Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
One day I got a phone call that changed that attitude, a call that every bike industry worker fears receiving from their parents, “I found a bike at Walmart” and worse yet, “it has suspension stuff on the seat post so I think it must be really good.” The guilt hit me like a ton of bricks…
Few companies enjoy a following like Chromag. Sure, the company makes smart components, but it’s more than that. There’s a kind of die-hard brand loyalty that is so often lacking in an industry that is often fixated on bling, techno-babble and fads. We spoke with filmmaker, Rupert Walker, on the release of this new Chromag video, aptly titled, “Family Album Volume 1″.
I’ve grown accustomed to wobbling down the trail like a mobile Quasimodo and have never really sought out a more compact hydration pack. Until recently, that is. This year’s Bible of Bike Tests Trail/All Mountain test loop starts and ends out of our front door.Running my great haversack of a hydration pack is a bit of overkill. This CamelBak M.U.L.E. NV was the perfect option.
The Sub4 is built beefy; “Le brick sh@thouse” is the French term, if I’m not mistaken. It’s part and parcel of the North Shore-based company’s mission to build bullet-proof parts right there on Canadian soil. Here’s our first impressions on Blackspire’s all-mountain pedals.
Considered to be ‘the extreme capital of the world’ and home to Europe’s mightiest landscapes, Chamonix Mont Blanc, France, has a lot to live up to. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? The Trail Ninja gets down and dirty with Chamonix’s toughest mountain bike trails and discovers a secret or two.
The premise is simple: go downhill fast. What makes this competition a bit more interesting, however, is that this isn’t a downhill mountain bike race; Red Bull’s Road Rage is a race down Colorado’s Guanella Pass–and it’s all asphalt. BMX bike, road bike, mountain bike–as long as it has two functioning brakes, you can race it in Road Rage.
Knee pads don’t just have to be part of the freerider’s costume. Before trying Troy Lee Designs’ 5400 Knee Guards, I didn’t expect them to be so versatile. I thought they would act as a perfect double act in the winter – knee warmers and protection – but come the summer would probably be relegated to being worn around my ankles on long, hot climbs. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find they never needed to leave my knees.
In this video we take an close look at the development process of SRAM’s MTB wheels by meeting the engineers, technicians and product managers that produced and tested the SRAM wheels Nicolas Vouilloz chose for his successful return to racing, and which are now available to all riders.
Making a good helmet these days is no simple task–that’s particularly true of enduro lids, which need to be light and breathe well, yet also need to offer a bit more coverage than your garden-variety, Swiss Cheese replica cross-country helmet. The Notch is Mavic’s recent addition to the market. Here are some thoughts after stinking this one up in Sedona.
Giant-sponsored rider Andi Wittmann takes us behind the scenes at the Nine Knights freeride contest and talks about an event that he helped create, as well as the setup on his Giant Glory that he rode at the 2013 Nine Knights event in Livigno, Italy.