Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Tested: Specialized EMT Pro MTB

10.27.2013 //

Specialized packed an impressive amount of tools into a lightweight (104 grams) and compact package. While we had one particular gripe with the tool, it’s a smart package on the whole. Here’s why.

News: Jared Graves’ Finale Ligure Race Journal

10.26.2013 //

Well, the 2013 season is in the history books. After last month’s World Championships, I spent almost six weeks back home getting into the swing of a normal life and routine. It was tough getting motivated for this weekend’s EWS in Finale Ligure…but really, I wanted nothing more than to finish off the year with a win.

Photo of the Day: Sterling Lorence

10.25.2013 //

Ryan Howard. Green River, Utah

Dirty Words: The Best Halloween Ever

10.25.2013 //

We’re on our bikes, laughing and flashing silently through the forest stinking of cheap beer and wood smoke. Halloween is over, but while the citizens lie snug in their bed, we glide through the night. Boo!

Photo of the Day: John Gibson

10.24.2013 //

Kurt Sorge. Longbeach, BC

The Bakery: My Mom’s New Bike

10.24.2013 //

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…

Video: Chromag Family Album Vol. 1

10.23.2013 //

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″.

Tested: M.U.L.E.® NV™

10.23.2013 //

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.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

10.22.2013 //

Chris Winter, Verbier, Switzerland.

Video: Enduro World Series Finale in….Finale

10.22.2013 //

Finale Ligure (SV), played host to the Grand Finale of the Superenduro powered by SRAM 2013 series and Enduro World Series race. Check out the action.

First Impressions: Blackspire Sub4 Pedals

10.21.2013 //

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.

Video: Mountain Biking Chamonix

10.21.2013 //

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.

Photo of the Day: Dan Barham

10.21.2013 //

Dylan Sherrard, Kamloops, BC

Video: Road Rage

10.20.2013 //

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.

Photo of the Day: Ryan Creary

10.20.2013 //

Fernie, BC

Photo of the Day: Nicolas Teichrob

10.19.2013 //

Curtis Robinson. Utah

Tested: Troy Lee Designs 5400 Knee Guards

10.19.2013 //

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.

Video: The Relentless Pursuit of Balance – Engineering and Development

10.18.2013 //

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.

Photo of the Day: Margus Riga

10.18.2013 //

Bariloche, Argentina

Preview: Mavic Notch Helmet

10.17.2013 //

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.

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