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Video: The art of flow with Nico Vink – “Tales from the Soil, Ep. 6″

In “Tales From The Soil, Ep. 6,” Nico Vink goes on a journey through the infamous Portes Du Soleil. He and his crew stop off at the new Airline in Les Gets and then head over the border to Switzerland for a session in Morgins. From fast downhill tracks, to smooth bike park lines and big drops, this video showcases Nico Vink’s ripping style.

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Totem: Skin to Win

12.29.2013

Compared to the haberdashery of modern downhilling, Greg ‘HB’ Herbold’s roughly 20-year old, sublimated, spandex skinsuit is about as alien as a vegan in a steakhouse. But for a few years during mountain biking’s early history, a costume like this could turn a talented mortal into a hero.

Video: Cold Rolled, Chapter 4

12.28.2013

Chapter 4 of Cold Rolled explores the development of Marquette's Snow Bike Route--a 15-mile stretch of perfectly-packed singletrack amidst the deep snow. If you never thought you needed a snowmobile and a welding torch, this video might seed a lust for those very things. Very cool.

Exclusive: Bike’s Best of 2013–The Videos

12.27.2013

Puppets, shouting engineers, advice from a cranky uncle, inside the heart of the toughest man alive and a serious side to the clown.... At the risk of patting ourselves on the back like some kind of obnoxious prat, these are a few of our favorite videos of the year.

Video: Matt Brooks – Out From Behind The Lens

12.27.2013

How does a cinematographer shoot their own section? It's a challenge that Matt Brooks of Lone Wolf Productions goes head to head with every year.

Tested: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon

12.26.2013

Lighter and more efficient--Specialized tweaked the 2013 Enduro with an eye towards improving its climbing abilities while retaining its unrivaled descending traits. I've been riding this bike for a solid year. Here's how it fared.

Tested: Turner Burner Expert

12.25.2013

It’s clear that Turner set out to make a 27.5-inch-wheeled bike that was uniquely its own with the new Burner. the high-speed stability and outstanding cornering prowess are standout ride features. Knowing that the bike climbs as well as it descends makes it an ideal candidate for someone looking for a no-nonsense, do-it-all trail bike.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Snow Summit (Big Bear)

12.24.2013

Drawing from a surrounding population of almost 20 million people and a rich mountain biking history, Snow Summit is poised to achieve great success moving forward? Well, judging by the number of vehicles with bike racks filling the parking lot, there’s no doubt that Snow Summit wins our vote for most likely to succeed. The weekend we spent there was a record breaker with 700 riders purchasing lift tickets in just one day! Coming back with a vengeance is an understatement.

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Snow Summit (Big Bear)

12.24.2013

The L.A.-area's only lift-served mountain bike park is open for business again. With its close proximity to the city of San Bernardino and the Los Angeles Metro area, Snow Summit (a.k.a. "Big Bear") is the obvious first-stop for Southern California riders.

Video: From Where We Stand, Episode 1

12.24.2013

From Where We Stand is a love letter to the east coast mountain bike community. There are so many incredible places to ride your bike around the world and the east coast is no exception. Here's Episode 1--straight outta New Jersey.

Bike Mag’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

12.23.2013

Life is too short for crap coffee. And, yet, so many of us settle for precisely that when we're on the road. This gadget eliminates that problem entirely. Score some hot water and you can pull some impressive shots of espresso out of the Handpresso in no time.

Video: Mountain Biking Kirroughtree, Scotland

12.23.2013

Everything you need to know to go ride one of the BEST singletrack loops there is: Kirroughtree. In a moment of GoPro madness the Trail Ninja shuns the lure of the Mediterranean to man up and head North to Scotland to mountain bike in November instead.

Video: “Hills of Home”

12.23.2013

It's easy to get caught up in stereotypes, but as always, stereotypes fail to capture reality. Case in point: cross-country riders are technically unskilled. There are so many reasons why that "true-ism" falls flat, but rather than dissect it, I submit Pirmin Kuß, an XCO racer from the Black Forest region of Germany, who absolutely rips. Check this video out.

Bike Mag’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

12.22.2013

We live in a golden age of television. Well, sure, there's still a ton of schlock "reality" TV series to avoid, but there are also standouts, such as Breaking Bad, which I recommend enjoying in a giant binge-fest, courtesy of this box set.

Video: Cedric Gracia’s Brush with Death

12.22.2013

I've been sitting on this video for the past few hours, wondering whether I should post it to bikemag.com After watching it, I've decided to publish it because I think there's one very valid message in this video: when an accident occurs, stay calm. Gracia survived this because he and his friends saved kept their heads, got help and did what was in their power to minimize his blood loss.

Bike Mag’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

12.21.2013

The G-Form knees are fully flexible and stealthy enough to fit under a pair of jeans (if that's your style). The Made-in-America pad features G-Form's own Reactive Protection Technology, which (like D3o) is soft and pliable 99 percent of the time...right up until the moment that something slams into it. At that point, the molecules within the pad material instantly bind together, "stiffening to absorb and redistribute the energy."

Video: Cold Rolled, Chapter 3–The Lake Superior Session

12.21.2013

"So, riding snow...It's a little bit like mountain biking, but it's a little bit like skiing...and not totally like anything else," that's how one rider puts it at the outset of Cold Rolled Chapter Three. There's some great footage of lakeshore riding, grand vistas and the occassional flying Squirrel. Another cool chapter from a movie that proves that sub-zero temperatures and the risk of hypothermia aren't enough to stop some people from having a good time on their bikes.

Exclusive: The Angels’ Share

12.20.2013

It's not just a video, or a feature story or a photo gallery--The Angels' Share combines all of these things to create a new way to experience a story--in this case, a massive exploration of Scotland's trails, culture and single malt whisky. Sit back, enjoy and get ready for something entirely new.

Bike Mag’s 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide

12.20.2013

We like the Smith Pivlock Overdrives, which allow you to swap out lenses with no drama at all. What's more, the Smith's are incredibly comfortable (even the non-slip nose pads are adjustable) and mate well with a wide variety of helmets. Good eye coverage, easy to tailor to your tastes, excellent optics...the Pivlock Overdrive has a lot going for it.

Dirty Words: Gifts that Keep on Giving

12.20.2013

There are some gifts that won’t cost you a dime, just some time. And these hectic days, time is precious. So here are some gifts you can give that will make a difference in someone’s life:

Video: RockShox Game of Bike

12.20.2013

In this final episode of the RockShox Game Of Bike for 2013 with Aaron Chase who has challenged one of the best tricksters around. For years Kirt Vories has pushed the limits of street riding finding stunts and obstacles out of things most of us would consider every day architecture. Who will win the final match up!?

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