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SCOTT CONTESSA SPARK 700 RC | $4,750 | SCOTT-SPORTS.COM This bike is a racehorse for ladies who eat carbon for breakfast, regularly rock spandex and love going fast–uphill and down. While perhaps not the most versatile bike of the bunch, it is very good at what it does: Devour trail at an impressive rate. The […]

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Video: The Best Colnagos of All Time

12.01.2013

Few brands have had as much impact on cycling (and we're including our skinny-tired brethren here) as Colnago. Here's a quick tour of some of their "best" bikes--everything from a gold-plated Pope bike to crazy, futuristic models (hydraulic brakes, carbon frames and internal routing...back in the early `80s) that the cycling world is still just catching up to, decades later .

News: Kitsbow Shows Off Cold Weather Gear

11.30.2013

Kitsbow recently expanded their product line to include cool-weather gear--just in time to fend off the miserable wet and cold of the winter season. The new products include two new base layers, arm warmers, and knee warmers.

News: Single-Ringin’ It Gets a Boost

11.29.2013

OneUp Components' new 42-tooth cog just might make ditching the front derailleur a feasible, and affordable, option for the masses. Here's the story.

Preview: Lezyne CNC Rod & BB/Cassette Tool

11.29.2013

While no one ever intends to over-tighten their bottom bracket or cassette lock ring, these sorts of things happen to the best of us. Thus, I was excited to get my hands on Lezyne's CNC-Rod, which provides the more ham-fisted amongst us with a bit of extra leverage.

Tested: 2013 Cannondale Trigger 29er 1

11.28.2013

By the time I got my hands on this test bike I was primed for speed. It didn’t let me down. on the first ride—my mildly technical singletrack commute, filled with abrupt, punchy climbs and sharp descents—the bike felt freakishly fast, its big wheels rolling effortlessly up taxing climbs that often leave me breathless.

Tested: Ten Months On SRAM XX1

11.28.2013

After nearly a year on the trails with the SRAM XX1 drivetrain, we give a thorough appraisal of its long-term performance.

Tested: Race Face Charge Leg Guards

11.27.2013

I used to think body armor was for park rats and professional freeriders. I wouldn’t be caught in the stuff anywhere outside of a lift-accessed resort. Sporting pads on a trail ride? It was, to my way of thinking, a bit like slapping a “Tap Out” mixed martial arts bumper sticker on your pick up or, getting “No Fear” tattooed on your neck or riding a unicycle in public—all just desperate cries for attention.

Video: Mountain Biking Tuscany’s Elba Island

11.27.2013

The down and dirty guide to mountain biking the beautiful island of Elba, Tuscany, as seen through the squinted view of pro-photographer and mountain bike mentalist Dan Milner. In this episode: Dan and his GoPro are joined by Scott German pro-riders Holger Meyer and Karen Eller for a lesson in European harmony - with unforeseen results...

Tested: 2013 Felt Compulsion LT3

11.27.2013

Many bikes get tossed into the ‘enduro’ or ‘all-mountain’ category because they sport six inches of travel and yet they don’t possess the slack geometry, stout frame and burly parts to really excel on prolonged technical riding. The Compulsion LT, happily, is one bike that fits the bill. The Compulsion LT is no pretender.

Interview: The Long-Awaited ARRIVAL

11.26.2013

Delayed due to issues in music licensing, Second Base Films latest movie, ARRIVAL finally gets released this week. We visit the Sunshine Coast, BC to find out why it took so long, why they insist on doing things right and why their example should be followed.

Video: 12 Months, 12 Stories–the Finale

11.26.2013

There were high hopes for the Enduro World Series, which drew an amazing talent pool of former World Champ downhillers and cross-country strongmen. In the end, the men's title was taken by Jerome Clementz, who was already "the guy to beat". 2013 just kind of put the official stamp on that title.

Tested: SRAM Rail 50 Wheels

11.25.2013

SRAM's versatile, wide rim wheel, Rail 50 gets a comprehensive test throughout the summer. Here are the final findings. I gave these wheels a really hard time and held nothing back. I rallied around some of British Columbia’s highest, driest, steepest, rockiest descents. One day I raced some local-level cross-country races on them and the next I was in the Whistler Bike Park clocking up Garbanzo laps. The wheels got plenty of punishment

Exclusive: Thomas Vanderham Gets “Covered” by Bike

11.25.2013

Getting on the cover of Bike Magazine is, to paraphrase the great Ron Burgundy, “Kind of a big deal.” For Thomas Vanderham, it’s been a good five years since his last appearance atop Bike. We decided to celebrate Vanderham's return by heading to the North Shore and presenting him with a cover all covert-ops like. Here's the video of how it all went down.

Video: Won’t Back Down (Just A Taste)

11.25.2013

This winter, Steve Peat's upcoming movie, Won't Back Down, will tell his story. This trailer is just a taste of what's to come.

Video: 12 Months, 12 Stories–Double down

11.24.2013

What do we learn from this video? Jerome Clementz may be one of the fastest guys on two wheels, but even Jerome crashes at times.... and you should never let the guy cut your hair. Check out the carnage footage from the upper slopes of Mégavalanche. Holy Cr@p! There's some truly humbling footage in this one.

Video: This is What Fast Looks Like

11.23.2013

What does fast look like? It looks like this helmet-cam footage captured by Specialized's Mitch Ropelato, who put in a blazing run down the alleys and streets of the Mexican city of Taxco. While a downhill race on city streets may sound tame, that ain't the case here.

Video: OVERHEARD–Kyle Norbraten On 2013 Red Bull Rampage

11.23.2013

The Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah, is one of the most unique events in mountain biking. Competitors combine their creative line choice with jaw-dropping bike handling skills to stake claim atop the Freeride world. The Coastal Crew's Kyle Norbraten talks us through the ups and downs of his 2013 Rampage.

Tested: Ibis Ripley

11.22.2013

Versatility inspired the Ibis Ripley’s creation. Never mind that it happened to introduce a promising new suspension platform. Few other trail bikes could be your all-day backcountry mule one weekend, and cutting-edge race machine the next.

Dirty Words: The Longest Minute

11.22.2013

I don’t race much anymore, but when I do, I always hate the last minute before the start. It is hard to comprehend how your brain and body can have a great debate in the last seconds before the gun.The brain is screaming “Go for it, you idiot! That’s why you’re here. You spent $100 on a crappy motel room and $50 on your entry fee. Don’t weasel out!” The brain can be fooled, but your body knows better.

Video: Rob’s Dirty Business–The Tippie Episode

11.22.2013

Rob Warner. Brett Tippie. Two of the funniest men in mountain biking. Together. Enjoy.

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