Biking

Shock Therapy

KLEIN PALOMINO RACE cofounder Paul Turner is the godfather of oil and air. His latest bike, the sexy Maverick ML7—featuring Turner's Monolink suspension—is one epic-ready machine, but...

Shock Therapy

LIKE A THREADBARE Austin Powers riff, the routine was getting old. Each season, for the better part of a decade, mountain-bike makers heralded the arrival of the über-machine: "This beauty...

Shock Therapy

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ETSX-30 Those first three letters stand for Energy Transfer System, which purportedly uses suspension movement to help drive the bike forward when you're pedaling over...

Immersion Therapy

REMOTE HILL TRIBE TREK [VIETNAM] Despite the boom in adventure tourism in Vietnam, few travelers venture into the far-northern hill country, some 200 miles north of Hanoi....

Get Wheel

RIDING THE RUGGED NORTHEAST [PORTUGAL] A good set of knobbies and generous helpings of local beef and nightly port will help you tackle this eight-day inn-to-inn tour through Portugal's...

Shock Therapy

SPECIALIZED EPIC Full marks here for honesty. As billed, the Epic really does climb like a hardtail and descend like a downhill thoroughbred. Credit the new Fox Brain rear shock—...

Star Power

BIKING THE TOUR DE FRANCE [FRANCE] What's better than watching this year's 100th anniversary of the Tour de France? Riding it, just hours ahead of the peloton. You'll pave...

Birch Pond Lodge

ALASKAN BILL ROYCE BOUGHT this secluded 100-acre slice of spruce and birch forest 75 miles north of his home in Anchorage to use as a weekend getaway. But then Royce got eco-religion and decided...

Off the Gringo Trail

WITH AT LEAST ONE of its 33 volcanoes constantly coughing out ash or lava, Guatemala has more eruptions than a Fiona Apple concert. And there are so many miles of old Indian...

Wheel Appeal

CRANK BROTHER'S TRIPLE TITANIUM EGG BEATER PEDALS($400; 949-464-9916, www.crankbrothers.com) feature four-sided entry, for...

Mexican Hideouts

PARRAS DE LA FUENTE LIES surprisingly far off the Gringo Trail for a place that's less than a five-hour drive south of the border. Home to the 405-year-old San Lorenzo Vineyard at Casa Madero...

Toyland

Paul Turner, inventor of the RockShox fork, took three years to perfect the aluminum MAVERICK ML7 full-suspension mountain bike ($2,695, frame only; $5,000 as pictured; 303-415-0370,

High Rollin'

Q: We're looking for a South or Central American destination with challenging mountain biking. Not everyone in our group bikes, though, so it's important that there be other...

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