Author Archives: "Brice Minnigh"
Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Morgan Meredith From the steady rain that pelted our tents through the wee hours this morning to the noisy German-language conversation that served as our early 5 am wake-up call, Bike magazine’s own Team Sad Sacks knew today would be a day of reckoning with untoward elements. Unable to […]
Words by Brice Minnigh Photos by Morgan Meredith Bike magazine’s own Team Sad Sacks is off to a fun start at the 2012 BC Bike Race, making countless new friends and savoring highest-quality singletrack they’ve ever experienced in a stage race. Riders from 33 countries were either pleasantly surprised or shocked by the technical nature […]
hile you’re thumbing through the pages of this year’s Photo Annual, basking in the majestic glow of the images and marveling over the consummate skill of
the craftsmen who created them, consider this notion: Mountain-bike photography is a piece of cake. Here’s why…
By Brice Minnigh Photography by Anthony Smith Brian Lopes might just be the most polarizing figure in all of mountain biking. People love to hate him, and the mere mention of his name can evoke some surprisingly visceral reactions. But our gut-level presumptions don’t matter that much. And, truth be told, Lopes doesn’t really care […]
By Brice Minnigh Photography by Haruki Noguchi Video by Justin Olsen A small group of mountain bikers set out on an exploratory mission down a stretch of Utah’s Green River last autumn in search of remote and untarnished riding territory. Floating on inflatable rafts retrofitted with bike racks, the team navigated 68 miles of water […]
Regardless of whether we are rule-followers or not, most riders routinely ignore certain aspects of gravity and inertia, trying to work these forces to our advantage while knowing that it might not work out the way we hope it will. And that’s exactly the way we like it.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]