My gasoline orgy reminded me of why I love bikes so much. In a way, bikes are everything cars are not. Sure, both are modes of transportation, but bikes are simple and just how wonderful that fact is cannot be overstated. With bikes, there are no puking carburetors, no slipping clutches, no faulty oxygen sensors, no ominous grinding noises in your differential… Simple is beautiful.
You hear a lot from us about what Bike's Bible of Bike Tests is all about. But how would our annual bike-testing boot camp strike someone from outside the immediate Bike family? Red Bull Bike visited us on location in Sedona, Arizona, last October and created this behind-the-scenes look at our yearly testing grind.
With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it's no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses' mouths:
Are there any new bikes that I think actually present a good value? Bikes that are ready to rock and roll right out of the box without a bunch of pricey upgrades? Yup. Plenty of them. Here are a few of my personal favorites--from hardtails to big-hit bikes.
Kirt Voreis & Carson Storch shred Mt. Bachelor snow course in this private downhill mountain biking shoot at Mt. Bachelor – Video by Pete Alport.
Of the six downhill bikes we tested in this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Specialized Demo 8 II really stood apart from the rest. All of our testers agreed the geometry was perfect, and they immediately felt at home on the bike. And the traction? Unparalleled. Watch this video to find out why the Demo pushed our testers to charge harder on our DH test track near Flagstaff, Arizona.
Suspension is scary stuff. I get cold sweats thinking about it despite having a front-row seat to some of mountain biking’s most educated suspension technicians and having to spend a great deal of time learning about it all because it’s my 'job' to do so. And I don’t think I’m alone, which is why I see a lot of poorly adjusted or badly setup suspension out on the trails.
I’ve been having dreams about the Spitfire since I sent back the model I picked as my tester’s choice in the 2011 Bible of Bike Tests. That original version was everything I wanted … almost. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see if Banshee’s new 2013 Spitfire together with a no-compromise build kit could truly be the bike of my dreams.
The subtle geometry choices in Kona’s new range of Process bikes mark a tipping point for mountain-bike fit and sizing. Despite being very different than road cycling, mountain bikes are still often designed around the supposition that sizing can be appointed by static fit—one built around a seated rider riding on a fixed plane.
Yeti’s decision to focus all its racing resources on enduro could mark a pivotal shift in competitive mountain biking. The company said on Monday that it would support a full team of enduro racers including Jared Graves, who placed second overall in the Enduro World Series last year and is also a DH World Championship bronze medalist and Richie Rude, the 2013 Junior DH World Champion. Because of this increased investment, Yeti Cycles will no longer take part in World Cup DH racing.
Niner's new steel hardtail, the ROS 9, really took our testers by surprise. It comes with geometry and parts that suggest it is more about fun than racing performance, and it had one of our testers forgetting all of her troubles and simply frolicking on the trails of Sedona, Arizona. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
Matt Hunter's world-first mountain-bike expedition into Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor last summer with Anthill Films and Bike editor Brice Minnigh required a bike that could handle punishing climbs and fast descents on unforgiving, rugged terrain.
Yes, bikes are stupid expensive these days—I’m not denying that—but there’s also no denying that you generally get a lot more for your buck today. Some thoughts on why bikes cost so damn much, why we write about them and what you can do to avoid bleeding your wallet to death the next time you buy.
The Evil Uprising is the “Chinese Democracy” of the mountain bike world. Like the Guns 'n Roses album that Axl Rose obsessively fiddled with for decades, the Uprising has spent an eternity in the prototype stage. Turns out, it might have been worth the wait.
One of the Mid-Atlantic region's most beloved mountain bike inspirations, Scott 'Superman Scud' Scudamore, has passed away at age 63 following complications stemming from a horrific crash. Some of his many friends share their remembrances.
If this video doesn't get you amped for a Saturday-afternoon shred, we don't know what will. James Doerfling is one of the world's most talented big-mountain riders, and his talent shines through during every second of this video. Filmed in the mountains around his home in Williams Lake, British Columbia, it's awesome to see him cut loose in his own stomping grounds. And speaking of stomping, wait until you see the flex he puts his tire under toward the end of the video. Simply. Sick.
The Transfer-9 is a trickle down of the Full-9, which benefits from technology afforded by its older motocross brother, the Moto-9, but was designed exclusively for downhill and BMX, and is compliant all bicycle helmet safety standards. Actually, ‘trickle down’ isn’t entirely telling the whole story. This helmet is very feature-packed at just half the cost of Bell’s own Full-9 or other high-end full-face helmets.