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The Web Monkey Speaks: Ten of 2015′s Best Deals

Mountain bikes don’t come cheap these days–that’s a sad truth. Here, however, are ten models that truly kick arse right out of the box and offer as much bang for your buck as some models that cost twice as much.

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Video/Gallery: The Narrows–All For One

10.29.2013

I had barely even had a chance to catch my breath from a contest trip in the U.S. when I got back to the Sunshine Coast and met up with my good friends from the Coastal Crew. They were getting ready to leave for Narrows Inlet that same evening, on a trip that would be one of the most unforgettable experiences of their lives. Here's the story of what went down.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Canyons Bike Park

10.29.2013

Excellent bike park trails a mere 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City? Canyons Resort bike park may not have the longest trails on earth, but what they have packs a serious punch. Here's the ride report from the Heavy Pedal Tour's stop in Park City, Utah.

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Canyons Bike Park (Park City)

10.29.2013

Consider yourself warned: the trails at Canyons aren’t long, but they are jam-packed with features for all skill levels. Canyons is not afraid to challenge riders with sizeable gap jumps, drops, step ups, step downs and wall rides. Check out this video to see what we mean.

Gallery: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour – Canyons Resort/Park City

10.29.2013

Finally, after six stops in “Colorful Colorado”, we were ready to leave the big- mountain state for slightly different terrain at Canyons Bike Park in Park City, Utah. Canyons was one of our favorite parks that we visited last year. The runs are short, but jam packed with well-built features. W

Video | Endure: Ballet in the Mud

10.28.2013

Ballet in the Mud, features selected photos from a new book to be published in November 2013 by the Wisconsin Bike Fed. The book features more than 300 photographs taken by four Wisconsin-based photographers—Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Dave Schlabowske—at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held in January in Verona, Wis. […]

Chemtrails and mountain bike trails

10.28.2013

Momentum is building for Sedona, Arizona. There’s a rising tide of partially spandex-clad bikers washing up on the sandy desert floor around Sedona. More and more cars, laden with riders and their marvelous looking mechanical contraptions, flow into the red rock ravine.

Tested: Specialized EMT Pro MTB

10.27.2013

Specialized packed an impressive amount of tools into a lightweight (104 grams) and compact package. While we had one particular gripe with the tool, it's a smart package on the whole. Here's why.

News: Jared Graves’ Finale Ligure Race Journal

10.26.2013

Well, the 2013 season is in the history books. After last month’s World Championships, I spent almost six weeks back home getting into the swing of a normal life and routine. It was tough getting motivated for this weekend’s EWS in Finale Ligure...but really, I wanted nothing more than to finish off the year with a win.

Tested: Giro Chamber Shoes

10.26.2013

The Chamber has a skate-inspired, street shoe aesthetic,which looks great but also provides function.

Tested: Trek Fuel EX 9.8 29

10.25.2013

The EX performs brilliantly on everyday singletrack—the kind of trails you want to ride for hours upon hours. Its handling traits are balanced and nimble, thanks in part to its low bottom bracket and ample standover. The efficient DRCV suspension platform and the 27.5-pound weight make the EX 9.8 feel like a no-holds-barred race whippet while on the pedals.

Dirty Words: The Best Halloween Ever

10.25.2013

We’re on our bikes, laughing and flashing silently through the forest stinking of cheap beer and wood smoke. Halloween is over, but while the citizens lie snug in their bed, we glide through the night. Boo!

VIdeo: The Salvadorian Way

10.25.2013

By Mike Gamble We take the bicycle for granted. We have great days, we have not so great days. For a Salvadorian, the bicycle is life. For some, a necessity, for others an escape. Not just for the mind, but for the soul of its user. Through the dreams of a dedicated group of riders, […]

Happy 25th, Timbuk2

10.24.2013

The San Francisco bag company Timbuk2 is celebrating 25 years. And that means some new stuff. The company recently partnered with Mission Cycling, a cycling club in San Francisco, to design a pair of new products for happy on-the-bike adventuring. Because we all love happy bike adventures. Mission Cycling has a standing early morning ride […]

The Bakery: My Mom’s New Bike

10.24.2013

One day I got a phone call that changed that attitude, a call that every bike industry worker fears receiving from their parents, “I found a bike at Walmart” and worse yet, “it has suspension stuff on the seat post so I think it must be really good.” The guilt hit me like a ton of bricks...

Video: Chromag Family Album Vol. 1

10.23.2013

Few companies enjoy a following like Chromag. Sure, the company makes smart components, but it's more than that. There's a kind of die-hard brand loyalty that is so often lacking in an industry that is often fixated on bling, techno-babble and fads. We spoke with filmmaker, Rupert Walker, on the release of this new Chromag video, aptly titled, "Family Album Volume 1".

Tested: M.U.L.E.® NV™

10.23.2013

I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.

Video: Enduro World Series Finale in….Finale

10.22.2013

Finale Ligure (SV), played host to the Grand Finale of the Superenduro powered by SRAM 2013 series and Enduro World Series race. Check out the action.

First Impressions: Dakine Hip Pack

10.22.2013

Save yourself from the evil of the rider who fails to bring a spare tube. Buy him a hip pack and tell them to smarten up.

First Impressions: Blackspire Sub4 Pedals

10.21.2013

The Sub4 is built beefy; "Le brick sh@thouse" is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here's our first impressions on Blackspire's all-mountain pedals.

Video: Mountain Biking Chamonix

10.21.2013

Considered to be 'the extreme capital of the world' and home to Europe's mightiest landscapes, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France, has a lot to live up to. But is it all it's cracked up to be? The Trail Ninja gets down and dirty with Chamonix's toughest mountain bike trails and discovers a secret or two.

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