Heading into the 2014 event, the rider who has really made the event his own, Brandon Semenuk, was staring down the barrel of perhaps the biggest ever threat to his monopoly of the spoils.
Editor, Brice Minnigh, traveled deep into central Idaho's White Cloud Mountains with Greg 'Chopper' Randolph, photographer Sterling Lorence, and a hardy crew of Sun Valley-area locals for a taste of some of the world's most pristine, high-speed alpine trails. This video highlight the amazing riding Idaho is justifiably famous for.
What SRAM wanted to create were wheels that were very stiff laterally (meaning they track true and hold a line), had a subtle amount of vertical compliance (offering a more comfortable ride) and were light enough to make them incredibly versatile.
We sent our trail correspondent, Everett Burl-Sap to scientifically test 26-inch and 650b wheels against one another using the Banshee Spitfire as the test rig – a 140-millimeter travel mountain bike that features interchangeable dropouts that can accommodate both 26" and 650b wheels. This test practically dripped with science!
"2012 was definitely the craziest year of my career," says Martin Soderstrom at the outset of this video. It's a somber moment that gives way to a blur of insane action because, yeah, it was a hell of a crazy year for the rider who stood atop the podium on some of the biggest events of 2012. Not into slope style? Doesn't matter. The video is impressive all the same.
Enduro racing was originally a "blind" racing format where, unlike downhill or cross-country competitions, racers could not pre-ride and learn every detail of the timed stages. This is the purest format of Enduro. In recent years, however, organizers have added practice runs to the schedule. Pre-riding the course is supposed to even out the advantage of local riders or racers who have raced the same event previously. Is that how it actually works out? Ash Smith scouts this year's Trans-Provence and shares his thoughts on keeping enduro pure.
What's the story on Santa Cruz Bicycles' new Bronson 650b bike? Here's the exclusive Blueprint video and story on the Bronson's development. Bike Magazine’s Seb Kemp is the only person outside of Santa Cruz Bicycle’s inner circle to have extensively ridden the Bronson. Check out Seb's impressions of the Bronson and the bike's designers thoughts on the new bike.
In Episode Three of Jerome Clementz' "12 Months, 12 Stories" video series, Jerome and company head to South Africa where they sample the single track around Cape Town: Jonkershoek nature reserve, Tokai forest, Stellenbosch area and Grabouw.
The Ultimate Wade Simmons Experience Video Contest is ready to go to the polls. BC Bike Race has announced the finalists and it’s time to get all democratic. Your vote will help decide which rider races alongside Wade Simmons in the BC Bike Race.
Meet Katie Compton, known to her fans as KFC. Trust us, the "F" isn't for Francis. Compton earned her middle initial the hard way, powering through nine grueling seasons of cold, muddy Cyclocross mayhem.