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The Web Monkey Speaks: A “Bike-Friendly” city? Let’s redefine that

If cities want to earn that hallowed “bike friendly” badge, they have to dig deep. They have to confront some stereotypes they might have about mountain bikers being knuckle-dragging troglodytes. They need to open up those trails. You can’t call yourself “bike friendly” while crapping on us mountain bikers.

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Photo Gallery: Finding Perspective With Bruno Long

11.13.2014

Photographer Bruno Long is a master of perspective. Using his scrupulous eye, he captures nature’s abundant landscapes and mountain biking, while reminding us that we are but a small visitor in its realm. This gallery pays homage to some of his favorite outdoor spaces, and some points of view that can be gained if one just takes the time to look.

Preview: Cane Creek DB InLine

11.13.2014

This itty-bitty Cane Creek has all the same features as their full-grown Double Barrel models. Have you seen the schematics for this shock? They look like a freaking M.C. Escher wet dream. There are an ungodly number of damping pathways squeezed into something the size of a walnut. Crazier still, it works.

Palmer’s Picks: Reynolds Blacklabel 27.5 AM Wheels

11.12.2014

Did you know that World Cup downhill racers tune their wheel stiffness by adjusting spoke tension to suit certain courses? Optimizing wheel stiffness can improve traction, control and comfort. Reynolds has done an excellent job at this with the Blacklabel wheels. For me, they strike a great balance between providing stable, yet supple ride–something I appreciated after experiencing how harsh some of the other carbon wheels on the market can be.

VIDEO: Deity’s FUZZBOX Featuring Tyler McCaul

11.12.2014

Get ready to wake up this morning with Tyler McCaul going absolutely mental on California trail and dirt jumps in this latest Deity edit, FUZZBOX, by Mind Spark Cinema.

Signatures: (Free!) Full Length Film from Fullface Productions

11.12.2014

Signatures is a documentary movie about mountain biking by Fullface Productions. It not only showcases a lineup of great talents and big names, but also reveals what gravity MTB disciplines are about. Top European riders will present their best performances and immersing you into amazing atmosphere of unique places around world.

Diamonds in the Dirt: Whitefish, Montana

11.11.2014

Lydia Tanner is a dirt connoisseur who lives in her car. She spent her fall drinking gallons of coffee and riding lesser-known trails all over the Northwest. These are her stories.

First Impressions: Bern Prescott

11.11.2014

Pretty much everything Bern touches turns to cool so when I found out the lifestyle-inspired skate/snow brand was branching into women’s mountain-bike helmets, I had to have a look.

The Web Monkey Speaks: I, Robot…or Not

11.10.2014

Should you believe the subjective, field tests you read in magazines and on websites? Wouldn't it be better if products were tested in a controlled, laboratory setting? Blind belief in lab results is ridiculous. Here's why.

Bike Test: Juliana Roubion C

11.10.2014

FIRST OF ALL, YES, THIS IS A VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE BIKE. BUT, the almost-unbelievable pricetag is also part of what makes it remarkable. That a brand would risk producing a bike gleaming with the most expensive parts available for such a small pool of potential buyers says a lot about the state of the women’s market.

Luis Leao Pinto Wins the 22nd edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores

11.09.2014

After he considered quitting, Portuguese cyclist Luis Leao Pinto was crowned the winner of La Ruta de los Conquistadores 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 9, after crossing the finish line in sixth place in Playa Bonita, Limón. However, due to his performance on day 1, he had 6 minutes and 46 seconds of advantage over Luis Mejía

Juliana Bicycles Recruits New Ambassadors For 2015

11.07.2014

Juliana Bicycles is currently represented by some of the funnest and toughest female riders out there. We’re looking to grow this family in 2015 by supporting more female racers, ambassadors, and juniors who share the Juliana spirit and are already active within our dealer communities.

Tool Envy

11.07.2014

ASK YOURSELF WHAT PROJECTS YOU WANT TO TACKLE, LOOK at what tools your bike requires, and then choose a kit. The kits we selected for this test all fall somewhere in the middle of basic maintenance and complete assembly, with the Birzman being the most complete.

From Denver to Durango: 500 miles of the Colorado Trail

11.06.2014

Sometimes the most challenging and arduous adventure is the one in your own backyard. The Colorado Trail links up the state’s largest metropolitan region with some of the best mountain bike trails in the country, spanning over 500 miles through the rugged and scenic alpine wilderness from Denver to Durango.

Long-Term Test: CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV

11.06.2014

I’ve been humping the CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV hydration pack around in the rain and mud for a year. It’s seen the inside of my washing machine more than a few times and wound up being my go-to pack this past season. Here's how it fared.

Diamonds in the Dirt: Bozeman, Montana

11.05.2014

Lydia Tanner is a dirt connoisseur who lives in her car. She spent her fall drinking gallons of coffee and riding lesser-known trails all over the Northwest. These are her stories.

Palmer’s Picks: Bertucci A-2T Field Watch

11.05.2014

Watches are stupid. Most of them are heavy, uncomfortable, bulky things that sit there on your wrist and weigh it down. And for what? Just to tell you what time of day it is? No thanks, I'll pass.

Video: Cam McCaul Goes Rogue on The Weather Channel

11.04.2014

In a Skype interview yesterday with Sam Champion on The Weather Channel's AMHQ, Cam McCaul appeared–much to the surprise of the show's host–dressed as a weather reporter. Through the entire interview McCaul never breaks character, explaining the only way they could make a mountain bike movie about riding on the snow was to do it from "the unreal world" where it was snowing dirt flurries. McCaul is Saturday Night Live worthy. Enjoy.

Bike Test: Trek Remedy 9.8 29

11.04.2014

My first ride on the new carbon fiber Remedy 9.8 29 reminded me how capable this line of bikes is, plus now it’s much livelier, snappier and over a pound lighter. It’s a markedly better ride. The bike scoots up hills just as well as the Fuel EX, but ups the ante on descents.

Trail plans progress in Caliente, Nevada

11.03.2014

A new IMBA-backed trail network in rural Nevada could open to mountain bikers as soon as 2016 if Patrick Kell wins over the right wallets. Kell is IMBA’s southwest regional director, and he’s been tirelessly promoting the project outside Caliente, Nevada–a town of fewer than 1,200 people located about two hours northeast of Las Vegas.

Video: Rising Above with Casey Brown

11.03.2014

Pro downhill racer Casey Brown grew up in a remote zone in New Zealand with her father who was hiding out from the DEA. Her life eventually brought her to Revelstoke, B.C. where she chased her father and brother around on bikes until eventually they chased her. Her brother – also a pro freerider who she revered as her personal hero – lost his life in a drug-related incident. As showcased in this episode of Dirt Magazine's "Beyond the Bike" video, 23-year-old Casey has chosen to channel all of her life's intensity into an unbridled focus on her dream to be one of the best female mountain bikers in the world.

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