Three videos that inspire us as riders and speak to the soul of mountain biking.
A FEW MINUTES AFTER I LEAN MY BIKE AGAINST THE FLYING BISCUIT, a legendary Atlanta breakfast joint, one guy tells me how he witnessed a shooting on this same ride earlier in the month. Before that, it was an armed robbery. “Guy pulled his gun out and shot it in the air,” a skinny rider with lights on his helmet and handlebars says.
With the Hans Dampf Super Gravity, Schwalbe has mated a downhill casing to an all-mountain tread. You get super stout sidewalls that fend off gashes and punctures, and also enable you to run exceptionally low tire pressures. In short, gobs of traction, minimal squirm and bomber durability.
Deity just dropped this ripping video of Bas and Tom van Steenbergen. This should help push you over the bump in the hump day.
Racers at the Bell Santa Cruz Super Enduro were not only battling for the fastest times of the day, but were also racing to decide the Overall Points standings for the series. Many racers had an awesome season participating in all five events and getting to race some of the best singletrack in California.
This hypnotic POV video – for the fact that this looks like one of the funnest jump-trail tracks in the world – is making its rounds around Facebook this week. It took a little digging, but we found the original YouTube post and some info on the location. It's located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, a 35-minute train ride from the capital city Bern.
Lydia Tanner is a dirt connoisseur who lives in her car. She spent her fall drinking gallons of coffee and riding lesser-known trails all over the Northwest. These are her stories.
From EpicTV: The Red Bull Farm Jam on the South Island of New Zealand is a very unique event. It brings together MTB, BMX, and MX riders for one crazy jam that features some super sick tricks and some equally heinous slams.
After nearly two weeks of testing, we're wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer's guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.
From Epic TV: Marcelo Gutierrez has been unstoppable lately on his mountain biking home turf in Colombia. Ride along on his winning run in the National Championship in the super steep hills of Tocancipá.
From our friends at Anthill Films, comes a tale of a tailed friend, Poppy, chasing rider Casey Brown down sweet, fast singletrack. Yes, this is a marketing video to promote Sony's Actioncam, but it's also the best mountain bike video you'll see this week.
For the past six years, Bike's core editorial staff and a hardy crew of freelance mountain bike fanatics have converged at some of North America's finest riding destinations to test the upcoming year's most promising bikes, components and soft goods. This extended test—known as The Bible of Bike Tests—usually spans most of October and involves more than 15 people to test gear and photograph/film the effort.
This is the first installment in a new series from Felt Bicycles showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at their athletes. Episode 1 kicks of in Reno, Nevada, with Enduro rider Casey Coffman. The shredding action hits around the 1-minute marker.
Photo Gallery II: The Bike test crew has assembled in Bend, Oregon, for the 2015 Bible of Bike Tests. For two weeks, a dedicated crew of nine testers puts next year’s most promising bikes through the paces on the expansive trail systems of Central Oregon.
You may never want to ever take a trip to Dudelandia. I understand, it smells and those jugs of urine are a serious tripping hazard—but there’s a lot to be said for finding a way to immerse yourself, even for just a day or two each year, in the thing you love with the people in your life that matter. Your time with friends is limited. Make the most of it.
Little known fact: Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon. For this it has been dubbed “Beer Town USA.” With this title comes a duty to motivate its visitors to drink beer. Enter The Ale Trail. A ride (you can also be shuttled around in a van) that takes you between 14 different local breweries clustered close together, “like the gold at the end of a big, beer rainbow,” reads the Visit Bend Website.
Bike shops. They act as metronomes to mountain biking communities. Even in the age of order-whatever-you-need-online, shops maintain an invaluable role. And even in small communities such as Bend, Oregon, there are numerous choices to fill your repair, retail, and social needs.