Category: BLOG – mountain bikes
August 22, 2013
Giant USA released its 2014 bike lineup to the press and it comes as no surprise that mid-sized wheels play a large role in the brand’s upper level mountain bike range. We were surprised, however, to discover that Giant will up-size all of its most important 26 inch all-mountain and dual-suspension trailbikes to 27.5 inch wheels, as well as down-size its 29er XC-racing hardtails and short-travel dual-suspension bikes to 27.5 as well. Giant will still offer its key 29er XC racing bikes next season and the Reign-X and Glory will be 26-inch only – for now – but the writing is definitely on the wall at Giant USA.
Many mid-size-wheel naysayers insist that 27.5-inch wheels are an industry-driven fad being pushed upon customers who never asked for it. After two years in the mainstream, though, the growth of 650B points … Read More »
Wow what a week! Absolutely unbelievable! Amazing organization, amazing riding, amazing people, amazing weather, amazing scenery, should I keep going? This week is becoming legendary in mountain biking lore.
This year I raced as part of a two-man veteran’s team with Steve Beck in memory of my 2011 partner Andy Aufschnaiter.
Andy and I finished second in our division two years ago, and 6 months after our race ended, he was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer. Go figure, how does a physical specimen like Andy end up with lung cancer? Andy passed away on April 8, 2013 after a grueling yearlong battle. He will be missed dearly by me, and his many mountain biking friends at both the BC Bike Race and the TransRockies.
This year’s partner Steve hails from Santa Cruz, California and can only be described as a single track addict. … Read More »
July 15, 2013
Starting today and running until August 1, 2013, Steed Cycles will be placing select Specialized FSR full suspension bikes on sale!
Looking or a new trail, all mountain or DH bike to roll through the rest of the Summer on? Check out our sale page for details on pricing and models.
You can find the sale page here:
Here are some of the deals:
Stumpjumper Comp 26 – was: $2999 NOW: $2549
Stumpjumper Comp 29 – was: $2999 NOW: $2549
Stumpjumper Comp 29 Carbon – was: $4109 NOW: $3399
Stumpjumper EVO 26 – was: $3479 NOW: $2949
Stumpjumper Comp EVO 29 – was: $3479 NOW: $2949
Stumpjumper Expert EVO 29 Carbon – was: $6539 NOW: $5299
Enduro Comp 26 – was: $3750 NOW: $3199
Enduro Expert Carbon 26 – was: $6329 NOW: $5399
Enduro Comp 29 – was: $3999 NOW: $3399
S-Works Demo – was: $10,999 NOW: $7499
Demo 8 1 – … Read More »
July 21, 2013
I sit at the kitchen table, fan whirring, muscles still twitching, mind wandering to what seems a dream now… what just happened?
I think “the pause” has begun to set in, after the most epic week since I had my first child. The BCBR was an unforgettable trip of outstanding riding, proud moments, new friends, delicious food, and unparalleled race organization. Memories, flash to the tight, fast single track, the quivering butterflies at the start line, the sunscreen perspiration rolling into my eyes on the long hill climbs, the voice of congratulations and feelings of pride, and the buzz of the meal hall filled with salutations and personal stories of accomplishment.
I can’t force you to sign up, or take part. But I will say, it’s worth every penny, every moment and every grunting pedal uphill to be a part … Read More »
June 25, 2013
The Bronson is a bike that went through more iterations than most on its way to becoming a production model. Unless you’ve spent the past year living in a cave, you know that 650b (27.5in) wheels are shaking up the mountain bike market in ways that 29ers never did. The Bronson was caught in the middle of the wheel-size maelstrom midway through its development.
Santa Cruz Bicycles found themselves at a crossroads while developing the Bronson – the name refers to 104 Bronson Street, the company’s longtime headquarters, from which they recently relocated. Company engineers set out to create a new 26in model similar to the well-regarded Blur LT, which, according to Santa Cruz, was getting long in the tooth.
The new bike would have 150mm of rear travel (10mm more than the Blur LT); a slacker, 67-degree head angle; a slightly lower bottom … Read More »
June 24th, 2013
Approximately 20 people and 500 hundred dogs took part in the second installment of the facelift of Boogieman on Seymour. The To-Do List included, fixing some cribbing, installing new cribbing, re-aligning a second of trail and the construction of an A Frame that will last the worst that mother nature can dish out.
Under the careful guidance of Dan from the NSMBA, and with food provided by, and hand delivered by Steve Mitchel of Devinci Cycles, the workers were put to work moving rocks, dirt and replacing some of the older ladder bridges on this portion of the trail.
Many thanks to all those that came out to help throw some love at Boogieman. Many hands make light work… or something along those lines. Stay tuned for the next trail day on Boogieman.
Thanks to Devinci Cycles, the NSMBA … Read More »
June 12, 2013
Steed Cycles is now taking pre-order’s for the second 650b wheel all-mountain bike Santa Cruz Bikes has launched this season. Introducing the SOLO!
From the Santa Cruz web site:
With Bronson landing amidst more hype than a free-falling Austrian, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’d burnt up on big launches for the year. But the show has just begun. Solo pushes further into the realms of 27.5? possibilities. Developed using what we learned from Bronson, it takes the design platform in a different direction. The low bottom bracket height, shorter chainstays and 125mm of progressive VPP suspension give Solo its snappy, nimble, ride.
A 68 degree head angle adds climbing agility into the equation, whilst a 5lb carbon frame weight define Solo as the tool for that back country mission you’ve always planned.
Responsibly offered in Mountain Rescue Orange, Solo goes where … Read More »
June 4, 2013
Check out NSMB.com team rider Mark Mathews shredding his Specialized Demo 8 in some early season conditions at the Whistler Bike Park. If you didn’t know, the park is now open and is running as good as ever. Check out this video to see where the progression of freeride mountain biking is going.
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 »
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 »