We’ve already extolled the virtues of the Outerbike concept, where curious consumers can test ride multiple bikes in a back-to-back format on nearby trails. (Check out highlights from 2014 Moab Outerbike.) But now the Moab, Utah-based operation has gone international, this year rolling out the first annual Outerbike Whistler. That’s right, WHISTLER!!
For more about the area’s mountain biking, check out our two-part Whistler Experience series here and here.
This British Columbia wonderland is home to the world’s most famous bike park, and a massive network of easily accessed cross-country trails that range from ladida cruisers to tip-of-the-saddle pucker’fests that featured in the Enduro World Series. There is literally something for everyone — and every type of mountain bike.
Mtbr had the good fortune of having proverbial boots on the ground for Outerbike Whistler No. 1, which cost $220 per person and ran June 4-7. Company attendees included the likes of Ibis, Osprey, IXS/Spank, 100%, Transition, FOX, Kona, Norco, Durango Bike Company, SRAM, Rocky Mountain, Marin, SR Suntour and MRP. Besides getting a chance to sample wares from all these companies, the 335 registrants received a 3-ride punch pass for the Whistler Bike Park on Thursday and Friday, and could buy a full-day ticket for deep a discount. There were also plenty of parties and beer drinking at the Longhorn Saloon, après host site for this four-day lollapalooza of all things mountain bike.
While there was no way we could ride every bike, we did our best to check out some of the hottest offerings. Here’s a look back at the rigs we rode, plus lots of sights and scenes from what is sure to become a Mecca-like event for mountain bikers. (If you’re intrigued, check out the next Outerbike, slated for October 2-4 in Moab, Utah.)
2015 Transition Scout
Travel: 140mm front/125mm rear
Wheel Size: 27.5″
More info: www.transitionbikes.com