At its inception in 2004, the Specialized Demo was a 9.5-inch travel, huckster-oriented freeride bike. Today, the name is all that remains. The Demo has steadily evolved from the once overbuilt, ultra burly 48-pound rig into a maneuverable 8-inch travel downhill race bike.
A year and half ago, when I first stole a ride on Yeti’s 152-mm travel aluminum SB-66, my immediate reaction was to accuse the staff at Yeti of callous selfishness and exclusivity. Now that I’ve spent significant time on the SB-66 C, I’m standing my ground on that charge. Of course, I mean it in a most complimentary way.
(October 13, 2012)-Scot Nicol of Ibis Cycles chose the USGP weekend in Fort Collins Colorado to reveal the newest steed in his impressive line of products. The new disk brake equipped Hakkalugi Carbon Cyclocross bike is actually a redesigned frame built around the older Carbon Hakkalugi which first came out in 2009, and before that the steel version, which debuted in 1997.
Slayin' the Trail on Rocky Mountains Do-It-All Trail Bike
Pedaling up Cement Creek Trail we gained elevation as the sun dropped close to the ridges. Topping out Hunter hill above 12,000 feet we gazed towards Teocalli and Pearl Peak in the breath taking alpenglow.
Twenty-niner hardtails are synonymous with cross-country racing; with low BB heights and steep, quick-handling geometries, they’re designed for speed. The smooth-rolling, confidence-inspiring big wheels and efficient platform that make the 29er hardtail the go-to for racers can also be leveraged to create trail bikes that make you forget about rear suspension.
I’m ripping my favorite afternoon singletrack loop in the Colorado high country—Doctor Park in Crested Butte, a true mountain bike trail. The climb seems to have flown by as I top out and begin the flowy yet technical descent.
There are trails that bring out the truth in a bike, and bikes that bring out the truth in a trail. Pivot designed the Mach 5.7 to achieve the latter and, trust me when I say, it’s a hell of a lot more fun that way.
Ride Stoke from Marin - Makes us want to go ride SF
MSRP: $1,675 (Frame Only), $5,275 (As tested)
by Jordan Carr
Building custom bicycles is an artistic passion few can actually call their day job. After nine years in the profession, Santa Cruz, Calif.-based John Caletti knows just how fortunate he is.
Weight: 25.66 lbs.
by Trina Ortega
I’ve gotten my fair share of the stink eye from female riders, who can be very competitive even if they’re not racing. It’s just the nature of hardcore mountain bike chicks.
Cooking up the Perfect Enduro Bike
by Jordan Carr
Long, fast ’n’ rowdy descents, steep and technical, tip-of-the-saddle climbs, and all varieties of intimidating technical terrain—the kind of stuff that could reduce a XC bike into splintered pieces of carbon—this is what trail bikes are made for.
"In between" Mountain Bike Wheel Size popular at Sea Otter
As the industry continues to evolve, the 29er market is thriving, but on the horizon for many manufacturers is rather unchartered territory. The “in-between” 650b wheel size was the popular topic at this years Sea Otter Classic with a good number of manufacturers introducing 650 products. As an industry driven trend, it will be interesting to see if consumers embrace the wheel size and its off road advantages.
As one of the oldest names in cycling, Raleigh has been a staple among two-wheeled enthusiasts since the late 1800s, but despite a short foray into the off-road world in the early ’90s (hinged upon a branding-style sponsorship of John Tomac), Raleigh primarily has been glued to the pavement side of the sport.Raleigh Talus Carbon Pro 29er