It’s funny, the collective mountain bike community has been pretty pumped on the inception of the Enduro World Series (or “EWS”), myself included. On one hand, at the inaugural round, there was certainly a lot of excitement. On the other, the EWS is a series comprised of events that have been running for quite some time.
The fact that you could kill someone while simply texting or talking on your cell phone while driving, I assume, would be enough of a deterrent not to do it. And obviously you weren’t drunk... With the exclusion of these factors, I can only assume that you were out to get my vagina and I am left wondering what it possibly could have done to offend you.
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!
This is your chance to ask Nicol anything about Ibis—the bikes, the journey, the brilliant ideas, the blunders….you name it. So get your questions in now by using #askchuckibis on Twitter and we’ll do our best to toss your queries in front of Mr. Ibis.
Salsa Beargrease Framset: $1,000 salsacycles.com Fatbikes traditionally have been designed with a high level of utility built in to them, with eyelets and reinforcements for cargo racks and plenty of extra water-bottle mounts. Salsa, however, took a different approach with its Beargrease. Designed it specifically as a race rig, the frame is completely void of [...]
9:Zero:7 McGrath MSRP: $2,750 907bikes.com 9:Zero:7 bikes is a small bike company out of Anchorage, Alaska, with a rich history in snow riding. The company claims to have built the first ever aluminum-framed fatbike. The 9:Zero:7 model tested here, uses the symmetrical 170-millimeter rear dropout standard and is built with, pretty much, the McGrath parts [...]
Red Bull recently announced a new contest--Red Bull Phenom--aimed squarely at giving up-and-coming riders a shot at becoming the next slopestyle legend. To enter, you must submit a 60 second video of yourself pulling off your best moves and register on redbullphenom.com between April 8th to May 20th.
In 2013 Brandon Semenuk will be trimming the time he spends on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour. Bike tracked down Brandon to find out why he's changed his focus and what he has in store for 2013.
Curtis Keene is making a run on the Enduro World Series title this season and just signed with Red Bull. We sat down with Curtis in Sedona last week to find out more about his preparations, his thoughts on wheel sizes, and his shiny, new helmet.
In the end, Cancellara outsprinted Belgium's Sep Vanmarcke for the victory in the Velodrome and had enough presence of mind to celebrate the win at the line with the classic Hannibal Lecter-esque, tongue-out-of-the-side-of-the-mouth salute, which is becoming all the rage in professional road racing.
"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.
The Ultimate Wade Simmons Experience Video Contest has a clear winner!!!. BC Bike Race is happy to announce that after a very successful 10 days of voting and rallying Carlos Zavarce of North Vancouver has won the Ultimate Wade Contest by 300 votes.
Sunday, muddy, Sunday. It just turns out that way. Paris-Roubaix is probably the toughest one-day race on the UCI road calendar.... The course itself is mostly flat, but because much of the race goes through agricultural lands, the terrain is quite muddy on rainy days and a sea of huge dirt clods the rest of the time.
I had the privilege of riding with 2002 X-Games BMX Dirt gold medalist, Allan Cooke. Allan retired from competition in 2009 and now works for Bell Helmets. After following his lines down some rocky, dusty Sedona trails, I cornered him for a few moments and snagged this interview with Cooke.
RockShox has resuscitated the Pike for 2013, but only in name and character. The 2013 iteration is a total redesign, and not just externally. The Pike’s internals feature a few major design developments as well. We spent a few days sliding around the Sedona desert on the Pike and were given the chance to pick the brains of RockShox’s engineers.
Obviously we won’t all make it to all the trail days. In the real world most of us don’t have the luxury of being that kid that got the perfect attendance record at school. Seriously, what was the deal with that kid? However if you do go riding on a trail day the guilt may weigh on you and people may judge you.
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.