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PHOTOS: SATCHEL CRONK Yeti’s new SB100 fits into a growing category of category-less bikes. This can be difficult to comprehend; we humans like to put things in boxes. A 100-millimeter-travel, carbon-fiber 29er from a race-bred brand like Yeti? That’
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Acadian Driftwood
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUNO LONG “I THOUGHT YOU GUYS WERE FIT?” MCKEOWN TAUNTS US. “The war was over and the spirit was broken. The hills were smokin’ as the men withdrew. We stood on the cliffs, oh and watched the ships, slowly sinking to their rendezvous.
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Pole Position
PHOTOS: SVEN MARTIN THIS COMING JULY, an estimated 11 million people will come together to watch, in person, the most insufferably boring sporting event on earth. Anticipating heights of monotony that only this event can provide, spectators will trav
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Paired Down Ferocity
PHOTO: GARY PERKIN MARCH 20, 2018 | 7:33 A.M. | ROBERTSON, SOUTH AFRICA For eight days and more than 400 miles, racers must keep their teammate in sight—follow his or her rhythm—through ups, downs, elation and misery. If separated by 2 minutes, it’s
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Rj The Ripper
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEY SCHUSLERx The alleyways are filled with throngs of people bustling around in the cool morning air. In the distance, beyond the broken ceiling of chipped concrete and spaghetti electrical wires, snow-capped peaks painted with amber
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Waif Wanderings & Burdens Lifted
PHOTO: MATTIAS FREDRIKSSON If you’ve ever ridden with me, you’ll immediately discover two things: I dread climbing and I wear a pack that weighs a metric shit ton on every ride. You can learn a lot about a person by what they carry in their pack. A p
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Long Road To Clarity
PHOTO: ALE DI LULLO Officer Don Lockwood was an imposing slab of a man. His ruddy complexion shone a malevolent reddish pink, offsetting the jet black of his uniform and snug-fitting cap. His appearance and demeanor telegraphed a tortured soul perpet
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ETHAN NELL. APTOS, CALIFORNIA. HANNAH BERGEMANN. LEAH LIND-WHITE AND TULAH. Hylton Turvey is a devoted, passionate trailbuilder from Howick, South Africa. He is responsible for the magical network of trails in the Karkloof, a nature preserve teeming
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From The Shadows The Dark Horse Rises
MOTIVATION IS A FICKLE BEAST. When it’s present, anything’s possible. Dawn patrols, mid-day jaunts, night rides, all-day weekend missions—time on the bike seems to somehow fit perfectly into our complicated, over-committed schedules and the days fly
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Pre-rolled
PHOTO: SATCHEL CRONK Mavic reinvented the wheel with its original Crossmax wheelset. I realize that’s an eye-roll-worthy cliché, but it’s true. Mavic devised new and unheard-of techniques to produce not only the lightest wheels ever, but also the str
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Freeze Dried
TEN HOURS. THAT’S HOW LONG IT TAKES TO GET TO the nearest hospital when you’re 750 miles from the North Pole on an uninhabited island in the Canadian Arctic. Darren Berrecloth, Cam Zink, Carson Storch, Tom van Steenbergen, photographer Blake Jorgenso
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The New Economy
PHOTO: TYLER ROEMER PHOTO: DAVID REDDICK TO DRIVE A YELLOW CAB IN NEW YORK City, you need to buy a business license. A “medallion,” they call it. At their peak in 2013, a New York taxi medallion could cost you as much as $1.3 million, and you had to
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Range Finders
WHEN SRAM’S EAGLE SYSTEM CAME OUT A COUPLE YEARS AGO, IT WAS THE FIRST time a drivetrain with a single chainring could boast as much range as popular multi-ring setups, effectively putting the last nail in the front derailleur’s coffin. To do it, SRA
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Reap And Sow
PHOTO: BRUNO LONG EVERY TIME I GET ON MY BIKE, I’m thankful. Not for the time and ability to ride—those don’t go unappreciated, but honestly, I could use more of both. What I’m generally thinking about is how relieved I am that I’m on a bike that rid
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KENNY SMITH. MIKE HOPKINS. BRENDAN HOWEY. I don’t think I will ever tire of the Swiss Alps’ diversity. From one valley to another, it’s completely unique. Each has its own personality. Once you start digging, it feels endless and the intricacies link
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There’s No Time Like Tomorrow
PHOTOS: DAVE TRUMPORE As a general rule of life, I try to say ‘yes’ unless there’s a damn good reason to say ‘no,’ but—and I don’t think it’s middle age talking here—with kids to manage and bills to pay, it can feel like life is so busy that saying ‘
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Dream Rides
PHOTO: SATCHEL CRONK PHOTO: ALE DI LULLO When I was a child, I regularly had dreams that I could fly, only to realize mid-flight that I didn’t know how to land, and would wake up with a stomach-knotting jolt as things unraveled and I began to plummet
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The Last Of My Kind
PHOTOS: REUBEN KRABBE Lindsay Beth Currier knows ‘Josh’ as a kind-natured, supportive partner and attendant father. Eighteen acres, two 16-by-16-foot stories, a solar panel and propane outdoor shower are what Josh Bender, Currier and daughter Saffron
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Most People Know Loïc
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DUNCAN PHILPOTT BRUNI AS A PUREBRED downhill racer. Ever since the fiery young Frenchman began blazing down World Cup DH racetracks as a junior eight years ago, his name has increasingly become synonymous with speed. He’s a fierce comp
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The Kora
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEY SCHUSLER of sweat flooded them. With a fully loaded bike on my back and DEET-laden insect repellent dripping onto my hands, I tried to squint through the deluge of lost fluids coursing down my face. The frenzied nebula of mosquito
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Self-inflicted Exile
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAY GOODRICH IT’S POSSIBLE THAT I’VE BEEN IN THE SUN TOO LONG BECAUSE THE DEAD OCTOPUS ON THE DESERT FLOOR JUST MOVED. WE’RE RIDING A DUSTY LOOP OF singletrack inside Lajitas Resort, an upscale golf community deep in West Texas close t
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PHOTOS: SATCHEL CRONK THIS BIKE NEEDS BETTER BRAKES. I NORMALLY DON’T NITpick build kits until around paragraph three, but that’s not my point. My point is that the Trek Full Stache is so capable, so monstrous, even its creators underestimated it. To
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Matter
PHOTO: SATCHEL CRONK HAIRSPRAY, LADIES AND gentlemen. Hairspray. Back in the ’90s, our grips, perhaps the most intimate connection we have to our bikes, were still commonly secured by a scented personal-grooming product that even the rock stars of th
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Hollow Be Thy Name
PHOTOS: DAN MILNER Editor’s Note: Trek gave Bike the opportunity to experience the Full Stache firsthand in Argentina’s Puna de Atacama region, emulating the rugged high-alpine environment where it was designed to excel. IT TOOK US THREE FULL DAYS TO
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Spring Forward Leaping Into An Awakening
PHOTO: KEVIN LANGE PHOTO: ALE DI LULLO I’VE NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO WHY I STARTED RIDing a bike, or why mountain biking somehow stuck with me over the years as other interests fleeted. Most of us probably don’t ponder whether our devotion to trai
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Buzz
MARK MATTHEWS AND MASON MASHON. MIKE HOPKINS. MARK MATTHEWS. ANDREW SHANDRO AND THOMAS VANDERHAM. JANNE TJÄRNSTRÖM. ERIK IRMISCH. HARRISON MENDEL. We felt extremely vulnerable. A large storm system with fast-moving clouds was approaching. It was late
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With Friends Like These
PHOTO: SVEN MARTIN PHOTO: BRUNO LONG We all have that friend who ropes us into doing things we’d rather not do. And if we’re lucky, we have a lot of those friends. For better and worse, I’m luckier than most. Colleen’s that friend who always has an a
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The Harvest Of Time
PHOTO:BRUNO LONG PHOTO:RYAN CREARY Twenty-five years is a long time to do any one thing. Do one thing for that duration, and there are bound to be moments of repetition. Time will coil around itself, decades will collapse on top of each other, and wh
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Letters
BIKE WELCOMES YOUR INPUT. SEND CORRESPONDENCE TO: EDITOR, BIKE MAGAZINE, 2052 CORTE DEL NOGAL, CARLSBAD, CA 92011. OR SEND AN EMAIL TO: NICOLE@BIKEMAG.COM. With the recent update, “We split bikes into three categories dictated by wheel size—27.5, 29
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This jump was only supposed to be a connector linking two other features together, so I wasn’t expecting anything special out of it. Evan ‘Intern’ Young and I were putting the final touches on it well past sundown the night before the scheduled shoot
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