The Un-29’er Movement

After more than a few years worth of experimenting, debating, and magazine reviewing; the 29’er is here to stay. The 29″-wheel has become the Super Swamper of mountainbiking. Almost every major bike manufacturer now has a 29″-wheeled mountainbike in their line-up, and the small scale & custom framebuilders have been making them for years. This …

World’s most grueling mountain bike race: La Ruta

Stage 3 of the 4-stage La Ruta mountain bike race is taking place today in the steamy jungles of Costa Rica and from what I’ve read this could easily be the world’s toughest mountain bike race. The first stage covered 59 miles and boasted more than 15,000 feet of climbing through sticky mud and oppressive …

A Link to Mountainbiking’s Past

Recently unearthed by one of Mountainbiking’s forebears, Charlie Kelly; CK’s Mountainbiking Hubsite is a treasure trove of visual history, interesting anecdotes, and commentary.  And going beyond the typical bike “porn” movies laden with stunts, pounding soundtracks, and not much else, is the movie, “Klunkerz”.  It is available now on DVD at Amazon, and here is the Klunkerz trailer. …

Illegal mountain biker winds up in federal court

The Marin Independent Journal posted an article yesterday about Steven Gravenites and his fight in federal court over a $60 fine for riding an illegal bike trail. The entire series of events is rather entertaining, read the article if you have a few minutes. While the entire case and subsequent defense is rather preposterous, Steven …

Mountain bikes as bio-vectors

Apparently mountain bikes carry a lot more than just mountain bikers – your bike could be spreading invasive plant species! At least that’s what a 17-year old New Zealand student found  – and he’s doing something about it with his invention dubbed ‘Didy-Go.’ Photo from Waikato Times Mountain bikes can become contaminated with an invasive …

Ride Report: Raccoon Mountain, Tennessee

When mudhunny and I left Colorado just over three years ago we knew our opportunities for riding incredible mountain bike trails were limited. Since that time we’ve ridden some good trails but none of the east coast rides really stood out – until now. Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga, TN has that special mix of fast …

Ladies on Velocipedes

In the history of Mountainbiking, there have been more than a few women who have made huge impressions on the sport, both in the beginning and currently.  Wende Cragg, Jacquie Phelan, Juliana Furtado, Ashley Korenblat, Cindy Whitehead, Alison Sydor, Marla Strebb, Shonny Vanlandingham, Jill Kintner, & Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja; just to name a few. However, …

Introducing our Senior Bike Editor

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you may have noticed an unusually well written piece yesterday about returning bike tech to simpler times. No, I didn’t suddenly learn all there is to know about bike tech, nor did I take a class on creative writing. In fact, we have a new team member …

Connecting Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch

Employees from 3 outdoor companies are set to work on a new trail in Boulder County, CO tomorrow to connect trails at Hall Ranch and Heil Valley Ranch. Timberland, Go Lite, and Smart Wool are supporting the project and more than 100 volunteers are expected to help construct almost a mile of the planned 5-mile …

Mountainbiking technology comes full circle.

I regularly pick up nearly every mountainbiking rag, covering both the US and UK cycling scenes.  And the coverage of the major industry events & product releases has increasingly focused on the massive advances in suspension and brake technology. However, I’ve noticed a refreshing trend that runs contrary to the rush towards the most technologically advanced frames …

National Mountain Bike Series Ignores East Coast

The guys over at BlueCollarMTB.com posted a complaint a couple days ago about the 2008 National Mountain Bike Series calendar and the fact that only 1 out of the 6 events is on the East Coast of the US. Disappointing? A bit. Surprising? No. In fact I’m more surprised that Idaho gets a stop on …