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.
Eight meters above the ground, riders fly across the 15 meter gap in the Big Air District in front of a sea of cheering spectators.
As I rolled out of bed at 6:30 this morning, I couldn’t help but feel the effects from the previous day's efforts. We had in fact ridden 30-plus miles, climbed over 6,000 feet, raced flat-out, lung-burning stages for almost 30 minutes, and battled with the altitude and sun.
Holger Meyer has been to Eurobike 15 or so times and new for this year is a booth that has boxes. So in the spirit of all things dumb, Joe and Holger jump on them.
At home in Spain, Andreu Lacondeguy practices downhill on enduro motocycle trails with his brother, while Kyle Strait pursues his passion for racing, earning a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships, and Tom van Steenbergen goes to Europe for a slopestyle competition he'd rather forget.
Steve Peat and 2014 World Cup Champion Josh 'Ratboy' Bryceland take us on a run down the Hafjell World Championships 2014 track.
The Red Bull District Ride course builders have worked tirelessly at full throttle to finish this unique track on time. In just a few days they have changed Nuremberg’s old city into an amazing urban freeride course.
The Roval Traverse SL 29s are lighter than a set of wagon wheels have a right to be, they don’t feature crazy, proprietary components that require outlandish tools to fix, they stay true surprisingly well, the hub technology is well proven and while the price tag might make you see red, you could easily spend almost twice this much on a set of carbon hoops that aren’t any lighter or appreciably “better” in any concrete way.
Joe catches up with Wick, The Legend, over a few bottles. Their talk goes away from fishing and lands on stage with bands that they believe should play at Eurobike.
Only a few hours before last weekend's pro downhill race in Nordkette, Austria, it started pouring rain and the course changed from a tough but manageable piece of technical track into a muddy, slippery nightmare.
Galen and I are in Medora to take on the Maah Daah Hey 100 endurance mountain bike race. People sometimes laugh when I tell them about mountain biking in North Dakota, but the joke is on them. The Maah Daah Hey Trail covers over 12,000 feet of elevation gain in 105 miles, with almost equal amounts of ascending and descending, and roughly 90 percent of that is true singletrack.
Justin Julian, general manager at Salsa Cycles, teaches Joe how to noodle for Koi in the fifth episode of "Fishing with Joe at Eurobike." And keeping his streak going, Joe was skunked.