Brett Rheeder used to be just another kid ripping it up on his backyard slopestyle course. Today he’s full-on freeride royalty. We rode along as he traveled to Trek to pick up his new bike, then on to Ray’s Indoor Park to put it down.
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.
This year, the three-day NEMBAfest will be held at the base lodge of Burke Mountain Resort, and will feature camping, a large industry expo (with more than 50 bike industry vendors), lift-served mountain biking at the Burke Bike Park, scores of group rides, live music, local food and beer.
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.
Tara Llanes is the Queen of Comebacks. When you hear her name most people will think of the 4-Cross crash that left her with a complete spinal cord injury, but there is a lot more to what Tara has overcome and what she has done to stay connected to an industry that she calls family.
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.
In the chill, I felt the acid in my throbbing thighs from a previous day’s mission in which my drop-seatpost failed, forcing me to pedal like a duck up a steep hill while rude children mocked my awkward position. If I had not been wearing mittens, I would have shown them a middle digit.
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.