Party in the desert: Moab’s Outerbike serves up bikes and beers

Consumer demo event provides opportunity to ride next year’s gear

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Our last test ride of the weekend was on the just released Yeti SB4.5c. This new 29er trail bike lived up to the rowdy reputations of its smaller cousins (the SB5c and SB6c) — and it delivered the big wheeled roll over and climbing confidence you expect from the larger wheel size. It’s light, too. This size XL with upper tier spec weighed just 26.2 pounds. Of course at nearly $7000, it will also lighten your wallet.

Our last test ride of the weekend was on the just released Yeti SB4.5c. This new 29er trail bike lived up to the rowdy reputations of its smaller cousins (the SB5c and SB6c) — and it delivered the big wheeled roll over and climbing confidence you expect from the larger wheel size. It’s light, too. This size XL with upper tier spec weighed just 26.2 pounds. Of course at nearly $7000, it will also lighten your wallet.

Besides riding bikes, the best part of Outerbike? Beer of course. Many of the vendors kept well-stocked coolers on hand in case you needed a little post-ride hydration.

Besides riding bikes, the best part of Outerbike? Beer of course. Many of the vendors kept well-stocked coolers on hand in case you needed a little post-ride hydration.

Trail dog taking a little R&R before the next shred session.

Trail dog taking a little R&R before the next shred session.

Jamis came to Utah with a fleet of new Defcons ready to take on Moab’s menacing red rock kingdom.

Jamis came to Utah with a fleet of new Defcons ready to take on Moab’s menacing red rock kingdom.

Crankbrothers has revamped its entire line-up of pedals with new (reportedly) longer lasting internals. You can learn more here.

Crankbrothers has revamped its entire line-up of pedals with new (reportedly) longer lasting internals. You can learn more here.

You gotta eat. On the trail it might as well be the delectable treats served up by the culinary chew masters at Honey Stinger.

You gotta eat. On the trail it might as well be the delectable treats served up by the culinary chew masters at Honey Stinger.

There’s a mantra in the desert that says, hydrate or die. Klean Kanteen was on hand to aid in that mission of survival.

There’s a mantra in the desert that says, hydrate or die. Klean Kanteen was on hand to aid in that mission of survival.

Of course, there’s another mantra that says hydrate (with beer) or be bored. The Outerbike price of admission includes a daily dose of not boring.

Of course, there’s another mantra that says hydrate (with beer) or be bored. The Outerbike price of admission includes a daily dose of not boring.

Ibis is best known for its bikes, but the NorCal-based company run by MTB pioneer Scot Nicol is also making waves with its line of wide rims.

Ibis is best known for its bikes, but the NorCal-based company run by MTB pioneer Scot Nicol is also making waves with its line of wide rims.

Marin made the trip to Moab with a full fleet of chunk tamers. We’re big fans of what these guys have been doing lately.

Marin made the trip to Moab with a full fleet of chunk tamers. We’re big fans of what these guys have been doing lately.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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