Mountain

John Tomac Talks Story

by editors on October 10, 2017

We had the privilege of riding, hanging out, and guiding John Tomac around the Eastern Sierra for a week during the summer of 1987. It was at the height of the Tomac vs. Overend MTB era and we kind of expected John to be a dick. Turned out he was nice, kind, and didn’t even laugh when we apologized for not being able to keep up on a ride. After watching this video it’s nice to see that not much has changed. Our favorite line:

The problem was the whole performance enhancing drug thing kind of bled over into cross country mountain biking and we [American XC racers] came off the radar in the 90s,” Tomac says. “And it wasn’t because we forgot how to ride mountain bikes in America. . .I don’t think the athletes in cross country mountain biking in the US ever bought into the whole doping program. They just didn’t do it.”

That’s the word kids. Thanks to Bell Helmets for letting Johnny T. tell this story himself.

[Link via VitalMTB]

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My, What Spooky Socks You Have

by editors on October 6, 2017

Yes, it happens every year and every year we say it’s the last year, and every year Sockguy comes through with another slew of rad Halloween socks that creep us out in just the right ways. Load up. These are the perfect socks for Spookycross.

[Link: SockGuy]

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Pivot Updates Mach 6 Carbon

by editors on October 4, 2017

Pivot’s  Mach 6 Carbon got an update. The new version is longer, lower and according to Pivot “sets a new benchmark for enduro / aggressive trail bikes.”

The new design benefits directly from Pivot’s extensive gravity design experience ­– the perfect combination of progressive geometry and uncompromising pedaling capability – making it the right choice for dropping into black-diamond terrain and hitting technical features at race pace. From peak to podium, the Mach 6 Carbon is enduro performance, redefined.

For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Pivot Cycles]

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You Ready For Trans North California?

by editors on September 26, 2017

Ultraendurance riders (those who aren’t making a $200 Grinduro run) are gathering in Verdi, Nevada on October 7, 2017 for the start of the 400 mile Trans North California self-supported, mostly dirt race across the state to the coast (Mendocino California). 

This one hundred percent, self-supported adventure is for those who have the skills to handle any issues that will arise while attempting to orient this route.  There are no prizes, no entry fee, no medals, no trophies, no promises, no warranty, no sponsors, no fanfare, no expectations, no liability, no one in charge, and no one but you.

The ride is 400 miles long with 40,000 feet of climbing. So what are you waiting for? Registration closes October 1, 2017 at midnight. For all the details, please click the link.

[Link: Trans North California]

 

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Columbia Gorge MTB Trail Alternatives

by editors on September 22, 2017

Thanks to the ongoing Eagle Creek Fire near the Columbia River Gorge there are loads of mountain bike trails shutdown until further notice, however, the US Forest Service, Oregon and Washington State Parks, and the Columbia River Gorge Commission would like everyone to know that there are still trails that are open for mountain biking. If you’re in Pacific Northwest and looking for a place to ride, follow the jump for all the info.
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Yamaha Speeds The E-pocalypse

by editors on September 14, 2017

In one more bit of evidence that fatamerica is winning, Yamaha is dropping e-bikes on us at Interbike according to a press release posted on VitalMTB.com.

Yamaha Motor Company, Ltd. (YMC) launched the world’s first electrically power assisted bicycle in 1993 and has since produced more than 4 million drive units and sold over 2 million Yamaha power assist bicycles. YMC supplies class-leading e-Bike Systems to select OEM partners worldwide.

In other words, this isn’t their first rodeo. But don’t be fooled. E-bikes are just another problem, not a solution for anything other than the possibility of safer Supercross. Just think how much safer Supercross would be if the riders were forced to ride 25 pound e-bikes. . . 

[Link: VitalMTB]

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Filthy 50 Registration Opens Today

by editors on September 7, 2017

Southern California mountain bikers love the fall. The temps begin to drop, the sun comes out and it’s time for the annual Quick n Dirty Filthy 50 on October 29, 2017. Registration opens today, September 7, 2017, at noon. It will sell out fast, so click the link and get after it.

[Link: Quick n Dirty]

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Oakley Rolls Out Helmets and Kits

by editors on August 30, 2017

Oakley has always made great performance eyewear for doing almost anything, but in cycling eyewear was about as far as they went. Today that’s changed as the company announced full “head-to-ankle” coverage for cyclists. The new line includes kits, socks, gloves and a complete line of boss looking helmets including this AERO5 Redline featuring MIPS technology.

“Two wheels are in Oakley’s DNA. We began with a grip, and we have expanded since,” said Olaf Dunz, Global Marketing Director at Oakley. “Applying what the brand has learned in eyewear – from protection from the elements to optimized aerodynamics – we are now diving deeper into cycling with the same goal we started with: optimize rider interaction with the world around them and improve performance.”

We’re looking forward to checking it all out in more detail. For all the official details from Oakley, including a look at their appropriately all black kits, follow the jump.

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So You Wanna Start A Bike Company. . .

by editors on July 12, 2017

Who hasn’t wanted to start a bike company. Tom Richey did it. So did Mike Sinyard. And after Benno Baenziger and Jeano Erforth co-founded Electra in 1993 we thought to ourselves, how hard can this be, really. Well, before we could even answer the question the guys from Pinkbike did it for us. Click the arrow and see just how it went.

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Mammoth Bike Park Passes On Sale

by editors on May 23, 2017

Now that Mammoth Mountain and Snow Summit are in the same family there are two options for SoCal mountain bikers looking to spend some time riding the lifts this summer. Bike park passes are on sale now for $299 for Mammoth or $399 for full summer access to Mammoth and Snow Summit. If you’re down, act now because these prices only good until June 5, 2017. Summit’s bike park opens May 26 and Mammoth says they’ll start rolling on June 23, 2017 (they have a bit more snow to deal with). For all the details, click the link.

[Link: Mammoth Mountain]

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