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Video: “Ultimate Rush – Mountain Biking at Mustang, Nepal”

In this series of the “Ultimate Rush,” Darren Berrecloth, Cameron Zink and others explore Nepal in search of epic big-mountain lines.

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2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Specialized Demo 8 II

01.24.2014

Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demo 8 II really stood apart from the rest. All of our testers agreed the geometry was perfect, and they immediately felt at home on the bike. And the traction? Unparalleled. Watch this video to find out why the Demo pushed our testers to charge harder on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.

Friday Five: Suspension Glossary

01.23.2014

Suspension is scary stuff. I get cold sweats thinking about it despite having a front-row seat to some of mountain biking’s most educated suspension technicians and having to spend a great deal of time learning about it all because it’s my 'job' to do so. And I don’t think I’m alone, which is why I see a lot of poorly adjusted or badly setup suspension out on the trails.

Dream Builds: Banshee Spitfire

01.23.2014

I’ve been having dreams about the Spitfire since I sent back the model I picked as my tester’s choice in the 2011 Bible of Bike Tests. That original version was everything I wanted … almost. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see if Banshee’s new 2013 Spitfire together with a no-compromise build kit could truly be the bike of my dreams.

Preview: The XX1 Hack

01.23.2014

Can you create an affordable alternative to SRAM's impressive XX1 single-ring drivetrain (an XX1 hack, if you will)? And would it actually offer XX1-level performance? We're about to find out.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Kona Process 134 DL

01.22.2014

The subtle geometry choices in Kona’s new range of Process bikes mark a tipping point for mountain-bike fit and sizing. Despite being very different than road cycling, mountain bikes are still often designed around the supposition that sizing can be appointed by static fit—one built around a seated rider riding on a fixed plane.

Review: SRAM Roam 60 Wheelset

01.22.2014

Weighing in at 1,600 grams with tape and valves, the Roam 60s are tough enough to endure demented levels of abuse but nearly XC-light, making them suitable for anything from XC to all-mountain daily use.

Yeti Cycles Goes All-In on Enduro

01.21.2014

Yeti’s decision to focus all its racing resources on enduro could mark a pivotal shift in competitive mountain biking. The company said on Monday that it would support a full team of enduro racers including Jared Graves, who placed second overall in the Enduro World Series last year and is also a DH World Championship bronze medalist and Richie Rude, the 2013 Junior DH World Champion. Because of this increased investment, Yeti Cycles will no longer take part in World Cup DH racing.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Niner ROS 9

01.21.2014

Niner's new steel hardtail, the ROS 9, really took our testers by surprise. It comes with geometry and parts that suggest it is more about fun than racing performance, and it had one of our testers forgetting all of her troubles and simply frolicking on the trails of Sedona, Arizona. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.

News: Sugoi Acquires Sombrio

01.21.2014

Sugoi Performance Apparel announced on Monday the acquisition of mountain-bike and lifestyle apparel brand Sombrio. The purchase price was not disclosed.

Gear: Matt Hunter’s Afghanistan Expedition Bike

01.21.2014

Matt Hunter's world-first mountain-bike expedition into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor last summer with Anthill Films and Bike editor Brice Minnigh required a bike that could handle punishing climbs and fast descents on unforgiving, rugged terrain.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Rising Price of “Kick Ass”

01.20.2014

Yes, bikes are stupid expensive these days—I’m not denying that—but there’s also no denying that you generally get a lot more for your buck today. Some thoughts on why bikes cost so damn much, why we write about them and what you can do to avoid bleeding your wallet to death the next time you buy.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Evil Uprising

01.20.2014

The Evil Uprising is the “Chinese Democracy” of the mountain bike world. Like the Guns 'n Roses album that Axl Rose obsessively fiddled with for decades, the Uprising has spent an eternity in the prototype stage. Turns out, it might have been worth the wait.

News: Mid-Atlantic Mountain Bike Advocate Scott Scudamore Passes

01.18.2014

One of the Mid-Atlantic region's most beloved mountain bike inspirations, Scott 'Superman Scud' Scudamore, has passed away at age 63 following complications stemming from a horrific crash. Some of his many friends share their remembrances.

Video: James Doerfling shreds his backyard favorites

01.18.2014

If this video doesn't get you amped for a Saturday-afternoon shred, we don't know what will. James Doerfling is one of the world's most talented big-mountain riders, and his talent shines through during every second of this video. Filmed in the mountains around his home in Williams Lake, British Columbia, it's awesome to see him cut loose in his own stomping grounds. And speaking of stomping, wait until you see the flex he puts his tire under toward the end of the video. Simply. Sick.

Reviewed: Bell Transfer-9

01.17.2014

The Transfer-9 is a trickle down of the Full-9, which benefits from technology afforded by its older motocross brother, the Moto-9, but was designed exclusively for downhill and BMX, and is compliant all bicycle helmet safety standards. Actually, ‘trickle down’ isn’t entirely telling the whole story. This helmet is very feature-packed at just half the cost of Bell’s own Full-9 or other high-end full-face helmets.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Yeti ARC Carbon Race

01.17.2014

The carbon-fiber version of a classic Yeti model embodies the brand's racing spirit, and ignited our testers' inner competitive fires.

Video: RockShox Tech Pills-Bottomless Tokens

01.16.2014

If you’ve been watching our 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels, you’ll know that we’re fans of the RockShox Pike. One of its features incorporates these easy-to-install volume spacers that can be used to change the spring rate. SRAM calls them Bottomless Tokens. In this video, SRAM race technician, Sean Cruickshanks explains what they do and how to install them.

Tested: Cratoni Rocket Helmet

01.16.2014

The Rocket is Cratoni's high-end, XC-style lid, weighing in at just 270 grams and features extensive venting. How does it stack up to the competition? Here's the review.

Dream Builds: Stumpjumper EVO – The Extended Version

01.16.2014

Gear editor Ryan Palmer's personalized Specialized Stumpjumper EVO

Video: The Ten Essentials

01.15.2014

A high-alpine, all-mountain stage race such as the Trans-Provence could be considered the ultimate test of fitness, endurance and technical skills. "The Ten Essentials" doles out some light-hearted advice on how to survive a weeklong suffer-fest like the Trans-Provence with appearances from North American enduro riders Ben Cruz, Mark Weir and Adam Craig.

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