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2012 BC Bike Race Report: Days 3 and 4

07.05.2012 //

The weather gods have finally decided to be merciful and the rain’ stopped, and the racing at the 2012 BC Bike Race is truly heating up.

Giant’s New Trance X 29er

07.03.2012 //

Giant Bicycles will soon release a 29er version of their popular Trance X model. In the meantime, check it out here.

2012 BC Bike Race Day 2 Report

07.03.2012 //

Words by Harlan Price Campbell River hosted day two of the BC Bike Race under the wettest conditions in race history. With a police escort, 525 spirited racers left from the Robert Ostler Park under a steady drizzle of rain. After a neutral start the police escort pulled aside and an opening road section spread […]

2012 BC Bike Race Day 1 Report

07.02.2012 //

Words by Harlan Price/Photos by Dave Silver, Margus Riga and Todd Weselake BC Bike Race Day 1 Surrounded by a country celebrating its birthday, the winners of the opening day at the BC Bike Race started their seven-day journey through epic BC singletrack. Barry Wicks, and Wendy Simms (Kona Bikes) won the opening stages of […]

SRAM’s XX1 1×11 Group: New Details Emerge

07.02.2012 //

By Vernon Felton By now, you probably know that SRAM is rolling out an 11-speed, single-ring group called XX1. If not, check out this story. Today, SRAM revealed a few more details about the new group, which they believe will appeal to both enduro and cross-country racing types. If you’re still grappling with the whole […]

Want a Bike Park in Your Town?

06.29.2012 //

IMBA is working on an upcoming book designed to help riders develop public bike parks in their own communities. And they want your input. IMBA wants to hear what you think separates the best bike park designs from the worst.

RockShox to Offer New Reverb Models

06.27.2012 //

RockShox’s popular Reverb travel-adjust post will soon be available in 34.9-diameter. A longer (150-millimeter) travel version of the Reverb Stealth will also hit the streets in September.

Review: Thule T2 Hitch-Mount Rack

06.18.2012 //

By Vernon Felton First, a disclaimer: the rack you see here has “Sportworks” stickers plastered all over it—this is because that particular company created the T2 rack shortly before selling their consumer rack division to Thule. The T2, however, remained relatively unchanged for years, which is testimony to just how good the original recipe was. […]

Video: Drew Bezanson vs Joyride 150

06.16.2012 //

Canadian BMX rider Drew Bezanson has lit up the Internet on several occasions with ground-breaking edits from his home park in Ontario, Joyride 150. This latest edit raises the bar again, with specially-built features allowing Bezanson to fully showcase his amazing skills.

Free Bike, Free Trip and a Spot on Diamondback’s “DF5” Team

06.13.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Diamondback Bicycles just launched a new contest called, The Draft, and the premise is pretty simple: one of you readers out there will win a pimped- out Diamondback and a free trip that will have you ripping trails on July 21st, at Diamondback’s 2013 press launch in Park City. What’s more, the […]

In Praise of… Running What You Brung

06.05.2012 //

It’s fairly easy to get hung up on defining that which is real riding—mountain-bike media and industry marketing types are constantly creating new language and rules. I think it’s in fact realest when we no longer worry about defining anything—when you run what you brung and just enjoy your own ride.

First Impressions: Yeti SB95

06.04.2012 //

The all mountain 29er market is growing fast and Yeti’s SB95 is one of the handful of bikes you should be paying attention to if you’re even remotely interested in anything either “all mountain” or “29er”.

First Impressions: HT AE03 Pedals

05.28.2012 //

Why have Aaron Gwin, Brian Lopes and Kyle Strait all begun riding HT’s lightweight pedals? HT’s AE03 pedal, shown here, makes its case.

SRAM Unveils 1×11 Group

05.25.2012 //

SRAM just announced that they’ve created a dedicated 1×11 drivetrain system called XX1. Here’s the latest on the single-ring drivetrain system that SRAM contends will boast the widest gear range to date.

Preview: Race Face Atlas

05.21.2012 //

Race Face’s second-generation Atlas crank sheds 100 grams and maintains it’s over-the-top strength. Here’s a quick bit of insight, from Race Face designer Chris Heynen, on one of the lightest and most versatile heavy-duty cranks on the market.

Are You Quick Enough?

05.15.2012 //

POC, the Swedish manufacturer of helmets and body armor, unveiled today a new competition aimed at identifying (and rewarding) the fastest riders in the Eastern Sates and Mountain Stapes Cup races.

First Impressions: Yeti SB66C

05.14.2012 //

Yeti has just released the carbon-fiber version of their popular SB66 all-mountain bruiser. Here are our initial impressions of a bike that, no bones about it, is going to be one of the most sought-after rigs on the market.

Stopping to Smell the Fishes

05.06.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Rheee-Rheee-Rheee-Rheee. Damn. I quit pedaling and grind to a stop. Somewhere along the line, sometime during the last eternity and change of grunting and sweating and humping my bike up this peak, I knocked the rear wheel out of true. For the past hour my rotor has been squealing like Ned Beatty […]

First Impressions: Scott Genius LT 20

04.29.2012 //

Plenty of bikes these days are touted quiver killers—you know, the one bike that you can supposedly ride anywhere.

Trail Testing Giant’s Anthem X Advanced 29er

04.22.2012 //

By Vernon Felton A week ago I posted a quick summary of Giant’s newest addition to its mountain line—the Anthem X Advanced 29er. In a nutshell, Giant took their best-selling, full-suspension bike to date (the Anthem X 29er) and replaced its aluminum front triangle with one made of carbon. The result: a loss of 185 […]

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