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Video: Jared Graves + Yeti SB6 + The Kootenays

From Yeti Cycles’ “Proven Here” series, comes a dramatic cinematic romp through British Columbia’s Kootenay mountains with Enduro badass Jared Graves.

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Product: Magura Elect Fork

05.14.2014

We got another look at Magura's eLect electronic suspension system at this week's camp in Sedona, Arizona. The system relies on 3D Auto Ride Sensors in the fork and rear shock to automatically toggle the suspension between open and locked out, with a handlebar-mounted wireless remote for switching between manual and auto modes.

Matter: Gravity Godfather

05.14.2014

Born and bred in ‘the 909,’ Southern California’s motocross mecca, the Intense M1 capitalized on the notion that with more usable suspension travel and a proper combination of handling and reliability, a rider could take on faster and gnarlier lines. To downhillers who were used to riding ‘DH’ bikes that at the time weren’t much more than glorified XC machines, the ‘little motorcycle’ feel of the Intense seemed truly magical.

Where Are They Now? Lorraine Blancher

05.14.2014

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.

New Product: Magura Brakes

05.13.2014

The latest evolution Magura’s MT brake line consists of six new models, including its first-ever four-piston caliper for the MT5 and MT7 models.

Bike Test: Transition Bandit 29

05.13.2014

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.

Sketch: The Joy of the Ride

05.12.2014

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.

The Web Monkey Speaks: My Nipples Hate Me

05.12.2014

Duct tape. Nipples. Duct tape. Nipples. There’s no getting around it, I’m going to have to duct tape my nipples. This is everything I hate about running boiled down into one red, swollen and angry moment. Here I go again...

Beatdown: Traction Control

05.11.2014

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.

Video: Fabien Barel and Jerome Clementz Shred Southern France

05.09.2014

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.

News: Tahoe Project Marks First of its Kind

05.09.2014

Builders broke ground this week on the first-ever legal trail purpose-built with features on National Forest land in the South Lake Tahoe area.

Video: Big Mountain Enduro – 2014 Season Preview

05.08.2014

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.

Scene: Friday Freedom

05.08.2014

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.

Tested: Showers Pass Refuge Jacket

05.08.2014

If this review sounds like an unmitigated love letter to Showers Pass…well, I guess it does. The Refuge, however, merits that kind of sloppy-kiss praise; it’s simply an outstanding piece of kit. Here's why.

Video: Fox MTB Presents | Kirt Voreis & Cam McCaul 2014 Trail Edit

05.07.2014

Check out Kirt Voreis and Cam McCaul together in a video for the first time.

Showcase: Riding Shorts

05.07.2014

Despite what it looks like out your window right now, summer is upon us. Time to break out the shorts or update your old, nasty ones. Here are six great options to get your wheels turning.

Where Are They Now? Kirt Voreis

05.07.2014

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.

Video: “Matt Hunter Broke Your Photoshop”

05.06.2014

Behind the Scenes of Matt Hunter's bar-dragging berm-shredding session in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Five Bucks A Foot Is Back

05.06.2014

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.

Matter: Marzocchi Bomber Z1

05.06.2014

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.

Exclusive Feature: Fringe Benefits

05.05.2014

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.

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