Join a MTB Night Ride During Atlanta Cycling Festival in June

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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

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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

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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″

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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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