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.
Try a carbon, 1x11 hardtail that weighs just shy of 19 pounds. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about a 160-millimeter, 4-bar, all-mountain machine that looks like it’s ready to take on a multi-stage enduro race? Still not convinced, how about a 110-millimeter 29er that looks like it’ll give Trek, Specialized and Yeti a run for their money.
Giant Bicycles has really stepped up its game this year in the longer-travel department, launching a completely redesigned 6-inch-travel Reign that was built around 27.5-inch wheels. The company spent the better part of two years making sure the new Reign meets the needs of its fastest enduro racers, and after spending hundreds of hours of trail time on it, we think it's a bike you should know about.
The perusing continued on the second day of Outdoor Demo, with still more products to be seen and more gadgets to be photographed. Fresh shoes, redesigned brakes and of course, innovative electronics were all part of the fun in the south Nevada desert.
The all-new Scout is a playful trail bike that is fun right out of the box. It's one of four new bikes Transition is introducing at Interbike, all of which use the Horst Link suspension design, or ‘Giddy Up’ as Transition named it to poke fun at the common misconception that the link is called ‘Horse’ Link.
For the better part of a week, Interbike is a hustle of bodies moving about, taking quick glances at the latest gadgets of the cycling world and exchanging business cards, and the majority of this happens under great, giant florescent bulbs and artificially cooled air. But for the first two days of the week, the convention attendees head south to Boulder City for the Outdoor Demo. This is what I stumbled upon, during our perusing on first day of the demo days:
While the first four days of the Crested Butte Ultra Enduro were far in the backcountry, today was held entirely in the bike park. While the trails may have not been as epic, or unique, as the previous four days, the level of racing certainly elevated to a new level.
Following an exciting World Cup season, the Hafjell World Championships 2014 were par for the course.
Las Vegas is a lot of things, including the perfect place to shoot a grenade launcher, dabble with alcohol poisoning and begin your lifelong relationship with Herpes. Las Vegas, however, is not a cycling Mecca. So why does the bike industry keep holding its annual tradeshow there? Strangers still... Why do I love it?
The laid-back town of Aptos, California, has become well known for its celebrated Post Office Jumps, which have drawn talented riders from all over the world. These jumps gave the locals inspiration to build unique zones in other Aptos locations, and few locals are more influential than Ryan 'R-Dog' Howard, Jeff Herb and Kyle Jameson. Our new short film, 'Live from Aptos,' documents the passion that these riders have for the scene that they and so many others have helped to create.