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   :: from Velo NewsNov 30, 2001
Green, Minnaar and Chausson are Tops Green, Minnaar and Chausson are Tops
Velo News named Canadian rider, Roland Green, of Team Trek/VW the Top North American Male Cyclist. This is the first time a Mountainbiker or non-American has ever won the award. Green is fresh off a phenomenal season in which he won the World Cup Championships and Overall Title as well as the NORBA XC and Short Track titles. On a related note, Velo News also named Greg Minnaar the Top Male Mountain-Bike Racer. This award, a first for a non-European, has Greg very excited especially after being snubbed by the South African Cycling fraternity in their recent award voting for top cyclist. Greg also won International Best Male Downhiller, beating out Nicolas Vouilloz and Steve Peat. On the women's side, Anne-Caroline Chausson took Female Mountain-Bike Racer of the Year, an award she can add to her record number of World Cup Titles and Championships.
   :: from mentalNov 30, 2001
Trek/VW's Demo Van and Bikes Stolen Trek/VW's Demo Van and Bikes Stolen
Trek has joined Intense as the latest victim of bike theft. On late Wednesday,
Trek/Vw's demo van and trailer packed filled with 22 bikes including 5200's,
2300's, Fuel 90 and 98's, Klein Adept Pro's and a Honda CR125 was stolen in
Tempe, Arizona. The trailer and van should be fairly easy to spot as it is
emblazoned with the Trek VW Demo logos. Anyone with information should
report to local authorities! Police are still investigating Intense's theft reported last month!
   :: from Russ DayNov 30, 2001
Unizaba in Vancouver this weekend Unizaba in Vancouver this weekend
As strange as Unizaba sounds the entertainment couldn’t be better. This is the title of a short film shot by Vancouver filmmaker Sean White featuring freeride unicycle freaks, Kris Holm and Nathan Hoover, piloting their bi-pedaled uni-wheeled machines down North America’s third highest summit, El Pico de Orizaba. The 18,410 foot high volcano lies in Mexico and when its name is grafted with the word unicycle you apparently get the film’s title. The action is a part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour that plays this weekend in Vancouver at the Ridge Theatre, Saturday at 8 p.m. Produced by Sean White, Derek Westerlund and the dudes at Freeride Entertainment. Also this weekend at the Festival's 2 p.m. Saturday showing, a presentation of Freeride Entertainment's Disorder II, Fat Tire Fury. Tickets at Coast Mountain Sports locations or Ticketmaster.
   :: from Radek BurkatNov 29, 2001
Get your fork today. Get your fork today.
End of the day today, Friday, we draw for the brand new Kamikaze Bombshell fork. Make sure you have entered the draw cause tonight we spin the wheel and one random name will be chosen. Yep, that's it. If we pick your name, we ship you the fork anywhere in the world.
Here is the contest entry form.Good luck.
   :: from Balfa CyclesNov 29, 2001
New Balfa DH bike New Balfa DH bike
Yes, it's a CCM! No just kidding. Balfa announced today the sale of its shares to the Procycle group, a Saint-Georges company specialized in bicycle manufacturing. Procycle, the largest Canadian cycling manufacturer, employs more than 600 people.
The association with the Procycle will give new means for Cycles Balfa to expand and grow. This association will also enable them to continue their activities autonomously in their Montreal shop. Cycles Balfa , one of the best-known in the mountain bike industry, will pursue the making of up-market frames.
"We are very proud to join together with Procycle, a large Canadian company. We will be able to maintain and improve the quality of our products and the service we provide while preserving the family spirit that has made the reputation of our brand", says Frédéric Monast, General Manager and founding member.

Furthermore, Procycle says they are happy to provide the resources to support Cycles Balfa's growth while maintaining its autonomy and independence from the Procycle family. The management of Cycles Balfa will continue to be held by the three founders.
   :: from BSX WorldNov 29, 2001
Paging UK Rippers Paging UK Rippers
The crazies over at BSX World are looking into setting up a UK based trail fest over the early summer.
Anyone who wants a hand building trails or a bsx/biker-X track or maybe just a hand re shaping etc. should contact BSX World for more information. Basically, BSX is volunteering their expertise and manpower to help you build what you want. If enough people get involved it should help bring on the riding in the UK.

   :: from mentalNov 29, 2001
Japan's Loss is Scotland's Gain Japan's Loss is Scotland's Gain
Fort William has been awarded a World Cup after the cancellation of the Japan stop. Details are few and far between, but it looks as though June is the most likely date. Check out the promoters website, for information as it becomes available.
   :: from Shelley ArnuschNov 27, 2001
I lost my man to a bombshell I lost my man to a bombshell
At first it was just little things. I would be talking to him,
but he just wasn't there. His eyes would be looking at me, but his
mind was somewhere else. He seemed gleefully happy. He had kind
of a goofy grin on his face most of the time. There was definitely
something on his mind, and I can tell you, it wasn't me, because
I came over one night wearing nothing more than a raincoat and he
barely noticed.
I was starting to think I wasn't the only one.
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   :: from mentalNov 27, 2001
Gestev Wins UCI Award Gestev Wins UCI Award
I found this over at the Canadian Cyclist website. It is certainly no small feat, considering Gestev also put the Grouse World Cup stop together after Whistler pulled the plug!

During the recently held Tissot/UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Annual Conference for Organisers held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Rainbow Awards for Excellence in Event Organisation were awarded by the UCI's General Director, Dieter Schellenberg.

Cross Country Event of the Year 2001 - Monte-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada

Downhill/Dual Event of the Year 2001 - Monte-Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada

The other two finalists in the Cross Country category were Houffalize, Belgium and Sarentino, Italy. In the Downhill/Dual category the other finalists were Arai Mountain, Japan, which won the award last year, and Kaprun, Austria.
Press, riders, teams, and technical companies vote these awards.
More than 100 votes are gathered by the UCI in determining which events have excelled at hosting a round of the Tissot-UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
   :: from Martin WhiteleyNov 26, 2001
Design Global Racing's 2002 Colour Scheme Design Global Racing's 2002 Colour Scheme
What better way to show off your artistic talents and support of the Global Racing Team than designing the colour scheme for next year's race bikes? Not only will the winner's artwork be on each and every Global Racing Team Mountain Bike for the 2002 race season, but the winner will also win a brand new Orange MsIsle dual frame in Global Racing colours. There will also be runner-up prizes of a signed team jersey by World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar and a copy of the new Sprung 5 video.

All you have to do is agree to the rules and then download the JPEG contest form and create your colour scheme electronically on your computer.

Once you have completed your design, submit your entries here on the Global Racing website in either GIF or JPEG format, and no larger than 200K in size. To help keep the size down just complete their colour chart and logo section in white.
Time is running out. The entry deadline is December 16, 2001 and voting begins on December 17th. Winners will be announced on January 5th, 2002! Contact Martin at Global for more information.

   :: from Haro BikesNov 26, 2001
Hannah to Ride for Haro Hannah to Ride for Haro
Haro Bikes announced today that it has signed Australian
Mick Hannah to its mountain bike team for the upcoming 2002 season.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
"Mick, who just celebrated his eighteenth birthday,
has a bright future in Downhill and Dual Slalom," said Jim Ford,
Haro’s President. "His energy will be an integral part of Team Haro-Lee
Dungarees this season."

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   :: from Cory LemessurierNov 26, 2001
24 Bikes Urban Video 24 Bikes Urban Video
The western Canada Rep for 24 Bikes sent us this link to a sweet little video filmed in Quebec City. They suggest you don't try this at home unless you're on a 24! Those who checked out the Second Coming Premiere in Calgary got to see the 24 Le Toy III up close and personal and came away impressed with their attention to detail. This is one beefy frameset built for abuse!
   :: from mentalNov 26, 2001
Skaters Dont Suck! Skaters Dont Suck!
I see my story posted below has been taken in the wrong context by some of our readers. The skater "demon" reference was meant as a joke. I couldn't pass up making light of the fact both Radek and Scott were injured on or around skateboards and skateboard parks. The skaters at Millenium were more than helpful and in fact called 911 when Radek went down. They also helped us get him on the gurney and out of the bowl. I cannot comment on how helpful the skaters were when Scott was injured, but I believe they drove him and his van to Rockyview for surgery. So everyone, please put away your torches and hug the next skater you see!

   :: from mentalNov 23, 2001
Race Face Ultimate Freeride Deadline Race Face Ultimate Freeride Deadline
As I write this, there is a mere 52 Days, 13 hours and 28 minutes and 32 seconds remaining to get your 60 second freeride video into the folks over at Race Face. When that deadline passes, so does your chance at the $10000US first prize and a trip to the Sea Otter Classic for the top 2 finalists. The top 16 videos will be posted on the Race Face Website and the online community will choose the ultimate winner. Get out, roll the film, time's a wastin'!

   :: from Balfa CyclesNov 22, 2001
Balfa's Newest Baby Balfa's Newest Baby
You saw them here first. Balfa's newest creation bears the traditional Balfa signature of craftsmanship: Its front end is made of 6061 T-6 aluminum, and its swingarm, as usual, from 4130 cromoly for optimal stiffness, durability and tire clearance. It gets 115mm (4.5 inches) of rear wheel travel via a FOX Float RC and the frame’s weight is a cool 6.3 pounds. The geometry is typical trail ride with a 70degree head angle and bb height of 318mm (12.5 inches). The Belair is a single pivot design that uses two sealed bearings and has CNC rocker plates. Being a 21st century bike, the Belair is disc brakes only, featuring the International Standard.

“The plushness of it's travel, combined with an excellent strength to weight ratio create a very versatile frame, aimed at those who wish to have only one do-it-all bike.”

First year production is VERY limited and orders have already started flowing in, so time is the worst enemy of those wishing to purchase one. Please visit for more information on sizing, colors and selection of components. Frameset retails for $1249 and the complete bike is $3199.

The name Belair was given to the frame in honour of a small suburb of Quebec city that has excellent cross-country trails where a few Balfa staff first fell in love with the sport of mountainbiking some twenty years ago!

   :: from mentalNov 22, 2001
Pinkbike Plagued With Weak Ankles? Pinkbike Plagued With Weak Ankles?
Pinkbike recently experienced a bizarre series of injuries beginning Tuesday, with a skateboarding accident had by our graphics designer, Scott Kells and culminating with the nasty Millenium skatepark crash suffered by (Scott's roommate and Pinkbike's creator) Radek Burkat last night. Investigators are still trying to determine their cause and are concentrating their efforts on skater demons who may have some sort of beef with Pinkbike and/or mountainbikers using the park. The haven't ruled out a connection to the residence shared by the two. Both riders suffered very serious fractured ankles, and should be in Foothills surgery later this morning. Radek's laptop is on the way so he can get to work on the site, and Scotty had a good selection of "glossy" mags taken to him yesterday. Be sure to leave your get well messages here as I'm sure they'll have some time on their hands to read them. Scott promises to be bagging some turns by February, and Radek vows to be stronger than ever come race season.

Get Well Soon Wishes
   :: from mentalNov 21, 2001
Reps and Dealers Needed... Reps and Dealers Needed...
We have recently been approached by the US Nicolai rep, Danny Kaey to find him a good Canadian sales rep and some dealers for their awesome line of handbuilt German bikes. You may remember seeing some of them in our pics of the Avalanche booth from Interbike. Interested parties should contact Danny at Nicolai-USA for more information. On a related note, Balfa is also looking for an Alberta area sales rep. Contact David for more info, or call (514)274-2654.

   :: from John KhademiNov 20, 2001
8 Inch Bullit/Avalanche Upgrade 8 Inch Bullit/Avalanche Upgrade
Over the past year, we have heard of many 8" Bullit "upgrades". This is one definitely worth publishing. If you have read our review of the Avalanche DHS shocks, you surely know (in our humble opinion at least) that Craig and Eric at Avalanche have created a product second to none. Even with all the hype surrounding the new shocks from Curnutt and Progressive, Avalanche has been (not so) quietly gaining a reputation for producing the most durable and best performing rear shocks available to the consumer. After speaking with the Canfield Brothers on a recent trip to Moab, John decided his Bullit was desperately in need of an Avalanche. His step by step instructions and accompanying photos can be found step instructions and accompanying photos can be found here. As you can see from the photos, this bike has seen some serious use! Nice work John!

   :: from mentalNov 20, 2001
Crankmeister Video Crankmeister Video
3 Riders. 3 Countries. 3 Inch Bikes.
This extreme video found on the SRAM website is definitely worth the download.
Oh, yeah, bhoys and grrrls. Bikes, music, fingers and thumbs: the manifestation of the French avant-garde in the age of video music. Okay, maybe not, but it's all here, in living color, ready for your brain to intake and your computer to store.

   :: from BVMBANov 20, 2001
A survey of the questions by the BVMBA to BCEAG A survey of the questions by the BVMBA to BCEAG
Note - these questions were compiled through a survey to BVMBA members, and are going to be presented to the groups involved in the trail access issues the BCEGA and ROWG at their November and December meetings by Ken Davies.


1. Will BCEAG recommend a moratorium on trail closures until the ROWG Process
gathers the necessary information and re-engineers the Education and
Implementation Guidelines?

2. Are the December 1 to June 15 closures really appropriate and how did BCEAG
choose those dates?

3. Will BCEAG recommend new trails be built in areas away from corridors to
replace the closed trails?

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   :: from mentalNov 19, 2001
Dangerous Dan, our Inside Man! Dangerous Dan, our Inside Man!
Danger sent us this note regarding the "Enjoy the Weather" Nike Commercial starring Lance Armstrong --
"So to set the record straight. You could say Bjorn Enga was a kind of assistant director and he did all the helmet/bike cam work. I was Lance's double i.e. all the pictures of Lance ripping the woods is actually me. One version of the commercial - the long version (1 min) actually has a nice ass shot of me at the very end (be sure to check it out ladies). Other riders in the pack were
"Super T" Tyler Klassen (the star of Digger's latest NSX 5 "Lights Out"), Andrew
Shandro, Sterling Lawrence, Ian Hylands, and James Wilson from Dizzy Cycles in North Van. It was a total blast ripping around on the trails with those bikes! I did one stunt (riding across the log). Although there was padding to fall on, it was still an eight foot drop or so and it was freezing cold rain topped with a really narrow line, tons of people watching, having to wait for five minutes for the que, and a road bike with skinny little tires. I rode it 3 times and Shandro rode it once. We both got our "stunt adjustment" - it was all good."
   :: from mentalNov 19, 2001
4 Cross Replaces the Dual 4 Cross Replaces the Dual
The UCI announced the "official" name of the 4-up event which replaces Dual events at the World Championships and Tissot-UCI MTB World Cup. This new event, reported here long ago will be called 4 Cross, or 4X for short! I can't wait to see this event at the World Cup level. Racing should be fast and furious and I'm sure we're all hoping course design will evolve as quickly as the sport has!
   :: from ChrisNov 17, 2001
YOUR THOUGHTS - Downhill mountain biking YOUR THOUGHTS - Downhill mountain biking
I see no reason why Downhill mountain biking shouldn't be in the X-games or even the Olympics (Canada would rule these events). What could be more excited? There is much to say on the subject. What is holding it back? Where is the marketing / biz dev support from the big Corpo sponsors ie: Red Bull, Fox, etc.? I hope these people are on the phone to ESPN and the other networks pitching our great sport. Downhill, Freeride, Dirt Jumps and so on is just as exciting as the Moto events. The biggest aspect is that just about everyone rides a bike, the potential audience is huge. Look at how Snowboarding has taken over. I think Downhill / Freeriding is the next big thing.
There are obvious benefits and detriments associated with a sport like downhilling getting exposure but overall more exposure would lend to better bikes, better riding, more money for pros. My greatest hope would be that it would open up possibilities for community bike parks and more legal trails.
What do you think?

   :: from Russ DayNov 16, 2001
Race Face announces e-store Race Face announces e-store
Just in time to help Santa fill his list, Race Face has announced the launch of its on-line store. While it won’t be completely up and running for a couple of weeks, Race Face fan club members have exclusive access to purchase stylin’ Team Tomac jerseys and shorts at sale prices. When the store is open to the public, a full complement of Race Face’s schwag will be available.
   :: from DannyNov 16, 2001
Nike road/freeride commercial Nike road/freeride commercial
Enjoy the Weather That is the message Nike is delivering this fall to reluctant runners, balking bikers and all others who get tempted to hide inside when the weather outside gets a tad frightful. But as any child knows, bad weather is fun. Stomping through puddles, riding through mud and tromping through snow, with a little imagination, can be transformed into any game or sport, or something totally new.
I must hand it to Nike, nice job! This video is really well done and funny as hell.


   :: from 164productionsNov 15, 2001
Alpha Project Video now available! Alpha Project Video now available!
Alpha Project comes fast and furious out of the heart of the Rocky Mountains! Greg Minnaar, Nicolas Vouilloz, Team Big Crank and the best downhill rippers tear it up in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Sick descents, technical lines, gigantic drops, dirtjumping, urban assault…it doesn’t stop! A smooth soundtrack and the sickest riding of the season will have you watching over and over again! For more information visit
   :: from Radek BurkatNov 15, 2001
New DVDs and Videos in stock New DVDs and Videos in stock
So Pinkbike just got a big ass shipment of DVDs and Videos. In DVD format you can now get Down/Double Down (both films on one DVD), Kranked Trilogy, Search for the Holey Trail, and a couple more coming soon. Plus on VHS you have, new titles like Second Coming (film by Mike Kinrade from Nelson), North Shore Extreme 5, The Circus, Chain Smoke 2. Of course all other videos like NWD2 are available as well.

Check out all the prices and titles in the store.
Of course all proceeds go to support your favorite biking site, Pinkbike.
   :: from AcadianNov 14, 2001
Sea Otter News Sea Otter News
With the success of the pro-only Mountain Cross race at several events last season, Sea Otter and NORBA
National Championship Series promoters GaleForce Sports Marketing have elected to take it one step further,
introducing the first amateur Mountain Cross competition at the 2002 Sea Otter Classic.

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   :: from Nick BerryNov 14, 2001
Bilingual Eastern Representative WANTED Bilingual Eastern Representative WANTED
Tricycle Works Distribution is looking for a Bilingual Eastern
Canada Representative for Bombshell Racing Systems. Those interested should
contact us at (780)424-5396
or 1-866-353-0033.
   :: from mentalNov 13, 2001
Down Time Down Time
It seems we have reached the (s)low point of the season, where there isn't much going on. Racers are frantically searching out teams and sponsors (who will actually pay), shops are trying to figure out which widgets will be next year's best seller and riders all over are putting their bikes away in favor of the board(s). For the core riders around these parts, it seems the big bikes are hung up and replaced by hardtails, BMX and singlespeeds to play in the urban jungle, and dirt jump and skateboard parks less affected by snow! Those injured or burnt out are spending cold evenings surfing the web in an attempt to satiate their jones for industry scoops and product news. While doing just that, I stumbled upon "Hurl" Everstone's (Dirt Rag contributor) grassroots website With phrases like "gears are gay" and "one f****** speed" this singlespeed touting, punkrock loving website from Minneapolis is pretty core. Content is definitely on the entertaining side and in their links section I found C.H.U.N.K.666, another site worth wasting a cold evening scouring. I particularly liked their article about naming your bicycle.
If you know of any other cool, core underground sites, be sure to send them my way. The Farmer's Almanac is calling for a long cold winter and I seem to keep hurting myself at the dirt jump park!

Questions/Comments or Suggested Sites?
   :: from mentalNov 12, 2001
Product Test: On-One Reetard Bar and Stem Product Test: On-One Reetard Bar and Stem
When Christian from Cycles-Simtra sent over the On-One Reetard DH/BMX stem and DH bar for a test I wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard good things of On-One's 3 piece cro-mo cranks, but originating in the UK, it wasn't a product line seen often in my neck of the woods. When I opened the package, I couldn't believe just how burly the bar and stem were. These are not for the gram counting bunch. With a 2 inch rise, 27 inch width and a full 5.2 mm thick, this is the beefiest bar I have ever seen. On-One backs it with a "2 year no quibble, bend-and-we-replace!", warranty. The 2 piece, 45mm, 5 degree rise (approx) stem is near-net forged then CNC'd to clean it up. It is then shot peened to add strength, anodized (black only) and given the (reversible) On-One logo. I set this bar/stem up on my dirt jumping playbike, a Brodie Bigshot/Marzocchi Monster T combo on Friday and will report back on it over the season. It is far stiffer than the OEM Brodie bar and stem it replaced. Even after a few big crashes this weekend, the bar is showing no signs of wear! Christian was also thoughtful enough to send over a set of Planet X's super tacky, tickety boo grips. I haven't found the time to install them, but once I have some frequent flier miles on them I'll let you know my thoughts!

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   :: from AcadianNov 12, 2001
Another One Bites The Dust. Another One Bites The Dust.
Having been launched to the investment tune of £4million* just over a year ago, sports portal are to cease business at the end of this week.

All staff at Madformountainbiking along with it's sailing and scuba website kin, were handed their redundancy notices last week. All madforsport freelance journos were ditched back in August, hinting that the company was finding the dot-com battle tough going. As a purely web based portal, ad revenue streams never reached their expected targets and now Madforsport joins the ranks of so many other failed dot.coms.

The news of the closure leaves two major UK race series, SAMS and NAMBS, without a major sponsorship for next year. was launched by CEO Tony Harris, the former divisional managing director of Emap Fashion and Media, and was joined by four other former EMAP employees.
Looks like the most successful mountainbike sites are those founded by passion rather than a business group!

   :: from BSX-WorldNov 9, 2001
World BSX Series World BSX Series
The first round of the World BSX Series, will take place the UK, the second in the USA with finals in CANADA. Big money, star rider line up and TV exposure and lots of green backs look set to make this the bsx / biker-x series of next year. There will also be a Freestyle bsx dirt jump event at each round. Sponsors etc will be announced soon along with the name of the world bsx / four man racing association. more details will be posted on soon.

   :: from Radek BurkatNov 8, 2001
Win with Pinkbike giveaway!! Win with Pinkbike giveaway!!
That's right. It's time again to give away some quality goods. And this time we have something, oh, so fine! We all know that the most important thing on your bike is your front fork, so we've decided to give you one of the best.
We are giving away a brand new Bombshell Kamikaze fork. This baby ranks among the heaviest hitting hardware out there. 185mm of travel (that's over 7 inches) , 38mm stanchions, exclusive Hyper-piston dual chamber open oil bath, 8-bolt lower crown for ultimate stiffness, and at a street price of $899 USD, you know you are getting some quality goods.
You know the drill. Fill out the contest entry form and in a couple of weeks we draw a random name. That lucky person gets the fork delivered to his door anywhere in the world. Easy as pie.

   :: from James StevensNov 8, 2001
9-11 Benefit 8 Hour Race: Dallas Texas 9-11 Benefit 8 Hour Race: Dallas Texas
In honor of the firefighters that lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11th, the members of the Dallas Off Road Bike Association are providing an opportunity for all off-road biking enthusiasts to help make a difference in the lives of these American hero's families. This 8 hour cross country mountain bike race and ride is a way for us to show our gratitude and appreciation for the men and women that risk their lives every day to keep us safe. Please help us on December 1st and 2nd to express this to the families of those firefighters lost in the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 in New York City.

We are accepting donations in the form of team sponsorship. Donations will be pledged on a per lap basis, and a team raffle for sponsorships will be held prior to the start. All proceeds go to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund. For more information, please visit our website or email

   :: from Excelsior BikesNov 8, 2001
Dirt Jumpers Rejoice Dirt Jumpers Rejoice
The Gemini Gyro is the first produced dual cable detangler designed specifically for freestyle BSX bikes. Capable of running both a rear derailleur and rear brake at the same time, the Gyro allows for complete revolution of the handlebars without having the derailleur and brake cables twist together. This allows the bike rider to do bar spins, decade airs, tail whips, and countless combination tricks on a freestyle BSX bike.

The gyro is designed to run on the latest 9-speed Shimano compatible drivetrain, V-brakes and cable actuated rear disc brakes.

The complete gyro system can be disassembled for easy maintenance. Also, individual parts can be replaced when either damaged or worn out. We also noticed the Excelsior Pigpen frameset built tough for BSX and Dirt Jumping abuse. Looks like mountainbike Dirt Jumpers will no longer have to ride brakeless to bust a move.

   :: from Danny LarocheNov 8, 2001
Reminder, Second Coming Tomorrow! Reminder, Second Coming Tomorrow!
Don't forget, Pinkbike is bringing you Second Coming to the Murray Fraser Hall (MFH162) Friday, November 9th at 7pm. Prizes are piled high with a very sweet pair of Block 8 Cranks to be given away as a grand prize. This premiere is sponsored by Calgary Cycle, Bow Cycle, The Bike Shop, Dynamic Cycle, Mountainbike City, COP, Ridley's and Spokes and Attire. Movie stars Mike Kinrade and Darren Butler will be attending to chill with the crowd! Oh yeah, your $5 get you a double feature with critically acclaimed Extreme Running also playing! For directions to Murray Fraser Hall, visit U of C Map. Get to the Hall and follow the signs!

   :: from Colin PollockNov 8, 2001
Abercrombie & Fitch.... & biking? Abercrombie & Fitch.... & biking?
Don't ask why, just watch it.
There is a cool North Shore flick on the Abercrombie and Fitch website.
Looks like everyone is on the freeride bandwagon now. Good to see that Dangerous Dan is such a media whore. Riding and getting paid for it....ya gotta like it.
   :: from BiglinesNov 7, 2001
High Society  -  Vancouver, Whistler and Winnipeg High Society - Vancouver, Whistler and Winnipeg
Matchstick Productions presents 'Ski Movie 2: High Society' in Vancouver THURSDAY Nov 15 2001 at Richard's on Richards. 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 and Biglines. It is a licenced show and starts at 9:00 pm Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or at the door. See you there!
Additional dates are:

Vancouver: Nov 15 Richard's on Richards
Winnipeg: Nov 17 Springhill Winter Park - tickets @ Bicycle Cafe
Whistler: Nov 16 Merlins
   :: from PinkbikeNov 7, 2001
TransRockies Challenge TransRockies Challenge
August 11,-17, 2002 From Fernie B.C. to Canmore AB

Canadian Rockies Set To Test Mountain Bike Enthusiasts From Around The World
Calgary – The wheels are set to roll for the toughest mountain bike race in the world. Three hundred and fifty two-man teams will grind their way over the Continental Divide three times while bouncing, grunting, and pedaling through almost 600 kilometres of wilderness trails, all as part of the 2002 TransRockies Challenge.

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   :: from Mike PorterNov 5, 2001
Home Food Trails Cleanup Home Food Trails Cleanup
After riding the Home Food Dirt Jumps on Sunday, I was a little disappointed to see how much garbage is collecting on the property. Next Saturday, weather permitting, let's get a clean up party in the works. I know the garbage isn't all from the dirtjump crowd, but I know we have been responsible for a good portion of it. If you know where the jumps are and have ridden there, be part of the solution. Around 4 pm, be sure to bring a garbage bag and I'll bring a couple pizzas. Let's not give landowners any more ammunition than they already have. Protect what we've got or we'll have nothing left!

   :: from mentalNov 5, 2001
Red Bull Raises the Bar Red Bull Raises the Bar
Red Bull was the proud sponsor of yet another hardcore mountainbike event, this time in the tiny Scottish town of Innerleithen. The 3 minute plus course used will become the Project Downhill DH and should be open year round. Four up DH style was a far cry from the Freeride Rampage, but top World Cup contenders were there ripping it up. Wil Longdon took top honors and the £750 cash prize followed closely by Nigel Page (£500) and Dan Atherton (£250). Top qualifier Steve Peat failed to advance to the finals when he was "bounced" out by Longdon on their semi fianl run. On the women's side, a very narrow field of just 6 showed up (prize money equalled men's) and Tracey Moseley topped the field with Fionn Griffiths in second and Helen Gaskell in third. The next Red Bull sponsored mountainbike event I'm aware of is the Freeride Championships in Australia from January 26 -- February 2nd, 2002. It's nice to see sponsors like this stepping up to the plate, be sure to support them where you can!
   :: from PinkbikeNov 5, 2001
VPP bikes on Santa Cruz site! VPP bikes on Santa Cruz site!
Dallas writes: Yo PB, just checked out the SC website and it looks like Santa Cruz has the V10 and Blur VPP (Virtual Pivot Bikes) online. All the specs, pricing, info and some cool video hyping up the gear. Though the video seems a little marketing like, there are is some tech info that I was glad to hear about. Really good to see demo videos like that from the manufacturer. Now if the local shops only had these in stock!

   :: from Danny LarocheNov 4, 2001
Second Coming Calgary Premiere: November 9 Second Coming Calgary Premiere: November 9
Pinkbike is proud to present the Calgary Premiere of Second Coming, a film by Mike Kinrade and MPF Films. Friday, November 9th, 7:00 pm in Murray Fraser Hall 162 (MFH 162) at the University of Calgary. This is an all ages event, and tickets are available at the door for $5! I am told by those who attended a sneak peak this is one hell of a flick. Filmed in and around the Kootenays, the MPF crew have outdone themselves. Mike Kinrade is making the trip up from Nelson to host the event, come out, meet the man and pick up your copy of the vid. Rumor has it the video may contain a cameo appearance by famed Pinkbike hottie, Stephanie Nychka in addition to some crazy Calgary terrain! As usual, there will also be a ton-o-schwag given away at the event courtesy of Calgary Cycle, Bow Cycle, Mountainbike City, Canada Olympic Park and others! Come out and support the scene!
   :: from MarkeeDNov 1, 2001
My Summer with Ayesha My Summer with Ayesha
Way back in May, my good friend Mike Porter (a.k.a.
mental) asked me to write a story about Ayesha but due to
lack of time and motivation I never got a chance to dive into this
piece. Now that the season has calmed a bit, I thought it might
be an interesting perspective to see how a DH bike stood up to
a full season
of the abuse inflicted from racing and freeriding.
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   :: from BiglinesNov 1, 2001
Winter Extreme 2001  -  This Weekend!! Winter Extreme 2001 - This Weekend!!
The big Winter Extreme Ski and Snowboard Show is on this Weekend at the Round up Center. It is going to be a blast, come down and talk ski smack with everyone in the industry. All the resorts, manufacturers, hotels/motels and the very best online ski comunities (biglines & pinkbike of course) will be hanging out, representing for the entire weekend. The show will run:

Friday, Nov 2 5:00 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, Nov 3 10:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunday, Nov 4 11:00 - 5:00 pm

SBC Skier and party Saturday night at Desperados. The party will start at 7:00, and everyone will get free entry, and a free drink. We will be showing all the best new ski and board movies of the season.
   :: from CoyoteNov 1, 2001
ABA Annual General Meeting ABA Annual General Meeting
If you are an ABA member and you want to influence the racing scene in
Alberta, this is your chance. The ABA will hold its annual general meeting
Saturday, November 3 at the Varscona Hotel
(on Whyte Ave.), in Edmonton at
Several positions are up for election this year, including:
Racing Committee(s)
-2 road and track positions
-1 mountain bike position
Board of Directors
-Vice-President, Administration
-Vice-President, Women's Cycling
-Vice-President, Recreation and Transportation
-2 Members at Large
To run for any of the above positions, candidates must be members of the
Association in good standing. Members interested in running for positions
need not necessarily attend the meeting; you may be nominated in absentia.
A lot of people have complained in the past that the ABA was overly focused
on road and track racing and was ignoring mountain biking (especially DH).
Having more mountain bikers on the Board of Directors would certainly help on
this front. However, this can only happen if enough mountain bikers run for
the various positions and attend the annual meeting. Let's make an effort
to be in Edmonton this Saturday, so we can express our collective voice and
positively influence mountain bike racing in Alberta.
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