Biking

Rolling Wonders

THE CARBON-FIBER REVOLUTION CONTINUES. As engineers refine the way carbon is constructed and shaped, road bikes get wispier and tougher. When combined with more traditional materials like...

Rolling Wonders

LEMOND CHAMBERY / $2,100, 18.9 lbs Why It's Cool: Traditional geometry and classic European styling with less weight, thanks to the aluminum-carbon-hybrid frame.The...

Rolling Wonders

BUYING A MOUNTAIN BIKE used to mean choosing between low weight and long-travel suspension. No more. Thanks to improved shock technology and trimmed-down components and frames, manufacturers are...

Rolling Wonders

TO WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THE BENEFITS of 29-inch wheels, consider the monster truck. The bigger the wheel, the bigger the stuff it can roll over. Which explains the rise of the 29er as an...

Rolling Wonders

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SLAYER 30 / $2,200, 34.3 lbs Why It's Cool: A hand-built frame with superb all-mountain performance at a closeout price.The Ride: The Slayer has...

Rolling Wonders

WHEN MOST MOUNTAIN BIKES are stacked with 27 gears, why are so many cyclists turning to single-speeds? Easy: They're light and simple, fun to ride, and whip you into a better, stronger cyclist....

Rolling Wonders

GARY FISHER PARAGON / $1,760, 25.6 lbsWhy It's Cool: No-nonsense, all-out performance from the original 29-inch-bike builder.The Ride: You can't talk about 29ers...

Rolling Wonders

TREK EQUINOX 9 / $2,200, 20.5 lbs Why It's Cool: You get wind-tunnel-tested aerodynamics, carbon-fiber add-ons, and a responsive aluminum frame—without busting your bike...

Rolling Wonders

WITH THEIR AERO WHEELS AND SLEEK DESIGN, tri bikes—time-trial models favored by dedicated triathletes—will get any cyclist salivating. No surprise they're one of the industry's fastest...

The Wanderlist

CHINA (2006 Winner) Hiking and Rafting in Yunnan Price: $4,990-$5,490 Difficulty: Strenuous The Mekong may be renowned for its starring role in

Human Nature

Sheik Schussing Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates Opened: December 2005 THE CHALLENGE: Build a 280-foot ice-capped mountain in a flat desert where temperatures...

The Wanderlist

BRITISH COLUMBIA (2006 Winner) Mega-Yacht Heli-Skiing Price: $36,000 per day (for 12) Difficulty: Moderate When the B2 A-star helicopter drops you...

The Wanderlist

CYPRUS (2006 Winner) Mountain-Biking the Trails of the Troodos Price: $1,895 Difficulty: Strenuous For a trip to fat-tire nirvana, try this six-day...

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