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Racing the Swiss Epic: Part 2, Chamois cream is like lip salve

Get up early, eat, ride all day, get home, shower, eat, sleep and repeat, that has been the pattern of our lives for the last 5 days, racing in the Swiss Epic. As I write this, we have just finished the penultimate day of the six day Perskindol Swiss Epic and my body is starting Read more…

First Look: Ellsworth Epiphany Shines Bright in the Desert

Ellsworth had some big news at Interbike 2014. They were bought out by BST Nano Carbon, a leading design and carbon fiber manufacturer based in the USA, and will keep building their award winning mountain bikes, as they’ve done for 25 years, but will make a move to BST Nano Carbon’s state-of-the-art 65,000 sq. ft. Read more…

First Look: Breezer Supercell Team, with Breeze Repack Design

The Breezer Supercell is an interesting looking bike because of the proprietary M Link, in the middle of the chain stay. With 120mm of rear wheel travel and 29″ wheels, Breezer says this is a do anything XC/Trail bike, that “can outclimb hardtails and descend with the conviction of an all-mountain machine.” Some of the Read more…

First Look: Salsa Horsethief Carbon 1

Salsa is one of the oldest American mountain bike companies, with a history going back as far as 1982 for the Salsa name, but Ross Shafer, Salsa’s founder, built his first bike frame in 1976, and his first mountain bike in 1981. They’ve made fun, quirky and highly sought after bikes over the years. Quality Read more…

First Look: Niner RIP 9 RDO- A Quiver Killer?

The Niner RIP 9 RDO has won multiple industry awards and has been called a “quiver killer” by some. It goes up very well, and goes down even better. Featuring Niner’s Constantly Varying Arc (CVA) suspension design, they slightly redesigned the carbon version from the aluminum to give it 10 more mm of travel in Read more…

Racing the Swiss Epic: Part 1, Bringing a cannon to a gunfight

As I stood waiting on the cold, high altitude start line, I nervously looked around; the town square was awash with a sea of branded Lycra, skinny tubed carbon machines rolled past like prancing ponies, all steep angled and whisper light. We could not have looked more out of place, baggies, EVOC packs, hard hitting Read more…

First Look: Liv Intrigue, Enduro World Series Weapon

Ridden by Liv pro Kelli Emmett on the demanding courses of the Enduro World Series, the Liv Intrigue is built specifically for women seeking maximum control and confidence on aggressive trails. It’s made with a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame, featuring women’s-specific geometry, and with 140mm of Maestro Suspension travel, you should get efficient pedaling Read more…

First Look: Industry Nine Enduro Carbon 27.5” Wheelset

Carbon has become the material of choice for high end frames in recent years and is becoming increasingly popular as a rim material for high end mountain bike wheels. Industry Nine realized this and decide to collaborate with Reynolds Cycling and their carbon fiber expertise. Industry Nine provided the rim profile and specifications which they’ve Read more…

First Look: The 2015 Niner Jet 9 RDO Trailbike

When it comes to the bigger wheel size, Niner does it as well as anyone. They’ve broken into the trail bike market with their WFO, but today we take a look at the no holds barred, take no prisoners, marathon and high mileage trail eating machine, the Jet 9 RDO. Niner is technically based in Read more…

First Look: The Liv Lust Advanced 0 – A true Women’s Trailbike

Giant and Liv were some of the first bike companies to commit to the 650b or 27.5 wheel size. However you want to call it, Liv has some awesome new bikes coming out for women. Featuring geometry optimized for women and 27.5-inch wheels, and with the combination of Advanced-grade composite frame material and 4 inches/100mm Read more…