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Throwback Thursday: Mountain Bike Action Ads from 30 Years Ago

Diamond Back was one of the most popular BMX brands in the country, and they were apparently eager to capitalize on their popularity as mountain biking exploded in the the 1980s. Suntour was one of the most popular drivetrain systems in 1988. Haro Designs was famous for its creative approach to marketing and advertising. This […]

Throwback Thursday: Bikes, tires and drivetrain innovations from 1988

Fisher’s Pro Caliber bike offered a Prestige-tubed TIG-welded frame, Fisher Fattrax 26×2.02-inch tires, and Shimano’s Deore XT components. A Hite-Rite seat spring (the precursor to the dropper posts of today) allowed riders to raise or lower the saddle while still riding, completing the package. “Do you want to do some serious climbing?” That was the […]


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 – […]


BIKE TESTS •Santa Cruz Nomad Carbon CC The bike that was born to ramble •Rocky Mountain Carbon Altitude 70 Rising to the occasion •Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Pro If you could only have one bike •Airborne Plague 27.5 Infectiously affordable bike delivered to your door   FEATURES •PressCamp 2017 The Newest Gear You’ll Be Riding […]


BIKE TESTS • Trek Fuel EX 9.8 27.5+ Do it all and do it well • Giant XTC Advanced Plus Fat wheels, lightweight XC frame • Canyon Lux CF 9.9 Pro Race Team The Germans are here • Jamis Trail X Expert It’s seriously affordable   FEATURES • What to Expect When Buying Your Next Bike Understanding what’s built into […]

JULY 2017

TECHNICAL Inside the Pros’ Bikes Bruce Klein’s pimped-out KHS SKILLS AND FITNESS   15 Tips to Climb Faster You might get a KOM PRODUCT FIELD TESTS   Trek RE:aktiv Shock Something special for the XC nerds Crankbrothers Iodine 27.5 Wheels Stiff, light, fast and surprisingly affordable Northwave Outcross Plus Shoes Big performance without the big price tag 6D ATB-1T Helmet The […]

JUNE 2017

 TECHNICAL Inside the Pros’ Bikes Connor Fearon’s Kona Operator Garage Files How to install OneUp’s Shark Cage SKILLS AND FITNESS How to Ride Steep Descents It takes more than guts BIKE TESTS Trek Slash 9.8 29er Making 29ers great again Norco Range C9.2 29er Canadians making 29ers great again too Devinci Marshall 27.5+ Plus-sized bike […]

MAY 2017

BIKE TESTS Giant Anthem Advanced 0 XC racing to trail shredding Turner Flux Carbon Don’t stop, Dave Mondraker Foxy Carbon XR The bike that started a geometry revolution Kona Hei Hei Trail DL Make mountain biking fun again FEATURES Ten Things Your Bike Hates About You Take better care of your machine Hans Rey and […]