Of the hundreds of athletes who competed this weekend at Crankworx Rotorua, only one went home after his race and started his homework. That one would be Sean Bell, a 16-year-old junior at El Toro High School in Southern California, who’s in New Zealand on his first international trip ever to race the enduro for his sponsor, Santa Cruz Bicycles.
For such an all-around workhorse of a bike, the 29-inch-wheeled Felt Virtue Nine 20 had our testers firmly divided on its strengths and weaknesses. One editor had one of his best rides of the entire Bible of Bike Tests on this beast. Watch this Roundtable Reels video to find out why.
I got this imbued sense of quality the first time I picked up the Specialized UHP Air Tool. Constructed from cast aluminum, it has a solid feel, a big 350 PSI gauge and a burly oil-resistant hose attached to a beautiful two-stage valve. This clever new valve allows you to evacuate the air from the hose—but not the shock—before removing the pump. The air bleed works especially well at making finite pressure adjustments.
What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.
This video of World Champ DH racer Stevie Smith and fellow Fox Head rider Josh Bryceland tearing up Stevie's backyard trails on Vancouver Island will make you want to get your winter shred on.
Trek's line of Superfly cross-country 29ers includes nine hardtail models and seven full-suspension versions, giving riders ample options at multiple price points. We tested the more affordable aluminum Superfly 8 on the rocky-and-ledgy trails of Sedona, Arizona.
Derin Stockton’s two-wheel adventure started on a little Schwinn, like so many other children of the ‘70s. Derin and brother Kurt, himself a former United States professional road-racing national champion, rode their bikes everywhere. Trips to the California desert, where their parents raced motorcycles, were an early introduction to off-road bicycling.
Last week a few people questioned why I reviewed an $18 solution to many of your bike woes. Apparently $18 is just way too much to spend on having peace of mind. So, just to give those same people something to whine about, I thought I’d find another $18 product to evaluate.
If snow on the trails keeps you off your bike, then Reece Wallace is a better man than you are. When his local North Shore trails get covered in snow and ice, he merely views it as a chance to warm up.
The Norco Sight Carbon LE FS is a versatile, well-rounded bike that is perfectly suited for technical terrain with plenty of vert. So why did it have our testers splitting hairs over relatively inconsequential things such as the choice of grips? Are we really such assholes? Or is the bike just that good?
When I consider the big picture—just how lame we cyclists appear to the rest of the world—I have a hard time saying which is worse: Is it the fanny pack or the gorby gap? The purple baggies or the Team Sky sausage suit? The tri-geek’s banana hammock or the dirt jumper’s skinny jeans? We are all cyclists. We all look lame. We are united by our lack of cool.
While we'd ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn't hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team's straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities.
This week we have enlisted the help of suspension guru Arthur Gaillot of Suspension Therapy in North Vancouver. Arthur offers suspension setup for mountain bikes so that riders can get the most from their machines.
Last Saturday, more than 4,000 people converged on the Utah State Capital, not far from the iconic I Street dirt jumps, to send a message to elected officials that, simple: they’ve had enough. One of the groups getting the word out about the protest—dubbed the Clean Air, No Excuses Rally—is Athletes For Clean Air (AFCA), a nonprofit organization co-founded by professional downhiller Amanda Batty, along with pro snowboarder Tony Pavlantos.
Whispbar Rack System with WB200 Fork Mount. A stylish and aerodynamic approach to roof racks.
Our sport was created largely as an escape from the rigid constructs that too often govern other forms of cycling and is young enough where historical hero worship seems out of place. But still, there are some great stories that have been created along the way to where we are now, stories that, even if they’re about those people you hate, might surprise you.
Going into this year's Bible of Bike Tests, the Devinci Troy Carbon SL was one of the most highly anticipated models among our testers. But after spending quality trail time on the bike, our test crew was divided on whether it lived up to its promise.
Looking for reviews of the most promising mountain bikes for the 2014 season? Bike magazine's annual Bible of Bike Tests is here at your fingertips, complete with videos of all our 'Roundtable Reels' discussions of 34 of this year's best bikes.