Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"

Kyle Strait wins 2012 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom

04.21.2012 //

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 […]

Suntour Rebounds into High-End Market With New Forks

04.20.2012 //

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 […]

Bigger and Badder Than Ever

04.20.2012 //

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 […]

KS Unveils the Lev—Its New-Generation Dropper Post

04.18.2012 //

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 […]

Brian Lopes Wins Inaugural World Cup XC Eliminator

04.14.2012 //

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.

Novatec Signs Key Racers to its Wheel Program

04.07.2012 //

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 […]

Initial Thoughts: Santa Cruz’s Long-Travel Tallboy LT 29ers

04.04.2012 //

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.

Two Wheels and Taiwan

03.14.2012 //

Bike magazine is back in Taiwan again this year for the Taipei International Cycle Show and another stealth program of two-wheeled shenanigans.

Salad Days Revisited

02.27.2012 //

My first full-suspension bike was a Santa Cruz Superlight. I bought the spartan grey frame with Fox Float shock third-hand, from a Swiss Frenchman named ‘Fred’ whom I used to ride with on Hong Kong’s mountainous Lantau Island.

Santa Cruz Shredfest in Sedona

02.22.2012 //

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.

Santa Cruz + Sedona = Superlight29 & Singletrack

02.21.2012 //

Santa Cruz Bicycles has brought an amiable crew of self-proclaimed ‘mountain-bike journalists’ to the high-desert trails of Sedona, Arizona, this week to unveil some new big-wheeled bikes—and, more importantly, to ride them.

Bike Test: Intense M9-FRO

12.16.2011 //

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 […]

Getting Crooked at SolVista Bike Park

06.15.2011 //

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 […]

DH Race Promoter Dave “Crash” Collins Passes

01.12.2010 //

Dave “Crash” Collins, who had devoted much of his energy to promoting races on Bootleg Canyon’s downhill trails, passed on January 8 following an intense battle with cancer. His passing came just 10 days short of his 48th birthday.

North Face Costa Rica Trophy Bike race showcases country’s diverse scenery

11.20.2009 //

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 […]

BC Bike Race unveils changes to 2010 route

11.18.2009 //

Organizers of the popular BC Bike Race have announced changes to their 2010 event, in an effort to streamline the seven-day stage race to include as much singletrack as realistically possible.

La Ruta Facing Its Toughest Challenge Yet

11.02.2009 //

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.

More Activities Slated for this Weekend’s Moab Ho-Down Bike Festival

10.27.2009 //

The Fourth Annual Moab Ho-Down Bike Festival will begin this Friday, October 30, in a weekend of racing, group shuttles and parties that will usher out another mountain biking season in Moab, Utah.

“Last Chance for Glory” Wraps Up East Coast DH Season

10.27.2009 //

In the East Coast’s last downhill race of the year, the “Last Chance for Glory” event at Plattekill Bike Park lived up to its name as racers fought for the final set of points in their quests to be the king of the hill. The event, the last of Plattekill Bike Park’s USA Cycling seven-race […]

Overend and Lopes to attend CORBA Fat Tire Fest

10.23.2009 //

This weekend’s CORBA Fat Tire Fest will feature group rides and skills clinics coached by the likes of mountain biking luminaries Ned Overend and Brian Lopes, and will also give riders the opportunity to demo new bikes from eight major bike manufacturers, organizers say.

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