Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"
Imagine doing hot laps down some of North America’s burliest bike-park runs for three hours in a row—and then multiply that by four. The leg-numbing result would be one of the 12-hour races of the Red Bull Final Descent series, which pits pro and amateur racers against each other for 12 hours of non-stop downhill runs in three of the continent’s best bike parks.
Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Anthony Smith Demonstrating the central theme of this year’s defining mountain-bike film, Strength in Numbers, a sellout crowd of rowdy mountain bikers turned out for the movie’s Southern California premiere at the historic La Paloma Theatre in the legendary surf town of Encinitas. True to the tradition of surf-film [...]
Hayes has made some key adjustments to its product line for the 2012 season, introducing new technology designed to make brake tuning idiot-proof and stiffening up one of its best-selling forks.
It was a record-setting weekend for the ninth-annual Whiskey Off-Road races in Prescott, Arizona, where several of the pro men shattered previous best times in a hard-fought battle for the lion’s share of a $30,000 prize purse.
Photos by Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh Dirt, sweat and gears—look for the artist-collaboration series of Dark Timbers, an apparel company that is by riders, for riders. The up-and-coming components company Rove—which specializes in headsets and bottom brackets—is introducing a new line of headsets in a wide range of sizes and colors. Simplify your [...]
Photos by Dave Reddick and Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh Race day—The Sea Otter rests his weary legs on the way to the children’s’ race. Is this cat 1 or 2…anyone? Sun’s out, guns out. Beating the heat and the rest of the field. Dump ‘em out. Martin Söderström with a stylish 360 tuck [...]
By Brice Minnigh Photos: Anthony Smith (unless otherwise noted) In one of the most dramatic moments of this year’s Sea Otter Classic, Kyle Strait fended off some of the world’s fastest racers to win a commanding victory in the dual-slalom event. Under blue skies and a searing-hot sun, Strait proved to an exuberant crowd that [...]
By Brice Minnigh Photos: Anthony Smith After several years in the mass market, Suntour is refocusing much of its efforts on higher-end suspension, introducing a new 650B fork and a long-anticipated downhill model. The company is throwing its chips in with 650B, developing a fork for what it anticipates will be the dominant wheel size [...]
By Brice Minnigh Photos by Anthony Smith Did you really think the Sh*tbike is dead? First out of bed this morning and ordering a double just before last call. Yep—the beam has biceps. We were pretty proud of our posh Travelodge digs until we hung out at SRAM’s spartan campsite. Shit just got real. Easton [...]
By Brice Minnigh Photos by JP Van Swae Kind Shock, a leader in dropper-post innovation, has unveiled its new offering—named the ‘Lev’—with refined functionality that promises a pragmatic solution to common dropper-post problems. The new post features several key modifications to the company’s popular ‘Supernatural’ seatpost, ushering in a product designed to be both reliable [...]
Mountain-bike legend Brian Lopes won a commanding victory in the first-ever UCI World Cup Cross-Country Eliminator event yesterday in Houffalize, Belgium, proving to the world that he is more than just a gravity specialist.
By Brice Minnigh Novatec has upped the ante with its wheel program this year, sponsoring a slew of talented gravity riders—several of whom have recently been slaying it at the Fontana Winter Series Downhill and Super D races. The crew includes gravity legends Eric Carter and Brian Lopes, along with up-and-coming standouts such as Kevin [...]
By Brice Minnigh Truth be told, I was sold on the concept before I even got to ride Santa Cruz’s new long-travel 29ers—the aluminum Tallboy LT and carbon Tallboy LTc.
The international assemblage of irreverent mountain-bike hacks gathered at Santa Cruz Bicycles’ big-wheeled bike launch in Sedona, Arizona, has embarked on its third day of riding—and the fleet of shiny new 29ers has long since been covered in thick layers of Sedona’s famous terracotta-colored dust.
By Brice Minnigh Intense M9-FRO $3,150 (frame with Cane Creek Double Barrel shock) / intensecycles.com When we first began riding this blood-red Intense M9-FRO almost a year ago, we were so blown away by its penchant for pure speed that we likened it to Slayer and Sepultura: Fast, uncompromising and relentless. After several months—and many [...]
Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Petar Tomich It’s a reality every mountain biker knows all too well: From time to time, the most glorious day of riding will be brought to a sudden, shocking end. Such was the case on Tuesday, when a spirited group of journalists, pro athletes and industry veterans were soaking [...]