The best bikes and components of 2014? Each of Bike’s editors gave their spin on the “dream build”. Here’s Vernon Felton’s choice: a hopped-up version of Giant’s Trance Advanced SX. Here’s the review.
Easton Cycling, the industry leader in materials development and engineering, has released the Haven 35 range of handlebars and stems, setting a new standard for trail riding. The 750mm wide Haven 35 handlebar is available immediately in both carbon and aluminum versions in 20mm low- and 40mm high-rise versions, while the Haven 35 stem comes in lengths from 90mm to an ultra-short 40mm. Pricing is MSRP $160 for the carbon bar, MSRP $90 for aluminum, and MSRP $100 for the stem.
We got our first look at the new Juliana Bicycles’ Roubion at the company’s headquarters in Santa Cruz on Tuesday evening. The bike uses the same frame as the popular Bronson, the all-mountain machine made by Santa Cruz Bicycles, Juliana’s parent company.
If you aren’t already familiar with the Mark Weir, he once logged more than a million vertical feet of pedaling in a year, which is just shy of 3,000 feet per day—and he didn’t even need the whole 365 to accomplish his goal. A few years ago, the home he shared with wife Suzy and son Gus went up in flames, but Weir bounced back with his signature mustachioed smile. More recently, though, the Cannondale OverMountain Team Rider was seriously injured in a freak accident that would’ve likely sent a lesser mortal straight to the morgue.
Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners began April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.
Carbon wheels are only as sexy as they are strong. ENVE's new hoops get a boost in brawn.
Chris King is proud to announce the ISO XD Hub, Chris King’s solution for SRAM’s one-by drivetrains. Our new XD Driveshell combines our legendary in-house made bearings and the unparalleled engagement of our patented RingDrive system in our SRAM one-by compatible Chris King hub. Our new XD Driveshell system allows current Chris King hub owners to easily convert their ISO and ISO DH hubs to a SRAM one-by system.
Specialized showed us their new Stumpjumper 650B model and apparel line. We used it as an excuse to make this sick video of Matt Hunter and Kyle Norbraten.
How many great ideas and inventions have surfaced, only to be ignored and forgotten by the masses... Until some lucky slob brought that idea back into the limelight and made a ton of money off it? Today’s column is dedicated to a such moments in cycling’s recent history.
Hauswald is a spark of motivational energy, and has an infectious enthusiasm for her role that borders on zealotry. “I wanted to turn more teenagers on to the thrill, challenge and satisfaction of riding singletrack and being outdoors. I also wanted to help teenage girls gain confidence in their bodies, and ultimately, their lives, and I believe the bike is the perfect vehicle for that.”
Come join us this coming Tuesday April 8 to help build the Flow Trail at Demo, a world-class trail at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (SDSF) in the Santa Cruz mountains. This vast project is a collaboration between the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC), and is an excellent demonstration of modern trail design.
The May issue of Bike magazine hits newsstands around the world today. We can't wait for you to get your paws on this 140-page taste of sweetness and light.
The Lodown glove is all about getting intimate with your handlebar. In fact, Specialized’s marketing reads more like a condom wrapper with slogans like ‘second skin fit’ and ‘slip on design.’ There’s no doubt about it: This is a minimalistic glove, and I like it.
The new Michelin Wild Mud comes in a new, super soft rubber compound (MAGI-X) that should work wonders on wet roots and is supported by a burly, reinforced casing (there’s an additional ply running from one bead to the other) that should help fend off gashes in rocky conditions. This is a mud tire that can take some abuse and has some decent width to it. It's not your average wet-weather tread.
Leavenworth, where the granite spires of the North Cascades roll into the plains of Eastern Washington, has been the scene of a decades-long fight between mountain bikers and the US Forest Service. Locals would build illegal trails in the hills above town, ride them for a short time, then the land managers would block them off, citing public hazard. This cycle would repeat, over and over.