Epic Has Come to a Place You May Not Have Heard Of Yet: Bentonville, AR

Banked turns and flowing runs make for big smiles.

Moab. Fruita. Whistler. Bentonville. Wait, what? Yeah, Bentonville. While the rest of the world was focused on the big places, the well-known and incredible, breathlessly writing about, photographing, and shooting endless loops of GoPro footage of what is generally considered the promised land (and for good reason), something was taking place in northern Arkansas. In …

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The Best Bike Parks in North America, According to MTBparks.com

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  MTBparks.com recently ran their annual Best Bike Parks Survey, and the results are finally live! These Riders’ Choice awards are based on respondents to MTBparks’s extensive survey. Without further ado, here’s the list of results. For a detailed analysis of this list, be sure to click over to MTBparks.com. Eastern Canada Sugarloaf, NB Bromont, …

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Riding After Rain: Advice for New Riders

If your bike tire leaves a rut throughout the trail, it is too wet to ride, according to IMBA’s Mark Eller.

This time of year, mud, snow, and ice cover trails across the continent, and sunshine is in short supply. Most mountain bikers acknowledge that riding soft trails can accelerate erosion and widen precious singletrack into jeep roads. But sometimes, it’s tough to know if trails are dry enough to ride. “It is something that takes some experience,” said …

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10 Bikes for 10 Trails

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2015 was an amazing year in many ways, but especially in the world of mountain bikes.  Over the course of the year, I got to put in double-digit miles on almost two dozen marvelous new bikes, not a dog in the bunch, and most of which I’d be happy to ride on just about any …

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Trail Report: Fat Biking Buffalo Creek, Colorado, in the Winter

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Is it just me, or did the “Godzilla El Nino” not get the memo? It’s winter, or at least it should be for a few more weeks. Both winter and spring in Colorado are actually great opportunities to ride fat bikes, especially in the high country. Though this season has seen somewhat variable snow conditions (read: disappointing), …

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Trail Report: Fat Biking the Apex Trail, Colorado, in the Winter

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Apex Park is one of the most popular places to ride and hike in the Colorado Front Range, and until recently, lay somewhat dormant during winter when big dumps would envelope the trails in deep, impassible snow. Enter the fat bike, and the past three seasons seem to have maintained Apex’s popularity even when the mercury pointed …

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Five2Ride: The 5 Best Mountain Bike Trails in Arkansas

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While Arkansas may have flown way under the mountain biking radar for many years, with trail building booming in places like Bentonville, an increase in Arkansas’s marketing efforts promoting the outdoor opportunities that the state holds, and the IMBA World Summit heading to Arkansas this fall, the secret is officially out. Arkansas is flush with excellent trails, and …

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4 Must-Ride Fat Bike Trails in Leadville, Colorado

"That's Mt. Massive (2nd highest 14er in Colorado) in the background."
Rider: Nancy Anderson. Photo: Scott Anderson.

Leadville, Colorado is a small mountain town with the dubious honor of being the highest incorporated town in the United States–we’re talking about elevation above sea level, here, although you can hit up a local dispensary while you’re in town. I say “dubious honor” because while the extremely high elevation has given rise to absurdly-challenging …

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The 51 Mountain Bike Capitals of the United States

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Have you ever noticed when you’ve looked at a map of the United States that every single state has a capital city… even the smallest and seemingly insignificant states? Maybe that seems obvious, but that observation left us wondering: “well, doesn’t every state have a mountain biking capital as well?” After thinking about it we decided that …

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