March 2014

Brian Lopes Gets Intense

by editors on March 25, 2014

He’s faster. Much faster than you. Brian Lopes is faster than you and you and you and you, too. And now he’s riding for Intense Cycles. Sounds like a perfect match.

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2014 US Cup XC Fontana

by editors on March 24, 2014

It has been said that watching XC mountain biking racing is like “watching paint dry,” those of us who prefer the climb to the downhill do not agree. In that spirit we offer up the 2014 US Cup Pro Series from Fontana, California and one of the best cross country race courses in the West.

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Sedona White Line? No Thank You!

by editors on March 24, 2014

During the 2014 Vital MTB Test Session the crew took a little side hill detour on White Line in Sedona, Arizona. We have no interest in this line and honestly, it’s pretty hard to watch, but damn, Jess Pedersen, Lear Miller and John Hauer are gnarly.

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Garneau Sponsors Backcountry.com Team

by editors on March 24, 2014

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Seems like everyone is getting in on the Backcountry.com Professional Mountain Bike Team program. now, Louis Garneau has announced that (he) they will be the official helmet, show, and apparel sponsor of the team. Or did we already mention that in our last post? For the official word from Garneau, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Pure Fix Cycles New The Coolidge

by editors on March 18, 2014

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Here’s a new fixie from the crew at Pure Fix. It’s called The Coolidge.

The Coolidge features a 4130 chromoly frame which makes for a ride that is light and highly durable while the 700x25c Thickslick tires allow riders to satisfy their need for speed as safely and comfortably as possible. Additionally, the bike is equipped with wrapped drop bars and 700C, 30mm wheel set featuring sealed bearing hubs and a machined braking surface. Like the high-quality performance of all the Pure Fix Cycles bicycles, The Coolidge is as pleasing aesthetically as it is physically. The unique combination of a raked chrome fork and polished silver quill stem and seat make this cutting edge bike look as great as it rides. With a unique combination of innovative design and classic style, The Coolidge by Pure Fix Cycles has elevated biking in every aspect.

For more info, click the link.

[Link: Pure Fix] [click to continue…]

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Backcountry.com Launches Pro MTB Team

by editors on March 18, 2014

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Backcountry.com is going pro with a full mountain bike team. They’ll be riding Niner Bikes and sponsored by the following companies: Geax, Clifbar, Louis Garneau, FSA, WTB, Chris King, ENVE, SRAM, Crankbrothers, Eureka, Jet Boil and Gore Bike Wear.

“Mountain biking is at the core of who we are as a brand and being able to extend our expert gear knowledge to the trail and support the sport is a priority,” said Jill Layfield, CEO at backcountry.com. “Assembling a pro team of this caliber that possesses the tools to compete at the highest level is a natural extension of our cycling brands and culture.” . . The Mountain Bike Team will be managed by pro rider Jason Sager. Sager took 2nd overall at the 2013 Sudety MTB Challenge stage race in Poland, and 4th overall at the 2013 Mongolian Bike Challenge. In addition to Sager, team riders include: Chloe Woodruff, Evelyn Dong, and TJ Woodruff.

For the official word from Backcountry.com, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Marcel Kittel Throws A Fit

by editors on March 17, 2014

Admit it, you have. It’s just that Marcel Kittel will just get a new bike afterwards. None of us will. For more classic bike throws, click the link.

[Link: Bike Radar]

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Help Harrison Brown Get To Key West

by editors on March 17, 2014

Self-described “adventure cyclist” Harrison Brown is planning to pedal his bike from Fairbanks, Alaska to Key West, Florida by himself. In the process he plans to make a Youtube travel show about the journey as he rolls along. If you’d like to help him make this whole project happen, click the link and donate some money to his Kickstarter project. We just hope he makes it. Six-thousand miles is a long way to go on a bike, by yourself. That also seems like a few too many distracted drivers to deal with as well.

[Link: Kickstarter]

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How fi’zi:k Saddles Are Made

by editors on March 17, 2014

Every wondered how a bike seat is made? It’s one of the things we’ve through about several times while sitting for hours and hours on our tiny little Prologo saddle. Here’s a little look in the fi’zi:k manufacturing process.

[Link: Global Cycling Network]

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LUUV: Image Stabilization For Us

by editors on March 17, 2014

We’ve all shot terrible, jittery video. In fact, most of us do it all the time. Finding a solid, inexpensive rig to smooth things out, however is nearly impossible. Now, a crew from Berlin, Germany is working to create the LUUV system specifically for use with GoPros, iPhones, and other small cameras and best yet, make it affordable and modern.

LUUV is a camera stabilizer for all action cams and smart phones that enables you to shoot shake-free footage while you are in motion. Thanks for a full three-axis-stabilization, LUUV separates the motion of your hand from the camera. You hand is moving, but the camera is not. The outcome: flowing, steady footage instead of shaky videos.

Co-founders Felix Kochbeck and Tim Kirchner are launching their product on IndieGoGo and hope to raise $50,000 in the next 53 days. If you’d like to help them out, click the link and be one of the first to get the LUUV when they begin production.

[Link: IndieGoGo]

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