National mountain bike magazine wraps up bike testing on NWA trails


BENTONVILLE—A crew from the most popular mountain bike magazine in the country wrapped up the bike testing portion of its two-week trip to Northwest Arkansas in Bentonville Wednesday (Oct. 19).

A crew of ten editors, writers, photographers and videographers from Bike Magazine has been test-riding 35 of the most-anticipated mountain bikes of 2017 on trails in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville and Eureka Springs.

"[Northwest Arkansas] is becoming really well-known for mountain biking and it's about time we came here," Editor Brice Minnigh said. "I don't think I've ever seen a place that's had so much trail put in so quickly."

The testing crew includes seven men and three women.

"Some of the trails here that we've been testing on are smooth and flowing," Gear Editor Ryan Palmer said, "Other trails have lots of roots and rocks that are sort of randomly placed to make them more technical, so you do have a lot of variety here."

Both Minnigh and Palmer agree the variety makes the area appealing to every kind of rider.

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