Volume 27, No. 10 October 2012
The $2000 Trailbike Face-off
Five bikes, one winner.
The Fezzari Alta Peak
The Giant Trance 3
The Kona Tanuki Deluxe
The Scott Spark 50
Specialized Camber 29er
The Best Way To Spend $2000
The 2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL
A race rig that can also handle long-haul backcountry adventures.
The Ibis Mojo HD 160
The CTD Treatment, dw-Link style.
PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
The KS LEV Seatpost
Somebody finally nailed it.
The Azonic Outlaw 29er Wheels
Built for the rugged trail.
The RockShox Lyric DHRC2 Solo Air Fork
Adjustability with simplicity.
TRAINING AND FITNESS
Mountain Biking 2.0
Do smartphones spell the end for cycling computers?
Bringing The Mountain To The Masses
How Alpine Bike Parks plans to convert the world to mountain biking.
Specialized’s 2013 Offerings For A Trail Near You
Because there are many ways to conquer the mountain.
Cannondale Hits The 2013 Campaign Trail
Bikes that get our vote of confidence.
Pure Gravity On The Slopes Of Whistler
Shimano’s Saint M820 Group.
Products In The Park
This camp has bikes, components and apparel instead of marshmallows.
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Judy Freeman is knocking on the door.
Picking The Best Shock For Your Riding Style
X-Fusion Vector Air vs. Coil Test.
Making a special tool for this all-new Fox shock upgrade.
EVENTS & COMPETITION
USA Riders Inspired For Home Turf World Cup
Windham, New York, hosts America’s only World Cup, and our riders defend the Stars and Stripes proudly.
On the Cover: The $2000 trailbike shootout bikes battle it out for John Ker’s camera and the chance of being named our favorite. Clockwise from the top left are Spencer Rathcamp on the Fezzari Alta Peak, Sean McCoy on the Specialized Camber 29er, Sean Bird on the Kona Tanuki Deluxe, Bailey Eckles on the Giant Trance 3, the whole gang banging bars and Christian Gonzalez on the Scott Spark 50. All six shots were captured by John “If I still shot film, I would have run out of it by now” Ker.