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Tested: Giant Trance Advanced SX–the Dream Build

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.

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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?

“Between The Eyes”: Grant Robinson – We Have Served Thee Well

03.19.2014

While many action sport photographers create beautiful, pixel-perfect photos, Grant is one of the few who doesn’t just document the act but the emotion and feeling of the moment. He doesn't often attempt to stage perfectly choreographed action sequences. While some photographers and their subject work tirelessly to manipulate the surroundings and reproduce The Moment, Grant is more than happy to snap and move on, avoiding recreating a synthetic representation of The Moment.

Video: “Enduro Is Going Downhill” featuring Bas van Steenbergen

03.19.2014

Bas van Steenbergen pushes the limits of what can be achieved on an Enduro bike.

Where Are They Now? Greg ‘Chopper’ Randolph

03.19.2014

Parked in the motel’s lot, along with a half-dozen or so border-patrol vehicles, was a 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia camper van. Other than it being old and pretty rare, the Westfalia wouldn’t have been cause for much notice—had it not been for the fact that one of the U-23 team riders, a guy named Greg Randolph, seemed to be living in it. Later that year, the free-spirited Randolph represented the United States in the Olympics, as a member of the road team built around Lance Armstrong.

Video: “Weekend Migration” featuring James Doerfling

03.18.2014

James Doerfling migrates to the coast of BC to escape the harsh winter of Williams Lake.

Backcountry.com Unveils Pro Mountain Bike Team

03.18.2014

Today, online retailer of premium outdoor and bike gear, backcountry.com, announces the launch of its first-ever professional Mountain Bike Team. The seasoned squad will compete in major North American cross-country and stage races throughout the year including: Sea Otter Classic, The Whiskey 50 (backcountry.com is the title sponsor), BC Bike Race and the 2014 Pro XCT Series. The team will also compete at the Mongolian Bike Challenge.

Reviewed: Dropper Posts

03.18.2014

Gear editor Ryan Palmer reviewed six of this year’s most sought-after dropper posts as part of our annual Bible of Bike Tests gear guide, putting the posts through their paces on Sedona’s steep descents and punchy climbs. You might be surprised to read what he singled out as one of his top picks.

enzed part 7: The Emperor’s Old Shorts

03.18.2014

"We had no idea what to call them,” Gary recalls, “so we put a piece of paper on the counter and invited people to write down suggestions for a name. And this local guy named Jake, he came up with the name dobies, but I don’t know where he got it from. I thought it sounded pretty good. It’s a bit confusing though, since some customers call them “dobbies” with two Bs, and some call them doobies, with two Os, which they are neither."

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Trek Remedy 27.5

03.17.2014

Our longtime romance with the Trek Remedy has had highs and lows. But with the new 27.5-inch-wheeled Remedy, we've been reunited—and yes, it feels so good.

Video: The Kona Cinder Cone Time Machine

03.17.2014

It might not have gull-wing doors and a fiberglass underbody like the DeLorean from Back to the Future, but Kona's iconic Cinder Cone sure has come a long way since its inception in 1988.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Geek Love

03.17.2014

Unicycles are, a wise man once told me, nothing more than a desperate cry for help—the cycling equivalent of the handlebar mustache or Kokopelli tattoo. I’ve often felt there was something to that characterization...but maybe I've been wrong all these years.

Preview: Intense Tracer 275 Carbon

03.17.2014

Intense debuts its all-new Tracer 275 Carbon. Check it out here.

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