I went through a phase where I avoided packs altogether, stuffing my pockets with spares or going unprepared because packs were uncomfortable and shifted around while riding. Then I got a Raptor 10.
The new Michelin Wild Mud comes in a new, super soft rubber compound (MAGI-X) that should work wonders on wet roots and is supported by a burly, reinforced casing (there’s an additional ply running from one bead to the other) that should help fend off gashes in rocky conditions. This is a mud tire that can take some abuse and has some decent width to it. It's not your average wet-weather tread.
Leavenworth, where the granite spires of the North Cascades roll into the plains of Eastern Washington, has been the scene of a decades-long fight between mountain bikers and the US Forest Service. Locals would build illegal trails in the hills above town, ride them for a short time, then the land managers would block them off, citing public hazard. This cycle would repeat, over and over.
No matter how excited we get about the next best widget, in the end it doesn’t really matter what we are riding, just that we are. A massive amount of work goes into creating this gear guide, but do we actually need any of this stuff? No. I’m looking at all the white space on the page below my blinking cursor, wondering what to write, because none of it matters. In fact, you should stop reading this immediately and…run to your shop and demand they put this group on your bike right away.
Jared Graves is one of the most well-rounded riders in mountain biking with success in 4X, downhill, BMX and now enduro. Giro visited Graves’ hometown and explored Queensland, Australia, with American enduro haunch Adam Craig and Kiwi freeride star Kelly McGarry to check out the trails and learn what makes Graves so fast. In addition to kangaroos and snakes we found Graves busy cultivating a cycling mecca in Toowoomba, with dozens of dedicated mountain bike trails, a booming bike club and a local race series.
Santa Cruz Bicycles has revamped its popular Nomad all-mountain bike, incorporating a single-ring specific design, internal cable routing, 165 millimeters of VPP travel and a new compact lower link and a V10-style upper link, all built around 27.5-inch wheels.
RockShox has revisited its Boxxer downhill fork with some pretty substantial tweaks, even if it doesn’t look like it from afar. SRAM gave us the opportunity this February to spend three days trying out the new fork on the trails of the Queenstown Bike Park in New Zealand.
To the mountain-bike community, Kyle Strait needs no introduction. On the bike, he was an absolute child prodigy, and entered his first Rampage when he was just a young teenager. In 2013, after landing a massive Suicide No-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender, Strait became the only person to break the Rampage curse, and won the for a record second time.
In news today, RockShox has released a new, higher volume air can for Monarch and Monarch Plus air shocks. Offered standard on Monarch Plus RC3, or as an upgrade to Monarch RT3, DebonAir adds a more linear spring rate, improving small bump compliance.
Could Cannondale's rookie enduro racer, Marco Osborne, be the man to beat on this year's North American enduro circuit? All signs point to the affirmative.
We mountain bikers spend an inordinate—no, make that a ridiculous—amount of time obsessing about gear. But none of it actually matters. Here’s the truth—and it’s a simple matter of math—a shitty bike plus an awesome trail equals an amazing day of riding. Conversely, a great bike plus a crappy trail equals a day that would have been better spent flossing your toenails.
The 4th Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival returns June 26-July 5, 2014, with a packed week of events, races, rides and high times on two wheels for all ages and persuasions of mountain biker. With over 400 miles of stellar singletrack twisting around one of America’s premier mountain bike destinations, this event is a great reason to get out of town for an epic week of singletrack therapy.
One of the highlights of this year's Cannondale Factory Racing camp was the chance to ride the new 27.5-inch Jekyll on southern Spain's steep, rocky trails.
Amazing views, sick trails and local brews–what mountain biker would ever want to go to Sedona? Bike contributor Simon Stewart doles out some sound advice for those thinking of making a trip to the shred sanctum in the desert. Don't say we didn't warn you.
While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.