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Bike April 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
American Media Operations, Inc
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
time   lines   25 years   and   counting

AS WE EMBARK ON THIS VOLUME, THE 25TH since Bike began as a more impassioned answer to the tech-heavy magazines of the 1990s, you’ll notice a different look and feel as you turn the pages of this issue. A modernized logo, designed by Bike’s inimitable art director, Andre Aganza, anchors the cover, and finally incorporates a mountain, an icon that has oddly always been missing from the Bike logo. And inside, you’ll find less, but more. The stalwarts, like “Buzz,” “Grimy Handshake” and “Butcher Paper” remain, but we’ve slimmed down the number of different departments in order to focus on quality—prioritizing presentation and substance over fitting in a prescribed number of sections. The gear pages also aim to go more in-depth, digging into the product development stories that happen well before a…

4 min.
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. WHEELY BAD IDEA With the recent update, “We split bikes into three categories dictated by wheel size—27.5, 29 and Plus—in order to avoid confusion around what constitutes ‘trail,’ ‘all-mountain’ or ‘enduro’ categorization.” This has become even more confusing with your categorization. Trail, all-mountain, and enduro all have differently sized wheels for the most part, meaning your new separation via wheel size gets jumbled up when trying to look for an actual type of bike and not the size of the wheel. This decision has basically ruined The Bible of Bike Tests. ALLEN SERFASS; SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH Allen, how to separate the bikes of Bible was something we discussed for quite some time.…

3 min.
buzz

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 and I was bouncing ideas off of him, but I still couldn’t nail down the trick I wanted to do. It wasn’t until the morning of the shoot that I decided this is what I wanted to capture: a 270 inward table. What had been an afterthought ended up being one of my favorite parts of the whole “Inertia” project.—BRANDON SEMENUK The District Ride course in Nuremberg, Germany, basically hasn’t changed since 2007, so when I went back last year, I couldn’t bring myself to shoot the…

6 min.
the tall beast and the battle axe

There is a heft to the tool that implies purposeful brutality. A lopped triangle cut from 6-millimeter-thick CorTen steel, weighing 7.75 pounds with handle, a sharp axe at one end, a sharp shovel face at the other, broad sharpened flat edge on one side, rake teeth along the opposing side, the tool is built to cut, move and shape dirt. Conceptually, it’s a combination of the trailbuilder’s stalwarts; part McCleod, part Pulaski, but built with more heft. It’s called the Warlord Battle Axe, first appearing last year on Instagram of all places, and now being swung into dirt around the world. Andrew Durno is the man who brought this imposing piece of metal to life. Known to the Instagram world as @tallbeast (at 6-foot-6, it’s a fitting handle), he describes himself…

1 min.
second chances

The first trip to this isolated location within British Columbia’s Fraser Valley whet photographer Jussi Grznar’s appetite for the big terrain’s powerful potential. Grznar is an accomplished snow photographer, so envisioning dramatic mountain landscapes is nothing new to him. Last summer, wildfires inhaled forests surrounding this patch of the Fraser River’s desert, forcing the crew to pull the plug during the first trip attempt. “It was so smoky, you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you,” Grznar describes. “We knew there were serious forest fires in Canada, haunting us as the trip was developing.” After the 11 p.m. escape, the crew’s truck broke down sometime around 2 a.m. and Mason Mashon, Grznar and KC Deane camped beside it, far enough from flames for a brief reprieve. Grznar didn’t hesitate when he…

5 min.
ride a mile in these shoes

After boarding the puddle-jumping plane bound for Marquette, Michigan, I collapsed into my seat breathless and on the verge of vomiting over-priced airport sushi. But what can I say? I like to live dangerously. I’d just sprinted from one end of the Minneapolis airport to the other, reaching the gate moments before the airplane door shut. The relief of finally being on my way to the Bible of Bike Tests lasted a cool 30 seconds before my pounding heart kicked up a notch at the realization that my decade-old Marzocchi Bomber shoes were packed in my luggage. It didn’t take a consultation with Miss Cleo to know that the chances of my luggage making it onto that plane were slim. And I’ve been on enough flights and taken enough trips around…