Bell Bike Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have announced the 12 finalists for the 2014 Bell Built Grants: $100,000 in technical assistance money put up by Bell for three bike projects to be built in 2014 by IMBA Trail Solutions. Public voting to choose the winners is open now and ends May 18, with winners announced May 19.Tweet Print
The international cycling community lost two of its own recently, Steve Worland and Fabio Rattazzi, and our staff mourns their passing.Tweet Print
Words and Photos by Ryan Thibault
I smile at the customs agent. She’s scrutinizing my passport—one glance down at my mug shot, one up at me…and again. The photo is dated, and my Afro has long since been quaffed.
“An’ why are you tra-ve-ling to Ca-na-da?” she asks in a French accent as cute as her face. “To visit Cycles Xprezo,” I reply. “Ah, a moun-tain bi-ker,” she says with a knowing smile while handing back my documents and nodding me past.
There are a number of universal loves in Quebec and the bicycle tops the list, alongside Celine Dione and poutine. Spend even a few minutes in the province and the fanaticism for man’s most noble invention is apparent. This ingrained affinity for bicycle technology has given birth to one of Canada’s homegrown bicycle manufacturers, Cycles Xprezo.Tweet Print
We had heard that the fastest man on dirt had parted ways with his longtime ride at Ibis, and now it’s been confirmed he will be on Intense for 2014. Will he be shredding on the new Tracer 275 Carbon? Sounds likely.Tweet Print
Author and journalist Molly Hurford rides a lot—and knows countless women who ride a lot—and inevitably all that riding can lead to a little… discomfort. It’s a subject that she found nearly all the women she knows, from beginners to pros, were reluctant to discuss at the their local bike shop or with their male peers.
So she sought out to answer those questions for female cyclists, by talking to experts in the industry, doctors, product designers and riders. The result is “Saddle, Sore”, an e-book guide for women and their bike. No matter how much you ride, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable, and Hurford’s book can help you avoid some uncomfortable conversations.
Hurford will also be following up with online articles with new topics as they arise, as well as answering readers questions and some video interviews.
You can purchase and download a copy of “Saddle, Sore” in PDF or EPUB format (compatible with most tablets) now.
SRAM, in partnership with Troy Lee Designs, announced today the formation of its own mountain-bike team for the 2014 season. SRAM has had a longstanding tradition of supporting racing, from grass-roots contests through the World Cup level, and now, the company will also fly its own colors in local, national and World Cup competition.
The all-American squad currently consists of downhillers Walker and Luca Shaw, and cross-country racer Russell Finsterwald.Tweet Print
Last weekend while doing trail work Cannondale-WTB OverMountain rider Mark Weir was crushed by a 300-pound tree limb, breaking his pelvis in three places. We talked to him by phone from his home in Novato, California, where he’s recuperating for the next six to eight weeks. Mark was especially disappointed about the accident because he just signed a new, three-year contract with the Cannondale OverMountain team. All things considered Weir seemed in good spirits and was happy to talk about his ordeal.Tweet Print
I recently got back from my first ride in Marin County, California, and I was blown away by how nice the trails were – especially in February! Access4Bikes is working hard to turn the tide in Marin and open up even more riding opportunities for our vibrant mountain bike community. They are selling raffle tickets to support the trails there, and the lucky winner will take home a Marin Rocky Ridge like this one.Tweet Print
Last year we got a preview of the first full-suspension bike from Redline. Now the D880 29er with its new Binary Link suspension design is closer than ever to the trail.Tweet Print
British brand Empire Cycles has partnered with a Belgian firm to create what they are calling the world’s first 3D printed mountain bike frame. Renishaw, a first that specializes in advanced 3D printing techniques, builds the frame layer by tiny layer from titanium. The finished product is said to be one third lighter than a traditional titanium frame because of the accuracy available in construction.
Right now the frame is said to be undergoing tests before being made available to the public, but so far so good. Get more on how the process works over at dezeen.com.