No music: just the sounds of tools digging in the dirt, fire crackling and trail ripping. A properly utilized Sunday.
The fight for downhill dominance in 2013 all came down to this--the final round of World Cup racing in Leogang, Austria. It'd prove a particularly tight battle between Gee Atherton , so strong at the beginning of the season, and Stevie Smith, who's been on a tear of late. Here's the full video coverage of the race.
In this latest episode of The Guts Behind the Glory, Johannes Fischbach talks about the change to downhill racing and adapting to the different challenges it brings as well as his future aims in the sport.
Okay, so we’re at Interbike, the bike industry’s once a year chance (in the US, at least) to get together in one place, kick tires, take notes, tell lies, and see who has the worst new graphics. As with any trade show worth its salt, Interbike takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Vegas is therefore going to be the backdrop for this short, informative guide for how not to be a total chump at Interbike.
Oh, anyone can crank out a superlight, super-adjustable, carbon-fiber dream bike, but it takes a special someone to invent the world’s smallest, folding electric scooter. We roamed the floors of Interbike and gave the more daring entrepreneurs 30 seconds to pitch their products to the world. Get ready for the weird.
Interbike is more than bikes and gear. It's an experience: a mutant, sleep-deprived, mind-bending experience. Sorta like Las Vegas itself. We could slaughter a lot of nouns and verbs here in an attempt to summarize that experience, but we'd never do it justice...here's a tour through some of the classic Vegas experiences--machine guns, porn super stores and all.
There are actually 11 Stumpjumper FSR bikes and three frame-only options to choose from, ranging in price from $2,900 to $9,500. The back-in-black model here—the Expert Carbon EVO 29er—is the angry, pissed off member of the sprawling Stumpjumper family. Here are our first impressions, straight from the dirt, here at Interbike 2013.
The Yeti SB66c has been called a "quiver-killer". Of course, that's been said of a lot of bikes, but is there another ultra-light, six pound all mountain bike that has been raced to a World Cup DH podium? Nope. The Yeti SB66c is a rare bike, no doubt about it--light and efficient enough to tackle all-day climbs, yet capable of smoothing the ugliest lines on technical descents.
Wet, brutal...the rain hit the ground hard in Hafjell on Sunday and so did a hell of a lot of good riders. Here's a snapshot of the carnage, the sorrow and the glory in yesterday's round of World Cup DH racing. Here, in short, are the Hafjell highlights.
Just when you thought trials riding was impressive, but not terribly relevant to actually getting out and riding trails, Chris Akrigg comes out with this video that shows just how much better your daily ride could be if you had half of the man's skills. A very cool video.
Steve Peat along with #allthelads take you own a flat-out run down the 2013 Hafjell world cup track.
Rocky Mountain's athletes enjoy traveling all over the world to ride their bikes in unique, beautiful locations, but sometimes there's something to be said for staying home--or at least staying on your home trails. This is a "stay cation" that most of us would kill to do.
It's been ages since Manitou had a fork that could go toe-to-toe with anything from Fox, RockShox or Marzocchi. That's changed now with the debut of the Mattoc--a fork that borrows DH technology from the famed Dorado and squeezes it into a lightweight, single-crown package.
This short film by Liam Mullany explores the family history of Bas and Tom van Steenbergen, touches on how the brothers' sibling rivalry has shaped them into the riders they are today, and showcases their diverse skills as riders.
Fall is coming. Heck, it might even be here already if you happen to reside somewhere outside the sun belt. And what comes next? If you live in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula (“the UP”), the answer is snow. Lots and lots of snow. That, however, doesn’t stop the riders up in Marquette from riding....
What is the meaning of mountain biking? Why do we ride? In this third chapter, we return to our backyard in Sonoma County and meet Vanessa Hauswald, a former Petaluma English teacher now serving as the Executive Director of the Norcal League.