Category Archives: MTB
LA Dirt Rides: The Classic Strawberry Peak Loop

I often find it ironic that as city dwellers, we spend every waking moment finding ways to escape the very thing that draws us to the city itself. This could be a by-product of a technologically-dependant age, yet people have flocked to cities since this country’s very inception. A lot has changed since the early days of Los Angeles, where orange orchards would stretch for miles upon miles and the hillsides used to glow a bright green. It was before invasive plants took over the hillsides and long before human-error spawned ravenous, almost insatiable forest fires. Yet, here we are trying to make this thing we call civilization work, and at least in some capacity, coexist with the natural beauty that surrounds our unintentional urban sprawl.

The Angeles National Forest is my favorite place in Los Angeles County to get away from it all. Oftentimes that means ducking out of responsibilities, evading work, life and everything else that drives my existence in this plane of tarmac. Sometimes it takes heavy convincing, which in LA usually comes in the form of low-pressure systems and cold fronts. When the clouds are angry, the soil and thus, the trails are happy. It’s an experience not to be missed (more…)

Mar 15, 2018 28 comments
San Remo is Sick!

In the latest Atherton Diaries, we get to tag along with Gee, Rachel and Charlie as they descend some of San Remo’s most fabled trails.

Mar 14, 2018 No comments yet
Vintage Radness at the 30th Annual Keyesville Classic – Erik Hillard

Vintage Radness at the 30th Annual Keyesville Classic
Photos and words by Erik Hillard

This past weekend was the 30th annual Keyesville Classic, the longest running mountain bike race in the United States. Because of its Vintage Class races, Keyesville is also a gathering of mountain bike restoration artists from across the country. Each year, a group of enthusiasts meets for the weekend with a beautiful selection of historic mountain bikes. (more…)

Mar 14, 2018 36 comments
Niner’s 2018 Colors Are Lookin’ Good!

It’s springtime and brands are injecting a bit of color into their offerings, including Niner, whose designs this year are looking great. Our two favorite models, the RIP 9 RDO and he RLT 9 Steel got some camo-inspired paint. The JET 9 RDO and the RIP 9 RDO also got internal cable guide tubes to make installation and maintenance easier. Head to Niner to see all the build offerings for their models.

Mar 13, 2018 No comments yet
A Cable-Actuated IRD “Dropper” Post?

Photo by Erik Hillard

Wednesday on the Radavist, we’ve got a big, fat (tire) gallery from the Keyesville Classic, the longest-running MTB race in the USA. Included in Erik’s photos is this 1989 IRD cable-actuated “dropper.” Sure, this might not be news to anyone who dives deep in the vintage MTB realm, but it’s the first I’ve seen this specific model. Photos like this can get lost in a big gallery, so I wanted to give it some light on its own… I can’t wait to see something like this leave a custom frame builder’s shop.

Mar 12, 2018 6 comments
Chumba’s Made in Texas Rastro Long Travel 27.5+ Hardtail

With a geometry tuned for a 140mm or 150mm fork and build kits ranging from $2995 to $3595 for a complete, the Chumba Rastro long travel 27.5+ hardtail looks to be a strong competitor for those looking at buying a new hardtail. Chumba makes all their frames outside of Austin, Texas and works with Fox and Shimano components. These complete prices reflect various modes: Trail, Enduro, and All-Trail but you can request a build spec of your own and even buy just the frame. Bottom line is; the build options are endless on a more than capable frame.

Check out more specs at Chumba and I hope to get to review one of these bikes!

Mar 12, 2018 2 comments
Nick Was High in LA on His Purple Haze 160mm Sklar Hardtail

Nick Was High in LA on His Purple Haze 160mm Sklar Hardtail
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by Nicholas Haig-Arack

I first met Adam Sklar a few years ago while riding bikes with a bunch of frame builder friends in Santa Cruz. I was impressed by the character of Sklar’s bikes – those flattened swoops are pretty sweet, can’t deny it – but it was Adam’s personality and lighthearted approach to riding that made me really appreciate his brand. Our paths crossed again in Moab for the most fun week ever and I was convinced that I wanted a bike from Adam. Fast-forward a few months and imagine my stoke when he asked me to do drawings for Sklar Bikes! Since then we’ve been cultivating a cross-country creative partnership, one that emphasizes creativity, exploration, and good times. (more…)

Mar 12, 2018 21 comments