Our trip went down in early February in beautiful Nelson, New Zealand, and the surrounding areas of the Nelson Tasman district. We planned a little backcountry adventure with a few of my friends on our Juliana bikes. We rode sick tracks, and ended big days with beers & delicious food. Perfection. Bliss. After a few days of NZ backcountry at its best, we were exhausted, exhilarated and knackered. And, we were content. Happy, satisfied, and loving our lives.
Rotorua is a strangely aligned mix of New Zealand’s Maori heartland, a geothermal wonder, a huge tourism machine, and an incredible network of singletrack. Busloads of tourists disgorge at hot spring resorts, at re-enacted Maori villages, at steaming geysers and bubbling cauldrons of mud, at sheep shearing exhibitions, while at the same time, a different tide of visitor vectors in on the continually expanding network of trails snaking through Whakarewarewa forest.
The peloton is dirty. The UCI had their hand in some of that. You don’t have to be a cynic to believe this, you just have to be conscious. An investigation is pointless. You don’t ask a drunk guy with vomit stains on the front of his shirt to launch an investigation into who puked on him.
Most mountain bikers are well aware of Specialized's flagship Stumpjumper and Enduro models. But hiding in the shadow of these standout bikes is a less-celebrated yet equally capable beast: the Specialized Camber Expert Carbon EVO 29.
Jamis has been making bikes with 27.5-inch wheels longer than most brands, so we had high expectations of the company's new cross-country whip, the Dakar XCT 650 Team. In this video, our testers debate whether the bike lives up to its promise.
Mountain biking will often present us each with a series of challenges. Literal obstacles in the trail will test our mind, body and capacity to problem solve. Riding singletrack as we do will put us face to face with challenging sections of trail, cruxes and burly moves. Here’s five ways to break down the gnar into kitten-shaped pieces.
Mount Tzouhalem is a magical place on Vancouver Island. This beautiful video of Dexter Robinson perfectly depicts the trails found here. If you ever get the chance to pedal around this area we would definitely recommend it, but for now sit back and enjoy this cinematic gem.
Sometimes it takes moving away to realize the greatness of a place. Every return visit over the years would reveal some new amazing piece of land, introduce some new friends who were legitimately larger than life, and each trip would inevitably, every single time, feel like there just wasn’t enough time.
The Santa Cruz Bantam is designed around 650b wheels and sports a bevy of smart features that include 142x12 rear thru-axles, ISCG-05 tabs, Santa Cruz’s excellent collet-axle pivots and a threaded bottom bracket. Best of all, the frame can be had for $1,300.
There's no doubt about it: The Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition sparked some serious emotions in our testers, leading to this robust and unfettered debate about what wheel size actually means. Check it out.
Sure, we know this video is a Race Face ad—a grandiose, big-production piece designed to unveil the company's 2014 apparel line in grand fashion. And it certainly does that. But perhaps more importantly, it showcases some of the many sick-ass trails around Nelson, with Kinrade joyfully shredding amid a sublime backdrop of mind-numbing alpine scenery.
Anyone who's seen Nico Vink get sideways on ridiculously big jumps will tell you he's one of the steeziest riders around. This video of him gettin' loose in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park gives a glimpse into why he's one of Belgium's sickest riders.
Ever wonder what it's like spending the better part of a month on our (mostly) dude ranch, testing bikes and gear for our annual Bible of Bike Tests? This video should help put a few things into context. Strava and spandex not included.
Merino is a wonder fabric. It’s soft, warm, cool, dry, breathable, lightweight and odor resistant, making it just about perfect for mountain biking attire, or mountain bikers who live an active life in variable climates. And those who probably would rather run the washing machine less often, but stink less.
Last year's launch of the Ibis Ripley was wildly anticipated, with intense speculation over whether the 29-inch-wheeled bike would measure up to its smaller-wheeled counterparts. When the red dust of our Sedona, Arizona test trail had settled, what did our testers have to say about this bike's performance?
I don’t have a serial-killer van. Let’s be clear about that. No restraining order either. But I can’t deny the basic facts: I’m distracted. I’m irrational. I spend my days plotting how I’ll bring home the thing I desire… I’m pretty sure I’m ticking off all the little boxes on the stalker personality profile. And it's all because of a bike...
Cannondale, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, and Cannondale Factory Racing are excited to announce the arrival of Canadian Max Plaxton, the fastest XC rider in North America, to the team as it heads into its 6th season. Plaxton joins elite riders Marco Aurelio Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Anton Cooper, and Keegan Swenson.
Your Saturday morning dose of get-out-and-ride motivation. Seven years of work and dedication has led to this immaculate MTB dirt jumping course in Dustin Gilding's backyard. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous video by Liam Mullany.