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First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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Tested: Intense Spider 29

06.05.2013

There are times when the whole 29er/650b hoopla gets a bit, well, stupid. Slap some big wheels on an existing model and presto—the bike somehow gains a 29 or 27.5-percent boost in efficiency, stiffness and utter radness. Logic and reason go right out the window. Whatever.

Video: Why do We Ride?

06.05.2013

Apparel maker, Kitsbow, recently launched a video series entitled, #whyMTB which digs for the truth beneath the simple question: Why do we ride? For their first episode Kitsbow sought out Scot Nicol, founder of Ibis Cycles, because as they so aptly put it, "Who else would know more about mountain biking's meaning than one of its very pioneers?"

5 Reasons Why He’s John Vande Velde And You’re Not

06.05.2013

Words || Gary J Boulanger The bicycle-racing blood runs deep in Chicago native John Vande Velde’s family. It was his destiny, he explained, to become a bike racer because his father, uncle and brother raced. Vande Velde’s grandfather immigrated to Chicago from Belgium and the love of the sport has been passed from generation to […]

Video: Fabien Barel Presents–Season 2, Episode 1

06.05.2013

Fabien Barel starts the season in Sicily with Jerome Clementz. They experience a full spectrum of Sicilian cycling, including a boat ride to access the best trails, a donkey shuttle to the top of a hill, and a traditional fisherman's meal of local fish.

Spotlight: Bontrager XXX Aero Handlebar

06.05.2013

Bontrager XXX Aero Handlebar $360 / bontrager.com Three Xs. The time-honored marker of things unsavory. Booze, dirty movies, and, of course Bontrager’s top-o-the-line components.

Video: What it Takes to be a Pro

06.05.2013

Just in case you were under the impression that the life of a professional racer was all roses and champagne, there's this video, which details the good, the bad and the ugly of life as a member of the peloton. My favorite line? "I woke up in the hospital with my teeth sitting beside me in a plastic cup."

Nature Valley Gran Prix Kicks Off on June 12

06.04.2013

With the start of the nature Valley Grand Prix, one of the premier events on the domestic calendar, coming up on June 12, this video seemed like a good way to set the tone for the five-day stage race. The best way to approach such a race? “You put your head down and you give […]

Tested: Specialized Roval Control Trail SL

06.04.2013

Specialized’s Roval Control Trail SL wheels are lighter than most cross-country racing wheelsets, yet outshine the usual suspects in both the XC class and the more rugged all-mountain category. All this, while selling for between $300 and $1,000 less than comparable carbon wheelsets.

RAAM | Riding the Line — Episode 3

06.04.2013

With the Race Across America start just days away, check out the third installment of Riding the Line, where host Micky Dymond checks in with severe 2013 competitors. Episode Three Ride along with motocross star Micky Dymond as he gets to know some of the athletes of RAAM—all while he prepares to tackle the 2014 […]

Video: Kyle Strait Discovers Buried Treasure

06.04.2013

After some time waving the wand in the sand—and in the sea—Strait hit what he thought was paydirt. Alas, the real treasure came moments later...

Feature: Tales from the Enduro World Series

06.04.2013

After a few hundred dollars in baggage fees, still slightly unsure on our preparation, Brian Lopes and I set off for Italy to compete in the inaugural Enduro World Series race. Enduro mania has been sweeping the globe and what better way to gain and understanding for it’s popularity than to attend, compete in and experience the largest (and potentially most competitive ever) Enduro race to date first hand.

Video: Mark Matthews Rides the Whistler Bike Park

06.04.2013

Mark Matthews rides his favorite trails in the Whistler Bike Park.

Video: The Rise

06.03.2013

Devinci Global Racing is entering the 2013 gravity arena with a lineup best described as "stacked". On the eve of the new season, the team decided to warm up for the big event by sampling some of Vancouver Island’s finest. This video gives you a glimpse of the squad's speed and skill.

First Impressions: 2014 Fox TALAS & Float X

06.03.2013

To run their new pogo sticks through the ringer, Fox invited a few of us media clowns up to Hood River, Oregon and pitted us against each other in our own, very handicapped "media" class at the first round of the Oregon Enduro series. Here are our gear editor's impressions of the new 34 TALAS CTD forks and Float X shocks after a weekend of muddy enduro racing.

News: New Models from GT

06.03.2013

Details are sparse. In fact, shoot, details are pretty much non-existent, other than this: GT will debut new models on June 18th. Here's a teaser that showcases the, as of yet, un-named bikes.

The View From Behind: Pontifications From the Passenger Seat

06.03.2013

Taking in the the view from behind at the Amgen Tour of California Stage 6 Time Trial Words and Photos || Kevin Rouse It was engrossing really. Or, maybe just gross, depending on how you look at it. Regardless, at that moment I’d never before been so captivated by the view of a dude’s Lycra-clad […]

Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Specialized Status II

06.03.2013

Specialized's Status II is one of the most affordable DH bikes on the market, but it’s not just a bargain—it’s a phenomenal bike at any price.

Tested: Park Tool Team Issue Repair Stand

06.03.2013

While the Team Issue costs a bit more than many other models on the market, the superior-grade materials and brilliant execution fully warrant the higher sticker price. This thing is bomber.

Gallery: Buzz #1

06.03.2013

It's one of the things that has always set Bike apart from its competitors--the best photography and stellar graphic design. With that in mind, here's a gallery of some killer images.

News: Santa Cruz Debuts new “Solo” Model

06.02.2013

You can think of Santa Cruz's latest model, the Solo, as a 650b version of their existing Blur TRc--roughly five inches (125 millimeters) of travel, a slack head angle (68 degrees), low bottom bracket (13.1 inches) and--this is the point of departure--650b wheels.

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