Mountain bikes: More expensive than a dirt bike

Lee McCormack brought up an interesting question over on his blog yesterday: Why do high end mountain bikes often cost more than high end motorbikes (dirtbikes)? Are mountain bikers being given the shaft from greedy fat-cat bike manufacturers? While I don’t know a thing about motorcycles I do know the mountain bike manufacturing business ain’t …

Advice for New Mountainbike Buyers

I sometimes wonder; how many drop mountainbiking after the first few rides? And how often is this the result of an uneducated choice when selecting a new bike? The first problem is money, and what people are willing to pay for a new mountainbike. Following that, a lack of information and to some extent, personal …

Bike tech at CES this week

Lest you think the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas this week is all about flat screen televisions and geeky computer junk, here are a few products being exhibited that even mountain bikers can get into: The VholdR from Twenty20. This is the latest “action cam” from Twenty20 and it’s a rugged digital video recorder that …

Riding across Asia on a mountain bike

I just read a quick article about a guy who is riding a mountain bike across Asia. He started near the base of Everest and has been riding since last April. Not quite the intercontinental feat that the Riding the Spine guys are working in Central America on but impressive nonetheless.

Cannondale Recalls 2008 Scalpel

Cannondale Recall Notices via PDF Cannondale is recalling its 2008 model year Scalpel, including the Scalpel Framset, Scalpel Team, and Scalpel 1/2. The frame can break while in use, causing the rider to lose control and suffer injuries from a fall or collision. The firm has received six reports of frames breaking. No injuries have been …

Green mountain biking

In the past mountain bikers have received a bad rap for damaging the environment and in all honesty, our reputation hasn’t been entirely undeserved. Trails were often constructed with little consideration for erosion, trashed bike parts could be found “decorating” the surroundings, and wet trail riding created potholed trails with puddles that never seemed to …

Setting goals: Epic rides in 2008

Looking for a way to stick to your mountain bike resolutions in 2008? Here’s one way: Commit to riding in an epic mountain bike event this year. (Notice I didn’t say you should commit to racing an epic event – I’d be happy just to finish most of these.) Bicycle Frenzy has a quick list …

Vacuum-sealed MTB shoes AND riding at night without lights

I came across a couple of interesting tidbits of mountain bike news this morning that you may have missed as 2007 came to a close: * What do you get the man who has everything and who happens to rule to free world? If you’re Kozo Shimano and you’re buying for President Bush you get …

Find a trail, buy a helmet – On your phone!

If you’re just now getting into texting on your phone I hate to tell you but you’re way behind the times. These days you can do a whole lot more and you don’t even need an iPhone, just a phone with a mobile browser (even my free phone from 3 years ago has this). Let’s …

Stonewall Falls Ride Report

So I have this New Year’s tradition that I started four years ago and haven’t kept since: A New Year’s day mountain bike ride. Yesterday that tradition was revived at the Stonewall Falls Loop in Rabun County, Georgia and it was incredible! Despite a cold forecast of wind and freezing temps mudhunny and I got …

All-Wheel-Drive MTB

Christini has developed an AWD bike with 5/6″ of travel, after having produced the 4″ travel Venture for some time now.  Known simply as the Christini Long Travel, it is available as a frame kit for $1995. By all accounts, the Christini system works exactly as advertised, and manufactures their mountainbikes for Jeep, who then …