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Tested: Giro Feature

07.08.2013 //

It’s only natural that a helmet dubbed the ‘Feature’ should have plenty of them. But at first glance, that doesn’t exactly appear to be the case.

Tested: POC Trabec

06.12.2013 //

The first thing you’ll notice about the POC is its fit. For those accustomed to primarily XC offerings, be prepared for a different experience.

News: California Enduro Series Announced

12.12.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Hot on the heels of the announcement of the Enduro World Series comes news of the impending California Enduro Series, slated to kick off early next year in—you guessed it—the Golden State. Announced Wednesday, the series is set to feature four events in 2013, the dates and locations of which will be

Gallery: 2012 Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships

12.03.2012 //

Words and photos by Kevin Rouse “Dude, hang that one from the tree…” “Move that one way over there—oh, and take off one of their wheels!” The LeMans start was about to get interesting, or rather, more interesting. Because, really, the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships has never really been lacking in the amusement category. Or

News: Sho-Air/Cannondale Team Announced

11.16.2012 //

Representing one of the largest reinvestments in North American professional mountain-biking in recent years, co-sponsors Sho-AIR and Cannondale announced the formation of the new Sho-Air/Cannondale race team on Thursday in Southern California. The Lineup. “World, Meet Sho-Air/Cannonadale. Sho-Air/Cannondale, Meet the World…” Billed as the North American arm of Cannondale’s global mountain bike race category, Sho-Air

Life Behind Bars: Crashes and Qualifiers at Red Bull Rampage – Episode 14

10.30.2012 //

Source: Redbull Brandon Semenuk is in Virgin, Utah with the Coastal Crew scoping out possible runs for the ultimate downhill mountain biking competition, Red Bull Rampage. After Kenny Smith takes a brutal fall during qualifiers, Brandon heads back to the mountain with hopes that his newly crafted line will put him at the top of

First Impressions: Shimano MO-88 Trail Shoes

10.20.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Shimano M0-88 Shoes $120 / I didn’t exactly need a pair of new shoes. Then again, I wasn’t about to turn a pair down either. So when a pair of Shimano’s latest budget-friendly SPD trail shoes showed up on my desk for review just before the Interbike trade show, I wasn’t

Video: Northstar California Hosts the 2012 Tara Llanes Classic

09.26.2012 //

Source: Northstar California Join Northstar California for the 6th Annual Tara Llanes Classic taking place September 28 – 30, 2012. We will have an XC Race on Saturday and a Super D Race on Sunday. Proceeds of the Tara Llanes Classic mountain bike race will go towards the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund and

Preview: Niner Unveils New Carbon RIP9 RDO

09.18.2012 //

Niner’s venerable RIP 9, their self-professed “quiver-killer” has gone carbon for 2013 with the RIP 9 RDO. The 2013 RIP 9 RDO in Rally Blue Featuring a full carbon frame, including linkages, the RIP 9 takes Niner’s patented CVA suspension and squeezes out 125-millimeters of travel designed with anywhere from a 120-millimeter to 140-millimeter fork

Video: Photographer Stephen Wilde Gets ‘Covered’ By Dan Barham

09.06.2012 //

From: A few weeks ago, we took the opportunity to travel to British Columbia to present Paved and Bike magazine photographer Stephen Wilde with a framed cover of the Fall issue. It features one of his images shot while on assignment for the ‘Zen to Zero’ story that can be found inside the issue.

5 Minute Break: Trail Boss

09.06.2012 //

Whistler isn’t exactly the first place you might think of when hardtails come to mind, but this tidy little edit from Chromag looks to prove that hardtails and the burly singletrack surrounding Whistler and Pemberton can exist together in a state of outright bliss. Source: Chromag Jinya Nishiwaki, Dan Skogland and Kevin Phelps rip hardtails

Life Behind Bars: Crankworx Whistler – Episode 10

09.04.2012 //

Source: Red Bull Brandon is in Whistler, BC for the 10-day event Crankworx, which features the ultimate slopestyle contest of the year, Red Bull Joyride. After a four-hour practice run, Brandon gets ready for the big event, while Intern enjoys the nightlife that Whistler has to offer.

Preview: Niner Expands Its Jet 9 Lineup

08.30.2012 //

The matter of street cred is of little consequence when it comes to Niner and 29-inch bikes. Structured entirely around the wheel size—right down to the name of the company—the brand has obviously made an unwavering commitment to big wheels. While it maybe not quite as apparent at first glance, the company has also formed

Wind, Crashes and Mechanicals Define Crankworx Red Bull Joyride

08.18.2012 //

Photos by Anthony Smith and Reuben Krabbe Words by Brice Minnigh Battling heavy gusts of wind and freak mechanicals, the favorites in Crankworx Whistler’s 2012 Red Bull Joyride finals fell at the hands of some upstart young talents—with Belgium’s Thomas Genon rising to the top after three inspired runs. In his winning run, Genon landed

Preview: Specialized Bicycles’ 2013 Gravity Lineup

08.17.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse With no less than 30 boxes of pizza being assaulted by nearly as many journalists, marketing staff and the unmatched appetite of Swede sensation Martin Soderstrom (who knew the kid could eat as well as he can bunny hop?), it harked of one’s experience back at the dorm during university. Bikes strewn

First Impressions: 2013 Trek Fuel EX 9.9

08.15.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Photos: Sterling Lorence and Dan Milner Believe it or not, the singletrack trail category makes up a whopping 78-percent of Trek’s sales in the United States. So when the company goes and gives the Fuel, its bread-and-butter trail bike, a complete redesign, there is definitely some pretty decent incentive to make sure

Cortina Calling: Bikes, Booze, and Bruises in the Heart of the Dolomites

08.13.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Photos: Sterling Lorence and Dan Milner With nearly every muscle in my arms on the verge of cramping, there were a lot of thoughts going through my head, none of which the folks at Trek were probably intending, what with Bike having been invited to Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy for the sole purpose

Preview: Felt Compulsion

07.19.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Felt Compulsion $2900-$6200 / It’s been a big year for Felt. One of the smallest ‘big’ companies, Felt has been rather busy since last year’s introduction of its all-new Edict XC whip, and if the company’s new Compulsion is any indication, its time has been far from wasted. Since the company’s

Learning from La Grande Boucle

07.06.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse As Sal Ruibal pointed out in his Dirty Words column yesterday, The Tour de France is, at its heart, basically a mountain bike race. Well, I tend to agree, so before you begin to resent how much more attention mountain biking’s older sibling gets, take a minute to see how the Tour

BC Bike Race: Day ‘0’ Report

07.01.2012 //

The 6th annual BC Bike race has officially kicked into high gear with 500 racers from 33 countries completing registration and boarding their first of the week’s four ferry rides to cross the Georgia Strait from North Vancouver to Vancouver Island. From this base camp in the historic village of Cumberland, racers will depart in

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