Colorado Give Back

Colorado Give Back Freehub X CBMBA Fundraiser

To celebrate the release of our Colorado Photo Book and give back to the stewards who maintain some of the Centennial State's best trails, Freehub is hosting a virtual fundraiser to benefit the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA).

Funds raised will go to the Crested Butte Conservation Corps, a summer trail and stewardship crew that maintains more than 480 miles of singletrack around Crested Butte, as well as educates visitors on responsible trail use to help mitigate impacts from overuse and misuse of the surrounding public lands.

Each entry equals a chance to win a brand new Mach 6, provided by Pivot, as well as other great prizes from Fat Tire. On top of some sweet swag, Fat Tire is also throwing down a match on all funds raised up to $10,000! Get your entries today and support the amazing trails of Crested Butte, Colorado!

Win these amazing prizes from our partners!

Pivot Mach 6
Retail Value: $6,299

Fat Tire Jacket
Retail Value: $105

Fat Tire Hoodie
Retail Value: $60

Fat Tire Green Corduroy Hat
Retail Value: $26

Fat Tire Off White T-Shirt
Retail Value: $25

The fundraiser is open until April 7th, 2023 with the winners being drawn on April 13th, 2023.

Welcome to Issue 14.1

As Freehub enters its 14th year of coffee-table magazine publishing, we’re proud to present this special Colorado Photo Book—a visual field guide to one of the planet’s greatest places to ride a mountain bike. The massive state of Colorado, choked with the most mountainous terrain of the Lower 48, boasts more world-class riding than anywhere in the world apart from, arguably, British Columbia. This lovingly curated issue is a photographic tribute to the vast and diverse swathe of tectonic uplift known as The Centennial State, highlighting its marquee mountain communities through extensive photo galleries and in-depth stories designed to prepare you for your next road trip. From the crown jewels of the Gunnison Valley and storied trail networks in the San Juan Mountains, to the high-desert delights of the Grand Valley and alpine gems surrounding Summit County, we honor the must-ride destinations of a state with an endless bounty of singletrack treasures. Open a copy of Issue 14.1 and start planning your own Colorado adventures.

About the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association

The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association was founded by a group of riders and volunteers in 1983. Since then, we have grown into a full-fledged nonprofit that works with our partners to build and maintain over 480 miles of singletrack trail around Crested Butte. We are not affiliated with any other bike clubs or trails organizations, so all of our funds go right back into caring for our own backyard. We fulfill our mission by hosting community events and trail work days that galvanize hundreds of volunteers, who put in over 1500 hours of service every summer. We work closely with our partners, such as the US Forest Service, Gunnison County, the towns of Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte, and the CB Land Trust. We advocate for sustainable, responsible trails and trail use. We run a website that is a hub of trail information for locals and visitors to the upper Gunnison Valley, featuring maps, recommended rides, and trail conditions reports.

In 2017 CBMBA founded a summer trail and stewardship crew, the Crested Butte Conservation Corps (CBCC), to help manage the impacts of increased visitors to our Valley. They work on trails of all kinds, from motorized trails to wilderness and everything in between. In addition to trail work, the CBCC cleans up trash and human waste from the backcountry, educates users at trailheads, and encourages an ethos of respect throughout all user groups in the Valley. Since its inception, the CBCC has cleared 2,133 downed trees blocking trails and access roads, completed maintenance projects on 415 miles of trails, removed 6,831 pounds of trash from public lands, cleaned 3,006 campsites, and conversed with 7,164 trail users about proper trail etiquette.

Through our work, CBMBA strives to balance recreation with conservation, minimizing the environmental impacts of trails in whatever ways are possible. We believe that recreation engenders authentic connections to the environment and that trail-based recreation and volunteer service can be a tool for environmental awareness. Through our work on trails we seek to build community, educate users, steward the environment, conserve the landscape, and create a beautiful, sustainable amenity in our backyard for all to enjoy!

About Fat Tire

Fat Tire was born on a bike—a late '80s Specialized Stumpjumper, to be precise. Just over thirty years ago, an electrical engineer and passionate homebrewer flew to Belgium with a first generation Stumpy, a backpack, and a notebook. After immersing himself in Belgian brewing culture, he arrived back in Fort Collins, Colo. inspired to brew what would become one of the most iconic beers in the US. Today, Fat Tire is America’s first certified carbon neutral beer.

Since day one, Fat Tire has remained committed to the two-wheeled community that inspired its inception. From awarding every employee a bicycle on their one-year anniversary (a tradition that started in 1999), to hosting the annual bike-and-beer-fueled festival, Tour de Fat, the only thing Fat Tire likes as much as beer is, well, bikes. Hell, there’s even a CX course behind the Fort Collins brewery.

That commitment to cycling took a major step forward in 1996, when the company made its very first bicycle grant—to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Since then, Fat Tire has donated over $9 million to bicycle nonprofits working to increase ridership through bicycle equity and access, safety education, and transportation justice. Why? Because they believe bikes keep people—and our planet—happy and healthy. Learn more about Fat Tire and their initiatives at

About the Pivot Mach 6

Offering unparalleled support and confidence, Pivot's Mach 6 boosts over gnarly terrain and big gaps, preserving our flow as we turn every trail obstacle into a new feature. This 27.5-wheeled trail bike boasts 160mm of front and rear travel and frame geometry dialed for getting us airborne. We’re having extra fun aboard this machine on our local trail loops, hitting the side features and gap jumps with more gusto than ever before. The coil shock expertly soaks up the biggest hits, giving the bike a perfected bottomless feel. This full carbon frame with durable but lightweight components keeps the weight down and the strength up, so we’re climbing fire roads with ease and sending descents with plenty of peace of mind.

With modern and adjustable frame geometry the Mach 6 doesn’t slouch when it comes to rider options or optimization. The integrated flip-chip located just above the shock allows for half a degree of head-angle and seat-tube angle adjustment, including 6mm of bottom-bracket adjustment. The playful 65.5° head-tube angle begs to be popped off jumps and side-trail features, all while keeping the front end composed and steady in slow-speed chunder. Lowering it with the flip-chip we achieve an even more slacked-out rig and having the option to run a 29in wheel on the front gives us a true enduro bruiser. Pivot emphasizes dropping the fork down to 150mm if a 29in the wheel is installed, but we’ll be keeping the 160mm.

Kit on the new Mach 6 gets the job done with a mix of Shimano XT and SLX components. Featuring the Shimano Hyperglide system, the drivetrain works together to create the easiest and most reliable shifting system out there. DT Swiss takes care of wheel duties with the ever-reliable 350 hubs and 1700 series hoops. A large 30mm inner rim diameter supports the max-frame-allowance 2.6in rubber and creates a tire profile that finds grip in all sorts of conditions. Maxxis supports rubber duties with the ultra-grippy Assegai tires in a 2.5in width front and rear, allowing for supreme control in the corners and loose terrain.

The Mach 6 with its newly fitted vertical shock defies convention about what a playful park bike can do. This pedal happy machine begs to be taken on lift days or big fire road pedals up and chunky jump-filled terrain down. A coil-shock better supports big hits and harsh bottom-outs for repeated trail abuse. The modern geometry numbers pair well with its aggressive tire outfitting, easily running down the steeps, hitting flat corners, or gliding over huge gap jumps. We’re choosing this bike when we’re going out to our local loops, excited to hit some of the new jumps and optional drops littered over the trail system.