact package. While we had one particular gripe with the tool, it's a smart package on the whole. Here's why.

News: Jared Graves’ Finale Ligure Race Journal

10.26.2013

Well, the 2013 season is in the history books. After last month’s World Championships, I spent almost six weeks back home getting into the swing of a normal life and routine. It was tough getting motivated for this weekend’s EWS in Finale Ligure...but really, I wanted nothing more than to finish off the year with a win.

Tested: Giro Chamber Shoes

10.26.2013

The Chamber has a skate-inspired, street shoe aesthetic,which looks great but also provides function.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29

10.25.2013

The EX performs brilliantly on everyday singletrack—the kind of trails you want to ride for hours upon hours. Its handling traits are balanced and nimble, thanks in part to its low bottom bracket and ample standover. The efficient DRCV suspension platform and the 27.5-pound weight make the EX 9.8 feel like a no-holds-barred race whippet while on the pedals.

Dirty Words: The Best Halloween Ever

10.25.2013

We’re on our bikes, laughing and flashing silently through the forest stinking of cheap beer and wood smoke. Halloween is over, but while the citizens lie snug in their bed, we glide through the night. Boo!

VIdeo: The Salvadorian Way

10.25.2013

By Mike Gamble We take the bicycle for granted. We have great days, we have not so great days. For a Salvadorian, the bicycle is life. For some, a necessity, for others an escape. Not just for the mind, but for the soul of its user. Through the dreams of a dedicated group of riders, […]

Happy 25th, Timbuk2

10.24.2013

The San Francisco bag company Timbuk2 is celebrating 25 years. And that means some new stuff. The company recently partnered with Mission Cycling, a cycling club in San Francisco, to design a pair of new products for happy on-the-bike adventuring. Because we all love happy bike adventures. Mission Cycling has a standing early morning ride […]

The Bakery: My Mom’s New Bike

10.24.2013

One day I got a phone call that changed that attitude, a call that every bike industry worker fears receiving from their parents, “I found a bike at Walmart” and worse yet, “it has suspension stuff on the seat post so I think it must be really good.” The guilt hit me like a ton of bricks...

Video: Chromag Family Album Vol. 1

10.23.2013

Few companies enjoy a following like Chromag. Sure, the company makes smart components, but it's more than that. There's a kind of die-hard brand loyalty that is so often lacking in an industry that is often fixated on bling, techno-babble and fads. We spoke with filmmaker, Rupert Walker, on the release of this new Chromag video, aptly titled, "Family Album Volume 1".

Tested: M.U.L.E.® NV™

10.23.2013

I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.

Video: Enduro World Series Finale in….Finale

10.22.2013

Finale Ligure (SV), played host to the Grand Finale of the Superenduro powered by SRAM 2013 series and Enduro World Series race. Check out the action.

First Impressions: Dakine Hip Pack

10.22.2013

Save yourself from the evil of the rider who fails to bring a spare tube. Buy him a hip pack and tell them to smarten up.

First Impressions: Blackspire Sub4 Pedals

10.21.2013

The Sub4 is built beefy; "Le brick sh@thouse" is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here's our first impressions on Blackspire's all-mountain pedals.

Video: Mountain Biking Chamonix

10.21.2013

Considered to be 'the extreme capital of the world' and home to Europe's mightiest landscapes, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France, has a lot to live up to. But is it all it's cracked up to be? The Trail Ninja gets down and dirty with Chamonix's toughest mountain bike trails and discovers a secret or two.

Video: Road Rage

10.20.2013

The premise is simple: go downhill fast. What makes this competition a bit more interesting, however, is that this isn't a downhill mountain bike race; Red Bull's Road Rage is a race down Colorado's Guanella Pass--and it's all asphalt. BMX bike, road bike, mountain bike--as long as it has two functioning brakes, you can race it in Road Rage.

Tested: Troy Lee Designs 5400 Knee Guards

10.19.2013

Knee pads don't just have to be part of the freerider's costume. Before trying Troy Lee Designs' 5400 Knee Guards, I didn’t expect them to be so versatile. I thought they would act as a perfect double act in the winter – knee warmers and protection – but come the summer would probably be relegated to being worn around my ankles on long, hot climbs. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find they never needed to leave my knees.

Friday Five: Increasing Hip Power

10.18.2013

Can you make your glutes dance? Do you want to be faster or better? Then take notice of what Monika Marx has to say about you butt muscles.

Video: The Relentless Pursuit of Balance – Engineering and Development

10.18.2013

In this video we take an close look at the development process of SRAM's MTB wheels by meeting the engineers, technicians and product managers that produced and tested the SRAM wheels Nicolas Vouilloz chose for his successful return to racing, and which are now available to all riders.

Dirty Words: Our Long National Nightmare is Over

10.18.2013

Congress has finally seen the light and reopened the government. Thank goodness, it was starting to get really weird here in the capital of the United States of America.

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