Author Archives: "Anthony Smith"
Diving straight into steep, technical, unfamiliar trails can be a bit intimidating. Not exactly something that you would want to tackle on a bike that you just threw a leg over for the first time, but that’s exactly what happened the first time I rode the Rocky Mountain Altitude a couple summers ago in Whistler when the 27.5-inch-wheeled version debuted.
WHEN I WAS DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE COMPONENTS I wanted to put on my editor’s choice ‘Dream Build’ for Bike’s December 2013 issue, there was only one option I considered for a rear shock: the Cane Creek DB Air. My dream bike, a Banshee Spitfire, was a perfect match for that shock: A mid-travel, aggressive-geometry trail bike that is an absolute animal on the downhills.
I’ve been having dreams about the Spitfire since I sent back the model I picked as my tester’s choice in the 2011 Bible of Bike Tests. That original version was everything I wanted … almost. I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to see if Banshee’s new 2013 Spitfire together with a no-compromise build kit could truly be the bike of my dreams.
Here is a sick video clip from Foxhead’s recent shoot to promote its new Rampage Pro Carbon helmet and updated apparel line. Watch Cam and Tyler McCaul, Kyle Strait, Steve Smith and Josh Bryceland shred these NorCal trails—and then try to resist getting on your bike.
By Anthony Smith Photos by J.P. Van Swae The Cryptkeeper began as a blank slate for Deity back in 2008. With a rider-owned ethos of making products for riders by riders, their goal was to perfect the deceivingly simple dirt jump hardtail. Making every effort to address even the smallest of details in their quest […]
The Crankworx Whistler 2012 Dual Slalom races pitted some top names from the World Cup downhill circuit against some of the fastest slalom racers in the world, making for some exciting action for the sizeable crowd at the Whistler Bike Park.
Photos by Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh The 2012 Red Bull Joyride qualifiers attracted an A-list field of riders today, with big names from different backgrounds bringing their skill sets together to try to make the cut for Saturday’s finals. Sam Pilgrim and Anthony Messere are pre-qualified for Saturday’s Red Bull Joyride finals, so […]
With a brand-new track in a spectator-friendly location, Crankworx Whistler’s 2012 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge drew a huge crowd of exuberant fans, all eager to watch the toughest contest to date.
Crankworx Whistler’s 2012 Best Trick Showdown was blessed with almost no wind, unseasonably hot temperatures and some spontaneous radness that resulted in a clean sweep by British Columbians Jordie Lunn and Tom van Steenbergen.
Earlier this week in Chatel, France, a select group of journalists gathered for the official launch of Scott Bikes new Gambler. This new downhill race bike was born in Alps on the same trails where we would get an opportunity to ride it for the first time.
Congratulations to last week’s winner, Butch Green. Check out his entry HERE: . Teva will be giving out a free pair of their Links Mid Shoes for the best submission each week, and the grand prize winner will receive an autographed Jeff Lenosky frameset and Teva prize pack. This week team rider Paul Basagoitia will […]
As many predicted, the weather in Chatel, France, was the deciding factor at the 6th edition of Mountain Style. The organizers of the contest decided that the rain and high winds overnight made the course too dangerous for riders to attempt a final run on Sunday. Brandon Semenuk’s top qualifying run from Saturday would earn […]
Qualifying for the 6th edition of Chatel Mountain Style took place Saturday, July 7th in Chatel, France, and despite clear skies and sunshine, weather played a major role in how many of the competitors approached the course in their qualifying runs. Unpredictable gusty winds forced top riders to opt out of the biggest drop-in at […]