Last weekend, Lael raced the Kenai 250, a two hundred fifty-seven mile self-supported mountain bike race in the Kenai Peninsula, the only area with an extensive network for singletrack trails in Alaska.
Vanderham and Sandler Scout build and ride a new New Alpine Trail in British Columbia’s Kootenay mountains…
Matt Hunter, Dylan Sherrard, and Matty Miles coach a group of youngsters on how to ride mountain bikes…
In 2019 Jonny Moses biked the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. The GDMBR is a 2700 mile off-road bike tour that follows the continental divide along the spine of the Rockies from Banff Canada to Antelope Wells New Mexico. He rode this route in order to both challenge himself and to challenge the narrative of who does or doesn’t belong in the outdoors. His aim is to encourage kids of color that the outdoors and outdoor recreation IS for them.
This is the seventh layout of the Radavist 2020 Calendar, entitled “Sangre de Cristo” shot with a Sony A7riii and a 24-105 lens in Santa Fe, NM.
“July is the time for alpine riding here in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Our trails are awaiting the monsoon rains but are still plenty beautiful. Photographer Kyle Klain took this photo of John on his Starling Murmur on a recent ride and wow, what a view!”
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The mobile background this month is one of John’s photos from the same ride of a beautiful alpenglow aspen grove. Click here to download July’s Mobile Wallpaper.
We love a good hardtail shredit and Connor Fearon knows how to take the right lines, the hard way…
120mm travel bikes don’t get a lot of love these days, even though they’re plenty fun, capable enough to MTB tour on, and great companions for slogging it out on an endurance race. Transiton’s new Spur is a 120mm front and rear travel 29er with details and looks to spare. Read all about it at the Transition website.
When I decided I wanted a custom bike there was only one person I really wanted to make it a reality. I’ve worked with Mike DeSalvo before, back when I was living in Portland, painting the first run of Speedvagen cyclocross bikes. I knew since this bike would be a once in a lifetime bike I wanted to go with titanium, and Mike is one of the best in the industry.
Ride Farr announced today two new framesets in their catalog. Known for their aero bars and other ultra-endurance accessories, these frames are a milestone for the brand. The Gravel Monster (GMX) aluminum frame ($695) and All Terrain Bicycle (ATB) steel ($495) frames were designed from the ground up, with bikepacking, and long rides in mind. The GMX features its own 483mm Axle-to-Crown steel rigid fork that is suspension corrected for 100mm 29er travel, while the ATB rolls on a steel chassis and 120/130mm travel. Head to Ride Farr to see all the details.
Revel’s new Ranger XC bike is a lighter and snappier version of its big sibling, the Rascal. Designed around a 29×2.6″ or 27.5×2.8″ wheelset, the Ranger is a 120mm front and 115mm rear travel bike, build on a CBF-engineered chassis. Think lightweight but still capable. The Ranger comes in three build kits, ranging from $4,999 to $9,999 and a frameset, which is priced at $2,799. You can pre-order now at Revel with a mid-July delivery estimate. See more at Revel.
-Wheel Size 29″
-Front Travel 120mm
-Rear Travel 115mm
-Shock Spec 190 x 45-22.2 x 8 Hardware Spec
-Boost Axles 148mm rear / 110mm front
-Seatpost Diameter 31.6mm (use our size guide to choose the best dropper height!)
-Bearings: BOLU 6801 VRS full complement, 12mm x 21mm x 5mm 6pcs per bike
BOLU 6901 VRS full complement, 12mm x 24mm x 6mm 12pcs per bike
-Rear Brake 160mm post mount / 180mm max
-Tire Clearance 29″ x 2.6″ or 27.5″ x 2.8″
-Bottom Bracket Threaded (73mm English threaded)
-Chainguide Custom Revel guide included
-Tapered Headtube IS42 upper / IS52 lower
-Colors Johnny Green Jeans / De La Coal
-Sizes S / M / L / XL
-Frame Warranty Lifetime Warranty
Freeride legend Eric Porter took some quarantime to build a jump line in his backyard for his kids and in this video, they build a big plywood roll-in!
Over the past few years, I’ve found myself only riding 150mm travel hardtails and full suspensions with slackened front ends and steep seat tubes. In my mind, why would you want anything else? Then I moved to Santa Fe, where we have even bigger backcountry loops, steep climbs, and long, rocky descents. Yet, we also have sweeping, undulating XC trails. Suddenly, all those 150mm bikes are a little too much for a lot of the trails here, most of which are in my neighborhood. Then Chumba came to the rescue, sending along their Sendero 130mm 29er hardtail for me to review and I fell in love with XC bikes once again.
Read on for how this beauty of a bike handles our chunder and Chamisa-lined trails here in Santa Fe…
Emily Batty takes to the trails with her pup Buddy as she works on her MTB skills…
This bike is a real stunner and one that I was hoping to document before I left Los Angles for Santa Fe but never got around to it. It was one of those “I’ll document it the next time it’s in the shop” moments. Carson‘s Funk La Ruta+ is a real gem of a bike and the dude puts in work on it, maintaining trails for the Mount Wilson Bicycling Association. Let’s check it out with Carson’s own words describing this idiosyncratic steed…
Kaz from Mahalo My Dude artfully captures the vibe many of us are feeling with solo rides these days. Great shots and editing, Kaz!
The current worldwide situation has forced Kyle and I, along with everyone else, to rethink our spring activities. With mountain bike races cancelled and out-of-state trips a no-go, we were suddenly left with a lot of empty weekends and an excuse to explore more of New Mexico. We finally had the time and motivation to give this bikepacking thing a try, something that had been at the back of our minds for quite some time. Despite both of us having spent thousands of miles backpacking the Sierra Nevada, Cascade Mountains, and the canyons of Southeast Utah, we still were new to the world of bikepacking.
Manitou has reworked the R7 this year, forming a modern, light, and strong XC-oriented fork designed to take daily wear and tear while still utilizing all the comforts of the competitors’ options. The R7 utilizes a VTT Pro damper, which offers a solid lockout, a soft mid setting, and a plush, wide-open setting. The R7 comes in 27.5″ or 29″, with 100mm or 120mm travel, and 37mm, 44mm, or 51mm offsets. If you’re not feeling the chrome crown, they also make one in black. Head to Manitou to check out more information.
Weight: 27.5″ = 1625.2g (estimated, 120mm 44OS)27.5+/29″ = 1648.1.0g (estimated, 120mm 51OS)
Steerer: 1.5″ Tapered Aluminum
Spring: Dorado Air w/ IVA
Crown: Forged aluminum, deep hollow bore SLVR
Compression Damping: VTT PRO
Rebound Damping: Half-cartridge adjustable TPC
Adjustments: 3-Position Compression w/ Open Mode Adjust, Rebound, Air Pressure, IVA Position
Stanchions: 32mm 7000 Series Aluminum
Brake: 160mm Post Mount (180mm max rotor size)
Axle: Hexlock2 15mm Axle
Axle to Crown: 27.5″ = 471 – 511mm27.5+/29″ = 484.5 – 524.5mm
Options: QR15, fender kit, short offset crown, remote lockout
I must say, the pandemic has made all of us a little stir-crazy, but clearly the team at Santa Cruz have put their free time to use with the new 5010 launch. Now that’s a video!