Thomas and Andrew set off to Chile where locals Ignacio and Nicholas showed them around on their local singletrack.
You don't know who they are, but at every UCI race during the summer you can pick out a handful of racers who aren't on the podium–or even in the top ten–but are truly riding as fast and loose as they possibly can, teetering on the brink of destruction for their shot at glory.
The Andes Pacifico Enduro went off a few weeks back in Chile. It was a challenging race, with competitors racing blind on technical and loose tracks in often extreme heat.
This is burly. Sedona's White Line trail is every bit as high-consequence as it looks, with a near-vertical drop off the edge if you blow the corner or slide out.
Round one of the 2015 Scottish Enduro Series went down on the steep and sloppy trails of Innerleithen.
A split-personality trail bike, the Trigger rips uphill like an XC bike in short-travel mode and levels descents when flipped to full-travel. The tradeoff for this multiple personality is that it needs to be switched from mode to mode to get the best out of it, and comes with an attendant level of heightened complexity.
It's a relief to see Martin Soderstrom back on his bike and performing some synchronized park riding with Anton Thelander at Woodward West.
The Juliana Roubion was the belle of the bike ball inside the garage at the Bible, its turquoise matte paint job and shiny parts beckoning from the racks. Its reputation as a kick-ass adventure-mobile had preceded our meeting, in no small part due to Juliana’s affiliation with ‘it’ brand Santa Cruz Bicycles.