Members of the Smith mountain bike team sent it down to New Zealand to explore the south island, ride single track, destroy an RV, forge storms and have run-ins with the local law.
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.
Santa Cruz's long-travel, carbon 29er was top three in many of our books and took home one Editor's Pick selection. Why did we universally like this bike? Check out the video.
More coverage than a cross-country lid, but with an eye at keeping things light and breezy, Troy Lee Design's A1 enters the burgeoning enduro helmet market. Here's an interview with TLD's Stikman on the what, where and why-the-hell of the new helmet.
Here's what I take away from this video: it doesn't suck to be Brandon Semenuk. A house in B.C. with five acres of jumps in the backyard, infinite miles of singletrack out the back door, a Subaru WRX to rally on the logging roads of Squamish... This is the video your high-school guidance counselor didn't want you to see when he was selling you on a degree in Business Administration.
In this episode of Lars n Bars, Lars and Darrin head out to the Chuckanuts (the less hyped riding spot in Bellingham) for some introspective moments and a good dose of Metallica and shred. Proof positive that's it's never too cold to go out and ride.
The Wilson has an interesting mix of soft, ground-hugging suspenstion that tracks well in turns and shrugs off square-edged hits, and a stiff, lightweight frame. What did our testers think of it? Check out the video.