Category Archives: MTB
Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden
Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia

Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia
Photos by Dylan VanWeelden, words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

“I love it when a plan comes together.” – Hannibal – Every single episode of the A-Team.

Picture this, you arrive at a parking lot just off the main road of very small town that is set alongside a river amidst vast stretches of timber covered mountains. Waiting for you is a series of off road ready shuttle vans. You load in your bike and gear then you’re whisked away to a remote, wifi-less, electronic less, civilization-less beautiful mountain lake. This is your idyllic base camp, and during the day you will be racing blind on little known trails where deep loam sits just ready for the shredding. Over four days and 21 stages you will gradually race your way back towards the better known trails of Oakridge, Oregon. (more…)

Oct 7, 2015 1 comment
Seven Introduces Treeline Plus MTB

The Treeline isn’t exactly a fatbike. Sure it looks like one, but the truth is, it’s a fatbike and it’s an all-season MTB, capable of 26″ wheels and true fat tires or 27.5+ wheels. Ride it in the snow, or ride it on a bikepacking trip. You can run it with drops, or a flat bar, suspended or rigid. There are rackmounts and you can build it with thru-axles or QR skewers.

Seven has developed a veritable do-it-all, plus-sized MTB… Head over to Seven to see more on Treeline.

Oct 6, 2015 4 comments
Jones Bikes: New Products and the Gnarwal

Jones Bikes unveiled a whole ton of new products at Interbike this year, including new frame models and a few other accessories, including “the Gnarwal,” an extension for those using their bars on bikepacking rigs during endurance rides and races.

See the full line of newness at Jones Bikes.

Oct 5, 2015 6 comments
The 2015 Bike and Beer Festival: Konga 29+ SS MTB
Konga 29+ SS MTB

I’m here in Portland, Oregon attending the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While I’ll be documenting many of the frames, I’ll also be capturing the general vibes. For now, let’s just check out some bikes!

You’re a long way from home, partna’…

Konga Frames has been spending the past few months in the Pacific Northwest, soaking in the Oregonian sunlight and bicycle culture that, at this point, is world-renown and worth the trip.

So who and what is Konga?

Konga’s frames are made individually by hand in Mäntyharju, Finland and his latest work is something completely unexpected (for me anyway.) This bright yellow 29+ SS MTB features a painted to match Salsa fork with ENVE riser bars, Maxxis Chronicle tires, Hope hubs, White Industry ONE cranks and Formula Racing disc brakes. Pretty cush, right?

Even though Konga wasn’t officially displaying at the show, I couldn’t pass this beauty up…

Oct 5, 2015 8 comments
Do Not Feed the Animals

Like all animals, human beings posses that atavistic urge to play. It’s been said that a dog will die if it can’t exercise and perhaps humanity can learn a little from that. Look, we’re highly evolved animals, but we’re still animals.

Yesterday, a solid crew of individuals ascended upon the Angeles National Forest to ride bikes, talk the talk and attempt to ride the walk (or the parts of the trail that are just too steep to ride.) A few photographers, a few bike shop owners, an intern, a man with a mustache, a brand owner, a tourist and a blogger (that’s me) all met at the trail head around 4pm, after the hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

The bikes were as varied as the individuals who chose to pedal into the fleeting light and as mother nature began to drop a nuke on the Angeles Nat’l Forest, some animal-like behavior began to shine. Playing, eating, talking shit (barking) and then we all became mesmerized by the spectacle that is mother nature.

A ride is best measured by the amount of time soaking in the scenery and exploring one’s own abilities on the bicycle, not the moving time, elevation or distance traveled.


We ended with pizza, a few beers and a sated drive back down to the City of Angels.

Oct 1, 2015 9 comments
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: October

This is the tenth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Chill-AY-OH!”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

They say happy cows come from California, but I’m pretty sure that implies to us animals as well. As nature drops a nuke on the Angeles Forest, we cooked it back to the safety of big city living, but not before a post-ride pizza pie.

For a high-res JPG, suitable for print and desktop wallpaper*, right click and save link as – The Radavist 2015 Calendar – October. Please, this photo is for personal use only!

(*set background to white and center for optimal coverage)

Oct 1, 2015 No comments yet
SRAM Presents The Backwoods

This is mind-melting…

“He knew what he wanted: big, floaty jumps in the ideal location and with the perfect slope and sublime dirt. So when he saw an opportunity to build his own slopestyle course in the Coast Gravity Park, Logan picked up some tools and started sculpting. A colossal build like this is never a one-man endeavor, though. Logan’s vision was made reality with the sweat and skills of machine operator Darren Hemstreet, The Coastal Crew and his dad. And when the machines went quiet and the dust settled, it was time to capture on camera what Logan means by big and floaty. This is The Backwoods – Logan’s Peat’s dream set.”

Check out more at SRAM!

Oct 1, 2015 2 comments
The Backwoods

SRAM is no stranger to hosting top athletes, including Logan Peat. For those looking for a bit of rad atavism, head over to their interview with the Backwoods Jam organizer. Unfamiliar with Logan? Feast your eyes on the above video…

Sep 29, 2015 1 comment
This Baum GTR MTB is Zesty

Light and refreshing like a mid-summer ride lemonade stand stop, this Baum GTR has all the accoutrement of a race-ready ripper while keeping it classy. I’m loving the added, classy wet paint to the Rock Shox RS-1. See more of this yellow and white beaut at the Baum Flickr.

Sep 27, 2015 3 comments
Rubber Side Up 16

Photo by Jeovany Alvarado

At a recent Golden Saddle Cyclery and Salsa Campout in Los Angeles, things got a lil loose after the campfire drinking began. Which is when Ty decided to have a bit of fun. Rubber Side Up ain’t always about crashin’, somethings it’s just about thrashin’, doing dumb things on a bike and taking a chance. Not that Ty wouldn’t have cleared this fire pit…

Sep 22, 2015 1 comment