March 2014 Issue


ON THE COVER: The Pivot Mach 6 is a bike that all aggressive trailbikes will now be measured against. Photo by John “true blue” Ker. The Reeb Donkadonk is a take-you-anywhere bike. Photo by John “That bike is phat” Ker.

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The KHS SixFifty 7500
Can’t let the downhillers have all the fun.
The Pivot Mach 6 Carbon
Mach speed, up and down the trail.
The Intense Tracer 275 Foundation
So what’s your excuse now?
The Reeb Donkadonk
Fatty tires for fatty trails.
The Specialized Crave SL 29
A modern approach to retro.


WTB Nine Line TCS Tire
The CamelBak Lobo Hydration Pack
Cane Creek Double Barrel Air Shock
NiteRider Lighting Systems
SRAM Roam 50 Wheelset
Alpinestars Aero Glove


Mountain Biking Gets A Woman’s Touch
A conversation with Giant Bike’s Elysa Walk.
The Return Of The Hardtail
Why hardtails will never die.
A Brotherhood Of Aesthetics And Functionality
Crankbrothers’ 2014 Lineup.


Packing For The Podium
Surviving in a self-supported world.
Trail Riders’ Helmet Tips
For those times when you are not crashing.
Six Simple Singletrack Secrets
Even if you know these basics, a refresher course can’t hurt.
Taming Less-Than-Perfect Traction
Never spin out again.


Inside Kyle Strait’s Red Bull Rampage winner.
Climbing The Upgrade Ladder
How to best spend those hard earned upgrade dollars.
Garage Files
How to install that new fork without expensive tools.