Helmet reviews from 2014′s best models including Scott, Fly, Specialized, Smith, etc.
Her riding style is playful and natural, and her smile is so bright it seems impossible that Lorraine Blancher ever has a bad day on the bike. Watch her in action or talk to her just a little bit, and it’s safe to say she rarely if ever does. She’s been riding mountain bikes for more than half her life, but with the wide-eyed exuberance usually reserved for someone new to the sport.
THERE’S A MARVELOUS AMOUNT OF TECHNOLOGY PACKED into today’s bikes. But we should be as grateful for simple advancements like short stems and sloping top tubes as we are for through axles and disc brakes. While folks in white lab coats are making our bikes lighter and faster, rider-driven frame manufacturers like Transition are making them more fun. So we’re always eager to see Transition’s take on the fun-starved world of big wheels.
IT ISN’T ABOUT MARK SUMMERS. NOTHING IS. NOTHING EVER is. Everything Mark Summers does is about other people. And within five minutes of meeting him, he’s helping me carry my bike into the building. Then Mark ditches me for an 8-year-old who is struggling to fill his tires with air.
WHEN I WAS DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE COMPONENTS I wanted to put on my editor’s choice ‘Dream Build’ for Bike’s December 2013 issue, there was only one option I considered for a rear shock: the Cane Creek DB Air. My dream bike, a Banshee Spitfire, was a perfect match for that shock: A mid-travel, aggressive-geometry trail bike that is an absolute animal on the downhills.
This video of Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz chasing each other down scree slopes in southern France show what could've been if Barel hadn't been injured.
The Big Mountain Enduro Series Presented by Yeti Cycles, is an authentic multi-stage, multi-day annual Enduro series throughout the best riding locations in the Rocky Mountain region. In this video, the top racers from the 2013 Big Mountain Enduro Series take you through what to expect in 2014, where a $45,000 pro purse awaits.
FOR MOST OF US, FRIDAYS ARE SPENT WATCHING THE CLOCK, waiting anxiously for the workweek to end. At Chromag Bikes, however, the weekend starts a day early. On Friday–every Friday–staff and friends of the Whistler-based frame and components company spend the day riding.
Check out Kirt Voreis and Cam McCaul together in a video for the first time.
Like so many mountain bikers of his generation, Kirt Voreis fell into the sport kind of by accident. Growing up without a dad, his dream career, motocross, was out of financial reach. Dirt jumping and skateboarding, though, those were attainable activities, and Kirt was naturally gifted. Add to the airtime a penchant for pedaling 30 miles or more on his mom’s 10-speed mountain bike looking for lizards and rattlesnakes, and you’ve got a fairly decent recipe for success in the fat-tire world.
Offering up the chance to win the the bike of your dreams built however you want from Santa Cruz Bikes seems like a no-brainer premise, but this runs a bit deeper than that. “Five bucks a foot" is a campaign being run by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to generate funding for, as well as interest in, their ongoing trail construction projects.
In 1997, Italian suspension manufacturer, Marzocchi, unleashed the Z1 Bomber. Marzocchi’s engineers had received the same "How to Build a Fork" memo as everyone else, but with the Z1 they essentially doused that memo in gasoline, lit it on fire, went on a bender and woke up the next morning with a hangover and this mutant lovechild of a fork. The Z1 Bomber was heavy, ridiculously plush and built like a brick shithouse. The Z1 changed the world of bicycle suspension, sure, but it also changed the way products were marketed and sold in the bike industry.
FOR CANADIANS, Newfoundland is one of those places we all talk about visiting. Every Canadian will tell you they want to go, but few actually do. It’s not the kind of place you drive to for the weekend; you either fly there or take the ferry. And depending on the ferry, the trip can take six to 14 hours, sometimes over rough, vomit-inducing waters. Once you’re at the ferry terminal, it’s still a huge drive to St. John’s.
We all do stupid things. It’s part of being human. Our friends, however, are supposed to function as our de facto idiocy buffer. Friends are the ones who cut the crap and tell it like it is: a mullet isn’t ironic, it just makes you look inbred, a 1986 IROC-Z is not a classic and there is no way in hell I am going to be seen anywhere in public with you if you wear that f@cking cape. We mock those we love, as Sigmund Freud once noted, because we care about them.
From SRAM X1 comes the integrated drivetrain engineered in Germany for every rider and every trail. The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure.