What the heck are plus-size bikes anyway? What are these bikes supposed to do well? What are their limitations? Why are we suddenly popping up? We dive deep into the answers with this story.
Our testers were hard-pressed to resist the drop-dead looks of Intense’s Tracer.
Utah’s Canyons Resort Bike Park crew spent the summer building a new DH race course. Word is, it’s “the first new DH course to be cut in Utah in over 10 years.” The course opened to the public on closing weekend and Demetri Triantifallou and Bryce Helbling burned it in with the Last Lap of the 2014 season.
Being equipped if something goes wrong on a backcountry ride could mean the difference between riding out with an interesting story, or not riding out at all. Digging into his 30-plus years of adventure mountain biking, pro-photographer and adventure nut Dan Milner gives you the low-down on what you should have in your backpack on every backcountry epic.
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.
Tom van Steenbergen has quickly made a name for himself as one of the world's most progressive riders, with a signature front flip that's earned him the respect of the sport's elite freeriders. Bike's videographer Rupert Walker recently caught up with van Steenbergen to see how he's recovering from a horrific crash sustained while attempting what would have been a record-setting 73-foot front flip over the Red Bull Rampage canyon gap.
Jerome Clementz had a dream that he couldn't get out of his head for five years. Along with his girlfriend Pauline Dieffenthaler, he recently made the vision a reality. Watch the ascent and descent of Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano, Mt. Rinjani, unfold in this beautifully shot short film by Jérémie Reuiller.
Watch Bartek "Jaws" Krzyszton freeride the remote Black Hills in France, one of the best freeride spots in Europe. Miles away from any form of civilization, the men spent days sleeping in tents so they could fully explore this mountain bike haven.
THE TUESDAY-NIGHT RIDE IN BROWNSVILLE, VERMONT, IS NOT your standard bro gathering. Most of the riders are old-timers with gray hair and wrinkles. They’ve built the hundreds of miles of unmapped trails that wind through the woods of Windsor, Ascutney, Brownsville and Hartland, and they’ve joined the ‘TNR’ for 20 years.
TYPICALLY, BIKE BRANDS GET EXCITED TO SHOW US THEIR latest and greatest bikes, but Specialized seemed more stoked to show us its new Henge seat at this year’s product launch in Hood River, Oregon, than the new Enduro 650b–a bike so sick that it is impossible to not to get jazzed about it.
We’re mountain bikers, not fashionistas. Unfortunately as women who ride, and who (I’ve been told) need to wear clothes when riding, our choices are often limited to the pink, the tight, and the dreaded hibiscus print. Enter Sombrio. I got a chance to test out some of their gear in Bend, Oregon, during the Bible of Bike Tests, and I was thoroughly impressed.