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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: Road Rage

10.20.2013

The premise is simple: go downhill fast. What makes this competition a bit more interesting, however, is that this isn't a downhill mountain bike race; Red Bull's Road Rage is a race down Colorado's Guanella Pass--and it's all asphalt. BMX bike, road bike, mountain bike--as long as it has two functioning brakes, you can race it in Road Rage.

Tested: Troy Lee Designs 5400 Knee Guards

10.19.2013

Knee pads don't just have to be part of the freerider's costume. Before trying Troy Lee Designs' 5400 Knee Guards, I didn’t expect them to be so versatile. I thought they would act as a perfect double act in the winter – knee warmers and protection – but come the summer would probably be relegated to being worn around my ankles on long, hot climbs. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find they never needed to leave my knees.

Friday Five: Increasing Hip Power

10.18.2013

Can you make your glutes dance? Do you want to be faster or better? Then take notice of what Monika Marx has to say about you butt muscles.

Video: The Relentless Pursuit of Balance – Engineering and Development

10.18.2013

In this video we take an close look at the development process of SRAM's MTB wheels by meeting the engineers, technicians and product managers that produced and tested the SRAM wheels Nicolas Vouilloz chose for his successful return to racing, and which are now available to all riders.

Dirty Words: Our Long National Nightmare is Over

10.18.2013

Congress has finally seen the light and reopened the government. Thank goodness, it was starting to get really weird here in the capital of the United States of America.

Preview: Mavic Notch Helmet

10.17.2013

Making a good helmet these days is no simple task--that's particularly true of enduro lids, which need to be light and breathe well, yet also need to offer a bit more coverage than your garden-variety, Swiss Cheese replica cross-country helmet. The Notch is Mavic's recent addition to the market. Here are some thoughts after stinking this one up in Sedona.

Video: Andi Wittmann’s Nine Knights Giant Glory

10.17.2013

Giant-sponsored rider Andi Wittmann takes us behind the scenes at the Nine Knights freeride contest and talks about an event that he helped create, as well as the setup on his Giant Glory that he rode at the 2013 Nine Knights event in Livigno, Italy.

Proof | 2013 Boulder Cup

10.16.2013

Marked by a fine fall day, the 2013 Boulder Cup made for a solid day of racing as riders took to the particularly challenging course at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park. While perhaps not the most ideal conditions for ‘cross—clear skies and plenty of sun—folks weren’t exactly disappointed as Boulder was more than owed a bit […]

Exclusive: 2014 Bible of Bike Tests Begins

10.16.2013

Bike Magazine's Bible of Bike Tests--our annual gear guide--has begun and this time around we're testing some of the year's best bikes on the trails of Sedona, Arizona.

Interview: Kirk Pacenti

10.15.2013

Chances are you haven’t heard of Kirk Pacenti. Chances are you have heard of 650B, or 27.5, the wheel size between 26-inch and 29ers that the industry can’t seem to get enough of right now. Save for Specialized and Cannondale, 27.5-wheeled bikes have become the dominant choice on the majority of all-mountain, 5- to 6-inch trail bikes for most brands. Some, like Giant and Scott, have almost entirely foregone both 29ers and 26-inch wheels to focus on designing frames around the mid-sized hoops.

Book Report | Skills, Drills and Bellyaches

10.15.2013

By Jen See All your friends are talking about it. They go on and on about the mud and the barricades and the beer. Mostly, the beer. You’ve begun to think that cyclocross sounds pretty cool, but you are also forced to admit that you don’t have the first clue how to go about it. […]

Video: Kyle Strait’s Winning Rampage Run

10.15.2013

Kyle Strait's killer run at Red Bull Rampage made him the winner of Red Bull Rampage and the only rider to win the competition more than once.

Tested: Topeak Joe Blow Ace Floor Pump

10.14.2013

A bicycle floor pump that works well for seating mountain-bike tubeless tires and high-pressure road bike tires.

Kyle Strait Becomes First Rider to Win Red Bull Rampage Twice

10.14.2013

Kyle Strait won the 2013 Red Bull Rampage today, prevailing over a stacked field of the world's most progressive riders to become the first person to ever win the iconic contest more than once.

Exclusive: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Aspen (Snowmass)

10.14.2013

Words and Photos by Natty and Trey Val-hal-la (noun) Norse mythology. Hall of Heroes. The hall in which Odin received the souls of slain heroes. A place of honor, glory or happiness: Heaven. As we would soon discover, the trail at Snowmass named Valhalla is indeed heaven on two wheels. When we found out that […]

Video: 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour–Aspen (Snowmass)

10.14.2013

Before we arrived at Snowmass we spoke a few times on the phone with one of the marketers. With a modest tone, She said, “we only have a few trails”. What she neglected to say is that one of the current three trails is worth riding 100 times over again.

Video: Could You Do This When You Were 10?

10.13.2013

What were you doing at age 10? Here's 10-Year old Seth Sherlock, absolutely owning Squamish B.C.

News: Graham Agassiz Leads Charge in Red Bull Rampage Qualifiers

10.12.2013

Twelve riders advanced today from the Red Bull Rampage qualifying round and will join the 13 riders who are prequalified for tomorrow's big event. Graham Agassiz, who was unable to compete in 2012 due to an ankle injury, returned this year with an inspired vengeance, pulling together a phenomenal run with a grace and ease that unquestionably guaranteed his place in the finals.

News: Rain Showers Bring Dirt Flowers for Red Bull Rampage

10.12.2013

The rain gods paid an uncharacteristic visit to the desolate, dusty mesas near Virgin, Utah, this week, instantly turning the typically loose soil into a bastion of traction and tackiness that prompted many Red Bull Rampage competitors to manicure their self-styled jumps and transitions to perfection.

Video: Rampage Rain Day – Paul Basagoitia

10.12.2013

A longtime veteran of the mountain bike competition scene, Paul Bass returns for his second Red Bull Rampage, giving us a very candid view of what…

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