This (somewhat graphic) video is the second of a three-part series by Smith Optics that brings you through the last few days of the Andes Pacifico Enduro stage race with an unexpected hospital visit to keep things exciting. A blind course makes it an even playing field, but also a game of question on how hard racers should and can push themselves around every turn. Viewer discretion is advised…if you go lightheaded at the sight of blood you SHOULD NOT WATCH the video. If not, take a look for a raw and real view into the highs and lows of enduro racing…
Over the past decade, Bell's been positioned as the "affordable" brand of helmets while its twin sister, Giro, received the sexy features. That's all changing. Bell's new Full 9 and Super helmet models suggest that Bell is on track to regain some of its former glory as a high-end, no-holds-barred helmet maker. We went inside Bell’s think tank to get the inside story on how a helmet is born: from rough sketch to high-tech brain bucket.
Cannondale's Trigger Carbon 1 is fast, flickable and tons of fun, though it left some testers wondering whether bigger wheels would make green grass greener.
Mountain biking is about the experiences you have on and off the bike, the jokes that are shared, friendly races between mates, waking up with sore legs yet wanting to get back on the bike...and getting into situations that you wouldn’t if you stayed at home playing it safe.
This is one of the few out there that really shows the basics of frame building with composites. There's obviously still a lot that's missing and I'm not suggesting that all carbon frames are made the same way (far from it), but it's a good starting point on wrapping your mind around this labor-intensive and utterly unique process.
We went into the heart of Specialized Bicycles to find out both how and most importantly, why, the company decided to squeeze those big wheels onto their Enduro model. Welcome to the first installment of our new Blueprint video series: the story of an impressive new product, from the perspective of the people who designed it. Hard questions asked. Interesting answers given.
This video is about bringing you the pleasure of the road and the thrill of the trails. Although the video’s backdrop is the back roads of British Columbia, we want to remind the world that adventure can be found on your own doorstep; you just need to get off the couch and seek it.
Rather than stage a summer-themed ad and cross their fingers that mother nature would get on board, Race Face embraced the Winter Wonderland that is our backyard....and sent Chubey up Mt. Seymour to hit a massive snow booter for the first time. No pressure.
The movie, The Miserable Champion, makes the case that Shaun Palmer changed everything about competitive mountain biking. If you said that about any other athlete, I'd tell you that you were full of crap, but in this case, yeah, it's true.
The FS01’s geometry is set somewhere between ‘trail’ and ‘cross-country,’ making it eager to rally through corners and manual through whoops when the track points down. Where other cross-country bikes might start feeling sketchy, this bike just wants to go faster. Our test model broke, but BMC states that this is a first-time failure for this model. Check out the review for more.
Our cross-country test course possessed its share of technical climbs and descents that kept our testers on their toes. Despite that fact, each rider found there was something about the Salsa El Mariachi 2 that made it feel right at home among all the fancier, newfangled rigs.
When it debuted in 2011, Specialized's Camber was overshadowed by the Epic on one hand and the Stumpjumper FSR on the other. The Camber straddled the line between those two proven platforms. The Camber, however, has quickly gained a following amongst everyday riders looking for a versatile trail bike that can do a bit of both weekend racing and all-day slogs in the outback.
Just when you thought you had a reasonable excuse to not ride your bike because your trails are smothered in snow and ice, along comes this video and the realization that there's really never a good reason to hang up your bike for the season.