The perfect place to ride isn’t some exotic locale, loaded with hundreds of miles of singletrack. Sure, we all wish we could live in Whistler or Moab or Finale Ligure, but most of us don’t and never will. The best place, then, is the place you ride most often. The place that soaks up your blood and sweat. The place where you suffer defeat one day and come back swinging the next.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, we know this video is a Race Face ad—a grandiose, big-production piece designed to unveil the company's 2014 apparel line in grand fashion. And it certainly does that. But perhaps more importantly, it showcases some of the many sick-ass trails around Nelson, with Kinrade joyfully shredding amid a sublime backdrop of mind-numbing alpine scenery.
Anyone who's seen Nico Vink get sideways on ridiculously big jumps will tell you he's one of the steeziest riders around. This video of him gettin' loose in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park gives a glimpse into why he's one of Belgium's sickest riders.
Ever wonder what it's like spending the better part of a month on our (mostly) dude ranch, testing bikes and gear for our annual Bible of Bike Tests? This video should help put a few things into context. Strava and spandex not included.
Merino is a wonder fabric. It’s soft, warm, cool, dry, breathable, lightweight and odor resistant, making it just about perfect for mountain biking attire, or mountain bikers who live an active life in variable climates. And those who probably would rather run the washing machine less often, but stink less.
Last year's launch of the Ibis Ripley was wildly anticipated, with intense speculation over whether the 29-inch-wheeled bike would measure up to its smaller-wheeled counterparts. When the red dust of our Sedona, Arizona test trail had settled, what did our testers have to say about this bike's performance?
I don’t have a serial-killer van. Let’s be clear about that. No restraining order either. But I can’t deny the basic facts: I’m distracted. I’m irrational. I spend my days plotting how I’ll bring home the thing I desire… I’m pretty sure I’m ticking off all the little boxes on the stalker personality profile. And it's all because of a bike...
Cannondale, a premium brand of Dorel Industries, and Cannondale Factory Racing are excited to announce the arrival of Canadian Max Plaxton, the fastest XC rider in North America, to the team as it heads into its 6th season. Plaxton joins elite riders Marco Aurelio Fontana, Manuel Fumic, Anton Cooper, and Keegan Swenson.
Your Saturday morning dose of get-out-and-ride motivation. Seven years of work and dedication has led to this immaculate MTB dirt jumping course in Dustin Gilding's backyard. Feast your eyes on this gorgeous video by Liam Mullany.
I don't know if I'm much of a dreamer, but when the time came to assemble my 'dream build,' I took the welcome task quite literally: I dug deep into my wildest fantasies of the all-around trail slayer.
For such an all-around workhorse of a bike, the 29-inch-wheeled Felt Virtue Nine 20 had our testers firmly divided on its strengths and weaknesses. One editor had one of his best rides of the entire Bible of Bike Tests on this beast. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
I got this imbued sense of quality the first time I picked up the Specialized UHP Air Tool. Constructed from cast aluminum, it has a solid feel, a big 350 PSI gauge and a burly oil-resistant hose attached to a beautiful two-stage valve. This clever new valve allows you to evacuate the air from the hose—but not the shock—before removing the pump. The air bleed works especially well at making finite pressure adjustments.
What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.
This video of World Champ DH racer Stevie Smith and fellow Fox Head rider Josh Bryceland tearing up Stevie's backyard trails on Vancouver Island will make you want to get your winter shred on.
Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.
Derin Stockton’s two-wheel adventure started on a little Schwinn, like so many other children of the ‘70s. Derin and brother Kurt, himself a former United States professional road-racing national champion, rode their bikes everywhere. Trips to the California desert, where their parents raced motorcycles, were an early introduction to off-road bicycling.