Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
The 4X World Championships at Leogang looks to be a battle to the bitter end amongst the partisan crowd of the sport’s popular European heartland. The world’s fastest racers fought elbow-to-elbow for the right to call themselves ‘World Champion’ in Leogang, Austria with plenty of shocks and carnage expected along the way.
Investigative reporter, Vernon Felton, travels to Las Vegas to shed light on the real trends emerging from Interbike 2013–the sudden and alarming decrease in “booth babe” populations, the 35 percent increase in “Bro-ing” amongst cycling industry insiders, the continuing decline in men sporting crazy facial hair and more.
Handlebars are extremely personal–everyone has a different take on the perfect width, amount of rise and backsweep, so what I like might not be what you need or want. What Truvativ’s Athlete Series has going for it, is that it offers you some more choices to find the bar that offers the best fit and feel for you.
The third RockShox “Game of BIKE” features Aaron Chase versus Kyle Jameson. This time Chase takes the game to the mountain, challenging Kyle on the slopes of the Whistler Bike Park. Chase is 0 for 2 in the first two rounds, see if he can finally score the win.
The fight for downhill dominance in 2013 all came down to this–the final round of World Cup racing in Leogang, Austria. It’d prove a particularly tight battle between Gee Atherton , so strong at the beginning of the season, and Stevie Smith, who’s been on a tear of late. Here’s the full video coverage of the race.
In this latest episode of The Guts Behind the Glory, Johannes Fischbach talks about the change to downhill racing and adapting to the different challenges it brings as well as his future aims in the sport.
Sometimes to understand what something is, you have to see what it isn’t. This year Interbike is lacking the depth of weird inventions and pneumatic blonde booth babes that it has in the past. Is this a sign of the recession hitting entrepreneurial trailblazers, financial imperatives serving to separate the wheat from the chaff, or is it just that now every hopeful, desperate mastermind has focused their talents on e-bikes?
Okay, so we’re at Interbike, the bike industry’s once a year chance (in the US, at least) to get together in one place, kick tires, take notes, tell lies, and see who has the worst new graphics. As with any trade show worth its salt, Interbike takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Vegas is therefore going to be the backdrop for this short, informative guide for how not to be a total chump at Interbike.
Interbike is more than bikes and gear. It’s an experience: a mutant, sleep-deprived, mind-bending experience. Sorta like Las Vegas itself. We could slaughter a lot of nouns and verbs here in an attempt to summarize that experience, but we’d never do it justice…here’s a tour through some of the classic Vegas experiences–machine guns, porn super stores and all.
Interbike–that annual tradition of trudging from one tradeshow booth to another–is always preceded by On Dirt Demo, two days of actually riding bikes in the Nevada desert. Here are some of the things that caught our eye on our second day in the sun.
There are actually 11 Stumpjumper FSR bikes and three frame-only options to choose from, ranging in price from $2,900 to $9,500. The back-in-black model here—the Expert Carbon EVO 29er—is the angry, pissed off member of the sprawling Stumpjumper family. Here are our first impressions, straight from the dirt, here at Interbike 2013.
The Yeti SB66c has been called a “quiver-killer”. Of course, that’s been said of a lot of bikes, but is there another ultra-light, six pound all mountain bike that has been raced to a World Cup DH podium? Nope. The Yeti SB66c is a rare bike, no doubt about it–light and efficient enough to tackle all-day climbs, yet capable of smoothing the ugliest lines on technical descents.
Wet, brutal…the rain hit the ground hard in Hafjell on Sunday and so did a hell of a lot of good riders. Here’s a snapshot of the carnage, the sorrow and the glory in yesterday’s round of World Cup DH racing. Here, in short, are the Hafjell highlights.