Volume 27, Number 8 August 2012

June 28, 2012
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BIKE TESTS
The Giant Trance X Advanced SL
A Super Enduro racer’s dream comes true.
The Nukeproof Snap Comp
Riders ready? Watch the gate?
The Airborne Goblin
The home-shopping channel bike.
SEA OTTER EXPO SPECIAL COVERAGE
The 2013 New Year’s Celebrations Begin
Next year’s products seen at the Sea Otter Classic.
Jimmy Mac’s Picks
From branding irons to carbon fiber.
Mike Wirth’s Picks
Multi-national product parade.
Doug Barnett’s Picks
Off the beaten path.
Scott McClave’s Picks
From animals to saints.
PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
AXO Knee And Elbow Pad Set
AXO’s foray back into the pedal-powered world.
Cane Creek Double Barrel Air
Works suspension technology available to anyone.
Dirtbaggies
A truly innovative shorts system that’s almost there.
Ergon GS1 Leichtbau Grips
Taking a palm imprint.
TRAINING AND FITNESS
Become One With Your Bike
Proper fit can make you faster and help you stay healthy.
FEATURES
Fox Drops The “Shox” And Redefines Your Ride
A new approach with a broadened product scope.
X-Fusion Becomes A Serious Player
Swimming with the sharks in Santa Cruz.
Giant’s Anthem X 29er Goes On A Diet
Our first look at Carl Decker’s weapon of choice.
TECHNICAL
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Nino Schurter’s Scott Scale with 27.5-inch wheels.
Disaster Prevention
Five tips your mechanic wants you to follow.
Garage Files
The most common home-mechanic mistakes.
COMPETITION
The Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom
Deep berms, fast jumps and a giant crowd.
The Sea Otter Classic Downhill
A glorified Super D?
The Sea Otter Speed And Style
Where style does win over speed.
The Sea Otter Classic Cross-Country Events
Not a cloud in sight.
DEPARTMENTS
Mac Attack
The mountain biking mentality.
Hard Tales
Super Enduro comes to America.
Trailgrams
Roller coasters, bigger brake pads and more how-tos.
Trail Mix
Did you and your buddies make the cut?
Ask MBA
Should you reduce travel, your weight or wheel size?
Quick Releases
Cool products we didn’t see at the Otter.
Down The Trail
Best trails in America (and more).    


ON THE COVER: Scott-Swisspower’s Nino Schurter. Photo by Gary Perkin.
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