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Ibis, SBTS, and the Mills Peak Trail

Ibis has a long-standing relationship (or should we say love affair?) with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship. We’ve helped them raise a bunch of money for trail building in the Downieville and Graeagle area. Here’s a short video we shot at the Downieville Classic this year, talking about the trails, the Stewardship, Mills Peak Trail, and some of our raffles.

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Race Face Ambush Knee Guards and Indy Elbow Guards

03.11.2014

A good knee or elbow guard review really could be as simple as, “they work, they’re comfortable and they haven’t fallen apart – done.” In that respect, my first impression is that Race Face nailed it with the Ambush knee and Indy Elbow guards.

Jérôme Clementz and Crew Launch New “Escape” Video Series for 2014

03.11.2014

We're jealous of Santiago, Chile for having trails like this on the city's outskirts, and jealous of Clementz for riding them faster and smoother than we ever could. Do the wheels on his Cannondale Jekyll look slightly larger than 26, but smaller than 29?

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Intense Carbine 29

03.10.2014

The Intense Carbine 29 certainly evoked some intense feelings from the testers who put this impeccably equipped 29er through its paces in Sedona, Arizona.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Someone Wants You Dead

03.10.2014

When you murder something, you damn well intend to put out its lights. You’ve mulled it over in your mind. You’ve considered your weapon, your approach. You mean it and then some. So, yeah, I murdered the rhododendron bush and made my kid cry: it was the bush or my bike, and it was never even close.

enzed Part Six: Livin’ in a Van, Down by the River…

03.09.2014

A Dozen years ago, Bike’s photo editor David Reddick, his blushing new bride Michelle, and myself spent a few weeks traveling around New Zealand in a middlin’ Winnebago scale RV. It was a great trip, aided on one hand by the convenience of driving around in a house, and also marred somewhat by that very same thing. On that trip, I realized that my irrational lifelong hatred of RVs wasn’t that irrational at all, and that they do, in fact, totally suck.

Video: Between The Eyes – Jordan Manley’s #dailywalk

03.07.2014

Between The Eyes: Jordan Manley’s #dailywalk from 2FLAT on Vimeo. Between The Eyes is an ongoing series of short videos that attempt to explore and communicate the fascinating stories behind photographers and their craft. This isn’t a how-to or a discussion of techniques, but rather it’s a look at the personality and thought that goes […]

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: BMC Trailfox TF01 29

03.07.2014

Although we’ve never piloted a monster truck, the feeling can’t be far off from riding the TF01 29. It’ll jump a set of 20 cars no problem, but making that turn at the end of the run can prove difficult. I felt invincible aboard the BMC until I needed it to change directions, at which point I felt, well, slightly less so.

Tested: Lezyne V11 Multi Tool

03.06.2014

During a two-hour period of the BC Bike Race last year, I repaired seven chains, making two bikes single-speeds, fixed a broken shifter and a shoe, and evacuated a pneumothorax. I was working for the race as an Ambassador/Bike Patrol so needless to say I put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carried with me. In fact I have always put a lot of emphasis on the tools I carry. For example, I’ve always carried a full size shop quality chain tool, however, the Lezyne V10 has me possibly rethinking that decision.

Preview: Cannondale Scalpel 29 3

03.06.2014

For the past dozen years, Cannondale's Scalpel has lived up to its name—a razor-sharp tool that’s all about finesse and accuracy. It was also expensive. This all-aluminum version brings down the price point on racing performance.

Where Are They Now? Dave Cullinan

03.05.2014

Cullinan’s incredible worlds-winning run is the stuff of legend. It happened five years before Philippe Kahn decided to connect a digital camera to a cell phone and broadcast the birth of his daughter, so the course was absolutely void of iPhone-toting spectators documenting every angle and second of the event on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and Vimeo. And the Red Bull Media House wasn’t even a faint glimmer in an entrepreneur’s eye back then. So, Cully’s rainbow-winning performance is much more mysterious and under-documented than, say, Danny Hart’s astonishing Champery ride in 2011. It was, nevertheless, something extra special.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Santa Cruz V10

03.04.2014

Our crew was completely divided on Santa Cruz's flagship DH machine. With back to back World Championship pedigree, and an equally impressive price tag, the biggest debate was on value. Be sure to pay attention when the testers mention fit, as this bike runs on the small side.

New Zealand Trail House: SRAM X01 DH

03.04.2014

XX1, SRAM’s dedicated single ring 11-speed drivetrain debuted at Crankworx 2012 and it has proven to be a smart, rider-focused drivetrain solution that has captured the attention of a lot of mountain bikers, despite its high cost. Last summer SRAM announced X01, a slightly less expensive 1 x 11 group. It's expected that the technology will eventually trickle down to lower price points, allowing it to become attainable for even more riders, but we'll have to wait a bit longer for that. The February SRAM camp in Queenstown, New Zealand was all about downhill.

enzed Part Five: The Coppermine Conundrum

03.03.2014

If one happens to be a regular bike racer, entering a bike race or two while on vacation is probably a fine and dandy way to explore the familiar competitive milieu in an exotic setting. If, however, one has thrown 12 years worth of soil on top of the grave of one’s competitive aspirations, then stomped that soil down good and hard, entering a cross country race in the heat of a Nelson summer at the bottom of the world is probably not the smartest idea.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Lapierre Zesty AM 527

03.03.2014

This was one of the more controversial bikes we tested. On one hand you have a brilliant carbon chassis and on the other hand you have an inhibiting component spec and a love-it or-hate-it automated rear suspension.

The Web Monkey Speaks: That “Oh, Cr@p!” Flavor

03.03.2014

I’m not hell bent on breaking myself. I’d love a season without slings and crutches, but I’ve also found that when I go long periods without a wreck, it’s not because I’ve hit some new plateau of awesomeness. It’s usually because I’ve stopped taking risks. I’ve stopped pushing myself. And, invariably, I’m not having nearly as much fun on the bike.

News: SRAM Forms Mountain Bike Team

02.28.2014

SRAM and Troy Lee Designs announced on Friday the formation of their own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season.

News: Leigh Donovan launches women’s skills clinics

02.28.2014

Mountain bike World Champion, 9-time U.S. National Champion and BMX Hall of Famer Leigh Donovan launched a new business on Thursday called ichoosebikes.com that will teach female riders the fundamentals of the sport.

2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: Scott Contessa Genius 700

02.28.2014

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.

Friday Five: When not to pedal

02.28.2014

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.

Video: Brett Rheeder in Airs & Alleys

02.27.2014

Sometimes the only friends one needs are a ramp and a delivery van—and your bike. Watch this video as Brett Rheeder turns Vancouver into a skate park.

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