Posts in the category Enduro

Shredits: Mont Sainte Anne Course Preview w/ Claudio, Troy Brosnan Challenges Fun, Mavic Preps Epic Ride Thru Alps & More!

We are always both amused by Claudio Caluori’s course previews, and amazed that he is able to communicate all of the course’s nuances while pinning it faster than most could hope. The Mont Sainte Anne preview is no different and in spite of crashing in the same exact location as last year, Claudio was clearly having fun on his bike.

Continue on for Fun is a three letter word, a 1000 km ride through the Dolomites, This is Peaty, and more…

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Fox Goes Stealth with Blacked Out Limited Edition Float Forks

Stealth

Judging by the number of Stealth Black carbon Nomads we’ve seen with a murdered out parts kit, all black is still in. To help make your next build even more sinister, Fox has introduced a Limited Edition color option for three of their most popular Float forks complete with stealth graphics and black anodized adjusters. While the Kashima Coat stands out with its stark gold contrast, everything else on the Stealth Series is black on black.

See which forks are included after the jump…

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Spy Shot: Bell Super 2R Enduro Full Face W/ Removable Chin Bar

Bell_Super_2R_Photo_ActiveLifeStore_2Trail bikes are becoming more capable. We keep saying it over and over again because it’s true. Any one of these new ultra slack, long travel, Enduro frames is enough that you don’t really need a downhill bike anymore. It surprised me too, but after spending time on bikes like the new Santa Cruz Nomad, I’m convinced.

The problem is that these new bikes allow you to push your limits faster and further than ever before. Which means the consequences for a simple mistake are much higher. So helmet companies have recently made the push towards building half lid helmets with better coverage. New offerings from TLD, Bell, and Kali have come along way, but they still leave something to be the desired in the keep-your-face-intact department.

Enter the new Bell Super 2R. Based off the ingenious Super, (which I reviewed here) this model shares all the great GoPro and goggle integration, but can easily be converted into a full face via three quick releases. READ MORE ->

Spy Shot: New Specialized Carbon 650B Demo

2015 Carbon Specialized 650B DemoOver the past year many photos of a prototype Specialized downhill bike have been leaked on news sites and forums. The company line about these images has been “we’re always testing new platforms,” but this image of a new production bike was leaked by dealers earlier tonight and clearly indicates that something all new is on the horizon.

From our sources, we’re told that Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin (who are sitting in 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Overall WC standings) will be riding these bikes at the Mont Saint Anne World Cup Race this coming weekend, and to expect an official launch later this year at Crankworx.

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Prototype Yeti SB6c & Ibis Bike Top Podium at Colorado Enduro World Series Race

Prototype Yeti SB6C Jared Graved Action

Photo Credit: Yeti Facebook

After announcing the brand new Switch Inifinity suspension platform last week, Yeti’s Jared Graves and Richie Rude went first and second this past weekend at the Enduro World Series race held  in Colorado.

While the young American Richie rode a production version of the SB5c to several stage wins, Jared Graves was riding a longer travel prototype which appears to be very close to final production. READ MORE ->

Specialized Launches Updated Enduro With 650B Wheels

Specialized S-Works Enduro 650B

Specialized has their big wheel game dialed, so rather than hopping on the marketing bandwagon, they chose to sit out the tweener arms race. With the exception of a few gravity oriented models still available in 26″, they stood firmly behind their “bigger is better” mantra, until earlier this year when they quietly released an updated version of their Stumpjumper Evo platform.

The new phrase in town is now “bigger is better – except when it’s not” (what’s currently trendy.) Because despite the sharp handling of their 29er mountain bikes, there will always be a group of riders who consider the wheels size less fun, or too big, or for whatever reason prefer smaller wheels.

So for those consumers, the Big S has released an updated 650B Enduro.

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Friday Features: Working Man Hustle, Open Loop Backflip, Cyclocross In the City, & More

Most athletes at the top of the podium dedicate their entire lives to training, yet these working class hereos manage to regularly hold down the hot seat – and punch in on weekdays. Like their style? Give them a like on their Facebook page.

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World Champion Mountain Biker Launches New MTB Skills Camp For Ladies

leighdonovan_1One of the most accomplished female racers in history, since “retiring” from racing, Leigh Donovan has transferred her knowledge and passion for cycling into a coaching career. Through clinics taught throughout the US, she has been encouraging women to ride by helping them improve their skill set.

Later this month, she will be hosting her first ever women’s only clinic at the famous Mammoth Mountain Resort. Over three days from July 23-26, attendees will be treated to yoga each morning, great riding, and instruction from one of the world’s very best riders.

The clinic has already attracted a number of ladies, including Olympic Gold Medalist Kelly Clark, so head here to the Mammoth Resort website to reserve one of the few remaining spots. Pricing options begin at a reasonable $400 and top out at $1,000. If you’re in Southern California, Leigh also offers one-on-one instruction. You can find those details and more on her website – ichoosebikes.

Long Term Review: Gamut Trail SXC Guide Provides Extra Security for 1x Drivetrains

Gamut Trail SXC Guide (2)

Like bad Enduro Jokes, and 650B envy, 1x drivetrains are suddenly cool. Recent advancements such as narrow wide chain rings, cassette adapters, and silly expensive drivetrains, have allowed the masses to ditch the front derailleur, without sacrificing gearing.

An unexpected outcome of this new technology is the gradual extinction of the full chainguide, because the new stuff works so well, it’s rare to drop a chain when using a narrow wide chainring and clutch equipped derailleur. Of course, when racing or simply out there pushing the limits, it pays to be prepared. For those who desire a little extra security, the Gamut Trail SXC guide is a inexpensive solution, that comes with a minimal weight penalty.

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