Category Archives: MTB
Mountain Flyer Magazine Featured Our Road Trip
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“Ask Sean Talkington how he got his 1970 Volkswagen van ready for a 550-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, and he and his traveling partners will bust out in laughter — we’re talking good, hearty guffaws.

He changed the oil, and checked the brakes, “but nothing too major,” Talkington says. In other words, hardly anything, and the team that was headed for Interbike on behalf of Mission Workshop and Acre, piled it up with bikes and camping gear (including Talkington’s Tempur-Pedic-style packable mattress), took the gamble and headed for Sin City.”

Check out more at Mountain Flyer and Sean, let’s do that again!

Sep 22, 2014 No comments yet
Blackburn Rangers Sam and Kurt on the Great Divide

Sam and Kurt are two rock-climbing, wheelie poppin’ rad dudes who found themselves smack dab in the middle of the Great Divide route this summer, as part of the Blackburn Ranger Out There program. Here’s a quick video showcasing their personalities and inner expectations.

Sep 22, 2014 2 comments
Turner’s CZAR XC Lightweight Race 29r MTB – An Official Team Dream Review
Turner's CZAR XC Lightweight Race 29r MTB

Turner’s CZAR XC Lightweight Race 29r MTB
Words by Sean Talkington, photos by John Watson

I spent the last few weeks getting to know the Turner Czar and road it just about everyday while in Austin post-Interbike. John had invited me to fly out on his private jet – the Jetavist. Our plan was just to chill and launch water balloons at Lance Armstrong’s house from his adjacent mansion (they’re neighbors you know). This was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, but when we tried to pay the pilot with “internet dollars” he declined, so we were forced to drive out in an old pickup truck instead.

David Turner has been building legit metal bikes in the USA for 20 years now. He and his wife both ride/race regularly. The fact that he has been both building and riding for so long and is actually conducting R&D on his own products is apparent in the ride quality. If you talk to anyone that owns a Turner, they will tell you how great the ride is. Now he is offering carbon models like the Czar to keep pace with the current trend of making featherweight xc bikes.

This bike was perfect for Austin, TX. The place is basically one giant rock! You don’t really “feel” the rear suspension until you need it, which is nice. That paired with the fact that this bike weighs in at less then most hardtails and has two bottle cage mounts (why are people still making xc bikes w/ one cage mount!!!) makes it a perfect bike for long days and mixed terrain combined. It goes over rough sections effortlessly, yet climbs with ease… especially in the chunky stuff.

I’m no rocket ship down the super steep technical stuff, so it was easy to become a fan of the slacker head tube that this bike offers. The 69.8 degree angle makes steep downhill sections feel noticeably more comfortable than a bike with a more aggressive set up. The Turner sizing on this model is also shorter then most other brands. The Czar I was riding was listed as a medium, but felt more like a small/medium (smedium).

This made the bike feel more maneuverable and agile for quick or technical punchy climbs and switchbacks, but I did have to ride a 100mm stem. The demo I road had some skinny pizza cutter Schwalbe tires that would be better suited for a cross bike, but if you swapped those out for something a bit meatier and maybe even throw in a dropper post I think you could ride this bike just about anywhere.

For more information, including purchasing, build options and just plain browsing, head over to Turner Bikes.

*Photographer’s note: We haven’t had much sun at “golden hour” in Austin and it was raining when we shot these photos. That said, the photos don’t do this bike’s finish justice. It really looks great in the sun!
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Sep 22, 2014 16 comments
Hog Trails and Dirt Roads in Kauai
Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Hawaii is a haven for cycling. From Mauna Kea on Hawaii to MTB trails on Kona, this archipelago has it all. One island you mustn’t overlook however is Kaua’i. I’ve already touched on a few points here on the Radavist. Including Kaua’i Cycle and a few random photos from a quick cross ride I did, so let me further expand on those.

Chris and Jonny from Kauai Cycle take to the woods when they can on their mountain bikes. In the drier months, hog trails open up to form a dense network of singletrack. Other service roads open up, as the plant life withers and thins out, but right now, in the middle of summer, everything is overgrown.

While visiting Lauren’s parents, I brought my cross bike and ventured into the woods with Chris and Jonny, not knowing what to expect. I was promised “Jurassic Park” landscapes, a swimming hole and lots of ripping down dirt, well, mud roads on the island. We did 45 miles and around 3,300′. More than enough to leave your legs and shred sled, sated.

If you ever find yourself heading out to this island, do not leave your bike at home!

Sep 21, 2014 7 comments
I Already Miss The Sequoias
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Photo by Kyle Kelley

Out of all the mountain bike destinations I’ve been to, I gotta say the Sequoias were the most memorable. There’s something magical about that place and I feel like it’s overlooked when it comes to the standard MTB coverage you see.

Point being, it’s a few hours from Los Angeles (three to be exact), so if you get a chance to go, drive out, stay in Camp Nelson at the Belknap Campground, shred some bikes and get some dinner at Nelson’s Tavern.

You can thank Ty for the pointers afterwards!

Sep 21, 2014 No comments yet
Golden Saddle Rides: Yeti Pro F.R.O (For Rockin’ Only!)
Golden Saddle Rides: Yeti Pro F.R.O (For Rockin' Only!)

Golden Saddle Rides: Yeti Pro F.R.O (For Rockin’ Only!)
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

This bike is pretty damn old and you’d think that the stem and fork were too, but they’re not. Anybody wanna try and guess who built them?

Everything else on the bike is very period correct, my favorite part is the NOS Onza Racing Porcs though. Those guys are probably the best looking tires ever made!

The owner of this bike is probably one of the funnest customers to work with here at Golden Saddle Cyclery, because all the bikes we build for him are BANGERS!

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Sep 19, 2014 16 comments
Rubber Side Up Tip
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Getting rad has its price, especially on a MTB and one of the ways to learn you and your bikes limitations is to fall. Here in Texas, that usually means sharp limestone, or brittle, dry mesquite trees are waiting for you on the ground.

One pointer I always try to keep in mind is to always ride with a clean bottle. That just means, no hydration mix or juice. Having a bottle with mix and a bottle with just plain water gives you a means to wash a fresh wound out immediately, rather than waiting to get back to the car or your home.

Wash the wound throughly. Remove any rocks, sand, debris and let it dry. Cover it if you can or just let the air dry it out. Sometimes, even putting sunblock on a fresh wound will sterilize it even more – assuming there’s alcohol in it. Otherwise, carry a small first aid kit in your pack.

Sep 18, 2014 15 comments