CRANKBROTHERS GOT A BLACK EYE WHEN IT RELEASED ITS first wheel line back in 2010 and the rear hubs failed at a rate of about 17 percent. When your product looks this odd and its guts start seizing up on the trail, you’re in a precarious position. So Crank- brothers redesigned its hubs in 2011 and they’ve proven up to the task ever since. With its hubs sorted, the company went into 2014’s version 3.0 looking to improve the rims.
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.
If you’ve been paying attention to all the Interbike/Eurobike/Outerbike posts this season, you’ve probably seen a hell of a lot of bandwidth sacrificed in praise of the Marin Bicycle’s new mountain bikes, which, and I’m going to be blunt here, is a big change.
The pucker Ti is a blast to ride. At less than 23 pounds, the singlespeed rewards out-of-the-saddle efforts with astonishing speed. our bike was equipped with 34x20 gearing, which might be too low for the über-fit, but was perfect wintertime gearing in the mountains.
Interest in The Coastal Crew's new Coast Gravity Park is gaining critical mass, with some 1,300 tickets sold, according to The Coastal Crew. The project, which intends to be British Columbia's first year-round mountain bike park, is shooting to raise C$100,000 in founding funds by November 8, 2013. At the time of posting, The Coastal Crew claims to have raised more than C$51,000 for the park's operations.
In the same way that urban American kids played basketball because schoolyards were their escape from a dead-end life, Belgian kids raced their heavy bikes on those greasy roads, “crossing” over fences and ditches as a short-cut to the cold barns and dim factories where they could find work.
Take away the helicopter, the film crews, and the whole production of Red Bull Rampage and you would still have athletes hucking huge lines. While the sport may need the elevation of a corporate partnership to gain mass appeal and the sponsorships that come with it, the riders are here because they love what they do.
Who are you? How do you like to ride? What are your strengths as a rider and do you want a bike that masks your weaknesses or plays to your strong points? These are important questions to ask yourself, but make sure you are brutally honest and candid with your answers--if you're not, you'll wind up buying the wrong bike.