Volume 26, Number 5 May 2011
ON THE COVER: South Mountain Cycles’ Taylor Lideen (front) and Jon Pettit power up Tom’s Thumb Trail in Ireland. Kidding, that’s Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by John “That cactus jumped at me” Ker.
Specialized S-Works Epic 29er
Should everyone else just stop trying?
Trek Remedy 9.8
All-mountain cure for the common trail.
Pivot Mach 5.7
How adding a 0.7 can double the value.
Giant Anthem X 29er 1
Cross-country performance meets versatility.
American-made 29er built for the long haul.
Handicapping The Trends In 2011
Lasting efforts and last chances.
Ray’s Indoor MTB Park World Domination
Two down, 18 to go?
MBA BIKE PARK GUIDE
Park And Ride
Our guide to North America’s premiere bike parks.
Do It Right From The Start
Twenty tips for first-time bike park visitors.
Big City, Bright Trails
Arizona’s most unlikely mountain biking destination.
TRAINING & FITNESS
Break bad habits to gain horsepower.
Inside The Pros’ Bikes
Duncan Riffle’s Giant Glory DH.
Going for the indoor flow.
Riders Who Inspire
Helping blind riders pedal the trail.
Neko Mulally is having fun while going fast.
A not-so-boring company tour.
Mountain art and a tight-fitting helmet.
When things don’t go the way you planned.
Cool gear, elevator down and a sagging question.
Shoes, shorts and getting clean.
How To Subscribe
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A tire for any trail or course.
Down The Trail
A bike we can’t forget as much as we try.