Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"
This guy went to the SRAM MTB Experience store…so you should too. Yes, that is a harmonica. Photo: Morgan Meredith SRAM’s has opened a retail store in the Whistler Village to stay open for only a limited time–the durration of the Crankworx event. The store, however, isn’t out to make a profit, but rather support
By: Vernon Felton Big changes are afoot at Trek. I’m sitting in the Munich airport, typing this report on a battered PowerBook. My legs are thoroughly roached from two long days of hammering next year’s Treks and I am, in a word, impressed. For 2012, Trek’s key trail and all-mountain models, the Fuel EX and
The Canadian Open DH live stream starts at 3pm here on the West Coast.
By: Ryan LaBar Close battles in both the pro men’s and women’s XC categories at Sun Valley, Idaho, saw Todd Wells and Georgia Gould take the top step of the podium. Below are photos, videos and top-10 results from both the pro men’s and women’s event: During the first lap of racing, Sam Schultz had
By: Ryan LaBar The new Scott Spark 29 Elite. The bike we had here has some upgrades to the components over the production version, but the frame will be the same. The 29er model offers adjustable travel from 100 millimeters to ~70 millimeters to fully locked out. Perhaps the most notable feature for the new
Part 3 of the 5-part “Elements of Perfection” video series from Whistler Bike Park. “You barely exist, yet you completely surround me. With a perfect mix of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% “miscellaneous” you deliver life to every corner of our planet. And when I put you between tire and Earth, you give life
Source: Mavic No matter what you ride there is a Crossmax wheel designed for the job. Video description from Mavic: “Passion, speed, grace, and skill are part of every ride, no matter which trail you choose. Julien Absalon, Anne-Caroline Chausson and Jérôme Clementz each choose their own trails, but they all ride a Mavic Crossmax
After a successful weekend at Mont-Sainte-Anne, team Maxxis Rocky Mountain had high hopes going into the Windham World Cup. However, a bit of mechanical trouble for Kabush and a bobble during Sabrina’s ride dashed some of the teams hopes, but Marie-Helene Premont finished in 4th place, and with her third podium in a row. The
By: Anthony Smith Last summer, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s trail builders worked side by side with the masterminds at Gravity Logic–the world’s premiere trail sculptors–to construct the resort’s all new Bike Park. Recently, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, with support from the The North Face, unveiled its all-new bike park to the public. This past weekend,
With a commanding victory at the Windham World Cup DH, Aaron Gwin proved that he might just be unstoppable this year. Gwin finished his race run a whopping 2.339 seconds over the surprisingly-fast time set by Steve Peat. This victory marked Gwin’s fourth world cup downhill victory so far this year–there have only been five
Source: BC Bike Race Stage 5 was perhaps the most significant, as it held the final overall position changes for the top five solo racers. This stage, which traversed from Sechelt to Langdale, not only saw Neal Kindree switch places with Cory Wallace for third and fourth places, but also saw Blake Harlan creep up
The red-hot Aaron Gwin qualified first by a staggering 5.797 seconds over Gee Atherton at Windham, New York. Even with such a large lead in qualifying, racing should should be tight and exciting–especially with always-fast Gee Atherton qualifying second and the wild style of Danny Hart not far off with a 6th-place qualifying time. Click
Source: Rocky Mountain Rocky Mountain announced the launch of its Element alloy in 26 and 29-inch wheel sizes and carbon Vertex RSL. Each of these bikes is packed with some new features. Notably, the wagon wheelers see new geometries for a tight wheelbase and short chainstays. Here is a video from Rocky Mountain introducing the
Source: BC Bike Race Photos: BC Bike Race With three days remaining and less than 30 minutes separating the first and fourth place elite solo riders in the 2011 BC Bike Race (BCBR), it’s still anybody’s race. Three of the current top four riders–Chris Sheppard, Jason Sager and Neal Kindree–have each won at least one
Nathan Riddle is a working-class pro. He has a young family and works at the United Bicycle Institute five days a week teaching bicycle mechanic courses. To help stay fit, Riddle uses his lunch hour at work to ride intervals. Here’s a peak at what fuels Riddle’s passions and life on and off the bike.