Category Archives: MTB
Niner Launches the Alloy JET 27.5+ 29r

Not everyone can drop upwards of $9,000 on a trail bike and not every rider wants rocks pinging off the tubes on a carbon fiber frame. Knowing this, Niner launched their popular JET RDO 27.5+ 29r frameset in an alloy version. Utilizing the same CVA suspension and engineering standards as the JET RDO, the new JET 9 is made for tackling your local trails, all at a pricepoint of $2,600.00 with SRAM NX-1. Check out more specs at Niner and see a few more product photos below. Keep an eye on Niner’s demo days via your local dealer to test one out. (more…)

Oct 19, 2016 2 comments
Inside / Out at Black Cat Bicycles
Black Cat Crawl

Todd Ingermansen has been working in the cycling industry for a long time. Too long if you ask him. Since the age of 13 he’s had a presence in bike shops. What began as sweeping the shop floors eventually culminated into being a mechanic, riding bikes and living bikes. Yet, Todd wanted something more. Running parallel to his bike shop jobs was his art school education, where he realized his 2D and 3-dimension eye for details. In his early 20’s he chased his love of singlespeed MTB riding and racing to Oakland, California where cycling completely enveloped his life.

Back then, there weren’t any US manufacturers of singlespeed MTB frames. Or at least none that piqued Todd’s interest, so he began building his own. A few friends helped him out, some frames worked, some didn’t, yet every frame taught Todd something. Eventually he moved back down the California coast, to San Luis Obispo and began fillet brazing. He had built a dozen or so frames before landing a job with Rick Hunter of Hunter Cycles. Under Rick’s torch, Todd began to realize the importance of actually making a bicycle frame, something that stands true even today.

For the past 14 years, Todd’s been building a brand, and a modus operandi to how he believes bicycles should be made. Black Cat Bicycles are unique, arguably unlike anything else I’ve witnessed in my years of documenting framebuilders. Much like his mentor, Rick Hunter, Todd doesn’t just weld a mail order kit of parts together and paint it. He engineers his own dropouts, builds stems, machines metal into whatever he pleases, carves his own lugs and bends his tubing in very unique shapes. For instance, how do you make chainstays that are bent, yet have an ever-so-slight arc to them? (more…)

Oct 17, 2016 27 comments
Tumbleweed Bicycles Rigid Bikepacking Frameset Pre-Order

Photos by James Newman

Tumbleweed Bicycles saw the opportunity to design a rigid mountain bike, suited for bikepacking and optimized for a Rohloff hub back in 2014. For the past two years, they’ve been developing the Prospector, a multi-purpose bike, designed to fit either 26″ or 27.5+ wheels, with a suspension-corrected fork or a Rock Shox Bluto and while the Prospector can take a front and rear derailleur, it’s design centers around the Rohloff platform. What makes the Prospector stand out from other offerings is the special 73mm version of Phil Wood’s eccentric bottom bracket. This, along with a boosted rear and proprietary yoke allow for a creak-free drivetrain that’s optimized for wider spacing.

The Prospector is available in two colors and four sizes for $1,300. Pre-ordering the frame is now possible at Tumbleweed Bicycles.

Oct 14, 2016 3 comments
Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden
Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia - Dylan VanWeelden

Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia
Photos and words by Dylan VanWeelden

The second Trans Cascadia race welcomed 100 primed racers to a blind format enduro race spanning 4 days in the rugged lands of cascadia. It kicked off with a meeting point in the Mackenzie River area where everyone was loaded onto buses with a bag, tent and bike in tow with no idea where they were going. The Trans Cascadia crew worked all season to open long time silent trails to keep even the locals on their toes. Each day hosted a full day of riding unknown trails while the night brought secluded parties only the racers will know.

If you’re looking for a wild experience next year, make sure to sign up when the 2017 registration opens because it tends to sell out in hours. Head to Trans Cascadia!


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Oct 14, 2016 6 comments
ENVE’s Steve Peat Limited M90 Collection

When it comes to downhill mountain biking, Steve Peat’s name is legendary. To commemorate their athlete and the only carbon wheelset to win a UCI downhill championship, ENVE has issued a limited edition Steve Peat M90 collection. Head to ENVE to see more!

Oct 14, 2016 No comments yet
When a Black Cat Crosses Your Path

… you better chase it down! After years of knowing Todd from Black Cat Bicycles, I finally got to ride mountain bikes with him and check out his shop. Next week we’ll take an in-depth look at Black Cat Bicycles and how much of a shredder Todd is!

Oct 12, 2016 1 comment

As mountain bikers, we often find ourselves in mixed-use forest. It’s our responsibility to be good representatives of our sport by being polite, courteous and by observing the rules of the trail. Sometimes however, things aren’t reciprocated by other users, as shown in this video. A couple of guys encounter a reckless shooter on a ride in Washington state. I’m not sure how I’d react, but I will commend them on keeping it together. Read the full description below. (more…)

Oct 11, 2016 8 comments