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Jeff Curtes Shoots MAAP on the Great Ocean Road
MAAP F/W 2015 / CT

When a guy like Jeff Curtes shoots photos and writes a bit of copy, you don’t paraphrase his work. Sure, you edit it down a bit but it’s best left untouched. When he contacted me to share a recent photoshoot for Australia’s MAAP, I very much obliged to let him do just that. Read on for the full account and a selection of photos from Jeff’s recent shoot on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia… (more…)

Jun 24, 2015 5 comments
Mission Workshop: Stahl Shorts Restocked

Gear is preferential, especially when it comes to shorts. Length matters, fit matters and when cycling is thrown into the equation, durability matters. These shorts have become my staple when it comes to camping, or bikepacking or even just jamming around on trails. They’ve taken hits, seen their share of swimming holes and they keep begging for more.

The Mission Workshop Stahl shorts have become one of my favorite “cycling apparel” products and they’re back in stock now, from a size 29 up to a 36 at Mission Workshop. I would size down one full size due to the nature of the fabric’s stretch. Four-way stretch means across the waist too!

Jun 24, 2015 2 comments
Fabric’s Cageless Water Bottles

Fabric has just announced their cageless water bottles, coming in September of this year:

“Our revolutionary cageless water bottle completely does away with the need for a cage by mounting directly to your frame. The ultralight-weight 1.5g studs are secure, remove unnecessary parts and improve the clean lines of your bike.”

See more at Fabric.

Jun 23, 2015 20 comments
Cadence: Minus Jersey in Stock
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For those seeking simplicity in kit design, the Cadence Minus jersey treats form with simple tones and a bold, white strip across the chest. Made in Italy and goes with any classic bib short. In stock now at Cadence.

Jun 23, 2015 No comments yet
Yeti Launches the SB5c BETI and a ASRc BETI for Female Riders

Julie Furtado, Marla Streb, Tara Llanes, Jill Kitner, and Rosara Joseph. All of these women have ridden Yeti in the past when both the brand itself and the industry was younger. As technology changed, the bikes became more advanced and fit became even more of an importance. Enter the Yeti BETI line. Two bikes, a SB5c and an ASRc, both designed with a female fit in mine. Both are derivatives of the existing models, but built with different sized wheels to accommodate smaller riders. It’s great to see options out there for women in mountain biking. Head over to Yeti to see more on the SB5c BETI and ASRc BETI.

Jun 22, 2015 No comments yet
Hunter Cycles Hip Shooters Slingshots
Three Days on the Tour Divide with the Salsa Cutthroat

Rick Hunter is onto something. I’m telling you. Slingshots are hip as hell right now. From bikepacking to shootin’ beer cans, these childhood relics were in need of a facelift. A 4130 facelift. My skillz are dialed and yours can be too with these made in Santa Cruz Slingers.

$100 is a lot to drop on something like this, but hey, they’re steel, painted in house and will awe men and women alike. Just don’t let your friends “borrow” one for too long!

In stock now at Hunter Cycles.

Jun 22, 2015 5 comments
Futurism and the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29 – Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Futurism and the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29

Futurism and the Specialized Enduro Expert Carbon 29
Words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff, photos by Ethan Furniss

Before we begin let me give you a little background about who I am and how I found myself writing this review. I grew up in Bishop, CA. I raced mountain bikes there as a kid. Then I stopped, the reason is a tired story, and one that you have most likely heard before, it has to do with hormones, cars, beers, and girls. When I moved to Santa Barbara, CA to attend college and I started working at a shop called Velo Pro. This is where I started riding downhill bikes. Then I stopped, did some rock climbing, school, babe chasing, etc. A decade ago I moved to Portland, OR and once again I found myself at a shop, working at the Fat Tire Farm and riding downhill bikes. This is where it gets interesting. First came seat droppers and with it a yearn to explore more trails. I started riding trail bikes, then picked up riding road bikes and cross bikes. For the past three years I worked for Chris King, and my job gave me the chance to ride a wide variety of bikes. Through mutual friends and shared adventures John and I became friends and I have been lucky to post a couple rides and adventurers all the while sharing with him some of my favorite MTB videos and articles from around the web. It turned out that John needed a bike reviewed, so here I am. Lets get started.


Jun 22, 2015 9 comments
Shaking it Down on the Salsa Cutthroat
Shaking it Down on the Salsa Cutthroat

There’s nothing like taking a brand new bike and throwing it into the proverbial fire.

Bikes like this are not meant to be babied, nurtured, wiped down with a micro-fiber cloth and sprayed with chemicals to make them look shiny. They’re meant to be abused, smashed, shredded and put to the test, straight out of the gate. Especially bikes specifically designed for arguably one of the most intense endurance races in the Continental United States.

The Salsa Cutthroat is what I would call a first for the company. In the sense that it’s a bike designed for a specific event: the Tour Divide Race.


Jun 18, 2015 62 comments