May 19th, 2013
For 2013 Steed Cycles is hitting the dirt and the pavement hard with a roster of racers in multiple disciplines. Based out of the Steed Cycles World Headquarters right here in North Vancouver, 16 racers will be vying for positions on podiums in different sports.
Without further ado we introduce the Team for 2013.
Disciplines: Mountain biking, XC, CX and Road
Chosen Occupation: Business Owner/Store Janitor
2013 Goal: Win the BC Cup CX Masters Championship, Podium in Provincial and National CX race.
Disciplines: Road and CX, with some trail running thrown in for good measure.
Chosen Occupation: Consulting Engineer/Team Manager/Ex-Mtber
2013 Goal: Podium at BC Superweek, Race all BC CX races, podium at a CX Race, get into Cat 2 for road in prep for 2014 goal of racing Gastown Grandprix.
Disciplines: CX, mountain biking, trail running and has been known to race … Read More »
May 18, 2013
Details and specs on the carbon beauty taken from NSMB.com. Words and photos by Morgan Taylor for NSMB.com.
The carbon Demo does what it’s told. You want to turn, it turns. Jump? Yes. Rally the chunky stuff? Yup. Dance, monkey. The Demo’s ability to track trail and pump through bumpy sections gaining speed is immediately evident, and makes for a playful on-trail feel. While I recently lamented the death of the freeride bike, the Demo fits the bill as long as it’s pointed downhill – and that is the point of a modern downhill bike, right?
Getting to know the Demo followed a quick learning curve and we have gotten along very well since. While at first the cockpit felt short, this boiled down to a bar-stem spec as the carbon Demo’s measurements line up with its trusted aluminum predecessor. Our test bike … Read More »
April 18th, 2013
Or in my case, the best laid plans go to waste.
As I type this I had hoped to be packing for the Tour of Walla Walla in the far south east of Washington state. But instead I am on the mend from a stomach issue that I am told happens to all racers at some point in their lives. So basically I chalk that up to me being some what pro! If stomach issues can sideline seasoned pro’s like Tom Boonen, then obviously that puts me up in their ranks.
All joking aside, I had to take the month of April off racing so that I could properly recover after each race. To some this would be an easy feat, but ask my girlfriend and she will definitely tell you otherwise. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, I … Read More »
May 7, 2013
Check out a recent Pinkbike.com article on the new Santa Cruz Bronson. The reviews are rolling in and they look very good.
Santa Cruz announced the Bronson on April Fools’ Day, but the first mid-size-wheel trailbike from the Coastal California bike maker was no joke. We traveled to the new SC factory, situated at the foot of some of the area’s choice riding, to get a first-hand impression of how the bike performs. Those who have ridden in the coastal mountains of Santa Cruz will verify that the dirt, trails and average temperature are near-perfect 260 days out of the year – and the other 105 days it’s fisherman-cold and pissing rain. We were fortunate to enjoy one of the 260 – shredding between shaded redwood forest and oak woodlands for a most enjoyable day of riding on the trails where the … Read More »
May 6, 2013
Hello road cycling enthusiasts!
Road riding is an excellent way to get outdoors and have fun. Rides can vary from a Sunday afternoon ‘noodle’ around the local park, to an all day effort in preparation for a Gran Fondo. In every instance, we think it’s always better with friends! 2013 will mark the second year of the Steed Cycles Ride Club, and we’d be thrilled if you joined us.
As a member of the club, we will have planned semiweekly group rides (Wednesday evening and Sunday morning) led by a dedicated Steed Cycles Ride Leader. Three groups are planned, ‘Novice’ for those averaging close to 20 km/h, ‘Intermediate’ for those who average in the mid 20’s, and ‘Advanced’ for the guys and gals that average around 30 km/h and just want to hammer. These rides offer a great opportunity … Read More »
April 18th, 2013
The Mighty few…
What we lacked in in numbers, we more than made up for it with intensity and sheer will! The call went out late to round up volunteers for the first trailday of the year hosted by Steed Cycles and Devinci Cycles. Through the NSMBA’s TAP program, Steed Cycles, along with some able bodied trail builders have undertaken an overhaul of the Shore Classic.
Under cold but sunny skies, Dan (NSMBA) lead a 5 person machine team consisting of Kelly Jones (Steed Cycles Race Team Queen), Steve Mitchell (Devinci Cycles Rep), Mike Murphy (Steed Cycles Team Member), Marty Lazarski (EX Pro MTB XC Champ) and myself Dan Gronross (Ex President/Steed Cycles Team Manager) through his visionary plan for the venerable trail.
We were quickly put to work digging gold, moving rocks and tearing up/rebuilding sections of the trail.
Steed Cycles … Read More »
Santa Cruz has been busy this season and secretive about its plans – the first of which is the Bronson 650B line. The six-inch-travel VPP design will be offered in both carbon and aluminum in a wide number of build kits (Shimano and SRAM) that range in price from $4150 to $10,419, so there is a Bronson suitable for both thousandaire and millionaire Enduro pilots alike. Most of the release is about the top-line Enve/SRAM XXI build, which is quite stunning. The new carbon frame is updated with all of the bits that were developed for the Talboy LTC – co-molded aluminum pivot bosses, and the simplified swingarm design. The lower rocker is still sturdy aluminum and all the main suspension bearings are adjustable.
• 27.5″ (650b) wheels
• 142 mm rear axle spacing.
• New molded rubber swingarm and downtube protectors.
• 2 x … Read More »
April 8, 2013
If you’ve been following the turning of the wheels here on the Shore as of late, then you know there’s some good things happening. For those of us that live here, dig here and ride here, that’s definitely an understatement. What has been quietly building in momentum for the last three years is now exploding out of the gate like Stevie Smith at Mont Ste. Anne! What once was lost, now is found, and our future here looks brighter than ever.
You’ll never take the gnar outta the Shore. Simmons knows where the nugs are. Photo: Sterling Lorence
Not so long ago, the Shore gave birth to Freeride on the shoulders of some of the biggest names in the sport. Simmons, Super T, Gully, Vanderham & Shandro rode into the history books on outlandish creations borne from the hands of … Read More »
March 30, 2013
Steed Cycles would like you to invite you to a new series of cycling related informational seminars that will be hosted at our shop over the next few months – Steed Sessions.
Steed Sessions are designed to introduce you to different personalities and aspects of the cycling industry. Over the Spring and Summer, we will be inviting professionals from all over the industry to talk about a range of topics. These include training, racing, product design and development, bicycle fit, adventure racing and more!
For the first Steed Session, we have invited local strength and conditioning coach Monika Marx and adventure racing expert, Dave Norona!
Our first Steed Session will be held on April 15, 2013. Want to learn more? Click here for more information!
March 28, 2013
Steed Cycles is proud to be a sponsor and supporting partner of the NIMBY Fifty, an XC mountain bike race in Pemberton BC! After coming on board as a sponsor in 2012, the crew here at Steed Cycles decided to come back again in 2013.
The NIMBY is truly a unique event created for riders by riders. Pemberton has some of the best singletrack in the world coupled with stunning mountainous views and green fields in the valley below. Heading into it’s fourth year (2013), NIMBY Fifty continues to grow, attracting some of the Worlds top athlete’s as well as passionate riders ready to take on the event.
The race is approximately 35 km in length, boasting a lung busting 101 switchback long pristine single-track climb. You get’n the picture? This ain’t your typical XC race. The NIMBY Fifty is what … Read More »