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Words: Ryan LaBar Photos: Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Video: Ryan LaBar Acros showed up to this year’s Sea Otter with quite the shocker–a fully hydraulic shifter and derailleur system dubbed A-GE. The A-GE kit comes in about 175-grams lighter than Shimano’s XTR system. It’s not cheap though–the full kit will run you somewhere about
We don’t know who these guys are, but they sure make that trail look a lot of fun. Cuss-word warning: there is some profanity in this video. Also, there is no music in this video so choose your own. NOTE: It has been brought to our attention that the rider in front is Bryn Dickerson.
Source: Big Mountain Adventures Mountain bike tour company, Big Mountain Adventures, has teamed up with Chromag bikes and components to offer all participants a Lynx DT saddle and Fubar OSX bars on the Swiss Alpenrock DH trip. The Swiss Alpenrock DH trip is a 9-day romp of DH riding on some of the Alps’ highest
Behold the Kona Entrourage–baby brother to the Operator (see bottom of page). No need to take the cranks or chain guide off to tighten up the main pivot. It can be easily tightened from the non-drive side of the bike. The Entourage has short-for-its-class 16.3-inch chainstays. The back end of the Entrouage sports a 150-millimeter
This was the hot patch on the tires mounted to the prototype DH bike from Diamondback. The Tioga that sported that hot patch looks like it takes some design cues from the company’s relatively new Psycho Genius tire. The next generation of Eric Carter’s Excavator tire–aptly named the Nexcavator. The open tread and agressive knobs
Words: Kevin Rouse Photos: Ryan LaBar Diamondback Sortie 29er Fresh form Diamondback Bicycles is its forthcoming full-suspension Sortie 29er. The bike will offer riders a big-wheel option to the 26-inch Sortie. The bike will sport 100 millimeters of Knuckle Box-delivered suspension in the rear and receive a 120-millimeter treatment up front. The Sortie 29er will
Words: Kevin Rouse Photos: Ryan LaBar Crankbrothers has been busy this off-season, coming into the 2012 model year with a great deal of either new, or re-designed products. A much fuller product line-up has grown to include saddles and packs in addition to their more commonly peddled wares (pun intended): pedals, wheels and cockpit bits.
Words and Photos: Colin Meagher Any bike racer, gravity or otherwise, will assert that the wins are made in the off-season. A chunk of that is time “off”, pure and simple. Call it physical R and R, but it’s also a good mental break, too. The bike gets kicked to the curb in favor of
Words and Photos: Colin Meagher In most years there is one key rider signing (or re-signing) that launches most of the other moves. Last year it was Greg Minnaar re-signing with Santa Cruz that set the table. For 2011, that key rider was American DH ace Aaron Gwin. His signing to Trek World Racing instantly
Source: Contour Contour cameras recently announced the availability of its ConnectView card and Viewfinder App for iPhone and iPod Touch. The ContourGPS camera is a hands-free video camera designed to capture location and HD video. The ConnectView card is inserted into the ContourGPS camera and connects it with iPhone or iPod touch over Bluetooth. Once
Photos: Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Words: Ryan LaBar One thing we saw at the Sea otter was a lot of companies rolling out some exciting 29ers. Geometry and technology have finally started to become optimized for big wheelers, and companies are starting to paying attention. Here is a rundown of some of the new