Singletracks Best Reads: Trail Qualifiers, Bike Boom Updates, and a Peek Inside Phil’s World

Brighter days are here. The sun is out later and maybe you’ve had a break in moisture wherever you reside. It’s that time of year again where we start to chat about tune ups and trail vacations. March went as fast as it came and we found stories about how marketing plays into our bike choice, got to know some inspiring riders, and learned about Phil from a few of the people who knew him best. Take a look at our March mountain bike stories if you missed them the first time around.

If All New Mountain Bikes Are Amazing and Similarly Priced, How do I Choose One? Take a Look at the Brands’ Stories

With so many good bikes on the market these days, Gerow suggests we take a deeper look at the components of a brand’s mission that feed into their marketing.

Squirrels Beware: What Exactly is a Filter Feature on MTB Trails?

Dirt Merchant squirrel catcher and signs

You’ve likely seen one, especially at a bike park, but do you know why feature filters actually exist? We asked a professional trail builder to explain.

A Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis Didn’t Slow This Mountain Biker Down. Now He’s Taking on the Tour Divide

Chase Blanton was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes later in life than most. It hasn’t slowed him down yet though. Jeff rode the Huracan 300 with Blanton who is planning to ride the Tour Divide this summer.

Lightweight vs. Heavy eMTBs: Weighing the Benefits of Capabilities and Appearances

Matt explores how e-enduro bikes are coming closer than ever to earning the “quiver killer” title.

How an Unsung Adventurer Named Phil put Southwest Colorado on the World’s Mountain Biking Map

Most of us know about Phil’s World, most of us probably don’t know about the man himself. Singletracks contributor Travis Hall takes us to the beginning days of the famous trail network in Southwest Colorado and talks to people close to Phil for a story about the man behind the trails.

Downhill Racer Frida Rønning is Earning a Ph.D. Between World Cup Events

Gerow talks with Norwegian downhill racer Frida Rønning about bike testing and her Ph.D. studies in mechanical engineering, all while she takes on the World Cup DH circuit.

After a Decade of Memories, Portland’s Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park Will Close

A home for riders old and young in Portland, the Lumberyard Bike Park will close after ten years. Owners Michael Whitesel and Will Heiberg reflect on the park’s history and how they’ll move on.

The JAGZ App Wants to be the Next Uber of Mountain Biking

Jagz strives to be the next big app in mountain biking. We look at what Jagz offers riders and guides, and explore how it compares to the last “uber for mountain biking.”

The Bike Boom is Over, but Shops are Learning to Ride a New Wave

Two years after the pandemic-induced bike boom, we wanted to know if riders are still vying for new bikes. So, we interviewed bike shops around the country to learn what demand they’re seeing and how they are risking revenue with fluctuating levels of inventory.

Reader Bike Check: Number 49 of The First 50 Atherton Bikes

Gerow checks in with Moritz Raschbichler in Whistler, BC to learn about his 150mm Atherton enduro bike.

How eMTB Suspension Kinematics and Pivot Placement Are Different (And How They’re Not)

More weight, more torque; it seems that e-bike suspension kinematics should be drastically different than motorless mountain bikes. But as Gerow found out, maybe not.

How Did 1UP Racks Become so Popular With Virtually Zero Marketing?

1Up bike racks become popular on a fairly small marketing budget because in a way, the racks sell themselves. Gerow chats with owner Robbie Lange to find out how it all happened.

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