'Tis the season. The season that Bike's favorite gear testers, photographers, videographers and storytellers begin to gather or, more accurately, cluster together to test and debate a heaping handful of 2019 trail bikes. 'Tis the season that we see more of our UPS drivers than of our friends, family and many many cats. 'Tis the season that an iconic riding destination welcomes us to stage this two-week-long, caffeine-fueled, calorie-starved campaign. 'Tis the season for the Bible of Bike Tests.

This year, we're on the painted mesas of southwest Utah, home to many mini-meccas—to name a few—Virgin, St George and Hurricane (HUR-rih-cun). The region's mix of endless natural flow and shelfy, punchy tech are the perfect laboratories for experimenting with our chosen range of trail bikes.

The written reviews, roundtable debates and an in-depth location feature will go live this December when the print issue hits newsstands. But in the meantime, we’ll be bringing you plenty of stories from the front lines through our social channels. Tune in to watch the process happen, nerd out on bike porn and catch some of the world’s best sunsets. But mostly bike porn.