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Tested – Kenda Hellkat Pro 27.5×2.4 Tires

Unleash the beast Kenda makes a lot of tires, covering automobiles to bicycles, with countless hours in research and design. Tires like the Nevegal and Small Block Eights developed cult followings among riders and are still seen on the trail. Kenda has been hard at work developing new treads for the modern trail rider, like […]

Coolest and Craziest Bikes from 2017

  Storck Rebel Nine Pro: Storck is a company known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building lightweight carbon frames, and the Rebel series shows us just that. The new Rebel Nine also comes with a new, muted, but sweet-looking, frosted green tea color. Bionicon Tyke: The Tyke comes with 130 millimeters of […]

Review – Garmin Edge 1030 GPS Computer

No reason to get lost anymore GPS units have become quite popular over the years, especially for backcountry riding and bikepacking. Garmin has been at the forefront of GPS technology and offers several different options for riders, depending on what their goals are. The 1030 is Garmin’s newest unit, with more maps, better tracking and […]

Review – 2018 Ibis Ripley LS

Believe it or not, the Ripley went long and slack Not afraid: We would categorize this as a trailbike and not an enduro or gravity machine. That said, the capable suspension and geometry are not afraid to get a little rowdy when the trail gets rough. The original Ripley went into production four years ago […]


An affordable set of pedals Exustar is one of the largest pedal companies on the planet, with offerings for everyone from dedicated riders to weekend spinners. We have tested a few of Exustar’s clipless pedals over the years with good results. The E-PM825 is Exustar’s newest pedal aimed at enduro and all-mountain riding. We put […]

What Terrain is Hardest on Your Bike?

Tips to prolong your bike’s life  Getting rowdy: Mountain bikes are designed to handle the most treacherous terrain, but every bike has its limits. Lucky for you, if you’re a rider who likes to ride the gnarliest trails possible, there are a few precautions you can take to help keep your bike running smoother longer. […]

Tested – Tioga Undercover Stratum Saddle

Just like sitting on a web  Tioga decided to reinvent the saddle by ditching tradition and coming up with a unique style. It’s likely you’ve seen one of Tioga’s ultra-lightweight Spyder saddles, which feature zero padding and a flexible spiderweb-like design that Tioga believes is far superior to a hardshell that relies on a thin […]


There’s No Such Thing as the “Best Bike” By Mike Wirth The most frequently asked question in our “Ask MBA” section of the magazine is, “What is the best mountain bike to buy?” It’s a question we are asked so often that we have a hard time keeping up with the responses. Here’s the deal: […]


BIKE TESTS •Scott Spark RC 900 World Cup – Nino’s legs aren’t included •Ibis Ripley LS – New geometry, more tire clearance, “hella NorCal” •Specialized Chisel Comp – Affordable and fast—carve the trails •Norco Fluid FS 7.2 – Born in B.C. with blue-collar parents FEATURES •Best Bikes of 2017 – We pick the 10 best •Best Innovations of 2017 – […]

Review – HT Nano AN14A Pedals

Designed for the world’s best riders HT Components was created in 2005; however, its roots go much deeper than that. HT’s parent company began manufacturing bicycle spokes and nipples in 1954 and began manufacturing pedals in 1962. Decades of experience producing pedals led to the creation of HT Components, a high-end pedal company that works […]

Review – Vee Mission XC Tires

Better than you think Vee Rubber Group was founded in 1977 as a manufacturer of car and motorcycle tires. In 2013 Vee Tire Company was created with a focus specifically on bicycle tires. The bicycle tire market is competitive with other established brands, pushing the envelope on research and design. Vee offers a range of […]

Pro Tips – Learn to Jump

How to safely ride jumps at your local bike park A bike park is one of the best places to master new skills and grow as a rider, especially when you go consistently. Riders often show up to a bike park wide-eyed and nervous, but by the end of the day they find themselves skying their […]