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Buzz
Utah is such a special place for freeride mountain biking and I love going back time and time again to photograph there. Why? The natural landscape—with its stunning colors, textures, soil types and physical structure—makes for the ultimate canvasfor
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Dog Day Afternoon
“Where are my people? I’m so thirsty! Why did I run to a place with almost no shade? Can I follow you? Will you help me? I don’t know if I’m going to make it on my own.” These are just a few thoughts that may have run through Annie’s head when she go
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Standing The Best Of Time
On a warm February day in Fullerton, California, Tinker Juarez bombs ifornia, down a hill on his 21-pound Cannondale hardtail. The hill is small, maybe six seconds of full-throttle descending, a highlight on an otherwise tame 11-mile loop. Nonetheles
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A Tale Of Two Lisas
Most birthday bashes don’t involve tireless descents in the Peruvian Andes. scents Even fewer involve a spirit animal watchfully winging its way above a group of women lamenting loss. “I’m not a hippy-dippy type of person, but there was something goi
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The Seldom Seen Scene
“A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.” ~ Newton’s first law of motion. “Haven’t seen you out in a while,” he said, giving me one of those long up-and-down looks t
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What Goes Up
It happens when I’m least expecting it. One moment, I’m pedaling along, like I’ve done for decades. Then out of nowhere, I’m back to where it all began. Sometimes it’s a cool fall ride when the crunch of my tires skittering over leaves becomes the so
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Night Lights
THE MIDDAY LIGHT STREAMED in the window of Låktatjåkko Fjällstation, a small mountain hut tucked into the Scandes mountain range on the remote tip of northern Sweden. A barely there curtain covering the hut’s window allowed the sun’s bright rays to f
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No Country For Chickens
PEERING DOWN AT A PREPOSTEROUSLY STEEP FUNNEL FILLED WITH JAGGED ROCKS AND LOOSE GRANITE MARBLES, I notice that all-too-familiar lump in my throat—the kind of tightness that signifies imminent danger, or at least the recognition of a formidable obsta
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Dispersed Gratification
We had a decision to make, and nobody wanted to make it. Minutes earlier, we’d rolled into the Pilot Travel Center, our streams of warm breath cutting contrails through the brisk air, illuminated by beams from our bar-mounted lights and the headlight
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Alchemy Arktos 29 Gx Eagle | $5,300
Alchemy made waves with the original 27.5-inch, 152-inal millimeter-travel Arktos at the 2016 North American Handmade Bike Show (NAHBS), winning both the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Mountain Bike Award.” It wasn’t steel, it wasn’t aluminum, it
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Jamis Portal A1+ | $4,000
This is the Jamis Portal, and as you can see, it’s a full-suspension bike. Jamis has often been on our shortlist of brands to reach out to, but usually only when conjuring up a group of hardtails to test. The East Coast company has put out some serio
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Grips Gone Wide
Some of us live and die by our numbers. We know our head and seat angles down to a fraction of a degree. We know our reach and chainstay lengths down to the millimeter. Many of us choose our rims based on their inner width or our hubs by their engage
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Sway Bar
Wide bars were never meant for trail bikes. Trails are narrow. Tracks are wide. As in race tracks. As in downhill race tracks. And although it was barely a decade ago that contemporarily wide bars emerged on the DH scene, that was a big decade for th
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Hard Boyled
Kaitlyn Boyle’s only ridden mountain bikes for seven years. Her results last year make this seemingly short stint in knobby-tire-dom appear impossible: first at Tucson’s 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, first at her first WEMBO (think global, EWS-level of
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With Contraction And Comes Possibility Space Time
MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY NOTICED a change in the number of issues you’ve seen show up in your mailbox this year, but for those who haven’t, we’ve moved to a quarterly print schedule following a change in the magazine’s ownership earlier this year. Th
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Defined By Life
WHEN I SPOKE TO COLIN MEAGHER SHORTLY AFTER I’D HEARD ABOUT THE DIAGNOSIS THAT WOULD END HIS PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER, and ultimately his life, I wasn’t sure how to start the conversation. What do you say to someone who’s being robbed of everything—his lif
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Letters
BIKE WELCOMES YOUR INPUT. SEND CORRESPONDENCE TO: EDITOR, BIKE MAGAZINE, 2052 CORTE DEL NOGAL, CARLSBAD, CA 92011. OR EMAIL: NICOLE@BIKEMAG.COM. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate the reviews you guys made (Bible of Bikes Tests, Vol. 26,
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Buzz
Shooting natural light in the dark forests of British Columbia doesn’t come without its challenges—a patch of fog can be the difference between a forever-buried hard-drive image and coming away with something you’re stoked on, as was the case with th
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Nebulous Perseverance
We’ve all been there. A rowdy, memorable party train suddenly derails when someone hits the deck. With any luck, the injuries are minor and it’s a short ride or hike out. Reality is sometimes a different story, though, and trail extraction can requir
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Glomming Onto Others
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford was definitely onto something with that one. With just a handful of short, simple words, he perfectly described the vicious cycle between expectation and outcome. Of course
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Wearer Beware
“Can’t forget this little treasure,” he said, waving the bright-orange puck held in his hand before stuffing it into an outer pocket on a suspiciously large and overfilled backpack. Considering the relative brevity of the ride we were about to undert
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Hardened Bonds
AUGUST 5, 2018 | 10:50 A.M. | MOUNT PAEKTU, NORTH KOREA You submit an itinerary. It gets approved. You follow it. You do not deviate. Not even a little bit. “It’s not the supreme leader himself who approves it, but somebody high up,” explains Dan Mil
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The View At Twilight
THE photographer’s hands sit steady on the bar top, palms down, relaxed, a glass of beer between them. These are hands that have seen some work; decades of bartending, gripping handlebars on rocky singletrack descents, aiming big-lensed SLR cameras w
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Prisoners Of The Mountains
WE WERE READY TO FLY halfway around the world to northern India. Then, thanks to the live weather channel that is Instagram, we saw an unseasonable winter storm dump more than 2 feet of snow on our targeted destination. Our bikepacking trip between t
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Santa Cruz 5010 | S Aluminum | $4,100
There was a time when 130 millimeters of travel (then called 5 inches) was the only sensible choice when buying a small-wheeled full-suspension bike. Any less, and it was XC. Any more, and it was DH. Today, the median seems to have shifted closer to
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Trek Slash 8 | $3,680
When it was released in the summer of 2016, the Slash 29 didn’t just turn heads, it blew minds. Trek’s decision to make its premium enduro racing bike a 29er, with no small-wheel version, showed confidence and gumption. Despite bikes like the legenda
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From Brook To Bottle
Of all the things we carry into the mountains, water is the heaviest and most voluminous. For a while, we carried it in backpacks even on short rides. In those days, space for a water bottle inside the front triangle was considered little more than a
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Graham Agassiz’s Next Chapter
For years, Graham Agassiz’s name was practically synonymous with Kona Bikes. He started riding for the brand as a teenager and spent 12 years building his profile—and Kona’s—into a force in freeride. His inimitable style and penchant for pushing the
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Slow Roll
As I climbed out of a truck in Utah’s Gooseberry Mesa parking lot, toothy, redrock peaks filled the view to the north and east, highlighted by the world-famous skyline of Zion National Park. I’d been told to expect a two- to three-hour ride that was
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Sensible Destruction
Close your eyes for a second and picture the typical Evil rider. Let me guess, the rider is wearing kneepads, baggy shorts, a T-shirt, Five Ten shoes and a hip bag with a PBR in it. The person is a gravity-focused ‘shredder’ primarily concerned with
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