Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
Today Ibis publicly unveiled the Mojo HDR—an updated version of their Mojo HD model. We’ve been riding the HDR, shod with 650b wheels, these past few weeks. Here are our thoughts on the new bike as well as the inside story from Ibis founder, Scot Nicol.
Let Steve Peat, along with Josh Bryceland and Greg Minnaar show you the 2013 Fort William Downhill’ course… Fast, dry and loose….
Here’s a quick, drone’s-eye view of the mass start for the 2013 Inca Avalanche. Racers were challenged by bog, steeps, rocky and exposed terrain all along the 5000-foot descent. There was again spitting rain for run one and slight hail greeted the riders for the final run. Yannic Wende (Gravity Global -Tigo), the 2012 champion
Singletrack Deficit Disorder (STDD) is a highly dangerous and almost virulent condition that affects thousands of Americans and Canadians every day. Science is also showing it to exist in the four corners of the globe. We have taken a close look at this condition and in this video, episode 1 of the Sun Valley Remedy, we look back at the origin of STDD.
Riding and racing a bike is a heck of a lot more fun than organizing, authorizing, certifying, insuring, assuring, cajoling and putting on a bike race. We feel guilty because we know our entry check doesn’t cover anywhere near the true cost of putting on a bike race. Volunteers who don’t get to raise their hands at the finish because they’re bent over wrestling with a heavy black plastic bag of your refuse see through your guilty gaze and easy wave.
There’s plenty of real estate to play around on here and the clearance is excellent—shorn pins notwithstanding. The traction pins are well distributed and the body is nicely concave. Weight—with aluminum pins and titanium spindles—is an impressive 340 grams.
This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessamy Carmen Tippie, the heiress to the Brett Tippie legacy and 4-year-old mountain biker. She was the Lance to my Oprah, but unlike Mr. Armstrong she wasn’t afraid to answer the hard questions as we tackled everything from wheel size to unicorns.
Connor Field is an up and coming freeride mountain biker from Wilson, Wyoming. Riding on Teton pass near his house is where he trains an develops his skills. In an effort to expand his biking he built his own downhill jump course in his backyard and this is it.
There are times when the whole 29er/650b hoopla gets a bit, well, stupid. Slap some big wheels on an existing model and presto—the bike somehow gains a 29 or 27.5-percent boost in efficiency, stiffness and utter radness. Logic and reason go right out the window. Whatever.
Apparel maker, Kitsbow, recently launched a video series entitled, #whyMTB which digs for the truth beneath the simple question: Why do we ride? For their first episode Kitsbow sought out Scot Nicol, founder of Ibis Cycles, because as they so aptly put it, “Who else would know more about mountain biking’s meaning than one of its very pioneers?”
Fabien Barel starts the season in Sicily with Jerome Clementz. They experience a full spectrum of Sicilian cycling, including a boat ride to access the best trails, a donkey shuttle to the top of a hill, and a traditional fisherman’s meal of local fish.
Just in case you were under the impression that the life of a professional racer was all roses and champagne, there’s this video, which details the good, the bad and the ugly of life as a member of the peloton. My favorite line? “I woke up in the hospital with my teeth sitting beside me in a plastic cup.”
Specialized’s Roval Control Trail SL wheels are lighter than most cross-country racing wheelsets, yet outshine the usual suspects in both the XC class and the more rugged all-mountain category. All this, while selling for between $300 and $1,000 less than comparable carbon wheelsets.
Devinci Global Racing is entering the 2013 gravity arena with a lineup best described as “stacked”. On the eve of the new season, the team decided to warm up for the big event by sampling some of Vancouver Island’s finest. This video gives you a glimpse of the squad’s speed and skill.