News: NWTA V. City of Portland Legal Action

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On March 23rd, the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) took the first step in a series of legal actions against Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) and the Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) recent decision to ban mountain biking in River View Natural Area (RVNA). The Portland-based chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), in an open letter to its members and supporters, said …

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Win a Trip to Ride the Best MTB Trails in British Columbia in Sombrio’s #LuxuryOfDirt Contest

Rider: Darren Berrecloth. Photo: Sombrio Cartel

Have you ever wanted to shred some of the best mountain biking trails in the world in Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, and Vancouver, British Columbia? Ok, that’s a dumb question. Follow up question: have you ever wanted to ride some of the best BC mountain biking trails for free? Perhaps that’s another dumb question, but you probably …

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News: SRAM Introduces New Boost 148 Components, Boost-Optimized RockShox Forks (27.5+), and New Axle/Hub Sizes both Front and Back

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As we head into 2015 SRAM and RockShox continue to push the technology envelope with a new series of product releases. Some of the highlights include improved frame and tire clearance for 1x systems, two new hub sizes (one for the front and one for the rear), stiffer wheels, and corresponding forks optimized for 27.5+. …

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Portlanders Protest New Mountain Bike Ban

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Is it the mud? Is it the plant life? Is it to protect hikers? Maybe it’s that lawsuit? Ask any one of the 300 bike-wielding Portland protestors on Monday and they’ll tell you it isn’t for any of those reasons. They will, however, vehemently argue the city of Portland’s sudden ban on mountain biking in River …

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News: Rocky Mountain National Park To Allow Limited Mountain Biking

Mountain biking Rogers Pass in Winter Park, one of the trails that can be connected to in this region. Photo: Guest.

In a recent announcement that marks the successful culmination of lobbying by local mountain bike advocates as well as collaboration between Grand County, Colorado State, and National Park Service officials, a two-mile stretch of the East Shore Trail will soon be open to mountain bikes. The East Shore Trail is six miles, two miles of …

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SUGOI Cares About Your Butt’s Comfort, and They Have a Guarantee to Prove It

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If you’re thinking about wrapping your butt in a new piece of cycling bottoms, the time has never been better to try some of SUGOI’s pieces. They’re offering a 60-day money back guarantee on the spring 2015 line of butt covers. “Oh yeah,” you’re probably thinking, “But there will be some language in the offer …

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News: Fox Announces New Fork Specifically for 27.5+

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While some makers of 27.5+ products–and ones that Jeff has spoken with–are pushing the 27.5+ size as a conversion for existing 29ers, an announcement from Fox today is making me rethink that stance. Fox has just announced a brand-new Fox 34 designed specifically for 27.5+ wheels/tires, according to Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine’s report. This version of …

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Advocacy Alert: Boulder-White Clouds National Monument vs. Wilderness

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Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds area north of Sun Valley remains one of America’s largest and most stunning unprotected natural areas.  As such, this area was to many an obvious choice for Wilderness designation, but such a designation would prohibit cycling, which has traditionally been a large part of the area’s draw.  In an open-minded show of …

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