Drive Your Passion

26x2.0 2.2 (true to size) 120tpi casing (fast) Double compound (grippy) Rigid, Fold, TNT & UST versions From Woodward sands to Whistler slopes, the AKA is Zink's chosen weapon. At his level, a do-it-all tire doesn't cut it. so we built him a dominate-it-all tire. Finally, a small blocked alternative that withstands the abuse of the world's top riders and still outperforms the competition. Cam's choice, Cam's tires Geax.

Kona Coilair

FOR 2010, KONA REDESIGNED THEIR COILAIR, WHICH STILL SPORTS THEIR MAGIC LINK SUSPENSION design, but in an improved package that's lighter, stiffer and infinitely sexier. But first, a bit about Magic Link That extra coil-spring doo-hicky hovering between the rear shock and the bottom bracket That's Kona's Magic Link, and it changes how much rear suspension you have, how that suspension feels, and how the bike steers and handles, without fiddling with any levers. The Magic Link connects the rear...

Kat Sweet Is Changing The Face Of Mountain Biking

She knows what it's like to be a girl in an all-boy's club. A former pro downhiller out of NorCal, Sweet raced for teams like Marin (with training partner Marla Streb) and Northern Lights. The female factor needs to be raised, and Sweet is leading the charge. For two years, she has led weekly freeride camps (KatSkills MTB) for women at Seattle's I-5 Colonnade urban freeride park. Sweet channels 22 years of riding into her coaching, helping women acquire skills and confidence. Mountain biking...

Enough Is Enough

When I have subscribed to your magazine many years ago, I did so for the absolutely excellent photography in your original publications. I ride frequently and live in Northern California, which has many world-class trails. I am exposed to all types of riding and areas. That said, I am getting tired of a large portion of your magazine being dominated by professional downhillers jumping trees, gaps, man-made tracks and huge rocks where most of us would simply not want nor choose to ride. Your...

Into The Highlands

Cannondale One Forty

Soon we're climbing out of this pastoral valley into cool pine and cedar forests. The conical volcanic summits of Pacaya, Agua, Fuego and Atitlan march across the hazy southern horizon like oversized aliens. Two hours of relentless ascending brings us to easier terrain, as we skirt high on the eastern rim of the Quilen Novillo canyon. Compared to the jarring, rock-riddled trail we had been halfriding for most of the morning, this stretch feels like a massage on wheels. Dropping into a shallow,...

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A recipe for a great ride doesn't have to include beautiful scenery, but there is something about my surroundings on a given trail that necessarily affects how I feel about the ride and why I'm there. Especially during spring, I like to ride my bike just as an excuse to see the forest coming alive again for another year. And the more zones a trail flows through, the better. Each aesthetic transition along the trail divides the ride into chapters. In this image, Andre passes through a zone thick...