Crank Brothers Joplin R Review

Imagine this: you’re in the groove, feeling the flow of the trail, and you come to a steep downhill section. If you’re like me, instead of launching straight into it you probably stop, adjust your seatpost, and kill the flow before you get to the best part. If this sounds familiar, Crank Brothers should be …

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The MTB Capital of the Northwest: Oakridge

West Fork trail in Oakridge, OR. Photo posted by AK_Dan. Oakridge, OR bills itself as the “mountain biking capital of the Northwest” and while we haven’t ridden there yet ourselves, they have a pretty good argument so far. With more than 500 miles of singletrack in the mountains outside town I’d say that puts Oakridge …

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Japanese Gulch Area Faces Development

Japanese Gulch photo by singletracks member chris_donovan. Last week we talked about the idea that hikers and other outdoor groups should work with mountain bikers to preserve public lands since united we stand… (you know the rest). Anyway, it seems the hiking and equestrian community still aren’t really on board with the concept and one …

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New Zealand MTB Race

Photos courtesy MTBPursuits.com. Looking for a way to celebrate the Queen of New Zealand’s birthday in style? Try manning up to the Run 79 Lake Tekapo mountain bike race on May 31. The 90Km (56 mile) undulating course goes around beautiful Lake Tekapo and features plenty of rocky stream crossings. If you’re planning on heading …

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Whistler Opens May 16!

Yep, it’s official: Mountain bike season begins May 16. Whistler Blackcomb is opening the Whistler Mountain Bike Park next Saturday “on whatever trails are clear – or can be cleared – of snow.” Pique News Magazine tells us there’s some new stuff on tap for the 2009 season: New additions planned this year include continued …

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Bike to Work Week

Next week is bike to work week and while not *officially* a mountain bike event we thought you’d want a heads up. SFGate.com published an article with commuter fashion tips from none other than Mr. Gary Fisher himself and it’s worth a read if you’re killing time waiting for the weekend to start. It seems …

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MTB Race Through a Mine

Emerging from a dark tunnel on Gold Camp Road in Colorado Springs, CO. We’ve profiled some unusual MTB races here in the past (ones that go through brewpubs, parking structures, etc.) but this is a new one for us: A mountain bike race through an underground mine in Greenland, MI. The course is a 4 …

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New Mavic Crossline wheels

The Mavic Crossline wheelset ($399.00 MSRP) is new for 2009. Mavic released these wheels for those of us who are on a budget but want a true Enduro wheelset. You can buy the wheels as a set or individually but your choice of colors is limited to black, black, or black (though they do have …

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Bikers and Hikers Should Unite To Protect Wilderness

There’s an article over on NewWest.com about allowing mountain bikes in wilderness areas that’s stirring up some serious controversy (thanks to chukt for sending the link). The jist of the opinion piece is that rather than seeking to block mountain bikes from future wilderness areas, hikers and equestrians should work together with bikers to form …

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MTB Training & Polar CS600X First Impressions

Another damp weekend training ride in north Georgia. I’m less than 2 weeks away from my first metric dirty century in Sumter National Forest and this weekend I had my toughest training ride yet. For those who don’t know a metric century is 100 kilometers or 62.2 miles and my plan has been to gradually …

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