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The Web Monkey Speaks: The Cold Truth

Riding a bike can’t all be cruising buff singletrack under bluebird skies full of cotton-candy clouds. That’s great and all, but it’s only a part of the cycling experience. Taste the whole thing. Grapple with Mother Nature. Take a few lumps. Grow some snot-cicles and give as good as you get.

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Video: Brandon Semenuk – Liaison Series

05.21.2014

A new Chromag component line designed in collaboration with Brandon Semenuk

Where Are They Now? Earthquake Jake Watson

05.21.2014

Perhaps more than his racing, his amazing ability to bunny hop, his sheer size or his off-bike antics, defines Jake Watson in my memory—a bold and vibrant style that made everyone smile.

Bike Test: Niner RIP 9

05.20.2014

It’s nice to see advancements being made in aluminum. The Niner Rip 9 is a phenomenal frame and the X7 build is an excellent way for mere mortals to get on one.

Video: Behind The Cover | June Edition

05.20.2014

We like surprising people with their cover shots, but when we can't do it ourselves we put someone else up to the task. In this case, the photographer himself, Bruno Long surprised his friend and rider in the photo, Selim.

Tested: Bellweather Apex Jersey and Nemesis Short

05.20.2014

When I think of Bellwether, what comes to mind is tight fitting, high performance clothing geared towards road types. However, they also offer a handful of loose fitting designs aimed at the mountain bike crowd.

News: Jerome Clementz Out for the Season

05.19.2014

The man in the hot seat crashes in France, putting him out of the running for the Enduro World Series overall.

News: Cane Creek’s DB Inline Shock Brings Big Adjustment To A Smaller Package

05.19.2014

For three days we were able to dial in the DB Inline on the rocky, rooty terrain in Pisgah and Dupont, Cane Creek's stomping grounds. The employee-owned company shared with us its passion for riding and making the finest products they know how to.

News: Mavic Introduces New Crossmax XL Wheels

05.19.2014

Mavic has introduced new wheels designed to withstand the rigors of 'enduro-style' adventure riding. We joined them in France for a multi-day test grind.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Please Don’t Kill The 29er

05.19.2014

You may not have liked the 29ers of the past. I understand why—I didn’t either—but times have changed and we are on the verge of bringing 29ers into their own... and, yet, product managers are asking themselves whether they should cut 29ers out of their lines altogether and simply replace them with 650b. The 29-inch wheel has become uncool....again. But is that reason enough to banish it to the glue factory?

Video: The Deer Camp

05.16.2014

Greg Watts and Tyler McCaul sessions their backyard jumps in Aptos, CA

Video: Marcelo Gutierrez’s POV from one of the Hardest MTB World Cup Runs Ever

05.16.2014

A few weeks ago, pro downhillers tackled what many riders called – based on the soaking wet, slippery-as-snot muddy course – one of the most challenging DH runs in recent history. While the footage shot from other people's cameras show the conditions from a spectators perspective, this POV cam angle by Marcelo Gutierrez show us what it was like to actually ride this vicious course at race speeds.

Bike Test: Norco FLUID 7.1

05.16.2014

The Fluid is built around an alloy 6061 frame and utilizes the Norco Advanced Ride Technology (A.R.T.) suspension platform. The main idea is to incorporate an increased rearward axle path and fine-tune the pivot locations specific to the bike’s intended use. A tapered steerer tube and tidy external cable routing with dropper-post provision round out the frame.

Ride Report: Mammoth Lakes

05.15.2014

In the mountain-bike world, Mammoth is known for its eponymous ski resort and the bike park and singletrack there, as well as the legendary Kamikaze races. The trails off the mountain don’t get nearly the same attention, although they are definitely worth a trip on their own, and it won’t cost you a lift ticket.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e

05.15.2014

By Vernon Felton Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany 275 Enduro SST.2e Price: $2495 (frame only) A few months back I began riding Ellsworth’s Epiphany C XC 27.5—a lightweight, all-carbon rig that is probably best described as a long-legged cross-country racer. Sure, it has 5-and-a-half inches of travel, but the bike’s steep geometry lend it razor-quick handling, making […]

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.

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