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Video: Great Days 3 – Chile Part 2 – Questioning Your Limits

This (somewhat graphic) video is the second of a three-part series by Smith Optics that brings you through the last few days of the Andes Pacifico Enduro stage race with an unexpected hospital visit to keep things exciting. A blind course makes it an even playing field, but also a game of question on how hard racers should and can push themselves around every turn. Viewer discretion is advised…if you go lightheaded at the sight of blood you SHOULD NOT WATCH the video. If not, take a look for a raw and real view into the highs and lows of enduro racing…

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Where Are They Now? Kyle Strait

04.01.2014

To the mountain-bike community, Kyle Strait needs no introduction. On the bike, he was an absolute child prodigy, and entered his first Rampage when he was just a young teenager. In 2013, after landing a massive Suicide No-hander off the Oakley Icon Sender, Strait became the only person to break the Rampage curse, and won the for a record second time.

News: RockShox Releases Debonair Air Can

04.01.2014

In news today, RockShox has released a new, higher volume air can for Monarch and Monarch Plus air shocks. Offered standard on Monarch Plus RC3, or as an upgrade to Monarch RT3, DebonAir adds a more linear spring rate, improving small bump compliance.

First Impressions: Breezer Supercell

03.31.2014

Bike's gear editor, Ryan Palmer takes the new Breezer Supercell on an perfunctory pedal in the beautiful mountains of Marin County, California

Interview: Meet Marco Osborne, Cannondale’s Rookie Enduro Racer

03.31.2014

Could Cannondale's rookie enduro racer, Marco Osborne, be the man to beat on this year's North American enduro circuit? All signs point to the affirmative.

The Web Monkey Speaks: It’s Still Not About the Bike

03.31.2014

We mountain bikers spend an inordinate—no, make that a ridiculous—amount of time obsessing about gear. But none of it actually matters. Here’s the truth—and it’s a simple matter of math—a shitty bike plus an awesome trail equals an amazing day of riding. Conversely, a great bike plus a crappy trail equals a day that would have been better spent flossing your toenails.

Ride Sun Valley 2014 Announced

03.30.2014

The 4th Annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival returns June 26-July 5, 2014, with a packed week of events, races, rides and high times on two wheels for all ages and persuasions of mountain biker. With over 400 miles of stellar singletrack twisting around one of America’s premier mountain bike destinations, this event is a great reason to get out of town for an epic week of singletrack therapy.

Specialized Offers 650B Stumpjumper

03.28.2014

Specialized is offering two models of its venerable Stumpjumper mountain bike in the 650B, or 27.5-inch, wheel size, becoming the final major U.S. brand to market a mountain bike built around the meet-in-the-middle wheels.

First Impressions: Racing the New Cannondale Jekyll 27.5

03.28.2014

One of the highlights of this year's Cannondale Factory Racing camp was the chance to ride the new 27.5-inch Jekyll on southern Spain's steep, rocky trails.

Video: “Don’t Come to Sedona”

03.28.2014

Amazing views, sick trails and local brews–what mountain biker would ever want to go to Sedona? Bike contributor Simon Stewart doles out some sound advice for those thinking of making a trip to the shred sanctum in the desert. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Reviewed: Tires

03.28.2014

Reviewed: Tires. Seven of this year’s most sought-after tires from Bontrager, Specialized, Continental, Schwalbe, Mavic, Maxxis, and WTB.

Video: “Desert Dreaming”

03.27.2014

Cross-country up-and-comers Kate Courtney and Russell Finsterwald shed the race plates and team logos for a laid-back exploration of the mountains above Palm Springs, California, riding the forthcoming RockShox RS-1 fork.

Preview: Ellsworth Epiphany C XC 27.5

03.27.2014

While I might quibble with the marketing language Ellsworth employs, the fact is their bike does pedal quite efficiently and that traction is good. If you live for climbs, the Epiphany C XC is your kind of bike. Fortunately, the Epiphany does more than climb--it's also a capable trailbike with razor-sharp handling.

First Impressions: Cannondale Trigger 27.5

03.26.2014

We got some quality riding time on the new Cannondale Trigger 27.5 bike in southern Spain, and we can't wait to get some more time on this promising model.

Reviewed: Forks

03.26.2014

As part of the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, we reviewed four of the year's most sought after forks from Rockshox, X-Fusion Shox, Fox, & Suntour.

Tested: Dakine Syncline Short

03.26.2014

Shredding threads with Bike Mag crash tester, Simon Stewart

Video: Brian Lopes Joins Intense Cycles

03.25.2014

Brian Lopes joins the Southern California-based Intense Cycles after splitting with longtime sponsor Ibis Cycles earlier this month. Lopes will presumably be shredding Intense's new Tracer 275 as he races the enduro circuit this season.

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”.

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