Author Archives: "Ryan "Squirrel" LaBar"

Sea Otter Products: DT Swiss

04.19.2011 //

Words: Kevin Rouse Captions: Ryan LaBar Photos: Kevin Rouse and Ryan LaBar Video: Kevin Rouse DT Swiss came to Sea Otter with some noteworthy new product offerings in the wheel department, with their all-new XRC 950 T, a 1200-gram tubular 29er wheelset definitely garnering some attention. The wheelset uses DT Swiss’ proprietary Tricon system to

Mechanic Mondays

04.18.2011 //

This week, Squirrel shows you how to accurately straighten your handlebars.

Bike Magazine’s Sea Otter Potpourri

04.17.2011 //

Photos by Anthony Smith and Ryan LaBar Video by the Alpha Squirrel Words by Brice Minnigh and the Wounded Apparatchiks Bike magazine is not only flabbergasted, but we continue to be Blinded by Science. Norco’s Dustan Sept thinks this Science might put him out of a job. Josh Bender’s beloved dog June doesn’t like where

A Glimpse into Sea Otter’s Dual-Slalom Duels

04.16.2011 //

Photos by Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh Jitters are gone once you’re out of the gate. Brian Lopes, known for his “Lazer”-sharp focus, hones his sights on a podium finish. Jared Graves prepares to flog his beloved Sasquatch. And flog it he did, all the way to victory. Mom, God and Apple Pie? America…fuck

Buy Some Coffee, Help Children with Cancer

04.16.2011 //

Words: Kevin Rouse Photos: Ryan LaBar Help fight children’s cancer and enter to win a Cannondale Scalpel 3. Cannondale has partnered with Silver Bean Coffee and the La Ruta De Los Conquistadores stage race to create a special-blend La Ruta Coffee to help support the Children’s Cancer Shelter in Costa Rica. Cost is only $10,

Sneak Peek: Cannondale’s Scalpel 29

04.16.2011 //

Words by: Kevin Rouse and Ryan LaBar Photo and Video by: Ryan LaBar One of the bigger sneak-peeks at this year’s Sea Otter Classic, the new Cannondale Scalpel 29 marks Cannondale’s entry into the full-squish 29er market. In typical Cannondale fashion, the bike is no burden on the scales. Featuring 100 millimeters of travel front–which

Oakley’s Impact Tests and New Shades

04.16.2011 //

If you like the Jawbone’s lens replacement system, but don’t fancy the full frame style, the Fast Jackets might be your ideal shades. Check out this video of how to replace the lenses of the new Fast Jacket glasses: Oakley prides itself in durable, quality sunglasses. Here are two of the tests the company puts

Bike Mag’s Booth with a View

04.15.2011 //

Photos by Anthony Smith Words by Brice Minnigh (and the rehabilitated Commissariat) Justin Wyper’s take on a Bike magazine Buzz gallery shot—literally buzzing his helmet. Step One: Don your Canadian tuxedo. Step Two: Get flat. Yes, it’s a no-hander. Yes, it’s fully stretched. And yes, Bender (bottom left) still had something to say about it.

Sea Otter SRAM L(a)unch

04.15.2011 //

The biggest news at the SRAM booth (aside from the new factory truck apparently) was the launch of the RockShox Sid 29. HB de-shrouds the mystery. The new Sid 29. SRAM claims it to be a minimum of 211 grams lighter than the RockShox Reba 29 fork. Aside from the new Sid, SRAM has teamed

Free Red Bull Rampage Screening on Friday, April 15

04.15.2011 //

Red Bull Rampage will be screened at 8pm on Friday, April 15th at Luxe Lounge in Monterey, CA. The film captures not only the footage from the world’s best riders competing for the glory of the top step of the podium, but the stories from the road to Red Bull Rampage. Entry to the film

Welcome to Sea Otter Classic

04.14.2011 //

Everybody wants some Sh*tbike The world-famous Gravy hard at work. The one and only Mike Redding from the Fox Head. Duncan Riffle. What else do we need to say. Magura’s own Jude Monica. Ruthie and some hippy. Bender’s back supports the Sh*tbike. This is the man behind Mountain Bike Oregon. Kyle Strait is not quite

New at Fox Racing Shox

04.14.2011 //

Perhaps the most notable news at Fox is its naming system for the suspension line. For 2012 Fox will have three performance levels for its forks–Evolution, Performance and Factory. Evolution represents Fox’s entry level forks and Factory represents the top tier. Aside from its new naming systems, Fox added its Kashima coating to even more

BMC’s 150mm Carbon Trailfox TF01

04.14.2011 //

BMC first launched its Trailfox line in 2007. Since then, the company has been tweaking and refining the Trailfox giving it more modern geometries and refining its suspension. For 2012 BMC is using carbon for its Trailfox, and further refining its geometry and suspension. There are a lot of well thought-out details incorporated into the

Rocky Mountain Slayer

04.13.2011 //

Check out former Olympian, Andreas Hestler, riding the Slayer.

ProGRT Port Angeles Results

04.12.2011 //

It is clear that Danny Hart came to play this year; everyone’s known the kid is one of the fastest things going right now, and his loose style makes him a fan favorite (remember Val di Sol?). This is his first win of the season, he’ll be looking to do further damage in two weeks

Mechanic Mondays

04.11.2011 //

This week, Squirrel shows you how to cut a carbon steerer tube. This technique also works on seatposts.

Dan Atherton Returns to Flight

04.10.2011 //

Dan Atherton first day back on dirt jumps since breaking his neck. He’s looking good.

Trestle Bike Park 2011 Ride Season

04.09.2011 //

Trestle Bike Park features a whopping 37 miles of downhill trails and over 200 features, with trails professionally-designed by Gravity Logic to cater to riders of all skill levels. The park also claims to have the largest rental and high-end demo fleet in the United States, and more days made available for riding during the

Vienna Air King Highlights

04.08.2011 //

Video Highlights from the 2011 Vienna Air King.

Adjust Your Attitude Contest Winner

04.07.2011 //

Check out this video from Punta San Carlos, Mexico with the winner of Cannondale and Bike magazine’s Adjust Your Attitude Contest winner, Stephanie Nitsch.

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