Yamaha E-bikes: Not What We Expected

by editors on October 30, 2017

When Yamaha said they were brining e-bikes to America we really didn’t expect this. . .

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Canyon Grabs Title BWR Sponsorship

by editors on October 26, 2017

The country’s most unique cycling event, The Belgian Waffle Ride, has a new title sponsor for 2018 with Canyon Bicycles. The Germany based company, which sells bicycles directly to consumers via their website, launched their brand in the United States in mid August.

“The Canyon Belgian Waffle Ride will be an ideal event for Canyon to showcase their variety of bikes perfect for the back roads of San Diego, or whatever twisted courses your heart may lead you on,” says Blair Clark, Canyon U.S. president. “The BWR, or ‘Hell of the North County,’ is not just an extraordinary race. It’s a celebration of life, how much can be accomplished on a bike, and the magical connections that develop between people who suffer together (s)mile after (s)mile.”

For more on the sponsorship, and complete details on seventh running of the Belgian Waffle Ride, please follow the jump.

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Brandon Semenuk: Bonx Ambassador

by editors on October 23, 2017

Dirt jumping wizard Brandon Semenuk has joined the Bonx team. What is Bonx? We wondered the same thing. It’s apparently a Bluetooth earpiece that “enables cellular network-based group communication with up to 10 users anywhere in the world.” Kind of like an always-on conference call of rad, apparently.

“I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with BONX,” says Semenuk. “To be a part of an innovative outdoor tech brand is awesome. The BONX products will be a valuable asset for my endeavors in both mountain biking and rally. It’s also a great crew, and I’m excited to explore the possibilities with the product.”

For the official word from Bonx, please follow the jump.

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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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Nixon Puts A Santa Cruz On Your Wrist

by editors on October 5, 2017

Fans of The Syndicate can get a little Santa Cruz love on their wrist with a new limited edition collection of watches from Santa Cruz Skateboards and Nixon watches.

Nixon’s classic Time Teller is reimagined through the Santa Cruz lens, culminating in designs that are true to each brand. The iconic graphics featured within the collection include: the ‘Screaming Hand,’ the Rob Roskopp Arm, Jason Jessee Lady of Guadalupe and the Santa Cruz logo.

Sure, Santa Cruz bicycles are no longer owned by the people who own the skateboard company, but the logo will still look great with your new V10. (Sidenote: is Mr. Roskopp wearing his watch as we type? Anyone know?)

[Link: Nixon]

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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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Suunto Adds Barometer To Spartan Sport

by editors on September 28, 2017

The battle for your active wrist heated up a little today as Suunto announced that they’ve added a barometer to their Spartan Sport Wrist HR GPS multisport watch. The Spartan Sport, which competes directly with Garmin’s fenix line of watches, also got a battery life bump. We’d still choose the fenix given the choice, however it’s good to see that Suunto hasn’t given up the fight yet. For cyclists who’ve had enough of Garmin this watch is a good choice. For the official word from Suunto (including all the details) please follow the jump.
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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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