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Silk Road Mountain Race 2019: Race Report 2

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Silk Road Mountain Race 2019: Race Report 2

A lot can happen in 48 hours. At 4 am on Tuesday morning (local time) James Mark Hayden was the first rider to reach CP2. After suffering from altitude sickness in the first stage of the race, the two-time Transcontinental Race winner has made a remarkable recovery and is currently leading the race. While the main contenders were taking a much-needed rest in the deep hours of the night, James pushed through to be the first to get his brevet card stamped.

Crankbrother’s Highline Dropper Posts Come with a 3-Year Warranty

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Crankbrother’s Highline Dropper Posts Come with a 3-Year Warranty

With Crankbrother’s new Highline 3 Dropper line ranging from 60mm to 170mm travel, diameters ranging from 27.2mm for gravel bikes up to 34.9mm for mountain bikes, at a $199 price point, and the Highline 7 Dropper line ranging from 100mm to 170mm and a $299 price point, there is literally a dropper for everyone. These posts and remotes come with a 3-year warranty and are in stock at your local Crankbrothers dealers. Head to Crankbrothers to see more specs and information.

Mark from Prova Cycles’ Ripido Prototype MTB, aka the ParTi Hardtail

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Mark from Prova Cycles’ Ripido Prototype MTB, aka the ParTi Hardtail

During the ENVE Open House framebuilder exhibit, one builder traveled further than the others: Mark from Prova Cycles in Melbourne, Australia. I’d never seen a Prova in person. Instead, I’ve had to check out his work via the lens of FYXO and the Prova Instagram. Mark learned at the Bicycle Academy in the UK and has been really putting in work on his brand. Let me tell you. It shows.

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Local Loam in Kamloops, BC

Jeff Kendall Weed shot over his latest video in his Local Loam series, taking place in Kamloops, BC, the home of freeriding…

“I found mountain biking in the late 1990s, and one of the most influential videos of the era was Kranked. Much of this was filmed in the hills surrounding Kamloops, BC, and to this day, the region is still famous for many massive jumps. However, the actual riding experience of the general public wasn’t quite anything to write home about. The KBRA formed as a way to help organize the voice of the mountain biking community, with a goal of representing the actual riders in town. In conjunction with the amazing work of the KPCC, the riding opportunities for the average mountain bikers are now plentiful. To me, this is a great example of advocacy done right!”

Interested in learning more? Join the KBRA (Kamloops Bike Riders Association) and support growing the sport in Kamloops.

Trevor and His Cascadia Cycles Doug Fir Rigid MTB

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Trevor and His Cascadia Cycles Doug Fir Rigid MTB

Everything Trevor does seems to be dripping in story and lore as he comes from the homeland of mountain biking, Marin. He is the kind of person you just find stumbling out of the woods, shoeless, with the biggest grin on his face.  In fact, recently he finally gained the attention of the owner of Black Mountain Cycles, after years of visiting the shop, because Ted King ran into Trevor out on the trails and regaled the shop owner about his encounter with the barefoot forest nymph.

Silk Road Mountain Race 2019: Race Report 1

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Silk Road Mountain Race 2019: Race Report 1

At the dawn of Day 3 of the PEdALED Silk Road Mountain Race 2019, it’s becoming clear that the second edition of this 1705km long endurance race through Kyrgyzstan will be a close pursuit. While last year’s winner Jay Petervary was in the lead for the first 360km of the race, first time competitor Jakub Sliacan overtook him on Sunday afternoon before they arrived at CP1 within 30 minutes of each other. After only a very short break at the checkpoint, both riders continued on their way.

Kona’s Unit X Rigid MTB Looks AMAZING for $1399!

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Kona’s Unit X Rigid MTB Looks AMAZING for $1399!

There aren’t a whole lot of options on the market for those seeking a rigid MTB for shredding trail or bikepacking on. So when a brand like Kona, with their expansive dealer network, puts out something like the Unit X, it piques our interest. With a 29 x 2.6″ wheel platform, multiple bottle bosses, including on the fork, a compact geometry for easier mounting, and SRAM Eagle gearing, it seems like a no-brainer for those looking to make their home trails a little more engaging, or for someone trying to tackle singletrack touring. See more information at Kona.

The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 02: Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion

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The Beautiful Bicycles of the ENVE Open House Part 02: Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion

ENVE has been supporting frame builders, both in the US and internationally for years now and has developed a symbiotic relationship with these artisans, who choose to put their forks, bars, and wheels on customer’s build kit lists. With this catalog of talent at their fingertips, they decided to have an Open House to celebrate not only their factory and offices in Ogden, Utah but the frame builders who choose ENVE to build out their complete bikes.

Continuing yesterday’s coverage are Beautiful Bicycles from Sklar, Falconer, Sarto, Sage, Argonaut, Moots, Retrotec, Legor, Bastion.

Industry Nine’s New A318 Stem

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Industry Nine’s New A318 Stem

After their A35 stem’s success, Industry Nine decided to adapt the 35mm clamp stem to the 31.8 platform. These A318 stems are machined in the USA, right in Asheville, North Carolina, from domestically sourced 7075 aluminum billet, come in a variety of color options – 11 to be exact! – and since all of I9’s parts are anodized in house, you can expect consistent color matching.

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Brandon Semenuk Raw 100

Semenuk’s latest video needs no introduction. Rupert Walker and him have been working on the Raw 100 series for five years. Practice makes perfect.

Outside Online: Pat Cummins is a UFC Fighter that Rides a Rigid MTB

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Outside Online: Pat Cummins is a UFC Fighter that Rides a Rigid MTB

This was such a fun assignment! I met Pat Cummins earlier this year. He’s a UFC fighter with a heart of gold and a personality of an artist, moreso than a battle-hardened, Rock ’em Sock ’em Robot. He loves riding bikes, listening to music, and talking about his plans in life, post-fighting. Pat’s the kind of guy who would rather give you a hug than beat on you in a ring for an hour. So why does he fight in the UFC?

Well, he was a wrestler in college and was looking for a way to make some extra money. Years later, he’s still in the mix, but with a new perspective on life. Oh and he rides a rigid Niner

Head to Outside Magazine to read this whole piece!

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Gorilla Gravity Tests Their Carbon

Gorilla Gravity sent waves through the MTB industry with their made in the USA aluminum frames. Now, with their new Revved™ Carbon Technology mountain bike, they’re sending even more shockwaves. Watch as they pull a frame from the Frame Maker 3000 and then put it through the wringer, the Frame Breaker.