Thomas Humpage, a professional photographer based in Chamonix, France, had invited me along to go downhilling with his friends for the day. He’d also lent me his 160-millimeter travel, full-suspension enduro bike, as it was decided that my hardtail 29er was probably not up to the rigors of descending 7,500 feet down Pila mountain with a bunch of really fast Chamoniards on downhill bikes. I think that also made him generally responsible for ensuring I didn’t embarrass everyone by showing up in my stretchy shorts.
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 142x12 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.
There’s a sense out there in the cycling world that cup-and-cone hubs are about as technologically advanced as the horse and buggy, and that the only reason this bearing system isn’t used on more hubs is that the 'sealed' cartridge bearing is an inherently better system. Not true. It’s more complicated than that.
Ever ridden completely brakeless? Know what it's like to rip at ridiculously high speeds without any safety net? World Cup DH racer Casey Brown does. See just how fast she goes in Deathgrip, the fourth episode in Anthill Films' unique Dream Capture series of videos, all shot with the Sony Action Cam.
A good dynamic warm-up is an important piece of your strength and conditioning session. It reduces the risk of injury, gives you movement practice, and is a great place to incorporate some corrective drills into our program. Monika Marx of Marx Conditioning gives you some smart suggestions.
Scott's Genius LT has always been a bike with a serious mission--to excel on everything from day-to-day trail riding to high-speed gravity pursuits. There's a wide gulf between those two camps, yet the Genius LT has always aimed to bridge it, with just the flick of a switch.
Rocky riders, Wade Simmons and Kevin Calhoun, headed to the Monashee Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia to shoot an autumn alpine video of the new carbon Instinct. Mother Nature, however, had different plans and decided that some decent snowfall was in order, which makes for some excellent video. Check it out.
What is cyclocross? While that question may sound a bit "entry-level," there's still some quality footage and content in this video, which goes to the right source for information: Belgium. The video also taps into the minds of the best racers to have lined up at a cyclocross race, which might just be the most brutal thing you can do with an hour of your time each winter. Check it out.
For most of us, bikes aren't a necessity. They may feel that way--a day without riding can feel like torture--but most of us don't rely on a bike to feed our family, to bring home a paycheck or to simply survive. It's different in more desperate corners of the world.