For most mountain bikers, going downhill fast is one of life’s purest pleasures. As gratifying as grinding out a long climb can be, it’s hard to top the sweet reward that typically follows: The exquisite icing on the cake that is the descent. Few things can beat the feelings of weightlessness and freedom that come when hurtling down a hill on your bike at high speed.
These moments are the mountain-biking equivalent of Transcendental Meditation, when the mantra of a buzzing freehub lulls our minds into a Zen-like calm amid the surrounding chaos. This is when we are truly living in the moment. Our heads are cleared of the detritus of daily life, our energy and enthusiasm is restored and we regain a sense of well-being. In celebration of this gravitational reset-button, we’ve devoted much of this issue to the joys of going downhill. Here’s a peek at what’s inside the June 2016 issue of Bike magazine, now available on print and digital newsstands.