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Tested: Giant Trance Advanced SX–the Dream Build

The best bikes and components of 2014? Each of Bike’s editors gave their spin on the “dream build”. Here’s Vernon Felton’s choice: a hopped-up version of Giant’s Trance Advanced SX. Here’s the review.

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Palmer’s Picks: Bertucci A-2T Field Watch

11.05.2014

Watches are stupid. Most of them are heavy, uncomfortable, bulky things that sit there on your wrist and weigh it down. And for what? Just to tell you what time of day it is? No thanks, I'll pass.

Video: Cam McCaul Goes Rogue on The Weather Channel

11.04.2014

In a Skype interview yesterday with Sam Champion on The Weather Channel's AMHQ, Cam McCaul appeared–much to the surprise of the show's host–dressed as a weather reporter. Through the entire interview McCaul never breaks character, explaining the only way they could make a mountain bike movie about riding on the snow was to do it from "the unreal world" where it was snowing dirt flurries. McCaul is Saturday Night Live worthy. Enjoy.

Bike Test: Trek Remedy 9.8 29

11.04.2014

My first ride on the new carbon fiber Remedy 9.8 29 reminded me how capable this line of bikes is, plus now it’s much livelier, snappier and over a pound lighter. It’s a markedly better ride. The bike scoots up hills just as well as the Fuel EX, but ups the ante on descents.

Trail plans progress in Caliente, Nevada

11.03.2014

A new IMBA-backed trail network in rural Nevada could open to mountain bikers as soon as 2016 if Patrick Kell wins over the right wallets. Kell is IMBA’s southwest regional director, and he’s been tirelessly promoting the project outside Caliente, Nevada–a town of fewer than 1,200 people located about two hours northeast of Las Vegas.

Video: Rising Above with Casey Brown

11.03.2014

Pro downhill racer Casey Brown grew up in a remote zone in New Zealand with her father who was hiding out from the DEA. Her life eventually brought her to Revelstoke, B.C. where she chased her father and brother around on bikes until eventually they chased her. Her brother – also a pro freerider who she revered as her personal hero – lost his life in a drug-related incident. As showcased in this episode of Dirt Magazine's "Beyond the Bike" video, 23-year-old Casey has chosen to channel all of her life's intensity into an unbridled focus on her dream to be one of the best female mountain bikers in the world.

California Enduro Series 2014 Season Recap

11.03.2014

The 2014 California Enduro Series challenged racers at five venues and on some of the best singletrack the Golden State has to offer. In just its second year, the series proved to be huge success with over 800 athletes participating and three out of the five races selling out. The organization of the series was incredibly successful with well-planned events, awesome courses, and consistent and accurate timing. Many racers were originally drawn to the series because of the world-class organization of the events, however as the season unfolded participants recognized something even more significant.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Good Stuff

11.03.2014

In our meticulously-preserved Botox’d, chin-tucked, Hair Club for Men-ified world, you can be fooled into thinking getting older ain’t going to happen to you. You’re just a young buck stuck in amber. Timeless. Forever fit and full of piss and vinegar. Yeah, good luck with that...

Video: Goin’ Full Blown Hoff At Retallack

11.02.2014

From EpicTV: Retallack, in the Selkirk mountains of British Columbia, has over 5,000 vertical feet of amazing MTB trails. With a huge network of even more trails being constructed right now, this bike park is becoming a world-renowned mountain bike operation.

Beatdown: The Crank Brothers Iodine 3 Rims Gain Muscle

10.31.2014

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.

Video: Backcountry Spirit from MADproductions

10.31.2014

Have you ever thought about packing up your bike and heading deep into the alps on a mountain bike adventure of your life? Well, these two guys, Rui Sousa and Paulo Batista, did just that. And along the way they produced a beautiful video of the experience.

Giant Off-Road squad focuses on DH, Enduro in 2015

10.30.2014

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.

Always Summer Somewhere

10.30.2014

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.

Video: Bernardo Cruz at Taxco Urban Downhill

10.30.2014

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?

Preview: RockShox Monarch Plus RC3 DebonAir

10.30.2014

RockShox's answer to the question of how to achieve the perfect balance between small bump compliance and big-hit performance? They call it DebonAir. Here are some first ride impressions of the DebonAir-equipped Monarch Plus RC3 shock.

Cane Creek Product Safety Notice

10.29.2014

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

BIKE TEST: Yeti SB5C

10.29.2014

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.

Cross Country Ain’t Dead

10.29.2014

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.

Video: Ludo May’s Fireworks Freeride

10.28.2014

Kids: Don't Try This At Home. Adult, you shouldn't either. But wow, this video by Nico Falguet featuring Ludo May ripping through blasting fireworks while simultaneously launching fireworks off his helmet is a beautiful visual delight.

Diamonds in the Dirt: Pocatello, Idaho

10.28.2014

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.

The Web Monkey Speaks: So, You Want An Affordable Bike?

10.27.2014

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.

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