Bike October 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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8 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
fire in the mountains and hope in the air

MY HEART SANK AS I READ THE LIST OF TRAILS BURNED: Upper Section of Los Pinos, All of Yeager Mesa Trail, Upper part of Bell Ridge, Upper Holy Jim. These have been home to many members of Bike’s staff over the years, where we tested bikes, worked on trails or escaped the din of a corner of the country that has always felt a bit foreign to mountain folks—true backcountry-esque singletrack striking distance from the office. The trails weaving through the canyons are wild and remote, steep and loose, and include ridgetop traverses and fall-line descents. And they were gone, victims of a fire that scorched 22,000 acres in a matter of days. Not entirely gone, of course, but surely never to be the same, and if it’s a wet winter,…

2 min.

Due to a freakishly late-season snowstorm, we crossed the entirety of Azerbaijan in search of snow-free mountains. We ended up in Car, a small village near Dagestan and Georgia. By asking about local hiking, we found a trail ascending a ridge, gaining over 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) into the alpine then funneling to a descent. It was one of the best in Azerbaijan, ending in vividly green, lush trees. Steve Storey and I loved it so much, we hiked up again and did the exact same ride the next day. We started our day early in a hut, high above Crans-Montana ski resort within Switzerland’s Valais canton. It never ceases to amaze me how pristine trail exists above and below resorts there, interconnected ribbons of perfection. We only dropped into the…

15 min.
the enigma

In the star-studded universe of gravity racing, few, if any, have shined as brightly as Sam Hill. While the downhill racing world has seen no shortage of superstars—giants like Nicolas Vouilloz, Greg Minnaar and perennial crowd-pleaser, Steve Peat—arguably no racer since John Tomac has instilled a more lasting reverence among gravity fanatics than Hill. Though Minnaar boasts more World Cup victories than anyone, and Peaty’s larger-than-life persona has forever captured our hearts, Hill’s unrivaled mastery of technical terrain and unforgettably explosive performances have seared themselves into our collective psyche, at times eclipsing the otherwise phenomenal feats of his peers. In his most brilliant moments, Hill is a supernova whose blinding rays extend far beyond his own galaxy. “There’s no other racer in the world like Sam Hill,” says photographer Sven Martin, who has…

5 min.
participation trophy

I’m definitely not a racer. When I followed through on a random urge to compete in three bike events in one week, I was as surprised as anyone else. My training regimen for racing is the same as my general life strategy: When in doubt, rely solely on stubbornness and masochistic tendencies to cross the finish line. In lieu of a heart-rate monitor, my aerobic ‘training zone’ is measured by the partially digested breakfast vurped up into the back of my throat. I like to start in the ‘just a titch too much chorizo’ zone, then kick up the pace until the ‘I’m never drinking margaritas again’ stage, and finish with a recovery cooldown involving high tones of artificially flavored energy gels. I may not be a racer, but I am competitive as…

5 min.
geometry lessons schooled yet again

Change, it is often said, does not happen in a vacuum. One shift in thinking can lead to a concurrent reaction in behavior, which can lead to a domino-fall of consequence that eventually can reshape the way we all act and think. Cause and effect, action and reaction, ripple outward and create more cause and effect, more action and reaction. Whether we are talking about species evolution, politics or bike design, this holds true. A few years ago, I opined that the pendulum of mountain bike geometry was swinging past one of my favorite navigation points—the Schwinn Excelsior DX—back in the direction of slacker head angles after a couple decades catering to a decidedly steeper, cross-country-race-friendly emphasis. I also speculated that we were reaching the end of the pendulum’s swing, as…

18 min.
a cause for question

Dave Wiens, the executive director and face of the International Mountain Bicycling Association, pulls into the dirt parking lot in his 2001 Chevy Suburban. It’s a Saturday in late July, at the base of an alpine drainage near Colorado’s Hoosier Pass, five miles south of Breckenridge. Wiens gets out and throws on a white tank top, stuffing a tube and energy gel in his pocket. Then he puts on a T-shirt that reads #mountainbiker. The tail hangs low over his Topeak-Ergon team-issue Lycra. He has scrapes on his right arm and leg from a recent crash. Before the steep climb to 11,000 feet begins, Wiens, who is 6-foot-2 and has the tan, sun-bleached look of someone who’s spent most of his life outdoors, says hello to a local Forest Service worker…