OCTOBER 2017

We have two of the most exciting bikes we’ll see all year in one issue. They are both complete redesigns of models that we’ve known and loved for many years. The Pivot Mach 5.5 is what we would call a true “all-mountain” bike, because it can literally go anywhere on the mountain, up or down, with no problem. The Santa Cruz Nomad can also go all over, but it likes the descents a little more than it likes the climbs and would even be comfortable doing laps in any bike park on very aggressive trails. Either way, we were excited for our riding tests this month. Photos by John “I wanna ride one too” Ker and Joe “Cover shots are my thing now” Mackey.

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 This Year

•Bikepacking Alaska With Eric Porter

Adventuring on America’s Last Frontier

•Riding the New Epic From Specialized

A complete redesign of their XC favorite

•Riding Switzerland With Trek

New shock technology that feels so good

•Giant Brings Back the Anthem 29

Unapologetically cross-country

 

TECHNICAL

•Inside the Pros’ Bikes

Emily Batty’s Trek Top Fuel

•Garage Files

How to customize your cockpit the right way

 

SKILLS AND FITNESS

•What Is New-School Geometry?

Light, long, low and slack—what does it all mean?

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