Author Archives: "Vernon Felton"

Sterling Lorence’s Latest Masterpiece

07.24.2012 //

By Seb Kemp Twenty-five….that’s how many times Sterling Lorence’s photos have graced the cover of Bike magazine. In fact, our latest issue–the Photo Annual–sports yet another one of his images. While that may not sound earth shattering to everyone, many accomplished professional photographers never snag even a single cover of Bike, much less the issue […]

Absalon Wins 2012 Megavalanche

07.23.2012 //

By Vernon Felton For the second year in a row, Remy Absalon piloted his Commencal to victory in one of the most trying races on the planet. Megavalanche has been punishing riders for a decade now. The recipe for pain is straightforward: join a couple hundred racers on a glacier atop Pic Blanc, pin the […]

Bullet meet sunglasses. Sunglasses meet bullet.

07.21.2012 //

By Vernon Felton What level of eye protection is necessary for mountain biking? Chances are you probably never gave the question much thought. The average cyclist is content with the thought that his sunglasses keep glare at bay, fend off the random, errant bumble-bee and, may or may not make them look more like a […]

Video: Behind the scenes at Mavic

07.20.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Back in April, Mavic announced that they were greatly expanding their 29er line–a good thing since they had just one wagon wheel in the line up for 2012 (the 1,755 gram C29ssmaxx). For 2013, Mavic will have three new 29er models that span the cost-performance spectrum from chi-chi racer fare (that’d be […]

Video: Geoff Kabush and Co. Weigh in on Maxxis’ Aspen

07.19.2012 //

Many people view Maxxis as that company that rolls out tenacious downhill tires. While there’s no denying the appeal of the company’s well known gravity-oriented meats like the Minion and High Roller, Maxxis has always had an expansive line of cross-country treads. Here’s a quick rundown on the design and philosophy behind Maxxis’ Aspen tire, […]

Video: Fabien Barel Presents #3

07.19.2012 //

This third installment of Fabien Barel’s globetrotting adventure features some jaw-dropping clips with Andreu Lacondeguy–flowy all-mountain stuff, dirt jumps, a giant pit full of foam that you’ll wish was located in your own backyard and more. It’ll probably also remind you of how feeble your own riding skills are… At least it did that for […]

New Bikes, New Gear and Amazing Trails

07.14.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Once a year we BIKE editors ditch the cubicles at the mothership and head out for a week of riding the latest bikes and products on some of the best trails in the country. We call the event “BIKE Week” and those days spent on the trail are often our first opportunity […]

Cannondale’s New Trigger Model Captured Live

07.10.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Didn’t make it to the latest press launch to ride the latest Cannondale bikes? Well, neither did 99.9 percent of the world. The video below, however, gives you a first-hand glimpse of the bikes that were on display. No suprise, the the Jekyll and Claymore both make appearances, but so does Cannondale’s […]

Preview: Magura TS8 29er

07.09.2012 //

By Vernon Felton Some days just don’t play out the way you plan them. Take today for instance…. Today, I was going to slap Magura’s new 29er fork onto my bike, give it a test run on a solid four-hour ride and call it all good before heading out for a week of riding in […]

2012 BC Bike Race Report: Day 7

07.08.2012 //

Words by Harlan Price The BC Bike Race closed at a party on the finishing line at Whistler’s Olympic Plaza lawn with the sunshine reflecting off the remaining summer snow of the surrounding mountain peaks. As riders crossed the line, getting hugs and medals, their tears mixed with the sweat and dust caked on their […]

2012 BC Bike Race Report: Day 6

07.07.2012 //

Words by Harlan Price Yesterday riders of the BC Bike Race awoke to the sun peaking over the ‘Chief’, a solid dome of granite, standing a reassuring 417 meters above the tents of base-camp. Nestled by the protective ‘Chief’ and Garibaldi Peak, the atmosphere of the traveling pageant that is the BC Bike Race obtained […]

2012 BC Bike Race Report: Day 5

07.06.2012 //

Words by Harlan Price With hump-day out of the way, riders got to touch their tires to classic Sunshine Coast singletrack on the 40km course from Sechelt to the BC Ferry terminal of Langdale. With over 1400 meters of climbing, earning those turns was no easy task but the rewards included the one-of-a-kind 7km singletrack […]

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. […]

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