Author Archives: "Kevin Rouse"
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
“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, 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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Niner’s RDO Flat Top Carbon Bar is the latest addition to Niner’s RDO carbon component lineup. At 710-millimeters, the bar hits the scales at 156 grams—not too shabby—for a weight savings of 30 grams over the original carbon Flat Top. And, Niner actually promises that the claimed weight and actual weights are right on par [...]