Roll Models: Six Wheelsets Put to the Test

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.

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Bike Test: Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B


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.

How To Video: Changing Disc Brake Pads


Do you know how to change your own brake pads? Watch this video from passionate rider and photographer Dan Milner and save yourself a bunch of money while improving your riding experience.

SOMBRIO to the Rescue


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.

VIDEO: World Bicycle Relief


This video doesn’t have anything to do with shredding singletrack, but it certainly underscores how important bikes are to people all over the world—like this schoolgirl named Tamara from Zambia.

VIDEO: Andreu Lacondeguy ‘Best of 2014′ Edit


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.

Photo Gallery: Finding Perspective With Bruno Long


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.

Preview: Cane Creek DB InLine


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.

Palmer’s Picks: Reynolds Blacklabel 27.5 AM Wheels


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.

VIDEO: Deity’s FUZZBOX Featuring Tyler McCaul


Get ready to wake up this morning with Tyler McCaul going absolutely mental on California trail and dirt jumps in this latest Deity edit, FUZZBOX, by Mind Spark Cinema.

Signatures: (Free!) Full Length Film from Fullface Productions


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.

Diamonds in the Dirt: Whitefish, Montana


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.

First Impressions: Bern Prescott


Pretty much everything Bern touches turns to cool so when I found out the lifestyle-inspired skate/snow brand was branching into women’s mountain-bike helmets, I had to have a look.

The Web Monkey Speaks: I, Robot…or Not


Should you believe the subjective, field tests you read in magazines and on websites? Wouldn't it be better if products were tested in a controlled, laboratory setting? Blind belief in lab results is ridiculous. Here's why.

Bike Test: Juliana Roubion C


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.

Luis Leao Pinto Wins the 22nd edition of La Ruta de los Conquistadores


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 Recruits New Ambassadors For 2015


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.

Tool Envy


ASK YOURSELF WHAT PROJECTS YOU WANT TO TACKLE, LOOK at what tools your bike requires, and then choose a kit. The kits we selected for this test all fall somewhere in the middle of basic maintenance and complete assembly, with the Birzman being the most complete.

From Denver to Durango: 500 miles of the Colorado Trail


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.

Long-Term Test: CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV


I’ve been humping the CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV hydration pack around in the rain and mud for a year. It’s seen the inside of my washing machine more than a few times and wound up being my go-to pack this past season. Here's how it fared.

Diamonds in the Dirt: Bozeman, Montana


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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