AUGUST 2013, VOLUME 28, NUMBER 8

SHOOTOUT
Full-Coverage Helmet Battle
Bell Full-9 vs. Fox Rampage vs. Troy Lee Designs D3.
BIKE TESTS
The Niner R.I.P. Nine RDO
Proud to be large and in full charge.
The Specialized Enduro Comp 29
Smashing preconceived limitations.
The Rocky Mountain Altitude 770 MSL
A bike that teaches you geometry.
The Specialized Fate Comp Carbon 29 and Trek Lush 29 SL
Two options for mountain biking’s better half.
The Diamondback Mission Pro
A bike to be taken seriously.
PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
Three Kore Saddles For Core Riders
Pick the seat that works for you.
BOS Fork & Shock
Suspension from the land of the Eiffel Tower.
Performance Jersey & Baggy Combo
A quality-riding outfit at a sweet price.
Shimano PD-T400 Click’R Pedal
Great for beginners, but then what?
SEA OTTER PRODUCT SPECIAL
A Show Of Force
Come walk the expo area with the wrecking crew.
SKILLS CLINIC
Leaving Travel On The Trail
How to get the most from your travel.
Staying Properly Hydrated
Better riding is just a drink away.
TECHNICAL
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Jason Sager’s workingman’s missile.
Garage Files
Drivetrain massage: Why work harder?

COMPETITION
The World’s Greatest Dual-Slalom Race
The unofficial world championships.
A Preview of Things to Come
The world’s best descend on the Sea Otter Downhill.
The Sea Otter Lites Class
Miguel’s return, Marianne’s debut, and a short track with shortcomings.
Sea Otter’s Classic Jump Competitions
Too much style to be lost in the shuffle.
 


ON THE COVER: The R.I.P. Nine RDO shreds singletrack, and it’s exceptionally capable when it comes to aggressive trails and difficult climbs. Photo by John “Love them big wheels” Ker. Heads, you win. Three helmets enter an MBA shootout; one wins. Photo by John “Three heads is better than one” Ker.