Crankworx Festival

We're starting our list off with the most dynamic event at the world's greatest mountain bike venue, Crankworx Whistler. Seven years since its creation, Crankworx not only boasts the world's best mountain bike park but also hosts the world's most talented racers and tricksters going head-to-head in the friendly confines of Whistler Village. Each year, Crankworx evolves into an even more spectacular celebration of the mountain bike. At Crankworx, you're able to share the same incredible trails...

Cheap Upgrade

I am saving up all my money to get a downhill bike, and I thought that while I saved, I would make my Walmart bike look like a real downhill rig. Some duct tape and spray paint later, I had a very blue dual-crown fork. Elijah Jackowitz El Dorado, California often as they should, never taking full advantage of the technology. In the epic mountains around my city, you go from up to down and up again a few hundred times a ride. Are we expected to reach down our frame every time this happens You...

Todd Wells On His Sea Otter Winning Stumpjumper 29er

The very first 2X10 transmission in mountain biking delivers unparalleled shifting performance at an incredibly light weight. X-Glide technology incorporated into the chainrings and front derailleur means that front shifting has never been this crisp. No more waiting. This is XX.

Down Trail

Slim it down The proto fork was spotted on the Team Haro of Mike King. The sliders used a varied wall thickness (thick at the top and bottom), and there were no provisions for disc brake hoses that you would see on a production fork. These photos were shot on the run under dim lighting, so why on earth were they used 10 years ago in the July 2000 issue of Mountain Bike Action It's simple they were shots of the then super-secret Shimano yes, that Shimano downhill race fork. Slim it down The...

Vheeu Special Feature

Xr2 Steel Wheels

Model name FSA XC 500 Suggested retail 550 Wheel size 26 Rim material Aluminum Rim external width 29mm 23.8mm Tubeless Yes Hub FSA aluminum Axle compatibility 20mm or 9mm quickrelease Price of replacement hub bearings 23 Recommended rider weight range No limit Wheel size 26 Rim material Aluminum rim brake specific Rim external width 32mm Rim internal width 23mm Tubeless No Hub Spinergy CNC aluminum Axle compatibility 9mm quick-release Spokes Proprietary PBO Fiber spokes Price of replacement...

Revolt A Class

Campion Alloy Rim 6061t6

_ Model name American Classic MTB 29 Disc Tubeless, Alphatype White Suggested retail 820 Wheel size 29 Rim material Aluminum Rim external width 26mm Rim internal width 21mm Tubeless Yes V ' Hub Disci 30 Red f , Disc225 Red 0 Axle compatibility 15mm thru-axle f Spokes Proprietary Sandvik stainless steel Price of replacement spoke Not available Price of replacement hub bearings 24 kit Recommended rider weight range Limit 235 pounds Notes One-year manufacturer defect warranty. Two-year 200 crash...

Thrashing The 32 Talas

Fox Lockout Knob

Crank down the fork's TALAS knob to gain access to and remove the fork's Schr der valve cap to add or remove air pressure. It is easy to adjust air pressure with any conven- Gold standard That gold finish on the stanchion tubes Is called Slick Technology, and It fills In microscopic pores that are a common occurrence of any hard-anodlzed aluminum surface. tional suspension pump, and we ran a healthy amount of suspension sag a little over 2 inches on the Pivot Mach 5. It requires a full...

Panaracer Cg 210 Xc

Panaracer Tire

A sporty tire that likes trail riding, too - amp Delivers above average value and performance -mw- Recommended for intended application Shows potential but has drawbacks kikizirfr Save your hard-earned bucks Panaracer has teamed up with Cedric Gracia to introduce two new signature tires. The CG 2.35 4X-AM is an aggressive trail riding tire, while the 45.99 CG 2.10 XC tested is for what we would call high-performance trail riding. Tech features The CG 2.10 XC uses Panaracer's Combo Compound...

Norco Faze

Complete package The versatile, air-sprung RockShox Reba fork, RockShox Monarch shock, 2.0-inch Schwalbe's Racing Ralph tires and Race Face Deuce XC crankset. Descending With a steep head angle and 4.7 inches of traction, setting the proper fork and shock sag plays a big part in keeping the bike hooked up to the ground and calming the bike's twitchy handling tendencies. The Faze descends like a leggy cross-country racing machine, but in the hands of an experienced rider it is capable of...

Send Your Girlfriend To Camp II

The Trek Dirt Series www.dirtseries.com is a proven women's mountain bike instructional program that has traveled around Western Canada and the U.S. for the past nine years. The weekend school has taught new skills to more than 6000 cross-country, black-diamond and downhill riders from beginner to advanced. Last year, the Dirt Series and Fox Racing Shox came up with a unique contest and asked Mountain Bike Action to get the word out. It was such a runaway success that when the call came in from...

Shed The Ballast

The Mac Attack on excess baggage struck home I, too, have many doubled up, unnecessary items in the cavernous holes of the pack. Did you date the food labels I have a buddy who had a 5-year-old PowerBar that he kept just for emergencies not for food, but as a fire starter or something like that. As a challenge this year, I am going to go back to a minimal bladder pack or water bottles and saddle pack for tools that will be semi-old school.

Bontrager Xr2 Team Issue

Bontrager Xr2 Team Issue

A fast-rolling tire with a fat imprint Bontrager hired a tire specialist from the automotive industry to freshen up their line of tires. What does a car guy know ahout mountain bikes The 59.95 Bontrager XR2 Team Issue tire answers that question. Tech features This new tire is designed for loose-over-hardpack or loamy conditions. The XR2 Team Issue tire includes scooped block edges and long shoulder blocks. The long center blocks have ramped leading edges. It has an Aramid bead, a...

Cobb Cycling Vflow Hc170 Saddle

Ventana Commandante Gates

For racing. kkki iX For trail riding. Lightweight and shaped for comfort Cobb Cycling out of Tyler, Texas, offers a line of beautifully shaped saddles that are so striking, you hate to cover them up by sitting on them. The 179 V-Flow HC170 saddle is made for cross-country racers. Tech features The V-Flow HC170 uses a Polymer shell that flexes and molds to the rider. It also incorporates Cobb Cycling's thigh guides so the rider doesn't get chafing from the seat edges. It comes in both black and...

Buying Advice

The El Comandante is a single-speeding delight. The Carbon Drive is an improvement over a chain drive for single-speed applications and could be a huge benefit for anyone who uses a bike for his or her daily drive. What could be easier than hosing your bike off and putting it away for the next ride If you have been toying with the idea of adding a singlespeed bike to your collection, El Comandante with the belt drive would be a wise and exciting choice. Hey, it is keeping Sherwood stoked after...

Hope X2 Race Brakes

Brakes Hope

After riding Hope brakes on a recent test bike, we realized how long it had been since we'd mounted their unique designs on one of our long-term test bikes. We ordered up the new X2 Race brakes 340 each and mounted them on a Trek Fuel. Tech features The X2 Race brake replaces Hope's Mini X2 Pro model and is designed for endurance racing and trail riding. It features a split handlebar clamp, a two-piston caliper, a reinforced polyester brake line and NOT COUNTING TUBES, THESE HAVE EVERYTHING....

Specialized Bg Pro Rbx Bib Short

Specialized Wheel

Bib shorts seem like a fairly simple product, and there are dozens of variations available from different companies. Specialized's premium, high-end bib short offers a variety of design and construction features and sells for 160. Tech features The RBX Chamoix is available in both male and female versions and is designed to offer the highest level of padding for pressure-free performance. The strategically placed padding features triple-density foam in the sit bone area, mid-density foam in the...

Sram2xio

Complete XX offering visit SRAM.COM XX. For information on 2X10 visit SRAM2X10.COM. Globally sourced and right at home in America. A racy hardtail and single-speed convertible. How to get the most out of your next set of wheels. Light, fast and expensive for race day. Heavy and heavy-duty wheels built for speed. Ready for park drops, big-stunt mistakes and general abuse.