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Bike documents riding and its culture with more depth than any other publication. Featuring the work of mountain biking’s most accomplished writers and photographers, every issue is an illumination of the trends, personalities, destinations and gear that influence and inspire the singletrack lifestyle.
In This Issue
The July issue is on newsstands—or find it digitally here—and it’s filled with stories of success from unexpected corners of the world.
Take Rajesh 'RJ' Magar, the Nepalese downhill national champion who, for many reasons, should never have been a national champion once, let alone four times, or ever even experienced a mountain bike as a recreational tool. But once he did, RJ's determination dwarfed the many reasons he shouldn't succeed, and he eventually rose the ranks despite a lack of adequate equipment, financial freedom or familial support. Now RJ is facing the next big hurdle in his racing career, and if the past is any indication, it's one he will surely tackle with grit and moxie. Joey Schusler and Ben Page tell RJ's fascinating story in words and photos, which accompany Schusler's already-award-winning film "RJ Ripper," also out this month.
The ability to rise above the odds isn't limited to people; places can too surpass expectations. One such location is New Brunswick, Canada. While British Columbia is practically synonymous with limitless amazing trail, the Great White North's eastern provinces tend to slide into singletrack obscurity. But, as told by writer Matt Coté and senior photographer Bruno Long in "Acadian Driftwood,” the dedication of the local club in Fredericton has mobilized a mountain bike movement, with dozens of miles of newly built trail in Fundy National Park and lift-served, Gravity Logic-manicured jump lines at Sugarloaf Bike Park.
Also in this issue, read a full review on the Yeti SB100, a bike at the forefront of a new era in short-travel 29ers, and find out why dropper posts, not dopers, are saving XC as Travis Engel writes about the changing face of elite racing. And senior editor Ryan Palmer (AKA ‘Mavic Boy’) reflects on the legacy of Mavic’s Crossmax wheel system in the latest “Matter.”