The Red Bull Rampage 2014 took freeride fans on its usual roller coaster of exhilarating highs and dramatic lows, as the world’s most capable big-mountain riders duked it out on fresh lines at a brand-new venue.
This bike loves rough trail and only gets more comfortable with speed. A mid-height, 13.5-inch bottom bracket provides pedal clearance without much sacrifice to the handling, while long 17.7-inch chainstays and a 66.5-degree head angle give the bike excellent stability in the chunky bits.
The brand-new course in Virgin, Utah, proved favorable for Spain's Andreu Lacondeguy as he came away with his first Red Bull Rampage win with a 95.25 on his first run.
When some wannabe Boy Scout decides to help the rest of us by making every trail mundane, he robs us of choice and degrades the mountain biking experience for everyone. Don't dumb down our trails.
While I cannot say that I like the 650b Stumpy more than the 26- or 29-inch versions, I can say that it is extremely capable.
Clear blue skies and rising winds heralded the beginning of today’s Red Bull Rampage qualifiers, but despite a few brief windows of hospitable weather, the wind, rain and lightning ultimately brought about an untimely end to the second qualifying runs. Ten riders are still hopeful that they will get a chance to join the 10 pre-qualified riders for a shot at big-mountain glory.
It takes a big person to lead, especially when they’re leading the world’s best riders over a 72-foot canyon gap. Tom van Steenbergen is that person.
Marcelo Gutierrez's season is not over. He is back in his hometown of Manizales, and he's taken first place in the Shimano Cup.
There is a lot of hubbub in the cycling world right now in regards to drivetrains. Shimano has their Di2 system, SRAM came out with the XX1 and a couple independent companies are producing oval chainrings.