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Am I a Pink Person? Kelsey Reviews Her Scott Contessa Ransom 910 MTB

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Am I a Pink Person? Kelsey Reviews Her Scott Contessa Ransom 910 MTB

A lot of people are qualified to talk about long-travel enduro bikes. You can find me dangling by a thread at the bottom of that list, hanging there with a confusing mix of unfounded self-confidence and extreme midwestern imposter syndrome. I’ve lived near mountains extremely briefly and before that, the closest hill was a highway overpass. At the very least, I can offer you a unique perspective on a big bike. There’s a review in here somewhere, embedded in a long-winded story.

Pushing and Punishing Pivot’s Insatiable Mach 6 Carbon 27.5″ Trail MTB

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Pushing and Punishing Pivot’s Insatiable Mach 6 Carbon 27.5″ Trail MTB

Chris Cocalis, the owner of Pivot Cycles, knows a thing or two about bicycle design and the popularity of his bikes prove just that. I’ve reviewed a lot of full-suspension bikes over the years and am accustomed to people’s reactions at the trailhead or on the trails but no bike received such trail accolades as the Mach 6 Carbon. Before I had even gotten to ride the bike, it seemed like everyone had something to say about it. Which, as someone trying to approach reviews without any bias, can be a bit much to handle. Yet, here we are, with a month on the bike and a month since I’ve ridden the bike, ready to talk about the Mach 6. Does it live up to the lore? Read on below.

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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.

Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden

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Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden

Sunrise to Sunset at the 2016 Trans Cascadia
Photos and words by Dylan VanWeelden

The second Trans Cascadia race welcomed 100 primed racers to a blind format enduro race spanning 4 days in the rugged lands of cascadia. It kicked off with a meeting point in the Mackenzie River area where everyone was loaded onto buses with a bag, tent and bike in tow with no idea where they were going. The Trans Cascadia crew worked all season to open long time silent trails to keep even the locals on their toes. Each day hosted a full day of riding unknown trails while the night brought secluded parties only the racers will know.

If you’re looking for a wild experience next year, make sure to sign up when the 2017 registration opens because it tends to sell out in hours. Head to Trans Cascadia!

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Real Time Trail Descent

What a difference a mic’d rider makes in a video. We get to enjoy the sounds of the ride, rather than the author’s music choice. This video was shot real-time, showing just how fast Bryan Regnier is…

Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia –  Dylan VanWeelden

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Coming Together at the Trans Cascadia – Dylan VanWeelden

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.

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MAVIC® Trans-Provence 2015: Day 02

If you need a reason to be stoked on the Trans Provence, just look at this video’s title image. A mix of old vernacular and modern MTB technology creates this dichotomy of trail stokedness. Or something like that. Just check out the MAVIC® Trans Provence’s Day 02 coverage and look for our boy Ty in the mix!

… oh and happy birthday Gary!

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MAVIC® Trans-Provence 2015: Day 01

Here we are, one full year later. The MAVIC Trans-Provence was the buzziest enduro of 2014 and this year’s course looks to be delivering one hell of a fun time. Even on Day 01! Let’s all wish the Radavist contributer Tytanium some good luck!

Ibis Announces the Mojo HD Generation 3

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Ibis Announces the Mojo HD Generation 3

The Mojo HD is in its third iteration, aptly dubbed the Mojo HD3, following the Mojo HD/Mojo HDR. The crew at Ibis didn’t take this evolution lightly, either, scrapping the previous geometries for a much more modern one, perfect for today’s Enduro demand.

The geometry got longer, lower and slacker, kicking in with 6″ of rear travel and new, more versatile internal cable routing. Some might even say the Mojo HD3 followed the Ripley with a substantial drop in frame weight and increased pedaling performance.

Bottom line is: the HD3 will dust people going downhill after it outclimbs them.

See more at Ibis and check out full specs and frame details below.

ACRE Supply at the Trans Provence

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ACRE Supply at the Trans Provence

ACRE has a recap of this year’s Trans Provence with their rider Ty Hathaway – who coincidentally walked away as the top American finisher in the race. If you love photos of peeling singletrack carved into French mountains, this is a photo essay for you.

Head over to ACRE for the full scoop!

We are Here to Win Fucking Races – Dylan VanWeelden and Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

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We are Here to Win Fucking Races – Dylan VanWeelden and Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

We are Here to Win Fucking Races
Photos by Dylan VanWeelden, words by Kyle Von Hoetzendorff

Charlie and Alex arrive at a bar. They’re friends, they met through bike racing, they’re both good at it, they’re both tall. Charlie, usually big on words with questionable substance and unquestionable humor is noticeably quiet. Something is troubling him. Wit isn’t lacking in Alex however, he powers the conversation, something he has never had a problem with, throwing out easy jabs, blockable shots, lazy passes, hoping to get his friend into the game.

Alex knows they’re competitors, that, while he leaves himself open for body blows, Charlie, in his current state of discontent, is vulnerable and it would be easy to land a couple of devastating hits, but this isn’t where they compete, and that isn’t how you play the game. In their field time is the perpetrator, the villain.

All Out Mountain Blasting in the Haunt of the Gauls

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All Out Mountain Blasting in the Haunt of the Gauls

Back to back beautiful slideshows from the crew at Vital MTB. The French still do Enduro best, from the way they govern their races – riders have to ride the same bike throughout the duration of the race and changes or repairs cause a time deduction -, to the feral enormity of their terrain the set the chocolate croissant standard of Enduro racing. You don’t have to take my word for it, just pop on over to Vital MTB and check out their race coverage. SO GOOD. Day 1 & Day 2.