Author Archives: "Kevin Rouse"

Dark Timbers Launches Artist [LTD] Collection

05.11.2012 //

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 […]

First Look: Open Cycles O-1.0

05.05.2012 //

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.

Second Impressions: Bontrager RXL Shoes

04.28.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse A week or so after I published my initial thoughts on Bontrager’s new RXL MTB Shoes, a suspicious package showed up on my desk. Unmarked and and unsolicited, I was a bit wary to open it, knowing a few of my old college pals’ proclivities towards obscene practical jokes. Curiosity eventually got […]

Tested and Digested: Utz Cheese Balls

04.27.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Utz Cheeze Balls $7.09 (35 oz. barrel) / utzsnacks.com Serving Size: 32 balls Calories: 150 Calories from Fat: 81 Fat: 9g Carbs: 16g “You’re having a party – maybe a house full of folks, or just you and the kids. What would be the perfect little tangy mouthful to serve? Why the […]

:30 Second Warning – The Contributor Edition

04.25.2012 //

“Here, look at the camera, hold the microphone and tell us about what you’re doing here at the Sea Otter Classic. This is for Bike magazine’s video series :30 Second Warning. You’ve got 30 seconds. Ready. Set. Go.” In the fourth installment of :30 Second Warning, we caught up with Seb Kemp of News of […]

:30 Second Warning Part 3

04.24.2012 //

“Here, look at the camera, hold the microphone and tell us about what you’re doing here at the Sea Otter Classic. This is for Bike magazine’s video series :30 Second Warning. You’ve got 30 seconds. Ready. Set. Go.” We caught up with industry folk Michael Brown, Andrew Juskaitis and Mike Ferrentino. We gave them 30 […]

SRAM and RockShox Embrace 650B

04.21.2012 //

By Kevin Rouse Photos: Adrian Marcoux Turns out it’s really happening. Riders will soon have a third wheel size to contend with. Sure, 650B has been on the fringe for years, but now, with major component and frame manufacturers coming aboard, it appears 650B is finally ready for the spotlight. We took some time to […]

:30 Second Warning

04.21.2012 //

“Here, you’re going to be looking at the camera, holding the microphone and talking about what you’re doing here at the Sea Otter Classic. This is for Bike magazine’s video series :30 Second Warning. The clock starts now.” Seth Beiden Duncan Riffle Kyle and Ron

Shimano Releases New Saint and Zee Groupsets

04.18.2012 //

Shimano, the very first component manufacturer to offer a full gravity-specific group (think way back to the Saint group’s original introduction in 2003), is turning their focus back to their gravity offerings. For 2013 Shimano has completely revamped their venerable Saint group, and is introducing the all-new Zee group—an entry-level gravity group. Zee Shimano’s new […]

Big Mountain Enduro Series Registration Open

04.16.2012 //

Bigfoot Productions has recently announced what will instantly be considered one of the premier enduro events in the country with its Big Mountain Enduro Series presented by Yeti Cycles.

#FoundAlongTheWay: Mike “Kid” Riemer Speaks

04.14.2012 //

Before Mike “Kid” Riemer was the marketing manager for Salsa Cycles, he was just another college student who found a mountain-bike mag on a coffee table and suddenly found himself chugging the proverbial Kool-aid.

Scene: Growling in agony

04.02.2012 //

It’s probably safe to venture a guess that any race created by a six-time Leadville 100 winner isn’t going to be a cakewalk. Well, a cakewalk is far from what Topeak-Ergon rider Dave Wiens had in mind when he laid out his plans for the Gunnison Growler.

First Look: Orange Gyro 29er

03.29.2012 //

Orange Gyro Black Gold

2012 Rain or Shine Jam Set for Sea Otter

03.28.2012 //

The Second Annual Rain or Shine Jam is set for this year’s Volkswagen Sea Otter Classic.

Trailhead: Introducing Bike Magazine Merchandise

03.20.2012 //

Congratulations! Bike magazine is pleased to present you with its ultra-rad merch-for-the-masses program.

Behind the Scenes At Park Tool

03.07.2012 //

A few weeks ago we donned our winter coats and took some time to visit the Park Tool headquarters and factory in St. Paul, Minnesota. Suffice it to say, we were rather impressed. Whereas most manufacturing companies these days outsource all of their production overseas, Park still produces most of its tools—85-percent to be exact—right in its 45,000-square-foot facility.

Frostbike Roundup: Bits and Widgets Aplenty

02.25.2012 //

If you’ve never heard of Frostbike, it shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Taking place inside the doors of Quality Bicycle Products, headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, the show is on a slightly smaller scale than the sprawling Interbike exhibition hall.

One On One Brings The Party To Frostbike

02.18.2012 //

We’ve ventured out of our winter paradise to the colder climes of of the American midwest to partake in all that Quality Bike Product’s Frostbike show has to offer. Kicking things off, a celebration at One on One Bikes in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota left us with more than a few gems we felt we needed to share.

Red Bull Launchpad

02.10.2012 //

The crew over at Red Bull is known for helping their riders do things bigger, bolder and better. Well, heads up: now they want to get you involved.

5 Minute Break: Sam Reynolds and Yannick Granieri Go To Indonesia

02.10.2012 //

Even though right now winter has most of the globe in its freezing grip, the new Polygon athletes Sam Reynolds and Yannick Granieri have already started the freeride mountain bike season with a bang. Sam took home first place at the Monster Energy White Style in Leogang, Austria, in January and only one week later […]

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