Volume 27, Number 8 August 2012
The Giant Trance X Advanced SL
A Super Enduro racer’s dream comes true.
The Nukeproof Snap Comp
Riders ready? Watch the gate?
The Airborne Goblin
The home-shopping channel bike.
SEA OTTER EXPO SPECIAL COVERAGE
The 2013 New Year’s Celebrations Begin
Next year’s products seen at the Sea Otter Classic.
Jimmy Mac’s Picks
From branding irons to carbon fiber.
Mike Wirth’s Picks
Multi-national product parade.
Doug Barnett’s Picks
Off the beaten path.
Scott McClave’s Picks
From animals to saints.
PRODUCT FIELD TESTS
AXO Knee And Elbow Pad Set
AXO’s foray back into the pedal-powered world.
Cane Creek Double Barrel Air
Works suspension technology available to anyone.
A truly innovative shorts system that’s almost there.
Ergon GS1 Leichtbau Grips
Taking a palm imprint.
TRAINING AND FITNESS
Become One With Your Bike
Proper fit can make you faster and help you stay healthy.
Fox Drops The “Shox” And Redefines Your Ride
A new approach with a broadened product scope.
X-Fusion Becomes A Serious Player
Swimming with the sharks in Santa Cruz.
Giant’s Anthem X 29er Goes On A Diet
Our first look at Carl Decker’s weapon of choice.
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Nino Schurter’s Scott Scale with 27.5-inch wheels.
Five tips your mechanic wants you to follow.
The most common home-mechanic mistakes.
The Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom
Deep berms, fast jumps and a giant crowd.
The Sea Otter Classic Downhill
A glorified Super D?
The Sea Otter Speed And Style
Where style does win over speed.
The Sea Otter Classic Cross-Country Events
Not a cloud in sight.
The mountain biking mentality.
Super Enduro comes to America.
Roller coasters, bigger brake pads and more how-tos.
Did you and your buddies make the cut?
Should you reduce travel, your weight or wheel size?
Cool products we didn’t see at the Otter.
Down The Trail
Best trails in America (and more).
ON THE COVER: Scott-Swisspower’s Nino Schurter. Photo by Gary Perkin.