Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"
Salsa Beargrease Framset: $1,000 salsacycles.com 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 [...]
9:Zero:7 McGrath MSRP: $2,750 907bikes.com 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 [...]
Fatback Titanium Frame only: $2,100 fatbackbikes.com 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Got a case of the Mondays? Watch this rad video by Quentin Chaumy of Nicolas Luque riding Belledonne Massive in the Alps.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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.
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 [...]
Specialized S-Works Fate Carbon 29 specialized.com $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 [...]
brightcove.createExperiences(); 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 [...]
Marin Mount Vision XM Pro marinbikes.com $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 [...]
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, [...]