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Heavy Pedal Tour – The trails, free shuttles and beer of Helena, Montana

Helena is an IMBA Bronze-level ride center, with over 70 miles of trails. “Singletrack at the end of every street,” is how they like to say it, and it’s not far from the truth.

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Gallery: Mongolia Bike Challenge–Getting There

09.02.2013

Erik Peterson is a photographer who spends summers at home in Canada and lives the rest of each year in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Erik is currently documenting the 2013 Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge presented by Orbea and is sharing the story with us this week. Today’s gallery documents the simple challenge of getting to the race itself—no small feat when you’re traveling from Uzbekistan to China and into the heart of Mongolia.

Video: 2013 Downhill World Championships

09.02.2013

Greg Minnaar recently said that he only had one chance in his life to win the World Championships on his home turf and yesterday, Minnaar did just that. Check out his expression on the podium--it's the kind of thing that makes grown men weepy.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Keystone, Colorado

09.02.2013

We packed up the camper and left the sparkling dirt of Winter Park, Colorado and headed 30 miles north to the quaint, little mountain town of Granby Ranch, Colorado. Here's what we found on our visit to Granby's bike park.

Video: Specialized’s 2014 Camber

09.01.2013

The Camber has flown a bit under the radar since its debut a few years back, but that should change. For starters, it's a damn good bike. For 2014, the Camber line finally gets Specialized's full-zoot treatment: a pimped out, carbon S-Works version as well as a more aggressive "EVO" model. This video tells the story.

Review: Exposure Flare Taillight

09.01.2013

Exposure Flare Taillight $70 / exposurelights.com A favorite of mine for close to a year now, the Flare offers a whopping 75 lumens of in-your-face brightness, much to the chagrin of the driver sitting behind you at that annoyingly long stoplight on your commute.

Video: Life Behind Bars–Season Two, Episode Three

08.31.2013

Brandon Semenuk and the crew head to Whistler for opening weekend, putting in fun sessions on the trails and in the Air Dome. Watch as Intern loses a bet and is forced to don the bear suit and wander into line-drive golf shots on the driving range.

Video: Meet the Breck Epic

08.31.2013

Hit play and allow race director Mike McCormack to explain the Breck Epic: a six-day mountain bike stage race that covers 240 miles of trail in and around Breckenridge, Colorado.

Friday Five: Dogs

08.30.2013

Riding with a dog will improve your ride 76.4 percent. Probably. Here are five reasons why dogs definitely make the best riding partners.

Video: Greg Minnaar OneLife

08.30.2013

Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? The filmmakers attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short.

Thoughts on a Solo Breakaway

08.30.2013

Words by Jen See On Thursday, Tony Martin rode a solo breakaway for nearly 175 kilometers at the Vuelta a España. That’s pretty much the entire stage. The field caught him in the final meters, in sight of the finish line. That’s the way it is sometimes with cycling. You might win, but more often […]

News: SRAM Releases X0 Hubs

08.30.2013

In a nod to the Secret antiperspirant ads from the 1970s (Strong enough for a man, but PH-balanced for a woman!), SRAM recently unveiled its new X0-level hub, which they claim is "light enough for XC, but strong enough for All-Mountain."

News: Santa Cruz Unveils the “Bantam”

08.29.2013

Sharing the same geometry as the Solo, Santa Cruz Bicycles's new Bantam model also rocks 27.5-inch wheels and five inches of travel, albeit in a single-pivot design. Here are the details.

Theater Thursday

08.29.2013

Theater Thursday | Just Jens “I’m Not Albert Einstein—I am just a bike rider”

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review–Moots MX Divide

08.29.2013

Elegantly crafted and brilliantly equipped, the MX Divide is pure eye candy and a unique ride.

The Bakery: Evictions and Heli Drops…Turning 40 as a Mountain Biker

08.29.2013

Kelli was 23 when she started mountain biking, 26 when she started racing and 40 when we hit the road to celebrate her milestone birthday with a few days of riding that included a heli-drop and an unplanned campsite eviction. A lot can change in seventeen years and as someone who works in the bike industry (Kelli and her husband run a mountain bike tour and instruction company) her identity is strongly tied to riding.

Gallery: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour – Keystone

08.29.2013

The latest stop on the 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour? Keystone Resorts bike park--home to 100 miles of singletrack and some killer downhill trails. Check out this gallery from our trip.

News: Rocky Mountain Debuts 650b “Thunderbolt” Model

08.28.2013

Rocky Mountain Bicycles unveiled a new model today--the Thunderbolt--a bike that blurs the lines between cross-country efficiency and trail bike confidence. Or, to quote the press release, "When XC gets rowdy, the incredibly agile Thunderbolt shines.... At last, an XC bike dedicated as much to flowy singletrack as to punchy technical climbs."

News: MRP Gets into Rear Suspension

08.28.2013

Mountain Racing Products has made big strides of late with greatly improved White Brothers suspension fork offerings and was already busy developing an air-sprung rear shock that will see duty on all-mountain/enduro-style bikes. The purchase of Elka Suspension, however, gives them immediate entry into the coil-sprung, gravity market.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Granby Ranch, Colorado

08.28.2013

We packed up the camper and left the sparkling dirt of Winter Park, Colorado and headed 30 miles north to the quaint, little mountain town of Granby Ranch, Colorado. Here's what we found on our visit to Granby's bike park.

First Ride: Schwalbe Rock Razor And Magic Mary

08.28.2013

This is not the complete review, just some early impressions from one ridiculous ride on some of Schwalbe's newest offerings – the loam destroying Magic Mary and the speed demon Rock Razor.

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