Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"
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 […]
The 2009 North Face Costa Rica Trophy Bike race drew 68 riders of varying levels—including French cross-country luminary Miguel Martinez—all eager to sample the country’s singletrack while soaking up the incredibly diverse scenery. The three-day race took riders through a variety of ecosystems, from lush tropical jungles to steep volcanic mountains, starting from the Arenal […]
The fabled La Ruta de los Conquistadores, commonly cited as “the world’s toughest mountain bike race,” is once again proving its mettle, this time bouncing back from near financial devastation earlier this year to continue with November’s race on schedule, organizers say.