About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”




How to find new trails to ride


No matter how long you’ve been riding at some point you will (or at least should) go in search of new trails. But what’s the best way to find them?

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Ante Up For Trails and you could win an Ibis bike


Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz has teamed with Ibis Cycles to fundraise for the maintenance and construction of trails in Santa Cruz.

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Cleary Bikes Scout 26” and 24” kid’s bikes


Cleary increases its kid’s bike range with new 26” air fork equipped hardtail.

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Want to ride steep rock rolls? BetterRide shows you how


Mountain biking requires balance, control, and being as smooth as possible. Learn more in this tutorial video.

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milKit Booster tire inflator — and water bottle


The milKit Booster is a new spin on the tubeless tire canister idea that also doubles as a water bottle when not needed to inflate tires.

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KOO Orion sunglasses debut at Sea Otter


KOO Orion sunglasses are packed with useful features to make fitment easier and ensure comfort both on and off the bike.

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Topeak JoeBlow Twin Turbo pump unveiled


Topeak was showing off their new JoeBlow Twin Turbo floor pump model featuring TurboBoost technology at the Sea Otter Classic.

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TASCO MTB shows new kits at Sea Otter


What started as a mission to bring lifestyle clothing to their local Southern California mountain bike community has spun into a full-fledged grassroots MTB apparel company based in Carlsbad, California.

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Fuji Auric LT enduro bike released


New bike aims to replace your old DH bike with a do-it-all bike with modern suspension and geometry.

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Yakima HoldUp EVO and BackSwing – video


The first gen HoldUp rack introduced nifty features but the EVO + BackSwing deserves a mic drop.

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Henty Enduro Backpack – video


The Henty Enduro Backpack provides the benefits of a hip pack with the stability of a backpack.

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FSA K-Force Light WideR 25 carbon wheels launched


FSA (aka Full Speed Ahead) is moving full steam ahead with two new XC-focused mountain bike wheels, plus something unofficial and wider.

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Bollé Trackdown enduro helmet launched


Features include Bollé’s Avid Progressive EPS technology to maximize ventilation and save weight. Fit is enhanced with their click-to-fit 360° retention system and full strap to create the perfect fit for most head shapes.

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2018 TDS Enduro race report


In the sleepy little foothills town of Grass Valley there is a private 240-acre ranch that boasts some of the best singletrack (and enduro races) on the west coast or anywhere else.

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Finding the Flow (Trail) – Riding Santa Cruz


The Loam Ranger rides the famous Flow Trail with BKXC, Alex Chamberlin and MTB Flowrider

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Finding Flow on a North Shore Classic


Jeff Kendal-Weed goes looking for flow in Vancouver, BC.

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Hardtails; more versatile than ever


From XC to Enduro, slack and long hardtails are taking the mountain back.

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Video: Kali Protectives – Behind the Mask with Jordie Lund


A new video series where team riders are tasked with making an edit that gets you stoked about riding but they only get 1 day to shoot and edit it

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Video: Robin Wallner rips Santa Cruz on the Ripmo


The Ibis EWS Team descends on Santa Cruz for Ripmo testing and team building. He then used the bike for his best finish ever in an EWS race.

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Danny MacAskill and Claudio Caluori – Home of Trails


Claudio is at home on the steeps and used to taking sketchy lines but can he keep up with trials riding superstar Danny MacAskill?

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RockShox Pike vs. Fox 34 – Similarities and differences


World Wide Cyclery shows us the similarities and differences between the 2018 Fox 34 and RockShox Pike forks.

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Mountain biker dies on Auburn, CA trail


A mountain bike rider collapsed at the top of one of the more challenging climbs on this trail.

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Mountain biker ignites forest fire in Austria


A mountain biker riding trails in Nüziders, Austria, started a fire while resting during a downhill descent.

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Splat: March crash video compilation


The good news is that none of these riders were seriously injured – and the commentary is hilarious. The bad news is… ouch.

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How to: Do dirt jump tricks on the trail


Follow along with Blake Samson as he shows you how, and more importantly where, you can add slopestyle panache to your next ride on home trails.

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In search of the most secure bottle cage


How many water bottles have you lost while charging through gnar? Too many is likely the answer. So what’s the best bottle cage for keeping your water secure?

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Knock-off “Shimona” parts showing up at shops


Unscrupulous manufacturers mimic the name of a well-known brand by simply changing a couple of letters so that the casual observer or someone not familiar with that product won’t notice.

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New colors for Niner RIP 9, JET 9 and RLT 9


Niner is offering new internal cable guides and fresh clean colors to make life easy and a little more colorful.

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5 beginner riding skills you can learn without trails


Riding when trails are too wet is a no no. So go build your skills with drills instead.

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10 useful hacks for any cyclist


You’ll find at least one of these hacks useful, brilliant, or at least just plain funny.

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How to descend faster on your mountain bike


Check out these three tips that will help you go faster downhill on your bike.

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LAPS featuring David McMillan and Bas van Steenbergen


Burn in some laps with DEITY’s David McMillan and Bas van Steenbergen as they hit some classic Whistler lines and showcase their timeless style on two wheels!

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2018 Tranz NZ Enduro five day MTB adventure


The Trans NZ Enduro is a 5 day all-inclusive Enduro event that took riders over some of the best trails on the South Island of New Zealand.

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Cush Core – What is it and what do users think about it?


But does it work? Is the extra weight noticeable? Does it make the bike feel differently when out on the trail? All of these questions and more have been answered by Skills with Phil.

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Get Fit or Get Left – Greg Callaghan’s Fitness Training Routine


If you simply want to become a better rider and up your trail game plus decrease your risk of injury then read on and learn from EWS athlete Greg Callaghan

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Pivot athlete camp in Arizona


The 2018 season is here and the folks at Pivot are gearing up for another great year of riding, racing, and building great bikes.

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Downieville Blackout: The night we spent in the Sierra unprepared


A sunset ride down Downieville’s Butcher Ranch trail quickly turns into a survival story with a night spent on the trail for this mountain biking pair.

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Trailcraft Maxwell 26 kid’s bike review


Kid-sized 26er full suspension bike with RockShox Reba fork, Monarch RT shock, Shimano XT 11×42 drivetrain, XT brakes, and Stan’s Crest MK3 rims with Joytech boost hubs.

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Video: Ellsworth Evolution 29er with 140mm travel


Following on the heels of the Rogue 40 and Rogue 60, Ellsworth has launched the Convert, a mid-travel 29er that was designed in collaboration with Brian Lopes.

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Trailcraft Cycles unveils new models for wee ones


Faced with a lack of quality options for kid-sized bikes that sport high quality components, Trailcraft Cycles set out to build the type of bike that we’d all want to ride if we could turn back the life clock and return to our youth.

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Answer Protaper Alloy handlebars go to 810mm


Sure other companies make a bar wider than 800mm, but do they make an 810mm bar with a 3” rise at 31.8 clamp diameter?

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Cleary Bikes has impressive line-up for kids


With immense attention to detail, Cleary is creating truly child specific bikes that will fit your grom correctly and provide features that help them learn to ride and rip.

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