May 2013 VOLUME 28, NUMBER 5

SHOOTOUT
Trailbike Tire Shootout
Ten tires go knobby to knobby.

BIKE COMPARISON
Identical Twins, Different-Sized Shoes
Specialized 26- and 29-inch Stumpjumpers battle it out.

BIKE TESTS
The Pivot Firebird Project Bike
One chainring, endless possibilities.
The Giant Anthem X 29er 4
Performance beyond its price tag.
The Cannondale Trigger 29er 1
Same name, different animal.

PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
DT Swiss M 1700 Tricon
A tough wheel with a smooth heart.
One Industries Alliance Jersey and Sector Shorts
A breath of fresh air.
Freelap Timing System
The clock doesn’t lie.
Syncros Saddle Bag Kit
Low and inside for those quick rides.

DESTINATIONS
Wanna Get Away?
How to plan your big escape for the best vacation ever.

SKILLS, TRAINING AND FITNESS
Broaden Your Horizons
Ride better using only your eyes.

FEATURES
Coming At You This Year
Events and happenings for your planning pleasure.

TECHNICAL
Friction Is Not Always A Good Riding Companion
Tips for a smoother, faster and easier ride.
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Pua Mata’s conquistador -conquering Cannondale.
SRAM XX1’s Less-Is-More Approach To Riding
An intro to the 1×11 drivetrain.
Jivin’ Ivan’s Project Intense
A sweet ride that almost got away.
Garage Files
Taking the mystery out of a coil shock.

DEPARTMENTS
Mac Attack
Slow news days and common sense.
Hard Tales
Little wheels and other tidbits.
Trailgrams
Your views on drivetrains, wheels and valve caps.
Trail Mix
From your point of view
Ask Mountain Bike Action
Can carbon fiber be cheap, stiff and comfortable?
Discoveries
Tires, pedals and a bar.
Down The Trail
A works bike and a bike that needed work.

 
ON THE COVER:
The Pivot Firebird flies to new heights as a [Mountain Bike Action] project bike. Photo by John “My photos don’t need no stinkin’ Photoshop effects'” Ker. The new SRAM XX1 11-speed drivetrain (inset) proves that less can equal more. Photo by John “Where’s the front derailleur?” Ker.