December 2015 Issue


On the Cover: The Pivot Mach 429 Trail takes center stage as the do-it-all trail bike we can’t get enough of. The Liv Lust 2 is a girl’s best friend when it comes to shredding single track. Photos by John “Oh wait, the lens cap is still on” Ker.

Pivot Mach 429 Trail
Trail-worthy version of a 29er favorite
BMC Teamelite 01
The bike that survived Leadville
Liv Lust 2
A little somethin’ for the ladies
Specialized S-Works Demo 8 Carbon
Is this really the fastest bike on earth?


Bell Event XC Helmet
More bang for the buck on your dome
Exustar PM215 Pedals and SM842 Shoes
Big performance with a little price tag


Meet the Riders and Their Rides
Aaron Gwin’s Specialized Demo 8 and Mitch Ropelato’s Stumpy
Garage Files
Setting up tubeless the “green” way


The Easy Three-Point At-Home Fit Guide
It’s really that easy. We promise.



Eurobike 2015
The bikes and products you’ll be riding next year
Mongolia Bike Challenge
Surviving a seriously exotic race
Kona’s New Cross-Country Rocket Ship
And many other surprises
Inside the Mountain Bike Action Garage
Tips for making your home shop better


 The Crankworx Diaries
Jumps, pumps and plenty of dumps
North America’s World Cup
The fastest racers descend on Windham