Category Archives: MTB
Following the Horsemen

This looks incredible!

“There are few roads in Lesotho. There are even fewer mountain bikers. Here the horse is supreme and the myriad horse trails that have been carved through its steep and rugged mountains are its lifeblood. Horsemen ply these trails, just as they have for generations, riding between villages that have remained unchanged over centuries. Amidst this scene frozen in time is Isaac, a twenty-two year old horseman who is bridging the gap between old and new. For a week in April 2017, Isaac – or Leputhing Molapo to use his Basotho name – rode a 180 Kilometre traverse of the mountains of his home country. It was a ride like his father had done before him, but this time he was leading two mountain bikers.”

Jun 19, 2017 3 comments
Freehub at the NZ Enduro

Making a weekend out of a race, taking the time to explore and soak in the local culture is what makes bike races so special. Here’s Freehub’s latest from the NZ Enduro.

Jun 16, 2017 Comments are OFF
Rachel Atherton: Like a Boss

We’ve all been there at some point, but how many of us would pop our dislocated shoulder back in and then finish the race? Rachel Atherton is a boss.

Jun 15, 2017 2 comments
Brandon Semenuk

This piece is beautifully shot and composed. Lookin’ good, SRAM!

Jun 14, 2017 Comments are OFF
Music to My Ears

I love videos like this. They never get old! I just wish I could remember all the others I’ve posted over the years to share in the related column…

Jun 14, 2017 2 comments
It Was Hot and Colorful in the Mountains Today

I’m not exactly sure why, but these days, I tend to shoot a lot of vertical photos while on rides, all the while, in the background of my mind, trying to pair up images as I shoot them. Today was no exception. Even with a relatively early start on our ride, the temperatures got up there, like dust leaving the trail behind one of our plus-sized tire hardtails. It was hot, loose, dusty, rocky and yet the colors were beautifully saturated with spring blooms and blue skies. Mountain biking in LA is my favorite way to start the day. Here’s our route. (more…)

Jun 13, 2017 10 comments
Instruments

Here’s the feature length short video entitled “Instruments of Adventure” and featuring the wilds of Alaska.

Jun 12, 2017 1 comment
Tom’s Super Shreddy Stinner One-Off 26+ Hardtail – Kyle Kelley

Tom’s Super Shreddy Stinner One-Off 26+ Hardtail
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

Working at Stinner Frameworks for the past few months, and other builders over the past few years, Tom LaMarche has learned a lot about frame fabrication. Riding BMX and MTBs for a majority of his life taught him about frame design. Tom’s a ripper. An ex-Hollywood movie professional stuntman and overall ripper. When he picked up a job at Stinner, he really wanted to build a new MTB for himself to shred on trails, random jibs and also rip on at bike parks. Not being a fan of 27.5 or 29+ platforms, he decided on a 26+ frameset with slack angles and a lot of standover clearance.

This frame is a one-off, labeled a Stinner because it happened under Aaron’s roof, with Aaron’s tools, but this bike is Tom’s brainchild that he built on his own. Bikes like this look mean, like they have their own agenda and I can’t wait to see more of that…

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Jun 8, 2017 36 comments