Illegal Mountain-Bike Trail Raises Questions Of Access Vs. Conservation

Michael Hufhand and Jed Kidwell

Two Indianapolis men were arrested for building illegal singletrack in a nature preserve, but local mountain bikers say the trail should be reopened

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Nahbs Custom Mountain, Adventure Bikes

DeSalvo John Tomac

Traditional double-diamond bicycle frames naturally lend themselves to custom construction, which is perhaps why the hand-built industry has typically focused on hardtails when it comes to mountain bikes. Complex suspension designs require increasingly complicated (and expensive) R&D; work, not to mention highly specialized parts, and that sort of thing just isn’t in the cards for … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom mountain, adventure bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Four Funky Mountain Bikes From Nahbs 2018

Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018

We’ve covered some of the best gravel bikes as well as traditional road bikes on display at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle show. Last but not least, let’s take look at four interesting mountain bikes. Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Sklar Adam Sklar starting building frames as a teenager, and although he’s only 24 years old, he already has a strong following. Based in Bozeman, Montana, Sklar builds mountain, cyclocross, gravel and all-road bikes with his signature arcing top tube. He primarily crafts his bikes from steel, but has recently added titanium to his repertoire. This particular bike was made for a Kitsbow employee. The TIG-welded steel frame features long and slack geometry, a 150m-travel fork and meaty 29x2.6in tires. Olivetti Boo Bicycles Groovy Cycleworks You can read more at

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Kogel Bearings Gets The Blues W/ Limited Edition Ceramic Pulleys, Yt Mob Bottom Brackets

Until now, Kogel Bearings only offered this Royal Blue color to their sponsored pro riders. Now, they’ve made a limited run of blue derailleur pulleys for 11-speed road and SRAM 12-speed Eagle mountain bike groups. To go with it, they’re celebrating a collaboration with Aaron Gwin and the YT-Mob this year, offering custom engraved blue […] The post Kogel Bearings gets the blues w/ limited edition ceramic pulleys, YT Mob bottom brackets appeared first on Bikerumor .

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Olympic Mtb Champ Jenny Rissveds Breaks Contract To Address Mental Health

Reigning Olympic mountain-bike champion Jenny Rissveds and her Scott-SRAM team — the only pro team she’s ever known — have agreed to part ways so that she can focus on mental health issues rather than competition. One of the biggest names in women’s mountain biking — with an Olympic title, as well as a rainbow jersey at … The post Olympic MTB champ Jenny Rissveds breaks contract to address mental health appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon Team Camp

Over the past nine years, Hagens Berman Axeon has earned a reputation as the sport’s top development team. Since its debut in 2009, the program has advanced 25 riders to the WorldTour ranks, including Taylor Phinney, Joe Dombrowski, George Bennett, Alex Dowsett, Jasper Stuyven, Ian Boswell, Greg Daniel, and Tao Geoghegan Hart. Four riders from … The post Photo gallery: 2018 Hagens Berman Axeon team camp appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Saracen Kili Flyer Elite Review

Saracen Kili Flyer Elite review

Saracen’s Kili Flyer Elite is light and well-shaped for fast and far riding all year round, but its sticky suspension and frame flex are obvious in technical sections. The full-carbon frame’s layout hasn’t changed for 2018 but Saracen has modified the mould to let it stretch the front end. That means the medium is as long as last year’s large. Best mountain bike wheels Mountain bike groupsets: everything you need to know The back end is now Boost width, with a bolted axle and direct-mount mech for stiffer shifting and tracking, and the head angle is a degree slacker. Saracen has also specced a lighter compression tune on the shock. The 30mm main pivot, ISCG-05 tabs and optional front mech mount stay the same. There’s a lot of stiction in the linkage bushings, which makes swingarm movement notchy even with the shock removed. Saracen Kili Flyer Elite kit While its ...

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Three Stunning Road Bikes From Nahbs 2018

Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018

Many of the frame builders at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show were displaying their latest gravel bikes, but among the rows of drop-bar bikes with fat tires were some sleek and elegant road bikes. Here’s a look at three that caught my eye. Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018 8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Cherubim Cherubim takes a very traditional approach to frame design and construction. This disc all-road bike is the first of its kind produced by the legendary Japanese builder. The frame is constructed from lightweight Kaisei steel tubing. It features chrome detailing and fender mounts for matching Honjo fenders. The color is dubbed “Care Bear Camo.” This particular bike belongs to Mike Yakubowicz, owner of the ultra-boutique bike shop Blacksmith Cycle . FiftyOne Bikes Mosaic Cycles You can read more at

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The Giant Trance 1 Is Far More Bike Than I Deserve: Early Review

The Giant Trance 1 is far more bike than I deserve: early review

The Trance 1 is the top spec aluminium model of Giant’s all-rounder trail bike, and I’ve got one for a long-term test. I'll be updating this article over the coming months with my experiences of the bike, read on for a first look and some early riding impressions. Matthew Allen’s go-to gear and kit: 6 favourites Giant Trance 2 first look How to get your suspension setup dialled in just 10 minutes The 140mm Trance sits between the more XC-oriented Anthem and the rowdier Reign in Giant’s range. You could have a carbon Trance Advanced for slightly less money than the Trance 1, but the alloy bike gets a much tastier spec than the entry-level carbon model. (In the UK and Australia that is, the Trance 1 does not appear to be available in the US and the spec differs in some European countries.) Buy your own Giant Trance 1 ...

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Transition Smuggler Nx First Ride Review

Transition Smuggler NX first ride review

Transition's Smuggler might share the 29er wheel size and similar short travel to cross-country bikes, but its geometry and intentions are about as far from the head down, uphill-focused set as can be. Transition's Smuggler goes carbon Transition Scout Carbon frameset long-term review Transition Patrol 2 review Transition Smuggler NX spec overview Frame : Aluminum, 120mm travel Fork : RockShox Revelation RC Solo Air, 140mm Shock : RockShox Deluxe RT Drivetrain : SRAM NX 11-speed, Race Face Aeffect cranks Wheels/tires : Novatec hubs, WTB STP i29 rims, Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 29x2.3in tires Base-level parts feel as such Transition frames are known for their rowdy ride feel and, unfortunately, their weight, and an aluminum Smuggler (size Medium) comes in at a decidedly not svelte 3.9kg / 8.8lbs. Slap on some durable but hardly weight-conscious parts and it doesn't take long before the 13.6kg / 30lb barrier is long passed. On ...

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Is Sram Eagle About To Go Wireless?

Is SRAM Eagle about to go wireless?

SRAM's Eagle eTap might be on the way. Photos posted on Instagram appear to show an electronic version of SRAM's top-tier 12-speed mountain bike group mounted to cross-country world champ Nino Schurter's Scott Spark. SRAM XX1 Eagle groupset review SRAM adds WiFLi tech to Red eTap groupset Wireless electronic shifting for all mountain bike 1x drivetrains. Yes, even yours The leaked images appear to show a battery-equipped rear derailleur paired to a 12-speed Eagle cassette. Even Schurter's own Instagram account offers a potential clue. While not entirely clear, it appears that his bike is without a rear derailleur cable coming from the right-hand shifter. Studying the image shows what looks to be three hoses coming from the left side, which would consist of the front disc brake, fork lockout, and rear shock lockout. That lines up with his RockShox suspension sponsor and its hydraulically-actuated lockouts. Patent drawings SRAM's new cranks ...

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8 Great Gravel Bikes From Nahbs 2018

8 great gravel bikes from NAHBS 2018

It seems that there’s one breed of bicycle that stands out each year at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS). In years past, fixies, fat bikes, disc road, and 27.5+ mountain bikes have all stolen the spotlight. This year, the depth of interest in gravel riding was evident not only by the sheer number of bikes on display but also the range of materials used — steel, titanium and carbon builders were all showcasing their latest interpretations of this broad category. Here’s a look at eight of the most interesting gravel bikes on display at this year’s show. Four funky mountain bikes from NAHBS 2018 Gallery: the weird and wonderful bikes of NAHBS 2018 Three stunning road bikes from NAHBS 2018 4 types of gravel, 2 types of fun Mosaic GT-2 Mosaic’s GT-2 is the second-tier gravel bike in the company’s arsenal. Unlike the top-end GT-1, which is constructed ...

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How Big Of A Deal Is ‘Super Boost’?

How big of a deal is ‘Super Boost’?

For the last decade, change has been the only constant in mountain bikes. Evolutions in wheel and tire sizes, bottom-bracket systems, steerer-tube diameters, brake systems and axle configurations have all brought benefits and frustrations in equal measure. The latest standard switch-up looming on the horizon is the so-called 'Super Boost' rear-axle spacing. I contacted seven industry experts to get their take on where Super Boost is headed. Over to you: are you tired of keeping up with the pace of change in cycling tech? A guide to mountain bike axle standards Knolly goes all in with new rear axle width "standard" This Super Boost rear-axle standard isn’t completely new – hubs with 157x12mm axle spacing have existed for years on downhill bikes. The difference is the majority of those hubs used the same flange spacing as 135x10 quick-release and 142x12mm thru-axle hubs. The new generation of Super Boost hubs share ...

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The All-City Gorilla Monsoon Is A Monster-Cross Machine

The All-City Gorilla Monsoon is a monster-cross machine

Hot on the heels of the release of Surly’s Midnight Special , All-City Cycles has launched the Gorilla Monsoon, a drop bar bike with fat tires that go well beyond the boundaries of ‘road plus.’ Surly's Midnight Special pairs road geometry with fat tires Hit the trail with the All-City Electric Queen All-City Macho Man Disc review All-City Gorilla Monsoon highlights Designed around 27.5x2.4in tires 4130 steel frameset Front and rear thru-axles Dropper seatpost compatible $1,999 complete / $850 frameset (UK and Australian pricing TBC) Available in April Let’s cut to the chase; what the heck is a Gorilla Monsoon? According to all-knowing Wikipedia, Gorilla Monsoon was the ring name of super-heavyweight WWF wrestler Robert James Marella. Outlandish names are All-City’s forte, and this moniker seems fitting for a drop bar bike designed to run 27x2.4in mountain bike tires. If that’s bigger than you’ve bargained for, the frame can also ...

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Lutsenko Secures Overall Victory For Astana At Tour Of Oman

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) takes centre stage on the final podium with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and

Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) secured overall victory at the Tour of Oman, as Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the bunch sprint of the final stage ahead of Bryan Coquard (Vital Concept) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo). Lutsenko set up his overall victory with top three finishes on three of the six stages. He moved into the race lead thanks to finishing second behind Astana teammate Miguel Angel Lopez on the finish atop the Green Mountain on stage five. Kristoff's sprint win was his first for his new UAE Team Emirates squad and also his third consecutive win on the Matrah Corniche. He hit out early on the fast, slightly downhill finish, holding off Coquard who threw his bike at the line. "I think I've sprinted on the Corniche nine times because I've done every edition of the Tour of Oman. I know exact how to do the sprint because I've done ...

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Enduro-Ready Yeti Beti Sb5c Gets Updates And Upgrades

Enduro-ready Yeti Beti SB5c gets updates and upgrades

The Yeti SB5 Beti is the women's specific version of the bike that's been ridden to multiple wins at the Enduro World Series under Ritchie Rude, so to say it's race tested is an understatement. The bike has had some serious updates since the original version was released, bringing it up to date in geometry, parts and purpose. Yeti unleashes redesigned SB5 and all-new SB5+ Top 5 trail and enduro bikes of 2018 The previous incarnation of the Yeti Beti SB5c was put through its paces a few years back, and scored an excellent 3.5 out of 5 . However, there are a number of significant updates to this model, and BikeRadar will be putting the turquoise enduro beast to the test in the coming weeks. Yeti SB5 Beti C-series women's mountain bike spec overview Weight: 12.93kg (M) Frame: C-series carbon Fork: Fox Performance 34 150mm 27 Shock: Fox Float ...

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Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6fattie First Ride Review

Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie first ride review

When you think of a Specialized mountain bike, chances are the Stumpjumper comes to mind. Back in 1981 the original Stumpjumper was the first ever mass production mountain bike. Since then, Specialized has offered countless variations, and for 2018 the Stumpjumper Comp Alloy is offered with 29-inch or 27.5+ wheels and tires. Are 27.5+ bikes faster than 29ers? Less is more: why the 27.5 Plus standard is doomed Specialized Stumpjumper Comp Alloy 6Fattie features Frame : M5 aluminum, 135mm travel Fork : RockShox Reba RL, 150mm travel Drivetrain : SRAM GX 11-speed w/Race Face Aeffect cranks Wheels/tires : Roval Traverse 27.5, Specialized Purgatory 3.0in (front), Slaughter 2.8in (rear) Brakes : SRAM Guide R Tire traction and weight There's no shortage of Stumpy options, Specialized lists 18 different bikes and frames for 2018. One of the big selling points, or possibly just a point of difference, of 27.5 plus tires (Specialized ...

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Speed Skating And Cycling - The Similarities Are Uncanny

Speed skating has many similarities to cycling

The Winter Olympics don't have any cycling, per se, but you'll find there's a lot in common with ice speed skating. We look into the similarities of the racing and equipment and events.

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Differences Between Shimano Tourney, Altus, Acera, And Alivio Components

Differences between Shimano's low-end groups: Tourney, Altus, Acera, and Alivio

Are there significant differences in Shimano's lower-end groupsets? We show the range from top to bottom and explain where these entry-level components fit and what you need to know.

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Cyclists

Valentine's Day sunset bike ride

If you love a cyclist, show your affection for them and their passion by giving one of these bike-related Valentine's Day gifts.

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