Bike January - February 2018

Bike Magazine showcases the sport of mountain biking like no other publication. It captures the sport's personalities, trends, and issues with a style all its own. Using insightful feature articles and the sport's best photography, Bike is sure to make you want to get outside and ride.

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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
fine line

MOUNTAIN BIKE TECHNOLOGY MADE ITS BIGGEST LEAP THE MOment we started taking it for granted. We can finally assume that our bikes will be strong enough and light enough. We can expect them to offer more stopping power and a wider gear range than we’d ever need. We don’t question that their suspension can perform precisely how we want it to. That’s absolutely marvelous, but it’s absolutely not good enough. Today, the most important frontier in bike design isn’t being explored in a laboratory or on a dynamometer. It’s at a drafting table. The modern approach to frame geometry is allowing moderate-travel bikes to become more capable and long-travel bikes to become more practical. It presented us with quite a dilemma when planning this year’s Bible of Bike Tests. No matter…

5 min.

Twenty-Six For Life The Down Low Issue (November 2017) required a letter. Was it because of the excellent article Lines in the Dirt? Or perhaps “Butcher Paper,” always a smooth read, or the Home Base article (“Start Here”) reminding me that great riding is close at hand, or the photo of Joey Schusler (“Buzz”)? No, it was the last-page photo of the two dorks dissin’ 26-inch bikes. I still ride my 26-inch Pivot 5.7. It makes me smile, it is nimble and capable, and haven’t we been riding this size for over 20 years? Sure, I would be happy to have a new 650B bike, but I am not sold on the big wheels of a 29er. I’m not a hater, every wheel size has its place, but you watch, this…

7 min.
the brigade

TRAVIS ENGEL Travis Engel’s biography usually just gets cut-and-pasted from one year to the next, although the order always gets shuffled around a bit. Some years it opens with something about his frequent and inconveniently timed injuries. Others it’s a not-so-subtly boastful story about all the time he spends building his perfectly sculpted dirt jumps (the kind of jumps you ride on a BMX bike, not a mountain bike). And somewhere in there it’ll mention that he gets more excited about a decent affordable bike than an exotic expensive one, and that it worries him when there’s more of the latter and less of the former. But it’s missing one important line item this year: He recently put an end to his nearly 20-year string of bike shop jobs to man…

2 min.

IN THIS 9TH YEAR OF THE BIBLE OF Bike Tests, we freshened up what has become the most informed, objective and trusted collection of reviews in mountain biking. As you flip through the ensuing pages, you’ll find much more dedicated content than in past editions of the Bible. We’ve taken out most of our regular columns and department pages in order to focus every square inch of ink possible on bringing you comprehensive bike reviews, gear tests, images and stories from this year’s testing grounds in Marquette, Michigan (not to worry, “Butcher Paper,” “Grimy Handshake” and the rest will return in our next issue). Bikes are split into three sections dictated by wheel size—27.5, 29 and Plus—in order to avoid confusion around what constitutes ‘trail,’ ‘all-mountain’ or ‘enduro’ categorization. What you’ll…

34 min.
twenty seven.five

GIANT REIGN ADVANCED 1 I $5,400 All-mountain travel, enduro geometry, downhill focus. Riders ready? Watch the gate .... PINEAPPLE REGULARLY MAKES THE LIST OF AMERICANS’ LEAST-FAvorite pizza toppings. Perhaps it’s not on your list, but imagine for a moment it was. Now imagine you’re presented with the perfect pizza. Maybe the best you’ve ever had. But somewhere on there is one single chunk of pineapple. Does that make it a bad pizza? This mythical pizza, as we’ll see, is the perfect metaphor for the 2018 Giant Reign. Its 160 millimeters of travel would place it in the shallow end of enduro, yet its geometry puts it deep in the deep end. It stretched nearly an inch this year, making it the longest-wheelbase 27.5-inch bike in the garage. It’s also nearly the slackest. It’s…

33 min.
twenty nine

IBIS RIPLEY LS GX EAGLE WITH IBIS 941 CARBON WHEEL UPGRADE AND CARBON LO-FI HANDLEBAR $5,570 Faster than a scalded cat on speed, sure-footed and precise like the cat before the burning and substance abuse, but not long or slack. ‘LS’ STANDS FOR LONG AND SLACK, BUT THAT’S SORT OF LIKE NAMING a fat guy Tiny. Believe it or not, the Ripley LS has the shortest reach in the test, and is the second steepest. Even the XL, which we tested, with its reach of 448 millimeters, is still shorter than the majority of our size-large bikes this year. The wheelbase is one of the shortest as well. Maybe LS should stand for light and speedy. It would be a lot more accurate. After all, the Ripley feels lighter and accelerates quicker…