On the Cover
Amanda Batty riding on her local trails. Photo by John Shafer.
The Dirt and Readings
In The Dirt and Readings, Bama writes about meeting Jesus while Stevil offers his thoughts on keeping the world from crushing every last semblance of peace in his life. Rebecca Rusch gives her advice for riding with the boys and our art director, Matt, muses on the spirit of the mountain bike community after we lost one of our own in an enduro race a few months ago.
Editor Mike Cushionbury opens this issue with a quote he once heard that may or may not be true but is certainly plausible: “We’re all here in the bike industry because we’re pretty much unemployable anywhere else.” In this special personality issue, our features focus on three characters: pro mountain bikers Amanda Batty and Andreu Lacondeguy and former professional road racer, creative eccentric and mountain bike pioneer Victor Vicente of America.
Leslie Kehmeier writes of the emotional, motivational power of photography and the importance of considering how mountain biking images are perceived when it comes to our access to public lands.
STUFF: Product Testing
This issue takes on the idea of the single-bike quiver by putting a Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC Edition through three iterations: bikepacking, endurance race and gravity runs.
Also in this issue:
Ride reviews of the Felt Virtue 3 and 2016 Trek Top Fuel 9.9 SL.
Product roundups in groups of three each: hydration packs, photo packs, helmets, knee pads, clipless pedals (including the long-awaited MTB pedals from Speedplay), handlebars and clipless shoes.