Author Archives: "Nicole Formosa"

Specialized Rhyme targets lady shredders

05.15.2015 //

The women’s version of the Stumpy sports a carbon frame with alloy rear triangle, a different paint job and saddle, shorter cranks, narrower handlebars and a lighter tuned rear suspension, but the geometry is identical to the 650b men’s bike.

Island Hopping in San Diego

05.05.2015 //

The Archipelago ride is a staple of the San Diego mountain-bike scene. This year, the ‘Arch’ ride tallied 49 miles and nearly 6,000 feet of climbing as it snaked point-to-point from Carlsbad to Mira Mesa, almost all on dirt–a good portion of which was singletrack–in a display of the county’s excellent connectivity.

First Look: Inside the June issue of Bike

05.01.2015 //

The June issue of Bike hits newsstands today, just in time to fire you up for one of the first weekends of the season in many parts of the country.

First Impressions: Specialized Rumor 650b

04.18.2015 //

Specialized has tweaked its popular Rumor women’s-specific trail bike to give it a few modern touches like snappier geometry, more travel and 27.5-inch wheels. The changes reflect Specialized’s evolving philosophy to offer multiple wheel sizes on its popular mountain bikes, whereas the company was previously firmly planted in the 29er camp.

Sea Otter Classic: Product Gallery

04.17.2015 //

The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival.

Dream Builds | Scott Contessa Genius 700

04.04.2015 //

A look at Bike editor Nicole Formosa’s Scott Contessa Genius 700 Dream Build.

One to watch: Sean Bell

03.29.2015 //

Of the hundreds of athletes who competed this weekend at Crankworx Rotorua, only one went home after his race and started his homework. That one would be Sean Bell, a 16-year-old junior at El Toro High School in Southern California, who’s in New Zealand on his first international trip ever to race the enduro for his sponsor, Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Nzo apparel endures in Rotorua

03.28.2015 //

Since we are in Rotorua, New Zealand, for Crankworx, we paid a visit to the new Nzo store in the center of town. Nzo is an apparel brand that has been making mountain bike shorts and jersey for nearly 20 years under the direction of owner Gary Sullivan, or Gaz. He opened the concept-style shop two months ago with the building’s owner Craig Corbett.

Mons Royale makes wool cool

03.27.2015 //

When former pro freeskier Hamish Acland started Mons Royale six years ago in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, he didn’t set out to be the next big Kiwi Merino wool brand.

Gear: Taipei Cycle Show

03.24.2015 //

The Taipei Cycle show wrapped this past Saturday, with brands displaying a host of products that hint at trends to come, either at next month’s Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California, or later this year.

off the grid

03.19.2015 //

I was about to embark on an overnight hut trip riding the brand-new Santa Cruz Highball on one of the most pristine pieces of backcountry singletrack in New Zealand, and all I could think about was not becoming breakfast for the swarm of sandflies feasting on every square centimeter of my exposed skin.

Santa Cruz releases new Highball and Stigmata

02.17.2015 //

First, know this: The three bikes released today from Santa Cruz are nothing like the trail and all-mountain bikes the brand has become synonymous with in the last three years. There is no rear suspension on any of them, and no suspension at all on one. Instead, Santa Cruz has gone back to the drawing board on two models that will already be familiar to followers of the brand: the Highball and the Stigmata.

Digital Feature: The Pacific NorthBest

01.02.2015 //

Central Oregon boasts some of the best mountain biking in the state with a vast range of trails and climates–from primitive singletrack slicing through lush old-growth forests in Oakridge and McKenzie Bridge to a berm-lover’s dream in Bend’s high-desert tundra.

Wilderness bill gives rare access to mountain bikers

12.23.2014 //

President Obama signed the annual defense spending act into law last Friday, and along with it, a bill that accomplishes the near impossible–adjusting a 50-year-old wilderness area boundary line to allow access to mountain bikers.

Review: Specialized Andorra Short

12.16.2014 //

The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.

Why it matters: Fox Factory acquisition

12.09.2014 //

If you missed the news last Friday that Fox Factory acquired Race Face and Easton, here’s why it matters: competition.

Video: The Dudes of Hazzard – Business as Usual, Pt. 3

12.03.2014 //

The Dudes of Hazzard make the trip across the pond to rip trails and experience some North American staples including rodeos, pancakes, and taxidermied Canadian bears.

Ride Impressions: Shredly Mountain Bike Short

11.25.2014 //

If you ever needed a reminder that the mountain bike industry’s entrepreneurial heart is still beating, look no further than Shredly, a Colorado start-up best known for its funky-patterned women’s shorts.

First Impressions: Bern Prescott

11.11.2014 //

Pretty much everything Bern touches turns to cool so when I found out the lifestyle-inspired skate/snow brand was branching into women’s mountain-bike helmets, I had to have a look.

Trail plans progress in Caliente, Nevada

11.03.2014 //

A new IMBA-backed trail network in rural Nevada could open to mountain bikers as soon as 2016 if Patrick Kell wins over the right wallets. Kell is IMBA’s southwest regional director, and he’s been tirelessly promoting the project outside Caliente, Nevada–a town of fewer than 1,200 people located about two hours northeast of Las Vegas.

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