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A DH race weekend is a magical world, the kind of place you find if you stumble through the back of a wardrobe or fall down a rabbit hole. Only the Cheshire cat would be wearing a pajama suit and Alice would be manically adjusting her tire pressure. Men run around in women’s clothing, scale buildings naked and drop their pants on course like baboons in heat.
You remember the long, lame vacations you took with your family as a kid–the trip to see the world’s biggest cow pie or the visit to the Ear Wax Hall of Fame? Well, this isn’t one of those vacations. Apparently, it pays to have a dad who rips.
Last weekend we packed our bags and headed to Telluride for a weekend of turquoise-shaded mayhem. It was the 2013 Yeti Cycles Tribe Gathering–this time, set within the beautiful Uncompahgre National Forest. Lots of riding. Lots of good food and great people and, of course, beer and mini bikes. The gallery tells the story.
Rocky Mountain’s Element 970 RSL BC Edition is a cross-country racer, British Columbia style. Light, efficient and surprisingly capable in technical conditions—an excellent choice for grueling endurance races.
Friends don’t let friends ride “hangry”, it can be messy. Educate yourself and always carry extra food. You never know when a low, blood-sugar emergency will have you pinning down a friend on trail, stuffing food into their mouth and yelling ‘the power of Christ compels you’.
More frolicsome than its serious, speed-seeking counterparts, this bike has solid parts that make it good value.
Whenever a racer shakes my hand and compliments our professional event, I have to stop myself from gesturing over my shoulder and asking, “but didn’t you see the bearded woman over there?” Yes, we have the ultimate singletrack, which goes without saying, but it’s the band of misfits that create our traveling circus who make each year a unique experience.
In an inspired turn, Giant Bicycles takes a page out of the Sabotage-era Beastie Boys book with this smart video. Well played, guys. Until August 31, 2013 the folks from Giant Bicycles Canada (yeah, sorry Americans, this one is north of the border) are excited to surprise random riders of bad, jiggly, rusty, beaten-down bikes […]
There’s something primal about riding remote, rocky, rainy terrain, and this is the setting for episode 2 of “Fabien Barel Presents.” He has journeyed to Scotland to find Joe Barnes to experience this harsh setting. Scotsmen must be hard and strong to survive, and it’s the same for mountain bike riding in that area, as Fab discovers with Joe.
By Seb Kemp Photo by Anthony Smith Straitline Silent Guide Price: $168 straitlinecomponents.com I love this product for the same reason I hate It. You see, I put one on my bike 14 months ago and in that time it did nothing. Absolutely nothing. Not once did I have to care for it, pamper it, […]
The racing action was fierce at Val di Sole. Our guests–Chris and Claire Kovarik, Sven Martin and Seb Kemp–shine a light on all that went down in Italy, both the obvious and the behind-the-scenes stories. Tune in to hear the real stories about racing that you won’t hear anywhere else.
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.
The XC Carbon remains one of the most capable cross-country race machines I’ve ever swung a leg over. Its geometry is unchanged in this rendition, however, it now comes stock with a 120-millimeter fork—an upgrade I made after writing my previous review of this bike. Over the test period, I found myself riding lines on the Blur that usually make me nervous on 6-inch bikes.
Words by Vernon Felton/Seb Kemp Photos by Dan Barham Now with the same geometry as the acclaimed Bronson (see the chart a bit further on down the post), plus six inches of travel and 27.5-inch wheels to match, the new Heckler is, well, new. Some things, however, remain the same…. Still single pivot. Still durable […]