The Bible is quite an undertaking: bikes, testers, categories, setup, parts, shipping, filming, disagreements, passion and riding. Lost boxes and stubbed toes. Hurt feelings and sunburn. Too much beer or not enough. First-world problems.
This year, we're offering Bible Summer Camps specifically focusing on one genre, in one grouping of six bikes, in a rad location suiting the sleds. Worry not, the Bible of Bike Tests in all its—ahem—grandeur, yes, grandeur, will miraculously transpire this fall, right as rain, in one happy festival of riding merriment. You won't lose that lovin' feeling. You'll gain focused insight delving within the intricacies of a category, meticulously crafted for your enjoyment. Twenty percent more free? Quite possibly. Long live summer camp and here's to Killington, Vermont, the first stop on our tour, shredding six long-travel 27.5-inch rigs knocking on downhill's door.
Killington Resort woos a whopping 800,000 skiers in the winter—its central Vermont location and 'Longest Season in the East' tagline beckoning mountain-deprived urbanites from Boston and New York to its 212 trails for more than half the year. But the same slopes that teem with skiers and snowboarders in the winter almost beg for action in the summer. Meanwhile, lift lines are practically non-existent, beers are cheap and the trails are the best they've ever been. Killington was one of the first ski resorts on the East Coast to build a bike park some 25 years ago, and it's spent the last five making sure it's also one of the best.
If You Had To Choose Just One: Favorite Bikes of the Test
Every one of these bikes is a ripper on the downhill, but every one for its own reasons. Here, you'll find what each bike did best when gravity was at its back.
It's about seat angles, linkage, kinematics, leverage curves and suspension tunes. But mostly about seat angles. Find out how the bikes climbed here.
Some of these bikes have higher bang-to-buck ratios than others. And some pack their bang in the frame, some in the suspension, and some in the components. We break all that down for you here.