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Beatdown: The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Rims Gain Muscle

CRANKBROTHERS GOT A BLACK EYE WHEN IT RELEASED ITS first wheel line back in 2010 and the rear hubs failed at a rate of about 17 percent. When your product looks this odd and its guts start seizing up on the trail, you’re in a precarious position. So Crank- brothers redesigned its hubs in 2011 and they’ve proven up to the task ever since. With its hubs sorted, the company went into 2014’s version 3.0 looking to improve the rims.

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Great Days 4: Chile Part 3 – Finding The Unexpected in Chillan

04.30.2014

After the race dust settled, disco music fizzed, and athletes wounds started to heal, the Smith team took off south heading into the unknown hoping to discover more wild trails, breathtaking views and experience much more of the welcoming Chilean culture. They found bamboo forests, volcanic rich soil, and some unbelievable trails in Chillan. This time with a lot less bloodshed...

Tested: Magura TS8 R Elect

04.30.2014

That’s right, dear reader. With the Elect system active, this fork will lock and unlock dozens, even hundreds of times in a ride, at its own will. While this may sound like a slippery slope toward these machines getting too smart and eventually enslaving all of humanity, please remain calm. This fork is nothing to fear.

Video: Introducing the Trek Session 650B

04.29.2014

You've seen it in action, piloted by Trek World Racing athletes. But what's the story behind Trek's 650B Session? We headed out to America's heartland to find out.

Video: Huayhuash Film, A Bike Journey into Peru’s Andes

04.29.2014

Bike presents 'Huayhuash,' a short film chronicling three Colorado-based riders' mountain-bike adventure in the Huayhuash range of the Peruvian Andes.

Bike Test: Specialized Camber Expert Carbon Evo 29

04.29.2014

The Camber is a bike you should know about. It could easily be the flagship bike of some manufacturers’ model line-ups, but in Specialized’s stacked all-star cast the capable Camber has had to remain content with its steady supporting role.

Exclusive: Going Deep Into the Heart of the Peruvian Andes

04.28.2014

Looking for adventure on a mountain bike? These Colorado riders found adventure—and a lot more—on a journey into the Huayhuash range of the Peruvian Andes.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Cut the Crap

04.28.2014

I understand why people sell their products as “the best” even when calling any bike or component “the best” is an exercise in absurdity. But where does that get us, really? Your average rider searching for a new bike is forced to stumble through a jungle of bullshit. Few of them will have the opportunity to actually ride the bike or widget they eventually purchase. They have to rely, to some degree, on the marketing and when each marketing department says the exact same thing….none of us winds up with what we actually want or need.

Video: UCI World Cup DH Highlights From Cairns

04.27.2014

The conditions at Saturday's race at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Cairns, were so wet and nasty that pro riders were overhead say they might be better off running sections. As reported by Red Bull, this was "possibly the only international-level bike race ever to be paused to allow a snake to cross the track, the jungle threw just about everything at the riders." Enjoy this epic highlight video produce by the Parkin brother for Red Bull and you.

Watch UCI MTB World Cup DH Finals From Cairns, Australia

04.26.2014

The venue which will forever be synonymous with Shaun Palmer’s near miss of the World Champs by just 0.15 seconds back in 1996, returns to the World Cup calendar. Watch the entire 2014 finals race coverage here.

Video: UCI World Cup DH Practice Session in Cairns, Australia

04.25.2014

"The rock garden is way gnarlier than anything else on the track. From what I've been told, it's really hard to get through it. I knew that looking at it. There's just so many different ridges and the rocks are so greasy and then red dirt is getting pulled onto them. It'll be tough, but looking forward to it. Everybody's running the same track so... It'll be good times." –Bryn Atkinson

TESTED: Dakine Caliber Jacket

04.25.2014

Dakine has stepped up its game in the rain jacket department with the Caliber. It fills the void in the lineup for a technical feature-laden waterproof shell. While previous Dakine rain jackets have been solid, they were still not my first choice for big high-country adventure rides where the likelihood of getting pummeled by weather for days was a given; those duties were typically handled by the likes of Patagonia, Arcteryx or Helly Hansen. With the Caliber, however, Dakine has a legit alternative.

Bike Test: Giant Anthem Advanced 27.5

04.25.2014

THE ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 2 IS A BARGAIN. YES, IT’S STILL a lot of money, but considering that it has the same exact carbon and alloy frame as the $8,250 flagship model, it’s a good deal. The 2x10 Sram X.7 shifters are an impressive improvement from the previous 9-speed triggers, with a smaller, streamlined look and more positive lever feel. With these paddles strung to X.7 and X.9 Type 2 front and rear derailleurs respectively, the shifting is crisp and precise.

Video: Complete Coverage From The Enduro World Series in Nevados De Chillan

04.24.2014

Did you miss the first stop of the Enduro World Series? Well, you're in luck. Our friends at DirtTV put together this excellent, comprehensive video coverage from the Nevados De Chillan. Watch the complete story of the race here.

Video: Mountain Bikers Ride Chamonix, France’s Snow-Covered Valle Blanche

04.24.2014

In March, a group of Euros decided to mount studded tires on their mountain bikes and slog down the crevasse-riddled Valle Blanche, one of Europe's most popular winter ski and snowboard runs. Call it part so-typically-Euro, part badass, part funny. Or just call it done. Either way you have to commend this crew for getting out there and trying something different. Check it out here.

Preview: Chris King Press Fit 24 Bottom Bracket

04.24.2014

I hate Press Fit bottom brackets. But….here’s the rub: it's fair to say that the Press Fit bottom bracket will soon be the only bottom bracket in the future. Accordingly, I’m on a mission to find the best of this breed. Today's candidate? Chris King's Press Fit 24 model.

Where Are They Now? Kathy Pruitt

04.24.2014

Kathy Pruitt has an infectious smile and a demeanor disarming enough to make you forget that she’s spent almost two thirds of her life competing at high speed—first on motocross bikes and then racing downhill—and that she is, in all likelihood, faster than you.

Video: Great Days 3 – Chile Part 2 – Questioning Your Limits

04.23.2014

This (somewhat graphic) video is the second of a three-part series by Smith Optics that brings you through the last few days of the Andes Pacifico Enduro stage race with an unexpected hospital visit to keep things exciting. A blind course makes it an even playing field, but also a game of question on how hard racers should and can push themselves around every turn. Viewer discretion is advised...if you go lightheaded at the sight of blood you SHOULD NOT WATCH the video. If not, take a look for a raw and real view into the highs and lows of enduro racing…

Showcase: 6 Shoes To Kickstart Your Ride

04.22.2014

The Mavic Crossmax Enduro shoe was designed for, as the name implies, enduro racing—which in fact, means that it’s perfect for most of us—the everyday mountain biker. Not long ago, if a mountain bike shoe was good off the bike, it was crap on the bike, and vice versa. Enduro racing is spawning the seemingly obvious marriage of these two extremes.

Exclusive: Barry Wicks Prepares for the Singletrack 6

04.22.2014

To help aspiring stage racers prepare for singletrack challenges, Kona XC racer Barry Wicks gives some tips on how to survive the races you set out to slay.

Video: Fishing With Joe in the Sea Otter Pond, Season Finale

04.22.2014

If you can spot a narrative thread to our season finale of Fishing With Joe, let us know. Even the producers are confused over this chat with Brett Tippie.

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