Author Archives: "Seb Kemp"
“Everything is a case in hyperbole: the first ever, most moving, most dramatic. The idea of harnessing the intelligence of the readership has been lost in the quest for Facebook likes. For many, readers have become synonymous with hateful commentators. It’s time for a renewed push to realize some of the original dreams of the web.”
What happens when the world’s most trusted news source becomes a proxy for utter bullish*t? Well, that just happened. Here’s the story. Sorry, Associated Press…this one is going to hurt.
This year will see a relatively large expansion in the coverage we’ll be producing for Dirt compared to previous years with the addition of the Enduro World Series to our schedule.
What SRAM wanted to create were wheels that were very stiff laterally (meaning they track true and hold a line), had a subtle amount of vertical compliance (offering a more comfortable ride) and were light enough to make them incredibly versatile.
In 2013 Brandon Semenuk will be trimming the time he spends on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. Bike tracked down Brandon to find out why he’s changed his focus and what he has in store for 2013.
Curtis Keene is making a run on the Enduro World Series title this season and just signed with Red Bull. We sat down with Curtis in Sedona last week to find out more about his preparations, his thoughts on wheel sizes, and his shiny, new helmet.
I had the privilege of riding with 2002 X-Games BMX Dirt gold medalist, Allan Cooke. Allan retired from competition in 2009 and now works for Bell Helmets. After following his lines down some rocky, dusty Sedona trails, I cornered him for a few moments and snagged this interview with Cooke.
RockShox has resuscitated the Pike for 2013, but only in name and character. The 2013 iteration is a total redesign, and not just externally. The Pike’s internals feature a few major design developments as well. We spent a few days sliding around the Sedona desert on the Pike and were given the chance to pick the brains of RockShox’s engineers.
Enduro racing was originally a “blind” racing format where, unlike downhill or cross-country competitions, racers could not pre-ride and learn every detail of the timed stages. This is the purest format of Enduro. In recent years, however, organizers have added practice runs to the schedule. Pre-riding the course is supposed to even out the advantage of local riders or racers who have raced the same event previously. Is that how it actually works out? Ash Smith scouts this year’s Trans-Provence and shares his thoughts on keeping enduro pure.
Super-D and Enduro seem to be divided by the Atlantic. In Europe, Enduro has been raced for the past fifteen years. In the US, Super-D has been the dominant version of events. What sets the two apart and what are their relative merits? Can they co-exist? We asked Joe Lawwill a few of these questions. Here are his answers.
RockShox’s marketing plan went to plan perfectly, and all because they knew that walking amongst us all is an entire army of utter mouth breathers who would be willing to bite on the lure set for them.
Mountain biking is about the experiences you have on and off the bike, the jokes that are shared, friendly races between mates, waking up with sore legs yet wanting to get back on the bike…and getting into situations that you wouldn’t if you stayed at home playing it safe.