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Bike Test
HIGHTOWER LT X01/CARBON CC W/ RESERVE 30 WHEEL UPGRADE | $8,000 LAST YEAR, SANTA CRUZ ENDURO RACER MARK SCOTT ASKED about getting more travel out of his Hightower. EWS stages are rough and relentless, and 135 millimeters wasn’t cutting it. Santa Cruz
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Beatdown
IF GEAR GREW ON TREES, WE’D BE throwing our derailleurs, tires and brakes on the compost heap as quickly as new replacement parts could ripen. But I bet there’d be a lot of shoes left to shrivel on the vine. It’s hard to let go of a good pair of kick
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Home Base
THE LONE SLIVER OF SINGLETRACK SNAKING DOWN THE HILLside had been catching my eye for months after I moved into a new neighborhood—a dirt diversion as I ran mundane errands or merged onto the freeway headed to my old trail network. Each time, I promi
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On the Rocks
ANY TRAIL NETWORK THAT KEEPS avid—even elite—mountain bikers from driving an easy 28 miles to the famed singletrack of Crested Butte, Colorado, is worth riding. I made that mental note last summer when I rode an alpine trail near Crested Butte with J
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Hart-Shaped Trails
“CLIFFED OUT AGAIN, DAMN IT.” Paul Hart stood before a massive rock outcropping on a ridgeline between Second and Third Divide trails above Downieville, California, cursing out loud. We were deep in the woods flagging one of the first new trails in D
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A Cross to Air
IF ONE CONSIDERS MOUNTAIN BIKING TO BE A RELIGIOUS EXperience, then El Bosque de Las Cruces, or The Forest of the Crosses, would certainly qualify as a mecca for the sport’s devoted. Héctor Saura, founder of the “Bicycle Nightmares” website, had his
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Power Play
IN THE MID-1980S, AMERICANS WERE RETHINKING HEALTH and nutrition. The era brought us the bran muffin, Diet Coke and Jane Fonda’s workout tapes. It also saw the birth of the modern energy bar. At the time, Canadian Olympic marathoner, Brian Maxwell wa
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Lying in Wait
PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. IT’S JUST NOT one of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t honk my horn, even at Prius-driving jerkfaces who stop in the middle of the merging lane. I don’t lose my cool when my kid superglues his hands to the table or after I strip
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Let Go
THERE’S A LUMP IN MY RIGHT ACHILLES tendon. I put it there 15 years ago, sometime during three days of brutal hiking in carbon-soled cycling shoes at the inaugural TransRockies race around 2002. Most of the time the lump has stayed quiet and let me g
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Road to Rychleby
THERE’S A LADY WALKING A goat on a leash through the middle of town. Okay, town is a bit of a stretch. Village is more appropriate. Picture half-crumbling buildings that somehow still look charming, chickens running around yards, meadows rolling off
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Lines in the Dirt
PART TWO THE BATTLE FOR TRAIL ACCESS THE LIGHTNING ROD HOW ONE CONVERSATION CHANGED THE COURSE OF MONTANA MOUNTAIN BIKING “ACCESS IS NOT A GOD-GIVEN RIGHT,” ERIC MELSON DECLARES. “IT’S OURS TO GO AND GET.” “You can’t wait until the end to throw your
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Over Drive
The perpetually scouting Bosman explores a new line near Sedona’s famous Hangover trail. THE CATHEDRAL ROCK TRAIL IN SEDONA, ARIZONA, IS SEVEN-TENTHS OF A mile of ugly, trenched, exposed red rock and dirt, some of it so steep and slick you can barely
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Wild East
“IT’S HARD WORK, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN BEING IN THE FACILITY DOING NOTHING. REALLY, IT’S JUST TIME IN THERE. I’D RATHER BE DOING SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE THAT PEOPLE CAN USE.” THE SYMPHONY OF METAL PICKAXE HEADS STRIKING ROCKS echoes through the woods as
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Rocky Mountain
I KEEP WANTING TO CALL THIS BIKE A “SLAYER” BUT I CAN’T really do that, can I? The Rocky Mountain Slayer is a slayer. This is an Altitude. I presume the Altitude got its name because it can “reach the highest peaks” or some similar marketing jargon.
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Ellsworth
REMEMBER THAT SCENE IN PULP FICTION WHEN BRUCE WILlis’s girlfriend says she wishes she had a pot belly? Watch it again if you don’t. Actually, watch it again anyway. She says something pretty profound: “It’s unfortunate what we find pleasing to the t
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Cannondale
THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GIMMICK AND AN INNOvation. Cannondale has a long history of innovations and doing things a bit, er, a lot differently in search of a performance advantage. Their unmistakable single-sided Lefty fork has earned a devoted
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Face Off
MOBILE MAPPING WAS GARMIN’S GAME before the world’s most valuable company threw its hat in the ring by sticking a GPS chip into its second-generation iPhone. Now, Apple is cutting into Garmin’s wearables game too. Not only does the Apple Watch have a
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Beatdown
SHIMANO’S CURRENT GENERATION OF brakes got off to a stumbling start. Pretty much every XT and XTR lever we got our fingers on last year suffered from wildly inconsistent deadband. They’d go to the bar with one pull, and then engage at the top of the
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Front Lines
IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT WE AT BIKE SELECT a cover image that doesn’t showcase a rider, or several riders, photographed on a dreamy stretch of singletrack set against a stunning alpine backdrop, pedaling through a vast backcountry landscape or cornering a
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Letters
Bike welcomes your input. Send correspondence to: Editor, Bike magazine, 2052 Corte Del Nogal, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Or send an email to: nicole@bikemag.com. Wow! I just read Mike Ferrentino’s “Gringo Syndrome” column (Grimy Handshake, July 2017) this
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Room With a Pew
“TRACE ME YOUR WHEEL-TRACKS, YOU fortunate bicycle,” wrote poet Sir John Betjeman in 1940. His focus wasn’t on that bicycle, but on Myfanwy, the person riding it. She was an amalgam of women he knew and wanted to bed (and generally later did). Britai
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Missed Connections
MANY THEORIES EXIST ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN relationships. Malcolm Gladwell made some hay with his idea of “connectors.” Robert Zemeckis won an Oscar for his movie about one human’s involvement with every major historical event of the mid-20th
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Pack Mentality
THERE ARE RIDERS WHOSE HONOR-STUDENT CANINES WILL stick to a tire as well as their own shit does, but most trail dogs would never pass muster as riding buddies if they were human. And not just because they like to take dumps on the trail. The issue i
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Momentum
THERE ARE A LOT OF MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT 29ERS, BUT the fact that they don’t accelerate as quickly as smaller wheels is not one of them. This is particularly true if you’re talking about the wheel size’s agonizingly slow crawl into acceptance. First,
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Aspirations of Mediocrity
LIKE MOST KIDS, I ONCE YEARNED TO BE great. I wanted to earn the best grade on the test and pitch the most no-hitters. I wanted to be faster than the tall kids and tougher than the small kids. I wanted to win the egg toss fair and square, and I had t
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Selfie Indulgence
“HOLD UP! I GOTTA HIT THAT ONE AGAIN. Here—take my phone, kneel down over there and get a shot of me right as I hit the apex of the turn!” “No dude. Not again. This is the fifth impromptu photo shoot you’ve pulled today, it has taken us over three ho
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Lines in the Dirt
PART ONE WHERE TRADITION MEETS PROGRESS NORTHERN CALIFORNIAÕS POLARIZING PROBLEM A CRIME. So says the sticker on Davey Simon’s rear bumper, anyway. It’s a postcard October afternoon on the Northern California coast. Simon emerges from the small cotta
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Slow Down
IMMEDIATELY AFTER LAST YEAR’S PHOTO ANNUAL WAS OFF TO the printer, I partook in the somewhat-mundane tradition of creating the new ‘Annual’ folder in Bike’s image library. Despite my best efforts to keep this folder a pared-down selection of short-li
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Letters
Bike welcomes your input. Send correspondence to: Editor, Bike magazine, 2052 Corte Del Nogal, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Or send an email to: nicole@bikemag.com. Thanks a lot Bike magazine (sarcasm). You and your damn Bible of Bike Tests. I love my Santa C
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Light Fall
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, THE QUEST FOR OPtimal light is as old a trade as the medium itself. Sterling Lorence knows this better than most. He has been chasing light for nearly three decades while shooting the best mountain bikers in the world as they push
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