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The economy still faces a bumpy road toward recovery, but that’s no reason for your chain to keep dropping. At least, that’s the logic behind E*thirteen’s latest, and affordable, SS+ chainguide. The company recently unveiled the guide, as well as another XC-oriented product called the XCX. The SS+ is based on the company’s popular SRS+, [...]
Jamis bills the XAM II as an “aggressive all-mountain” bike, a designation this baby blue beauty had no problem living up to. Witness the headtube-downtube junction: a triple-decker-submarine-sandwich-sized mass of 7005-aluminum tubes and gussets. In fact, everything on the frame, from the massive chainstays to the oversized swing-link and shock mounts, is seriously overbuilt. Spec-wise, [...]
“This scale has got to be wrong,” I thought. Sure, this Ibis Tranny was built as a singlespeed, but it’s got a 4-inch-travel fork with a through-axle, and it certainly looks the part of a brawler…. But 20 pounds, complete? Any doubts were erased the first time I rode the Tranny—it felt every bit of [...]
There are Autobots, there are Decepticons, and then there is bike maker Bionicon. While the company’s Golden Willow may lack heavy artillery or the ability to morph into a giant talking robot, several months of riding this bike proved that it’s no less of a transformer. The basic Bionicon concept aims to emulate the natural [...]
A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE THAT FAMOUS CHROME MONGOOSE BMX bike dropped into Helltrack in the ’80s cult classic RAD. Fastforward to today, and the mean-looking, matte-black, 7.5-inch Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice is a good indication of just how much times have changed. A late melt to the snowpack this season provided the Pinn’R with a [...]
THE WOMEN’S MINXY IS A FREERIDE-LITE DIRT LOVER THAT HAS been tweaked from the layout of her big brother, the Stinky Six, to deliver a ride that anyone can appreciate, regardless of chromosome combinations. The bike’s custom graphics are just as sexy as her name, and her subtle but strong femininity made the Minxy a [...]
THE DAKAR XCT IS JAMIS’ TAKE ON THE 5-INCH, GO-ANYWHERE, do-anything, Downieville-style-of-riding bike. Jamis claims it descends as well as its bigger brother, the 6-inch XAM, and pedals like the company’s cross-country race bikes. The first of those claims proved valid—descending was this bike’s strongest asset. The XCT’s slackish 67.5-degree head angle helped the Jamis [...]
Fox recently leaked some highlights from its 2010 lineup, and these three new products top the list. Building on its arsenal of helmets and knee, shin and elbow pads—and drawing from decades of experience in the motocross world—Fox has significantly expanded its protective gear quiver. The V3R full-face helmet is based on Fox’s successful V3 [...]
What: Thule complete roof rack system How much: $786 (as shown, including 400 XT towers, Thule Eschelon fork-mount tray, Thule Sidearm upright mount, faring, crossbars and lock core 8-pack) More info: 800-238-2388; thuleracks.com Installation video: HERE Thule, which hails from Sweden by way of Connecticut (home of its U.S. headquarters and most of its bike-rack [...]
/// Carbon is the Remedy /// Trek’s lightweight all-mountain bike, the Remedy, is about to get a whole lot lighter. The company, famous for its OCLV carbon mountain and road bikes, is bringing that carbon expertise to the 150-millimeter-travel Remedy. The company, last weekend in Altaussee, Austria, unveiled two carbon Remedy models, the 9.9 and [...]
“Where’s Gilberto? Has anyone seen Simoni,” asks one of the marketing representatives of Fulcrum wheels to the crowd of 30 or 40 riders gathered around the Canazei Bike Park tram station, near Val Gardena Italy. He is referring to legendary road racer Gilberto Simoni, who is somewhere on the mountain, dressed in full knee and [...]
After an almost a year-long delay, Marin bikes launched its new 4-inch bike, the Alchemist. “We wanted to be sure we got things right the first time,” said Marin’s marketing manager Mark Vanek. “We needed the bike to pass European testing standards, which are tougher than the U.S. standards.” The Alchemist is Marin’s stab at [...]
When most cyclists sign up for a mountain bike race, they can expect to climb on their bikes and ride either loops of a single circuit or a point-to-point course of trails. It’s doubtful whether they anticipate a scenic ferry crossing as part of the “warm-up.” For the almost 400 BC Bike Race participants, an [...]
June 29, 2009 North Vancouver, BC (Source: B.C. Bike Race) — The tempest that unleashed high winds and heavy rainfall onto the Vancouver area on Saturday night did nothing to ease the pre-race jitters building among the almost 400 racers set to roll up to this morning’s start line of the 2009 BC Bike Race. [...]
Win a prize package worth more than $1,000, including an autographed Chase frame and parts. The winner also receives a full Fox kit that includes the company’s Transition helmet, Bomber Dirt Shirt, Sergeant short and Incline glove. To enter, go to http://www.foxhead.com/us/contests/?id=17264 The contest ends on June 15th.
The green flag drops in Vancouver this weekend as the third annual BC Bike race heads for the hills. The seven-day-long adventure race starts in the city on Sunday, and heads directly for the legendary trails of Vancouver’s North Shore.More than 400 racers, competing alone or in teams of two, have registered for this year’s [...]
Anthill Films has just finished putting together the first rider profile for their upcoming film Follow Me. This clip features Matt Hunter talking about riding bikes since birth and his role in Anthill’s new movie. The profile was shot in Kamloops with Matt and Kurt Sorge during Anthill’s first official shoot for the film.
The Northwest’s fastest gravity racers will be pinning it at stop three of the Fluidride Series at Mt. Hood, Oregon, this weekend. The course is a favorite among racers and this year it features a new lower section for Pro/Expert racers that already has riders looking forward to the weekend. “It should be super fun, [...]
Helmet cam of Jason Memmelaar’s winning run at Seven Springs, PA that was nearly 3 seconds ahead of the runner-up Alejandro Ortiz.