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Donate to create new singletrack and you could win a Moots Rouge valued at $8,000


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Even if you don’t live in Colorado or might never have the chance to sample its sweet singletrack, it’s hard to pass up an opportunity like this. The Routt Country Riders – a local IMBA chapter – is raising funds to purchase some new trail building equipment, and Moots is pitching in to help.

For every $50 ticket you purchase, you’ll get another entry in a raffle to win a Moots Rouge YBB, a 27.5 titanium hardtail with Moots’ famous YBB softtail design. That’s an $8,000 value we’re talking here.

If you’re not familiar, the partnership between Moots and the RCR goes way back. Formed in the early 1990s, the club advocates for both mountain bikes and road riders, and has earned a Bronze level certification from IMBA and built the only IMBA Ride Center in Colorado and one of just 17 in the world. They also worked with Moots to create the amazing “chainsaw” trail building bike we saw at NAHBS last year.

Only 250 tickets for this raffle are available now through June 10, and you can grab yours at the Moots online store. Good luck!

 

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Introduction and First Impression: Breezer Supercell 29er


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Breezer Bikes surprised us all last year with the introduction of the Repack, a 160mm, 27.5 trail/enduro bike aimed right at the heart of the full suspension market. Now it’s following up with a 29er version, with 120mm of travel and the same unique M-Link suspension system.

Back in February I was lucky enough to shake off the Pennsylvania snow and head west to Fairfax, California, (the “birthplace” of mountain biking”) to join none other than Joe Breeze for a special presentation.

There I got a sneak peek and a first ride on the Supercell, which continues the Breezer tradition of naming bikes after weather events. Joe Breeze himself was kind enough to give us a tour of the trails surrounding Mt. Tamalpais, and a tour of the new bike.

See details of the Supercell here.

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A look inside our very special 25th Anniversary Issue, #176


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Can you believe it’s been 25 years? Who would have thought Maurice’s photocopied and black and white zine would lead to this? Things sure have changed, but a lot of things have stayed pretty much the same since Day One. We’ve compiled a lot of those things into a very special issue to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Shipping now, it should hit subscribers and newsstands soon, and for the first time, subscribers will get a special edition without the cover lines.

Inside the special issue you’ll find a who’s-who of our best contributors over the years, tales from former editors who made it out alive, a recounting of how the magazine began, plus some special features that focus on our sport and beyond.

Finally, we’ve prepared a special section of product reviews with four brands that have innovative leaders who can also claim a quarter-century (or more) of innovations.

We also would be remiss if we didn’t extend a warm, thankful embrace to all the advertisers who contributed special ads to this issue and of course our readers. We love you all.

See what’s inside this issue here.

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Adventure Cycling releases maps for new 518-mile off-road route


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The Adventure Cycling Association has release a new two-map set that guides cyclists through the breathtaking landscape of central Idaho. Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route (IHSMBR) offers a spectacular 518-mile off-pavement route, offering four substantial singletrack options, and featuring access to more than 50 hot springs in the Gem State.

The route is the first from Adventure Cycling that includes backcountry singletrack options, said Cartographer Casey Greene. “It’s also something that our members have been asking for, and with the innovative new bikepacking gear and techniques that have surfaced over the past 10 years, it seemed like the perfect time to develop this kind of route,” Greene said.

Learn more and see map.

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Trail Shooter Part 2: How to make better photographs


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Recently we introduced you to the basics of how the basics of photography work. In the second half our our Trail Shooter guide to mountain bike photography, we look at the art beyond the skills.

So how do you go about creating more engaging photos? There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of different answers to that question. I’ll toss out a few that I think are important. This info is my synthesis of many thoughts and theories that have been passed down by generations of photographers.

Read Part 2 here.

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Video: The making of ‘Get High’ in Slovakia


Think those videos you see of amazing mountain adventures just come easy? Think again. Some aspiring filmmakers from Slovakia got in touch with their story of their adventure in the West Tatras mountains and how their new film “Get High” came to be.

By Zuzana Triebusnikova

One and a half year ago I did not know almost anything about mountain biking. Now I can say that I know more about it and have seen more videos than a regular rider. Peter Lengyel has infected me with his passion and showed me that it is possible to do what you like.

He had this video in mind for a long time. Thus, when he was ready to make it I wanted to take part. Even though it is a short movie, it took a lot of work, effort and planning. It is almost no budget movie. No budget, because we had only family support (borrowed cars and some equipment) and a borrowed bike for 2 weeks which Peter have not ridden before. However, without the priceless help of our friends, the video would be impossible. The biggest thanks goes to Juraj Lovás and Michal (Sakso) Stiksa who filmed the entire video.

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So we had two weeks to film it. As you will see from the pictures, the weather was not always pleasing us. Rain, snow, fog, drizzle, wind, sun, we had all kinds of weather…

Keep reading…

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‘This is Peaty’ – Season Finale


What a season it’s been…

It’s been a jam packed year full of laughs and good times with Peaty and co, but unfortunately this season has come to an end. With the up-coming release of Steve Peat’s life story ‘Won’t Back Down’, produced by Clay Porter and John Lawlor. We take a look into what went into making the masterpiece…

Just as the alcohol had left the system from the Sheffield World Premiere, it was time to hop on a plane one last time this year and head to Santa Cruz, California, for the USA premiere and a chilled week. This isn’t the end of the road for Peaty and co by any means though… Season 3 is being brainstormed as we speak, so look out for more on that early 2014!

Merry Xmas and see you all next season!

 

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Trailer: From Where We Stand


There’s little doubt the mountain bike industry is heavily focused on the West Coast, but what about the rest of us back east? There is no shortage of amazing trails and beautiful scenery, so why don’t we see it represented in elite-level mountain bike filmmaking? FatTireFests is here with a response: a new series highlighting the best of the “other” coast.

Read more about From Where We Stand here.

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