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I am bent over the handlebars, slowly churning the pedals along on pan-flat gravel. Just over a mile away, dancing in the haze, shimmering like a mirage on the horizon, is my home. The tingling begins in my fingers, a sure sign that I am about to physically implode.

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Where Are They Now: Lisa Sher

02.11.2014

Had Lisa Sher been born a decade later, the world of mountain biking might well have lost her to the United States Olympic hockey team. Instead, the sport gained the 2002 United States national DH champ.

Video: Mike Kinrade Shreds Nelson, BC Smoother Than a Runway Model

02.11.2014

Sure, we know this video is a Race Face ad—a grandiose, big-production piece designed to unveil the company's 2014 apparel line in grand fashion. And it certainly does that. But perhaps more importantly, it showcases some of the many sick-ass trails around Nelson, with Kinrade joyfully shredding amid a sublime backdrop of mind-numbing alpine scenery.

Video: Nico Vink Shreds the Whistler Mountain Bike Park

02.11.2014

Anyone who's seen Nico Vink get sideways on ridiculously big jumps will tell you he's one of the steeziest riders around. This video of him gettin' loose in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park gives a glimpse into why he's one of Belgium's sickest riders.

Exclusive Video: “The Process” of the Bible of Bike Tests

02.11.2014

Ever wonder what it's like spending the better part of a month on our (mostly) dude ranch, testing bikes and gear for our annual Bible of Bike Tests? This video should help put a few things into context. Strava and spandex not included.

Reviewed: Merino Wool Fabric Garments

02.11.2014

Merino is a wonder fabric. It’s soft, warm, cool, dry, breathable, lightweight and odor resistant, making it just about perfect for mountain biking attire, or mountain bikers who live an active life in variable climates. And those who probably would rather run the washing machine less often, but stink less.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Ibis Ripley

02.10.2014

Last year's launch of the Ibis Ripley was wildly anticipated, with intense speculation over whether the 29-inch-wheeled bike would measure up to its smaller-wheeled counterparts. When the red dust of our Sedona, Arizona test trail had settled, what did our testers have to say about this bike's performance?

The Web Monkey Speaks: Does This Make Me a Stalker?

02.10.2014

I don’t have a serial-killer van. Let’s be clear about that. No restraining order either. But I can’t deny the basic facts: I’m distracted. I’m irrational. I spend my days plotting how I’ll bring home the thing I desire… I’m pretty sure I’m ticking off all the little boxes on the stalker personality profile. And it's all because of a bike...

Max Plaxton Joins Cannondale Factory Racing as the Team Enters Its Sixth Season

02.09.2014

Cannondale, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, and Cannondale Factory Racing are excited to announce the arrival of Canadian Max Plaxton, the fastest XC rider in North America, to the team as it heads into its 6th season. Plaxton joins elite riders Marco Aurelio Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Anton Cooper, and Keegan Swenson.

Video: Ripping Dustin Gilding’s Seven-Year MTB Dirt Jumping Course

02.08.2014

Your Saturday morning dose of get-out-and-ride motivation. Seven years of work and dedication has led to this immaculate MTB dirt jumping course in Dustin Gilding's backyard. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous video by Liam Mullany.

Dream Builds: Specialized S-Works Enduro 29 — The Extended Version

02.07.2014

I don't know if I'm much of a dreamer, but when the time came to assemble my 'dream build,' I took the welcome task quite literally: I dug deep into my wildest fantasies of the all-around trail slayer.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Felt Virtue Nine 20

02.07.2014

For such an all-around workhorse of a bike, the 29-inch-wheeled Felt Virtue Nine 20 had our testers firmly divided on its strengths and weaknesses. One editor had one of his best rides of the entire Bible of Bike Tests on this beast. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.

News: Joe Breeze Kicked My Ass

02.06.2014

The ten time winner of the oldest mountain bike race still has it

Review: Specialized Air Tool UHP

02.06.2014

I got this imbued sense of quality the first time I picked up the Specialized UHP Air Tool. Constructed from cast aluminum, it has a solid feel, a big 350 PSI gauge and a burly oil-resistant hose attached to a beautiful two-stage valve. This clever new valve allows you to evacuate the air from the hose—but not the shock—before removing the pump. The air bleed works especially well at making finite pressure adjustments.

First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014

What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.

Video: “Spring Downhill” featuring Steve Smith and Josh Bryceland

02.05.2014

This video of World Champ DH racer Stevie Smith and fellow Fox Head rider Josh Bryceland tearing up Stevie's backyard trails on Vancouver Island will make you want to get your winter shred on.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Trek Superfly 8

02.05.2014

Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.

Where Are They Now: Derin Stockton

02.05.2014

Derin Stockton’s two-wheel adventure started on a little Schwinn, like so many other children of the ‘70s. Derin and brother Kurt, himself a former United States professional road-racing national champion, rode their bikes everywhere. Trips to the California desert, where their parents raced motorcycles, were an early introduction to off-road bicycling.

Reviewed: RaceFace Mud Crutch

02.04.2014

Last week a few people questioned why I reviewed an $18 solution to many of your bike woes. Apparently $18 is just way too much to spend on having peace of mind. So, just to give those same people something to whine about, I thought I’d find another $18 product to evaluate.

Exclusive Video: “Warming Up” featuring Reece Wallace

02.03.2014

If snow on the trails keeps you off your bike, then Reece Wallace is a better man than you are. When his local North Shore trails get covered in snow and ice, he merely views it as a chance to warm up.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Norco Sight Carbon LE FS

02.03.2014

The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?

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