The December issue of Bike hits newsstands today and it is full of inspirational images and stories to fuel your fire until the next time you can get on your local trails, whether that’s tomorrow or next spring.
Former World DH Champ Danny Hart and veteran South African champion Andrew Neethling are departing Giant's World Cup DH squad next year, which will be led by Colombian Marcelo Gutierrez and newcomer Alex Marin, a 17-year-old from Spain.
We always dream about journeys to places like this, but for most mortals these reveries rarely become a reality. When it was decided that a group of us would spend seven days on the roads and trails of New Zealand’s South Island, hovering largely around the Craigieburn and then Nelson area, most of us were in disbelief until the moment we landed on Kiwi soil.
Here's GT's Bernardo Cruz racing the 2014 Taxco Urban DH race in Mexico. He’s riding ridiculously fast, flying past people’s living rooms, patios and experiencing near-misses all the way. This POV footage is from his qualifying run in 2014, which he went on to win outright. Would you ride this course full out?
At Cane Creek, we strive to make best-in-class products that provide exceptional performance and rider experience. During the initial production of the DBinline rear shock, we did not live up to this promise. We have determined that certain DBinline shocks manufactured from May 23, 2014 through September 15, 2014 have graphics that incorrectly identify the adjustment directions for High Speed Rebound (HSR) damping. We are extremely sorry for the confusion this may have caused and have corrected this mistake
IT’S BEEN ONLY A TAD MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE YETI introduced its ‘Switch Technology’ suspension platform on its ‘SB’ (Super Bike) line of full-suspension rigs, drawing accolades from longtime Yeti lovers while also converting new members to the tribe. We at Bike were early advocates of the company’s flagship Switch Technology bike–the 6-inch-travel, 26-inch-wheeled SB-66–and we reveled in the countless hours of trail time spent aboard that capable all-rounder.
Enduro is all the rage these days, but people have been racing their bikes without taking 'time outs' long before someone brilliantly decided to stop the clock on the climbs. Cross country racing put mountain biking on the global map, and it started right here in the good old U S of A. Grassroots cross country racing is alive and well in the US, but our elite races–the ones that make the fastest euros leave behind their delicious chocolate and cheese for Hershey's and Cheese Whiz–need a boost.
Last week we listed 10 of the Best Deals when it came to 2015 mountain bikes. Were those too rich for your blood? Okay, try these on for size.
THE FOURTH-BIGGEST ROAD STAGE RACE IN THE WORLD, THE Tour de Suisse, is one of two warm-ups for the Tour de France. Its grueling mountain passes prepare the world’s best roadies for the steep stages of the TDF. This year’s start list included 2012 TDF winner Bradley Wiggins, time-trialist Fabian Cancellara, sprinters like Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish and one mountain biker with a sweet tail- whip. In only his second professional road race, Swiss cross-country racer Nino Schurter held his own, launching an attack, sprinting to two Top-10 finishes and earning Stage 3’s most active rider award.
A FEW MINUTES AFTER I LEAN MY BIKE AGAINST THE FLYING BISCUIT, a legendary Atlanta breakfast joint, one guy tells me how he witnessed a shooting on this same ride earlier in the month. Before that, it was an armed robbery. “Guy pulled his gun out and shot it in the air,” a skinny rider with lights on his helmet and handlebars says.
With the Hans Dampf Super Gravity, Schwalbe has mated a downhill casing to an all-mountain tread. You get super stout sidewalls that fend off gashes and punctures, and also enable you to run exceptionally low tire pressures. In short, gobs of traction, minimal squirm and bomber durability.
Deity just dropped this ripping video of Bas and Tom van Steenbergen. This should help push you over the bump in the hump day.
Racers at the Bell Santa Cruz Super Enduro were not only battling for the fastest times of the day, but were also racing to decide the Overall Points standings for the series. Many racers had an awesome season participating in all five events and getting to race some of the best singletrack in California.
This hypnotic POV video – for the fact that this looks like one of the funnest jump-trail tracks in the world – is making its rounds around Facebook this week. It took a little digging, but we found the original YouTube post and some info on the location. It's located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, a 35-minute train ride from the capital city Bern.
Lydia Tanner is a dirt connoisseur who lives in her car. She spent her fall drinking gallons of coffee and riding lesser-known trails all over the Northwest. These are her stories.