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  1. General Discussion
    It's not often you see a gang of women mountain bikers crawl out of two old-school Volkswagen shuttle buses begin suiting up to tackle the world-renowned Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah. The shuttle drivers were just as surprised and insisted they get a photo to document the rare occurrence...
  2. General Discussion
    Applying its knowledge of female and male anatomical differences attained from developing successful women's-specific road and fitness lines, the target was set to release the full potential of Canyon mountain bikes for female riders, starting with the launch of the Spectral WMN and Grand Canyon...
  3. Misc Components
    If you're not comfortable on the bike, you're not going to have much fun. Germany's Ergon is acutely aware of this, and is continually pushing the envelope of product design to assure the fun factor remains high. Press play to learn more. Video: Ergon SM and SR Women's Saddles, SME3 Enduro...
  4. General Discussion
    Once you get the bike bug, it doesn't take long for zero bikes to turn into many. Editor's Note: Sarah Dorminy, aka Van Girl, is an aspiring rider who has surrounded herself with bikes more in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Being an engineer by trade, she's a natural bike geek who...
  5. Misc Components
    WTB's newest saddle was based on the Deva, but shares many similarities with their popular Volt. The Koda is WTB's newest saddle. Based on the Deva, it features a short nose-to-tail, medium thickness padding, and a wide center channel. The inspiration for the new model came from female riders...
  6. General Discussion
    The women's mountain bike market used to be a proverbial ghost town. A few manufacturers offered some lower tier offerings, but most brands only made women's specific hybrids or road bikes. Today, the women's market is a filled with options. Ladies can choose from dozens of high end carbon...
  7. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    This week, Mtbr is at Whistler Bike Park covering Crankworx. This celebration of bikes draws crowds from around the world. One of the events most highly anticipated contests is Dirt Diaries, in which teams of filmmakers battle to create the best mountain bike edit. The winner this year was...
  8. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    Famed women's rights advocate Susan B. Anthony once said that the bicycle did "more to emancipate women than anything else in the world." Learn more about how the late 18th century craze helped transform women's clothing and more in this short video. Check out more videos on Mtbr.
  9. 27.5
    With 170mm of travel front and rear and ultra-aggressive geometry, the Strega is unlike any other women's mountain bike. Witches have a long history of being misunderstood. Sought after for their curative powers, they were persecuted and scapegoated for millennia. These individuals did not...
  10. 27.5
    Over a long Memorial Day holiday weekend, Kaysee Armstrong (LIV) made it two years in a row of winning the NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic, a five-day mountain bike stage race in State College, Pennsylvania. We took a look at the bike Armstrong used for the four cross country stages. Like many of...
  11. General Discussion
    The Yeti Cycles VIDA MTB Series has announced its lineup for 2017 with great riding locations in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. These women's skills clinics emphasize the community of riders and the connections they make. Sedona MTB Festival (1-Day Clinic) March 4 Valmont Bike Park (1-Day...
  12. Apparel and Protection
    After a summer of abuse, the soles of these Five Ten Freeride Contact shoes have begun to delaminate. This is not a problem we experienced with the base level Freerider, which use the older S1 Stealth Rubber. Editor's note: Below is an update to the Mtbr review of the Five Ten Freerider Contact...
  13. Video, Photography, and POV Cameras
    The notion of "chicks that rip" is by no means novel, but these two rippers take it to a new level in this edit from Fuji Bikes. Press play to check out Lauren Gregg and Meggie Bichard shed their number plates and take a break from racing to have some fun at New Jersey's Mountain Creek Bike Park...
  14. General Discussion
    After years of being sold inferior products under the guise of the "women's specific," why should women buy women's specific products? Why should I buy a women's specific product? It's a question I ask myself all the time. For some items, say a sleeping bag, it's a no brainer. For others, the...
  15. General Discussion
    For 2017, Liv is launching two new carbon bikes and a more affordable alloy model. Women's specific products have begun to generate an increasing amount of attention in the cycling industry, as sales of traditional models have leveled off. As brands have ramped up women's offerings, we've seen...
  16. 29er Bikes
    The new Juliana Joplin is an 110mm travel frame that is convertible between 27.5+ and 29er wheels via a flip chip. (Of course you'll also need a spare set of wheels and a different fork.) Like the outgoing model, the new Joplin features XC oriented efficiency, but the geometry has been updated...
  17. 27.5
    This women's specific plus bike is made from Reynolds 520 steel (click to enlarge). A year ago, Jamis introduced the Dragonslayer 27.5+ that had a feature list the included a steel frame, adjustable sliding thru-axle dropouts, Boost 142 spacing, trail geometry, and a whole host of eyelets and...
  18. General Discussion
    Holding a student's bike is a great way to allow them to experience the positions and forces involved (click to enlarge). North America's first, longest-running and leading women's mountain bike camp, the Trek Dirt Series, launched registration for 2016 on March 1 and has already seen 500...
  19. General Discussion
    In economics, the term barriers to entry is used to describe obstacles that make it difficult to enter a given market. For those interested in mountain biking, the barriers to entry can seem daunting. There's the question of equipment, where to ride, and eventually how to get better. These...
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