CRANKBROTHERS GOT A BLACK EYE WHEN IT RELEASED ITS first wheel line back in 2010 and the rear hubs failed at a rate of about 17 percent. When your product looks this odd and its guts start seizing up on the trail, you’re in a precarious position. So Crank- brothers redesigned its hubs in 2011 and they’ve proven up to the task ever since. With its hubs sorted, the company went into 2014’s version 3.0 looking to improve the rims.
This bike impressed all the testers with its sensible component choice, lightweight, stealth matte-black carbon frame and variable suspension, making it practical for XC races or all-mountain rides.
The established wisdom in mountain biking is that pedaling will make you go faster. I can’t argue that on a smooth, straight piece of trail (like a gravel road) you will go faster if you pedal harder. However, on singletrack it often pays to not pedal. Why? Read on.
A lot of race bikes have a fairly narrow range in which they excel. To wit, if you aren’t pinning it on a relatively buff course, some of those bikes are about as fun as donating blood. This, of course, is understandable—they are race bikes, after all, and racing generally isn’t concerned with smelling the roses: it’s about gritting your teeth and putting the hammer down and tasting blood. Fair enough. Well, the Hei Hei can do the race thing just fine, but it’s also actually fun to ride as well.
The combination of vertical terrain and accessible greenery, as well as a culture that seems to embrace getting outside and enjoying it, have allowed Wellington to become a Candyland of mountain-bike trails. The Wellington region boasts somewhere near 200 square miles of parks and forests, and mountain bike development has been a permissive and ongoing project utilizing these open spaces for several years now.
The Specialized Epic Comp Carbon made our testers want to don race bibs and give Dave Wiens and Lance Armstrong a run for their money in the Leadville 100.
Go on a group ride today and nearly everyone sports some kind of eyewear. Cyclists, however, rode through the bulk of the 20th century with no eye protection whatsoever. It was truly a devil-may-care period during which condoms were for French sailors, helmets were for astronauts and protective eyewear was for… army snipers? Maybe CIA agents? The Oakley Razor Blade changed all that.
Construction is set to start next year on a long-awaited bike park at Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe. The yet-to-be-finalized plan includes a total of nine to 10 miles of entry- to mid-level gravity-oriented trails that will be built in the East Peak Basin area at the top of the gondola, accessed by the Comet Express and Big East lifts.
The latest version of Salsa's all-mountain 29er, the Horsethief 2, left some of our testers wanting to hit the trail as if they were running from the law.
Every year, the United State's largest bike parts distributor, QBP hosts its own little trade show at its Bloomington, Minnesota, headquarters. Fittingly it's called Frostbike. We ventured out in the cold to check out some upcoming products from some leading brands.
Get out and ride. It’s cold as hell. The mud is going to play hell with your fancy new drivetrain. You’re going to need some lobster gloves and that balaclava that makes it look like you’re gearing up to rob the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts. In other words, it’s a perfect day for a ride.
As Bike magazine drops into its third decade of publication, we're revamping our look and feel to keep things nice and edgy. Are we really all grown up?
Marin has made a comeback with the Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro. But how does this smartly equipped model rank against other top-of-the-line 'enduro' bikes?
Tested: Five Ten Freerider VXi Price: $120 By Vernon Felton I’ve been running Five Ten Impact Highs for an eternity or two and while I’ve gone on record here vowing my love for that old standby, I was intrigued when Five Ten released the Freerider VXi model last year. The VXi is a much lighter […]
New Zealand’s native forest is unlike any other in the world. With rainfall levels not much below those found in tropical rainforests over much of the country, but a cooler, other-side-of-40-degrees latitude, and benefitting from the species isolation and subsequent singular evolution at the bottom of the world, the native bush of this country in its raw state is the kind of thing that makes the imagery of Dr. Seuss books look unimaginative.
Don’t worry; Jordie Lunn is still going to be sending it this summer, hoping to grab another one of those big checks for Best Trick at Crankworx. He’s got a solid list of other contests to hit this year, as well as a strong desire to do some more filming. It’s where Jordie is now and what he’s doing that makes his ‘vacation’ from the summer riding season interesting—at least to a keyboard jockey like me.
LIV/Giant's 4-inch-travel Lust 1 is light, fast, good-looking and equipped with some of the best parts you can get on a bike for just over $3,000. Plus, it's one of the only brands to fully commit to designing and producing mountain bikes specifically for women. So what's the catch? Is there one? See what our testers thought.
It took Malibu, California native Marshall Mullen five years to perfect his private backyard dirt jumps. Our video and photos give you a rare look at them.