Biking

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—...

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...

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...

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...

Asa Wright Nature Centre and Lodge

THE 24-MILE FROM Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain, up to Asa Wright Nature Centre is not a trip you want to make after dark. The road twists vertiginously around sharp drop-offs, and nighttime...

Black Sheep Inn

WHEN GUESTS ARRIVE at this lodge, tucked in the Cordillera mountain range five hours down the road from Quito, they marvel at the rustic chalet-style lodge and the view over the Rio Toachi...

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...

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...

Wheel Appeal

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

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...

Leaving Las Vegas

Q: I am heading to Las Vegas in October and want to escape the neon and glitter and get active outdoors. What can you recommend? — Henry Adderley, Bermuda ...

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