Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"
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.
Specialized’s Status II is one of the most affordable DH bikes on the market, but it’s not just a bargain—it’s a phenomenal bike at any price.
You can think of Santa Cruz’s latest model, the Solo, as a 650b version of their existing Blur TRc–roughly five inches (125 millimeters) of travel, a slack head angle (68 degrees), low bottom bracket (13.1 inches) and–this is the point of departure–650b wheels.
The race season is upon us and after a winter full of travel and training, it’s time to see how the work will pay off for Jerome Clementz. This “Race to race” episode gives you a glimpse of how Jérôme (accompanied by Ben Cruz and Pauline Dieffenthaler) gets into race mode and how life is going during the season. Follow the life of the Cannondale Overmountain Team for two weeks on the road.
From March to May the landscape of thge southern hemisphere is transformed by the second season of its year. In other words, this video of Conor Macfarlane is full of ripping leafy, loamy, loose single track under an incredibly colourful canopy in Arrowtown, New Zealand.