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Better Than Baseball

03.18.2010 //

Words By Lydia Tanner For the last six months a crew of pro athletes, event organizers, and opinion leaders have been hashing out the details of the first ever Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour, which will touch down in Europe, Canada, and the United States with ten big events. It’s a development that sports […]


03.17.2010 //

Words By Lydia Tanner For the first time, SRAM is offering a complete collection of parts. Operating under the X7 moniker, the setup was created for mid level XC, DH, and freeriders- or anyone who doesn’t have a professional paycheck at their disposal. First and foremost, SRAM X7 features a 2×10 drivetrain, which echoes SRAM’s […]

Cool New Goodies

03.17.2010 //

Words By Lydia Tanner One of the most popular helmets from Uvex, the reasonably priced Sport Boss includes a mesh “bee stopper,” enhanced back-of-the-head protection and an absurdly comfortable one-handed internal adjustment system. This particular feature comes in handy, especially on hot days when sweaty straps tend to shrink and stretch- a quick spin of […]

Extracurricular Activities

03.05.2010 //

Words by Lydia Tanner Every skinny, awkwardly tanned bike geek out there probably harbors some vestige of resentment towards the football heroes of high school yesteryears. Yet if current Northern California trends continue, the reign of the pigskin jock might finally be coming to a close. For proof, go visit Sir Frances Drake High School, […]

Jane of all Trades

03.03.2010 //

Words by Lydia Tanner Whether you know her for her blazing fast times, blazing fast husband, or habit of sporting costume wigs with teammate Willow Koerber, you do know Heather Irmiger. Fresh off an especially impressive season in ’09, the Boulder, Colorado native and Subaru-Gary Fisher rider is fast becoming one of the most prominent […]

Blueprint: Kona’s New Magic Cadabra

12.09.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Yeti 303 RDH

12.09.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Trek Session 88 DH

12.09.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Specialized SX Trail 1

12.09.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Norco Shore One

12.08.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Rocky Mountain Altitude 70

12.01.2009 //

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 […]

Roger Rinderknecht is looking for a new ride

11.17.2009 //

Swiss mountain bike 4X World Cup racer and BMX Olympics competitor Roger Rinderknecht won’t ride for GT bikes anymore. Roger and GT quit their cooperation after four successful years.

E*thirteen Unleashes Two New Guides

11.05.2009 //

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+, […]

Bike Test: Jamis XAM II

11.03.2009 //

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, […]

Bike Test: Ibis Tranny

10.27.2009 //

“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 […]

Bike Test: Bionicon Golden Willow SC I

10.20.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Mongoose Pinn’R Apprentice

10.13.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Kona Minxy

10.06.2009 //

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 […]

Bike Test: Jamis Dakar XCT 2

09.30.2009 //

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 […]

Sam Hill Takes Schladming DH; 2009 World Cup Is In the Bag

09.21.2009 //

World Cup champions crowned after awesome weekend of racing in Schladming, Austria.

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