All Mountain Style claimed that their pared-down, low-stack 31.8 mountain stem set a benchmark for all-mountain and enduro riding. And now they have taken that same technology and expanded it for a new, even stiffer Om stem to match the latest move to even larger 35mm diameter handlebars. The new machined stem is still just 45mm long and will pair well with the newest crop of ultra wide bars for better control on the new long toptube, slack headtube angle bikes the industry has moved towards. Take a closer look after the break…
A jump is a jump is a jump….. is probably what goes through Ryan’s head when he’s on two wheels and heading towards a sloped dirt… or cement wall. Having won several medals in both BMX dirt & park competitions, Nyquist has never been considered a one-trick pony, and has decided to show the world he has one more trick up his sleeve.
Check out what Ryan had to say plus a couple of videos of him showing us why MTB is a great next step….
For a helmet that hasn’t really changed much in the last couple of years, the Bluegrass Explicit still manages to tick most of the boxes for a full-face lid capable of making the transition from Downhill to Enduro to BMX. We had a look at some of the Bluegrass at a Eurobike past, but they keep churning out solid Euro protection gear.
The Explicit uses a well thought-out lightweight composite shell with an EPS foam impact absorption layer and breathable mesh fabric liner, and comes in just over 1kg for all sizes. The newest iteration of the helmet adds in Bluegrass’ large Airflow_2_Chin intake vents, making for one of the most ventilated full-face chin guard on the market. Drop in past the fold for a closer look, details, and availability…
This week we have an awesome edit from OneUp taking an adventure that will only have you wanting to go back to Sol Mountain in BC over and over, to raging on the street’s of Sol Cal DBlocks style, (if you don’t know, you will) and some old school BMX….. UCI BMX downhill as a matter of fact.
Journey on through to see our best video finds of the week…. the go out and practice those wheelies!!!
Sometimes it really is the little things that are really appreciated. Paul Comp has been dedicated to developing simple, functional, american-made components from their Chico, CA home for several decades. And as the new year gets under way they’ve add a few small bits of machined goodness to solve some more common (and less so) setup problems. What that amounts to are new solutions to matching whatever size disc brake rotors you choose for any frame, a now complete front and rear set of canti brake stops, and a new pair of thumbshift mounts for use with Shimano bar-end shifters for more gearing options. Check it all out after the break…
- Hit the berms with the Pros at Ray’s with Redline Flight School – Learn from Redline BMX pros tomorrow at Ray’s in Cleveland. Get tips from Olympians Sam & Alise on how they’ve gotten so fast, then gain knowledge from Jason Carnes who’s mastered 30 years racing in the Pro circuit. Check out the details at: RaysMTB.com/RedlineAtRays
We can’t always be out riding our bikes, so why not spread the gospel of cycling while we are sharing the road in our cars? You’ve surely seen the stick figure lady on the back window of a station wagon with all of her stick figure cats. Don’t be her. Get some stick figure cyclists and let others know what kind of riding you and your family do.
That’s my family. We don’t have a minivan to slap these on the back of, but it would be a lot cooler if we did. Cycling Stick Family has a wide range of figures of men, women, teenagers, and kids. Have a look at more details after the jump. What does your cycling family look like?
I became familiar with Eric Baar through his Instagram account (where he highlights welds and brushwork each day) as well as through the high praise of other builders and members of the community. When I found myself buying tickets to Colorado Springs for a conference, Eric’s Ground Up Speed Shop was on the top of my places to visit after hours. I had no idea what to expect because, well, Eric does not make a habit of promoting himself. I strongly suspected that it would be really, really cool. His operation did not disappoint.
The Speed Shop sits on the back of the property just west of the Springs. Rather than a pump track, the shop overlooks The Dizzy Drome, a micro dirt velodome with rails constructed from old airplane wings. Central to the course is a light column for those midnight hour record attempts. Parked right on the edge is his Dwarf car, an outrageous toy with big, metal-flake numbers that he races during the summer- a habit he took up when he felt himself becoming disillusioned with bikes and bike community.
That easy shift in emphasis is central to Eric’s general program. He’s been building bicycles for over a decade and a half and wants to stay glittery and doe-eyed about the genre so he’s constantly being drawn to new mediums from which to approach or interpret his work. It is this enthusiasm that makes the bikes of his house brand, Ground Up, absolutely out-of-this-world in terms of construction, detailing, and concept. The welds are flawless. The raw titanium finishes are hand striped. The metal-flake paint jobs are brilliantly mixed and painstakingly sanded. And Eric uses his new found mastery as a pinstriper to hand letter or detail the final product (when the guy isn’t screwing around with gold leaf).
While this enthusiasm for everything cool and shiny makes for top notch bicycles, it also happens to make interviewing the guy impossible. There is nothing linear about Eric Baar’s train of thought. And that’s fine. Who wants to talk about old news when there is so much cool, shiny stuff everywhere to talk about… Continue reading “Interview and Shop Tour: Eric Baar from The Ground Up Speed Shop”
- How BMXers Work – BMX pro Daniel Dhers and his eponymous Action Sports Complex got featured in a new documentary called How We Work looking at the relationship between individuals and their work spaces by office and school furniture maker OFM. It offers a nice outside perspective of a pro bike rider from a non-cycling source. Check out more on the series from OFM for their 20th anniversary.