By Vernon Felton
Once a year we BIKE editors ditch the cubicles at the mothership and head out for a week of riding the latest bikes and products on some of the best trails in the country. We call the event "BIKE Week" and those days spent on the trail are often our first opportunity to really get out and ride next year's crop of promising gear. It’s also a great opportunity to get inside the heads of the engineers and product managers who designed those new bikes and products.
BIKE Week, in short, is our own version of a press launch, except since this is BIKE’s dog and pony show, there are no PowerPoint presentations, or afternoons whiled away in musty conference rooms; just quality one on one time with the new and shiny bits–and by “quality time” we mean days spent laying tracks down on the finest trails this country has to offer and seeing what the new products have to offer.
In the past, BIKE Week has taken us to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, down the Umpqua River Trail in Oregon, up into the La Sal Mountains of Utah (to name just a few past destinations). This time around, we’re riding the trails of Sun Valley, Idaho. With more than 400 miles of singletrack coursing through the valley, there's been no shortage of amazing trails to pant our way up and scream back down.
Stay tuned, because over the next few weeks, we'll give you a peek at some 2013 bike models from Cannondale, Diamondback, Santa Cruz, Scott Sports, Trek and Yeti. Likewise, we've got the skinny on new products from Avid, Bontrager, CamelBak, Club Ride, Dakine, Gravity, Hayes, RockShox, Smith Optics, SRAM and Sun-Ringle.