If you’re going to write stories and put you name atop the article, you better grow a thick skin. There’s no pleasing everyone. If that’s your aim, you might as well get a gig at Hallmark writing those crappy greeting cards with roses and kittens on the covers. That said, I draw the line at being called a “whore”.
We all do stupid things. It’s part of being human. Our friends, however, are supposed to function as our de facto idiocy buffer. Friends are the ones who cut the crap and tell it like it is: a mullet isn’t ironic, it just makes you look inbred, a 1986 IROC-Z is not a classic and there is no way in hell I am going to be seen anywhere in public with you if you wear that f@cking cape. We mock those we love, as Sigmund Freud once noted, because we care about them.
From SRAM X1 comes the integrated drivetrain engineered in Germany for every rider and every trail. The simple, smart and synchronized design delivers confidence in the face of any terrain—from cross-country racing to all-mountain adventure.
The June issue of Bike magazine hits newsstands today, signaling the beginning of summer in North America and the start of another awesome shredding season.
The relatively young sport of enduro racing has attracted mountain biking's best athletes and become highly competitive – quickly. American athlete Curtis Keene was ranked 12th in last year's Enduro World Series. For him, that's not good enough. This video – from Red Bull TV – beautifully and thoroughly illustrates what it takes to hang, compete, and win in this grueling sport that athletes say is no safer than world cup downhill racing.
For my money, there’s no greater upgrade than a fresh set of rubber. Good tires boost traction, reduce rolling resistance and improve braking performance. Well, they might not do all three, but chances are you’ll get at least two on that list and that’s still a hell of a lot bang for your buck.
As this article goes live, Jeff is living the dream and traveling the country promoting the upcoming Geico ¬– Hotbike Power Tour, which is no doubt slowing the progress on his many motorcycle and classic car projects. And if you’re wondering…yes, Holt still is known to throw a leg over a pedal bike and, in fact, still has a bit of a collection that would make most bicycle folks jealous.
After the race dust settled, disco music fizzed, and athletes wounds started to heal, the Smith team took off south heading into the unknown hoping to discover more wild trails, breathtaking views and experience much more of the welcoming Chilean culture. They found bamboo forests, volcanic rich soil, and some unbelievable trails in Chillan. This time with a lot less bloodshed...
That’s right, dear reader. With the Elect system active, this fork will lock and unlock dozens, even hundreds of times in a ride, at its own will. While this may sound like a slippery slope toward these machines getting too smart and eventually enslaving all of humanity, please remain calm. This fork is nothing to fear.
Bike presents 'Huayhuash,' a short film chronicling three Colorado-based riders' mountain-bike adventure in the Huayhuash range of the Peruvian Andes.
The Camber is a bike you should know about. It could easily be the flagship bike of some manufacturers’ model line-ups, but in Specialized’s stacked all-star cast the capable Camber has had to remain content with its steady supporting role.
Looking for adventure on a mountain bike? These Colorado riders found adventure—and a lot more—on a journey into the Huayhuash range of the Peruvian Andes.
I understand why people sell their products as “the best” even when calling any bike or component “the best” is an exercise in absurdity. But where does that get us, really? Your average rider searching for a new bike is forced to stumble through a jungle of bullshit. Few of them will have the opportunity to actually ride the bike or widget they eventually purchase. They have to rely, to some degree, on the marketing and when each marketing department says the exact same thing….none of us winds up with what we actually want or need.
The conditions at Saturday's race at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Cairns, were so wet and nasty that pro riders were overhead say they might be better off running sections. As reported by Red Bull, this was "possibly the only international-level bike race ever to be paused to allow a snake to cross the track, the jungle threw just about everything at the riders." Enjoy this epic highlight video produce by the Parkin brother for Red Bull and you.
The venue which will forever be synonymous with Shaun Palmer’s near miss of the World Champs by just 0.15 seconds back in 1996, returns to the World Cup calendar. Watch the entire 2014 finals race coverage here.
"The rock garden is way gnarlier than anything else on the track. From what I've been told, it's really hard to get through it. I knew that looking at it. There's just so many different ridges and the rocks are so greasy and then red dirt is getting pulled onto them. It'll be tough, but looking forward to it. Everybody's running the same track so... It'll be good times." –Bryn Atkinson
Dakine has stepped up its game in the rain jacket department with the Caliber. It fills the void in the lineup for a technical feature-laden waterproof shell. While previous Dakine rain jackets have been solid, they were still not my first choice for big high-country adventure rides where the likelihood of getting pummeled by weather for days was a given; those duties were typically handled by the likes of Patagonia, Arcteryx or Helly Hansen. With the Caliber, however, Dakine has a legit alternative.
THE ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 2 IS A BARGAIN. YES, IT’S STILL a lot of money, but considering that it has the same exact carbon and alloy frame as the $8,250 flagship model, it’s a good deal. The 2x10 Sram X.7 shifters are an impressive improvement from the previous 9-speed triggers, with a smaller, streamlined look and more positive lever feel. With these paddles strung to X.7 and X.9 Type 2 front and rear derailleurs respectively, the shifting is crisp and precise.
Did you miss the first stop of the Enduro World Series? Well, you're in luck. Our friends at DirtTV put together this excellent, comprehensive video coverage from the Nevados De Chillan. Watch the complete story of the race here.
In March, a group of Euros decided to mount studded tires on their mountain bikes and slog down the crevasse-riddled Valle Blanche, one of Europe's most popular winter ski and snowboard runs. Call it part so-typically-Euro, part badass, part funny. Or just call it done. Either way you have to commend this crew for getting out there and trying something different. Check it out here.