Author Archives: "Kevin Rouse"
By Kevin Rouse In my experience, there are few better ways to experience a new place than on a bike. Fast enough to cover some serious ground, and slow enough to take it all in, if I had my druthers, I’d have a bike with me on all my travels. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible [...]
The 2013 NiteRider product line has undergone some serious changes that will no doubt leave consumers happy. With the goal of increasing both output and value, Nitrider has been busy this past year. Major changes include the replacement of Niterider’s popular Cordless model line with the new Lumina series, a cordless USB-rechargeable light available with [...]
The premise is dead simple. Find a line, film yourself going big and submit it on our Facebook page to enter for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Whistler for you and a friend. You’ll kick back at the Bear Back Lodge and ride the bike park, with plenty of time in-between [...]
The Bicycle Film Festival started 11 years ago in New York City, and has come a long way since then, growing to encompass events in 25 cities in the United States and across the globe from Helsinki to Tokyo. An all-inclusive celebration of all things cycling, the festival seeks to highlight cycling in all its [...]
Tom Ritchey is well-known as one of the founding fathers of mountain biking. Along with Gary Fisher, Ritchey was responsible for many of the first commercially-produced mountain bikes to ever see trail time. Since then he founded Ritchey Bicycle Components, a brand long known for its race-oriented offerings. Tom Ritchey and Gary Fisher catch up [...]
Niner Bikes S.I.R 9 $999 (frame-only) / ninerbikes.com By Kevin Rouse Niner Bikes is looking to prove that steel has a solid spot on the list of modern mountain-bike building materials. Their argument for ferrous fabrication? Look no further than the completely redesigned Niner Bikes S.I.R 9. Centered around a proprietary steel tubeset that includes [...]
We’ve already keyed folks in on the Grade A singletrack Sun Valley has to offer, and we’ve also enlisted your help to assist Chopper with choosing the winners of Visit Sun Valley’s Singletrack Deficit Disorder Remedy Contest. And now, drumroll please, the winners: Here’s Zac and Dicky’s winning entry: When consulted about the selection process [...]
Source: Shimano Shimano introduces Zee, a new line of gravity components that are an ideal starting point for aggressive riders and racers. Zee is the gateway gravity component line that allows riders to get on board with Shimano’s gravity program and experience premium new component technologies at a price they can afford. Highlights in the [...]
Source: Red Bull Convoyed to Lillooet where Norb discovered an epic zone on Google Earth. Brandon Semenuk, his friend Graham Agassiz and the crew dig out some trails and let ‘er rip. Some of the raddest mountain biking ensues. Even The Intern gets amped as he hits a berm after a long night spent in [...]
Video: Norco Bicycles Norco got down and dirty at Fort William. Jill Kintner was able to pull off a 10th place finish in the women’s race despite a solid crash mid-run, while on the men’s side, Bryn Atkinson was able to fight his way through the rapidly changing course conditions to 20th.
Video: Chain Reaction Cycles Set to be the first of many long-format documentaries from Chain Reaction Cycles, ‘Geared Up’ follows the story of two of the largest online bike retailer’s very own employees. They may have day jobs, but downhill rider Michael Cowan and BMX flatland star Peter Hollinger still find plenty of time to [...]
Sign IMBA’s Petition To Maintain Access for Mountain Bikers HERE By Kevin Rouse and Brice Minnigh Attention mountain bikers: We risk losing legal access to some of Southern California’s most legendary singletrack if a revised land-management plan from the US Forest Service is approved. The heavily populated SoCal area already suffers from a dearth of [...]
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been known to receive some strange things in the mail here at the office. Still, I couldn’t help but be surprised when I received a box containing a two-page press release, a canister of ‘Whiz Wands’ and instructions for a good ‘ol fashioned experiment. For those as [...]
By Kim Cross Photos by David Ditzler “Rapha and the foam pit do not mix,” chided my friend Mike when I showed him a pic of myself standing before the drop-in at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee. “You need jeans and a flannel.” Mike, who probably went out and bought a hoodie to [...]
By Stevil Kinevil Ventana El Toro Bravo $2600 (as tested) ventanausa.com To begin this review, I will offer you a little history lesson, during which time absolutely no note-taking is required. Despite the fact that Ventana Bicycles is a relatively intimate operation, their name is synonymous with an array of revolutionary suspension advancements and fabrication [...]
By Kevin Rouse Niner E.M.D. 9 $550 (frame only) ninerbikes.com First things first, basketball’s not exactly my forte, I rely on stepstools quite a bit and, freshly shaven with a beanie and sunglasses on, I was able to get youth lift passes well into my late teens. Accordingly, when 29ers hit the scene, I was [...]
We caught up with the brains and brawn behind Dark Timbers earlier this year and were pretty impressed. Their new Artist [LTD] Collection is definitely one of the reasons why. Featuring seasonal, limited edition offerings, the designs are all the result of collaboration projects with some pretty intriguing artists. Kicking off the lineup is the [...]
Industry veterans Gerard Vroomen (Co-founder of Cervélo) and Andy Kessler (Former CEO of BMC), have partnered together in an interesting new venture dubbed Open. With the launch of their O-1.0 hardtail, the nascent brand has already made a name for themselves, claiming the bike to be the lightest 29-inch production hardtail on the market.