Volume 27, Number 7 July 2012

Attack Of The Killer B
Our first-ever 26 v. 27.5 v 29 dual-suspension shootout.
The Giant Reign 0
Your chance to reign over the trails.
The Specialized Demo 8 II
Unleash the monster.
The Trek X-Caliber 29er
A simple solution to lots of needs.
Kona Entourage Deluxe
Slopestyle approved.
Marzocchi 44 Micro Switch TA Fork and the Roco Air LO Shock
Italian designed butter.
Crankbrothers Kronolog Dropper Seatpost
A mechanical post that feel hydraulic.
Mavic Crossmax ST Wheelset
Bring on the hurt.
Orange Seal Tire Sealant
They don’t have seals in texas, but they do have thorns.
Reynolds MTN AM Carbon Fiber Wheels
They’re not just for cross-county racers anymore.
Cateye Sumo 3 Lighting System
Truck driver headlights for a bike.
Zoic Ether and Black Market Fusion Shorts
Two high-tech, yet earthy, baggies.
Optrix Helmet Camera Mount
A great product in the wrong place
Specialized Rime Shoes
A shoe that gets what mountain bikers need.
Go Faster Without Pedaling
Finding speed and flow where you never expected.
The Benefits Of Riding Buddies
There’s more than sticking them with after-ride meal bill.
Fulcrum Red Metal XL 1 Wheelset
Speed metal.
Unconventional Wisdom
Riders share the best advice they ever got.
Gone (In Less) Than 60 Seconds
Your bike is not as safe as you think.
Inside Shimano’s Shadow Plus System
A great drivetrain component that needs a little love.
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Josh Bender drops in on his Ellsworth.
Suspension Bracketing
The quick and easy way to dial-in suspension.
Garage Files
Checking and remedying drivetrain wear.
S-Tune Suspension Service
Pro rider suspension tuning that’s available to you.
A New World Cup Season Starts With A First-Time Winner
?and we are not talking about the riders
Mac Attack
He only comes out at night.
Hard Tales
While the cat’s away, these Pros take advantage.
Learned to ride and what we ride.
Trail Mix
We have gone to the dogs.
You can’t stump us. Answers to your tough questions.
Quick Releases
New products from SRAM, Royal, Park Tools and more.
Down The Trail
Classic ads from 20 years ago.

ON THE COVER: Mike Sylvestri makes his second cover appearance of the last eight months from the slopes of Northstar at Lake Tahoe. Photo by John “Bolt of Lightning” Ker. Three KHS dual-suspension bikes with three very different wheel sizes get ridden side-by-side. All three photos by John “It was easy to pick a winner from these three” Ker.