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Photos by Anthony Smith and Morgan Meredith Words by Brice Minnigh By now you’ve probably seen the live feed of the 2012 Red Bull Rampage. And the @bikemag Instagrams might have given away the results before you finished that feed. But you should look at these photos anyway. And you might want to read the [...]
Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Anthony Smith Most people know that the Red Bull Rampage is a non-stop succession of paradigm-setting performances by the world’s most fearless big-mountain riders, but at least half the action takes place in between the labyrinth of lines that lace the dry, dusty mesas. In between these lines—and often [...]
Photos By Anthony Smith and Morgan Meredith Words By Brice Minnigh First day of class—the world’s best freeriders know to pay attention when Rampage organizer Todd Barber delivers his dissertations. All Quiet on the Western Ridgeline: This is where riders’ dreams and nightmares will become reality. Red Bull Rampage volunteers do the heavy lifting for [...]
How do you get yourself in the right mental state to jump off a cliff? Every Red Bull Rampage competitor has his own ritual, from climbing tall trees to playing ukelele in the desert to hitting the jumps. Here how some of the competitors get into the zone.
By Vernon Felton WHAT: Dancing with Cats HOW MUCH: $16.95 WHERE: Garden-variety, left-leaning bookstore I’m struggling to find the words. Groping and bumping my head against a thousand walls. How, exactly, can I relay just how disturbing Dancing with Cats truly is? For instance, I was planning to use that as my first sentence: Dancing [...]
By Kevin Rouse A-Class VXD3 Wheelset – $749 aclass-wheels.com Stock and bond markets be damned—gold is where it’s at. The designers over at A-Class obviously think so at least. Well, as far as aesthetics go anyway. For their VXD3 wheelset, they chose aluminum instead to help keep weight and (at roughly $1700 an ounce for [...]
All-mountain goes bulletproof The use of composites in bicycle manufacturing is hardly a new idea; frame builders have been utilizing bonded carbon fiber tubes since the mid-1970s, and as carbon-composite technology advanced, wheels and components were quickly embraced by the skinny-tire world. Composites also drew the attention of the weight-conscious XC crowd, but the high-impact [...]
Kona raised eyebrows when it announced its Magic Link-equipped CoilAir in 2008. After all, the company hadn’t produced a new suspension system for the better part of a decade, choosing instead to rely on the classic four-bar design. What the four-bar lacked in sexy marketing mojo, it made up for with trademark Kona durability. But [...]
The Yeti 303 RDH is an impressive piece of MACHINERY—a slimmer, leaner, single-rail version of its twin-rail big brother, the 303 DH. The bike is the direct result of input from Yeti’s sizeable squad of racers. The bigger bike was overkill for smoother racecourses with more high-speed berms and fast, smooth jumps, so racers asked [...]
Specialized went back to the drawing board in 2009 and heaped a whole lot of engineering love on the already venerable SX Trail. Highlights include a tapered headtube, chainstay-mounted front derailleur, a jungle of reconfigured tubes and all manner of bombproof, forged frame pieces, including the headtube, rear dropouts, bottom-bracket shell and chainstay yoke. The [...]
Trek’s mountaitaitain bike development team hashashas been on a tear over the last few years, and the company’s Session big-bike platform was the last of the off-road lineup to be anointed with the company’s technological trifecta. In marketing parlance, this includes Full Floater, ABPBP and EVO Link. In plain English, Full Floater simply means the [...]
Calling a bike “The Shore” might seem a bit pretentious, but Vancouver-based Norco was on the scene before the first ladder bridge was ever built on the city’s infamous North Shore, and it cooked up this bike specifically for the technical terrain of its namesake. As one would expect, the Shore One is truly at [...]
When it comes to long rides, at least half the fun is going up. So when Rocky Mountain sought to replace its ETSX series, it set out to design a bike that would climb faster than the rider’s heart rate, but still be able to descend in style. Meet the 5.5-inch-travel Altitude, Rocky’s new XC [...]