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Freehub Magazine: NEW Crankworx Whistler Print Partner
8 May 2014

Since its inception in 2009, Freehub Magazine has sought to capture the most authentic and beautiful aspects of mountain biking. To further these efforts in 2014, we are proud to announce Freehub’s role as a print media partner for what is possibly our sport’s most colorfully cultural event, Crankworx Whistler. There are few mediums that can tell a story as genuinely or stunningly as print—we will therefore use the timeless, high-quality pages of our magazine to document the figures, faces and festivities that surround Whistler from August 8 through 17. From the event’s heritage to the competitors’ backgrounds to the final scores, Freehub will be there to tell the stories that continue to unfold at Crankworx Whistler.

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With our summer issue printing just days before the festivities, Freehub will be unveiling our most recent dose of mountain bike culture at our on-site booth during Crankworx. We encourage readers to stop by to shake hands, say hello, grab an issue and hear more about what’s on Freehub’s horizon for 2014.


Perhaps no other event in mountain biking has seen as many milestone moments or started as many pro riders’ careers as Crankworx Whistler, and we are excited and proud to be the print voice of that legacy, and to support both riding in the Pacific Northwest and in communities around the world.

Have a great summer, and we’ll see you at the bottom of Fitzsimmons.

You can subscribe to Freehub Magazine now at a 40% discount for being a Pinkbike reader. CLICK HERE and SAVE!
Video: Wet & Busted
5 May 2014
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Riders Kelend Hawks and Geoff Gulevich spend one wet Washington day riding the local trails around Whatcom County. Take a ride with these two as they get wet and busted on some steep Northwest goods. Thanks to Gravit Digital for making this project happen.
Video: Watch Freehub Magazine Issue 5.1 Being Printed
15 Apr 2014
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Spring is upon us. The final winter storms are rolling through, and it seems Mother Nature is re-opening trails on a daily basis. For the office-bound, the desire for the long, sunny days of spring is quickly becoming an obsession, and just in time for that April madness Freehub Magazine is stoked to announce the release of Issue 5.1, hot off the presses and shipping now.

Caption: Upon arrival in Real de Catorce, a crowd of kids swarmed the crew, wanting to give them a try. Jamie Goldman demonstrates proper form while his excited students watch. Photo: Tyler Roemer , Artwork: Shawn O'keefe

Caption: Upon arrival in Real de Catorce, a crowd of kids swarmed the crew, wanting to give them a try. Jamie Goldman demonstrates proper form while his excited students watch. Photo: Tyler Roemer , Artwork: Shawn O'keefe


From donkey shuttles and ancient cobblestone streets in Mexico with Jamie Goldman and Carson Storch to enduro champ Anka Martin’s home on New Zealand’s South Island, Issue 5.1 takes readers around the world. You’ll meet Woody Keen, North Carolina’s outdoor guru and trail master. You’ll visit some of the Pacific Northwest’s lesser-known trails on British Columbia’s Hornby Island. And, with stunning photographs and elegant words, you’ll get a full dose of mountain biking’s soul, wherever on the globe that may be.

As a way of saying thank you for your support over the past few years—dedication that has helped us expand to four issues a year for 2014—we are offering all Pinkbike readers a 40% discount on a one-year subscription, a deal that will keep all of this year’s issues coming straight to your door.

40% OFF a ONE-YEAR subscription
$21.95 U.S.A. | $26.95 CANADA | $50.95 FOREIGN

Caption: After nearly a week of equine shuttling, the ride back to Real de Catorce in a 1956 Willys Jeep was a welcome return to the modern...well, a relative return, considering the cobblestone roads were built in the 18th century. Photo: Tyler Roemer

Caption: After nearly a week of equine shuttling, the ride back to Real de Catorce in a 1956 Willys Jeep was a welcome return to the modern...well, a relative return, considering the cobblestone roads were built in the 18th century. Photo: Tyler Roemer


Caption: Jamie Goldman traverses the scree-covered hillside above Real as the surrounding Catorce mountains glow in the distance. Photo: Tyler Roemer

Caption: Jamie Goldman traverses the scree-covered hillside above Real as the surrounding Catorce mountains glow in the distance. Photo: Tyler Roemer


Caption: Woody in the effin clear cut near the kids skills area, DuPont State Forest, NC. Photo: Kristian Jackson

Caption: Woody in the effin clear cut near the kids skills area, DuPont State Forest, NC. Photo: Kristian Jackson


Caption: Sometimes it is hard to tell a deer trail from a bike trail, given the overwhelming blanket of moss that coats Mt Geoffrey. Darcy Turenne finds the fall line on a nameless mid-mountain line. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Caption: Sometimes it is hard to tell a deer trail from a bike trail, given the overwhelming blanket of moss that coats Mt Geoffrey. Darcy Turenne finds the fall line on a nameless mid-mountain line. Photo: Colin Wiseman


Caption: For Anka, traveling and riding go side by side, as do her and her bike, which for over a decade has taken her to some of the worlds most beautiful places. On another trip to some exotic locale, Anka has reason to be all smiles. Photo: Sven Martin

Caption: For Anka, traveling and riding go side by side, as do her and her bike, which for over a decade has taken her to some of the worlds most beautiful places. On another trip to some exotic locale, Anka has reason to be all smiles. Photo: Sven Martin


Caption: Roots are not a problem when you are airing over them. Series Pro Champion Charlie Sponsel sends a techy section during the Chuckanut Enduro in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Brandon Corneliusen

Caption: Roots are not a problem when you are airing over them. Series Pro Champion Charlie Sponsel sends a techy section during the Chuckanut Enduro in Bellingham, WA. Photo: Brandon Corneliusen


Caption: While riding the 12,000 foot ridge of the Continental Divide to Grizzly Peak, near Loveland Pass, CO, everything to Matt Thompsons right flows to the Atlantic and everything to his left to the Pacific, and a bold drop to either side, whichever the ocean. Photo: Dave Trumpore

Caption: While riding the 12,000 foot ridge of the Continental Divide to Grizzly Peak, near Loveland Pass, CO, everything to Matt Thompsons right flows to the Atlantic and everything to his left to the Pacific, and a bold drop to either side, whichever the ocean. Photo: Dave Trumpore


The trails are clear and the dirt is calling, so look for Freehub Magazine Issue 5.1 on newsstands and in bike shops near you, or subscribe today at 40% OFF to have it shipped directly to your door. The sun is here—now get on your bike.

CLICK HERE FOR 40% OFF A ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION


Video: Geoff Gulevich is Twenty Seven Years Young
13 Feb 2014
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Freehub Magazine had a chance to ride with the boys for Gully's birthday. Twenty Seven years young and still killing it, Geoff Gulevich, Eric Lawrenuk, Brendan Howey and Nick Tingren had a grand birthday session at the Burlington Bike Park.


Freehub Magazine
Freehub Magazine Winter Vol. 4.3
6 Dec 2013
It's new issue time, and we are excited to release our first winter issue to date! Freehub Magazine has gone quarterly for 2014 thanks to the support of our readers and demand for more great stories. We have spent the last four and a half years refining our publication to create a one-of-a-kind mountain bike magazine that revolves around community and the people within it. Freehub strives to tell the stories of people on every level in the community, people chasing their dreams as riders, entrepreneurs, engineers, and travellers for the love of biking. This is 'Who We Are'.

While Katie Holden billy goats along a cliffside climbing trail in Vantage, WA, artist Shawn Okeefe uses his signature artistic style to add some off season chill to the winter Freehub Magazine cover.
  While Katie Holden billy goats along a cliffside climbing trail in Vantage, WA, artist Shawn Okeefe uses his signature artistic style to add some off season chill to the winter Freehub Magazine cover.

We are the ones with winter’s muddy war paint. And frozen noses and toes. With muscles burning in the cold and screeching, wet brakes. We are the ones soaked to the core, but driven with a passion there too. For this is what we do.

We ride—all year.

At Freehub, like you, we are riders—season in and season out. And that’s a great thing to be this time of year, because it means we don’t have to surrender to some so-called off-season. While others concede to winter’s cold, we don warmer clothes and pedal out into it. As darkness falls, we shine lights and get rowdier than ever. And when the trails are too greasy to ride, that’s when we dig and we build.

Sure, there’s a kind of seasonal rhythm dictating the mountain biker’s life. But there is no “off-season.” This—we’ve learned from you.

Over the last four years, your dedication year-round to mountain biking has fueled the soul behind Freehub. From building trail to advocacy initiatives, exploring new zones to slaying your own local grounds, you aren’t deterred by the flux of the seasons.

Because of all this, we’re excited to say that we’re expanding to four issues next year. Freehub stories have always reflected the community at its most core level, where passion, knowledge and the dream that is mountain biking, are shared throughout the year.

So a huge Thank You to our supporters, our friends, family and readers: We couldn’t do any of this without you. And we promise you this: As long as you continue to work day-in and day-out to grow the spirit and culture and sport of mountain biking, we’ll continue to grow with you. We are your year-round ride crew.

Adrienne Schofhauser, editor

Stories In This Issue:
Home | The Wanderlust Way of Craig Bierly
Lost Gold | Park City’s Growing Bike Culture
The Land of 10,000 Frozen Lakes | Fat Tires, Snow Plows and a True Midwestern Winter
The Aura of Competence | Oversized Packages and Pedal-Philes at Dirty Finger Bike Shop
Wild West | Renegade Roots, Tough-As-Nails Terrain and Sedona’s Efforts to Become A World-Class Mountain Biking Destination
Youth Gone Wild | Paris Gore, from Yearbook Class to the World Cup

You can subscribe to Freehub Magazine for a 40% discount as part of our Shared Reader program with Pinkbike by following the link below. Thanks for your support, and happy trails.

SHARED READER 40% DISCOUNT off a ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION

Last light: Eric Porter rides the upper reaches of the legendary Wasatch Crest trail 4,000 feet above town as a setting sun melts the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Colin Wiseman

Last light: Eric Porter rides the upper reaches of the legendary Wasatch Crest trail 4,000 feet above town as a setting sun melts the first snowfall of the season. Photo: Colin Wiseman


For devoted mountain biker Craig Bierly, home is where he parks it.

For devoted mountain biker Craig Bierly, home is where he parks it.


The Mississippi River is over 2,300 miles long, reaching from nearly the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Frozen over with a thick layer of perfect ice and covered in less than an inch of snow, the backwater miles around Winona in northern Minnesota are a fat-bikers dream.

The Mississippi River is over 2,300 miles long, reaching from nearly the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Frozen over with a thick layer of perfect ice and covered in less than an inch of snow, the backwater miles around Winona in northern Minnesota are a fat-bikers dream.


Cathedral Rock viewed from the Secret Slick Rock Trail and Ridge Trail. Photo: Lars Romig

Cathedral Rock viewed from the Secret Slick Rock Trail and Ridge Trail. Photo: Lars Romig


How the finger became dirty, a story about one of Hood Rivers most unique bike shop. Dirty Finger signature stained glass friezes by Jess Caudill.

How the finger became dirty, a story about one of Hood Rivers most unique bike shop. Dirty Finger signature stained glass friezes by Jess Caudill.


Brandon Semenuk didnt quite get the run he wanted at Red Bull Rampage 2013, but still sent his massive canyon stepdown as seen in the Paris Gore profile.

Brandon Semenuk didnt quite get the run he wanted at Red Bull Rampage 2013, but still sent his massive canyon stepdown as seen in the Paris Gore profile.


Take advantage of the 40% discount off of a one-year subscription to Freehub Magazine by clicking HERE for the SHARED READER DISCOUNT

We take pride in offering the very people who read Freehub a chance to get published by submitting their own stories based on personal experiences. In the magazine you can find trail and ride reviews, profiles on riders, photographers and filmers, stories focused on companies and their origins, stories on biking communities, and authentic Freehub features. If you care to contact us for content submissions, subscriptions, or feedback you can do so through our website at FreehubMag.com.
James And The Giant Trip: The Freehub Big Winner
17 Nov 2013
Words and photos by Ben Gavelda

Something big is brewing in the Kootenays. Retallack Lodge, widely known for its powdery snowcat skiing and snowboarding, has been putting in work on the dirt side of things over the last few seasons. With a few private flowing trails that spit back to the lodge, to the dirt jumps and pump track that surround the campfire, you could say it’s a prime, private mountain bike haven. Besides the local samplings, Retallack’s access to epic riding in the Kootenays in and around the areas of Kaslow and Nelson, British Columbia further cements the place as a premier mountain bike destination.

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Video by Chris Grundberg

In celebration of the Freehub Magazine issue 4.2 release, we joined forces with Rocky Mountain to give away a three-day trip at Retallack to one lucky subscriber. And it wasn’t just your average lodge retreat. We were joined by legendary riders Wade Simmons, Brett Tippie and Ritchie Schley for the weekend of a lifetime . Local ripper Garrett Buehler happened to be around the lodge filming as well. A lively crew for Seattle based cabinetmaker and long time mountain biker James Wanamaker, who happened to get the golden ticket.



“I didn’t even know that I had entered a contest.” James remembers. “My wife bought me a subscription for my birthday and this was my birthday gift I guess [laughs]. We both got the email and were like is this bullshit? So we sat on it for a day or two and called back and Freehub broke down the particulars, the lodge, the helicopter, the mountain biking [laughs].”


After a few technical issues that involved a bit of metal work and a beer transaction near the Pinkbike office, the Freehub crew along with James, ripping Aussie/Whis loc’ Matty Ryan and Shoreplay founder/lead guide Mark Wood, all piled into one big-ass flaming van (no joke) and hit the road northeast.

Albeit hesitant jumping in a strange rig with a strange crew, James went with it. “There was no way I was going to pass this up.” He says. “I didn’t even know about the place and I didn’t think about what it was like. There were no preconceived ideas, it was more like I’m going on this adventure, let’s see what this is all about.”




Over the biking-crammed three days we rallied numerous shuttle laps from the local goods to rogue-now-acknowledged trails and even an exotic heli assisted drop on Powerslave trail outside of Nelson. James was lucky enough to get laced up with a 2014 Rocky Mountain Altitude to rip over the few days, too. “It’s just so…the whole idea of this heli drop was so foreign. I didn’t even think that existed.” James recalls. “Each section of that trail was something different and to be greeted at the parking lot with beer and food with a bunch of awesome people was something else, something you can’t describe.”



Gourmet meals every evening after a long day’s shred, suds, the hot tub, no cell service, Jenga, piling nails into the table like an ape for Neglin—lodge life rules. The handful of other daring guests who made the trek further fueled the fire. “The food, the combination of people, it was just this culture of like-minded people.” James says. “People that have this love for biking, this sport, this lifestyle and it all kind of culminated there.” We couldn’t agree more.


Big thanks to the Retallack and Rocky Mountain crews for making it happen. Until next year…

If you want to learn more about Freehub Magazine: the Community Driven Mountain Bike Magazine, you can check them out and subscribe here for a 40% Pinkbike discount. The new Winter issue of Freehub is printing and will be shipping in time for the Holidays.
Video: Team Freehub - The Trevor Parson Introduction
28 Aug 2013
Whip it good, Trevor Parson style.

Whip it good, Trevor Parson style.


Photos and Video by Reilly Kintzele
Words by Matt Orlando

Trevor Parson or “Gnarson,” hails from the renowned biker town of Bellingham, Wash. It is in the surrounding mountains of the North Cascades where he forged his trademarked style: A mix of steez and sheer speed that pleases hecklers at any track. Last year marked his rookie season where he managed to secure himself a top 5 overall finish in the NW Cup, showing that he was able to stay consistent under the pressures of racing at professional speeds. Heading into the 2013 season, Parson plans to defend his number 5 plate by continuing to knock his competitors out of the hot seat. Aside from the immense skill that he brings to the table, Trevor has also helped us establish contact with local video and photographer, Reily Kintzele. Trevor and Reily have been working on film and photo projects for some time now and coming out with some great stuff in the process. We felt it was time to get our hands on the duo before anybody else did. Welcome to the team Gnarson!

Trevor would like to thank his Sponsors: Transition Bikes, Race Face Components, Royal Racing, Smith Optics, Five Ten Footwear, Continental Tires,SR Suntour, Park Tool, Voke Tab, One Ball Jay, Answer Products, and last but certainly not least Shuttle Nuts Bike Racks.

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Trevor in Close Up, Table Whip on a local Bellingham hip jump.

Trevor in Close Up, Table Whip on a local Bellingham hip jump.


Keep it fun. One of the Freehub Team Motto's that Trevor obviously practices.

Keep it fun. One of the Freehub Team Motto's that Trevor obviously practices.


Trevor Parson sending it deep at the Mt Hood Northwest Cup.

Trevor Parson sending it deep at the Mt Hood Northwest Cup.


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Win a Trip to Retallack with Wade Simmons
16 Aug 2013

Freehub Magazine has partnered up with Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Retallack Lodge and Pinkbike.com to offer an amazing trip for one lucky Freehub Magazine subscriber. Starting on August 9th and lasting through August 18th, anyone that subscribes to Freehub will automatically be entered to win a three day trip to Retallack with Rocky Mountain legend Wade Simmons. This amazing September trip will offer some awesome riding in the mountains surrounding Retallack and Nelson, including access via pedaling, truck and helicopter. If timeless stories from the mountain bike community seems like your cup of tea, then Freehub Magazine is a great publication to add to your coffee table or porcelain throne. This offer is available from August 9th-18th, and can be purchased at www.FreehubMag.com/merchandise. Check out some of the amazing new stories in issue 4.2 and order your own copy for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip with the legendary Rocky Mountain rider Wade Simmons at Retallack Lodge

COVER SHOT: Kenny Smith gets chuted by Reuben Krabbe during the 2012 Deep Summer Challenge, and Jeff Boyes brings it all together Freehub-style with an incredible cover illustration--unfortunately his last for Freehub Magazine.

COVER SHOT: Kenny Smith gets chuted by Reuben Krabbe during the 2012 Deep Summer Challenge, and Jeff Boyes brings it all together Freehub-style with an incredible cover illustration--unfortunately his last for Freehub Magazine.


A foggy start to an epic issue--Paris Gore sets the mood with a misty mountain lake, taken while shooting a profile on all-star Geoff Gulevich.

A foggy start to an epic issue--Paris Gore sets the mood with a misty mountain lake, taken while shooting a profile on all-star Geoff Gulevich.


Colt and Jessee Maule, passing along some trail beta from Life on the Roam in Silverton, CO. Projekt Roam follows the info and finds the goods.

Colt and Jessee Maule, passing along some trail beta from Life on the Roam in Silverton, CO. Projekt Roam follows the info and finds the goods.


The Freehub downhill race team pushes their limits and race their hearts out during the infamous Mt. Hood Northwest Cup. A glimpse into the life of and preparation of Team Freehub.

The Freehub downhill race team pushes their limits and race their hearts out during the infamous Mt. Hood Northwest Cup. A glimpse into the life of and preparation of Team Freehub.


He built it, and they are coming--it's Crankworx time and Paddy Kaye, the Godfather of Dirt, takes some time to talk inspiration, passion and a two-wheeled legacy.

He built it, and they are coming--it's Crankworx time and Paddy Kaye, the Godfather of Dirt, takes some time to talk inspiration, passion and a two-wheeled legacy.


There are many great riders; there are few riders who are great at everything. From skateparks to downhill to XC epics, Geoff

There are many great riders; there are few riders who are great at everything. From skateparks to downhill to XC epics, Geoff "Gully" Gulevich kills it all and styles it out in the process.


 2012 Deep Summer Photo Challenge champion Reuben Krabbe is tall, but his photos stand even taller than his 6' 5

2012 Deep Summer Photo Challenge champion Reuben Krabbe is tall, but his photos stand even taller than his 6' 5" frame. A look into the blood, tears and mud that go into winning the sport's most prestigious photo contest.


At Freehub we love to eat and ride; Curtis Keene has similar problems. He also has a problem shredding incredibly hard, something that has earned him a reputation in one of the hardest shredding towns in the world.

At Freehub we love to eat and ride; Curtis Keene has similar problems. He also has a problem shredding incredibly hard, something that has earned him a reputation in one of the hardest shredding towns in the world.


Let our people ride...and work to spread the love. A look into the decades-long history and characters behind RaceFace, a company responsible for some of the world's most innovative components.

Let our people ride...and work to spread the love. A look into the decades-long history and characters behind RaceFace, a company responsible for some of the world's most innovative components.


From 50 mile epics to 2,300 feet of lift-accessed flow, Whitefish, MT might possibly be mountain biking's next mecca.

From 50 mile epics to 2,300 feet of lift-accessed flow, Whitefish, MT might possibly be mountain biking's next mecca.


If you like what you see and want the chance to ride with Rocky Mountain's legendary Wade Simmons, just follow the link to sign up for a 25% discount on a one-year year subscription to Freehub, the community-driven, rider-inspired mountain bike magazine.

Subscribe and Enter to WIN!
NOT HAPPENING:( Freehub Magazine Pumptrack Party Presented by Maxxis
14 Aug 2013
Come down to the Sombrio Pumptrack this Friday, August 16th from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. to cruise around on a new Rocky Mountain Flow and the chance to WIN BIG! Freehub Magazine will be hosting hourly pump track challenges for fun swag, subscriptions and a chance to win a 3-Day trip to Retallack with Rocky Mountain legend Wade Simmons. With the release of Freehub's newest issue—Issue 4.2—the party will include fun on and off the track, including an autograph session with freeride extraordinaire Geoff "Gully" Gulevich at 2:30 p.m. immediately following the Whip-Off Challenge. Swing by and WIN BIG with Freehub Magazine!

WHEN:
Friday August 16th, 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Whistler Parking Lot 2, Sombrio Pumptrack

WHAT:
Come pump around on a new Rocky Mountain Flow for chances to WIN BIG!

-Get a FREE COPY of FREEHUB ISSUE 4.1
-WIN SWAG in HOURLY PT CHALLENGES
-SAVE 25% on Freehub subscriptions and be entered for a chance to WIN A 3-DAY RETALLACK TRIP with Rocky Mountain Rider WADE SIMMONS
-Autographs from GEOFF GULEVICH @ 2:30


If you would like to enter the drawing for a trip to Retallack with Wade Simmons ahead of time, you can subscribe to Freehub for a 25% discount between August 9-18th and be automatically entered for the trip of a lifetime. Follow the link below to have the newest issue shipped directly to your door and have your name entered for a chance to WIN a trip with a Rocky Mountain legend.

SUBSCRIBE. SAVE. WIN HERE
Video: Team Freehub Whistler Warm Up
12 Aug 2013
Words and Photos: Ben Gavelda
Video: Reilly Kintzele

 Victor Smith whipping one through the Crab Apple Hits

Victor Smith whipping one through the Crab Apple Hits


The act of riding a bike is an individual pursuit. You navigate the cockpit. You push the pedals. No one else makes that happen. This solo, cyclical relationship with a machine creates an addictive escape. As hooking as it may be alone, one of the most alluring parts of biking is sharing the trails and times with friends and fellow pedalers. Sometimes it’s the only thing that keeps it going. It’s that extra tube, chain link, snack, directions or shuttle drive up to maintain the roll. When the personal progression of speed, time, route and joy stalls, it’s furthered by the group effect.

As our Freehub Team rips into the race season they’re no doubt testing personal limits, whether it’s a chase through a line, a chance on a turn, a bit of teammate rivalry or the butt of a joke. But at the end of every run there’s a high five and hopefully a cold beer or cheers. With a solid podium presence at nearly every Northwest Cup stop this season, they have been flying the Freehub freak flag pretty damn well. It’s the dead of summer, the heat of race season is cooking and Crankworx Whistler is just getting underway. Prior to the season kicking off the crew gathered for some early season laps at Whis’ for a bit of “team building.” Here’s what they built.

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 Matt Orlando and Trevor Parson rallying over the rocks. Photo by Ben Gavelda

Matt Orlando and Trevor Parson rallying over the rocks. Photo by Ben Gavelda


For more on Team Freehub, check out their Team Page at FreehubMag.com
Pumptrack Party - Come Win a Trip
9 Aug 2013

Freehub Magazine has partnered up with Rocky Mountain Bicycles, Retallack Lodge and Pinkbike.com to offer an amazing trip for one lucky Freehub Magazine subscriber. Starting on August 9th and lasting through August 18th, anyone that subscribes to Freehub will automatically be entered to win a three day trip to Retallack with Rocky Mountain legend Wade Simmons. This amazing September trip will offer some awesome riding in the mountains surrounding Retallack and Nelson, including access via pedaling, truck and helicopter. If timeless stories from the mountain bike community seems like your cup of tea, then Freehub Magazine is a great publication to add to your coffee table or porcelain throne. This offer is available from August 9th-18th, and can be purchased at www.FreehubMag.com/merchandise, or at the Freehub Magazine Pump Track Party Presented by Maxxis on Friday, August 16th at the Sombrio Pump Track in Whistler Parking Lot 2. Check out some of the amazing new stories in issue 4.2 and order your own copy for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip with the legendary Rocky Mountain rider Wade Simmons at Retallack Lodge

COVER SHOT: Kenny Smith gets chuted by Reuben Krabbe during the 2012 Deep Summer Challenge, and Jeff Boyes brings it all together Freehub-style with an incredible cover illustration--unfortunately his last for Freehub Magazine.

COVER SHOT: Kenny Smith gets chuted by Reuben Krabbe during the 2012 Deep Summer Challenge, and Jeff Boyes brings it all together Freehub-style with an incredible cover illustration--unfortunately his last for Freehub Magazine.


A foggy start to an epic issue--Paris Gore sets the mood with a misty mountain lake, taken while shooting a profile on all-star Geoff Gulevich.

A foggy start to an epic issue--Paris Gore sets the mood with a misty mountain lake, taken while shooting a profile on all-star Geoff Gulevich.


Colt and Jessee Maule, passing along some trail beta from Life on the Roam in Silverton, CO. Projekt Roam follows the info and finds the goods.

Colt and Jessee Maule, passing along some trail beta from Life on the Roam in Silverton, CO. Projekt Roam follows the info and finds the goods.


The Freehub downhill race team pushes their limits and race their hearts out during the infamous Mt. Hood Northwest Cup. A glimpse into the life of and preparation of Team Freehub.

The Freehub downhill race team pushes their limits and race their hearts out during the infamous Mt. Hood Northwest Cup. A glimpse into the life of and preparation of Team Freehub.


He built it, and they are coming--it's Crankworx time and Paddy Kaye, the Godfather of Dirt, takes some time to talk inspiration, passion and a two-wheeled legacy.

He built it, and they are coming--it's Crankworx time and Paddy Kaye, the Godfather of Dirt, takes some time to talk inspiration, passion and a two-wheeled legacy.


There are many great riders; there are few riders who are great at everything. From skateparks to downhill to XC epics, Geoff

There are many great riders; there are few riders who are great at everything. From skateparks to downhill to XC epics, Geoff "Gully" Gulevich kills it all and styles it out in the process. Come down to meet and snag an autograph from Gully at the Freehub Magazine Pumptrack Party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on August 16th at the Sombrio Pumptrack in Whistler's Lot 2


 2012 Deep Summer Photo Challenge champion Reuben Krabbe is tall, but his photos stand even taller than his 6' 5

2012 Deep Summer Photo Challenge champion Reuben Krabbe is tall, but his photos stand even taller than his 6' 5" frame. A look into the blood, tears and mud that go into winning the sport's most prestigious photo contest.


At Freehub we love to eat and ride; Curtis Keene has similar problems. He also has a problem shredding incredibly hard, something that has earned him a reputation in one of the hardest shredding towns in the world.

At Freehub we love to eat and ride; Curtis Keene has similar problems. He also has a problem shredding incredibly hard, something that has earned him a reputation in one of the hardest shredding towns in the world.


Let our people ride...and work to spread the love. A look into the decades-long history and characters behind RaceFace, a company responsible for some of the world's most innovative components.

Let our people ride...and work to spread the love. A look into the decades-long history and characters behind RaceFace, a company responsible for some of the world's most innovative components.


From 50 mile epics to 2,300 feet of lift-accessed flow, Whitefish, MT might possibly be mountain biking's next mecca.

From 50 mile epics to 2,300 feet of lift-accessed flow, Whitefish, MT might possibly be mountain biking's next mecca.


If you like what you see and want the chance to ride with Rocky Mountain's legendary Wade Simmons, just follow the link to sign up for a 25% discount on a one-year year subscription to Freehub, the community-driven, rider-inspired mountain bike magazine.

Subscribe and Enter to WIN!

Freehub Magazine will also be hosting a pumptrack party in collaboration with Maxxis, Sombrio, Pinkbike, Rocky Mountian and Retallack Lodge on August 16th from 11a.m - 5 p.m. in Whistler Parking Lot 2. We will be offering free issues of Vol 4.1, swag in daily pumptrack challenges, and autograph session with Geoff Gulevich at 2:30 p.m. Check us out on the 16th, and enter for your chance to win the 3-Day trip to Retallack with Wade Simmons

Video: BC Builders: Retallack
13 Nov 2012
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Freehub Magazine in association with Pinkbike.com, Art Barn Film and Cycle Devinci went on a journey in this one-off episode to showcase a portion of the mountain biking culture in British Columbia. This episode conveys the strength of one BC mountain bike community that helps drive and fuel modern riding. ‘BC Builders’ expresses the process, passion, and function behind building and riding on progressive trails at a professional level. The intention was to capture the power and fulfillment of both builder and rider in the quest for creating and riding new terrain. Retallack Lodge was the perfect venue as they are currently building a new trail system that helps support both the local bike scene and the mountain biking community as a whole. Take a look at the people that help make this all possible.

Sunset on Powerslave after a half-day of epic riding in the Retallack Lodge tenure outside of Nelson, BC.
  Sunset on Powerslave after a half-day of epic riding in the Retallack Lodge tenure outside of Nelson, BC.

Thanks to a recently-established moto trail, Ian Morrison rips a long, alpine descent from the top of Reco Peak.
  Thanks to a recently-established moto trail, Ian Morrison rips a long, alpine descent from the top of Reco Peak.

Follow the dust trail that follows the rider. Ian Morrison riding Powerslave, a Retallack land tenure trail outside Nelson, BC.
  Follow the dust trail that follows the rider. Ian Morrison riding Powerslave, a Retallack land tenure trail outside Nelson, BC.

Ian Morrison navigates the rocky upper reaches of Riley McIntosh's heli-accessed Powerslave outside of Nelson, BC, with several thousand vertical feet of singletrack left to go.
  Ian Morrison navigates the rocky upper reaches of Riley McIntosh's heli-accessed Powerslave outside of Nelson, BC, with several thousand vertical feet of singletrack left to go.

A scrub clinic with Ian Morrison on a jump line above Retallack Lodge.
  A scrub clinic with Ian Morrison on a jump line above Retallack Lodge.

Ian Morrison dropping into the forest on the middle section of Powerslave outside Nelson, BC.
  Ian Morrison dropping into the forest on the middle section of Powerslave outside Nelson, BC.

Photos by Colin Wiseman

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NEW Freehub Magazine VOL 3.2
2 Oct 2012
Freehub is different than any other Mountain Bike publication on the market, and will always showcase community generated content and a mixture of Art and Photography on their covers as shown here on Volume 3.2.

Freehub is different than any other Mountain Bike publication on the market, and will always showcase community generated content and a mixture of Art and Photography on their covers as shown here on Volume 3.2.


Freehub is a community generated mountain bike journal written by the people out there riding and building our world. This section is dedicated to the people that inspire us and contribute to our dream.

Freehub is a community generated mountain bike journal written by the people out there riding and building our world. This section is dedicated to the people that inspire us and contribute to our dream.


“Choice. It is one of the greatest gifts in this life. We all have it. Most of us get to choose what we want to do for work, for fun and for relaxation. As riders, we make many choices regarding our shred time. What type of bikes we ride, which trails or routes, the kind of weather we are willing to endure. Most importantly we choose whom we want to share these experiences with. Rolling on two wheels with close riding buddies makes our free time exponentially more enjoyable. The old adage goes: “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.” While this is true, there is a whole other level within the bike community that falls between friends and family: the Chosen Family.

The Chosen Family is the group who’s there to push you to your limits, to laugh at you as you crash face-down into a mud puddle; to watch out for you on the trail—and in other aspects of life—and to share stories from the day with over a round of brews. The Chosen Family is the group of people whom we trust, whom we love, the people we are proud to have by our sides when we succeed, as well as when we fail. The people who get us. And are there for us.

We at Freehub Magazine strive to be part of your Chosen Family. By relating stories and photos from all aspects of riding, by delivering tales from all corners of the bike world, when it comes down to it, we’d be honored to be in your inner circle.

We like to hear from you and see the many aspects of our global Chosen Bike Family. We want to ride bicycles with you, relaxing at the end of the day with a cold one, and simply and utterly revel in the great time and shared experience.

Here we are at Volume 5 of Freehub Magazine. This could never have been achieved without the support and love of our Chosen Family: the riders, the readers, the trail builders—our friends. We sincerely hope you enjoy the stories contained in this issue.

- Jared VanderGriend a Freehub friend”


Freehub is a community generated mountain bike journal written by the people out there riding and building our world. This section is dedicated to the people that inspire us and contribute to our dream.

Freehub is a community generated mountain bike journal written by the people out there riding and building our world. This section is dedicated to the people that inspire us and contribute to our dream.


Our Product

Freehub Magazine is now a tri-annual print publication that circulates three times a year as 'coffee table' collective Mountain Bike journals. The publication is distributed through Chapters, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Bookstar, Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC), Hudson News, and local bike shops around the United States and Canada. Our primary focus is in the community and the people that make our international biking community so great. It is these people that drive us to produce one of the only community generated mountain bike publications in the world. After 5 issues, we have refined our print journal and website to create a better, more well rounded product that helps tell the stories of our community and inspires riders, builders and advocates to get into the woods.

Duncan MacKenzie was one-of-a-kind, and contributed a great deal to the mountain bike community around BC. He is missed dearly.

Duncan MacKenzie was one-of-a-kind, and contributed a great deal to the mountain bike community around BC. He is missed dearly.


Avalanche Sports in Breckenridge, CO wrote one of three trail and ride reviews in Volume 3.2. Others that accompany it in 3.2 are from Republic Cycles in Brackendale, BC and Kristian Jackson in Kingsport, TN.

Avalanche Sports in Breckenridge, CO wrote one of three trail and ride reviews in Volume 3.2. Others that accompany it in 3.2 are from Republic Cycles in Brackendale, BC and Kristian Jackson in Kingsport, TN.


Freehub loves to feature different riders from different disciplines, and issue 3.2 has a DH profile on Luke Strobel, a Enduro profile on Matthew Slaven, and a XC/Cyclocross profile on Brian Matter.

Freehub loves to feature different riders from different disciplines, and issue 3.2 has a DH profile on Luke Strobel, a Enduro profile on Matthew Slaven, and a XC/Cyclocross profile on Brian Matter.


Photography is an important and expressive part of sharing and documenting our world, so we curate profiles on emerging and established photographers like this image from a current profile on Margus Riga. Other inspiring photographers in our current issue is Garrett Grove.

Photography is an important and expressive part of sharing and documenting our world, so we curate profiles on emerging and established photographers like this image from a current profile on Margus Riga. Other inspiring photographers in our current issue is Garrett Grove.


Freehub always takes a look into the industry and people that make it grow by operating and owning something unique. In Vol 3.2 we take a look at Anderson Wood Fenders and his story.

Freehub always takes a look into the industry and people that make it grow by operating and owning something unique. In Vol 3.2 we take a look at Anderson Wood Fenders and his story.


Bikers are always looking to adventure, which is what keeps us exploring new terrain. In this issue we take a ride in Chico to explore what they have to offer mountain bikers and friends seeking adventure in ride-able destinations.

Bikers are always looking to adventure, which is what keeps us exploring new terrain. In this issue we take a ride in Chico to explore what they have to offer mountain bikers and friends seeking adventure in ride-able destinations.


Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association is one of the features in 'Our World', a section that is dedicated to the endeavors associated with growing and building our sport.

Southern Off-Road Bicycling Association is one of the features in 'Our World', a section that is dedicated to the endeavors associated with growing and building our sport.


We take pride in offering the very people who read Freehub a chance to get published by submitting their own stories based on personal experiences. In the magazine you can find trail and ride reviews, profiles on riders, photographers and filmers, stories focused on companies and their origins, stories on biking communities, and authentic Freehub features. If you care to contact us for content submissions, subscriptions, or feedback you can do so through our website at FreehubMag.com.


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Devinci Wilson 'Dream Build' - Review
13 Sep 2012
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Any seasoned mountain biker understands the feeling of building a bike from scratch. Hand picking every component and making a thing of beauty, painstakingly choosing each component towards the moment when you can swing your leg over the top tube for a first ride. Here at Freehub, we had the chance to build a 'dream bike' that would test some of the hottest components on the market while creating a complex machine bred for happiness and flow. With the help of some amazing bike companies, we created the Devinci Wilson dream downhill build.



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Top of the World: Whistler Bike Park 5k Descent
31 Jul 2012
Brian Finestone can’t help but smile. Sure, he’s been overseeing the Whistler-Blackcomb Bike Park for close to a decade and has orchestrated many groundbreaking projects, but we are standing atop a new era for pedal-powered descents: the snow-banked trailhead for Top Of The World.

It is a day before the official public opening of the new alpine trail and the lifties are still getting used to loading and unloading bikes on Whistler’s Peak Chair. Indeed, watching $5,000 dangle from a single hook 100 feet over the monolithic boulders of Whistler Bowl can be a nerve-wracking experience. At the top, a middle-aged woman cheers as she unloads my ride successfully. We are a group of a dozen or so riders—everyone from mountain bike beginners from the Globe and Mail to guys like Finestone and Whistler-Blackcomb’s own Peter Lonergan who rip the park on a daily basis, and myself, Freehub Publisher Brandon Watts, and a couple of other local media types.

<i>Jared Vandergriend makes the first turn on the Top Of The World with Black Tusk in the background.</i>

Jared Vandergriend makes the first turn on the Top Of The World with Black Tusk in the background.



We look over to views of the iconic Black Tusk drifting in and out of spotty cloud cover. The top section of the trail is loose, rocky, and a little intimidating for those who don’t ride much downhill, mostly due to a bit of exposure and tight switchbacks. But after a half dozen turns, the trail settles into loamy, winding singletrack alongside the first stunted evergreens at treeline with views to the Coast Mountains fading into the distance.

<i>Yes, it's rocky off the top. Eric Johnson (front) and Jared Vandergriend (back) through the switchbacks.</i>

Yes, it's rocky off the top. Eric Johnson (front) and Jared Vandergriend (back) through the switchbacks.



<i>Finding flow - Eric Johnson pumps a benched-out section before the trail makes its first road crossing and drops into the loam.</i>

Finding flow - Eric Johnson pumps a benched-out section before the trail makes its first road crossing and drops into the loam.



<i>Jared Vandergriend navigates one of the more technical sections near the top of the trail.</i>

Jared Vandergriend navigates one of the more technical sections near the top of the trail.



Yet this is just a taste—the Top Of The World trail is still under construction. Only two of five sections are complete, and the bulk of the descent below treeline utilizes existing winter runs to bring riders back to the west side of the Garbanzo zone, where, after 2,000-plus vertical feet of descending, riders link into another 3,000 feet back to the village. However, Finestone explains plans to rough out singletrack below Cockalorum in West Bowl, which will link singletrack from the peak to the park. And, eventually, they hope to break ground on subsequent alpine trails to provide a decidedly different aspect the Whistler Bike Park—more of an all-mountain, trail-bike-ready experience at 7,000 feet; a type of riding suited to cyclists looking to add some seclusion and alpine vistas to their gravity experience.

<i>Top Of The World reconnects with the Garbanzo zone of the Whistler Bike Park on the upper reaches of Freight Train, just in time for Eric Johnson to send a few wall rides in the tunnel.</i>

Top Of The World reconnects with the Garbanzo zone of the Whistler Bike Park on the upper reaches of Freight Train, just in time for Eric Johnson to send a few wall rides in the tunnel.



<i>Just before entering the lower mountain, Eric Johnson rallies Drop In Clinic while Jared Vandergriend follows behind.</i>

Just before entering the lower mountain, Eric Johnson rallies Drop In Clinic while Jared Vandergriend follows behind.



As we reconvene within the bike park proper, our group splits into a few groups, with the more experienced riders dropping into the high speed confines of Freight Train and the well-traveled haunts of the lower mountain. For now, only 100 Peak Chair bike passes will be sold per day, ensuring the trail will not become congested or overcrowded. We will ride for two more days, being several of the lucky 100 to score a Peak Pass and find some alpine flow Saturday evening. And we will leave with a new perspective on what riding the Whistler Bike Park can mean.

Words and Photos by Colin Wiseman.

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