Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"

Trek World Racing In Pursuit

05.08.2011 //

Trek World Racing DH athletes, Aaron Gwin and Tracy Moseley, top the podium at the first World Cup event of the season. Here’s a little peak at the event and behind the scenes.

Giant Factory Off-Road Team World Cup 1 DH

05.07.2011 //

Video of Duncan Riffle, Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling racing the South African course and talking about their plans.

Acros A-GE: Fully-Hydraulic Shifters and Derailleurs

05.06.2011 //

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

Helmet Cam: Long Gully

05.05.2011 //

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.

Big Mountain Adventures’ Swiss Alpenrock DH Trip

05.04.2011 //

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

Kona’s New Entourage and Operator

05.03.2011 //

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

Mechanic Mondays

05.02.2011 //

This week, Squirrel shows you how to straighten your derailleur hanger without a derailleur hanger tool.

Prototype Tires from Kenda and Tioga

05.01.2011 //

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

Pro GRT 1 – Specialized AllRide Style

04.30.2011 //

Vampires and DH racing. Yep.

KHS Team Travels

04.29.2011 //

Three good edits from the KHS Team’s journey from the Port Angeles Pro GRT (Part One) to Hood River (Part Two) to Sea Otter (Part Three). Part One: Part Two: Part 3: .

Diamondback’s 29er and DH Prototype

04.28.2011 //

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

2011 Sea Otter: Crankbrothers’ Newness

04.27.2011 //

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.

Video: Rain or Shine Jump Jam Highlights

04.26.2011 //

Some highlights from the Rain or Shine Jump Jam at Sea Otter.

Bikemag Sea Otter Overview

04.25.2011 //

Bike’s editor, Joe tells us what the Weasel’s all about.

XC World Cup Roster Preview

04.24.2011 //

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

DH World Cup Roster Preview 2011

04.23.2011 //

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

ConnectView Cards for Contour Viewfinder App Available Now

04.22.2011 //

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

Sea Otter Wagon Wheel Roundup

04.21.2011 //

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

Video Highlights: Pro GRT 1

04.20.2011 //

Some video highlights from the first race in the Pro GRT series.

Brian Lopes Riding the Sea Otter Dual Slalom

04.20.2011 //

Second place finisher in the 2011 Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom, Brian Lopes flying through a practice run.

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