Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"

48 Hours on the Kona Hei Hei Supreme and the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo

02.24.2012 //

Writing a review of a bike during a press camp is like saying you’ll marry someone after the first date. There simply isn’t enough time to get entirely used to a bike after a brief ride or two.

Tested: Novatec Diablo V2 Wheels

02.23.2012 //

My time on the Novatec Diablo wheels started innocently enough. While snooping around the Bike magazine shop I came across this wheelset that none of the staff were scheduled to test yet, from a company that I really didn’t know a whole lot about, Novatec.

5 Minute Break: Through Gracia’s Eyes – Season 1, Episode 1

02.22.2012 //

Cédric Gracia is brash and a bit out there to say the least, but he is fast and exciting on a bike. This is what happens when he’s given a camera to shoot a POV perspective of his adventures.

News of the Tweet: Following You, Following Me

02.21.2012 //

By Seb Kemp Twitter changed this week. I think. I don’t really know because no one else mentioned it so I have to assume it was either not newsworthy or it just happened at my end. One day this week I fired up the old Google box and switched the channel over to Twitter only

Gallery and Video: Brendan Fairclough – Behind the Scenes and Outside of the Tape

02.21.2012 //

Photos: Anthony Smith

Bike had the chance tag along with Brendan Fairclough during one of his off-season days in Southern California. This particular day, Fairclough filming with Clay Porter for an upcoming edit.

Kona Bikes House of the Big Wheel Launch – Part 1

02.17.2012 //

Kona brought mountain bike journalists from around the world to Tucson, Arizona, to show off its line of 29er bikes and have us participate in the 24 Hours of Old Pueblo event.

5 Minute Break: Anthill Films – Strength In Numbers – Utah Teaser

02.16.2012 //

A behind the scenes of the Utah section for the upcoming film, Strength in Numbers, by Anthill films. Riders: Thomas Vanderham, Graham Agassiz and Ryan Howard.

Winter Training with Tinker Juarez for the 2012 World 24 Hour Solo Championships

02.15.2012 //

Tinker Juarez flew north this past weekend to Canmore, Alberta, Canada, site of the 2012 World 24 Hour Solo Championships happening this September 14.

Specialized Signs Japanese National Champion Kohei Yamamoto

02.14.2012 //

Specialized recently announced that Kohei Yamamoto, multi-time Japanese National Champion, has joined Specialized Racing for 2012. Yamamoto joins the team of decorated riders Jaroslav Kulhavy, Christoph Sauser, Burry Stander, Todd Wells, Lea Davidson, Rebecca Rusch and Ned Overend.

…and in Other News

02.14.2012 //

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 13, 2012) – Premium Shoe Cleaner manufacturer, Jason Markk, collaborates with world famous DJ/Producer/Sneaker lover/CRSVR Co-owner, Vice, to create a limited edition travel shoe cleaning kit.

News of the Tweet: Crossover and Crossed Wires

02.13.2012 //

By Seb Kemp This week, there seems to have been some crossover happening between various sports’ top athletes and with mixed results. Danny Hart has been roaming around California signing posters, and baffling people with his gravel and guttural accent. Recently VitalMTB dragged Hart out to a sandpit with MX2 World Champion Ken Roczen for

5 Minute Break: Bicycle Wheel Production Line

02.08.2012 //

Ever wonder where your wheels came from? This video is informative, fascinating and funny.

Initial Thoughts: Cane Creek DBair

02.07.2012 //

Over the past few years, Cane Creek’s Double Barrel rear shock has earned a cult-like following of tuner geeks who practically foam at the mouth while sputtering about Cane Creek’s insanely adjustable coil-sprung shock.

News of the Tweet: It is a Question of Questioning

02.06.2012 //

By Seb Kemp Twitter raises more questions than it answers. It opens us up to more tid-bits of information but nothing that really answers the questions it raises. This week’s #NOTT is all about asking the big questions. Like why do we have nails and not claws, do yoga pants have some sort of anti-gravity

5 Minute Break: Summer in Winter by Goldstein Productions

02.06.2012 //

A (very) short, but rad video to to help spring come a little sooner. Via Goldstein Productions: “February 4, 2011. 10 degrees [50 degrees Fahrenheit] and sunny. Perfect weather for cable cam testing. Went out with the Dunbar guys and got one long line dialled, then got a few other shots to at least cut

One Industries 15th Anniversary Celebration with the Athertons

02.06.2012 //

Want to meet the Athertons? If you do, and are in San Diego, California, on Friday February 10, 2012, you ought to check out the One Industries 15th Anniversary Celebration.

Bike Test: 2011 Trek Top Fuel 9.8

02.02.2012 //

You’d be hard pressed to find a sub-par bicycle in the over-five-grand category. Heck, you’d be hard pressed to find a questionable bike in the three-grand category these days. Simply put, there are a lot of good bikes out there. Trek’s 2011 Top Fuel, however, is exceptional.

Greg Herbold’s 7 Reasons Why RC is Cool

02.01.2012 //

While writing the piece for us, HB inadvertently penned a schweet seven reasons why RC is cool. Enjoy.

Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul and Steve Smith Testing Fox Racing’s Product

02.01.2012 //

Cam McCaul, Tyler McCaul and Steve Smith Testing Fox Racing’s Product. According to Fox Racing, all of its 2012 mountain bike products are available and in stock now. Click here for the full Fox Racing Catalog: Click here for Fox Racing’s line of MTB jerseys. Click here for Fox Racing’s line of MTB shorts. Click

Giant Factory Off-Road Team Announces 2012 Riders

02.01.2012 //

Danny Hart, the reigning Downhill World Champion, returns to lead the downhill division of the squad. In just his second season on the pro circuit last year, Hart rocketed through the ranks on his Giant Glory.

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