Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"

Bike Test: Salsa Beargrease

04.09.2013 //

Salsa Beargrease Framset: $1,000 Fatbikes traditionally have been designed with a high level of utility built in to them, with eyelets and reinforcements for cargo racks and plenty of extra water-bottle mounts. Salsa, however, took a different approach with its Beargrease. Designed it specifically as a race rig, the frame is completely void of

Bike Test: 9:Zero:7 McGrath

04.09.2013 //

9:Zero:7 McGrath MSRP: $2,750 9:Zero:7 bikes is a small bike company out of Anchorage, Alaska, with a rich history in snow riding. The company claims to have built the first ever aluminum-framed fatbike. The 9:Zero:7 model tested here, uses the symmetrical 170-millimeter rear dropout standard and is built with, pretty much, the McGrath parts

Bike Test: Fatback Titanium

03.26.2013 //

Fatback Titanium Frame only: $2,100 By Ryan LaBar Titanium bikes, in any branch of the sport, have a certain lust factor to them. They are lightweight, elegant and offer a ride quality like no other bikes. On snow, however, the soft surface and squishy balloon tires all but entirely mutes the special ride quality


03.08.2013 //

By Ryan LaBar Fatbikes, or at least their permanent purpose beyond obscurity, were a mystery to me. I moved from Marquette, Michigan, to Orange County, California–away from any resemblance of winter whatsoever–about four years ago, just as these kooky looking bikes started to hit the mass market. The majority of my rides in So Cal

Review: Norco Shinobi 2

12.07.2012 //

The Shinobi is a fun and capable trail shredder that will efficiently take you to the top of the climb and will charge all the way to the bottom. In the realm of 29er all-mountain bikes, the Norco certainly holds its own.

SUNringlé Launches ‘SL’ Charger and Black Flag Wheels

12.03.2012 //

Source: Hayes Components “Riders count on us to provide a quality wheel that can still take a beating,” said Scott Boyd, SUNringlé product manager. “Our new SL series offers race worthy wheels that are competitive in terms of weight, but also have the durability that’s expected from our brand.” The new Pro SL Charger and

News of the Tweet: This Just In, You Are All Too Nice

11.27.2012 //

Rather than ramble about some abstract notion of modern living within the web, I thought I’d get back to basics and just recant the news. Looking forward for next year enduro world series:great organisers,lots of team, world level: everything is ready for something big. Thanks — clementz Jérôme (@enduroJC) November 22, 2012 This week, by

5 Minute Break: Belledonne – Through the eyes of Nicolas Luque

11.19.2012 //

Got a case of the Mondays? Watch this rad video by Quentin Chaumy of Nicolas Luque riding Belledonne Massive in the Alps.

Video: An Ending – By Dan Barham

11.15.2012 //

Source: Dan Barham Shot in the space of just twenty four hours, “An Ending” tells the story of Dylan Sherrard’s last few moments of Fall riding before Winter sets in to Kamloops, BC.

Four by Three: Gee Atherton at Red Bull Rampage

11.13.2012 //

Source: Red Bull The latest film in the new series from videographer Clay Porter follows Gee Atherton to one of the most challenging freeride events, the Red Bull Rampage.

5 Minute Break – Cotic Bikes Presents – Got Soul?

11.08.2012 //

Source: Steel City Media This video, Got Soul?, from Cotic bikes has some good riding, plus it’s a Blues Brothers spoof. Enjoy. More on the bikes:

Video: Why #2 – Ryan Leech

11.07.2012 //

Source: Dan Barham Ryan Leech has ridden mountain bikes professionally for over sixteen years now; over that time he has been responsible for creating a whole new style of trials mountain biking, performing live in front of tens of thousands of fans and pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible on a bike. The

2013 Dan Barham Photo Clinic – 20% off Early Booking Special

11.02.2012 //

From Dan Barham: For the last couple of years, I’ve had the great pleasure of running a photo clinic with Yukon-based tour company Boréale Mountain Biking, where I try to pass on some of the knowledge, tips and tricks I’ve learned in my time as a mountain bike photographer. It’s always a super fun course,

Video: Be Different – Anne-Caroline Chausson, Antoni Villoni and Yannick Pontal

10.26.2012 //

Source: Antoine Hoffmann-Massé This video features Anne-Caroline Chausson, Antoni Villoni (FMB World Tour rider) and Yannick Pontal (Enduro racer). The videographer, Antoine Hoffmann-Massé, tried to show how these riders all live our their dreams and adventures on the bike. For them, there’s no conformity, each one leaves his own mark.

Video: Jeremy Jones – Rushing Hours

10.19.2012 //

Professional snowboarder, Jeremy Jones can hold his own on a bike. Here is a little video of him riding his Specialized. Film by Seth Huot.

Video: Mixed Feelings – Coastal Crew

10.12.2012 //

Source: The Coastal Crew This is an ongoing, unscheduled series by the Coastal Crew showing the unfortunate side of building in BC’s forests—Logging. Logging and forestry can be a love/hate relationship in this region. On one hand it’s unfortunate to see massive forests be mowed down, but on the other hand the hundreds of years

Fresh: Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29

10.08.2012 //

Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 $7,500 The Fate Carbon is one women’s mountain bike where the phrase “pink it and shrink it” does not apply in the slightest–there is not a bit of pink on this bike (that we could find), it’s frame shape is totally different than the men’s version, and it definitely

Video: Four by Three–Dan Atherton’s Enduro

10.05.2012 //

After Dan Atherton broke his neck in a riding accident in 2010, an injury that nearly took his life, he found himself facing a difficult decision. The man himself declares that he was ‘done’ with racing bikes. However, as time passed, Atherton’s hunger to ride and compete grew stronger and his discovery of enduro racing

Fresh: Marin Mount Vision XM

10.04.2012 //

Marin Mount Vision XM Pro $5300 While the linkage on the Marin Mount Vision XM may look vastly different than the company’s Quad-Link Suspension designs of a few years ago, the overall suspension characteristics remain very similar. The more “conventionally shaped” frame of this, the third iteration of the Quad-Link design allows for more

Video: Life Behind Bars – Riding Trails and Dune Buggies

10.03.2012 //

Source: Red Bull After Crankworx, Brandon Semenuk and Logan Peat head down south to Oregon to meet up with Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard and Jacob ‘Cob’ Hyde for some downhill riding. After Peat is sidelined with food poisoning, he manages to pull himself together for a fun BMX session at a skatepark in Keizer, Oregon. Lastly,

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