We had a nice rim-width progression in this test, ranging from 23 millimeters to 35 millimeters. We used the same tire for each test with the idea that we could focus primarily on rim width, and tested each wheelset back-to-back on the same bike.
TYPICALLY, BIKE BRANDS GET EXCITED TO SHOW US THEIR latest and greatest bikes, but Specialized seemed more stoked to show us its new Henge seat at this year’s product launch in Hood River, Oregon, than the new Enduro 650b–a bike so sick that it is impossible to not to get jazzed about it.
We’re mountain bikers, not fashionistas. Unfortunately as women who ride, and who (I’ve been told) need to wear clothes when riding, our choices are often limited to the pink, the tight, and the dreaded hibiscus print. Enter Sombrio. I got a chance to test out some of their gear in Bend, Oregon, during the Bible of Bike Tests, and I was thoroughly impressed.
In 2014, veteran freerider Andreu Lacondeguy finally won Red Bull Rampage. But that was only one highlight of this innovative rider's season. In this Best of 2014, filmed by his friend and fellow rider Nick Pescetto, Lacondeguy shows the world that his progression only continues to cement his spot not only at the top of podiums, but the entire sport.
Photographer Bruno Long is a master of perspective. Using his scrupulous eye, he captures nature’s abundant landscapes and mountain biking, while reminding us that we are but a small visitor in its realm. This gallery pays homage to some of his favorite outdoor spaces, and some points of view that can be gained if one just takes the time to look.
This itty-bitty Cane Creek has all the same features as their full-grown Double Barrel models. Have you seen the schematics for this shock? They look like a freaking M.C. Escher wet dream. There are an ungodly number of damping pathways squeezed into something the size of a walnut. Crazier still, it works.
Did you know that World Cup downhill racers tune their wheel stiffness by adjusting spoke tension to suit certain courses? Optimizing wheel stiffness can improve traction, control and comfort. Reynolds has done an excellent job at this with the Blacklabel wheels. For me, they strike a great balance between providing stable, yet supple ride–something I appreciated after experiencing how harsh some of the other carbon wheels on the market can be.
Signatures is a documentary movie about mountain biking by Fullface Productions. It not only showcases a lineup of great talents and big names, but also reveals what gravity MTB disciplines are about. Top European riders will present their best performances and immersing you into amazing atmosphere of unique places around world.
FIRST OF ALL, YES, THIS IS A VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE BIKE. BUT, the almost-unbelievable pricetag is also part of what makes it remarkable. That a brand would risk producing a bike gleaming with the most expensive parts available for such a small pool of potential buyers says a lot about the state of the women’s market.
After he considered quitting, Portuguese cyclist Luis Leao Pinto was crowned the winner of La Ruta de los Conquistadores 2014 on Saturday, Nov. 9, after crossing the finish line in sixth place in Playa Bonita, Limón. However, due to his performance on day 1, he had 6 minutes and 46 seconds of advantage over Luis Mejía
Juliana Bicycles is currently represented by some of the funnest and toughest female riders out there. We’re looking to grow this family in 2015 by supporting more female racers, ambassadors, and juniors who share the Juliana spirit and are already active within our dealer communities.
Sometimes the most challenging and arduous adventure is the one in your own backyard. The Colorado Trail links up the state’s largest metropolitan region with some of the best mountain bike trails in the country, spanning over 500 miles through the rugged and scenic alpine wilderness from Denver to Durango.