Fun fact: only Syndicate riders and Aaron Gwin won World Cup races this year.
It was an idea that, just like the rest of them, was spawned during an un-eventful evening. And, like most ideas, sat in the back of our mind, waiting for the right time to emerge. Before any of us knew it, April rolled around and we found ourselves hurriedly packing bikes and kit, ready to travel to the most un-likely of biking destinations, El Salvador.
Scott Markewitz has more mountain biking covers to his credit than any photographer alive and is always a threat in any kind of contest involving F-stops and action. This is the final entry from the 2013 Deep Summer Challenge and it was one of the most hooted and hollered for slideshows at the contest. Enjoy.
This lightweight hardtail race whip will force any rider to go faster, yet it pulls few punches in the fun department.
Just in case you didn't happen to hop, skip and jump your way around the globe to catch the World Championships in South Africa, here's a full replay of the men's and women's downhill finals in Pietermaritzburg.
Greg Minnaar recently said that he only had one chance in his life to win the World Championships on his home turf and yesterday, Minnaar did just that. Check out his expression on the podium--it's the kind of thing that makes grown men weepy.
The Camber has flown a bit under the radar since its debut a few years back, but that should change. For starters, it's a damn good bike. For 2014, the Camber line finally gets Specialized's full-zoot treatment: a pimped out, carbon S-Works version as well as a more aggressive "EVO" model. This video tells the story.
Brandon Semenuk and the crew head to Whistler for opening weekend, putting in fun sessions on the trails and in the Air Dome. Watch as Intern loses a bet and is forced to don the bear suit and wander into line-drive golf shots on the driving range.
Who is Greg Minnaar? What are his roots? Why is Pietermaritzburg so pivotal in his success? And what is OneLife? The filmmakers attempt to answer these and other questions about the two-time Downhill World Champion and three-time World Cup Champion with this OneLife short.
After Racing in Colorado, Jerome and his friends drove around Utah and Colorado, saw what the region had to offer, met local legend Greg Herbold and, of course, rode the hell out of their bikes. Some great footage in here of Moab's Whole Enchilada trail, the Slickrock playground and more. Road trip, anyone?
The Enduro World Series is heading into the final stretch with Jerome Clementz and Anne Caroline Chausson winning the sixth round event at Val D'Isere, France. Here's a snapshot of the results and, of course, a video showcasing the action.
The Bus: A Journey Up North, is a story of some good friends doing what they do best; having fun, adventuring, and sending it on mountain bikes and kayaks. With the idea to run the bus to be more economical as well as environmentally friendly, the friends converted the school bus to run off waste vegetable oil. The trip turns out to be nothing short of the trip of a lifetime.
Aaron Gwin, he of world championship fame and ridiculous downhill speed, joined the rest of Mammoth's ODI development Team for a skills camp at Mammoth Mountain last weekend. Aaron and the crew threw down all weekend. Gwin, for his part, imparting his Yoda-like wisdom of the Way of the Roost upon the lucky grooms. Here's some footage of the resulting radness.
Wanting to do something different (and pay respects to Crankworx's 10th Anniversary) at this year's Deep Summer Photography Competition, Bruno Long decided to go back in time with a retro theme that poked a bit of fun at out Instagram-fueled world. Here's his slideshow, "Instant Radification".
Following on from his acclaimed first installment, Peoplegrapher's Lukas Tielke is back again to produce one of the best short films of the year so far. Amir Kabbani's skills on a bike are pushed to the next level aboard his all mountain machine and Belgian wonder kid, Thomas Genon, also makes an appearance to stamp some new school slopestyle riding on the proceedings.
The Smith Bike Team came together in Whistler, BC for the annual Crankworx event. From Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Mike Hopkins doing laps in the park, to the crew sending it at the Whip off World Championships, and the Grand Finale where Brandon Semenuk took home the win, the Smith Bike Team was on the scene.