Will he ride a hardtail? There's already been a guy in Statement (or film like that) doing the Rampage course on a hardtail. Never seen Evan on a dually so can't really vote for him until I see more than dirt jump pics
Ug, I can't stand it anymore. The gear reviewers get us all primed up on some good upgrades - and they we find out we can't get em!!
Anyone remember the RazorRock lever review? I was all jonesin to grab a pair after that but everyone was sold out and back ordered until 2010 - thanks for hot gear tip guys!!
Now we got the NYC stem vapourware review……
Anyone remember the Mt [HTML_REMOVED] Beach was THE core shop. It was the bomb to get a custom painted Offroad Toad with Grafton Decelerator brakes and WTB hubs (the were chi chi!). How about Malahat Mudfest circa 1990 - I was there in my Mark WWW fleece and thumb shifters, rigid fork and all (maybe Niggz was there too on his Merlin!).
Anyone remeber the Denman bike shop…the old Rocky Tantalus or the Wedge?!! Old steel by craftsmen like Derek Bailey. Yes, I remember the Rock rooster and the old fillet brazed ClimbMax frames, the old Moulden. I once tried a Bridgestone MBzip and thought I'd gone to heaven!!
Ah, those were the days…..
Good point about the Specialized DH squad rise and fall. When they got canned, a lot of people were pointing to the high cost of a DH race team.
Fast forward and today we are seeing several newly sponsored riders with the company - mostly from freeride circles. These freeride guys are great value - I mean they are out in the community, talking to kids yet are in the RedBull, BIKE covers and videos for all to see. And they do this for way less bling than the DH racers of old cost.
So it's no surprise the Specialized is going for freeriders that are out there instead of some tight-lipped skinsuit who doesn't talk to anybody (ie Nico). The ramen dinners to bike media coverage ratio is way high for freeriders and it cool to see them finally getting hooked up. It's also cool to see them mentoring others along to the circus like Lejerk taking the lil 'Chos along to the 'bulls or Brett hangin with Matt and putting in a good word w/the big S.
I say hats off to freeriders who are taking offroading to the masses. Look at Lejerk[HTML_REMOVED]Simmons in the Bud adds during the playoffs! Now when was the last time you say FabianBarel or MikeKing in a CoorsLight ad? How about at a trail day? At a Redbull photo shoot? Heck, it's very rare these racers get a cover shot anymore, so why pay them bags of money more than freeriders?
I'm glad to see the days of 'he raced it and won so I should buy it too' on the way out. Why should I trust what was working for a guy who I never met after he won a race in Kaprun on it. I'd rather hear about the new gear from a guy who rides day and night without getting new forks every few weeks. If it works for guys like Eamon and Hoots, it means a lot more than hearing about the 1/2 second MikeKing shaved off at SeaOtter with his blackbox-not-for-you-mortals technology. Anyone remember all the Cannondale Fulcrum BS?
I'm diggin' stuff like Norco's sponsorship policy and company riders that listen to the groms, and companies that listen to rider feedback. Everything we buy pays for sponsorships - so let's not waste money on Palmers and Nicos but instead put it to the guys who contribute to the raising the profile of the sport and get out there with the masses. Each day we move further from the roadie world and their traditions - hey we're even finally getting our own grouppo!
Keep it up Big-S, Norco et al. and don't look back…
Heard a rumour that CBC trail was under a voluntary trail closure. Still, there's no sign posted at the trail head nor on the NSMBA website. I haven't been riding it but other have been doing so because they haven't seen a sign. Can Sharon/NSMBA confirm or clarify more on this for everyone here?
Nigel, did you used to ride a Merlin for Rider'sCycles back in the day? Sorry, I know this is off-topic, but I'm wondering if you're the same guy I remember saying "why would I want a car when I can have a Merlin" in the days before we had dirtjump bikes…….circe '91
Sideshow - I'm too fat for cove WCsuperstars' training ride… but i'll will be on fromme this eve anyways
So is COve carrying '03Balfa??! Would you disown if I bought a Bullit instead of Peeler?
"did you know that if you mix equal parts OJ and gasoline you can make napalm?"
The good ol days are gone so quick eh? It was just a couple weeks ago when the Seymour shuttle crowd (ie Norco staff/pro ride) could park on Riverside, take the pickup to the top of CBC, ride down to Riverside and grab the other vehicle.
Now the Riverside parking area is closed and you have to pay to park at the top or at the bottom of Old Buck!! But what if you bought a 50lb sled with '03 Monster T, 3x24" Gazzy's, 67 seat angle and 4" seatpost? How are you going to ride? Will you huff it from the Superstore all the way down Seymour parkway, up the mountain and back down again? I think not. Will you simply go to shuttle Cypress - where they hate bikers and there's no trail maintenance allowed? Will we see more secret trails on Cypress because the main ones are so chewed up?? How absurd would it be for the NSMBA to have awesome trail days on Seymour/Grouse whilst the Cypress trails are trashed by unprecedent volume of shuttlers that are too cheap to pay for parking?
Cypress is supposed to host some 2010 Olympics events, so perhaps in July will we'll hear news on the fate of biking there while they are upgrading the facilities for the Olympics!
'yaker, think back to the first Kranked movie. Many saw that as the flashpoint for the start of the mtb freeride scene. Most of this footage is cornice drops and big mountain lines in Kamloops. Freeriding is about exploring new new lines and manipulating your terrain. Downhill trials on artificial stunts (ie sled-saw) can be counted as freeriding, but it doesn't define it. The Rampage was as much freeride as the Ride. Dave Watson and Vanderham placed in top 10 of '01 Ride too so don't be so quick to use this event as your yardstick. Robbie Bourden was 3rd in the '00 Ride.
To the original poster: don't forget that in last year's RB Ride, Wade rode last third of course with a flat rear tire and he still dropped the biggest drop and came in second. Also, don't forget that this year, Wade wasn't at the Ride, Klassen was fresh off a broken foot recovery, on a bike he wasn't used to and the Aussie's provided thick smoke for all to breathe. Tyler said it definitely affected his breathing.
Next up, we have to ask: "what have the Aussies done to develop a freeride scene". This Red Bull ride is on the hillside of some dam in outback where spectators can't even watch, let alone ride there. I've yet to hear of an Aussie terrain-park like Whistler or much in the way of freeride trails. In fact, I mostly hear from Aussies frustrated by a bike scene dominated by XC. I think it's safe to say that the riding at home isn't what made Waddell and Rennie the racers they are today - it's the overseas riding they do.