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Crankworx Colorado Slopestyle Recap

08.04.2010 //

Crankworx Colorado is done and dusted. The unstoppable Brandon Semenuk (Trek/Redbull) walked away with the win for the third time in as many years and picked up $8,000 for his efforts, winning Best Trick as well. Relative unknown—this side of the pond anyway—Yannick Granieri (Commencal), followed in second and Swedish phenom Martin Soderstrom (NS Bikes/Redbull)

Wade Simmons Goes Home

08.04.2010 //

Wade Simmons and Rocky Mountain Bicycles return to the Sun Peaks Bike Park in Simmons’ hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, on August 7 for the third annual Rocky Mountain Homecoming. Simmons won’t waste any time catching up with the fam though, as he’ll be busy ripping on the trails he grew up on. Riders with

GT’s 2011 Rundown

08.04.2010 //

By Ryan LaBar For 2011, GT has revamped its bike lineup with stepped-up aesthetics and selective component choices. The company did this as a part its brand re-launch (More on GT’s brand re-launch here). One objective of GT’s for the relaunch was to make sure its bikes look more “fun”. The company went about achieving

Val Di Sole DH Report

08.02.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher Act five, and the fat lady has sung, and like all good Italian operas, World Cup DH #5 had it all: heroes, villains, and drama. The heroes were Ragot and Beaumont, as well as Steve Smith of MS-Evil and Andrew Neethling of Trek World Racing. The villain—or I should say, the monster—was

Val Di Sol 4X and XC Report

08.02.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher 4X The past two sunny days had done wonders to dry out the DH track, but that same sun had also made the 4X track extremely loose. “The corners are pretty slippery, for sure,” asserted Beerten. “There’s gonna be some carnage there, I think.” There was, indeed some carnage: Luca Fusani took

Val di Sole DH and 4X Qualifying

07.31.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher Downhill qualifying went smoothly. Yesterday’s rain was greeted by beaming sunshine this morning that quickly dried the track. Riders got their lines dialed in short order during the morning’s practice and were full ‘pinner’ by the time qualifying came ‘round. Sabrina Jonnier was not liking the track, and was working hard to

Val Di Sole DH and 4X Practice

07.30.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher The promise to be an amazing and rainless day quickly went to shit courtesy of Mother Nature. The skies opened up just as the riders started to get into the track. The gorgeous, drifty-loose duff covering most of the track stayed dry where sheltered by the trees, but elsewhere it turned into

Felt’s 2011 Line

07.28.2010 //

By: Kevin Rouse Photos: Ryan LaBar For 2011, Felt has hit the ground running with a re-vamped lineup that includes more than a few highlights. Felt introduced several new carbon flagships for 2011, most notably the new 2011 Edict, a full suspension cross-country bike. Also new are full carbon versions of the five-inch travel Virtue,

Champery World Cup XC Finals

07.26.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher The XC track here in Champery is a technical beast. In some ways it is a reflection of the DH track, with steep, technically challenging lines, including two nasty drop-offs. As Chris Ball, the UCI’s DH technical delegate put it, “during the men’s race, I had to leave after watching them (the

Champrey World Cup DH Final

07.24.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher Just keep the rubber side down. That was the mantra racers chanted at the mountaintop as they warmed up for the finals. The weather had cleared up a bit from the previous day, but that meant the course would be made up of coagulating goop. The day’s race would be a battle

Champery World Cup DH Qualifiers

07.24.2010 //

By: Colin Meagher After the mid-season break for various national championships, World Cup racing is back in the spotlight with a return to Champery, Switzerland for the fourth DH and XC races of the season, as well as a bit of a shake out for the 2011 World Champs. Champery rocked the Downhill set in

Darcy Turenne Shows Off the Redesigned Norco Vixa

07.21.2010 //

Darcy Turenne Shows Off the Redesigned 2011 Norco Vixa.

EPIC Announces Summer Video Contest

07.21.2010 //

EPIC Action Video Cam has just announced their “EPIC Summer Contest” and is accepting submissions from now until September 15. EPIC is looking for videos two minutes or less that feature entrants’ favorite moments on the track, trail or shredding spot. A world-class panel of judges will be looking for creatively shot and edited POV-based

Whistler to Host Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Qualifier July 25

07.21.2010 //

By: Kevin Rouse Kokanee Crankworx’s newest event, The Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, will take place on a newly completed course at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The track promises to be a crowd-pleaser with a “course chock full of berms, doubles, and gaps” says Crankworx General Manager, Jeremy Roche. “This is going to be one

Riding With the Norco Team on Fromme

07.20.2010 //

Riding Norco’s new Shinobi all-mountain 29er on Pipeline trail with Jay Hoots, Ryan Leach, Dylan Korba, and Sam Dueck.

Jay Hoots Talks About the Bike Skills Area at Inter River Park

07.19.2010 //

Jay Hoots Talks About the Bike Skills Area at Inter River Park.

A Look at Axiom’s 2011 Multi Tools and Pumps.

07.15.2010 //

Axiom is well known for its line of quality, innovative and simple bike accessories. The company’s multi tool line is quite vast and offers something for pretty much everybody. For 2011 Axiom has a multi tool for the everyday bike-riding wino. The Corker tool comes equipped with everything needed for basic repairs (including a chain

Norco’s 2011 Line

07.14.2010 //

Norco has made some big changes for 2011 with a refined suspension linkage, the addition of a few new bikes and some smart looks at component specs. For 2011 Norco has tweaked its FSR linkage system to yield a bike that is both more efficient and better through rough terrain. Norco calls this suspension design

A Closer Look at Cannondale’s New Jekyll

07.08.2010 //

Yes, Cannondale’s new Jekyll is yet another carbon all-mountain bike, but it’s loaded with new technology and smart features that sets it apart. In fact Cannondale feels the Jekyll’s riding characteristics are so different it needed a whole new category. Cannondale calls it “OverMountain”. Here is the nerd-factor rundown of what makes the Jekyll tick:

Red Bull Rampage Returns to Virgin, Utah

07.08.2010 //

By: Kevin Rouse After a one-year hiatus, the 2010 Red Bull Rampage returns to Virgin, Utah, for another weekend of legendary freeriding. Running October 1-3, this year’s event promises more riders, more spectators, more action and presumably some of the most exciting riding of the year. Rampage event director, Todd Barber is enthusiastic about this

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