Author Archives: "Nicole Formosa"
Female influences have been a constant throughout Yeti Cycles’ heritage–over the years it’s sponsored some of the fastest women in the sport, the likes of Juli Furtado, Marla Streb, Tara Llanes, Jill Kintner and Rosara Joseph–but until now it hasn’t marketed a bike specifically for that demographic.
The July issue of Bike shows up on newsstands today, right about when the weather is warming up in most parts of the country. But in Southern California, it’s been sunny and 68 all year long. The endless summer is one reason why mountain bikers look past the traffic, materialism and crowds, and instead see possibilities for year-round riding in shorts and tees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.