Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"
With as many bells and whistles as the Scott Genius LT 700 Tuned comes equipped with, it’s no wonder our testers had such varied thoughts about this capable bike. But while its unbeatable array of high-end components had us in love at first sight, after spending considerable trail time on the bike, some testers questioned whether it was trying to be too many things at once. Check out this video to see it straight from the horses’ mouths:
If this video doesn’t get you amped for a Saturday-afternoon shred, we don’t know what will. James Doerfling is one of the world’s most talented big-mountain riders, and his talent shines through during every second of this video. Filmed in the mountains around his home in Williams Lake, British Columbia, it’s awesome to see him cut loose in his own stomping grounds. And speaking of stomping, wait until you see the flex he puts his tire under toward the end of the video. Simply. Sick.
Of all 34 bikes in the 2014 Bible of Bike Tests, the Santa Cruz Bronson C was definitely one of the most talked-about. Each of our testers was fired up to see how the new 650b bike would compare with the company’s tried-and-true Blur LT. Watch this video to find out what we discovered. Be sure to make it to minute marker 6.21 to hear what our gear editor really thinks about press-fit bottom brackets. You’ll be glad you did.
Why did the 29-inch-wheeled Turner Czar, the company’s first foray into carbon, blur the lines between a trail bike and an XC race whip? And why did it make our testers feel like Superman?
The 2014 Bible of Bike Tests is now on newsstands, and it features straightforward reviews of 34 of this year’s most promising bikes. We’ve created videos with highlights from our candid ’roundtable discussions’ of each bike, all against a backdrop of shredding footage from our test trails in Sedona, Arizona.
Here’s the first: On the all-new GT Sensor Carbon Expert, a bike that totally took our testers by surprise. Be sure to watch until the end to find out what this bike’s awesomely low bottom bracket meant for one of our testers….
There’s a sense out there in the cycling world that cup-and-cone hubs are about as technologically advanced as the horse and buggy, and that the only reason this bearing system isn’t used on more hubs is that the ‘sealed’ cartridge bearing is an inherently better system. Not true. It’s more complicated than that.
Ever ridden completely brakeless? Know what it’s like to rip at ridiculously high speeds without any safety net?
World Cup DH racer Casey Brown does.
See just how fast she goes in Deathgrip, the fourth episode in Anthill Films’ unique Dream Capture series of videos, all shot with the Sony Action Cam.
Interest in The Coastal Crew’s new Coast Gravity Park is gaining critical mass, with some 1,300 tickets sold, according to The Coastal Crew. The project, which intends to be British Columbia’s first year-round mountain bike park, is shooting to raise C$100,000 in founding funds by November 8, 2013. At the time of posting, The Coastal Crew claims to have raised more than C$51,000 for the park’s operations.
Kyle Strait won the 2013 Red Bull Rampage today, prevailing over a stacked field of the world’s most progressive riders to become the first person to ever win the iconic contest more than once.
Twelve riders advanced today from the Red Bull Rampage qualifying round and will join the 13 riders who are prequalified for tomorrow’s big event. Graham Agassiz, who was unable to compete in 2012 due to an ankle injury, returned this year with an inspired vengeance, pulling together a phenomenal run with a grace and ease that unquestionably guaranteed his place in the finals.
The rain gods paid an uncharacteristic visit to the desolate, dusty mesas near Virgin, Utah, this week, instantly turning the typically loose soil into a bastion of traction and tackiness that prompted many Red Bull Rampage competitors to manicure their self-styled jumps and transitions to perfection.
We at Bike magazine have a time-honored tradition of giving framed versions of our covers to the riders in the photo and the photographer who captured the moment. We don’t always get the opportunity to present these framed covers in person, but when we do it is always a treat, and we try to make the most of it.
Would you go to Afghanistan to ride mountain bikes? What do you think the riding—and the overall experience—would be like? It might not be remotely close to what you think it is. Bike magazine recently completed a world-first expedition to Afghanistan’s remote Wakhan Corridor with Matt Hunter and Anthill Films for our November cover story and their new film, “Forgotten Dirt.” The new issue with editor Brice Minnigh’s feature story will be on newsstands any day now. In the meantime, check out our first-ever web magazine dedicated to a single story. And you can also see Anthill’s one-of-a-kind film here.
Though Crankworx Whistler is home to a dizzying number of competitions, the biggest draw is always Saturday’s Red Bull Joyride contest. The slopestyle event consistently showcases the best talent in the game with a monstrous course of man-made features. Big air, big tricks, big crowds, big crashes–Joy Ride 2013 delivered all of the above.
The third-annual Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships again proved to be one of the mountain-bike festival’s most crowd-pleasing contests, with several hundred spectators ditching their bikes to watch the event’s biggest-ever field of riders get sideways on Whistler Bike Park’s massive Crabapple Hits.
What makes the Crankworx Air DH race one of the Whistler mountain bike festival’s most exciting and popular events? For starters, it’s a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world’s fastest and most stylish downhillers ripping (and whipping) down one of the world’s most legendary trails.
Crankworx is indeed an exhilarating festival. But it is also an exhausting one, especially for the haggard members of the Mountain Bike Press Corps. With so many contests and product launches to cover, we can scarcely find time to actually ride bikes. It was time to rise up and revolt, to liberate ourselves from the fetters of global taurine domination. It was time to leave the Red Bollocks and the Big Green Monster behind. It was time to head to Squamish for a ride with some of our buddies.