This year is brimming with blinged out, high-zoot, lightweight and thoroughly badass mountain bikes. Those adjectives, however, don’t always share real estate in the same sentence with words like “value.” So, what the hell, here’s a list of some bikes that I think present a good value. They aren’t “cheap,” they might not even be “affordable,” but they are all a hell of a lot of bike for the buck.
Scott today announced that Americans Paul Basagoitia, Kyle Jameson and KC Deane will continue to ride for their freeride team in 2015. Combined with their European squad (Nico Vink, Louis Reboul and Xavier Pasamonte), Scott will have a strong presence at events around the globe.
The best press releases come with an edit like this one of Stevie Smith, Ratboy and Connor Fearon shredding in Fox's Spring '15 DH collection.
Trek's Brook MacDonald and George Brannigan are two very fast Kiwis, both of whom could contend for a top spot this year on the downhill circuit. Watch them get loose on dirt bikes, a ski (only one) and aboard their Trek Sessions at various world cup stops and at home.
Trek’s Farley is about as ‘Wisconsin’ as a bike can be. The frame is named after the larger-than-life comic Chris Farley, who was born and raised in Madison; the wheels are named after the folklore animal, the Jackalope, which may not have originated in the Badger State, but has seriously deep roots there; and the tires are called Hodag, which is a fearsome mythological beast that resides near the town of Rhinelander in Northern Wisconsin. The only thing that could make this bike more Wisconsin is cheesehead-shaped hand pogies.
As a writer, you sound like you know your stuff when you come out guns-a-blazin’ and declare a single winner in your “shoot out”. You can even make it seem more convincing by creating a little ranking system with stars or imitating the voice of God in your writing. There’s just one problem with that kind of review: it’s rubbish.
Trials rider Rick Koekoek hops his way up the "Stairway to Heaven" sculpture that stands atop Montserrat in Catalonia.