Issue #180 Is Here!


In this issue

On the cover: Steve Storey rails a turn deep in Columbia. Photo by Justa Jeskova



The Dirt

World Cup racing came back to the U.S. in Windham, New York; our tech editor rants about the merits of carbon fiber and we catch up with legendary mechanic Steve “Gravy” Gravenites.




Check out our expanded coverage of Singlespeed Worlds from Alaska and get the inside scoop on the Enduro World Series coming to the U.S. in 2015





by Charlie Kelly

Kelly’s new book, Fat Tire Flyer is a true, firsthand look and the wild beginnings of the sport of mountain biking with never before seen photos, artwork and memorabilia. In this chapter excerpt, Kelly, who co-founded the MountainBike company with Gary Fisher, recalls the first time they met.

Discovering Guatemala

by Steve Storey

“Guatemala. We had heard fabled stories of El Zur and La Piedra del Tigre. But were we chasing after something that didn’t exist, or that had been grossly over exaggerated?” The plan: Cram bikes, camera gear, and six people into a severely undersized pickup truck for two weeks and ride as many places as possible.

Tale of the Fox

by Jay Goodrich

Take a step inside the Fox suspension factory in Scotts Valley, California for a tour and see what happens behind the scenes in this special photo heavy feature.



Access Action

To Ride Or Not To Ride

by Frank Maguire

Our access editor takes a look at the controversy surrounding muddy trails and sheds light on if and when it’s OK to play in the mud.



Stuff – Product Testing

  • Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 770
  • Santa Cruz Nomad
  • Yeti 575
  • Ibis Tranny 29,
  • Swobo Mutineer
  • And the unique Lauf Trail Racer fork.