Year in Review: Best Singletracks Articles of 2013

We think that 2013 has been a fantastic year here on Singletracks.com, and in particular we’ve published some awesome content here on the blog. But you know what the best part? We’ve had a ton of fun along the way!

In case you may have missed them, here are some (but not all) of the best articles that we’ve published over the past 12 months:

The Top 10 Mountain Bike Destinations in North America

Top of the World Trail, Whistler. Photo: Mike Crane.

This top 10 selection was our most popular article of the year, causing a stir (both positive and negative) around the continent about our choices. If you’re already planning your 2014 summer mountain bike vacation, check out this list for some great ideas!

Long-Term Complete Bike Reviews

Mtbgreg1 testing the Niner WFO 9. Photo: GimmeAraise.

In 2013 we completed more long-term mountain bike reviews than we ever have before. If the number of reviews already lined up for early 2014 is any indication, we’ll have just as many, if not more, coming at you over the next 12 months. Be sure to stay tuned to Singletracks for your go-to mountain bike, component, and gear review resource.

How to Brake Your Mountain Bike

Braking with both brakes. Rider: mtbgreg1. Photo: jeff.

This detailed skills guide covered braking in-depth, and seemed to be quite a popular article.

Introducing TrailAPI

We introduced Trail API this year, which allows web developers to pull certain information from the Singletracks, Tripleblaze, and SnowToIt databases into their own websites. If you’re in the process of building an outdoors website, this is a fantastic tool that you should definitely investigate.

10 Great Places to Go Camping and Mountain Biking

We love combining mountain biking and camping, and these are 10 fantastic locations to do just that!

How To Be Slow on a Mountain Bike

Photo: Rob Lucas

Mountain biking isn’t all about going fast. Sometimes, you just have to go slow.

27.5″ Will Rule Them All: Survey Results and Infographic 

This fall, we ran a detailed survey in an attempt to get a grasp on the current and impending popularity of 650b/27.5″ bikes. The results were shocking, and led this to be one of our most popular articles of the year.

Spring Break Singletrack Trek

Skibum’s epic 8-part coverage of his spring break trip discussed numerous trails all over the Southwest. If you’re planning a spring break trip this year, take your cue from skibum and head to the Southwest!

Arizona Trail 300

Last, but definitely not least, GimmeAraise published a fantastic 3-part report from the Arizona Trail 300 race. If you missed this other fantastic Southwest adventure, be sure to check it out!

Your Turn: We published hundreds of articles in 2013, and couldn’t possibly feature them all here. Which one was YOUR favorite?

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About Greg Heil

My name is Greg Heil, and I am the Editor in Chief for Singletracks.com. I've been mountain biking seriously since 2005, and I love to travel and ride new trails. My travels have taken me across the United States multiple times. To date (November 2013), I have ridden hundreds of different trails in 18 different states, and am adding more singletrack to my trail resume every year! I enjoy all types of mountain biking, from ultra endurance cross country all the way up to chair lift-accessed downhill runs.

8 thoughts on “Year in Review: Best Singletracks Articles of 2013

  1. “How To Brake Your Mountain Bike” is my favorite. If you want to improve your skills and not get hurt…or minimize the number of times you get hurt…learn how to brake. Most skills books I have read also put braking in the front of their books for a reason.

  2. I really enjoyed Skibum’s Spring break tour through the SW. Also, really enjoyed the articles about those training for the century races and also bike packing. I don’t really enjoy all the 29er articles just because they are not my cup of tea. I get on 29ers, and they just feel massive to me. But to each his own of course. Happy New Years to all, especially the great team at Singletracks. You are much appreciated.

  3. This article also got me thinking about one of my all time fav ST articles. It was the one Jeff wrote about the “Top 10 Bikepacking Routes” in 2012. I thought that I would highlight it here for someone who may have never read it. There are a lot of other great related articles to read also.

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