Ready for the second annual World Fat Freeride Championship?

I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow covered mountain without a real trail. The Chugach Fat Bike Bash also involves a number of fun activities – like jumping a bike into near frozen water. Just like every other bike fest, right? If you want to see the action or compete first hand, the second bash will be taking place from March 1-5, 2017. Head over to Levitation49 for details.



I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow […]

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Video: Zipp 454 NSW Inside Story

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Yesterday, Zipp unveiled their newest innovation in aero rim design. The 454 NSW claims to be the fastest rim they’ve ever designed, but more noteworthy seems to be the shape which is based on “biomimicry.” To get a little more in depth on the development and the creation of the design (plus an explanation of that whole biomimicry thing), Zipp put together the video after the break which reveals exactly how they came to the conclusion of their fastest wheel yet…

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Yesterday, Zipp unveiled their newest innovation in aero rim design. The 454 NSW claims to be the fastest rim they’ve ever designed, but more noteworthy seems to be the shape which is based on “biomimicry.” To get a little more in depth on the development and the creation of the design (plus an explanation of […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension race mountain bike

2017 Cannondale Scalpel Si full suspension XC mountain bike

The pic above was taken at the launch event for the 2017 Cannondale Scalpel, the brand’s flagship full suspension racer that was completely overhauled to create a faster, more capable bike in every regard. Now, I’ve had the opportunity to put the XL 29er through the ringer at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater trails during Cyclofest to see how it would handle some very fast, very familiar trails…

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The pic above was taken at the launch event for the 2017 Cannondale Scalpel, the brand’s flagship full suspension racer that was completely overhauled to create a faster, more capable bike in every regard. Now, I’ve had the opportunity to put the XL 29er through the ringer at Charlotte’s U.S. National Whitewater trails during Cyclofest to see […]

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Review: Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Cameras

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Lensbaby is a manufacturer of award-winning DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses, enabling creative effects for inventive photographers. The company was founded in 2004 by Craig Strong. Tired of the same old perspectives offered by stock camera lenses, Craig joined an old Speed Graphic lens with a shortened shop vacuum hose to create a unique photographic viewpoint completely different from anything available in a regular DSLR lens. Craig’s prototype inspired the original Lensbaby lens.

With the advent of small action cameras such as the GoPro, Craig looked at creating a lens that would capture immersive footage with a unique perspective. Thus, the Circular 180+ lens was born. The Circular 180+ lens creates fully circular fisheye video and images. Continue reading “Review: Lensbaby Circular 180+ Lens for GoPro Cameras”



Lensbaby is a manufacturer of award-winning DSLR and mirrorless camera lenses, enabling creative effects for inventive photographers. The company was founded in 2004 by Craig Strong. Tired of the same old perspectives offered by stock camera lenses, Craig joined an old Speed Graphic lens with a shortened shop vacuum hose to create a unique photographic […]

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Must Watch: Brandon Semenuk’s Lapse raises the bar for MTB videos

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I know, I know. With every incredible video it seems like we’re always saying this one is different. This one stands out. Part of that is due to the fact that mountain biking and slopestyle in general is evolving at an alarming pace. But then there are clips like Lapse that literally make you saw, “wow.” Of course there is unbelievable riding involved, but the way it was spliced into clips worthy of a big budget movie with a gripping soundtrack featuring the narration of philosopher Alan Watts, this is one clip that can not be missed…

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I know, I know. With every incredible video it seems like we’re always saying this one is different. This one stands out. Part of that is due to the fact that mountain biking and slopestyle in general is evolving at an alarming pace. But then there are clips like Lapse that literally make you saw, “wow.” Of course […]

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One Ride Review: Norco Revolver full suspension XC race mountain bike

2017 Norco Revolver XC full suspension mountain bike ride review

Sure, enduro is all the rage, but riding a bike that’s crafted for a specific purpose on trails that suit it perfectly transforms an otherwise good ride into an otherworldly one. And that’s what happened here. Norco’s Revolver tames an FSR suspension to perform under hard pedaling both up and down the mountain, and the rest of the frame lets you maintain that speed while whipping through the tight and twisties. Check the One Ride Review video above, and head past the break for more pics…

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Sure, enduro is all the rage, but riding a bike that’s crafted for a specific purpose on trails that suit it perfectly transforms an otherwise good ride into an otherworldly one. And that’s what happened here. Norco’s Revolver tames an FSR suspension to perform under hard pedaling both up and down the mountain, and the […]

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Weekend Videos – Best Line POV contest, German gravel fondo & more

Assuming you’re not already out the door en route to a ‘cross race, you may need a little video inspiration to saddle up. Commencal’s Pierre-Charles Georges makes it look easy. Perhaps that’s because he’s a Megavalanche winner, World Cup DH racer and Enduro World Series competitor. Or because these are his home trails. Probably all of the above.

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Assuming you’re not already out the door en route to a ‘cross race, you may need a little video inspiration to saddle up. Commencal’s Pierre-Charles Georges makes it look easy. Perhaps that’s because he’s a Megavalanche winner, World Cup DH racer and Enduro World Series competitor. Or because these are his home trails. Probably all of […]

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Today Only – Trek offers free streaming of Not2Bad mountain bike film

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The second installment of Anthill Films’ chill mountain bike film, Not2Bad, is streaming for free today only courtesy of Trek Bikes. Hit up this link, enter your email address, and the movie’s yours through the end of the day. Check the movie poster (and trailer) after the break for a who’s who of riders getting in front of the camera for your entertainment, then kick back for 35 minutes of inspiration and procrastination.

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The second installment of Anthill Films’ chill mountain bike film, Not2Bad, is streaming for free today only courtesy of Trek Bikes. Hit up this link, enter your email address, and the movie’s yours through the end of the day. Check the movie poster (and trailer) after the break for a who’s who of riders getting […]

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One Ride Review: 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel bike

With the giant trade shows behind us, we used Interbike’s east coast Cyclofest as an opportunity to actually get on some of the latest bikes, and here’s the first of our One Ride Reviews from the weekend. Kicking it off is the 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike, a very capable and extremely well thought out adventure bike. Video review above, supporting pics below. For the full technical run down, check the link at the bottom.

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With the giant trade shows behind us, we used Interbike’s east coast Cyclofest as an opportunity to actually get on some of the latest bikes, and here’s the first of our One Ride Reviews from the weekend. Kicking it off is the 2017 Eddy Merckx Strasbourg 71 gravel road bike, a very capable and extremely […]

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