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American Kate Courtney won the World Championships (2018) and the World Cup All-embracing (2019) in … [ ] back-to-back years to cap this absurd decade in abundance biking (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)
The 2010s has been a banderole decade for the action of abundance biking. The technology and breadth accept fabricated huge leaps, such that benumbed bikes on clay has never been added fun or challenging.
It’s boxy to enlarge how abundant this accomplished decade (2010 – 2020) has contributed to the action and the experience. I’d accept to go aback to the 1990s and the accurate heyday of the action (pre-Team Volvo Cannondale) to acquisition an era with according impact. The anarchy of carbon cilia frames, 1x drivetrains, 29-inch auto and dropper posts accept adapted how we ride. In turn, aisle architecture has acquired to accompaniment the capabilities of bikes and riders alike. Plus, the smartphone era has fabricated the acquaintance added amusing and inclusive. It’s absurd to brainstorm what the 2020s will accompany to top the era that’s about to blanket up.
In anniversary of this decade, these are the 20 best bikes, gear, apps and trends (in no accurate order) that authentic the 2010s:
1. The Following by Evil Bikes (2014)
Trail Bike of the Decade
I congenital up The Following in 2016 afterwards audition so abundant about it. Afterwards benumbed it and synthesizing all that I’d apprehend and experienced, it became appealing accessible that Evil delivered the best avant-garde and affecting bike of this decade. It represents the angled point for 29-inch auto as the aloft standard, such that they are now actuality acclimated in World Cup Downhill. The anatomy geometry is advised for the caster admeasurement and for decline handling, authoritative the best of its 120mm of travel, yet it climbs abundantly well. Best manufacturers, from the big three to the aboriginal bazaar builder, accept been afflicted by The Following in one way or another. Plus, it’s a direct-to-consumer model, which is apocalyptic of the decade’s business trends.
2. Shimano XT 12-Speed Groupset (2019)
Group of the Decade
This is the decade of one-by (1x) abundance bike drivetrains. SRAM pioneered the design, and Shimano was backward to affair in 2018 with its XTR M9100 group. But the aboriginal to bazaar doesn’t consistently abound (see Facebook, Google, etc.). Shimano followed up with the new XT M8100 accumulation this year, which appearance the aforementioned accessory ambit (10t – 51t) and Hyperglide technology for bisected the cost. The rear derailleur, for example, is $115 vs. $257, and the cassette is $160 vs. $390 for XT and XTR respectively. This is austere blast for the buck. While XTR is for spare-no-expense competition, XT is a hardly added accumulation advised for hardcore aisle (fun) riding.
3. Fox Alteration Dropper Seat Column (2016)
Dropper of the Decade
Where would we be afterwards dropper posts? Rhetorically speaking, we’d be activity over the confined and breaking collar basic a lot added often. The Fox Alteration is my go-to dropper column for aisle and enduro riding. It’s not light, but it’s abundantly smooth, reliable and accessible to install. The humble banal batten is additionally the best I’ve used. It takes up actual little space, and the actuation is quick and consistent. You can calmly acclimatize the column by a brace centimeters at a time to get aloof the appropriate acme for the terrain. It’s accessible in four bead options: 100mm, 125mm, 150mm and 175mm.
4. ENVE Carbon Auto (2007)
Hoops of the Decade
While ENVE auto aboriginal hit the arena in the backward aughts, they came to ascertain caster architecture and accession in the 2010s. The aggregation additionally pioneered the abstraction of a $3,000 caster set, which became abundant added accepted in contempo years. ENVE was acquired by Amer Sports in 2016 for $50 actor (an aberrant avenue for the cycling industry). Despite this, the aggregation continues to innovate and advance its administration role. Aural the abundance biking category, it offers nine altered models from XC to trail, enduro, fat bike and DH with assorted widths to handle a ambit of tires and benumbed styles.
5. Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF Tires
Tread of the Decade
In the aboriginal ‘90s, the annoy admixture of best was the Panaracer Dart and Smoke, which were front- and rear-specific treads, respectively. For the 2010s, it was the Maxxis Minion DHF and DHR. You begin these spec’d on the top aisle bikes in the 2.3-inch amplitude and enduro bikes in the 2.5/2.4-inch versions. It’s a actual advancing footstep that provides superb absorption and collapsed attrition at pressures as low as 18 psi. They aren’t ablaze and don’t cycle easily, but that’s not why you run Minions. These are decline advancing (hence the “DH”) while actuality all-mountain capable.
6. Specialized S-Works Ballsy Anatomy (2017)
XC Anatomy of the Decade
This is Kate Courtney’s 2018 World Championship frame, aback aback she was benumbed for Team Specialized. It is additionally the belvedere for my adeptness antagonism setup, which I rode in both the Esplanade City Point-to-Point and Breck Epic. With the adeptness to accept any XC frame, this is the best in my opinion. First, it’s abundantly light. My body with a dropper column weighs 22 pounds, bristles ounces. Next, the 100mm of rear abeyance is aloof abundant to handle big descents while additionally actuality cool able for advancing in and out of the saddle. Finally, it allows for two full-sized baptize bottles aural the capital triangle.
7. Smith Forefront 2 Helmet (2013)
Helmet of the Decade
As abundance biking became added aggressive, the careful accessory bare to evolve. The aboriginal Forefront helmet advance the way with added aegis on the abandon and back. It was one of the aboriginal enduro-style helmets, which are advised to be acclimated with goggles. With the Forefront’s altered bore Koroyd close shell, it offered a new akin of appulse protection. I additionally like how shades can be deeply stowed beneath the affectation aback it’s addled up.
8. Oakley Prizm Aisle Lenses (2015)
Shades of the Decade
Oakley’s Prizm Aisle lenses, which are offered on a ambit of altered frames including the Field Jacket (above), are accurately advised for the alteration ablaze altitude of abundance biking i.e. activity in and out of the forest, breadth you appointment capricious levels of sun and shade, generally at aerial ante of speed. These are acquainted to the aisle with added adverse and average ablaze transmission.
9. Shimano XC9 Boa Abundance Bike Shoes (2017)
Shoes of the Decade
While the Boa cease arrangement was aboriginal alien on bike shoes in 2003, it took a while for shoe designers to appropriately accommodate and apparatus the technology. The old ratchet arrangement captivated on for a while. Recently, though, Boa’s dial-and-cable arrangement has become the standard. If you watch WorldTour racing, you’ll generally see riders extensive bottomward and adjusting their shoes to clothing an accessible ascend or sprint. This is because (a) it makes a aberration and (b) it’s so easy. In particular, Shimano nailed its Boa affiliation with the XC9. It is by far the best adequate XC shoe I’ve anytime worn, yet it’s abundantly annealed for best abutment and ability transfer.
10. RaceFace Next R Cranks and Cinch Arbor (2013)
Cranks of the Decade
This decade saw an admission in basal bracket standards, forth with 11-speed and 12-speed alternation standards from both Shimano and SRAM. This can accomplish it boxy to advance in a abundant set of cranks, as they may not be accordant with a approaching bike. Not so with the RaceFace system, which is absolutely fabricated in Canada. The ablaze and cool annealed Next R carbon cranks use the able-bodied 30mm Cinch spindle, and RaceFace offers a basal bracket to fit any frame. The chainring is swappable and mounts anon to the crank application a accepted basal bracket tool. They ambit from 24t to 42t and accept versions for all alternation types.
11. Crank Brothers Stamp Pedals (2016)
Pedals of the Decade
Over the accomplished bristles years or so, I noticed a cardinal of accompany switching from clipless to collapsed pedals to abate abolition risk. Personally, I started application them for decline abundance biking a brace years ago. I ample if I’m activity to be demography air in the bike park, it’s best not to be absorbed to the bike in the accident I charge to bail. It took a few canicule to get acclimated to my anxiety affective advisedly on the pedals, but again it acquainted absolutely natural, both pedaling and in the air. I approved a few altered models, and the Crank Brothers Stamp provided the ideal belvedere admeasurement and feel. They’re additionally absolutely light.
12. POC Coron Air Carbon Spin Helmet (2019)
Full Face Helmet of the Decade
The admeasurement of decline bike parks like those in Whistler, British Columbia, and Deer Valley Resort in Utah accept fabricated the full-face helmet a key allotment of gear. I’ve approved many, and the POC Coron Air Carbon Spin offers the best aggregate of protection, comfort, blast and weight. It fits and breathes abundantly well. Fortunately, I haven’t had to analysis its careful qualities, but POC is a bazaar baton in designing careful accessory for both cycling and skiing.
13. Assos T.rallyShorts_S7 Bib Shorts (2016)
Bib Shorts of the Decade
After a acquaintance bankrupt his femur aback his rear caster done out and he fell hip aboriginal on slickrock, I started benumbed with hip pads religiously. Aback Assos alien the tRallyShorts_S7, it anon became the abandoned abundance bike bib that I wear. Because in accession to the disposable hip pads, the Swiss aggregation makes the best adequate chamois and integrates the highest-performing fabrics. These can be beat abandoned for XC or with over shorts for aisle and enduro riding.
14. G-Form Pro-X Knee Pads (2012)
Pads of the Decade
Advancements in careful accessory was a big affair in the 2010s. One of the antecedents in this breadth was G-Form. The company’s proprietary SmartFlex added is bendable and flexible, authoritative it adequate to abrasion in any condition. Aback it’s impacted, though, the pads anneal to blot the shock. If I’m not XC racing, I’m cutting the G-Form Pro-X Knee Pads. Yes, for every ride. I’ll about ascend with them on my shins and again cull them up to my knees for the descents. There is aught downside because they counterbalance about annihilation and don’t baffle with pedaling in a allusive way. I put these to assignment several times this accomplished season. I additionally abrasion the bend pads aback I’m in the bike park.
15. GoPro Hero8 Camera (2019)
Camera of the Decade
This was the decade of POV video footage. My aboriginal camera was the GoPro Hero3 Black in 2013, and I’ve endemic every archetypal since. The best contempo Hero8 Black evolves accomplished the careful case, finer authoritative it abate and easier to use. The ascent tabs cast bottomward from the basal and adumbrate abroad beneath the camera. Like the Hero7 Black, the analgesic affection is GoPro’s next-generation Hypersmooth 2.0 technology, which stabilizes footage application software that makes it attending like the camera was army on a gimbal.
16. Breeze Trails
Trails of the Decade
The absolute breeze aisle is advised such that pedaling and braking are optional, acknowledgment to altogether sculpted berms and jumps. You’re at one with the armament of gravity, absorption and momentum. It’s one of the best animosity you can accept on a abundance bike, and it’s one of the better trends of the decade. Starting with bike parks and accretion to cross-country aisle networks, breeze trails accept exploded over the accomplished 10 years. One such aisle (pictured above) is Tidal Wave at Deer Valley Resort, which debuted in 2015. It’s an average aisle with a brace dozen mid-size tabletop all-overs and berms to affix them. Like abounding of the world’s best breeze trails, it was advised by Whistler-based Force Logic, which itself has had a huge appulse on the sport.
17. Trust Achievement Message Abeyance Angle (2018)
Fork of the Decade
This is the decade aback we apparent rear abeyance application a array of bond designs. Abeyance authority Dave Weagle is accustomed with abounding of them, including The Following by Evil Bikes (above). Best recently, though, he angry his absorption to advanced suspension. Weagle co-founded Trust Performance, and afterwards abounding years of clandestineness and development debuted the Message abeyance angle aftermost year. It applies the aforementioned bond attempt to the advanced wheel. Unlike scope designs, the Message is added acute to impacts from altered angles and doesn’t ache from stiction or abortive loading aback ambience up for a turn. I’ve yet to ride the fork, but the reviews accept been actual positive.
18. Garmin Edge 830 Cyclometer (2019)
Cyclometer of the Decade
Mobile accretion and abstracts science accept had a transformative appulse on cycling. Garmin’s 800-series cyclometer acquired through several iterations, accession at the Edge 830 as we blanket up the decade. In accession to capturing and processing affection amount and ability beat data, which it uses to account VO2 Max and added key achievement metrics, the analgesic affection is alleged ClimbPro. This provides a real-time, graphical representation of a accustomed ascend with accepted brand and both ambit and vertical anxiety remaining. It enables you appropriately barometer your effort, which is analytical in a chase book breadth you’re alien with the course. Inevitably, this will be the abandoned awning you’ll absolutely use in a race.
19. Trailforks Mapping Application (2014)
Mobile App of the Decade
In the old canicule (pre-2010), you chock-full by the bounded bike boutique to buy a map and get some intel about the best bike routes. The Trailforks app angry this bounded ability into accepted knowledge. Acknowledgment to smartphones, accessible antecedent software and crowdsourcing, anybody has admission to abundant aisle maps…for free. One can absorb hours in the app, both on desktop and mobile, bond calm trails and creating ballsy routes. Plus, there is an app for Garmin devices, so Trailforks can be acclimated in absolute time while you ride.
20. Strava Fitness App (2009)
Obsession of the Decade
Strava is best frequently accepted for its aggressive elements, which accept been the antecedent of abundant controversy. But this attenuated appearance misses the big picture. While aggressive with accompany and strangers is axial to my Strava experience, it’s a baby allotment of its all-embracing value. Aboriginal and foremost, Strava makes cycling added social. Accustomed our active lives, we can’t consistently alike benumbed schedules. Strava enables us to allotment our abandoned efforts and accept acknowledgment in the anatomy of comments and kudos. This validates our adversity and provides action to accumulate training. It is additionally a ride log that food every mile ridden and vertical bottom climbed.