With full-force World Cup racing in its blood, the Raven 4.0 from Focus is a forward thinking, stealth machine. Built around the same race ready carbon frame featured on the top-of-the-line Raven 1.0, the 4.0 brings top performance to an affordable price point.
Joe Breeze talks the new 150 mm travel Repack trail rig and reminisces about the Repack downhill races of the 70s
I’ll have to admit, I have been biased on the fat bike trend. I like bikes. Period. But I considered fat bikes to be the anti-shred: fun hater bikes. I pictured slow pedaling on flat snowy roads without a soul.... I’ll go skiing, thanks. But man, REEBdonkadonk slamdunkadunk
Liteville's new Mark 3 version of the 601 frame at the 2013 Interbike Outdoor Dirt Demo.
Santa Cruz’s new dream bike is living up to the hype. Sweeping the 27.5-inch market (and the whole trail bike market) by storm, the Bronson is worth every last penny from your shattered piggy bank.
Celebrated for its oh-yeah! ride qualities, the touch of Roxy Lo’s curvaceous design work, and the different travel and geometry configurations, the Ibis Mojo HD has been called the ideal privateer’s trail or enduro bike. Do-it-yourselfers, inspired by early adapters on mountain bike forums, have long been altering the original HD to house 650b wheels.
With its 2014 MTB lineup, Felt Bicycles moves away from its 26-inch bikes in favor of 29ers. This includes a complete redesign of its trail-oriented rig, the Virtue. This week, from its headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Felt introduced the Virtue Nine series that will be available beginning in the fall (aluminum versions) and winter 2013/2014 (carbon versions).
It’s inherent—no matter the bike, I am always curious to see what’s around the next corner or at the top of the next rise. And when I’m on a townie, wearing flip-flops and a skirt, I’m especially grateful for some gearing as I crank up the next hill.
To take a break from the long work days running around on foot at the Sea Otter Classic, I signed up to ride the MTB Gran Fondo at the event. Having never been to Sea Otter, I took a leap of faith and assumed I could “demo” a bike from any number of manufacturers for the recreational 20-miler. It was a bit of a gamble because there was a chance I would end up without a bike. But the other risk was getting a bike in my size.
Specialized continues its offerings for the female rider with the new Rumor, a full-suspension women’s specific 29er that’s been two years in the making.
There’s a segment on one of my favorite local trails that involves a 10-foot, dropping-gap jump over a granite crevice. It’s a natural feature, so the landing is subpar and the move is committing enough, and in all the years living here I never hit it until I got on board a Santa Cruz Nomad.
Disc or Cantilever? Take your pick.
As the debate continues over disc verses cantilever brakes on cyclocross bikes, a new bike by BH, with some clever design ideas, has left the options open. While delivering a top notch, ready to race CX bike, the Spanish bike builders have left the choice of stoppers up to you. The 2013 RX Team is a carbon monocoque frame with some unique features that allow the bike to be built with either cantilever or disc brakes.
Class and sophistication spin from the wheels of this distinctive dream bike, transforming the every-day commute into a bold statement for the eco-conscious professional. Shiny chrome components hang tastefully from the handcrafted, fillet-brazed frame, and custom wood fenders keep the rider clean while adding a hint of elegance to this functional work of art.