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5 Minute Break: Hitotzuki Kami and Sasu ‘Omni’

11.15.2011 //

This has nothing to do with bikes, and everything to do with paint: Hitotzuki Kami and Sasu ‘Omni’.

Fresh: Royal Racing Tech Tee

11.15.2011 //

Royal Racing Tech Tee
$30 / royalracing.com
Operating under the premise that jerseys needn’t look like enormous neon flags, Royal Racing’s Tech Tee gets the job done in simple fashion. The jersey is finished with an enzyme wash that helps the jersey wick sweat away from your skin and resists funk.

Bike Test: Norco Range 2

11.14.2011 //

The Range is Norco’s new all-mountain model. Bucking the carbon-fiber trend (for now, at least), Norco crafts the Range’s carcass out of 6061-aluminum. The main frame is a sexy mix of hydroformed tubes replete with nice touches, including integrated dropper-post cable guides and a set of finger holds, molded into the rocker link, which allow for easier portaging during hike-a-bikes.

5 Minute Break: G-Shock “The Descent” Part II – Cam Zink and Kyle Strait

11.14.2011 //

Cameron Zink and Kyle Strait, traveled to Virgin, Utah, to make a watch commercial.

Fresh: Wheels Manufacturing Hanger Multi-Tool

11.14.2011 //

Multi-tools are great on occasions when things rattle loose, but when you mangle your derailleur hanger, you’re generally SOL. Unless, that is, you’ve got this multi-tool in your pack. In addition to sporting allen wrenches, screw drivers and a T25 torx wrench, it also packs a universal emergency derailleur hanger that attaches to any dropout and lets you get back home without turning your bike into a singlespeed.

5 Minute Break: Lone Wolf Productions – Dustin Greenall Does It All

11.13.2011 //

Lone Wolf Productions – Dustin Greenall Does It All

Fresh: Park Blue Box Tool Case

11.13.2011 //

It’s not often when mountain bikers can feel as if they’re carrying a high roller’s briefcase into a casino. Well, with Park Tool’s Blue Box Tool Case you’re just one pair of shiny handcuffs short of that feeling. This tool case features top-notch clasps and a built-in combination lock. Inside, the case has 35 tool pockets and straps, plus four universal tool compartments to accommodate a wide variety of extra tools.

5 Minute Break: Fubar The Movie – Trailer

11.12.2011 //

If you’ve never seen this movie, you should rent it. If you have, enjoy the trailer and rent it again.

Fresh: Formula R.O.

11.12.2011 //

Formula claims its clever new R.O. brakes offer the power of a four-piston caliper in a stiffer, more compact two-piston package. The secret lies behind the O in the R.O.’s name—a special oval-shaped caliper piston. Formula says these brakes are 15 percent more powerful than their venerable The One model, and they reportedly tip the scales at just 337 grams.

5 Minute Break: Sam Pilgrim – Urbanized

11.11.2011 //

Some amazing street and park riding by Sam Pilgrim.

Fresh: DZR Strasse Shoes

11.11.2011 //

Cyclists often face a paradox: Dress in functional clothes that make you look like an escapee from a Jazzercize-themed gulag or wear stylish clothes that chafe and pinch things that should never be chafed or pinched. DZR’s new line of clipless-compatible shoes are an exception to the rule: They sport semi-rigid soles that offer plenty of power transfer to the pedals, yet also allow you to walk around, minus the pregnant-duck waddle.

Bike Test: Breezer Cloud 9 Ltd

11.10.2011 //

Lively and carbon are two words not often used in the same sentence unless prefaced by the word ‘not.’ Somehow, however, Joe Breeze managed to meld these words nicely together. The bike had a playful feel, when pushed through corners and mobbed though rock gardens, usually reserved for steel or high-end aluminum frames.

5 Minute Break: Motorhead playing ‘Ace Of Spades’ on The Young Ones

11.10.2011 //

Motorhead doing “Ace Of Spades” on The Young Ones. This has everything to do with the plot.

Fresh: Mavic CrossMax ST

11.10.2011 //

Mavic has done some major renovations on its venerable ‘trail’ wheelset. The most noticeable feature is, perhaps, the quicker hub engagement—improved from 17 degrees to 7.5 degrees. The wheels are also now convertible to fit any axle standard front or rear. On top of all that, the rims lose about 20-grams apiece and have been tweaked for easier tubeless setup.

Video: Evan Schwartz – Ride the Fall

11.09.2011 //

Via Ridemonkey: Not many people have the luxury of eating two (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinners back to back, but when Evan Schwartz heard he might be able to score two full spreads of turkey, he immediately dropped everything, packed up and made the 5-hour trek from Nelson to our couch in Kelowna. With this in mind, […]

5 Minute Break: Aaron Larocque – 2011 Demo Reel

11.09.2011 //

Aaron Larocque shares his favorite shots from Fall of 2008 to Present. Footage from BC, Taiwan, Italy, Thailand and Hawaii.

Fresh: Syncros FRIC Stem

11.09.2011 //

Most freeride-worthy stems are as light as elephants and as svelte as bricks. And then there’s the new FRIC: a mere 123 grams of industrial-design sexiness. Though the sleek FRIC is weight-weenie light, Syncros claims its new stem is also big-hit tough, thanks to its forged construction and innovative clamp design.

Diamondback Replaces Southern California Kid’s Stolen Bikes

11.08.2011 //

When Codey Durham found out his three beloved bikes had been stolen from his backyard in Buena Park, California, he was devastated. The 16-year-old—who in childhood had been told by doctors that he might never be able to walk due to a near-paralyzing cyst in his back—battled against his misfortune, learning not only how to walk, but how to ride bikes.

Bike Test: Dual Review – Intense Tracer 29

11.08.2011 //

We wanted to make a 29er for the non-29er crowd—no disrespect intended—a burly 29er that was made to thrash and play, yet still had the finesse to hammer uphill and on the flats. We wanted to build a bike that would be ahead of its time and would define the category.
—Jeff Steber

5 Minute Break: Jamie Ledson – 2011 Season Ender

11.08.2011 //

Jamie Ledson put together a highlights clip from the 2011 season. Watch it.

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