The bike world is stuffed with vibrant idealists, individualists and adrenaline junkies who attempt to be “actual”. Individuals who need to belong, are on fireplace concerning the scene and the game and have sure concepts and beliefs. That’s nice, however it may be a slippery slope. The bike business is continually evolving with new hypes, developments, classes, labels and merchandise that riders should observe, have a good time, devour and have!
Working example: downcountry bikes. Along with high-pivot suspension, you’ll be hard-pushed to discover a hotter bike pattern proper now. However, what’s it actually all about and what are present downcountry bikes able to? Is it only a short-lived hype or an enduring and smart pattern? To reply these and plenty of different questions, we put 6 of essentially the most thrilling fashions to the check within the roadie stronghold of Girona. Spoiler alert: we held our first downcountry group check in California way back to 2015, and whereas rather a lot has modified since, we’re shocked at how a lot has stayed the identical.
Sustainability is one other scorching pattern and one of the crucial thrilling and necessary matters of the twenty first century. Nonetheless, you gained’t discover this degree of hypocrisy wherever else, and we needs to be much more essential of the greenwashing that will get propagated by so many advertising departments and accepted by customers prepared to purchase themselves a transparent conscience. In our Design & Innovation Award pattern article, we discover the commonest sustainability myths, spotlight dangers and potentials and provide concrete options.
On a a lot much less critical word, try our light-hearted type information for options of a special variety. Vogue exhibits are now not simply held in Paris, Milan or New York, however now additionally in bike parks or on the paths in your native woods, and really a lot on Instagram, in fact! The road between type and fiasco may be very skinny, however that’s what makes it so entertaining! We poke enjoyable on the bike world’s hottest types and stereotypes.
So, have enjoyable studying this subject, browse the digital pages, have a detailed look and inform us what you see! We respect your suggestions and love listening to from you!
The highlights of this subject
- The most effective downcountry bike of 2022 – 6 of the most well liked rigs compared
- Vogue fiasco or path hero? – The types and stereotypes of the bike world
- RockShox Flight Attendant – A recreation changer for bike classes? YT Izzo vs Capra
- Survival of the fittest – Right here’s tips on how to get pumped in your biggest season ever
- The Lab – We fell our verdict on 3 merchandise after months of abuse
- Design & Innovation Award – The largest bike and business developments of 2022
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All of the bikes on this subject
BMC Fourstroke 01 LT 2022 | SCOTT Spark 900 Tuned AXS 2022 | Simplon Cirex SL 120 2022 | Specialised Epic EVO Skilled 2021 | Trek High Gasoline 9.9 XX1 AXS 2022 | YT IZZO Uncaged 7 2022 | YT CAPRA UNCAGED 6 2022
Under, we’ve put collectively a small collection of articles that you simply’ll discover within the present subject.
The most effective downcountry bike of 2022
Hype, pattern or matured know-how and the perfect factor since sliced bread? These are the questions presently being requested about downcountry bikes. However what does a downcountry bike should be able to and who can purchase one? We put six of the most well liked examples to the check and inform you what’s hype, what’s actual, what issues and which mannequin is the perfect.
Vogue fiasco or path hero?
Paris, Milan, New York? Passé! Now you will get a trend present within the bike park or trails proper in your doorstep – and Instagram, in fact! Let’s be trustworthy, who doesn’t need to look cool on the bike? We’ve made an inventory of the most well-liked types and stereotypes, looking at every to see what they’re all about. No jokes!
With or with out Flight Attendant
The brand new RockShox Flight Attendant suspension guarantees to make enduro bikes as environment friendly as XC bikes. So, how rather more environment friendly can Flight Attendant make an enduro bike on the climbs and does this know-how make short-travel bikes redundant? To seek out out, we let the YT CAPRA UNCAGED 6 face off towards the YT IZZO UNCAGED 7.
Survival of the fittest
Ah, bliss. Springtime. Time to get again on the bike and shed your waterproofs, however now there’s one thing else holding you again like quicksand on the climb… might or not it’s – no, absolutely not… health? Ouch! Whereas the most important a part of our sport is embracing gravity, it nonetheless pays to have the legs and lungs for the uphills in addition to the final physique power to deal with the bodily calls for of using. May extra health imply extra enjoyable on the bike?
DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD 2022
As all the time, pseudo-sustainability, aka greenwashing, isn’t going to proper the world of its wrongs. Within the Design & Innovation Award pattern article on this very matter, we pinpoint potential throughout the biking and outside business and faucet into matters like greenwashing, 100% ocean plastic swag and new know-how. Nevertheless it isn’t all phrases: we additionally put ahead our actionable perception into how we will make the world a greater place collectively. Yep, there are sustainable options on the market, and sure, we will – and will – act now.
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