2013 Bible Review – Cannondale Trigger Carbon 1, Video: Building a Carbon Frame, Exclusive: The Heart of Enduro, Exclusive: War of the Wheel Sizes, and Exclusive: Riding with Kabush and the SCOTT-3Rox Team.
This past weekend, over a hundred racers took part in FrostBike and wound up performing something akin to Bambi on ice. I, myself, spent two days falling down the ski hill, trying to capture some of the action, and not get spotted while peeing in the trees.
We spent a few days chasing Scott’s ostensibly cross-country racers around the kind of steep trails, trails you might not expect an XC team to enjoy, let alone mercilessly shred.
I know this will come as a surprise to many of you, but some people think I’m a bit weird…
Video Exclusive: Specialized Enduro 29er, First Ride: Specialized Enduro 29 Unveiled, Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Giant Trance X 29er 0, Video: Shaun Palmer – The Miserable Champion, and News: 10 Cool Things from Frostbike
Our test pilot raced the previously top-secret Specialized Enduro 29er in one of Europe’s most grueling enduro races. Here’s what he thought of the bike and the race.
The Bakery: Must Love Bikes, Feature: The Escape-Day 11-The Islands, Exclusive: An Ode to Tioga’s Tension Disc, Dirty Words: Why I Hate My Bike, and Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Kona Process DL.
While the bike industry may need more signatures over high-fives, we do not need them at a cost to our culture. Our character flaws and dysfunctions are what make our world desirable. We do not follow the formula or fit the cookie cutter mold of the business world…and that’s a good thing.
It’s not over yet, but we figured that we should reflect a little on the trip before we all evaporate into our own lives again. We also figured it was about time we introduced the members of The Escape.
Giant’s re-worked Glory is a dyed-in-the-wool World Cup racer—light, stiff, well-equipped and built for speed.
At the onset, you’re sucked in by the promise of adventure and experience – sights, smells, fresh faces – and on balance, these will be positive. However on any trip there are moments, and often full days, when your patience and outlook are challenged. Today was one of those days.
The Bakery: Wear a F*cking Helmet, You F*cktard!, News: Crankbrothers Breaks Down the New Mallet DH/Race Pedal, Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – BMC Fourstroke FS01 29, Feature: The Escape-Day 3, and Feature: Bourbon and Bikes.
Today every slight, short incline was a brutal reminder of the cumulative hours we’ve spent on the road reaching this island. Despite the pain, we found good (and weird) times on Hornby island.
It is shocking to me that anyone would ride without a helmet; death is one thing, but becoming a drooling burden on your family when you could have taken a step to prevent it is deplorable.
The last rendition of the Crankbrothers Mallet, the 1/2/3, has become popular among all mountain riders, but World Cup downhill athletes kept asking for a pedal that was more like the original Mallet. Listening to their feedback, Crankbrothers started the yearlong process of creating a brand new, “old-style” Mallet, exclusively for downhill racing. Here’s the behind-the-scenes story of how that pedal–the new Mallet DH/Race– was developed.
Denizens dressed up as bananas, clowns, and disconcertingly hairy prom queens charged through the sleeting darkness. Featuring fire spewing barricades, chants of “Hurry up, buttercup!” and the occasional Krispy Kreme donut followed by a bourbon chaser, SSCX proved a remarkable display of how much fun can be had while being absolutely miserable on a bike—a perfect opening act to the big race.
Exclusive: Riding the Rhythms of Jamaica’s High Country, Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review – Niner Jet 9 Carbon, Dirty Words: My Cross to Bear, The Bakery: Don’t Call it A Comeback, and Exclusive: 2013 Bible Review-Scott Genius 720
I have a guitar that’s been collecting dust in the corner for the better part of six years. I keep it for the same reason crazy bingo ladies keep troll dolls. I’m superstitious.
I still cannot believe that the World Championships were on American soil. If you weren’t there, you blew it.
Exclusive: Video Review – 2013 Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc, Tested: Race Face Chute Jacket, Exclusive: Video Review – 2013 Diamondback Mason, Video: Perhaps It’s Time to Consider Cyclocross, and Dirty Words: The Cruelest Month.