Must Watch: Bas Keep’s death defying wall rides

“When you wear hi-viz jackets, people just don’t really even, look at you.” Words to live by if you need to blend in to do some, uh, filming. Everywhere you look in the city, you’ll see them – walls. Most of the time they go by relatively unnoticed, unless you have the ability to see lines where others don’t. Sebastian ‘Bas’ Keep is a madman on a BMX bike, and in his latest project (which actually went down in 2015) he searches out some of the most insane wall rides imaginable with the help of his friends, some massive ramps, and some hi-viz jackets…

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“When you wear hi-viz jackets, people just don’t really even, look at you.” Words to live by if you need to blend in to do some, uh, filming. Everywhere you look in the city, you’ll see them – walls. Most of the time they go by relatively unnoticed, unless you have the ability to see lines […]

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This Just In: Tacx NEO Smart indoor trainer gets you riding virtually, quickly

Tacx NEO Smart indoor cycling trainer unbox and review

There’s a battle for the online training entertainment king, but to take full advantage of Zwift, The Sufferfest, TrainerRoad, Bkool or any of the others, you need a smart trainer. One that’s capable of syncing with the services and adjusting the output to match what’s on the screen…whether that’s a 3D rendered world or cold, hard numbers designed to make you fast. The Tacx NEO Smart delivers on that with some cool features (like NOT needing to be plugged in!) and easy connectivity that make it worth a look. Scroll on down for first impressions and tech…

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There’s a battle for the online training entertainment king, but to take full advantage of Zwift, The Sufferfest, TrainerRoad, Bkool or any of the others, you need a smart trainer. One that’s capable of syncing with the services and adjusting the output to match what’s on the screen…whether that’s a 3D rendered world or cold, hard […]

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Weekend Videos: Good Times in the dirt, Michigan Meandering, Utah bikepacking & some DH…

German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and those next steps get under way, get pumped to ride with a look at her hitting the warm trails on La Palma. Then hop past the break for some more off-road inspiration including a the new Canyon Factory Downhill Team and then the updated Santa Cruz Syndicate screwing up…
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German rider Julia Hofmann is headed to Canada to explore new trails & riding with Rocky Mountain. She’s looking for Good Times on the bike in 2017 with plans for some world travel, hitting many a Enduro race, plus a bunch of mountain bike camps that she’ll be guiding. But until the snows clear in the Rockies and […]

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Behind the scenes with Chris Akrigg on his latest ‘As it Lies’

screen grab courtesy of Chris Akrigg

It’s been a few weeks since we last saw Chris Akrigg heading into the woods to ride a bunch of really technical trails in his latest video riding for Mongoose. This time he really focused on seeking out natural features and those surprisingly technical sections to ride, without having to resort to building stunts. It was more about filming what he normally gets out and rides.

But with that comes some complications. Akrigg narrates a behind-the-scenes look at As it Lies wearing his arm in a sling recovering from shoulder surgery to repair some damage he earned out on the trails. He says that most of the shots were really a first look at riding features, but there were a few bits that just didn’t work out. “There’s always one that gets away.” And here it was a big rock outcrop that teased him with rideability until it started to get the better of him…

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It’s been a few weeks since we last saw Chris Akrigg heading into the woods to ride a bunch of really technical trails in his latest video riding for Mongoose. This time he really focused on seeking out natural features and those surprisingly technical sections to ride, without having to resort to building stunts. It was […]

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SE Bikes OM-Duro, the 27.5+ love child of a BMX cruiser & a mountain bike

It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ tires. Developed as a sort of celebration of 40 years of SE, it takes cues from their classic OM Flyer cruiser but throws in a set of disc brakes and a 1x drivetrain on top of fat tires to build out an affordable, fun enduro trail hardtail. Get a closer look at the bike, plus video of its designer tossing it into the air across the gap…

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It kinda looks like a regular BMX cruiser at first glance, ’til you realize those aren’t 24″ wheels, but in fact are scaled up to 27.5+. The OM-Duro is the latest in SE Bikes’ retro line-up, aiming to bring the fun of railing a BMX bike to the big mountain by way of big plush 3″ […]

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Racing the Colorado Trail, behind the scenes with truly epic adventure bikepacking

Every year tons on mountain bikers take on segments of the Colorado Trail. We even featured a rider photo from the trail, just last week. But while most ride shorter sections of the whole, a small group of slightly loony hardcore mountain bikers take up the challenge of heading out on a self-supported adventure race along its entire length, from just outside of Denver all the way to Durango. The video above is just a quick teaser of a documentary that cyclist, photographer, and filmmaker Aaron Johnson put together.

Back in 2013 he rode the race and shot some great POV footage of the amazing scenery along the way, but then he wanted to tell the story behind this type of racing. So he came back, got behind the scenes, and put together a compelling look at off-road adventure racing. Check out the full half hour film and tons of great scenery after the jump…

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Every year tons on mountain bikers take on segments of the Colorado Trail. We even featured a rider photo from the trail, just last week. But while most ride shorter sections of the whole, a small group of slightly loony hardcore mountain bikers take up the challenge of heading out on a self-supported adventure race along its entire length, from […]

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Don’t try this at home! Here’s what happens in the pro cyclocross pits

Ever wonder what goes on in the pits during a pro cyclocross race? Watch as the support crews swap tires, de-ice pedals and keep their athletes rolling through at top speed. The riders pass by the pits twice per lap, giving them the opportunity to swap bikes frequently if necessary. And as early as Saturday morning, some thought they might be switching bikes every half lap to battle mud accumulation. Fortunately, things cleared up for Sunday and the mud remained mostly frozen, but with temps hovering just under 20ºF, frozen pedals were perhaps the biggest issue.

Interestingly, several of the pro men we spoke to said they’d likely run file treads if it stayed frozen, even if there was snow covering the dirt and grass. And sure enough, about half way through the race, eventual winner Stephen Hyde yelled out to “get the files ready” on one pass through, which is what you’ll see his team doing at the end of the video. On the next complete lap, he grabs that bike and takes it all the way into victory lane (check out the bike here). Filmed at the 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships race during the Elite Men’s field in Hartford, Connecticut.



Ever wonder what goes on in the pits during a pro cyclocross race? Watch as the support crews swap tires, de-ice pedals and keep their athletes rolling through at top speed. The riders pass by the pits twice per lap, giving them the opportunity to swap bikes frequently if necessary. And as early as Saturday […]

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Pro Bike Check: American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team’s Robert Marion’s Raleigh RXC

American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team Robert Marion raleigh RXC bike check

American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team Robert Marion raleigh RXC bike check

As part of the American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team, Robert Marion is one of the few riders in the start gate that won’t need a balaclava thanks to his prodigious red beard. That makes him easy to spot, which’ll help because his “A” bike’s light gray paint scheme is likely to be lost against the snowy backdrop of the 2017 USA Cycling CX National Championship course here in Hartford, Connecticut. Check out the video run through with Robert and close up pics, below…

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As part of the American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team, Robert Marion is one of the few riders in the start gate that won’t need a balaclava thanks to his prodigious red beard. That makes him easy to spot, which’ll help because his “A” bike’s light gray paint scheme is likely to be lost against the […]

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Pro Bike Check: Jeremy Powers Rapha Focus Mares CX bike (and teammate Ellen Noble, too!)

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

jeremy powers rapha focus mares cx cyclocross race bike check

Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype FMB tubulars), followed by a few shots of teammate Ellen Rose Noble’s race bike, too…

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Jeremy Powers (aka JPow) needs no introduction, but just in case, here’s the short of it: He’s 4x US National Champion and has more than 60 UCI race wins to his name. He’s also a super nice guy, infinitely approachable in the pits. Check the video below and detail shots of his bike (including some prototype […]

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