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.

BIKE?TESTS

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.
Turner Sultan
American-made 29er built for the long haul.
 
FEATURES
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.

DESTINATIONS
Big City, Bright Trails
Arizona’s most unlikely mountain biking destination.

TRAINING & FITNESS
Perfect Pedaling
Break bad habits to gain horsepower.

TECHNICAL
Inside The Pros’ Bikes
Duncan Riffle’s Giant Glory DH.
Garage Files
Going for the indoor flow.

PEOPLE
Riders Who Inspire
Helping blind riders pedal the trail.
Young Rippers
Neko Mulally is having fun while going fast.

DEPARTMENTS
Mac Attack
Rainy-day ride.
Hard Tales
A not-so-boring company tour.
Trailgrams
Mountain art and a tight-fitting helmet.
Trail Mix
When things don’t go the way you planned.
Ask MBA
Cool gear, elevator down and a sagging question.
Thrash Tests
Shoes, shorts and getting clean.
How To Subscribe
Why risk missing an issue?
Quick Releases
A tire for any trail or course.
Down The Trail
A bike we can’t forget as much as we try.

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