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Giant Off-Road squad focuses on DH, Enduro in 2015

Former World DH Champ Danny Hart and veteran South African champion Andrew Neethling are departing Giant’s World Cup DH squad next year, which will be led by Colombian Marcelo Gutierrez and newcomer Alex Marin, a 17-year-old from Spain.

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Video Exclusive: Bas van Steenbergen Slays Wet, Greasy B.C. Trails

01.07.2014

Think you ride fast on wet, greasy roots and leaves? We bet you wouldn’t send it like Bas van Steenbergen does in this new Deity/Bike magazine collaboration, "Island Air."

SRAM To Officially License Its Popular X-SYNC Technology

01.07.2014

Since its successful and celebrated introduction two years ago, SRAM’s popular single-ring 1X Drivetrains featuring X-SYNC chainrings continue to gain popularity. In an effort to provide consumers more choice SRAM has licensed this valuable, precision-based technology to Chromag and the Accell Group.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Sensor Carbon Expert

01.07.2014

The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year's most promising bikes. We've created videos with highlights from our candid 'roundtable discussions' of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona. Here's the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike's awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers....

Tom van Steenbergen Becomes Newest Trek C3 Project Rider

01.06.2014

The Trek C3 Project (Competition, Cinematics, Creativity) is gearing up for another year of shredding with a fresh-faced addition to the already-stacked roster of Cam McCaul, Ryan Howard, Andrew Shandro, Brett Rheeder, and Brandon Semenuk.

Video: 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Arrives

01.06.2014

Our fifth-annual Bible of Bike Tests is much more than your usual buyer's guide. It is not a 'pay-to-play' magazine. It does not contain copied-and-pasted catalog copy and photos. And it is devoid of regurgitated marketing babble.

The Web Monkey Speaks: A Strange Love Affair

01.06.2014

I hear some people arguing that all this wheel-size talk is just crap. I understand that sentiment perfectly. It truly doesn’t matter what wheel size you’re riding, so long as you are actually out there riding. I’m simply interested in the tipping point and how we reached it with so little debate this time around. Most new products are met with serious skepticism--650b, on the other hand, was given a global, sloppy kiss and a free pass. I find that odd.

Gear of the Year: Bike’s Editors Make Some Personal Picks

01.05.2014

A lot of gear moves through the warehouse at Bike HQ. The opportunity to test the latest helmets, apparel, bikes and various other bits related to pedaling on dirt is a part of the job that keeps us editors going when the deadlines, late production nights and the ever increasing pressure to create more content bogs us down. Inevitably, one or two pieces of gear rises to the top and wears more than the rest over the course of the year. These were a few of our personal favorites in 2013.

Video: I’d Rather Be Klunking

01.04.2014

We recently discovered this incredible throwback video covering a Repack downhill race in the early 1970s. In case you skipped mountain biking 101, The Repack downhill race, founded by Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly 1976, is now touted as the first downhill time-trial race. The race earned its name from the need to repack the single rear hub break on the vintage balloon tire “klunkers” after the 2.1-mile, 1,300-vertical-foot drop on an old dirt road in Marin County.

First Ride: Fox RAD 34

01.04.2014

Fox Racing Shox paid Bike magazine a visit recently and let us ride the forthcoming RAD 34 fork. It's still in the prototype stage, but the RAD 34 is a glimpse of what's to come next year. If our first ride is a good indicator, this fork will be a welcome addition to the Fox family.

Mini-Bike Mayhem

01.03.2014

I NERVOUSLY ROLLED up to the starting line, wrapped my hands around the bars in a white-knuckled death grip, firmly planted my flip-flop on the pedal and hunched myself over in racing position. I glanced at the two competitors to my left, then at the racer on my right. The announcer count- ed us down. I pedaled half a stroke, promptly popped a wheelie and landed flat on my back, clumsily taking the woman to my right down with me.

Preview: Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket

12.31.2013

Sugoi is making big claims about their latest top-shelf rain jacket, the RSX NeoShell, which features a serious dose of waterproofing and advanced venting capabilities. Here are some first impressions after a dozen or so rides in the wet.

Exclusive: Bike’s Best of 2013–The Stories

12.30.2013

We published more than a thousand stories this past year. Here are just a few of the stories that we were particularly fond of.

Totem: Skin to Win

12.29.2013

Compared to the haberdashery of modern downhilling, Greg ‘HB’ Herbold’s roughly 20-year old, sublimated, spandex skinsuit is about as alien as a vegan in a steakhouse. But for a few years during mountain biking’s early history, a costume like this could turn a talented mortal into a hero.

Video: Cold Rolled, Chapter 4

12.28.2013

Chapter 4 of Cold Rolled explores the development of Marquette's Snow Bike Route--a 15-mile stretch of perfectly-packed singletrack amidst the deep snow. If you never thought you needed a snowmobile and a welding torch, this video might seed a lust for those very things. Very cool.

Exclusive: Bike’s Best of 2013–The Videos

12.27.2013

Puppets, shouting engineers, advice from a cranky uncle, inside the heart of the toughest man alive and a serious side to the clown.... At the risk of patting ourselves on the back like some kind of obnoxious prat, these are a few of our favorite videos of the year.

Video: Matt Brooks – Out From Behind The Lens

12.27.2013

How does a cinematographer shoot their own section? It's a challenge that Matt Brooks of Lone Wolf Productions goes head to head with every year.

Tested: 2013 Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon

12.26.2013

Lighter and more efficient--Specialized tweaked the 2013 Enduro with an eye towards improving its climbing abilities while retaining its unrivaled descending traits. I've been riding this bike for a solid year. Here's how it fared.

Tested: Turner Burner Expert

12.25.2013

It’s clear that Turner set out to make a 27.5-inch-wheeled bike that was uniquely its own with the new Burner. the high-speed stability and outstanding cornering prowess are standout ride features. Knowing that the bike climbs as well as it descends makes it an ideal candidate for someone looking for a no-nonsense, do-it-all trail bike.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Snow Summit (Big Bear)

12.24.2013

Drawing from a surrounding population of almost 20 million people and a rich mountain biking history, Snow Summit is poised to achieve great success moving forward? Well, judging by the number of vehicles with bike racks filling the parking lot, there’s no doubt that Snow Summit wins our vote for most likely to succeed. The weekend we spent there was a record breaker with 700 riders purchasing lift tickets in just one day! Coming back with a vengeance is an understatement.

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Snow Summit (Big Bear)

12.24.2013

The L.A.-area's only lift-served mountain bike park is open for business again. With its close proximity to the city of San Bernardino and the Los Angeles Metro area, Snow Summit (a.k.a. "Big Bear") is the obvious first-stop for Southern California riders.

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