Vote Now for the 2015 Inductees To the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame


Want to provide your input as to who gets inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? If you haven’t done so before, here is your chance for the class of 2015. Now that the nominees have been chosen, anyone is able to cast their vote for mountain biking immortality provided you are a member of the Hall of Fame. Not already a member? Memberships are available for $30 with the proceeds going to fund the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Bicycling history museum in its new home of Fairfax, California.

Voting is open until August 12th – check out the list of nominees after the break…


2016 Giant bits – Particle flow saddles, longer dropper posts & LIV enduro, carbon women’s mountain bikes

2016 Giant LIV Intrigue Enduro and Lust Carbon womens full suspension mountain bikes

For 2016, Giant’s women’s line adds the LIV Intrigue SX, a more aggressive version of the standard 140mm full suspension trail bike.

It’s spec’d with a 160mm Rockshox Pike on the front and a SRAM X1 1×11 group using a 30tooth chainring. It has a new 50mm Contact Slam stem to give it a more aggressive feel to match the longer fork and subsequent slacker head angle. The frame is unchanged, keeping 140mm travel in back, but this hints at a possible Enduro bike for women in the future.

Meanwhile, the The Lust finally gets a carbon version for the German market, giving them the same upper end frame the rest of the world has enjoyed for some time…


Mission Workshop updates Hauser Hydration Backpack, offers limited Black Camo run

Mission Workshop hauser Hydration Pack, limited edition black camo, full shot

Mission Workshop’s Acre Supply line has updated its Hauser hydration pack with a firmer, thicker lumbar pad and removable internal frame sheet that adds just a bit of shape to the pack so it’s not quite so floppy when empty.

And, for a short while, they’re offering a limited edition in the black camo print seen here, constructed from last supplies of their MultiCam Black fabric. Textile engineers Crye Precision have since altered and replaced the MultiCam fabric and will not be producing any more of the outgoing type due to licensing agreements with their manufacturer. Pack it in to see the changes up close and how they turned black scraps into beautiful storage…

Handup Gloves Get More ‘Merican with New Camo/Blaze Orange, Reeb Models

handup gloves merica camo reeb (3)

Nothing quite says ‘Merica like some good old camouflage. Making a name for themselves with bold colors and wild designs, Handup Gloves is continuing on the path to manual domination with additional designs rather than completely new models. According to company owner Cody Wallis, Handup was started to combat the rising cost and complexity of most mountain bike gloves.

Harnessing design inspiration from his motocross racing days, Handup gloves are meant to be simple with no padding and a slip on design. That results in a glove that will protect your hand, provide adequate grip on the bike, and won’t slip on the post ride beverages either – all at an affordable price.

Since the basic design of the glove remains unchanged, Handup is free to concentrate on fun new designs that may or may not include camouflage…


Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Sydney to Canberra, Australia

bikerumor pic of the day Taking the back roads to Canberra from Sydney... (Australia)

Photo submitted by Andrew Rose, “Taking the back roads to Canberra from Sydney…”

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OneUp Components spins out complete N/W Traction Ring oval chainring collection – Hands on, actual weights!

OneUp Components narrow-wide oval chainring collection for mountain bikes

Over the past two years, OneUp Components has been releasing narrow-wide chainrings for just about every imaginable bolt pattern and modern crankset, including the latest Shimano XT and XTR’s asymmetric spider, SRAM direct mount and standard 104BCD and a versatile 94/96BCD design.

Now, they’ve ported all of those designs, plus a brand new Race Face CINCH direct mount design, to an ovalized chainring called the Traction Ring. It’s clocked at 115º with 12% ovality, a position and design they came to after testing for 10 months.

Mirroring the claims made by Absolute Black and others, the new non-round chainrings claim to improve mountain bike traction over standard round rings. Having ridden several oval rings on my own mountain bikes, I’ll back up that statement and as OneUp suggests, the next time you need to replace that chainring, consider one of their many new oval options…


Must Watch: The Making of Brandon Semenuk’s “One-Shot” unReal Segment

By this point, you’ve probably seen Brandon Semenuk’s unReal as it blew up over the Internet last week. If you haven’t, go ahead, we’ll wait. Perhaps more impressive than the incredible riding, is the fact that the entire run was shot in just one take. That’s right, no splicing together multiple clips to make it look like the perfect run. Just one continual clip that was filmed by Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films from a pickup truck with some heavy duty machinery.

If that wasn’t enough, the crew had to build the entire trail along with a road that ran parallel to make the filming possible. Check out the behind the scenes video next to peek behind the video curtain…


Long-term Test: 3T Team Cockpit – ARX stem, Ionic post, Ergoterra Bar


We’ve passed the summer solstice and with each passing week the earlier sunsets are reminding us that cyclocross season is on the way once again. With that in mind, we are going to start to wrap up some long-term tests that have been in the works to get ready for a new cross season. We’ve got a few things that trickled in at the end of the last race season and others that spread to spring gravel and dirt riding and are helping us get back in shape for upcoming racing. One such kit that ticks all of those boxes is the mostly carbon Team cockpit from 3T that promises to stand up to the rigors of cross. We’ve put a bit different kit to the test on one of our project bikes, although that is more of a road setup.

The carbon Ergoterra handlebar, carbon Ionic seatpost, and aluminum ARX stem have seen some more aggressive testing on a couple of cross bikes and made it through their share of muddy and snowy crashes without being worse for the wear. Follow us past the jump to see what we thought of each piece, to get some real weights, and to think about this season’s cross builds…


Cinelli Develops Mash Work Frame Set For All Your Messengering, Urban Racing Needs


Developed to serve as a versatile, all-street bike, the singlespeed Cinelli Mash Work is designed with feedback from messenger and Mash rider Chas Christiansen to be a silver bullet. The frame set is designed with a geometry nimble enough to bomb through an alley cat and but has the fixings to be a dedicated ‘cross racing machine. Skitch on through to the other side for all the deets… READ MORE ->