Who watches MTB races anyway?

For years mountain bike manufacturers have been sponsoring elite level riders as a way of promoting their brands. Everyone knows Lance rode a Trek so that makes Trek bikes cool. But does this really work? I mean, who is out there watching mountain bike races (on TV or otherwise)? I honestly couldn’t tell you what …

4-wheel mountain bikes

What has four mountain bike tires, disc brakes, no gears, and no pedals? Nope, it’s not the pile of cannibalized bikes in your tool shed, it’s the R-one 4×4 – the raddest way to ride downhill on four wheels. The Rough Riderz club in the UK is working hard to increase awareness of this (new?) …

Stripped: mountain bike movie

Graham at Go Clipless posted recently about capturing flow in mountain bike photography and since I read his post I’ve been on the lookout for good examples, particularly in MTB videos. The trailer for Stripped seems to do a good job at capturing flow, and the video isn’t confined to just one style of riding …

MTB: in the Grand Canyon?

If you haven’t heard, there are some guys that are attempting to ride their mountain bikes from Alaska to the tip of South America and according to the blog they’re down in Arizona taking a break as we speak. Calling this an epic ride is a a bit of an understatement and they’ve certainly had …

Automatic transmission for bikes

It seems like there was something like this available before but apparently Shimano’s “Coasting” technology is news worthy enough for CNET this week. The technology uses a computer chip to control automatic shifting between one of three gears. The article specifically says the tech isn’t meant for road or mountain bikes and doesn’t even perform …

No Way! The Hans Rey Story video clip

I came across a video preview of the Hans Rey Story on YouTube today and I have to say once again, Hans Rey is amazing. There are clips on there of his famous mountain bike bungee jump and his 13 story ride down the side of a building, among other amazing footage. If you like …

GPS software review: Delorme Topo 6.0

Over the past several years I’ve tried out a number of topographic software programs for mapping mountain bike trails and GPS data and they’ve all been seriously flawed in one way or another: National Geographic Topo! (crashes often, expensive), Mac GPS Pro (techy, no built-in maps), Google Earth (limited topo support), Trails.com (slow, limited interface), …

The Fruita of the Front Range … In Pueblo?

The Colorado Spring Gazette had a great article two weeks ago about the South Shore mountain bike trails down in Pueblo, Colorado. The trails are being compared to Fruita and apparently alot of Front Range riders are flocking to take advantage of the 48 miles of dry trails this winter. JJonas went down there recently …

The Stair Cycle

The Stair Cycle is a bike you “pedal” by stepping up and down and based on the videos it looks fun as hell. There doesn’t appear to be a mountain-specific version of the bike (yet) but I can just imagine cruising down a gnarly trail on one of these. The standing position would definitely add …

Epic ride: What happened to Gabi?

“I don’t care. Whatever you guys want to do.‚” Joey took off his helmet and ran his fingers through his long, curly hair. “If you guys want to go on, Joey and I will just go back to the car and wait,” said Uri, the youngest of our group. “Ok. That’s cool. We shouldn’t be …

What to do with a broken Garmin eTrex Vista?

Well after a couple years of faithful service, my eTrex Vista GPS finally recorded its last waypoint. I called Garmin to see about a repair (out of warranty of course) and they quoted me a flate rate of $125, about $25 less than a new one on Amazon. Naturally I didn’t take the offer but …

Top 10 mountain bike trails

I’ve ridden a few mountain bike trails over the years (129 trails over 13 years to be exact) and in that time I’ve formed an opinion or two about what makes a good MTB trail. Spectacular scenery, fast descents, great flow, and challenging terrain are just a few of the factors that make a mountain …