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Tested: Giant Trance Advanced SX–the Dream Build

By Vernon Felton What’s your favorite bike? I get asked that question all the time. As one of the lucky few media hacks who’s professionally obligated to sample the latest and greatest, I get to ride a dizzying array of bikes each season and write it off as “part of the job”. So, which ones […]

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Reviewed: Groupsets

04.02.2014

No matter how excited we get about the next best widget, in the end it doesn’t really matter what we are riding, just that we are. A massive amount of work goes into creating this gear guide, but do we actually need any of this stuff? No. I’m looking at all the white space on the page below my blinking cursor, wondering what to write, because none of it matters. In fact, you should stop reading this immediately and…run to your shop and demand they put this group on your bike right away.

Video: Jared Graves’ Australian Adventure

04.02.2014

Jared Graves is one of the most well-rounded riders in mountain biking with success in 4X, downhill, BMX and now enduro. Giro visited Graves’ hometown and explored Queensland, Australia, with American enduro haunch Adam Craig and Kiwi freeride star Kelly McGarry to check out the trails and learn what makes Graves so fast. In addition to kangaroos and snakes we found Graves busy cultivating a cycling mecca in Toowoomba, with dozens of dedicated mountain bike trails, a booming bike club and a local race series.

NEWS: Santa Cruz Launches New Nomad

04.01.2014

Santa Cruz Bicycles has revamped its popular Nomad all-mountain bike, incorporating a single-ring specific design, internal cable routing, 165 millimeters of VPP travel and a new compact lower link and a V10-style upper link, all built around 27.5-inch wheels.

First Impressions: 2015 RockShox Boxxer

04.01.2014

RockShox has revisited its Boxxer downhill fork with some pretty substantial tweaks, even if it doesn’t look like it from afar. SRAM gave us the opportunity this February to spend three days trying out the new fork on the trails of the Queenstown Bike Park in New Zealand.

Where Are They Now? Kyle Strait

04.01.2014

To the mountain-bike community, Kyle Strait needs no introduction. On the bike, he was an absolute child prodigy, and entered his first Rampage when he was just a young teenager. In 2013, after landing a massive Suicide No-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender, Strait became the only person to break the Rampage curse, and won the for a record second time.

News: RockShox Releases Debonair Air Can

04.01.2014

In news today, RockShox has released a new, higher volume air can for Monarch and Monarch Plus air shocks. Offered standard on Monarch Plus RC3, or as an upgrade to Monarch RT3, DebonAir adds a more linear spring rate, improving small bump compliance.

First Impressions: Breezer Supercell

03.31.2014

Bike's gear editor, Ryan Palmer takes the new Breezer Supercell on an perfunctory pedal in the beautiful mountains of Marin County, California

Interview: Meet Marco Osborne, Cannondale’s Rookie Enduro Racer

03.31.2014

Could Cannondale's rookie enduro racer, Marco Osborne, be the man to beat on this year's North American enduro circuit? All signs point to the affirmative.

The Web Monkey Speaks: It’s Still Not About the Bike

03.31.2014

We mountain bikers spend an inordinate—no, make that a ridiculous—amount of time obsessing about gear. But none of it actually matters. Here’s the truth—and it’s a simple matter of math—a shitty bike plus an awesome trail equals an amazing day of riding. Conversely, a great bike plus a crappy trail equals a day that would have been better spent flossing your toenails.

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.

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