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Interbike 2014 gear videos, part 6

Titanium bolts, carbon masts, Vibram rubber, interchangeable cogs… It was all present at Interbike 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s our last gear-video roundup from the annual event. Enjoy!

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The Web Monkey Speaks: Where’s the Hateful Review?

08.25.2014

Magazines and websites simply brim with bike reviews that drip with praise. It seems like every bike “instills confidence” or “rails corners” or “climbs like a goat.” You might believe that some bikes are awesome, but they can’t all be. It defies logic. This isn’t tee ball where everyone wins—this is the real world, a world that’s full of winners and losers. And yet you don’t see a lot of reviews that flat-out flame a bike. Why is that?

Trail Tested: Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon

08.24.2014

I got pretty excited about the Pivot Cycles Mach 429 Carbon when I first peeked around its linkage. The stout, snug links connect a front and rear triangle that didn’t skimp on material. The rest of the bike was also applied liberally.

Video: 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH highlights

08.24.2014

The 2014 DH season came to a close with a bang here in Méribel, delivering one of the best races of the year. Sam Hill returned to the top of the podium with a spectacular winning run, wildcard riders mixed up the usual standings and cheering fans wielding chainsaws, air horns and flags lined the Méribel course from top to bottom. Not to mention the crowning of a new World Cup Champion, Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland.

Video: Live replay of the 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH

08.23.2014

With classic, wide-open style bottom corners and big, loose rock gardens up top, the 2014 UCI World Cup Méribel DH course kept all of the top riders on their toes.

Tested: Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race

08.23.2014

When someone mentions the company Uvex, my thoughts go immediately to the late '80s to early '90s when their neon ski goggles dominated the slopes. Clearly Uvex has been off my radar for the past 20 years, but my outdated vision of their products totally changed when I laid my hands on the Uvex Sportstyle 202 Race glasses.

Video: The Last Chance Saloon – Méribel DH practice

08.22.2014

With only one more stop following this weekend's competition, the UCI World Cup Méribel DH will be a proving ground for the season. Unlike the wide open, relatively single-lined Windham this is a true thinkers track and will reward those who can string it all together amidst the loam, mud and grass.

Video: Nick Geddes’ battle – “Elixir”

08.22.2014

Nick Geddes is an exceptional athlete with an exceptional story. His battle has been through a more treacherous path than your typical mountain bike racer. But without the back story he may just seem like a typical – albeit extremely talented – rider now racing the World Enduro Series.

Sacred Rides launches women-only trips and skills camps

08.22.2014

Sacred Rides, voted the number one Mountain Bike Touring Company by National Geographic Adventure magazine, launches a line of Women’s Mountain Bike Trips and Skills Camps.

Tested: Chromag Squarewave Grips

08.22.2014

I almost never think about grips. Let’s face it, if they don’t slip and they offer decent traction for your mitts, you’re pretty much golden. The bar is kinda low in this product category. But then I started using Chromag’s Squarewave grips and, I have to admit, they made me realize that most of my other grips aren’t cutting the mustard.

Video: Cam Zink successfully lands world-record backflip

08.21.2014

Cam Zink successfully landed a 100-foot, 3-inch dirt-dirt backflip on a mountain bike last night, setting a world-record live in front of a national TV audience.

Video: Commencal Supreme DH Park ripping

08.21.2014

Commencal has released two new DH rigs, the Supreme DH Park and the Supreme DH Comp. The Park sports 200 millimeters of travel and runs 26-inch wheels, whereas the Comp can be ran with either 650b or 26-inch wheels and has slightly less travel, 190 millimeters.

Video: World Cup Méribel DH course preview

08.21.2014

In this episode of "This is Peaty," Steve Peat chases after Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland on the World Cup Méribel downhill track in Méribel, France. This weekend is the next-to-last race of the season and every second counts, with all the top contenders in the men's field within striking distance of one another.

Preview: New SRAM Rise 60 wheels

08.21.2014

A wheel designed specifically designed for the mountain biker, the SRAM Rise 60 wheels were engineered to meet the demands that top-end cross-country riders require.

Where Are They Now? Cam Zink

08.21.2014

The freeride legend talks about responsibility and 100-foot flips

Matter: The Marinovative Stop Lite

08.21.2014

At an age when most kids are busy battling acne, Capron was obsessed with improving cantilever brakes, which looked like they might stop your bike, but were essentially just seatstay ornaments. To that end, the teenager had created a more powerful cantilever brake he called the Decelerator.

News: Enduro World Series 2015 schedule revealed

08.20.2014

The Enduro World Series continues on its quest to uncover the world’s best trails and unite the world’s best communities, as it increases to eight rounds and adds five new venues, three new countries, and one new continent to its 2015 calendar.

Yeti launches new AS-Rc cross-country bike

08.20.2014

Yeti has introduced the new AS-Rc cross-country bike, expanding its line of ride-driven products. Built for cross-country racers and trail riders, the AS-Rc rolls on size-specific wheels and delivers 100 millimeters of optimized rear-wheel travel.

Video: Danny MacAskill visits the Playboy Mansion

08.20.2014

Playboy Mansion has seen more than its share of action over the years, and trials biker Danny MacAskill has thrilled millions with his videos, so it was only natural the two came together for a clip sure to put a new meaning to the term "Bunny Hop."

Heavy Pedal Tour 2014 – Recovering from the Butte 100

08.19.2014

Recovering from the Butte 100 bike race, Hurl and Galen continued Heavy Pedal Tour west to Discovery Bike Park and Philipsburg, and then east to Boulder.

Video: Fishing with Joe at Crankworx Ep. 5, featuring Rebecca Rusch

08.19.2014

In the fifth episode of "Fishing with Joe at Crankworx," Rebecca Rusch challenges (and beats) Joe to a series of arm wrestling contests throughout Whistler.

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