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Bike check: What they’re riding at Windham

June 29, 2012 Karl Rosengarth 0

By Jon Pratt and Karl Rosengarth,

We’re hanging in the lift line at Windham and scoping out the rides of both pros and amateur racers alike. We asked them about their setup and what the downhill course is like this year.

Rae Gandolf, Zanesville, Ohio

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Thomson details carbon, titanium bars, plus more

June 28, 2012 Adam Newman 0

Thomson posted on its blog today new details about its upcoming handlebars, the very first of the brands’ products to be made outside of Macon, Georgia. On their way this fall are carbon mountain bike bars, carbon road bars, titanium mountain bike bars, and aluminum downhill bars. Details are live now in the Thomson website.

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Journey to the Mecca: Whistler Bike Park

June 28, 2012 Justin Steiner 0

By Justin Steiner, action photos courtesy of Sterling Lorence and Shimano.

Whistler Bike Park has long been the Mecca for gravity riders thanks to its lore as the end-all-be-all of downhill riding. I know, because my heart raced like a sugar-addled 4-year old when I learned I had been invited to Shimano’s 2013 Saint press launch there this year. Like most gravity riders, Whistler has been high, if not on top of my bucket list for quite some time.

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Spotted online: Pinarello returns to mountain bikes

June 28, 2012 Adam Newman 0

The famed Italian bike brand may be best known for its road racing winning machines, but for 2013 it will be re-entering the mountain bike market with the Dogma XC, a carbon fiber hardtail 29er.

If you’ve seen the Dogma road bike, you know Pinarello loves to embrace unusal frame shapes. The Dogma XC is no different, with a unique seatstay clamp design that they say dissapates vibration.

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Review: Canfield Nimble 9

June 27, 2012 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

Canfield is a small, Utah-based company that has been building downhill and freeride bikes since 1999. Lance and Chris Canfield have four bikes in their current line, two of which are 29er hardtails with short chainstays and slack head angles.

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First look at new helmets from Kali Protectives

June 27, 2012 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

The Avana, above, is Kali’s new all-mountain helmet. We reviewed the company’s popular Avita model in issue #156. One of our quibbles with the Avita was that it didn’t offer quite as much rear coverage as comparable models from other companies. Kali took this criticism to heart when designing the Avana. This new model offers more rear coverage and uses multiple foam densities to increase the helmet’s ability to dissipate energy upon impact.

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RockShox Reverb gets longer travel option, Stealth routing

June 26, 2012 Adam Newman 0

As the popularity of dropper seatposts continues to rise, so too does the number of travel, diameter, and hose routing options.

Yesterday, RockShox unveiled the Reverb Stealth with 150mm of drop and internal hydraulic hose routing. It will also be available in a 34.9mm diameter, to accomdate more frames. The hose exits at the bottom of the post and mates to a Matchmaker compatible clamp. 

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Evolution of a cover illustration

June 26, 2012 Adam Newman 0

The illustration on the cover of Issue #164 was created by artist Chris B. Murray. Below you’ll see a series of sketches that he and Art Director Matt Kasprzyk worked on to finalize the design. You can see more of Murray’s work on his website.

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Issue #164 now on sale!

June 25, 2012 Adam Newman 0

Today is the official on-sale date of the latest and greatest issue of your favorite mountain bike magazine.

Cover illustration by Chris B. Murray.

Features

Ladies First, By Melanie Strong

But what began as a transparent effort to win the heart of a man turned into a lifelong passion. Thanks to the many men who are often the ones to teach us how to ride, but please let us pass.

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Hutchinson: New treads to shred

June 21, 2012 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

Hutchinson is investing a lot of resources in developing its gravity-oriented tires. The French tire manufacturer now has full range of DH tires to suit most conditions. From top to bottom you see the Toro, an all-arounder, available in 2.5 and 2.35; the DZO, for wet and muddy courses; and the Squale, for dry and rocky conditions.

Note the stepped blocks on the DZO. These serve as guides for shaving the tread.

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Camelbak unveils new, redesigned packs

June 21, 2012 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

Camelbak seems to be in a constant state of refinement. There’s always something that can be made lighter, more ergonomic, or easier to use. For example, last year’s Charge LR has been updated with a back-loading (Your back, that is.) reservoir. This allowed the company to up the cargo capacity significantly.

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First ride report: Niner’s redesigned S.I.R. 9 steel hardtail

June 20, 2012 Josh Patterson 0

By Josh Patterson

Last year about this time Niner Bikes unveiled its first carbon full suspension platform, the Jet 9 RDO (read our review in issue #163). This year Niner took time to reinvest in one of the first frames in its line-up, the geared and singlespeed-compatible S.I.R. 9. The company felt steel bikes were being equated with retro, which seemed unfair to such a versatile frame material.

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Recommendo: Burger King bacon caramel sundae

June 19, 2012 Adam Newman 0

By Adam Newman

You read that right. My productivity for the day stopped dead in its tracks when I found out about this brilliantly mad concoction. If you’ve ever dipped your french fries in your Frosty (and who hasn’t?) you already know the delicious combination of salty and sweet that Burger King is going for here.