Breaking News: Santa Cruz Announces New Hightower 27.5+/29er

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Santa Cruz has just announced an all-new mountain bike in their lineup: the Hightower 27.5+/29er. This new rig is available stock in both wheel size configurations and can be switched between the two without making any negative geometry compromises. The Hightower steps into the noticeable gap that was left by the discontinuation of the Tallboy LT 29er …

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News: Lindarets Announces the Boostinator

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Lindarets–makers of the Remount and Goat Link–have announced the “Boostinator,” a clever bit of kit that allows you to adapt certain 100x15mm front and 142x12mm rear hubs to the wider Boost standard. Assuming you have a wheelset with compatible hubs, it could save you a huge chunk of change when you upgrade to a new Boost frame and …

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45 Mountain Bikers’ Bikes Confiscated for Riding Unauthorized Trail

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Over the weekend authorities confiscated more than 45 mountain bikers’ bikes after the riders were found trespassing on Marine base property in California. The riders started out on trails in the Sycamore Canyon area and claim to have unknowingly followed trails into the off-limits area. Military officials confiscated bikes and escorted the riders off the property, leading many …

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Blackburn Design Seeks Serious Epic Adventure Junkies for Ranger Program

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One look at what Blackburn Design is offering to serious backcountry adventurers and you will delete any and all epic mountain bike trips you’ve been scheming since the snow fell. As of January 1, the mountain bike accessory company, whose attention to quality, I might add, is absolutely on point, is accepting applications for their …

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Spirit Mountain to Open for Lift-Served Downhill Winter Fat Biking

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Spirit Mountain, located in Duluth, Minnesota, announced today that they are opening their lifts for lift-served, downhill winter fat biking, from 10am-4pm every Sunday, beginning January 17th. Ever since fat bikes came on the scene I’ve been waiting for ski resorts to embrace downhill bike riding as they have during the summer, and while we …

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News: MRP Releases SXg Chainguide

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With the prevalence of narrow/wide chain rings, you’d think that innovation in chainguides would have dried up. Not if the folks at MRP have anything to say about it. Today they announced a new guide called the SXg. So what makes this one notable? When it comes to chain guides, you typically have two options: …

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Fox Racing Shox is Buying (Parts of) Marzocchi

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Yesterday Fox Racing Shox announced they would be buying “certain assets” from Marzocchi. According to Fox’s CEO, Larry L. Enterline: We are excited to announce the agreement to acquire certain assets of the Marzocchi mountain bike product lines, which we believe is a significant opportunity for FOX to further expand the penetration of our bike suspension …

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News: Bell Helmets Seeks Ambassadors for New Women’s Advocacy Program

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Bell Helmets is at it again handing out serious swag, some advertising, a little “cash,” but more importantly, innovative mountain bike advocacy with their new Joy Ride Program. This time, instead of building trail, Bell turns the spotlight on women mountain bikers. “The Bell Joy Ride Program is designed to inspire and enable female mountain bikers with regular, structured, fun and …

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Breaking News: 1.5 Million Bikes from 17 Brands Recalled for Quick Release Issues

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17 mountain bike brands are voluntarily recalling 1.5 million mountain bikes with quick releases. In these 1.5 million bikes, the quick release (QR) can open more than 180 degrees, thereby catching in the disc brake rotor. While obviously a bike should never be ridden with the QR open, I’ve personally had QRs work themselves loose on …

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