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Giant XTC Composite 29er Details

04.07.2011 //

Words, photos and video by: Kevin Rouse Seen in person for the first time at Giant’s Factory Off-Road team camp this past week, Giant’s new XTC Composite was certainly eye-catching. Sporting absolutely massive tube sections, the bike’s enormous downtube steals your attention right from the get-go. In fact, the bike’s downtube is the largest Giant

Nicolas Teichrob Photographer Feature Part 2

04.06.2011 //

Due to the popularity of Nicolas Teichrob’s first Photographer Feature, the guys at Ridemonkey asked him to come back and do a second part. You will not be disappointed by the killer photos Teichrob dug up. Check out and discuss the feature here.

Giant 2011 Factory Off-Road Team Announced

04.06.2011 //

Words, photos and video by: Kevin Rouse Giant Bicycles recently invited the press to their official introduction of its 2011 Factory Off-Road Team. Nestled right in-between the ocean and the mountains, beautiful Santa Barbara, California, proved to be a gorgeous backdrop for this year’s official introduction and pre-season team camp. Nearly all of the team’s

Truvativ Presents – The Coastal Crew’s Backyard

04.05.2011 //

The Truvativ guys spent some time in the Coastal Crew’s Sunshine Coast backyard. Here’s a video showing their life and what inspires their rides.

11 Questions – Lindsey Voreis

04.05.2011 //

The everyday American might know Lindsey Voreis for her part as a competitor in the 2001 season of the television show, Survivor Africa. Now, she works alongside her husband Kirt Voreis as part of the Specialized AllRide Academy. Recently, Lindsey was part of the coaching team at the Ray’s MTB Women’s Weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mikey Sylvestri Breaking in his new Demo

04.05.2011 //

Specialized AllRide Academy rider, Mikey Sylvestri, shredding Cline Butte in Bend, Oregon on his new Demo.

Mechanic Mondays

04.04.2011 //

This week, Squirrel shows you how to fix a flat tire–without a spare tube or patch kit–by tying knots in the tube.

How 29ers are Supposed to be Ridden

04.03.2011 //

Andrew Sherry seeing what big wheels can do. Discuss this video and long travel 29ers here.

Reviewed: 2011 Fox 40

04.02.2011 //

Words and photos by: Fraser Britton Fox released its Fox 40 to much fanfare in early 2005. Since then, the fork has undergone many revisions, but none as big as the 2011 version. For 2011, the most visible change to the championship-winning 40 is the presence of the Kashima coated uppers. This gold-colored coating on

Tragic Machining Death at Straitline

04.01.2011 //

Source Straitline Greg Parish was found dead Saturday morning twisted up inside a CNC lathe after a gruesome accident. Straitline has lost a well respected and loved member of the team in an odd and unfortunate accident in their Sidney BC facility. The company’s marketing Director was found mutilated inside a Doosan machine after an

2011 FMB Teaser and Trophy

04.01.2011 //

This Free Ride Mountain Bike World Tour, the best mountain bike athletes in the world will battle to take home a truly exceptional trophy–a golden CamelBak Better Bottle. The golden Better Bottle will travel to different events throughout the season to inspire athletes and spark their ambition. The golden bottle will have its first public

Hermosa Tours’ Guide-Less Supported Colorado Trail MTB Tour

03.31.2011 //

There are few things like doing an unsupported tour with buddies. That said, there are few things that suck more than trying to drag coolers of beer and food to each stop on the way. Hermosa Tours saw this problem and came up with a solution. The tour company set up a four-day unsupported tour,

Highland Mountain Bike Park’s 2011 Schedule

03.31.2011 //

Highland Mountain Bike Park recently announced its 2011 Highland Camps schedule. Highland Mountain Bike Park developed and launched Highland Camps in 2009 and since then it continues to be dedicated to teaching riders, no matter their skill level, to excel their riding in a controlled, fun, and safe environment. The Highland Camps program grew in

Truvativ’s Revamped Lineup

03.30.2011 //

We showed you a peak at whats to come from the folks at Truvativ in our Taipei Cycle Show coverage: Here and here. Truvativ’s line will see updates to its handlebars, stems and seatposts. The products will see some new technologies and designs—including wider bars, updated graphics, new model names and a redesigned logo that

Gus Gots Skills

03.30.2011 //

This is exactly what happens when Mark Weir is your dad. Shredding. Conclusion to the first video.

Giant XtC Composite 29er

03.29.2011 //

Giant recently announced the introduction its new XtC Composite 29er. The XtC Composite 29er was developed with input from Giant Factory Team Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker. One look at the radically engineered Composite frameset reveals some innovative new thinking in the quest to produce a lightweight, race-ready, 29-inch-wheel hardtail. “I went to Giant with

Contour 2011 Mountain Bike Team

03.28.2011 //

Contour, a market leader in hands-free video cameras, is pleased to announce its 2011 MTB squad. The team will consist of Cameron Zink, Cam McCaul, the Atherton trio and Matt Hunter. “We try to partner with the most influential athletes in all categories whether that be moto, MTB or snow and I think that our

College Cyclery Rain or Shine Jam

03.28.2011 //

College Cyclery and H5 Events in conjunction with the Sea Otter Classic recently announced the inaugural Rain or Shine Jam. This low-key mountain bike dirt jump jam will be held on April 15 and 16 and is set to feature top invited pro riders. This event was created to help bring freeride mountain biking back

Mechanic Mondays

03.28.2011 //

This week, Squirrel shows you how to tighten the axle and bearings on cone-and-cup wheels.

RaysMTB MKE Odd Couple Contest Results

03.27.2011 //

The RaysMTB Odd Couple contest consisted of teams comprised of two riders and a videographer. The riders and videographer arrived at the park midweek and had to shoot and edit a 3-4 minute movie to be shown for judging on Saturday night. The park gave riders clearance to break park rules, allowing them to ride

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