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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Bas van Steenbergen pushes the limits of what can be achieved on an Enduro bike.
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.
James Doerfling migrates to the coast of BC to escape the harsh winter of Williams Lake.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.