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N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Episode 5: In Search of the Beginning


Courtesy of Scott Sports. Film by Cinemargot. Photos by J. Haar.

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Nino Schurter’s fifth chapter of his #huntforglory webisode is all about a journey to the roots of Mountain biking. The three-time mountain bike world champion meets one of the Godfathers of mountain biking, Tom Ritchey, at his home place in Skyline, California. Tom Ritchey is the guy who was already racing bicycles, which we call “mountain bikes” today, back in the 1970s on his backyard trails in the hills of Skyline and Santa Cruz. He built the first mountain bike frame, and since those early days, every new invention has been chased by another.

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Over the years Tom’s focus has shifted from frame building to component design but his obsession with functional, lightweight and reliable equipment has not wavered. Many Ritchey designs and manufacturing methods have become industry standards.

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Mountain bike racing has always been something Tom Ritchey was passionate about. Three-time world champion Thomas Frischknecht was part of Ritchey’s Racing team in the 1990s. Today Tom creates world championship winning parts for the top guys like Schurter. As a co-sponsor of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing, Tom contributes to the team’s success with innovative products and his experience.

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Schurter and Frischknecht not only went out riding on the single tracks where mountain biking was born, but Tom Ritchey also showed them where the first frames where welded and where all the inspiration came from. Schurter got to know more about the early days, and Tom Ritchey explained how Mountain Biking came into existence.

See more episodes at the N1NO YouTube channel.

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Office visit: Boa Technology with Scott Sports


We were recently invited to the Boa Technology’s offices in Denver, Colorado. What was once an industrial eyesore and waste dump on the wrong side of the tracks is now a revitalized commercial community that hosts several like-minded businesses. The corporate center Boa resides in is another case study of modern gentrification with reclaimed building materials, of which I’m a sucker for. The modern office space and open floor plan immerses you in the collaborative creative process developing new products. Everything is done on-site, from conceptualization to prototyping.

Boa is an ingredient brand that prides itself on adding value to the companies it partners with. Their closure systems are used in seven target markets: Athletic, Cycling, Golf, Medical, Outdoor, Snowboarding and Utility. One of those cycling partnerships is with Scott Sports. The two companies partnered in 2009 and Scott now features 11 models of cycling shoes with the Boa closure system.

Earlier this summer Boa unveiled the IP-1 dial. It’s a combination of two previous systems and uses a multi-operational reel featuring pull-to-release for easy on and off and two-way incremental adjustment. This new dial eliminates a long standing complaint with Boa’s closure system: now you no longer have to completely release the reel to loosen the closure. There are two-way adjustments for tightening and loosening the fit. We had the chance to fiddle with some knobs and interrupt a lot of employees’ work days to get the scoop on how Boa partners with other brands and what it takes to get a product to market. Of course we took advantage of the fantastic December weather and finished the day on a great ride with the Boa and Scott crew.

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Go behind the scenes at Rampage with Scott Sports


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Photos courtesy of Red Bull

Scott sent no less than seven athletes to Red Bull Rampage this year, each armed with the latest Gambler downhill bike. Three made it to the finals with Brendan Fairclough, above, and Paul Basagoitia, below, cracking the top ten and Louis Reboul nearly cracking himself when he came up just a bit short attempting to backflip the 70-foot canyon gap. He was carried off site on a backboard but was cleared at a local hospital and will make a full recovery.

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Rampage isn’t just a bunch of dudes hucking off a mountain. Weeks of planning, backbreaking work and incredible pressure go in to making the event happen and making it to the top step. Scott Sports captured all the action in its latest Moments Of series with a special mini-site dedicated to the action. Check it out at momentsofsport.com/rampage.

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