Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"

7 Reasons why…

06.04.2012 //

At the end of the day, having fun on the trail is far more important than how hip we look at the trailhead. Ever been dropped by some kid on a shitty hardtail wearing jeans, a T-shirt and skate shoes? Who’s cool now? –

First Impressions: 2013 Rocky Mountain Element 970 RSL BC Edition

06.01.2012 //

By Brice Minnigh Photos by Van Swae Rocky Mountain Bicycles is rolling out its 2013 line of carbon 29ers—the Element 29 RSL—and Bike magazine somehow managed to shanghai one for some early-summer shredding. The bike we have is the 970 BC Edition—the only one of the company’s four new Element 970 RSL models that comes […]

Showing Off Idaho’s Finest Singletrack

05.23.2012 //

Nine days might sound like a long time for a bike festival, but when you’ve got 400-plus miles of interconnected, high-speed singletrack to ride, you’re likely to end up extending your stay.

Why the XC Eliminator is Bad for Mountain Biking

05.18.2012 //

Highway to Hell: The cathedral backdrop might be stunning, but the ‘downhill’ section of this course wasn’t the answer to our prayers. Story by Brice Minnigh Captions by The Commissariat Photos by Marius Maasewerd News flash to the Union Cycliste Internationale, our sport’s so-called ‘governing body’: Mountain biking takes place in the dirt. Preferably in […]

Red Bull Final Descent Series Ready to Rip

05.12.2012 //

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.

Strength in Numbers Exemplified in SoCal Premiere

05.11.2012 //

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 Components Introduces New Offerings for 2012 Season

05.02.2012 //

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.

New Records Set in Ninth-Annual Whiskey Off-Road Races

05.01.2012 //

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.

2012 Sea Otter Classic Gear Wrap-Up

04.25.2012 //

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 […]

Sea Otter 2012: Style and Substance

04.22.2012 //

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 […]

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.

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