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   :: from mentalOct 31, 2001
Schwinn/GT Execs net Huge Bonuses Schwinn/GT Execs net Huge Bonuses
I found this story on the
Bicycle Retailer
site. It has to be frustrating (to say the
least) for Schwinn/GT team members who were said to be collectively
stiffed $200,000US. How is it that executives who run companies
into the ground are able to get bonuses? Schwinn/GT's $2 million
retention plan was made public last week despite Questor's efforts
to keep details of the plan confidential. The top 10 managers
received about 40 percent of the $2 million bonus
package with
the remainder distributed among 51 other employees. Executive bonuses
were calculated as a percent of their annual salaries.

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   :: from BVMBAOct 30, 2001


The Bow Corridor Ecosystem Advisory Group (BCEAG) has formed a Recreational Opportunities Working Group Committee (ROWG) that wants to solicit public involvement in setting direction for human/wildlife use of the corridors around Canmore. Ken Davies of the Bow Valley Mountain Bike Alliance (BVMBA) is the mountain bike representative on the committee. Although the BVMBA has disagreed with many of the BCEAG processes to date, the BVMBA endorses the ROWG process because it allows mountain bikers and other recreational users to communicate directly with BCEAG and, hopefully, participate in the decision making process. We hope this is the first of many public consultations!

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   :: from Radek BurkatOct 29, 2001
Pack your bags and head to Banff tonight. Pack your bags and head to Banff tonight.
That's right! Banff Film Festival, Radical Reels airs tonight. Faster, steeper, higher, deeper! Hang on to your seats as they present the world’s best skiing, boarding and mountain-biking films. Get set for a wild, wild ride into festival week!
Tonight playing: Matchstick-Ski Movie II, Freeride-Unizaba, TGR-Mind the Addiction, Freeride-Disorder II Fat Tire Fury, Treetop-Third Degree Burns"

Banff Film Festival Schedule
   :: from Radek BurkatOct 29, 2001
Does Pinkbike need an overhaul? Does Pinkbike need an overhaul?
Tony Manchester writes: This site has had this look for some time now. Isn't it time for a new look?? Especially considering the new popularity of the site.

Well here is your chance to put add your input and in so create the new Pinkbike, because really, it is YOU that make this site. So, get your idea caps on and lets discuss what we all should change.
What do you like? What you hate? What you want changed, why? What do you want added/axed? Here are a couple of early graphics Scott Kells put together for Pinkbike and Biglines.


   :: from Pete WebberOct 29, 2001
eBay and IMBA Lend a Hand eBay and IMBA Lend a Hand
More than a thousand volunteer trailworkers will receive free heavy-duty
work gloves thanks to a new alliance between eBay and the International
Mountain Bicycling Association.

eBay, the world's online marketplace, has joined IMBA as a corporate member
and paid for a shipment of custom work gloves to help support and reward
volunteer trailworkers. The leather gloves feature both the eBay and IMBA
logos and are being distributed to IMBA-affiliated mountain bike clubs
coast-to-coast and beyond.

Mountain bike clubs can request the free work gloves by completing a simple
form on IMBA's website at:

"IMBA is very grateful for eBay's support," says IMBA executive director Tim
Blumenthal. "Good gloves are essential to produce great trailwork."

   :: from Jonn TeghtmeyerOct 28, 2001
Mountain Bike City - New Owners Mountain Bike City - New Owners
I would like to invite eveyone to come in and see us and our soon to be renovated shop. We want Mountain Bike City to be the place in calgary to buy cool bikes, what other shop do the owners actually ride? We are going to be starting a freeride/downhill team with weeknight shuttles etc. we will be ressurecting a certain orange and black racing team that has gone into hibernation for the last two years. I have been in discussion with Wintergreen as they are planning to open again next year any one that wants to be a part of the action should talk to us. We have got all the info on the new Intense frames and the progressive shocks, they have come down in price this year and we will be bringing some in along with all the big konas, norcos and the top secret cannondale gemini. Also a lot of people dont realize that we are a full service ski and board shop. We sell atomic, volkl and rossi and have one of the most experienced techs in town. We are going to have a booth at the ski show november 2nd and 3rd, come see our winter lines as well as the new bikes (the good ones)- jonn teghtmeyer and tyler downes


   :: from Radek BurkatOct 27, 2001
Ask Pinkbike Ask Pinkbike
Lorenz writes: I am a 25 year old "freerider" from Germany and I would like to find information and contacts for various film, digital imaging, animation companies around the World, and especially Canada and US, that do work on and for extreme tv shows, films, and videos.
I am currently working for a German media company doing whole animations in MAYA, and also some video editing work.
I would like to relocate to North America for the biking but also hook up with work in my related field.

   :: from Derek BisbingOct 27, 2001
New video New video
I've got a new video for you to post... or link to rather. it's on a spanky
server here at work. and we want to see what it can take, so this should be
a good test. Also check out all the latest info at
   :: from BiglinesOct 26, 2001
Biglines and SBC Skier PARTY! Biglines and SBC Skier PARTY! and SBC Skier have joined forces to throw another one of the best parties of the fall. It is all going down 7:30pm, Saturday, November 3, 2001 at Desperados in Calgary. The party will coincide with the Calgary Ski and Snowboard Show, so everyone can just walk two blocks down to the bar after the show, have dinner and start drinking. Desperados will feature their full menu, and we will be starting the flicks at 7:30pm featuring High Society by MSP, and then continue showing brand new snow movies all night long! Admission is FREE and everyone gets a free drink if they arrive before 9pm.
   :: from mentalOct 25, 2001
Wanna Be A Television Star? Wanna Be A Television Star?
A Canadian production company based in Toronto is looking for male and female athletes of Asian descent to perform in a television commercial being filmed in Whistler. Male and Female riders must have advanced downhill experience and the ability to rip it up on cue! A male snowboarder is also needed and applicants must be able to Heli Jump, and pull a 360 or somersault off a kicker! Those chosen will be well paid(not to mention famous)!
Contact Karyn or Sharon at 416-224-0001 or
   :: from Radek BurkatOct 25, 2001
2 Days left in free shipping promotion! 2 Days left in free shipping promotion!
The Free Shipping in Canada and US, for the new Freeride Entertainment film, New World Disorder II-Fat Tire Fury, ends Friday. You have 2 more days to order yourself a copy and pay nothing for shipping. Be one of the first ones to own the video and also buy at at the best price out there. Order by now and all you would pay is $23 US or $34.95 CDN.
Thanks to all those who ordered and hope you are having a good time watching the videos at home, right now.
Check out all the other videos available.
   :: from JasonOct 24, 2001
Bombshell - Canadian Distributor Found. Bombshell - Canadian Distributor Found.
Thanks for all the interest and comments. Bombshell would like to present our new Canadadian Distributor, Tricycle Works, out of Edmonton, Alberta. Contact the folks at Tricycle Works for all your Bombshell needs 780-424-5395
   :: from Banff CentreOct 22, 2001
Banff Mountain Film Festival Banff Mountain Film Festival
Oct. 29&30 Nov. 2-4, 2001

This year the Banff Mountain Film Festival, presented by Eagle Creek Travel Gear and the National Geographic Society, will once again bring you the world’s best mountain films, videos, and speakers.

This year, for the first time, the festival offers events on Monday and Tuesday nights, as well as the traditional Friday-through-Sunday schedule.

There are free lunch-hour seminars that will tackle cutting-edge mountain issues, and the festival adventure trade show will feature the latest in outdoor equipment, clothing, and adventure travel.

Join the Banff Center as they celebrate 26 years of mountain excellence. The fest has a great line up this year so make sure you check it out. More Info
   :: from Red BullOct 22, 2001
Red Bull Rampage: Canada Represents! Red Bull Rampage: Canada Represents!
The mountain bike community eagerly awaited an event that combined the
technical advances in the sport of mountain biking and the skill of free
riding. Finally, with the help of Global Event Management, Josh Bender,
and Bike Zion, Red Bull provided the perfect opportunity for this
contingency of 22 free riders. All photos courtesy of Doug Wilson.
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   :: from mentalOct 19, 2001
2002 Foes Racing Website Up! 2002 Foes Racing Website Up!
Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Moutnains of Southern California exists a small but prosperous design and manufacturing company. There are no big buildings, no neon signs, just a handful of people with one aim in mind - to build the best full suspension bicycles. Foes 2002 lineup of race ready framesets and F1 forks is now online on their new website. There should be enough info there for any prospective buyer with frame details, numbers, tech help, installation instructions and even some Flash videos! Be sure to check out the new Foes Fly, voted best new bike at Interbike. I can't wait to get my hands on one to test! If for some unknown reason you still have questions, contact Foes at (626)683-8368 or

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   :: from mentalOct 19, 2001
Bombshell  looking for Canadian Distributor Bombshell looking for Canadian Distributor
Speaking with Jason at Bombshell yesterday, he advised me they're looking for a Canadian Distributor. Interested parties should email Bombshell or contact via telephone at (619)448-4508. Bombshell had a pretty impressive booth at Interbike. Some nice burly stuff including Dual and DH framesets, armor and a full line of single and double crown forks.
   :: from Radek BurkatOct 18, 2001
Fat Tire Fury (New World Disorder  2) - In stock n Fat Tire Fury (New World Disorder 2) - In stock now!
Just picked up a big box full of NWD II videos and they are ready to ship. Order your copy now and you'll be able to watch, in the comfort of your home, this awesome new film from Freeride Entertainment.
To thank all you Pinkbike readers, supporters, and advocates, we're gonna give ya some loving back. For the next week, free shipping on NWD II videos to Canada and US. (Please select the free shipping promotion on the order form)
Order your copy of New World Disorder II-Fat Tire Fury now for $34.95 CDN or $23 USD (No shipping chages in Canada and US for the next week)

   :: from PinkbikeOct 17, 2001
Thunk Bicycles Thunk Bicycles
Just found this hand made Canadian frameset from newcomer Thunk Bicycles based right here in Calgary. Constructed of straight guage 4130 cromoly, with more gussets than you could count on one hand, this frameset is beefy beyond words. Targeting the freeride/DH/urban hardtail market, frame weight on the prototype is a burly 7 lbs and retail pricing is expected to be between $900 and $1000 Canadian. The bike accepts 24 and 26" rear wheels (cantilever posts) and up to 3.0 tires with plenty of room. According to all who had the chance to ride it, numbers on this (as yet) unnamed prototype were bang on and Derek from Thunk advised me of some planned changes to production frames. Chainstays will become rectangular 4130 to and the gussets found at the BB and seat tube/seatstay junctions will disappear as in-house testing found them to be overkill. Also from Thunk is the megla-beefy brick stem and bash guard. These were just one-offs for the proto bike, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them on a Thunk near you! Production frames will be available in late January. Contact Derek at (403)277-3430 or at for more info.See Photos

   :: from Mike PorterOct 17, 2001
Kicking Horse Downhill Results Kicking Horse Downhill Results
Well, I hope it's better late then never so here are the Race Results. Seems like everytime I sit down to get these out something comes up. Let me start by thanking the Kicking Horse crew for putting on what was the best race of the season. In classic Golden style, the course kicked some serious butt! Shoot, even the ride to the start was a blast. Add to that the awesome feast afterwards and you have one great event! I will definitely race there again! Fish, Bateman and KHMR put on one hell of a race and hope to be part of the BC Cup next year. I wish them all the luck! This has to put Golden on top of the list of Race Meccas with their Psychosis and Terminator DH's! If you have any race photos you can add please send them in!

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   :: from BSX-WorldOct 17, 2001
Vote for your Favorite BSX Rider Vote for your Favorite BSX Rider

The folks in Great Britain that bring you bicycle supercross (BSX) are now taking your votes for BSX rider of the year. For those of you in other parts of the world unfamiliar with BSX, get used to it. This is the format the UCI has chosen to replace Dual at the World Cup. Four up racing down the gnarliest of courses British Style! Click here to email your vote!

Here are the current top five, Be sure to add one of them to your email!

Martin Ogden

Will Longden

Steve Geal

Luke Smith

Alexis Parks

   :: from PinkbikeOct 17, 2001
So Cal Video Extravaganza So Cal Video Extravaganza
In the middle of video party season comes one definitely worth mentioning. The Bike Company and Royal Racing bring you a party of World Cup caliber with special appearances by Steve Peat, Brian Lopes and BMX World Champion Dale Holms. Party starts at 6:30 at Hennesey's Tavern in Dana Point, Ca and goes until the last one falls. Expect to see NWD2, Chainsmoke2, as well as the Circus, Sprung5 teaser and more. If you're in the area, this is one you can't miss!
   :: from Red BullOct 17, 2001
Red Bull Rampage Red Bull Rampage
On October 19-21, 2001 we are proud to host the country's first invitational only, men's mountain bike free-ride competition, Red Bull Rampage, featuring the world's top mountain bikers. Riders will be chosen based on their proven results in downhill, dual slalom and overall free-riding ensuring the highest level of competition and safety for this unique event.

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   :: from Radek BurkatOct 16, 2001
Calgary Mountain Unipsychos Calgary Mountain Unipsychos
Bike parts cost a ton 'o cash these days. Especially things like hubs, disk brakes, a good set of tires. Anyway, check out these boys as they've got some tips on saving you about half the money you put into biking. I had no idea!

   :: from Radek BurkatOct 15, 2001
New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Banff Alberta - TON New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Banff Alberta - TONIGHT!
Just a reminder -
Presented by the Bicycle Cafe on Oct 15th, doors at 9pm, $5 to get in, Wild Bills in Banff (located at 201 Banff Ave), includes prizes and Calgary's own Mico(with John Stewart)is playing! Special appearances will be made by the industry's best photographer, John Gibson, as well as rock/movie star Stacey Kohut, and a Special MC. All of the Banff/ Canmore riders will be there but we'd like to see Calgary represented at this event. Also Kona Honch and Klump Team Manager Richard(Dik) Cox will be there looking for local riding "talent".
Thanks for your continued support,
Bicycle Cafe Canmore
   :: from PinkbikeOct 12, 2001
More Interbike News! More Interbike News!
Trek was showing off their Diesel DH design, and Gary Fisher will also have a model dubbed the Repack. Looks like an Orange design, with bolt on dropouts and a Balfa’esq top pulley mounted at the pivot that is said to eliminate pedal feedback! Price was an out-of-this-world $2799US frame only! Former NORBA contender and all around honch, “Tattoo” Lou was there with his Ten Ten Products XC and Dual frames. Both bikes looked sweet with the Dual/Urban ride built from 4130 cromo and sporting horizontal dropouts. Lou also had some megla beefy stems to show and sent me on my way with a pair of his cnc’d end caps! Chumba Wumba showed us their Shaums March limited edition Zulu DH. Featuring an upgraded Romic Shock, custom paint, additional machining and details I’m surely missing. Numbers are limited to just 50, so be sure to order yours soon. Royal Racing was keeping some big news under their hat for the 2002 season, but did find the time to show us their gorgeous bolt on chainring. Hurricane also showed up with an updated SS seatpost that has been lengthened for the burly freerider! These posts are made with what has to be the largest clamp on the market, virtually eliminating bent seat rails!

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   :: from MASEV CommunicationsOct 12, 2001
Action-Sports Expo Postponed Action-Sports Expo Postponed
Vancouver, BC (October 11, 2001) - The MASEV Action-Sports Expo, originally
scheduled for October 27 - 28 at BC Place, has been postponed until Spring

The event was to feature an international line-up of action sports
superstars and music talent. However, due to the escalating tensions in the
global political climate, certain key logistical components of the event
were compromised.
   :: from Jared ConnellOct 12, 2001
Titec Launches New & Improved Website! Titec Launches New & Improved Website!
Titec worked with Steven Laff of A Far Site Better
( , who also
redesigned the new Supergo site. "Steven's work is amazing. Our site is
now easier for consumers to use, totally manageable by us and a far more
powerful tool for Titec," states Rick Palmer, Managing Director.
In addition to product info and images, easy online ordering, team
updates and downloadable catalogs
, Titec plans to keep content fresh so
consumers come back for more. "There is a lot of potential for us to have
fun with this and provide consumers with a site worth visiting regularly.
We plan to take advantage of that," states Jared Connell, Marketing and
Product Manager.
The new site is live, so check it out!
   :: from Shelley ArnuschOct 12, 2001
Mountain Madness Extravaganza - aftermath Mountain Madness Extravaganza - aftermath
It's been a couple of weeks now since and rocked the Back Alley for a one of a kind show. Time to sit back, relax, kick off your shoes, put on your favourite robe, settle back in that easy chair with the special ass-shaped groove, and reflect on that earth-shaking event, the Mountain Madness Extravaganza. Time to remember that…

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   :: from Ken DaviesOct 11, 2001
Trail Day - Work on Reclaimer this Sunday Trail Day - Work on Reclaimer this Sunday
Work will continue on the "Reclaimer" trail this Sunday starting at 10 AM in the Grassi Lakes Trail Parking Lot. You can bring axes or small hand saws. AB government is supposed to supply some more tools. You can also bring your bike as the bottom 1 km is already rideable (although grassy/moss covered) and we will continue to work up the trail. Whatever we finish will also be rideable. This lower part of the trail remains a kid friendly activity if you want to bring your family. If we get a good turnout, we could be riding this trail this fall!

   :: from Rebecca GardnerOct 11, 2001
Dirty Girlz Bike Club Media Release Dirty Girlz Bike Club Media Release
Victoria's newest addition to the bike scene -
Dirty Girlz Bike Club. If you like to ride why not join us on the
singletrack to get the full picture of what Dirty Girlz is about. We have
rides for all skill levels from beginner to advanced, so we have something
for everyone and we'd love to have you along for whichever ride you'd be
most comfortable on. Please contact me at this e-mail or phone (250)
380-3054 for more information. Here is the official Dirty Girlz Press Release
   :: from SteveOct 11, 2001
New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Winnipeg, Manitoba New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Bicycle Cafe Winnipeg, is proud to premier New Wold Disorder 2 "Fat Tire
Fury" on Saturday October 13. The show is at the Cavalier Hotel on Regent
Ave. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 8:00. Tickets can be picked up at
the Cafe, 201 Henderson Hwy, Winnipeg, or at the door. For more info call
   :: from Radek BurkatOct 11, 2001
High Society - in Calgary  THURSDAY - tonight! High Society - in Calgary THURSDAY - tonight!
'Ski Movie 2: High Society' in Calgary this THURSDAY at the University. Come out and see the best ski movie of the new millenium, and you have an awesome chance of walking away with quality swag from Helly Hansen. It is an ALL AGES show and starts at 7:00 pm at Murray Fraser Hall 162 (MFH 162). See you there!

Questions/Comments presented the first Canadian screening of Matchstick Productions new movie, 'Ski Movie 2: High Society' at Outabounds Nightclub in Banff, Alberta, on Friday, Oct. 5th. (read the full story)

   :: from Mike PorterOct 10, 2001
Dual is Dead Dual is Dead
The UCI has confirmed that the two-up race format will be replaced next season with biker-X style four-up racing. The UCI hopes this effort will make the format more spectator friendly. Now if track designers can adjust and make the courses wider and leave room to pass, this can only be good for the sport. It should open up room to qualify more than the current 30 racers. This may open up the field to more local racers unable to put in qualifying times equal to World Cup Pros, but fast in the four-up format nonetheless. I can't wait for next season. I'm sure local promoters will revel in the chance to open up this racing format!
   :: from Radek BurkatOct 10, 2001
Videos Offline and tech talk Videos Offline and tech talk
Hi just wanted to let you guys know that I took the videos offline for a bit. Traffic to Pinkbike has boomed over the last little while and things are getting a little out of hand. We've had days recently where we have hit almost a million hits in ONE day! Server outgoing is railed at about 5 Mbits/sec constant average with 5 minute average spikes of 20 Mbits/sec and instantaneous spikes well into the 100Mbit pipe that we have. Also daily traffic is hitting 50Gigabytes per day! That's putting Pinkbike over a Terabyte/month traffic wise.
In any case, read my comments below and I invite you for some brainstorming into various solution.

   :: from Darren ButlerOct 9, 2001
The Second Coming Premieres The Second Coming Premieres
'THE SECOND COMING' , a film by MPF Productions, the folks who brought you "Hidden Pleasures" will be premiering on Saturday, October 13th in INVERMERE,BC. There will be an all ages show at the Invermere Community Hall at 7pm, followed by an adult show at Bud's Disco at 10pm. Tickets will be $5 at the door. There will also be some draw prizes and some of the proceeds will go to the Kootenay Trail Builders Association. I have seen muchof the footage in this movie and it is ready for the big time! Come out and support the Kootenay scene!
   :: from Big BriOct 9, 2001
New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Banff Alberta New World Disorder 2 Premiere, Banff Alberta
Presented by the Bicycle Cafe on Oct 15th, doors at 9pm, $5 to get in, Wild Bills in Banff (located at 201 Banff Ave), includes prizes and Calgary's own Mico(with John Stewart)is playing! Special appearances will be made by the industry's best photographer, John Gibson, as well as rock/movie star Stacey Kohut, and a Special MC. All of the Banff/ Canmore riders will be there but we'd like to see Calgary represented at this event. Also Kona Honch and Klump Team Manager Richard(Dik) Cox will be there looking for local riding "talent".
Thanks for your continued support,
Bicycle Cafe Canmore
   :: from mentalOct 8, 2001
Thoughts On Interbike Thoughts On Interbike
Interbike seemed to bring out all that is good and bad in the bike industry. There were companies like Ten Ten Products, Chumba Wumba, Razorrock, Royal Racing, Kona, Evil, Brooklyn, Canfield, Nicolai, Willits, Soul Craft, Avalanche, Cove, Dirt Rag, Bike, and a myriad of others I don't have room to name, in this for love of the sport. They jammed into the Sands Convention Center with companies like Pacific (who stiffed racers Leigh Donovan, Steve Peat, and Alison Dunlap out of an estimated $125,000) and the plethora of cross-marketers trying to capitalize on the cycling industry. It was good to see the number of suits were hugely outnumbered by the souls of the sport. The unfortunate part is the suits' sales probably exceed the souls' exponentially! I’ll just keep telling myself it's all about the love!
   :: from Global RacingOct 8, 2001
Greg Minnaar Injured Greg Minnaar Injured
World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar crashed during training yesterday and suffered a dislocated shoulder that put him out of the racing for the weekend. "I was having a great training run, chose the right combination of Michelins, when I just hit a rock awkwardly that through me into a tree. My shoulder was numb, and
I could feel it was not in the right place so I tried to move it myself.
Then these medics were standing on my chest and pulling on my arm like it
was Christmas!! A doctor then arrived, gave me an injection and slid the
shoulder back in," said Greg after returning from hospital. "This course is
the most technical I have ever seen. It's so steep and so difficult, and I
felt it was better not to risk dislocating the shoulder again. For further information on Greg visit
   :: from Avalanche RacingOct 7, 2001
Avalanche DHF-8 Now Pre-Ordering Avalanche DHF-8 Now Pre-Ordering
Avalanche Downhill Racing is now taking deposits for the first production run of the much anticipated DHF-8 downhill forks. The first production run will be delivered at the beginning of 2002. A limited quantity (100 sets) will be produced during this first production run. In order to get your hands on one of these forks, you will need to put a 50% deposit down by the end of October 2001. Fill out this form and submit it to Craig by the end of this month to secure your order.

   :: from PinkbikeOct 5, 2001
Troy Lee Designs Troy Lee Designs
Big news at Troy Lee is the introduction of a fiberglass D2 helmet. Priced nearly $100US less than the D2 carbon, this helmet features the same attention to detail of it's pricier sibling like clear coated graphics, interchangeable MX style padded liner, and D-ring strap system in a (more) affordable platform. It is also available in a limited edition Hot Wheels version for those yearning for their younger years. They also showed us the new Sprint pant, a mountainbike/BMX specific pant that is similar to TLD's MX wear, but has been lightened, better ventilation, and padded knee and shin guards that all should improve pedalling efficiency for the DH crowd! Intorduced this season, the AIR glove I tried seemed to provide a good balance of comfort and protection in a well ventilated package.

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   :: from PinkbikeOct 5, 2001
Fox Racing Shocks Fox Racing Shocks
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I visited the Fox (suspension) booth at Interbike. Their Fox Vanilla and Float front forks were very impressive with the Vanilla especially nice for the trailbike crowd coming in a 125mm travel version. These forks were very stiff (on display anyway) and super plush but Fox folks were very tight lipped about future DH versions of the fork. The part I found very disappointing, was Fox has no plans to update the Vanilla RC rear shock. With companies like Avalanche , Progressive Suspension, and Curnutt upping the ante with among other things, position sensitive valving, custom tuning and unbelievable durability, I was shocked to hear a former industry leader like Fox was letting the opportunity pass.
   :: from PinkbikeOct 5, 2001
Intense at Interbike Intense at Interbike
At the Intense booth, the only notable change to their already impressive line up is the addition of the Progressive Suspension 5th Element rear shock. This shock will be available on the M1 and plans are in the works for Uzzi and maybe even Tazer availability. No word on when or even if the Intense version of the VPP will be available. Intense did have their very impressive Off Road Truck on display at the Beach video party, but alas, we were too intent on partying to bring the camera. Intense will have the track tested 909 tires available for next season in both 2.5 and 2.7 SR versions. I was very impressed with these tires when I played with them at the Grouse World Cup. They have also released the Edge 2.35 (Blur replacement) and Zero 2.4 Semi-Slick DH tire. For those of you like me, who have eagerly been awaiting the Intense Stealth rubber shoes, Jimmy assures me they are finally on their way and will be shipping to a shop near you within weeks.

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   :: from Radek BurkatOct 4, 2001
MSP in Banff on FRIDAY MSP in Banff on FRIDAY
The 1st Canadian screening of MSP's new movie HIGH society will be screened at OUTABOUNDS night club in Banff on Friday, October 5th at 9:00pm...tix are $8 and are available at Monod's or Outabounds and at the door.
$1 from every ticket goes toward the Biglines Freeride Scholarship...
Check out the half page MSP Canadian Tour ad in Ski Press mag this month.

MSP in Calgary OCT 11th at the U of C

   :: from James RadkeOct 3, 2001
New World Disorder II - Fat Tire Fury Premiere on New World Disorder II - Fat Tire Fury Premiere on Friday
Disorder 2 "Fat Tire Fury" will be showing it at C.O.P on October 5th ,
Friday night.
There will be 2 shows, one at 7:30pm and one at 9pm in the
Olympic Hall of Fame Theater. Each show has a limit of 75 seats and people
can get tickets by calling 247-5452. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the
This is an all ages show and pop and beer can be purchased at the
show. We are showing this film as a wrap-up to the mountain bike season at
Canada Olympic Park and a thank-you to all who played at C.O.P during the
NOTE: The Bicycle Cafe is also putting on a Premiere and party in Banff on Oct 15. Stay tuned for details.

   :: from Pinkbike@InterbikeOct 2, 2001
Razorrock Racing Razorrock Racing
New at Razorrock racing this year is a floating brake for the Super 8 and Shockwave. Adding to the Razorrock hot rod kits that replace the dropouts and use R³'s 20mm hub, Rob has made a brake mount with a floating arm that attaches to the front triangle. Production copies should be available around Christmas and I was unable to get a price list just yet. They have also updated their rear bolt on hub with steel inserts on the aluminum axle as well as a larger flange that should keep those with extra beefy dropouts from stripping the axle bolts! Word has it that Brake Therapy has also developed a Super 8 floating brake and I'll get pics and details for you tomorrow!
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   :: from PinkbikeOct 1, 2001
Stiga Madness sled by K2 @ Interbike Stiga Madness sled by K2 @ Interbike
The winter is coming and if you are still yearning of grasping a handle bar when you're on the slopes, then K2 has got you covered. Yes they call this the K2 Snowcycle but it can be easily converted into something that the Finns have already been doing for a while....a Stiga sled.Check out this Stiga story from the Pinkbike past. Last I've seen, Vise has been pulling full out, back flips on these babies.
Stiga Madness story


   :: from Radek BurkatOct 1, 2001
Interbike Poll renamed Interbike Poll renamed
Thanks to Nicole from New Zealand for pointing out that our "Hottest Babes at Interbike Poll" was sexist. Also mentioned were some choice swear words as well as an explanation that we should "get with it" and put up some hot males from Interbike. OK then. The poll is changed to Hottest PEOPLE at Interbike and our first candidates are Mike Porter and Gary Fisher. Happy Voting, and thanks Nicole.

   :: from Pinkbike@InterbikeOct 1, 2001
Evil Bikes Evil Bikes
Straight from the depths of Boston, MA., Evil Bikes has created the Imperial hardtail frame. Evil showcased one of the stiffest, most durable looking frames that we have seen at Interbike. The Imperial has a beefy headtube junction, horizontal dropouts and is fat tire compatible (can easily handle a 2.8 Michelin on a 26' wheel). This is one stiff, unforgiving frame which will take every bit of abuse you can throw at it! The boys at Evil stand by the durability of their products, they even supplied a hammer for anyone willing to pound on their Security bash guard. Evil is producing products worthy of any hardcore rider who is most concerned with bombproof durability!

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Balfa Cycles Balfa Cycles
Balfa has continued their species evolution and an updated BB7 should be shipping in mid-December. Through use of an increased stroke shock, travel is extended to between 8 and 8.5". The linkage plates have been beefed up, the head tube angle slackened and the Balfa signature upper pulley has increased in size for longer life. The Belair, an XC/trailbike with an integrated rear shock (a la Boulder bikes)and linkage is being offered for next year and showed the usual Balfa innovation. The popular 2-Step and Minuteman remain unchanged, but Balfa will have complete bikes available for those afraid to self spec!

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Azonic 2002 Product Line Azonic 2002 Product Line
Azonic has some nice stuff for next season including a full on DH bike with a plethora of adjustment (claim 90 different settings), and the burly looking, disc braked, Evolution hardtail that is available complete for under $2000. Price for the frame only is anticipated to be around $1200US. They also showed us an MRP'esq chainguide in addition to a BMX guide, wheelsets, carbon bar and magnesium pedals. For the budget minded, Azonic has also moved their lower end line to the World Force brandname and will be pushing Blur eyewear.

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Foes Does Freeride Foes Does Freeride
For the 2002 model year, Foes has eliminated the LTS and Weasel models and replaced them with the impressive looking Fly! Depending on shock choice and position, travel of the Fly is adjustable from 6.25 to 8.0". Brent was thoughtful enough to put the floating rear brake on the Fly, and a Curnutt shock is offered on the derailleur compatible frameset. Changes to the DHS Tube have simplified the frameset to lower price and weight and also increase stiffness. The Fox rear shock is now lengthened and adjustable á la Mono and the Curnutt is an option. The Foes F1XL and F1/Curnutt XTD are updated, extended travel (8") versions of Foes' race proven Wet One and still weigh under 6.5 pounds! The Mono has also seen small changes to the frameset and you can now purchase the bike as a frame (stage 1), frame/fork (stage 2), or as a complete bike (stage 3). In XC and trailbike news, Foes has obviously embraced the Curnutt technology, with an XC version of the rear shock on the race proven FXC, and on the unnamed prototype trailbike.

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Santa Cruz Bikes Santa Cruz Bikes
Santa Cruz also had an impressive booth with a whole ton of innovation and detail work rarely found in a company of their size, especially considering the sales success of their current line! Obviously, the biggest news is the much talked about V10. Utilizing the VPP technology, this bike should be available by mid-February and 2 frameset levels will be offered at $1799 and $2199 US retail! Rob promises a copy for testing within the next 6 weeks! All of the Santa Cruz suspension line will either use or offer the 5th Element Progressive rear shocks. I also had the chance to ride a Bullit on Saturday with the 5th Element and it was a huge improvement over the Fox RC. Speaking of the Bullit, pivot has been moved about 1/2 inch lower to improve pedalling for the freeride crowd reluctant to run a big ring up front, and the frame will now accept an 8" rotor! The XC Blur (VPP) should also come out early next summer. The coolest features on the 2002 line is the addition of replaceable dropouts. Not derailleur hangers, dropouts. These things are beautiful, and certainly are a value added feature, as is the bottle opener on the re-released Heckler line! Nice to see Santa Cruz pushing the envelope in their line!
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Avalanche Booth! Avalanche Booth!
Packed with the most eye candy per capita, the Avalanche booth has the most impressive lineup of bikes at the show. Bikes like the Brooklyn TMX, TMX linkage, and mini-link. The Canfield boys, Lance and Chris had their Canfield Fatty Fat 10" travel monster and Nicolai also had a very impressive pair of bikes I can't wait to get my hands on for a dirt test. All bikes were equipped with the new Avalanche DHF-8 forks and looked indestructable. These small builders are absolute craftsmen with awesome attention to detail! The bad news is that attention doesn't come cheap!
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New World Disorder II and Chain Smoke Movie Premie New World Disorder II and Chain Smoke Movie Premieres
Fox Racing threw down a rockin' party at the Beach Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada where the world wide premiere of Chain Smoke 2 and New World Disorder II was shown! The party kicked off for a rowdy mountain-biker crowd with the showing of Fox's new Chain Smoke 2! The atmosphere was awesome! Bikers from around the world getting psyched up watching the best riders in the world up the ante to the sound of pumping beats! The much anticipated New World Disorder II stunned the crowd, riders such as Bender stepped it up a full notch in this flick. Definitely check these movies out!!
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Rocky Mountain Bicycles 2002 Lineup Rocky Mountain Bicycles 2002 Lineup
Rocky Mountain Bikes had a sweet looking full suspension lineup. The Switch, a 4-5 inch travel trailbike with an awesome spec. I had the opportunity to ride this one at the on dirt demo and walked away very impressed. The RM9 has been updated with beefed up downtube and headtube, Hopey damper (the only OEM manufacturer to spec it)with ful 14mm headset cups to eliminate head tube ovalization, and the addition of 4 cartridge bearings in the main pivot! The sweet flame paint was popular as well. Pete also showed us the unnamed "X-Bike". A full suspension XC bike, it uses Easton's new XC RAD tubing and utilizes Formula 1 inspired double wishbone rear suspension. Looked sweet and weighed less than 24 pounds with sensible spec.
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