Category Archives: MTB
SRAM: GX in Austin Texas – Far and Wide

Back during cross nats, the guys from SRAM were in Austin, filming a video spot for their new GX mountain group. I pointed them to a bunch of my favorite trails to ride, with the caveat that it’s all pretty unnavigable. They took off, scouring the Barton Creek Greenbelt, Pace Bend and other trails for a ripping good time and here’s the final product. Locals will recognize a lot in here (like the top of Quarry) and it’s rad to see my favorite spots gets shredded.

Morgan, let’s go skid leaves, baby…

Also, as a bonus, read on below for some words by Morgan Meredith and photos by Adrin Marcoux from the trip.

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Apr 9, 2015 5 comments
Firefly Goes Fat for Vittoria’s Bomboloni Tires
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Apologies for double dipping Firefly this week, but their latest bike is too good to not share. Immediately.

Firefly has appeared to have hooked up with Vittoria to make a custom titanium fatbike, modeled after their new 26″ fat tires, the Bomboloni (named after an Italian donut). All this is merely speculation, but I’m guessing the frosty branding and “bomboloni” on the top tube is enough evidence to deduce that.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a slicker, meaner bike from Firefly. Check out the segmented stays, slightly bent top tube, gussets and thru-axles! Nice work fellas. See the rest at the Firefly Flickr.

Apr 8, 2015 6 comments
KERR- AAAAANG

With all this New Zealand fever happening on the site it is only fitting to feature Bernard Kerr absolutely devastating the trails around Queenstown. Bernard is quick enough to challenge for the podium at any World Cup race and he has the steeze to make this edit utterly enjoyable and with speed and grace that is obviously unattainable by us mortal men and women. While the riding is stunning, Bernard may want to check in with the Masters and Masters school of off-bike hijinks to tune up his delivery, its not that the lad doesn’t have it in him, its just the Wyn and Eddie might be able to help him punch up his gags a bit. No doubt though, Bernard has whimsy and good humor in his soul.

Apr 7, 2015 1 comment
Limberlost in the Plains of Abraham
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The guys from Limberlost visited one of the most epic MTB locations in the Pacific Northwest: Mount Saint Helens. There’s a quick photo story up on Limberlost right now, so head over and check it out if you like mountainous epicness.

Apr 2, 2015 1 comment
Shredwinning with Breadwinner Cycles
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“John, let’s just ride bikes, don’t bring your camera.”

I’ve heard it countless times and history has proven that no matter what, if I don’t bring my camera, I end up wishing I had. Especially when it comes to new trails. Extra especially when it comes to new trails in the Pacific Northwest.

On my last day in Portland, Ira and Tony from Breadwinner Cycles invited me on a Sunday afternoon trail ride, about an hour outside of Portland in the Brown’s Camp trail network. Up until that point, all I had ridden in the PDX area was Sandy Ridge and a few trails in Forest Park. Not exactly a sampling of the land.

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Apr 2, 2015 23 comments
SRAM Introduces the GX MTB Group: Affordable 1x and 2x
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SRAM’s revolutionary X-Sync technology has trickled down to a more affordable group. GX is their newest MTB group and it spans everything from a 1×11 with X-Sync ($564 USD trigger, $573 grip) to a 2×10 ($511 USD trigger) or 2×11 ($661 USD trigger, $677 grip). It’s an all-encompassing platform, for everyone, everywhere.

The 1×11 system will hit retail shops in July, with the 2×10 in June and 2×11 in August. Check out specs for the GX 1×11 with X-Sync below and see more details for the other offerings at SRAM.

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Apr 2, 2015 9 comments
The Radavist 2015 Calendar: April
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This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Log Jammin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.

While trees shoot to the sky, Matt rides a fallen giant as part of a bonus line in the Brown’s Camp trail network, just an hour drive outside of Portland.

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

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

Apr 1, 2015 7 comments
Ira Ryan’s Breadwinner JB Racer 29’r
Ira Ryan's Breadwinner JB Racer 29'r

The JB Racer may be Breadwinner’s flagship MTB but it’s far from anything new for Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira. When the two framebuilders decided to join forces to create the Breadwinner label, Ira Brought his knowledge of road and cross bikes to the table, while Tony weighed in on the MTB game.

Truthfully, the JB Racer is a continuation of the way Tony Pereira has been building cross-country mountain bikes for years. Named after Jeff Bates, one of Tony’s best friends who died from skin cancer, the JB Racer is a true to form XC race machine. Racing mountain bikes is where Pereira Cycles first made an appearance and Jeff Bates was one of the first to race under the brand.

When Breadwinner formed, Tony used his singlespeed MTB as inspiration for the JB Racer and here we are today. This and the Bad Otis offer two sides to the MTB coin. After we shredded Brown’s Camp last week, I shot some photos of Ira Ryan’s personal JB Racer. While there’s more to come from that day, I really wanted to showcase this bike on its own.

If you’re interested in one of these machines, the JB Racer starts at $1795 for a frame.

Check out more in the Gallery!

Apr 1, 2015 16 comments