First Impressions: Santa Cruz Nomad

Santa Cruz set out to build a new Nomad from the ground up to bring it back to meet the demands of a new type of racing.

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Video: Tyler McCaul and Kirt Voreis–We Live


Working with Teton Gravity Research, Fox brought Tyler McCaul and Kirt Voreis to Northern California for some filming.

The Bakery: Inside Our Traveling Circus


Whenever a racer shakes my hand and compliments our professional event, I have to stop myself from gesturing over my shoulder and asking, “but didn’t you see the bearded woman over there?” Yes, we have the ultimate singletrack, which goes without saying, but it’s the band of misfits that create our traveling circus who make each year a unique experience.

L’Etape du Tour: The Journey


Words & Photos || Gary J Boulanger Pedaling a bicycle through the French countryside, I found, is on the short list of many friends who ride. Participating in the popular L’Etape du Tour ranks highly on this list, and it was through the graciousness of Trek Travel that I experienced France—specifically Annecy—for the first time […]

Off Track Podcast & Gallery: Les 2 Alpes


Off Track host, Tristan Merrick, is joined this week by Giant Factory Racing's Josh Carlson, who gives us the inside story on what really happened at Val d'Allos with his mega crash. Sven "The Silverback" Martin also makes an appearance to talk about Les 2 Alpes and what he is seeing at each round of the Enduro World Series.

Video: NotBad–The Trailer


NotBad is the new short film from Anthill Films, the crew who brought you "The Collective," "Roam," "Seasons," "Follow Me," and "Strength in Numbers." Starring Brandon Semenuk, Brook MacDonald, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, René Wildhaber and Ryan Howard.

Video: This is Peaty–Andorra Course Preview


Let Peaty take you down the 2013 Andorra World Cup course.

Video: Hard-Tales 2


Frank "Schneidi" Schneider rides his new 2013 NICOLAI Argon AM - equipped with the Gates Carbon Drive system - on a hidden Singletrack that seems perfect for fast and funny hardtail action!

5 Reasons Why He Was Hiram Hutchinson And You Couldn’t Have Been


Words || Gary J Boulanger In 1852, Americans Charles Goodyear and Hiram Hutchinson met. Goodyear had developed and patented a process called vulcanization, which cures rubber. Hutchinson purchased the patent and applied it to the manufacture of rubber boots for farmers in Europe, while Goodyear used the process to manufacture tires. Hutchinson called his company […]

Video | “Giant Sabotages Shabby Bikes” Campaign


In an inspired turn, Giant Bicycles takes a page out of the Sabotage-era Beastie Boys book with this smart video. Well played, guys. Until August 31, 2013 the folks from Giant Bicycles Canada (yeah, sorry Americans, this one is north of the border) are excited to surprise random riders of bad, jiggly, rusty, beaten-down bikes […]

Spotlight | Boombotix Boombot2 Wireless Speaker


When I stuff myself into the ol’ speed-cycling kit and tighten up the tap shoes, I prefer that the sounds entering my ears are ones made by the wind and perhaps my riding companion’s voice—or my own voice if I’m solo and start to lose my mind. But if my riding companion is a toddler […]

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News: Cane Creek Announces Climb Switch


Cane Creek updates Double Barrel shocks with climbing prowess, dubbed Climb Switch.

Tested: Cannondale Jekyll Carbon


Cannondale credits its ECS-TC (Enhanced Center Stiffness-Torsion Control) system for this super-precise ride quality. And all marketing hype and terminology aside, every single one of our test riders has commented about immediately feeling this true-tracking ride quality.

Feature: Jared Graves’ EWS #3 Rider Journal


It was all going well, when I saw my whole stage go down the drain. The course tape had been completely broken at the end of a long fast, steep straight. Pretty quickly, I realized that I had missed a corner... I knew I had lost probably a minute or more, and I was fuming!

News: iXS Debuts “New Trail RS” Enduro-Style Helmet


With the "Trail RS" iXS presents a new helmet that has been developed in cooperation with freeride legend Richie Schley.

Kona’s Matthew Slaven stable following Santa Cruz shooting


Kona Factory rider Matthew Slaven is recovering in a San Jose-area hospital after being shot last night in an apparent mugging while he was in Santa Cruz for an Easton-Bell Sports sales meeting. Slaven is a team rider and sales rep for Bell helmets, a company based in nearby Scotts Valley.

Tour de France Sideshow Slideshow | Part Deux


Finding Funny on the Fringes of the Tour de France It’s been an eventful first week of the Tour—hopes have been dashed, fortunes have been raised and holy crap it’s been hot. But, that’s not all that’s been happing. Welcome to the Tour de France Sideshow Slideshow, unknowingly brought to you by the ASO, and […]

Feature: BC Bike Race–Squamish and Whistler


What seemed like an insane number of miles and elevation gain a week ago are now over and done—a figure on our cyclocomputers, an accomplishment achieved, a shiny buckle at the center of our waists.

Video: “Giant Sabotages Shabby Bikes” Campaign


In an inspired turn, Giant Bicycles takes a page out of the Sabotage-era Beastie Boys book with this smart video.

Video: Into the Dirt of Mount Etna


Would you ride a bike down one of the world's most active volcanoes? These guys would.

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