Bike June 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.

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in this issue

2 min.
down by law

FOR MOST MOUNTAIN BIKERS, GOING DOWNHILL FAST IS ONE of life’s purest pleasures. As gratifying as grinding out a long climb can be, it’s hard to top the sweet reward that typically follows: The exquisite icing on the cake that is the descent. Few things can beat the feelings of weightlessness and freedom that come when hurtling down a hill on your bike at high speed. Whether carving through the berms of a manicured flow trail, blasting through rowdy rock and root gardens or bombing down steep, fall-line chutes, we by necessity enter states of unfaltering mental absorption, of unwavering focus that relegates the trivial affairs of the day to the dungheap of nonessential distraction. As gravity pulls us into a trance of tunnel vision, nothing matters except the thrill of…

5 min.

HEARTENED SOUL I just finished reading “Generation Dirt” (March 2016, page 74), and was incredibly impressed. Halfway through the article, I flipped back to the beginning to see who wrote it and realized it was a different side of Kristin Butcher than her column; an equally great side. She touched on so many compelling parts of the story in such an efficient way. As a parent, and knowing that Kristin is one as well, hearing that something like this exists for kids–outside of the traditional idea of highschool sports–is heartening. I was one of those kids who liked mountain biking, but I stopped because I had no one to ride with (and no trails to ride). And I didn’t come back to it until my mid-30s. During high school I wasn’t interested…

7 min.
valley uprising

AT A BASE VILLAGE IN A ROCKY MOUNTAIN BASIN OF GOLDEN aspens, you load your bike into a gondola at 8,432 feet above sea level. At 11,325 feet, you take in the dramatic alpine scenery of 14,000-foot peaks in every direction. You roll over scree and drop into a Gravity Logic-built downhill trail with 6-foot berms and floaty tabletops as you descend for almost 3 miles to treeline. You leave civilization behind as you catch a cross-country trail and pedal for 6 miles through evergreen stands, aspen groves and gilded meadows. Technical rock sections and multiple stream crossings maintain your focus. You pick up speed as you traverse and descend a smaller ski area and slow as you negotiate a series of drops. Eleven miles in, you hit a bike…

5 min.
unexpected treasure

A WISP OF INCENSE RISES TOWARD AN UNREMARKABLE, LOW concrete ceiling. It adds a blue tinge to the light that spills from a small window. Sweet, delicate, almost naïve, the smoke lacks the muscle needed to mask the unmistakable odor of grimy drivetrains and suspension oil–the olfactory statement of a thousand mechanics’ pits the world over. Shutting my eyes, I could be at the back of a bike store in Seattle, Washington, or Bristol, England, but a blink brings me back to reality; strung above the oily chaos of part-worn tires and widowed wheels is a string line dangling with yak meat–two dozen bloodied ribbons hung out to air-dry. This is Tsheten Gurung’s workshop in the remote Nepalese mountains, and the yak meat is his share of an animal dispatched with…

3 min.
rare birds

THIS CINDER-BLOCK-WALLED ROOM INside Ibis Cycles’ Santa Cruz, California, headquarters holds enough lore on its shelves to make any bike geek giddy. “It’s a compendium of what we’ve done over the past 35 years,” says Ibis founder, Scot Nicol. “It’s a work in progress. I’m hoping to get some sort of museum-quality descriptions of the bikes up there.” Nicol has always collected significant Ibis bikes, but only recently organized them in museum-like fashion. In all, there are about two-dozen bikes and frames, each representing a developmental phase in Ibis’ history, including its first carbon-fiber bike, from 1988, and its first full-suspension and first aluminum bike, the Szazbo. Despite the deep collection, one vintage gem continues to elude Nicol: a mid-1990s-era steel Mojo with a Hand Job rear-brake cable stop. “I look back…

2 min.
dialed in

IN THE EARLY 1990S, IT WASN’T JUST OUR BIKES THAT were stuck in the dark ages. There were no hydration packs, our fluorescents were totally wrong and our brain buckets were just road helmets with visors. Meanwhile, bikes were getting faster, riders were attacking more aggressive terrain and one brand realized that our helmets needed to keep up Giro looked to its athletes for feedback on how to improve head protection. At the time of the 1992 National Championships at Mammoth Mountain in California, Giro was partnered with Ritchey’s racing team, and Giro’s Greg Shapleigh was chatting with team member Ruthie Matthes. On the helmet the team was wearing that year, Giro had extended its plastic shell to wrap around its bottom edge–a feature still used on most of its high-end…