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Throwback Thursday: Ned Overend, Bikes and More—1988

Ned Overend posed with wife Pam and daughter Allison in 1988. Ned was the top mountain bike racer in the world in those days, and he’s still phenomenal today. He recently placed seventh racing in the pro class at the 2018 Crusher in the Tushar gravel race. Ned turns 63 later this summer. The Rocky […]

Throwback Thursday: Racing in California, 2008

This was part of the USA Cycling National Championship Series back in 2008. The date was May 17th, and the race was held in the Santa Ynez Valley in California, located between Los Angeles and San Francisco. That is Kona’s Barry Wicks leading Tasmanian Sid Taberlay and Todd Wells here. The temperature reached 102 degrees […]

Carbon vs. Aluminum

Bike parts are lighter and offer better performance than ever. The gains are largely due to improvements in material technology, such as switching from metal to carbon fiber parts. These lighter and “better” parts come with a bit of uncertainty, though. It has long been rumored that carbon parts can suddenly and unexpectedly fail if […]

Throwback Thursday: Thirty Years Ago

Our June 1988 issue showed this picture from one of the top races of the time. The legendary John Tomac was lined up front and center, right under the “T” of the START sign. The Mountain and Beach Off-Road Toad was one of the lesser-known bikes featured in that issue. Modern day riders who wonder […]

Introducing The All-New 2019 Canyon Lux

The Canyon Lux is a proven cross-country race bike designed to excel at the most elite levels of cross-country and marathon racing. From the Cape Epic to the World Cup Circuit, the Lux is a competitive full-suspension race bike designed to do one thing, cross the finish line atop the podium. We rode the all-new […]

Cannondale Announces New FS-i Hardtail

When the Cannondale Factory Racing Team saddles up for one of the toughest courses on the XC World Cup circuit in Albstadt, Germany this weekend they’ll have two new aces up their sleeves: the all-new F-Si, the fastest and most capable hardtail Cannondale has ever made; and the Lefty Ocho, the smoothest, most advanced ultralight […]

Fezzari Introduces New 120mm Signal Peak Carbon

Fast has never been this fun. Cross-country racing and trail riding have evolved.  We are riding faster and more technical terrain with drops and rock gardens that were only seen in downhill courses a few years ago.  The climbs are getting longer, steeper and more technical. Just as the sport has evolved, so too have […]

Sea Otter is Just Around the Corner

Are you ready to help the Sea Otter Classic celebrate 25 years? The event’s 25th anniversary takes place April 16-19 in beautiful Monterey, California. Visit to find out more about the event and register for races.

Fabian Giger’s Colnago C29

Take a brief look at Fabian Giger’s new Colnago C29! This bike is fully equipped with Shimano XTR Di2, XTR carbon tubular wheels (29”), and PRO Tharsis XC components with Di2 integration.

Meet The All-New Yeti AS-Rc Cross Country Bike

Yeti Launches New AS-Rc Cross Country Bike Lightweight AS-Rc Cross-Country Race Bike Features an Enduro Pedigree. Yeti has introduced the new AS-Rc cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size specific wheels and delivers 100mm of optimized rear wheel travel. The AS-Rc will […]

Trail Tested: Shimano XC90 Shoes

  Shimano’s new XC90 shoe is designed for cross-country racers looking to get every ounce of their effort to the pedals, but there is much more to a successful race shoe than a stiff sole. With years of experience building great mountain bike shoes, we were eager to see what Shimano could create when they […]

Pivot’s 2015 Mach 4 Carbon: Redefining Riding

Now in its 4th generation, the Pivot Mach 4 Carbon was introduced at the snow-covered 2014 PressCamp and rolls on 27.5” wheels, features 4.5 inches of travel, and introduces the next generation of race/trail geometry—all paired with the lightest full-suspension frame Pivot have ever made. Whether you are a pure XC racer looking for something nimble, with the […]