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Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company's tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You'll be glad you did.
There’s this guy that I hate. He’s a complete tool. I guess my dislike for him is sort of ironic because we have a lot in common. We’re from the same town. We ride the same trails. We wear the same general-issue, bike-dork uniform, except his fits better. Bastard.
Since the point-of-view camera took off in popularity, I wondered when and how the big electronic brands would enter the market. With Sony and JVC both recently joining the market with competitively spec’d and priced cameras it’s clear, at least on paper, that the long-monopolized market has some competition. I tested the JVC Adixxion Action Cam to see if it could hold a candle to the tried-and-true POV brands like GoPro.
This might seem like an awfully odd exercise, but if you are serious about becoming stronger and not just bulking up your pecs for shirtless paddock prancing then the Turkish Getup (TGU) should be in your regular routine.
Logan Peat and Josh Bryceland rip around Santa Cruz with two classics: the Jackal and a 1949 GM 4101 Union Pacific Streamliner. This will get you stoked to ride this weekend.
In its former life, the Intense 951 was playful, lively and nimble, leaving full-on racing duties to the M9. Not anymore. The 951 EVO has been reincarnated into a focused racer-type, drinking protein shakes and sharing gym time with the Athertons. The trouble is, it lost its sense of humor.
Given a carte blanche opportunity to build my one and only, I opted for a bike that was hopefully an evolution of my own riding philosophy. I chose the Ibis Ripley, hoping it would strike a balance between 100-millimeter-travel, XC-oriented bikes and more burly, but less XC-friendly 140-millimeter-plus bikes I had been alternating back and forth between for the past few years.
After twelve months wearing Kitsbow’s shorts and jacket I feel that the jacket and shorts are some of the best items of cycle specific clothing I have ever worn. It isn’t just nicer than most, it is considerably better than anything that is available. The fabrics are superior, the cut is without comparison, and the attention to detail is phenomenal. It all feels like it was custom tailored, they are just that good.
Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company's first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?
Think you ride fast on wet, greasy roots and leaves? We bet you wouldn’t send it like Bas van Steenbergen does in this new Deity/Bike magazine collaboration, "Island Air."
Since its successful and celebrated introduction two years ago, SRAM’s popular single-ring 1X Drivetrains featuring X-SYNC chainrings continue to gain popularity. In an effort to provide consumers more choice SRAM has licensed this valuable, precision-based technology to Chromag and the Accell Group.
The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year's most promising bikes. We've created videos with highlights from our candid 'roundtable discussions' of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona. Here's the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike's awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers....
The Trek C3 Project (Competition, Cinematics, Creativity) is gearing up for another year of shredding with a fresh-faced addition to the already-stacked roster of Cam McCaul, Ryan Howard, Andrew Shandro, Brett Rheeder, and Brandon Semenuk.
I hear some people arguing that all this wheel-size talk is just crap. I understand that sentiment perfectly. It truly doesn’t matter what wheel size you’re riding, so long as you are actually out there riding. I’m simply interested in the tipping point and how we reached it with so little debate this time around. Most new products are met with serious skepticism--650b, on the other hand, was given a global, sloppy kiss and a free pass. I find that odd.
A lot of gear moves through the warehouse at Bike HQ. The opportunity to test the latest helmets, apparel, bikes and various other bits related to pedaling on dirt is a part of the job that keeps us editors going when the deadlines, late production nights and the ever increasing pressure to create more content bogs us down. Inevitably, one or two pieces of gear rises to the top and wears more than the rest over the course of the year. These were a few of our personal favorites in 2013.
We recently discovered this incredible throwback video covering a Repack downhill race in the early 1970s. In case you skipped mountain biking 101, The Repack downhill race, founded by Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly 1976, is now touted as the first downhill time-trial race. The race earned its name from the need to repack the single rear hub break on the vintage balloon tire “klunkers” after the 2.1-mile, 1,300-vertical-foot drop on an old dirt road in Marin County.
Fox Racing Shox paid Bike magazine a visit recently and let us ride the forthcoming RAD 34 fork. It's still in the prototype stage, but the RAD 34 is a glimpse of what's to come next year. If our first ride is a good indicator, this fork will be a welcome addition to the Fox family.
I NERVOUSLY ROLLED up to the starting line, wrapped my hands around the bars in a white-knuckled death grip, firmly planted my flip-flop on the pedal and hunched myself over in racing position. I glanced at the two competitors to my left, then at the racer on my right. The announcer count- ed us down. I pedaled half a stroke, promptly popped a wheelie and landed flat on my back, clumsily taking the woman to my right down with me.