Ride the stairs with Red Bull in Chile’s Valparaiso Cerro Abajo urban downhill

courtesy Red Bull, photo Nicolas Gantz

Gravity racers took to the streets and stairs of Valparaiso in Chile celebrating the 15th year of the urban downhill race this past weekend. The port city west of the nation’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but still takes lets Red Bull take over its maze of steep cobblestone streets and stairways so that some of the best mountain bikers in the world can bomb down the hillside in between its colorful buildings. This year Czech rider and past Fourcross World Champ Tomáš Slavík bested the bunch taking his first win at the race by a little over two seconds. Czech out his winning run on the super shady narrow course care of a helmet-mounted GoPro, plus more great photos and videos across the gap…

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Gravity racers took to the streets and stairs of Valparaiso in Chile celebrating the 15th year of the urban downhill race this past weekend. The port city west of the nation’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but still takes lets Red Bull take over its maze of steep cobblestone streets and stairways so that some […]

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Trail Boss Season Two: Jeff Lenosky takes on Bitterbrush at Hall Ranch

It’s already time for season two of the Trail Boss, and Jeff Lenosky is back at it. In this episode of how to make an extremely difficult trail look like a piece of cake, Jeff heads out to Lyons, Colorado to ride the Bitterbrush trail. Part of the much larger Hall Ranch trail system, the Bitterbrush trail is highlighted by a rock garden that is less rock and more boulder. As usual though, Jeff rides straight through through the toughest sections…

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It’s already time for season two of the Trail Boss, and Jeff Lenosky is back at it. In this episode of how to make an extremely difficult trail look like a piece of cake, Jeff heads out to Lyons, Colorado to ride the Bitterbrush trail. Part of the much larger Hall Ranch trail system, the Bitterbrush […]

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Factory Tour: How DeFeet makes their cycling socks

Ever wonder how those beautifully colorful DeFeet socks go from concept to cushioned cover for your footsies? We visited their Hildebran, NC, factory to see how everything’s made. Founder Shane Cooper showed us around, providing background on their materials sourcing and unique construction along with a sneak peek at new styles coming early 2017. If you’re not already following @thebuildcycle yet, hop on it as our Podcast series is about to launch, and Shane’s story of starting and growing this “micro-sockery” is Episode Four!



Ever wonder how those beautifully colorful DeFeet socks go from concept to cushioned cover for your footsies? We visited their Hildebran, NC, factory to see how everything’s made. Founder Shane Cooper showed us around, providing background on their materials sourcing and unique construction along with a sneak peek at new styles coming early 2017. If […]

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Kona Hei Hei Trail now shipping/shredding with Connor Fearon Out of the Box

Photos c. Kona Bikes

Now that the new 27.5″ wheeled Hei Hei Trail is able to be found at your local Kona dealer, Kona Bikes wanted to cook up something special for the occasion. This is the same short travel, aggressively minded trail bike we had a blast on in Squamish for its release, but our riding doesn’t quite compare to World Cup DH ripper Connor Fearon. Further proof that even though a modern trail bike doesn’t have massive amounts of travel, it’s still possible to have way too much fun…

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Now that the new 27.5″ wheeled Hei Hei Trail is able to be found at your local Kona dealer, Kona Bikes wanted to cook up something special for the occasion. This is the same short travel, aggressively minded trail bike we had a blast on in Squamish for its release, but our riding doesn’t quite […]

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YT Jeffsy 27 – a smaller, more playful all-mountain trail bike, in carbon or alloy

Just this morning we got word of a chance to win a 29er Jeffsy in a Bike for a Buck charity fundraiser, and now we learn that Jeffsy is already getting a little brother. YT Industries only unveiled their updated 2017 line-up last month, and they’re already adding to it with a new smaller-wheeled trail bike that steps up the travel for a more playful ride. The new 150 or 160mm Jeffsy 27 is the second all-mountain offering for the company, who also build the downhill bike that Aaron Gwin rode to a dominating performances in last year’s UCI DH World Cup. And like its bigger wheeled and longer travel brethren, the Jeffsy 27 is built for aggressive trail riding. Jeffsy is not only an expensive carbon offering either, YT is debuting the new 27.5″ bike in both carbon & aluminum framesets and six different build kits to satisfy a range of budgets. Check it all out, plus sweet Squamish riding after the break…

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Just this morning we got word of a chance to win a 29er Jeffsy in a Bike for a Buck charity fundraiser, and now we learn that Jeffsy is already getting a little brother. YT Industries only unveiled their updated 2017 line-up last month, and they’re already adding to it with a new smaller-wheeled trail bike that steps […]

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Weekend Videos: Tribute to José Antonio Hermida, SR Suntour DH, Festive 500 & Insane Looping

After more than 20 years of racing XC including a World Championship, an Olympic medal, and number of wins on several continents José Antonio Hermida has retired from racing (for the most part). From a spectator’s view he has always been fun to watch, but apparently behind-the-scenes he’s been entertaining the other racers just as much. His outgoing Multivan Merida team put together this more than 20 minute tribute that is basically all of his competitors telling stories about how much fun he has been, and how they will miss him, interspersed with riding and off-the-bike antics.

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After more than 20 years of racing XC including a World Championship, an Olympic medal, and number of wins on several continents José Antonio Hermida has retired from racing (for the most part). From a spectator’s view he has always been fun to watch, but apparently behind-the-scenes he’s been entertaining the other racers just as […]

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Exploring the Torino-Nice Rally with a Bombtrack Hook EXT

The Torino-Nice Rally isn’t really just a race, but more of an adventure with friends. It takes in 700km across old military mountain passes and historic trade routes from the western Italian Alps down to southern coastal France. Last year, Bombtrack ambassador Joachim Rosenlund rode the rally on a steel Hook EXT for some picturesque, unsupported bikepacking. With Europe’s highest mountains as a backdrop, Joachim couldn’t soak up enough and is signed up to do it again this year. Get a closer look at the bike setup that got him over the Alps, plus a really beautiful taste of the scenic nature of the trail.
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The Torino-Nice Rally isn’t really just a race, but more of an adventure with friends. It takes in 700km across old military mountain passes and historic trade routes from the western Italian Alps down to southern coastal France. Last year, Bombtrack ambassador Joachim Rosenlund rode the rally on a steel Hook EXT for some picturesque, unsupported bikepacking. With Europe’s highest mountains as […]

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Markus Stöckl rides a stock Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro to 167.6 kph/104.1mph

all photos courtesy of Red Bull, photo by Philip Platzer

Austrian mountain bike rider and already speed record holder Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl has been at it again. Having already set downhill speed records on snow (210km/h) and a gravel volcano (165km/h) he still wanted to go faster. So armed with a stock Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro Team downhill bike, he and his Red Bull support team headed to a remote mountain in Chile’s Atacama desert to bomb down in a new record attempt. He’s inched up his speed, setting a new production bike record of 167.6 km/h, but still has aspirations to best the prototype record with is just a few clicks faster. Get a close look at his bike, some unique tech and several fast-paced videos…

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Austrian mountain bike rider and already speed record holder Markus ‘Max’ Stöckl has been at it again. Having already set downhill speed records on snow (210km/h) and a gravel volcano (165km/h) he still wanted to go faster. So armed with a stock Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro Team downhill bike, he and his Red Bull support team […]

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Weekend Videos: Cross carnage, Sniper training & snowy downhills

If you didn’t watch every race of last weekend’s Cyclocross Worlds in Bieles you probably missed out on some good racing. But what you really missed was a ton of carnage. Before the fact that 5 of the top 10 men’s elite finishers came across the line with either a flat tire or a broken bike, there were too many crashes to count. The racing kicked off on Saturday morning with a snow-covered course that had so many frozen and straight-up ice-covered sections that finishing was more about how quickly you got back up after the inevitable fall. By the end of racing on Sunday the course had started to thaw, but that just meant slick mud to deal with too. A helpful Dutch teenager named Noah van Putten put together all the crashes from the coverage so we can catch up on what we might have missed.

Check out more videos after the break, starting with newly reminted World Champ Wout van Aert and his Sniper Cycling squad and then some fast & snowy DH riding…

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If you didn’t watch every race of last weekend’s Cyclocross Worlds in Bieles you probably missed out on some good racing. But what you really missed was a ton of carnage. Before the fact that 5 of the top 10 men’s elite finishers came across the line with either a flat tire or a broken bike, […]

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