Rapha Launches Mountain Biking Apparel

The English brand branches out into performance trail wear for the first time

When Rapha initially launched back in 2004, most other road cycling kits looked like they copied cereal box graphics, and many cyclists would mine thrift stores for ancient, wool Faema espresso jerseys from the 1960s. Thankfully, along came the London-based brand, with its elan for decidedly subtle style and carefully tailored sportswear. Ever since, brands and designers (from the athletic realm to the auto industry) …

Test Ride: The Santa Cruz Tallboy Mountain Bike

Light but tough, a bike that promises adventure

Going downhill, almost too fast for comfort on the new 2020 Santa Cruz Tallboy, the tight trail slips between two trees so close together that the bike’s handlebars touch bark. The trail dives straight down a steep slope lined with sharp stones. This descent is simply too gnarly for us. Yet, another rider—co-founder of Pocono Bike Company, George Halas—on the exact same bike descends with …

Epic Pro Mountain Bike

From CH favorite Specialized comes a rig so light and structurally sound that riders have unassailed confidence in both speed and safety. An 11m carbon fiber frame makes this the ultimate race bike as it affords stiffness and strength along with agility. The newly developed RockShox Brain shock can handle the bumpiest handling and jumps, while also providing a suitable ride off the track.