Today’s trail and XC bikes are more capable and versatile than ever. Most “XC” bikes rarely see action on the race course though, and are used as trail bikes. To see how they stacked up against the trail and all mountain bikes we usually ride, Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine put together a group test to see just how capable the current crop of bikes traditionally defined as “XC” actually are.

Team Bermstyle — consisting of Inga and myself, were invited to join the Enduro MTB test crew for three days of shuttles in Santa Barbara to test these and other theories. As we wrung out lap after lap in sunny Santa Barbara— on a trails popular with gravity riders on full blown DH bikes— we were suitably impressed by what’s available today.

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DIY Bike Storage Rack

by Jason Van Horn on March 31, 2015

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When you have as many bikes as we do, finding a place for them all can present a challenge. Especially living in the Bay Area where living space is at a premium and a garage/man cave is but a fantasy. We’ve tried various racks throughout the years, but when the size of our fleet outgrew our six bike solution and ceiling hooks, it was time to try something new.

We’re fans of the Feedback Sports line, and the A-Frame Portable Event Storage Stand was at the top of the list. It holds eight bikes by the seat rails, and though it has sizable footprint, it looked to be an adequate solution for our storage woes. However, at the time it was a bit out of the budget, so after seeing a make shift saw horse my brother had cobbled together, I decided an inexpensive DIY solution could work for us. [more after the jump…]

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Review: Giro Terraduro Trail/ All Mountain Shoe

Choices for clip-in shoes used to be limited to minimal XC race-style shoes or heavier, DH skate shoes. Fortunately times have changed, and there are now plenty of options in between to choose from for what most of us spend time doing: trail riding. One of our current faves is the Terraduro from Giro. Featuring […]

03.27.2015 Shoes Read the full story →
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650b All Mountain Hardtail Buyers Guide

I took my 29er off the rack today and went for a pedal— that’s when I remembered why it’s been on the rack. Though 29″ wheels are fast, when it comes to trail riding and being able to interpret the trail creatively, they’re nowhere near as fun as bikes with smaller wheels. I’ve been trying to make […]

03.23.2015 Bikes Read the full story →
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Review: Shore Googles from Ryders Eyewear

We’re the first to admit the aesthetic of goggles with the half shell helmet isn’t our favorite, but being able to see when you’re descending at high speeds is worth it. Especially with today’s bikes that are so capable, and at home going really, really fast. Large sunglasses aren’t always enough, so I’ve taken to rocking the […]

03.17.2015 Eye Protection Read the full story →
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Zoic Style Check: Men’s Kit

Zoic sent over some of their winter clothing for us check out a few months ago, and since then we’ve ridden all over the Bay Area, and throughout the southwest rocking their gear. (see Inga’s post here) Designed for the core trail rider, the Zoic Crux Hoody, long sleeve Transition tech tee and Ether short are well worth […]

03.13.2015 Clothing Read the full story →
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Video: Santa Cruz Nomad vs. Specialized Enduro

We decided to run them head to head on the new flow style trail at Crockett Hills Regional Park to see which bike – and brother – would come out ahead.

03.12.2015 Bikes Read the full story →
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New Mountain Bike Friendly Multi-Use Trails at Crockett Hills Regional Park

Mountain bike trail options in the East Bay Area just got better. We recently rode miles of bike friendly single track, all less than two months old. AND, it’s not only a bike friendly trail, but designed specifically to enhance the mountain bike experience unlike any other trail to date in the east bay. The biggest shock? […]

03.01.2015 BTCEB Read the full story →
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ZOIC Style Check: Women’s Trail Riding Kit in Gray

We’re always on the lookout for stylish, functional mountain bike apparel, so when ZOIC reached out asking if we wanted to review several pieces from their collection, we took a look, then were immediately on board. Based out of sunny southern California, ZOIC offers light weight trail riding clothing that works well when the temperatures start to rise.

02.22.2015 Clothing Read the full story →
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Review: Mountain Hardwear MegaLamina 20 Two Person Sleeping Bag

The cost of hotels can eat up a trip budget quickly, so we’ve been working on a low cost alternative: car camping. Comfort as well as staying warm on cold nights was a priority, and tired of zipping our bags together it was time for a better solution: a two person bag. While researching bags we found a number […]

02.18.2015 Camping Gear Read the full story →