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Bike February 2016

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 counts

TWO THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TWO. THAT’S THE number of hours our 17-person crew worked setting up, riding, photographing, studying, debating and filming 30 of 2016’s most enticing bikes for this year’s Bible of Bike Tests. Here’s another number: 1,680. That’s how many miles nine testers rode during our annual two-week mission to create mountain biking’s most comprehensive and honest buyer’s guide, now in its seventh year. That doesn’t include the hundreds of hours of planning in the months leading up to the test, or the thousands of hours spent writing and editing some 25,000 words, combing through 9,990 images and cutting up 10 hours of raw footage. So if you happen to be in the market for a new bike, you’ve come to the right place. Why do we bother…

5 min.
letters

PRINT LIVES I am now very happy to be back as a subscriber. Your December issue (Volume 22/ Number 9) has been a delight. The feature stories reminded me of why I read the very first issue of Bike more than 22 years ago! “SurReality,” “Sucker Punched” and “The Giving Trail” reminded me of why I still read Bike. I read the very first issue of Bike. A friend, Mark Wilson, even had several photos published in Bike. I stopped reading it for a while when it seemed like most of the pictures were of flying bikes doing stunts. Pictures like the hot “Buzz” shot of Nick Quinn and Reg Mullett in Alberta, Canada, are fantastic. I just wish more hard-tail bikes were shown and reviewed. I am a 68-year-old mountain biker with…

12 min.
bike test brigade

RYAN PALMER Bike’ gear editor was voted “most likely to have a heart attack” at this year’s Bible of Bike Tests. After his third year in the illustrious role of Lead Bro Herder–a title he borrows for two weeks each year from managing editor, Nicole Formosa–Palmer handles the stress like a seasoned pro. Like his potentially career-limiting move of getting in the face of editor-in-chief, Brice Minnigh (his boss), after assuming he had left the luncheon meat ensconced in a swarm of flies. And he was Cool Hand Luke when UPS thought the best way to make up for losing contents from a box was to replace the missing items with a random starter motor. When not destroying his body with stress and vices, he does so by riding short-travel 29ers downhill…

5 min.
breaking it down

Welcome, dear reader, to our seventh-annual Bible of Bike Tests. The magazine you’re holding in your hands–or reading on your laptop or tablet–is just the beginning of what we’ll be bringing you in the coming months. This issue is meant to give you a broad overview of the year’s most promising bikes, components and soft goods, just as you’re starting to gear up for another season of riding. We know that mountain bikes and parts don’t come cheap. And the decision of how to spend your hard-earned money is a big one. So we want to make sure you have all the information you need to make the choices that are right for you. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing extended reviews of all 30 bikes in this issue on…

6 min.
dirt hero

WHEN KNIGHT IDE WAS 27 YEARS OLD, HE WENT ON HIS first real mountain bike ride, joining his younger sister Lilias on the trail. “I puked on that ride,” he says. “I felt like an idiot with my jeans and boots on, riding my crappy, rigid Giant Yukon. But something on that ride woke something up inside me.” Now 42, Ide is considered the godfather of northern Vermont mountain biking and the unofficial mayor of the town of East Burke–home of the Kingdom Trails–who brought downhill and enduro-riding to Burke, then took it to levels no one imagined possible. Ide brushes off the praise. He’s more interested in talking about his latest passion project: developing a backcountry hut-to-hut ride on 900 acres of private land near his hometown. Born in Brownington, Vermont,…

5 min.
learning curve

AT LAST COUNT, THERE WERE 24 BIKES SCATTERED ABOUT MY house–the result of a penchant for cheap steeds and a proclivity toward never getting rid of them. Thankfully, I’m surrounded by wheeled miscreants who think it makes perfect sense to stuff two dozen bikes in a shoebox-sized house where a family of four shares one semi-reliable toilet. I own bikes with sissy bars and drop bars, fixed gears and freewheels. There are trikes and fatbikes (I know, I know) and something for everyone to love and hate. But out of all the bikes embedded in my life, only one incites the same question from every person who sees it. “So…where’s the seat?” My trials bike, a tiny whip of a thing with 20-inch wheels and an obnoxiously wide handlebar, is an odd…