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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.

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Ride Sun Valley 2014 Announced

03.30.2014

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.

Specialized Offers 650B Stumpjumper

03.28.2014

Specialized is offering two models of its venerable Stumpjumper mountain bike in the 650B, or 27.5-inch, wheel size, becoming the final major U.S. brand to market a mountain bike built around the meet-in-the-middle wheels.

First Impressions: Racing the New Cannondale Jekyll 27.5

03.28.2014

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.

Video: “Don’t Come to Sedona”

03.28.2014

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.

Reviewed: Tires

03.28.2014

Reviewed: Tires. Seven of this year’s most sought-after tires from Bontrager, Specialized, Continental, Schwalbe, Mavic, Maxxis, and WTB.

Video: “Desert Dreaming”

03.27.2014

Cross-country up-and-comers Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald shed the race plates and team logos for a laid-back exploration of the mountains above Palm Springs, California, riding the forthcoming RockShox RS-1 fork.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC 27.5

03.27.2014

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.

First Impressions: Cannondale Trigger 27.5

03.26.2014

We got some quality riding time on the new Cannondale Trigger 27.5 bike in southern Spain, and we can't wait to get some more time on this promising model.

Reviewed: Forks

03.26.2014

As part of the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, we reviewed four of the year's most sought after forks from Rockshox, X-Fusion Shox, Fox, & Suntour.

Tested: Dakine Syncline Short

03.26.2014

Shredding threads with Bike Mag crash tester, Simon Stewart

Video: Brian Lopes Joins Intense Cycles

03.25.2014

Brian Lopes joins the Southern California-based Intense Cycles after splitting with longtime sponsor Ibis Cycles earlier this month. Lopes will presumably be shredding Intense's new Tracer 275 as he races the enduro circuit this season.

enzed part 8: Trails Not Ridden, Haere Ra…

03.25.2014

The names spill out, a landslide of exotic words, places glimpsed only in photos or maps, sent via email with descriptions that conjure mental images of tires biting dirt and the dappled strobe of green and sunlight. These are the tip of the iceberg, the first easily recalled names on a long list of places and trails I didn’t ride.

First Impressions: SRAM Guide Brake

03.25.2014

So when it came time for SRAM to develop a new braking system, senior mountain bike brake engineer, Braden Snead put the brakes on Taperbore and started from scratch. The result is this brake right here, the Guide. He knew he wanted a more robust brake, so he designed the Guide around a timing port mechanism, a system common to many other mountain bike and motorcycle brakes. If air enters a timing port-type system, the bubbles are directed through the port into the reservoir, effectively self-bleeding the brake.

Reviewed: Wheels

03.24.2014

As part of the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, we reviewed six of the year's best wheel sets, including DT Swiss XM 1501 Spline One 29, Specialized Traverse SL 29, Bontrager Rhythm Pro, Industry Nine Torch Trail 24, Mavic Crossmax Enduro, and SRAM Roam 6.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Murder He Rode

03.24.2014

Just how many times have I ruined mountain biking for newbies? How many times have I taken people out for “easy” rides that absolutely chewed them up and spat them out? Way too many, if I’m going to be honest with myself. Ed isn’t the first person who’s wondered whether puking was supposed to be an integral part of one of my “fun rides”.

Video: Suntour WERX Crew Tests New Auron Fork

03.22.2014

The SR Suntour WERX crew and Remy Absalon headed to the Cevennes Mountains in southern France for some tuning and testing of the Auron fork for the 2014 Enduro World Series season. Here's a look at what they got up to...

Cannondale OverMountain Team to Race on New SuperMax Lefty Fork

03.21.2014

Cannondale's North American OverMountain team riders will race this year on the new SuperMax Lefty fork, including longtime Fox Racing Shox rider Mark Weir.

Red Divinity

03.21.2014

Similar to the New Age devotees who flock to Sedona, one is never truly lost there, simply searching for clarity on a new path, and before long, we found ours. Soon, our tires were crunching along on a narrow strip of loose, rocky dirt lined with desert sagebrush and foreboding Prickly Pear cactus needles as we wound our way up to treeline, dwarfed by magnificent red spires stretching for the sky.

Tested: RockShox Pike

03.20.2014

Last spring, RockShox brought the Pike back from exile and frankly, the new and improved Pike is pretty badass. In fact, I’ll go out on a limb here and declare it the best fork RockShox has produced in ages. Yes, it’s really that good.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: “The Slate Reels”

03.20.2014

2014 Bible of Bike Tests: "The Slate Reels". Who thought marking timecodes could be so funny?

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