Volume 26, No. 12 December 2011
The Niner Jet Nine RDO
A favorite gets a carbon fiber makeover.
The Specialized Status 2
Podium ready without a high entry fee.
The Giant XTC Composite 29er
A racing thoroughbred that loves to shred trails.
The Spot Rocker SS
A belt-driven single-speed makes chain lube obsolete.
The Airborne Wingman
Cheap seat for your next flight.
PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
Leatt DBX Comp II Neck Brace
It’s like a helmet for your neck
Leatt Chest Protector Adventure
Protection below the chin.
SMAC Platform Pedals
Feets, do your stuff.
SMAC Moto Bars
The widest bar to date.
Camelbak Charge LR Hydration Pack
Keep the weight off your back.
Fox 36 TALAS 180 RC fork
Lightweight meets long travel.
Panaracer CG AC AM Tire
A fast Frenchman gets the grip.
Shimano XT Trail Pedal
Feel sorry for all the other pedals.
Shimano M-315 Shoes
Don’t put them in the toaster oven.
Continental X-King Tire
German black chili peppers.
The Cuyuna County States Recreation Area
Minnesota’s gift to mountain bikers.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE SPECIAL
108 Ways To Have A Holly Jolly Christmas
Gifts that most mountain bikers don’t deserve.
Mountain Biking Hoarders
What we carry on our rides and what we leave behind.
TRAINING AND FITNESS
Eight Unique Tips From A World Champion
Ideas that work for racers and riders.
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Lea Davison and her Specialized Fate 29er.
The basics of setting sag correctly.
Proper chain lubrication.
Brakes Get The Carbon Fiber Treatment
Magura’s push into the future.
Riders Who Inspire.
Helping wounded soldiers rise out of the ashes.
ON THE COVER
Mikey Sylvestri scrubs some speed on the Specialized Status 2 during our testing at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Bike Park. Photo by John “I know scrubbing is faster, but can’t you sky it out for a photo” Ker. Niner’s amazing carbon fiber Jet Nine RDO (inset). Photo by Pat “Can I keep just a few more days?” Carrigan.