Palmer’s Picks: Shimano SH-M200 Shoes

When you’re busy making shoes as awesome as the SH-M200, you don’t concern yourself with naming them, you use the patented Shimano automatic name-code generator to do it for you.

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Video: Duncan Philpott’s Deep Summer Slideshow


Every contest has a dark horse--a rookie that could shake things up, but, frankly, did pretty well just to be included in the big show. Duncan Philpott was that guy in this year's Deep Summer Challenge photo competition. Well, he was supposed to be that guy...right up until the time he kicked off the show and impressed everyone in sight.

Proof | USA Pro Challenge Stage 2


Photography by Wil Matthews View Gallery

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 2 — Independence (Pass) Day


Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Oxygen at the USA Pro Challenge In a rousing finale, Stage Two of the USA Pro Challenge saw Swiss rider Mathias Frank of BMC Racing ride in a style far from neutral, as he attacked to victory over the day’s final climb up Boreas pass, leaving Garmin-Sharp rider Lachlan […]

News: Last Day to Win an Ibis of Your Choice


Downieville is a great place to ride, but it didn't get that way by accident. It took work to make this place stellar--and it still does. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is working daily to add and improve trails to the area and they deserve your help. Donate five bucks (until August 21st) to the cause and you'll earn a shot at winning any Ibis bike of your choice. Do the math--it's a hell of a deal. And if you don't win the bike? Well, the trails around Downieville will be better because of your charity. It's a win-win all the away around.

Video: Enduro Racing with the Giant Factory Off-Road Team


Giant Bicycle racers, Josh Carlson, Adam Craig and Kelli Emmett, talk about enduro racing and how it's shaping both next year's bikes and their own experiences as riders this season.

Off Track Podcast: Mont-Sainte Anne/Crankworx Remix


Welcome to the greatest show on earth about racing. Tristan Merrick and Seb Kemp are joined today by Mad Dog Boris, ace photographer Sven Martin and Enduro World Series Director, Chris Ball. Today's topics? Mont-Sainte Anne and Crankworx. Check it out.

The Making of a Spoke


Words and Photos by Ryan Palmer Spoke manufacturer, Wheelsmith, has been making high quality stainless steel spokes in the U.S. Since the mid-nineties. Disc-brake company, Hayes acquired Wheelsmith in 2007 and moved production from Montana to Hayes’ headquarters outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wheelsmith now produces spokes for the Hayes-owned SunRingle wheel systems as well as the […]

2013 USA Pro Challenge | Stage 1: High-Elevation Hijinks


The churning in my stomach is roughly equivalent to the wake of a paddleboat steaming down the Mississippi. 10-percent grades normally don’t exactly feel great, but on the slopes of the second KOM climb featured in the opening stage this year’s USA Pro Challenge, I’m ready to pull over and part with my morning’s crowning […]

Proof | USA Pro Cycling Challenge — Stage 1


Photography by Wil Matthews Christian Vande Velde, last year’s winner, heads towards the Stage One sign-in in downtown Aspen in his campaign to retake the top step. View Gallery

Gallery: Shattered–the Aftermath of Crankworx


Nine days. That's how long Crankworx runs now. Nine long--exhilarating, yes--but seriously long days of riding, working, partying, cheering, crashing and groggily getting up to repeat it all over again. By the time you eventually pack up your muddy bike and limp back down the Sea-to-Sky corridor for home, you are officially shattered. This gallery by Reuben Krabbe is an ode to that feeling.

News: Trek Releases Ticket S, Semenuk’s Winning Slopestyle Frame


After a decade of development Trek's slopestyle bike finally makes it into production, sort of.

Spotlight | PDW Full Metal Fenders


Portland Design Works was formed in 2008, by a few individuals who scraped together everything to form a bicycle accessories company that would focus on the details—efficiency, aesthetics, durability, and, of course, fun. Taking into account existing designs in addition to their knowledge gleaned from their Portland, Oregon, testing grounds, their products are exactly what […]

Exclusive: “What is a ‘Crank Works’?”


When it comes to the spectacle of mountain biking, we are the die-hard, the devoted. We show up to places like Whistler with bikes on our brains... But what about all the other people--the citizens, who arrived at Whistler with nothing more in mind than a cold beer, a foot massage or a Sunday stroll? What do "ordinary" people think of all this? We spent an afternoon finding out. Check out the slideshow.

Gallery: 2013 Crankworx Red Bull Joyride Recap


Though Crankworx Whistler is home to a dizzying number of competitions, the biggest draw is always Saturday's Red Bull Joyride contest. The slopestyle event consistently showcases the best talent in the game with a monstrous course of man-made features. Big air, big tricks, big crowds, big crashes--Joy Ride 2013 delivered all of the above.

Video: Brandon Semenuk’s Winning Slopestyle Run at Crankworx


Video by Rupert Walker Brandon Semenuk awed the massive crowd at the Crankworx Joyride slopestyle competition on Saturday evening with his variety of high-amplitude, technical switch tricks and tailwhips. Semenuk nabbed his second Joyride victory since first landing on the podium’s top spot in 2011, taking home the $25,000 first place prize. Here’s Semenuk’s winning […]

Spotlight: Aluboo Bikes


Bringing Bamboo to the Masses After seeing production use under the likes of Boo Bicycles, Calfee Design and a handful of other custom builders for years now, bamboo has more than established itself as a viable bike-building material. Affordable, however, has never been a descriptor of the finished products. Fully-custom, built-and-sized to order, bamboo has […]

Exclusive: Haruki Noguchi’s Deep Summer Slideshow


Simply being selected to compete in Crankworx's annual Deep Summer Challenge is a sign that you've officially arrived as a professional photographer. Making it onto the podium at the end of the night? That takes skill, vision and a lot of hard work. Here's a great example--this time, from Harookz Noguchi.

Gallery: 2013 Crankworx Whip-Off World Championships Highlights


The third-annual Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships again proved to be one of the mountain-bike festival's most crowd-pleasing contests, with several hundred spectators ditching their bikes to watch the event's biggest-ever field of riders get sideways on Whistler Bike Park's massive Crabapple Hits.

Paved Magazine Feature: Finding the Stoke — Part 1


A Former BMX Pro Struggles to Gain His Stride on a Tour Down the Pacific Northwest Coast By Taj Mihelich | Photography by Sandy Carson My head was full of second guesses as I watched the luggage handlers toss my bike box onto the conveyer. Had I packed the right stuff? Was my bike set […]

Exclusive: Garrett Grove’s Deep Summer Slideshow


Here's the second-place slideshow from Deep Summer 2013. We sat down with its creator, Garrett Grove, and got his take on the competition itself, his competitors and what it takes to put together some of the best mountain bike images of the year.

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