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November is one of the best times for riding gravel roads here in Virginia. The nearby Horse Country has a long history of unpaved roads that are great for riding a nice horse with a comfortable trot or a comfortable bike with a smooth grind over pea gravel. The bike has an advantage because it doesn’t eat expensive winter hay and grain.
There are wide rims. There are very wide rims. And then there are the Syntace W35 MXs. With a sprawling internal width of 28.5 millimeters, these lightweight, all-mountain rims are a good 4 millimeters wider than what you’ll find on many downhill hoops.
Thirty percent off any Santa Cruz Bicycles model you want? Ride with the Syndicate in Santa Cruz? VIP tickets to the premier of Steve Peat’s new movie? Online retailer, The Clymb, is offering all that, but it’s happening in just a few days–you have to jump on this now.
Wink’s definitely quiet, and it might be cliché to say this, but he lets his riding do the talking. He’s quietly established himself as one of the most stylish riders in mountain biking. Contests seem to go a long way towards determining your reputation on the bike these days, but Wink’s managed to do this without the exposure that a big slope-style result brings.
Within reach of the San Francisco Bay Area, Reno, and Lake Tahoe, Northstar is a gem in the high sierras that offers boundless recreational opportunities. The Heavy Pedal Tour makes a stop in Tahoe and finds great riding and countless diversions.
Lake Tahoe has always been an outdoor destination for the greater Bay Area, but it’s only been in the last decade that it’s also blossomed into a true mountain biking destination. The opening of the Rim Trail, greater legalization of trails around the lake and the boom at Northstar’s bike park have turned Tahoe into a legitimately great place to ride.
The 2013 Heavy Pedal Tour’s makes its eighth stop in Lake Tahoe, where they find world-class trails, a booming bike park and countless cool things to do when off the bike. Here’s the photographic proof.
The 790 MSL is rocky mountain’s top-of-the-line model. It bears a complete carbon-fiber frame that Rocky says weighs just 5.1 pounds. That frame sports ISCG tabs, a 142×12 rear axle and tidy, internal cable routing. Envy-inducing components include a SRAM X0 drivetrain, Avid X0 Trail brakes, a RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post and Kashima-coated Fox suspension. There isn’t a weak link in this chain, but at nearly $7,000, there shouldn’t be.
The story isn’t always about winning, landing atop the podium and fist pumping to a cheering crowd of thousands. Sometimes, the best story is the one about the guy who goes down hard and gets back up to do it again. Cameron Zink has played a lead role in both of those stories, but it’s the latter narrative that SRAM chose to highlight here. Check this out.