The South is often reduced to clichés and is generally misunderstood by those who live outside it. But what’s the riding like? That simple question drove us to venture below the Mason-Dixon Line in search of answers. Starting in New Orleans and winding east, we set out to explore one of the country’s most overlooked regions. The quality of the characters we met along the way was matched only by the caliber of trails they showed us. Some were defiantly scratched into swampland, while others were built with church-group labor. We came looking for trails and found an under-exposed mountain bike scene with its own wild and exotic singletrack.
TEN FOR ’10
Companies turn out new products like trees turn over leaves. Every year, manufacturers take lessons learned from the trail, from local bike shops and from the wish lists of pro riders, and set out designing the latest components and accessories. They’re aiming for the perfect concoction of features and benefits, for designs that connect with riders—like SRAM’s all-new XX drivetrain, engineered to be the ultimate XC weapon, or Garmin’s new all-in-one digital riding partner, which comes complete with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a pinpoint-accurate GPS. We polled leading companies for the brightest new products—here are 10 standouts for 2010. Read the Full Post
Blueprint: Kona’s new Magic Link Cadabra
Fresh Produce: Three pages of gear, trail tested on Oregon’s North Umpqua trail.
Splatter: Riding tall in Bellingham; the world’s longest-running mountain bike race; Trek’s secret DH wind-tunnel tests; the Obi-Wan Kenobi of trail building; the legacy of Iron Maiden; and the Upper Peninsula’s singletrack Utopia
Ask Chopper: Wise words from mountain biking’s most cantankerous commentator
Grimy Handshake: Garage-sale sentimentality
SBC: The Sh*tbike goes down to Downieville