BIKE

Specialized Epic Hardtail Pro Carbon World Cup $5,500

It’s the lightest frame Specialized has ever designed, and the front end is supported by top of the line Brain Fork technology. With new geometry, the crazy low frame weight, and a build from the racing gods, this bike proves that hardtails are a mainstay in mountain biking.

Watershed McKenzie Bikepacking Frontloader $123

Asheville-based Watershed Drybags is introducing their very first bike specific bag this year: the McKenzie, which uses the same Navy SEAL approved ZipDry technology that’s been employed in other Watershed drybags. The McKenzie also features abrasion-resistant fabric and a 100% submersible closure system that affixes quickly and easily to your handlebars with a secure mounting system.

Yakima High Road $230

Yakima’s new premium upright bike mount, the HighRoad is secure, sleek and simple to use. Designed with high-end bikes in mind, the adjustment-free hoop with its integrated TorqueRight knob means almost any bike—road or mountain—with tires up to 3.25” can be quickly and easily loaded for safe travel, without stressing the wheel or frame contact.

National Geographic Map, DuPont State Forest $12

DuPont State Forest is not only one of the best mountain biking destinations in the East, and National Geographic has all the deets you need about this bonafide mountain biking mecca. This includes all 80 miles of DuPont’s multi-use trails along with difficulty ratings, popular waypoints, and select loops.

Topeak Mountain Morph Hand Pump $38

This compact aluminum hand pump has all the features of your floor pump. The high volume barrel fills mountain tires quickly while a t-handle and a fold out foot pad extend out, and a flexible hose makes inflation efficient. The pump weighs in at 250g and includes a mounting bracket.

Industry 9 Enduro S MTB Wheelset $860

Asheville-based Industry 9 has been the country’s premier manufacturer of hubs and wheelsets for the past decade. Part of I9’s premium aluminum spoked Torch Mountain System wheelsets, the new Enduro-S rim is the perfect balance of weight, width, and features.