Kenosha Pass: The Most Epic Ride You’ve Never Heard Of

While technically part of the Colorado Trail, the section from CO Highway 285 to Georgia Pass is commonly referred to simply as the Kenosha Pass Trail, and is typically ridden as an out and back. It features 24 miles of signature Colorado Singletrack and includes roots, rocks, creek crossings, stunning scenery, a long, death march …

Liv/Giant Relaunches Women’s Mountain Bike Line; Trance X1 W Test Ride

Over the last couple of model years Giant has made an effort to create women’s-specific versions of their more popular mountain bikes: the Trance X and Anthem X. Unfortunately, no one really noticed. For the 2012 model year, Giant has renamed the women’s bike models to match the men’s, but with a ‘W’ appended, and …

Upgrading Your MTB Suspension Fork

People frequently come to the Singletracks forums looking for guidance on mountain bike fork upgrades. Will it fit my bike? Tapered headset? How much travel? Disc or V-brake compatible? QR, 15mm, 20mm thru-axle? How much should I spend? What brand? What on earth is a Terralogic? These are all variables that can come up when …

On Test: Focus Black Forest 29er 1.0

After three seasons on my Giant Trance full suspension 26er, I was feeling the itch to try something new. Specifically, I was jonesing for a hardtail 29er with a 2×10 gearing setup. Enter the Focus Black Forest 29er 1.0. With its 72 headset angle and 11×32 cassette, this bike falls squarely into the XC and …

Monarch Crest Trail is OPEN!!

Monarch Crest, an IMBA epic ride,is definitely one of the top trails in Colorado. Factor in the ratio of downhill to climbing, and it’s even sweeter. The only downside is that due to its high altitude, there is but a short window of opportunity to ride it between the leftover spring snow and new autumn …

Hardtail vs Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Hardtail or full suspension? This question comes up all the time on the Singletracks Forums so hopefully this quick list of the pros and cons of each of mountain bike style will help you decide which one will work better for you. My Perspective I will be 40 this year, and although I’ve ridden bikes …

MTB Hydration Pack Buyer’s Guide

Like many great outdoor products, hydration packs were first developed for the military and later modified for civilian use. While there are several brands and a number of different models on the market today, the basic functionality is to carry gear and liquid, and to provide a means of drinking without stopping what you’re doing. …

DIY: How to Build Your Own Bike Work Stand

A good bike work stand makes cleaning, maintaining, and repairing your bike exponentially easier. Commercial models start at about $150 and a really good one can be as much as $275. But what if you could build a decent stand for a fraction of that? I decided to see if it could be done, and …

Five Reasons To Buy MTB Gear Online

I love popping into my local bike shop and chatting with the guys there, and their service is top notch. It’s fun to throw a leg over the newest models from Giant, Moots or Niner, but when it comes time to buy something I almost always go online. I know my size in bikes and …

Waltworks Custom Bicycles

I recently had a chance to sit down with Walt Wehner, a mountain bike XC racer and the guy behind Waltworks Custom Bicycles, to talk about local trail use, bike commuting, beer, oh…and building custom mountain bike frames. Walt currently builds pretty much any bike frame style that you can think of including road bikes, …

The Best Tires for Mountain Biking the Southwest & Rockies

Here in the Rocky Mountains we don’t really have mud to deal with and serious roots exist only on some specific, high altitude trails. Most of our trails are rocky, sandy, hardpack, or all of the above. Almost any brand name mountain bike tire suited to your favorite style of riding will handle the trail …

My Top Five: The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Moab

Editor’s note: It’s nearly impossible to ride all the Moab area mountain bike trails in a single trip and fortunately Maddslacker has made enough trips over the years to recommend the best of the best. This article should get you seriously pumped to go to Moab so also be sure to check out Maddslacker’s “Affordable …