Join a MTB Night Ride During Atlanta Cycling Festival in June


The Atlanta Cycling Festival just released the Ride Calendar for the week-long (June 13-20) celebration of bikes! The mission of the ACF is simple: To connect cyclists of all experience levels to the Atlanta Community. In order to achieve their mission, the ACF has a slew of cycling-related activities planned. There are bike parades, work shops, art …

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How to Prep for a Stage Race: Getting Ready to Race the Trans-Sylvania Epic on Sunday


A seven-day stage race like the Trans-Sylvania Epic is a big undertaking. You have to make sure that you can handle a week on the bike physically, mentally, logistically, and mechanically. While I have extensive experience racing in general, I’ve only done one other stage race, the BC Bike Race. (If you’re interested in my experience in BC, …

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Race Report: 12 Hours in the Wild West


Endurance mountain bike races are becoming incredibly popular these days. Completing an enduance event can not only test your mettle, but it can push your fitness beyond a level that you thought possible. As we’ve written about recently on Singletracks, endurance events such as 12-hour and 24-hour mountain bike races are available in abundance this year. …

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News: Camelbak’s #gnarliestdescent Photo Contest

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Gnar(ly): a particularly challenging section of terrain often consisting of varying combinations of root patches, rock gardens, drops, precipitous slopes, and/or trees within close proximity that may be wet, dry, loose, and/or off-camber, presenting a higher risk for involuntarily dismount from one’s bike -est: adjective or adverb suffix used to indicate the greatest degree of …

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Ride Report: The Singletracks #BrutalLoop

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This past weekend, a group of around 30-40 riders met at Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in Ellijay, GA, for a long day in the saddle. There were two route options: 20 miles and 3,600 feet of climbing or 33 miles and 6,000+ feet of climbing. I pre-rode this loop with my buddy Chris about a …

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News: Commencal Lands in the US and Launches New Downhill Bike

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Commencal is pretty new to the US, having been shipping bikes here for around six months. I had the chance to ride their Meta V4 around Fort Ord’s trails, which you can read about here. Besides that excellent trail bike, Commencal was showing a wide array of kids bikes–everything from balance bikes to DH-worthy rides for …

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Trek Pioneers All-New Tire Size with Release of New Farley Fat Bike Models: 27.5×4″


Trek released several new-and-improved versions of their Farley at Sea Otter this year. The key updates? Carbon frames and 5″ tires now available, and a brand-new 27.5×4″ tire size. 5ish-inch (actually 4.7″) tires have been a long time coming to Trek, but the new Farley frames are totally compatible with the fully-fat tires. Trek has …

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Sea Otter 2015: RockShox RS-1-Compatible Hub from American Classic

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Bill Shook from American Classic is constantly looking to build better wheels and hubs: they were early adopters of tubeless and wide rims. Although they offer carbon rim options now, American Classic still uses aluminum extensively. For instance, their Wide Lightning wheelset uses a 29mm (internal) rim and weighs only 1512g for the 27.5″ size. …

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