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Trans-Provence Day Three Recap

09.27.2011 //

Words: Andreas Hestler Photos: Irmo Keizer Day 3—Digne-les-Bains to Villars-Colmars—48.5 kilometers 1428 meters UP 1339 meters DOWN  Holy smokes! These guys are fast and these hills are big! It’s a bit wild to be sitting around talking DH strategy with a bunch of world champions and enduro super-dudes. While I have a strong passion for

iXS Donates €7000 to Wheels 4 Life

09.27.2011 //

iXS has been selling special edition Wheels 4 Life hats all year to raise money for the charity founded by former World Champion Hans Rey. At Eurobike this year they presented Wheels 4 Life with a €7,000 check (or cheque, if you speak Euro), enough for nearly 60 bikes. Wheels 4 Life has funded over

2011 MTB Gravity Nationals

09.26.2011 //

Photos: Anthony Smith Logan Binggeli (KHS Bicycles) bested newly crowned UCI World Cup Series Champion Aaron Gwin (Trek World Racing) in the 2011 MTB Gravity Nationals by nearly four seconds as they faced muddy conditions in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Mitch Ropelato, winner of the pro men’s dual slalom a day earlier took the bronze

Squirrel: International Male Model

09.23.2011 //

Words: Kevin Rouse and Derek Zoolander Photos: Dave Reddick “Well I guess it all started the first time I went through the second grade. I caught my reflection in a spoon while I was eating my cereal, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, you’re ridiculously good looking, maybe you could do that for a career.’” –

DT Swiss XMM 120 29er Fork

09.23.2011 //

DT Swiss XMM 120 29er – $1350 (w/ carbon crown/steerer) New for 2012, the XMM 120 29er is DT Swiss’s go-to option for those seeking a highly adjustable, lighweight suspension package. The top-tier XMM 120 29er features a carbon crown and (tapered) steerer which are  paired with 32-millimeter stanchions that are housed in magnesium

Spy Optic Sponsors SoCalCross Prestige Series

09.21.2011 //

Source: Spy Optic CARLSBAD, Calif.—The 2011/2012 Southern California Cyclocross (SoCalCross) season, Sept, 18, 2011 through Jan. 22, 2012, promises to be action-packed from start to finish, combining the popular regional Prestige Series calendar—this year Presenting Sponsored by SPY Optic—with international UCI events throughout Southern California from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. “With the rapid

The North Face Explore Fund

09.21.2011 //

Every now and then you come across a story of a company bucking the corporate, bottom-line-is-everything trend and find a little bit of reassurance that there are at least a few out there that understand the value in giving back to the community.  Recently, through our stumblings about in the Twitterverse we came across one

Chrome Announces Urban Bike Design Challenge

09.20.2011 //

Chrome has partnered with Threadless Tees on its latest project, a line of urban-bike inspired artist tees. Chrome is soliciting designs from anyone and everyone, with the winning designs receiving $750 cash from Threadless Designs, a $750 gift card from Chrome as well as a special one-of-a-kind Citizen messenger bag featuring the artist’s winning design.

Cane Creek Double Barrel Air

09.19.2011 //

Cane Creek’s Double Barrel Air has created a bit of a stir, and is finally set to be released in January 2012, with a price comparable to its coil-equipped kin. While that may entail a bit of a premium when compared to others on the market, the Double Barrel provides accordingly. Between both low- and

Fresh Hydration Packs From Camelbak

09.19.2011 //

Charge LR The Charge LR pack features a lumbar design that slings the bladder around the rider’s waist. The Charge LR keeps 70 cool ounces on-tap. Originally designed with the adventure-racing, trail-running crowd in mind, the Charge has found favor within mountain biking circles as well thanks to its low center of gravity and lightweight

Rollers: Surly Pugsley Style

09.16.2011 //

Rad wooden rollers from the Surly booth at Interbike 2011.

Interbike Gallery

09.16.2011 //

Jeremy Powers, star of the hit web-based cyclocross reality show sensation “Beyond The Barriers” could’ve used some barriers on the Circulus. A few inches away from going over, J-Pow narrowly averted being launched. Trade show or sweat shop? We certainly feel as if we’ve been in the latter of the two all week. The Chrome

Easton Havoc And EA70 XCT Wheelsets

09.15.2011 //

The Havoc is Easton’s latest DH offering, and claims to be the lightest dedicated downhill wheelset currently on the market. At 1,870 grams, this is impressive, as the wheelset features an ultra-wide, 23-millimeter internal rim width and UST compatibility. The wheelset is designed around 150-millimeter dropout spacing, but adaptors are available for frames that utilize

Poc Spine VPD 2.0

09.15.2011 //

Poc’s Spine VPD 2.0 offers moto-rated protection, all in a soft-fitting package. Expect the Spine VPD 2.0 armor to become available in Spring 2012, and retail just around $300.

Moots MX Divide

09.15.2011 //

Here’s a quick look at the new MX Divide, a race oriented cross-country rig from Moots. Moots has been delivering expertly crafted titanium frames and components since 1981, and the experience shows—the Divide looks to be an eminently capable racer. The MX divide presents a dashing profile—one we wouldn’t mind gracing with our own. Moots

Portland Design Works / Paved Magazine Circulus Pursuit

09.15.2011 //

Photos: Anthony Smith The Portland Design Works / Paved Magazine Circulus Pursuit was a single-elimination pursuit-style race around the compact (about 40 feet in diameter) circular velodrome. The competition came down to a very exciting finals round between Jason, an explosive young show-boater, and Geneo, a 49 year old Minneapolis resident and bike shop owner

Race Face Is Back On The Map

09.14.2011 //

After recently closing its doors this past March, Race Face has been brought back by a couple of its own employees. Securing enough money from outside investors to buy back the company from bank, the company has re-enterd the industry with nary a hiccup. Here’s a look at some of their lineup for the coming

Yeti’s New SB95 29er Trail Bike

09.14.2011 //

Yeti turned quite a few heads with the introduction of the SB66 and their new Switch Technology linkage. Now, the SB95 is drawing attention, which takes the same linkage and applies it to a 29-inch platform. The pedal-friendly linkage, paired with a relatively slack geometry (68.5-degree head angle) should make for a formidable all-day mile-muncher.

Gear: Lezyne’s Newest Offerings

09.13.2011 //

We paid Lezyne a visit during the Interbike Outdoor Demo and they gladly hocked their ware for us. New for the cycling accessory company is a brand-new line of shop-grade tools as well as a new lighting range.  Also of note is an updated design for their thread-on chucks, as well as the introduction of

Rad Ringtone

09.10.2011 //

Everyone knows the distinctive sound of a Chris King hub. Now, thanks to the kind folks at Chris King, it’s available as a ringtone. Proceeds benefit the Northwest Trail Alliance, so it’s a win-win. Check it out here.

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