Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Preview: Santa Cruz Bantam

02.13.2014 //

The Santa Cruz Bantam is designed around 650b wheels and sports a bevy of smart features that include 142×12 rear thru-axles, ISCG-05 tabs, Santa Cruz’s excellent collet-axle pivots and a threaded bottom bracket. Best of all, the frame can be had for $1,300.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Does This Make Me a Stalker?

02.10.2014 //

I don’t have a serial-killer van. Let’s be clear about that. No restraining order either. But I can’t deny the basic facts: I’m distracted. I’m irrational. I spend my days plotting how I’ll bring home the thing I desire… I’m pretty sure I’m ticking off all the little boxes on the stalker personality profile. And it’s all because of a bike…

First Impressions: GT Force Carbon Expert

02.06.2014 //

What exactly sets the new GT Force and Sensor apart from past GT models? Why did GT decide to change things up this year? We gave Todd Seplavy, GT’s director of product management, a call to get the answers and we pulled this new GT Force out of its box and took it for its maiden voyage.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Fanny Packs and Gorby Gaps

02.03.2014 //

When I consider the big picture—just how lame we cyclists appear to the rest of the world—I have a hard time saying which is worse: Is it the fanny pack or the gorby gap? The purple baggies or the Team Sky sausage suit? The tri-geek’s banana hammock or the dirt jumper’s skinny jeans? We are all cyclists. We all look lame. We are united by our lack of cool.

Tested: Chromag Lynx Saddle

01.30.2014 //

The Chromag Lynx has taken several seasons of abuse, but the durable leather saddle just keeps on keeping on. Surprisingly, I have yet to bend the ti rails. On the whole, the Chromag Lynx is one tough, yet lightweight, saddle.

The Web Monkey Speaks: Bang for Your Buck

01.27.2014 //

Are there any new bikes that I think actually present a good value? Bikes that are ready to rock and roll right out of the box without a bunch of pricey upgrades? Yup. Plenty of them. Here are a few of my personal favorites–from hardtails to big-hit bikes.

Preview: The XX1 Hack

01.23.2014 //

Can you create an affordable alternative to SRAM’s impressive XX1 single-ring drivetrain (an XX1 hack, if you will)? And would it actually offer XX1-level performance? We’re about to find out.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Rising Price of “Kick Ass”

01.20.2014 //

Yes, bikes are stupid expensive these days—I’m not denying that—but there’s also no denying that you generally get a lot more for your buck today. Some thoughts on why bikes cost so damn much, why we write about them and what you can do to avoid bleeding your wallet to death the next time you buy.

Tested: Cratoni Rocket Helmet

01.16.2014 //

The Rocket is Cratoni’s high-end, XC-style lid, weighing in at just 270 grams and features extensive venting. How does it stack up to the competition? Here’s the review.

The Web Monkey Speaks: The Other Guy

01.13.2014 //

There’s this guy that I hate. He’s a complete tool. I guess my dislike for him is sort of ironic because we have a lot in common. We’re from the same town. We ride the same trails. We wear the same general-issue, bike-dork uniform, except his fits better. Bastard.

Tested: Thule 917XTR T2 Rack

01.10.2014 //

I’ve subjected Thule’s T2 rack to plenty of abuse—winter snows, spring rains, summer heat, lots of mud, no maintenance given, no kindness shown. The T2, however, keeps on keeping on.

The Web Monkey Speaks: A Strange Love Affair

01.06.2014 //

I hear some people arguing that all this wheel-size talk is just crap. I understand that sentiment perfectly. It truly doesn’t matter what wheel size you’re riding, so long as you are actually out there riding. I’m simply interested in the tipping point and how we reached it with so little debate this time around. Most new products are met with serious skepticism–650b, on the other hand, was given a global, sloppy kiss and a free pass. I find that odd.

Preview: Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket

12.31.2013 //

Sugoi is making big claims about their latest top-shelf rain jacket, the RSX NeoShell, which features a serious dose of waterproofing and advanced venting capabilities. Here are some first impressions after a dozen or so rides in the wet.

Photo of the Day: Scott Markewitz

12.31.2013 //

Elliott Jackson. Whistler, BC

Exclusive: Bike’s Best of 2013–The Stories

12.30.2013 //

We published more than a thousand stories this past year. Here are just a few of the stories that we were particularly fond of.

Photo of the Day: Sterling Lorence

12.30.2013 //

Brett Rheeder. Aptos, CA

Totem: Skin to Win

12.29.2013 //

Compared to the haberdashery of modern downhilling, Greg ‘HB’ Herbold’s roughly 20-year old, sublimated, spandex skinsuit is about as alien as a vegan in a steakhouse. But for a few years during mountain biking’s early history, a costume like this could turn a talented mortal into a hero.

Photo of the Day: John Gibson

12.29.2013 //

Garett Buehler and Kurt Sorge. Kootenay Lake, BC

Video: Cold Rolled, Chapter 4

12.28.2013 //

Chapter 4 of Cold Rolled explores the development of Marquette’s Snow Bike Route–a 15-mile stretch of perfectly-packed singletrack amidst the deep snow. If you never thought you needed a snowmobile and a welding torch, this video might seed a lust for those very things. Very cool.

Photo of the Day: Mattias Fredriksson

12.28.2013 //

Holger Meyer. San Vigilio, Italy.

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