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Few people have had as profound an impact on mountain bike design as Keith Bontrager. Today at 10 A.M. Pacific Standard Time), Keith Bontrager steps on a stage at Mission Workshop, in San Francisco, and tells his story. Watch the broadcast live here.
While Kali may be a young company, compared to the more established names, it is certainly not lacking in experience. It comes as no surprise then that the company is stirring things up on the technological side of things. Consider the Amara helmet….
After a few hundred dollars in baggage fees, still slightly unsure on our preparation, Brian Lopes and I set off for Italy to compete in the inaugural Enduro World Series race. Enduro mania has been sweeping the globe and what better way to gain and understanding for it’s popularity than to attend, compete in and experience the largest (and potentially most competitive ever) Enduro race to date first hand.
To be a better rider you have to make yourself better; buying stuff won’t actually make you better. Unfortunately the sirens of the marketeers are louder than all, so sometimes we may give into the hyperbole and forget that we need to improve ourselves first. Really, the truth is often that we suck, rather than the things we choose to project our suckiness upon.
I’ve been injured riding bikes for the better part of 50 years. While there have been a few spectacular crashes, I’ve gotten away with mostly minor scraps, cuts and bruises. But for my most recent injury, the most life interrupting, I’ve given myself my own personal Darwin award.
There’s a simple beauty in Juliana’s approach. The bikes aren’t overworked. They aren’t given super short top-tubes and painted to look like doilies under the pretense of meeting women’s needs. Instead, the Juliana line is comprised of damn good bikes shifted down the size spectrum.
Over 500 riders from almost every nation will set up camp in the outdoor paddock at Punta Ala beachside resort, in Maremma on the southern tip of Tuscany, over the weekend of May 18 and 19, to take part in the first race of the seven-stop inaugural Enduro World Series.
Manuel Beastley has become something of a folk hero since he stomped an international field of competitors at the Sea Otter Classic. In this edition of “Inside the Pro’s Bikes” Beastley reveals some of the exclusive features of his winning ride, including it’s new-school geometry, four-inch tires and classic coaster brake
Imagine travelling through one of the most beautiful countries in the world and then getting dropped off in Cortina; the word stunning is an understatement. Our goal was two fold – make our way up to one of the highest Refugio’s in Italy and two – discover some perfect pieces of singletrack along the way.
If you haven’t heard of enduro racing by now, you have some serious catching up to do. The European-rooted race discipline is sweeping across North American this summer, with new races cropping up all over the West. California, Oregon and Washington all have their own series now, and this year marks the inception of the World Enduro Series. In other words, enduro has hit the big time.
The Sea Otter Classic hosted the Speed and Style competition in which riders competed against each other and the clock on a modified pump track, with time deductions at judges’ discretion based upon the quality and difficulty of their tricks.
Stunned. Shocked. In awe. Words hardly explain our amazement at the athletic display played out by Manuel Beastley and signature Fat Bike of Glory at the 2013 Sea Otter Classic. Beastley made it no secret–he intended to dominate every style of mountain biking at Otter…then he went and did just that.