In the opening episode of season 3 of “Fabien Barel Presents,” mountain biking legend Fabien and his buddy Jey Clementz are in the south of France. With Fabien’s grandma watching, the guys try their hand at petanque, a traditional game of the region. But it doesn’t go very well, so they go back to doing what they do best: ripping nearby trails and ripping on each other along the way.
Holger Meyer has been to Eurobike 15 or so times and new for this year is a booth that has boxes. So in the spirit of all things dumb, Joe and Holger jump on them.
At home in Spain, Andreu Lacondeguy practices downhill on enduro motocycle trails with his brother, while Kyle Strait pursues his passion for racing, earning a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships, and Tom van Steenbergen goes to Europe for a slopestyle competition he'd rather forget.
Steve Peat and 2014 World Cup Champion Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland take us on a run down the Hafjell World Championships 2014 track.
The Red Bull District Ride course builders have worked tirelessly at full throttle to finish this unique track on time. In just a few days they have changed Nuremberg’s old city into an amazing urban freeride course.
The Roval Traverse SL 29s are lighter than a set of wagon wheels have a right to be, they don’t feature crazy, proprietary components that require outlandish tools to fix, they stay true surprisingly well, the hub technology is well proven and while the price tag might make you see red, you could easily spend almost twice this much on a set of carbon hoops that aren’t any lighter or appreciably “better” in any concrete way.
Joe catches up with Wick, The Legend, over a few bottles. Their talk goes away from fishing and lands on stage with bands that they believe should play at Eurobike.
Only a few hours before last weekend's pro downhill race in Nordkette, Austria, it started pouring rain and the course changed from a tough but manageable piece of technical track into a muddy, slippery nightmare.
Galen and I are in Medora to take on the Maah Daah Hey 100 endurance mountain bike race. People sometimes laugh when I tell them about mountain biking in North Dakota, but the joke is on them. The Maah Daah Hey Trail covers over 12,000 feet of elevation gain in 105 miles, with almost equal amounts of ascending and descending, and roughly 90 percent of that is true singletrack.
Justin Julian, general manager at Salsa Cycles, teaches Joe how to noodle for Koi in the fifth episode of "Fishing with Joe at Eurobike." And keeping his streak going, Joe was skunked.
What do these riders do when snow blocks their trail? They ride the scariest trail ever seen, instead. In "Trail Ninja," Ep. 17, Dan Milner and the crew head to Italy to ride one of the most rewarding trails on the planet: a 50-kilometer mountain bike ride from the mountains to the Mediterranean coast. Starting high in the Ligurian Alps, the Trail Ninja finds that danger is around every turn when snow forces him to take a deviation from the trail in wolf country.
Eurobike, held each year in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is the ultimate bike junkie gear fix, with its many halls packed to the gills with each company's latest and greatest widgets. This year we kept our product updates limited to our Instagram feed–but since the show is over and we still have images to share, here's a Eurobike wrap-up gallery.
The fifth episode of this season takes a look into the lives of downhill legend Steve Peat and the 2014 UCI World Cup Champion Josh "Ratboy" Bryceland, as they venture across the Atlantic to North American. In wild British fashion, they get slapstick crazy during their "summer Christmas" and dive deep into the mental challenges of tackling some of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Windham was the last North American stop and the times across the line were mere seconds apart, but when Ratboy came across, he showed why he's now number one.
My gasoline orgy reminded me of why I love bikes so much. In a way, bikes are everything cars are not. Sure, both are modes of transportation, but bikes are simple and just how wonderful that fact is cannot be overstated. With bikes, there are no puking carburetors, no slipping clutches, no faulty oxygen sensors, no ominous grinding noises in your differential... Simple is beautiful.
Where's Brandon Semenuk? Joe speaks with him at Eurobike and sets up a time to go fishing, but believe it or not, he gets stood up. Weird.
In the third episode of Fishing with Joe at Eurobike, Joe meets up with Chris Distefano, who's with Rapha. They start out with the pronunciation of the brand, Rapha, and end up talking about the odds of sponsoring Joe...