SRAM XX MTB component group rumors

Photo from weightweenies.starbike.com SRAM officially announced the high-end XX mountain bike component group will be available in mid-2009 but is remaining pretty tight-lipped about details. The word is that the XX group will draw technology and development resources from Rock Shox, Avid, and Truvativ divisions to produce seriously lightweight and durable components. From SRAM: Next …

Retro Riding, or Mountain biking for Luddites

For some time now, I’ve been converting a Nirve Fifty-Three cruiser into a “Klunker”. This is the result. Our entire sport was founded upon the Klunkers, which were fashioned from scrounged bits from other bicycles, motorcycles & ice-cream carts. The founders of mountain biking’s scavenging provided fat knobby tires, brakes, handlebars, and most importantly, derailleurs. …

Most expensive bike. Ever.

These days it seems like there are few safe places to put your money – the stock market sucks, houses aren’t selling, and even the price of oil is falling. Fortunately Aurumania has just the thing for the investor or the biker who has it all: a gold plated and crystal encrusted bike. Every visible …

Specialized S-Works Epic Development

Outside Magazine ran an in-depth article about the development of the 2009 Specialized Epic S-Works that’s well worth the read, though sadly it’s only available in the print edition. According to the article Specialized set out to completely redesign the popular Epic mountain bike about a year and a half ago with the goal of …

New mountain bike deals page

We added a new monthly mountain bike deals page to singletracks to help you find the best prices on mountain bikes and accessories. If you find a great deal on cheap mountain bike gear online, send us an email and we’ll consider adding it to the deals page. Viva la bargain!

Women’s Cross Country Mountain Bikes

I got a chance to demo a few women’s bikes at Interbike and I was impressed with the selection of high-performance cross-country mountain bikes available. Actually, let me correct myself, many manufacturers these days don’t necessarily make womens specific bikes, just smaller frames. With smaller frames, naturally, a more compact geometry follows (for males and …

Yahoo! Purple Bike Project

Photo from Lifehacker Yahoo has built a fleet of 20 custom painted Electra Townie 8 bikes equipped with solar powered cameras and GPS devices to let folks document their cities. No, this isn’t some poor man’s version of Google’s Street View or Amazon’s A9 – the idea is to focus “on innovative ways to celebrate …

MTB DiY

Over the past week I’ve seen a couple do-it-yourself solutions to common mountain bike delimmas that I wanted to share here. Both of these ideas almost certainly came from young mountain bikers since rich old riders rarely come up with such creative, chedda saving solutions. Take the first one for example – how much did …

The Mountain Bikes of Interbike: Part II

More mountain bikes from yesterday: Felt Nine Team Van Diesel Ramble Tamble Norco A-line ARK Norco Vixa Knolly Delirium T Corsair Maelstrom Surly Pugsley Intense M6 GT Marathon Commencal Meta 55 Smith & Wesson Security Scott Contessa Orbeca Alma 29er Giant Glory DH BMC Fourstroke01 Delta 7 Arantix Rawland Sogn (650b) Moots Mootoxybb Vicious Cycles …

The Gates Carbon Drive Chain Replacement

Tired of chain stretch, squeaky gears, and lube issues? Check out the Gates Carbon Drive drivetrain system – a carbon belt that replaces the standard chain drive on bikes. The belt is not compatible with standard cranks and sprockets so you’ll need to change those out as well but the advantages may outweigh the costs …