12 Things to Forget About 2012 in Mountain Biking
It's the last day of 2012. Here are some MTB fads, ideas and styles you can forget about as we roll into the new year.
1. The Wheel Size War
26-inch, 650b (or 27.5) and 29er...they're here, they're all revered, deal with it.
2. Wait, the Wheel War Isn't Quite Over. Forget about 36-inch wheels
Unless you're an aging trials rider who needs an alternative to hopping up stairs, forget about the 36er.
4. Dirt Pumptracks
Ok, ok, we'd never say to forget dirt, but come on, these asphalt pumptracks that Claudio Caluori has helped build are freaking sick!
In 2013, your rides will be about fun, not killing hikers and not cheating your way into a KOM by throwing your phone off a cliff to the finish line.
6. XC Eliminator
Brian Lopes won a World Cup in 2012. He won an XC Eliminator and it was on this bike. Lopes, we're stoked for your victory and all, but don't you think we'd all be better off seeing you rail your full-suspension bike on ragged, rocky trails 24/7/365 in 2013?
7. Rocky Roads
Had the Mayans been right, maybe this would have been a good idea.
9. This Thing
Just forget about it...
10. Flash Based Vital MTB Slideshows
HAHA, we're just kidding. Kind of. (FYI, the $199 Nook will play the slideshows just fine, but you may not look as hip and important while you surf the web at your local coffee house.)