Bike May 2017

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.
guilty as charged

WE, THE EDITORS OF BIKE, HAVE A CONFESSION TO MAKE: We’re guilty. Guilty of publishing full-on shred shots in our magazine, on bikemag.com and on all of our social-media channels. We run photos of riders roosting the crap out of big turns. We choose images of pros blasting the tops off of massive berms. We print pictures of freeriders dirt-surfing down death-defying, fall-line chutes. And we use words like ‘shred,’ ‘rip’ and ‘tear’ to describe these actions. This is nothing new. For the better part of 24 years, Bike has been dedicated to bringing you the best in mountain bike photography and storytelling—and in the process of fulfilling this imperative, we’ve covered the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of our sport. There are numerous reasons for this, but chief…

3 min.

MATT COTÉ Matt Coté is a granola-eating, contrarian adventurer stationed in the backwater British Columbia town of Revelstoke. To earn a living, he writes and edits mountain tales that draw on his cultural appetites, polemical constitution and argumentative leanings. If there’s somewhere he’s not supposed to be, he’s probably already there, armed with six ways to justify himself. Originally from Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Coté grew up riding his bike between the maple and birch of the French Canadian Appalachian Mountains and thus harbors a deep love of both stinky cheese and the banjo. Since moving to B.C. at age 18, he’s become enamored with the land, what it gives and how to use it graciously. On page 86, he and photographer Bruno Long push deep into B.C.’s Purcell Mountains to examine…

5 min.

LOW BLOW As a longtime print subscriber, thank you guys and gals for what you do, and keep up the inspiring, fun and fantastic work. Right now, I’m really loving the 2017 Bible of Bike Tests. I’m a guy who’s on his seventh season on his Specialized Enduro 26er. It’s been a truly amazing bike, and though my Mom always said, “Never rush into anything,” I am finally looking at new rides. The Bible’s no-nonsense reviews, from real riders, cut through the marketing hype and are invaluable in my search. Furthermore, the Roundtable Reels videos complete the picture with perspectives from several people who’ve actually ridden the same bike on the same terrain. One comment I keep hearing, both in the Roundtables and from tons of riders where I live in New…

7 min.
shelter from the storm

PULLING A CHAMOIS ON BEFORE SUNrise requires motivation. Or at least the reassurance that a warm blob will soon rise above the horizon, heat the earth and guide your path. This morning we have no such reassurance. A thick, low ceiling of storm clouds and an ominous forecast call for every layer and piece of Gore-Tex we brought. Our packs are bursting with bars, water, shoe covers and extra gloves as we leave the comforts of the OPUS Hut, board our wet bikes and roll through the first of many puddles on an old mule trail east of the hut. Here, rides start at 11,600 feet above sea level. The singletrack quickly fades to scree, and I’m on and off my bike as we dip in and out of slide…

7 min.
an unpredicted journey

CHRIS KELLY RUSHES OVER TO UNLOCK the wide-swinging wooden gate that separates Topanga Creek Outpost from the winding, southern California canyon road that serves as his shop’s namesake, just as the clock ticks past 11 a.m. Kelly has good reason for being a few minutes late: He spent the night before camped on an island off the coast of Los Angeles, guiding a crew of riders through the most mundane part of the week as part of his regular Wednesday, close-to-home adventure. Early that morning, he boarded a ferry, traveled 26 miles back to the mainland and battled Thursday morning gridlock that might have caused him to boil over had he not just come off two days of bikepacking punctuated by beachside camping, $1 tacos and stunning views of the Pacific…

2 min.
clutch move

UNTIL SIX OR SO YEARS AGO, NOISY DRIVETRAINS AND dropped chains were an inescapable part of mountain biking, and the cacophony of chainslap was widely accepted as the soundtrack to every rowdy descent. Rattling through rock gardens was a regular occurrence, and the then-ubiquitous neoprene chainstay protectors were essential to reducing clatter and protecting the stays themselves. For aggressive trail riders and the gravity-focused crowd, one-by-nine drivetrains with chainguides helped prevent thrown chains, but for those who routinely climbed technical singletrack to get to the descents—and thereby needed a wider range of gears—the early one-by setups were not an adequate solution. Enter Shimano’s Shadow Plus derailleur, which featured an on-off switch for the lower pulley cage’s friction ratchet. When the Shadow Plus switch was in the ‘off’ position, the derailleur functioned…