Bikes And Biking

Utility Bike

A bicycle built for hauling children, gear, or grocery bags full of organic quinoa and local honey. Bikes have been used for practical uses around the world since their creation; while that...

Dropper Post

A mountain-bike component that can be raised or lowered with a button mounted on the handlebars. The hydraulic system allows rider to quickly switch between low positions (for technical descents...

Suspension, Mountain Bike

Telescoping front forks and articulating rear frame triangles that absorb bumps and shocks. Inspired by motorcycle design, the 1989 advent of mountain-bike suspension allowed riders to go harder...

Wheel, The Perfect Size

An elusive and controversial hoop that allows mountain bikers the ability to optimize progress over rocky terrain. For decades, mountain-bike wheels were 26 inches in diameter—light and...

Hot Fat Bikes Became the Hottest Trend in Cycling

The boys on the clown bikes flash ahead, with oversize tires making easy work of the serpentine trail beside the Minnesota River. I’m chasing my trio of guides on a borrowed

Fisher, Gary

A major figure in the development of mountain bikes. Fisher began competing in road and track races in 1963 at age 12. In...

Quantum Leap

A rapid sequence of radical innovations, such as appeared in cycling between 1984 and 1987, the sport’s Age of Enlightenment. The following advances, all of which debuted within the same...

Tested: Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Bikepacking, where you load what you need onto your bikes and set off on a trail adventure, isn’t new. Events like the

Salsa Cutthroat: The 200-Mile Test

A month ago, on the same day that 150-odd riders set out from Banff for the 2,745-mile Tour Divide, I pedaled off on a three-day, 200-mile ride through some of the course’s northernmost...

The 7 Best Road Bikes of 2015

To pick these seven bikes, we spent several weeks in January building and testing over 70 models. On as many as 25 rides per day, we logged loops around Tucson, Arizona, from the hilly ten...

Suspended Belief: The Best Mountain Bikes of 2015

It’s hard to comprehend just how good mountain bikes have gotten in the past few years, thanks to lighter, stiffer frames and wheels, and ever-improving components. We rode 36 new models...

First Look: Lapierre Zesty Trail 529

Electronics are slowly but surely creeping into mountain bike suspensions.Last year, we rode Magura’s excellent, though not widely distributed, 

The $17,500 Steel Bike

Eddy Merckx, the most winning cyclist in history, returns to...

First Look: Boo RS-M

One of the most interesting bikes we tested this year? Boo’s hardtail RS-M 29er, which mates bamboo tubing with carbon...

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