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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Bike Magazine Drops Into Third Decade With An All-New Look


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?

Friday Five: Technical Climbs


Being a brute won’t help you too much on technical climbs Instead focus on finesse, timing, poise and balance. Seb Kemp breaks it down in this week's Friday Five.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Marin Mount Vision Carbon XM Pro


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


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 […]

enzed Part Three: Deep Green


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.

Where Are They Now? Jordie Lunn


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.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: LIV/Giant Lust 1


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.

Exclusive Video: Marshall Mullen Digs His Field of Dreams


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.

Video: Kona Celebrates Cross Country’s Fun Side


Since when did cross-country mountain biking become synonymous with spandex, seriousness and shedding every possible gram from your bike? For most riders, it's simply about going for a shred with your friends—and, of course, going as fast as you can, both down and up.

enzed Part Two: Friends Met Along The Way


Rotorua is a strangely aligned mix of New Zealand’s Maori heartland, a geothermal wonder, a huge tourism machine, and an incredible network of singletrack. Busloads of tourists disgorge at hot spring resorts, at re-enacted Maori villages, at steaming geysers and bubbling cauldrons of mud, at sheep shearing exhibitions, while at the same time, a different tide of visitor vectors in on the continually expanding network of trails snaking through Whakarewarewa forest.

Tested: ACRE Hauser Hydration Pack


We put Mission Workshop's Hauser hydration pack to the test.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Straight Dope


The peloton is dirty. The UCI had their hand in some of that. You don’t have to be a cynic to believe this, you just have to be conscious. An investigation is pointless. You don’t ask a drunk guy with vomit stains on the front of his shirt to launch an investigation into who puked on him.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Specialized Camber 29


Most mountain bikers are well aware of Specialized's flagship Stumpjumper and Enduro models. But hiding in the shadow of these standout bikes is a less-celebrated yet equally capable beast: the Specialized Camber Expert Carbon EVO 29.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Jamis Dakar XCT 650 Team


Jamis has been making bikes with 27.5-inch wheels longer than most brands, so we had high expectations of the company's new cross-country whip, the Dakar XCT 650 Team. In this video, our testers debate whether the bike lives up to its promise.

Friday Five: How To Tackle The Big Obstacles


Mountain biking will often present us each with a series of challenges. Literal obstacles in the trail will test our mind, body and capacity to problem solve. Riding singletrack as we do will put us face to face with challenging sections of trail, cruxes and burly moves. Here’s five ways to break down the gnar into kitten-shaped pieces.

News: Easton-Bell Sports slims down


The portfolio of brands under the Easton-Bell Sports umbrella—Giro, Blackburn, Easton Cycling and Bell Helmets—stands to gain additional investments in product and marketing with the company’s now-nearly sole focus on the action sports industry.

Video: Coastal riding on Mount Tzouhalem


Mount Tzouhalem is a magical place on Vancouver Island. This beautiful video of Dexter Robinson perfectly depicts the trails found here. If you ever get the chance to pedal around this area we would definitely recommend it, but for now sit back and enjoy this cinematic gem.

enzed, Part One: A Homecoming Of Sorts


Sometimes it takes moving away to realize the greatness of a place. Every return visit over the years would reveal some new amazing piece of land, introduce some new friends who were legitimately larger than life, and each trip would inevitably, every single time, feel like there just wasn’t enough time.

Preview: Santa Cruz Bantam


The Santa Cruz Bantam is designed around 650b wheels and sports a bevy of smart features that include 142x12 rear thru-axles, ISCG-05 tabs, Santa Cruz’s excellent collet-axle pivots and a threaded bottom bracket. Best of all, the frame can be had for $1,300.

’14 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition


There's no doubt about it: The Rocky Mountain Instinct 970 MSL BC Edition sparked some serious emotions in our testers, leading to this robust and unfettered debate about what wheel size actually means. Check it out.

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