The FESTseries continues with wild times and massive jumps in the Norwegian hills.
We recently discovered this incredible throwback video covering a Repack downhill race in the early 1970s. In case you skipped mountain biking 101, The Repack downhill race, founded by Fred Wolf and Charlie Kelly 1976, is now touted as the first downhill time-trial race. The race earned its name from the need to repack the single rear hub break on the vintage balloon tire “klunkers” after the 2.1-mile, 1,300-vertical-foot drop on an old dirt road in Marin County.
Chapter 4 of Cold Rolled explores the development of Marquette's Snow Bike Route--a 15-mile stretch of perfectly-packed singletrack amidst the deep snow. If you never thought you needed a snowmobile and a welding torch, this video might seed a lust for those very things. Very cool.
Puppets, shouting engineers, advice from a cranky uncle, inside the heart of the toughest man alive and a serious side to the clown.... At the risk of patting ourselves on the back like some kind of obnoxious prat, these are a few of our favorite videos of the year.
Everything you need to know to go ride one of the BEST singletrack loops there is: Kirroughtree. In a moment of GoPro madness the Trail Ninja shuns the lure of the Mediterranean to man up and head North to Scotland to mountain bike in November instead.
It's easy to get caught up in stereotypes, but as always, stereotypes fail to capture reality. Case in point: cross-country riders are technically unskilled. There are so many reasons why that "true-ism" falls flat, but rather than dissect it, I submit Pirmin Kuß, an XCO racer from the Black Forest region of Germany, who absolutely rips. Check this video out.
I've been sitting on this video for the past few hours, wondering whether I should post it to bikemag.com After watching it, I've decided to publish it because I think there's one very valid message in this video: when an accident occurs, stay calm. Gracia survived this because he and his friends saved kept their heads, got help and did what was in their power to minimize his blood loss.
"So, riding snow...It's a little bit like mountain biking, but it's a little bit like skiing...and not totally like anything else," that's how one rider puts it at the outset of Cold Rolled Chapter Three. There's some great footage of lakeshore riding, grand vistas and the occassional flying Squirrel. Another cool chapter from a movie that proves that sub-zero temperatures and the risk of hypothermia aren't enough to stop some people from having a good time on their bikes.
In this final episode of the RockShox Game Of Bike for 2013 with Aaron Chase who has challenged one of the best tricksters around. For years Kirt Vories has pushed the limits of street riding finding stunts and obstacles out of things most of us would consider every day architecture. Who will win the final match up!?
Giant's new Trance Advanced SX 27.5 is a bit of a quiver killer. The lightweight, 5.5-inch travel bike is incredibly capable. All day grunts in the outback? You bet. Punishing descents? Sure. Fast-paced cross-country rides? Absolutely. Here's a quick pick at a bike that impressed us during our testing for the Bible of Bike Tests, in Sedona, Arizona.
The lunch ride is a sacred thing for the employees of Yeti Cycles. To put it in their own words, "Don't call us between 11:30 and 1:00. We won't be here. Every day, weather permitting, we shut our doors, turn on the answering machine and head out for a ride at lunch...This daily opportunity to get out and ride is a large part of why many started working here, but at the same time, it allows us to test and refine new models, try out component spec, or just drop the boss on a climb."
For one day each fall, the crew at Bilenky Cycle Works transform a working junkyard into a cyclocross racecourse. Over 200 racers navigate the salvage yard -- twisting chicanes around rusted cars, hopping over barriers fashioned from tires, bumpers and miscellaneous eroding auto parts.
Chapter Two of "Cold Rolled" explores the history and progression of winter cycling culture in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula. And, yes, there is a long history of riders making pump tracks in the snow and ice, snow jumping and truly riding at the height of winter, when the the place is smothered in the kind of snow that makes most mountain bikers hang their bikes up until spring.
It was the chance of a lifetime--Brayden Barrett-Hay had won the wild card competition and found himself the first rider on the first day at Redbull Joyride. Then it all went wrong. A crash on his first trick knocked him out for a day and led to serious brain trauma. Months after the crash, Barrett-Hay is determined to come back from it all.
We've been covering Kona's new Process line for what seems like ages, despite the fact that the bikes are just now making their way into the world. Why have we dropped so much ink on these things? Because it's the best line up from Kona in years. Check out the latest video from Kona and Bike's own Blueprint video.
Enduro is demanding on riders and bikes in the same way: it requires a unique combination of all-out riding and reliability over long stages, multiple days of racing and ultimately a long season. This second chapter follows the best enduro racers in the world from the iconic Mega Avalanche in Alpe d'Huez to the final race of the Enduro World Series in Finale Ligure, Italy.
At the peak of his career, world-renowned trials rider, Martyn Ashton, suffered an accident that paralyzed him. Ashton had been working on his ultimate movie, Road Bike Party 2, which now seemed as if it would never be finished. Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg, Ashton's competitors and friends, have stepped up to finish the movie, which debuts today. Check it out here.