Though it’s anyone’s guess as to where Lars Sternberg is at the moment you read this, I caught up with him at Trestle Bike Park in Winter Park, Colorado, the site of the fifth round in the 2014 Enduro World Series.
I understand why people sell their products as “the best” even when calling any bike or component “the best” is an exercise in absurdity. But where does that get us, really? Your average rider searching for a new bike is forced to stumble through a jungle of bullshit. Few of them will have the opportunity to actually ride the bike or widget they eventually purchase. They have to rely, to some degree, on the marketing and when each marketing department says the exact same thing….none of us winds up with what we actually want or need.
The conditions at Saturday's race at the second round of the UCI World Cup in Cairns, were so wet and nasty that pro riders were overhead say they might be better off running sections. As reported by Red Bull, this was "possibly the only international-level bike race ever to be paused to allow a snake to cross the track, the jungle threw just about everything at the riders." Enjoy this epic highlight video produce by the Parkin brother for Red Bull and you.
The venue which will forever be synonymous with Shaun Palmer’s near miss of the World Champs by just 0.15 seconds back in 1996, returns to the World Cup calendar. Watch the entire 2014 finals race coverage here.
"The rock garden is way gnarlier than anything else on the track. From what I've been told, it's really hard to get through it. I knew that looking at it. There's just so many different ridges and the rocks are so greasy and then red dirt is getting pulled onto them. It'll be tough, but looking forward to it. Everybody's running the same track so... It'll be good times." –Bryn Atkinson
Dakine has stepped up its game in the rain jacket department with the Caliber. It fills the void in the lineup for a technical feature-laden waterproof shell. While previous Dakine rain jackets have been solid, they were still not my first choice for big high-country adventure rides where the likelihood of getting pummeled by weather for days was a given; those duties were typically handled by the likes of Patagonia, Arcteryx or Helly Hansen. With the Caliber, however, Dakine has a legit alternative.
THE ANTHEM ADVANCED 27.5 2 IS A BARGAIN. YES, IT’S STILL a lot of money, but considering that it has the same exact carbon and alloy frame as the $8,250 flagship model, it’s a good deal. The 2x10 Sram X.7 shifters are an impressive improvement from the previous 9-speed triggers, with a smaller, streamlined look and more positive lever feel. With these paddles strung to X.7 and X.9 Type 2 front and rear derailleurs respectively, the shifting is crisp and precise.
Did you miss the first stop of the Enduro World Series? Well, you're in luck. Our friends at DirtTV put together this excellent, comprehensive video coverage from the Nevados De Chillan. Watch the complete story of the race here.
In March, a group of Euros decided to mount studded tires on their mountain bikes and slog down the crevasse-riddled Valle Blanche, one of Europe's most popular winter ski and snowboard runs. Call it part so-typically-Euro, part badass, part funny. Or just call it done. Either way you have to commend this crew for getting out there and trying something different. Check it out here.
I hate Press Fit bottom brackets. But….here’s the rub: it's fair to say that the Press Fit bottom bracket will soon be the only bottom bracket in the future. Accordingly, I’m on a mission to find the best of this breed. Today's candidate? Chris King's Press Fit 24 model.
Kathy Pruitt has an infectious smile and a demeanor disarming enough to make you forget that she’s spent almost two thirds of her life competing at high speed—first on motocross bikes and then racing downhill—and that she is, in all likelihood, faster than you.
This (somewhat graphic) video is the second of a three-part series by Smith Optics that brings you through the last few days of the Andes Pacifico Enduro stage race with an unexpected hospital visit to keep things exciting. A blind course makes it an even playing field, but also a game of question on how hard racers should and can push themselves around every turn. Viewer discretion is advised...if you go lightheaded at the sight of blood you SHOULD NOT WATCH the video. If not, take a look for a raw and real view into the highs and lows of enduro racing…
The Mavic Crossmax Enduro shoe was designed for, as the name implies, enduro racing—which in fact, means that it’s perfect for most of us—the everyday mountain biker. Not long ago, if a mountain bike shoe was good off the bike, it was crap on the bike, and vice versa. Enduro racing is spawning the seemingly obvious marriage of these two extremes.
To help aspiring stage racers prepare for singletrack challenges, Kona XC racer Barry Wicks gives some tips on how to survive the races you set out to slay.
If you can spot a narrative thread to our season finale of Fishing With Joe, let us know. Even the producers are confused over this chat with Brett Tippie.
Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners began April 7 and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.
Sometimes, Fishing With Joe is more about catching a beer buzz than anything else. Actually, that's most of the time.
With the ink barely dry on his acquisition of Easton Cycling, Chris Tutton took a few minutes to talk about how the wheel and component brand will integrate with his other company, Race Face.
In this episode of Fishing With Joe, our host and Scott Struve of Hayes talk about Harleys, brakes and beaches. Wanna be a smarter person? Watch this video.
Chris Tutton, president of Race Face Performance Products Ltd, announced on Monday his purchase of Easton Cycling from its parent company BRG Sports. Race Face and Easton Cycling will continue to operate as separate entities. Race Face is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, while Easton is in Scotts Valley, California. A shared cost/service resource agreement will be implemented where deemed to be mutually beneficial to both brands.