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By Andreas Hestler The Trans-Provence, now in its third edition, has been stated as the ‘Definitive All-Mountain MTB Race’. It has been flying under the radar for the last two years, but it would seem that the secret is now out. The field this year is deep, talented and motivated, as much for the singletrack [...]
We covered a lot of interesting new products, trends and events at Interbike this year. We’d hate for you to have missed any of it. Here is all of our 2011 Interbike coverage so far. Urge’s All Mountain and Veggie Down-O-Matic Helmets Squirrel: International Male Model DT Swiss XMM 120 29er Fork Interbike: Rolf Prima [...]
Urge’s new All Mountain (the model name) helmet sports an aluminum-tubed roll cage molded into the helmet. Urge claims that even with the metal structure the helmet comes in lighter than the Fox Flux. Part of this is because the Urge doesn’t have a traditional retention system, but rather the straps are crossed in the [...]
After a long absence from the mountain bike world, Rolf Prima is back. The company, which is famous for its paired-spoke lacing patterns, rolled out its new Ralos XC/trail wheels at Interbike. These hoops will be available in both a 26-inch and 29-inch version (the Ralos6 and Ralos9 respectively). The Ralos9 wheelset, shown here, tips [...]
By: Stephanie Nitsch Brian Matter (of team Gear Grinder) won his fourth championship title at the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Hayward, Wisconsin, making him the first man to do so in the history of the event. Matter’s time of 2:00:59.9 on the 40-mile track broke the previous course record by almost two full minutes [...]
Words: Joe Parkin Photos: Anthony Smith Video: Scott Smith Every professional athlete I’ve ever met has really just been a larger, stronger and faster 12-year old, with an insatiable desire to try new things. And every professional wheel-sports athlete I’ve ever met has had some strong interest in other wheel sports. In other words, most [...]
It’s hard not to love a good hoodie. They are stylish and functional, but cotton generally doesn’t equate to a high-performance garment. Jett realized the advantages that hoodies offer, and took hooded-comfort technology to the next level with its Elevation Tech Hoodie. Loads of style, functionality (the hood is large enough to fit over a [...]
Jon Kennedy, Diamondback’s marketing guru and mastermind behind the Dixon, runs through some of this new bike’s features. Diamondback’s view of the 29-inch-wheeled future–a bike tailor-made for aggressive descenders who want to take full advantage of the larger wheel size. Expect a production version of this bike as soon as 2013. You heard about this [...]
By: Vernon Felton Interbike used to be the place where new and shocking products were unveiled to much surprise and acclaim. Mmmmm….not so much anymore. Sea Otter, Eurobike and dozens of Big Brand press launches have stolen much of the “new and improved” wind from Vegas’ sails. That said, there’s still some pretty cool (and [...]
While Oakley is putting a hiatus on its apparel line for 2012, the company is still running strong with its gloves, packs and eyewear. Oakley has partnered with Troy Lee Designs for a line of goggles. Oakley will also have a line of retro-styled goggles dubbed its Heritage Series. Oakley’s Factory Lite aren’t just feathery, [...]
By: Zach White Giro Feature MSRP $75 Available later this month Giro has borrowed some of their snow sports helmet design and put it into the new Feature, a $75 “all-mountain” helmet. Using an in-form fit system with a much larger contact point – almost exactly like their snow helmets – the helmet offers much [...]
By: Zach White Mission Workshop Sanction pack MSRP $279 Available Now Sailboats are expensive. Mission Workshop’s new Sanction packs are expensive, too. But considering the entirely-US-made packs are manufactured from Dimension Polyant sail material to keep weight impressively minimal while maintaining bomber, lifetime warranty strength, the Sanction seems a bargain at twice the price. Well, [...]
It wouldn’t take much to entice a mountain bike journalist away from the tornado of appointments, sore feet and sunburn that can be the Interbike Dirt Demo. And when Fox Racing Shox offers the chance to spend the day riding in and driving off-road vehicles…. Well it’s a no brainer. Fox Racing Shox likes to [...]
Photo: David Reddick Whether you’re coming to Interbike next week in Las Vegas or you’re forced to stay home with the pet cats, you should at least know that your friends at Bike and Paved magazines will be posted up at the Circulus—and that we’ll be posting all the news that’s fit to put on [...]
Contour recently announced the launch of its new ContourROAM camera. The ContourROAM is the company’s first fully waterproof camera, and also features a super wide-angle 170-degree rotating lens. The new design includes an Instant On-Record Switch (power on and start recording sliding switch) enabling users to instantly start recording, so there is no question whether [...]
Danny MacAskill, Daniel Dhers and Martin Söderström shred near POC’s Swedish headquarters.
A behind the scenes of Team Monster/Specialized’s (Sam Hill, Brendan Fairclough and Troy Brosnan) races at the 2011 DH World Championship in Champery, Switzerland.