Mountain Bike News
   Tyler Maine    :: from Sean LeslieOct 31, 2005
Slopestyle Phenom Paul Basagoitia Renews Contract with Kona Bicycles Slopestyle Phenom Paul Basagoitia Renews Contract with Kona Bicycles
- Two-time Crankworx Winner is back with Kona, Will Work in Design of Signature Kona Products -

KonaWorld (October 31, 2005) – The Kona Bicycle Company today announced the contract renewal of slopestyle superstar Paul Basagoitia. Basagoitia, a Kona Clump Team Rider since 2005, BIKE Magazine’s Breakthrough Performer in 2005’s Video Awards for his performance in NWD 5 and winner of the Crankworx Slopestyle event two years running, is now contracted with Kona through 2007.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler MaineOct 30, 2005
Fresh Meat Fresh Meat
Happy Halloween!!! New, starting this month will be the introduction of our Fresh Meat section here at Pinkbike.com. We will be bringing you all the latest parts and accessories that find their way to our Head Quarters. Fresh meat is where you'll find new information on new products that we ourselves are riding. Check out the Fresh Meat:
   Tyler Maine    :: from Derek ChambersOct 30, 2005
Is it time to replace your cranks?  FSA Crank Review Is it time to replace your cranks? FSA Crank Review
So it seems like cranks these days are a dime a dozen. A lot of companies are trying to become more innovative with their designs. Adding things like external bottom bracket bearings, to stiffen up the chassis of the bike. Or hollow out the crank arms and bottom bracket to lighten “her” up. In my opinion it’s just the industries way of “one upping” the competitor and convincing the consumer that it really makes a difference. Well…
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler MaineOct 27, 2005
With 2006 just around the corner it's time to pick up your new North Shore Calendar With 2006 just around the corner it's time to pick up your new North Shore Calendar
That's right, the super popular North Shore Odyssey calendar from Cove Productions is instock here at Pinkbike.com. This 13 month calendar features some of the best shots, from the best shooters and riders today. In Cove Production tradition you get to see riding that represents areas at specific times of the year in all their greatness.
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   Tyler Maine    :: from Kathy SesslerOct 27, 2005
Syndicate's Nathan Rennie prepares for World Record Distance Jump Syndicate's Nathan Rennie prepares for World Record Distance Jump
There seems to be no end of the season for Nathan Rennie, one of the most talented mountain bike racers on the planet. After returning home from the overseas racing season on October 5th, Rennie is still hard at work downunder. In perhaps his most challenging, and for sure most death defying stunt, Rennie is preparing to set a world record distance jump on a bicycle at the Red Bull Mountain Gap event. This attempt will take place in the Painted Desert, 30km out of Coober Pedy, in northern South Australia, and is currently scheduled for Nov. 3rd.
   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Christian SimardOct 27, 2005
SIMTRA : A new frame and P&A Company from Canada is now up and running SIMTRA : A new frame and P&A Company from Canada is now up and running
Simtra bikes is proud to announce for the 2006 season its own line of frames and P&A.

Simtra is a branch of the already known Cycles Simtra, the Canadian distribution company that as been in operation since 1999.
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   Tyler Maine    :: from CannondaleOct 26, 2005
Aaron Chase signs up with Cannondale for another 2 years Aaron Chase signs up with Cannondale for another 2 years
Aaron Chase, a pioneering leader of the urban free-ride movement, re-signed with Cannondale for another two years. Chase, who began his career with Cannondale over 10 years ago, says "I'm stoked to continue with my friends and family at Cannondale. These guys channel my feedback into some the best machines for what I do-whether it's street, park riding, or a Red-bull freeride comp. My Signature rigs from Cannondale perform exactly the way I need them to."
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler Maine & Derek ChambersOct 25, 2005
The celebration of bikes and a weekend at the Full Boar Challenge The celebration of bikes and a weekend at the Full Boar Challenge
Well since I've almost become an honorary citizen of Kamloops this year, it was only fitting to make the trip up the Coquihalla to take in the Full Boar Challenge this past weekend. It's events like this that really make you appreciate cycling and what makes it so great to most of us. It may have rained until 3 in the afternoon on Saturday, but that did nothing to dampen the rider's spirits. Here are mine and Derek Chamber's takes on what will hopefully become an annual pilgrimage for myself to cap off the riding season.
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   Tyler Maine    :: from On The Edge DistributionOct 25, 2005
On the Edge Distibution to be exclusive distributor for 24 Bicycles On the Edge Distibution to be exclusive distributor for 24 Bicycles
Distribution On The Edge Inc. (exclusive Canadian distributor for Intense Cycles, BMX and Tires, Turner Bikes, Da Bomb Bikes, and distributor for Sun Ringle, WTB, ODI and Mr Dirt) is proud to announce that it becomes the new and exclusive distributor for 24 BICYCLES, manufacturer of frames and components. Introduced a few years ago in Canada, 24 BICYCLES is a good addition for ON THE EDGE product line-up. The new products will be available around mid December.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler MaineOct 24, 2005
Counterparts DVD instock! Counterparts DVD instock!
So for all you out there that loved KillingTime by DH productions and Aaron Chase, it's time for Counterparts. Two years in the making and it's a killer too. 12 chapters with riding from the likes of Aaron Chase, John Jesme, Jeff Lenosky, Paul B, Bear Claw, McCaul and the list goes on. Check it out here in our online store.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Robert TaylorOct 24, 2005
Dirtworks usa launches new product line Dirtworks usa launches new product line
Dirtworks Mountain Bikes USA, manufacturer of high quality bicycles since 1992, is back on the scene full force with the release of a new line of bicycles designed and manufactured in the USA.

Robert Taylor, founder of Dirtworks, oversees the construction of every frame to achieve the quality he demands in both appearance and the performance of each and every Dirtworks product.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Aaron SimmsOct 23, 2005
Tales From the Trails Tales From the Trails
Summer crept up on me this year, as quick as always, my bike was in pieces and I didn’t have a job lined up once school was finished. The city was getting me down, there wasn’t enough riding to fill my appetite and I stirred at night thinking of how to satisfy my itch to ride after a long winter. A stroke of good luck brought me and my buddy Brian the offer of a job building trails at Panorama Mountain Resort. Neither of us could refuse an opportunity like that. As any guy would do, I immediately started pumping the idea to my girlfriend Tobi. There was no need for hype, if you know Tobi you know she loves to play all day and Invermere seemed like the answer this year. We loaded up Booty (the muffler-less Ford) and ran for the hills with the exhaust blaring and the Maiden pumping.
   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Alain LavoieOct 22, 2005
Fabrication Dobermann Inc. Open House Fabrication Dobermann Inc. Open House
Fabrication Dobermann Inc. will be holding an open house, Saturday October 29th. You will be the chance to tour the factory, see how they make their frames, play with some of the machinery and top it off with a killer BB-Q!!
   Tyler Maine    :: from Kathy SesslerOct 21, 2005
Two podiums for Santa Cruz Syndicate's Jamie Goldman Two podiums for Santa Cruz Syndicate's Jamie Goldman
Jamie Goldman places 2nd and 3rd in the Roc d' Azur jump competition held October 15th -16th in Provance, France. Two spectacular events were held this weekend starting with the water jump competition held Saturday night followed by the dirt jump competition on Sunday. The event was well attended by both spectators and media alike. Viewers will also get to see the action televised.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Dan DakinOct 20, 2005
The Prophet continues to impress The Prophet continues to impress
At the start of the season we introduced you to the Cannondale Prophet 600. After a brief ride we said we were blown away by how good of an all-mountain bike it was, and for just $1,600US, it was an amazing value.

What makes the Prophet stand out is its versatility. With five inches of travel at either end as well as easily adjustable geometry thanks to a XC and Freeride shock position, the Prophet has worked out perfectly as an all-purpose bike. Take it to a place with drops, rock gardens and seriously aggressive terrain and the Cannondale eats up everything you can give it. But put it in the XC position, throw on your lycra and clipless pedals you’re ready to do some serious racing.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler and HarookzOct 19, 2005
Vegas-I'm finally home and all healed up Vegas-I'm finally home and all healed up
I'd like to say that Vegas was a crazy trip and being my first trip there, it was over whelming for sure. I'm now back in Canada and have caught up on my sleep and started to eat better again. Enough about me though, here are the last of the goods from Interbike 2005.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Aaron LutzeOct 18, 2005
Weekend at Softies Weekend at Softies
The Softies Jam went down this weekend in Seattle with all of the riders in the northwest scene in attendance. The rain held out for the jam and the riders took full advantage of the great weather and trails. The Gohuckyourself.com crew organized a great jam that brought riders out from BC, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Janna KlemenOct 18, 2005
U of C gearing up for “U-Bike” program U of C gearing up for “U-Bike” program
Free campus-wide bicycle program takes recycling and sustainability to a new level

The University of Calgary’s Transportation Action Group has come up with an innovative, and environmentally friendly, solution to a growing problem. “There’s been an influx in the number of abandoned bikes on campus,” says Hans Luu, the U of C’s Environmental Management Coordinator. “We didn’t want to throw them away, so instead of leaving the bikes in a heap to rust, we came up with the U-Bike concept.”
   Tyler Maine    :: from Stephanie NychkaOct 17, 2005
Zion Freeride Festival- October 1 & 2 Zion Freeride Festival- October 1 & 2
When Gale Dahlager first invited me to the Zion Freeride Festival, I wasn't sure what or who to expect there. I made a last minute decision and boxed my bike for Vegas. After a wicked but exhausting week at Interbike I wasn't completely stoked on the idea of driving the 2 hours to Utah to ride. But I decided to make the best of it and reserved a PT crusier convertible to travel through the desert in style. Saturday morning I woke up as early as the night before would permit, threw my bike into the backseat and cruised into Virgin with the sun beaming down and the wind blowing through my hair (it's not like the movies show- it actually blows straight up). After 3 wrong turns, 2 national parks and 5 hours later, I pulled into the parking lot.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Kevin FranksOct 17, 2005
Sauser Sides With Specialized Sauser Sides With Specialized
World Cup Champion Sauser Joins Liam Killeen and Sabine Spitz on Specialized’s Factory MTB Racing Squad

29 year-old Swiss cross-country racer and UCI World Cup Champion Christoph Sauser joins top XC talent Liam Killeen and Sabine Spitz with Specialized for 2006 and beyond. A veteran 10 seasons as a professional, Sauser chose Specialized knowing they could provide him with a technological edge. “Once I saw Liam racing a Carbon Epic this season, I knew I had to connect with Specialized for the future,” says Sauser. “Plus, they have a long history of working closely with their racers to develop new products, and that’s exciting.” Sauser will also rely on Specialized shoes, saddles, helmets and an array of other equipment.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Ryan KuhnOct 14, 2005
Kamloops Bike Ranch kicks off Phase 2 Kamloops Bike Ranch kicks off Phase 2
It’s now been three months since the Kamloops Bike Riders Association (KBRA) celebrated the grand opening of The Ranch – a dedicated mountain bike and BMX park in Kamloops, B.C. – with the “Hoedown at the Ranch.” Since then, a small handful of dedicated volunteers have been out to pasture, so to speak, squeezing in maintenance days between riding, work and summer travels.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler MaineOct 14, 2005
The Retrospective Red Bull Rampage The Retrospective Red Bull Rampage
The Rampage may be over but the impact it left on our sport will last forever. The Retrospective Red Bull Rampage 5 DVD disk set is here and ready for you to watch in awe. Watch Kyle Strait grow up over the years from the youngest competitor to eventual winner of the 4th Rampage. See the sport's progression from year to year. Click here to go to our online store and pick up your own copy today.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Paddy KayeOct 14, 2005
Results from the Harvest Huckfest and Joyride DH Results from the Harvest Huckfest and Joyride DH
This past weekend marked the end of the riding season at Whistler/Blackcomb bike park. The season was capped off with the Annual Harvest Huckfest and the Joyride DH race. Here are your results:
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler and HarookzOct 13, 2005
Part 2 of Day #3 of the Indoor Demo at Interbike '05 Part 2 of Day #3 of the Indoor Demo at Interbike '05
Yeah that was a long lunch break, but really I was hungry and needed proper nourishment. The things you won't find in Vegas are sleep and proper eating, cause you'll be too busy taking it all in too eat and then since you don't want to miss anything, you'll simply sleep less too. Well now that I've eaten and feel much better, it's time to give you the last installment of the show known as Interbike.
   Tyler Maine    :: from IMBAOct 13, 2005
IMBA Announces 2005 Epic Rides IMBA Announces 2005 Epic Rides
IMBA Epic Rides: The best rides...forever.

Epic rides are why we love mountain biking. They create classic memories and inspire us to save the trails. To fuel this passion, IMBA has selected five outstanding routes as 2005 IMBA Epic Rides, adding to the 32 great rides we've picked since '99.
   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Clay PorterOct 12, 2005
Hypnosis editing has begun Hypnosis editing has begun
After capturing roughly 97 hours of footage from this season, dating back to early March of this year, Hypnosis editing has finally begun. First item on the agenda, the full lenght Hypnosis teaser to replace the one that's been on Freecaster for a month or so now.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Jason ManchesterOct 12, 2005
Two Girls, Two Guys, a Bag of Cookies, and One Rotting Banana Two Girls, Two Guys, a Bag of Cookies, and One Rotting Banana
Two girls, two guys, a bag of cookies, and one rotting banana equal’s one unique and adventurous road trip. The excitement and anticipation began days before the trip, but the official departure was at 3 pm Thursday afternoon. Darcy Turenne (Norco) pulled up in her Toyota Echo which was going to be our very compact, but trusty ride for many hours of our trip. Our destination was Golden BC for the Red Bull Psychosis race, but first we had to hit Chilliwack to pickup Stephanie Nychka and then Kelowna to get photographer/writer Graham Genge.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tarek RasouliOct 12, 2005
Aaron Chase attacks Nuremberg with Urban Freeride Aaron Chase attacks Nuremberg with Urban Freeride
Red Bull District Ride –

The world’s best freeriders travelled from all over the globe to Nuremberg. The city is famous for a giant castle from the middle age: a perfect location for the Red Bull District ride. More than 40,000 spectators turned the event into the biggest freeride competition on the planet and watched when the riders conquered a world class course full of technical stunts in the heart of Nuremberg to battle for 20,000 euros price money.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Chuck BrennanOct 11, 2005
A weekend to celebrate mountain biking!!! A weekend to celebrate mountain biking!!!
Long time Kamloops bike shop, Full Boar Bikes, is hosting the annual, Full Boar Challenge!! This fall classic is run on Greenstone Mountain on October 15 & 16th/05. The weekend consists of cross country on Saturday as well as shuttling for pre running the down-hill course.
Saturday night will showcase 'Big D's (Derek Westerland) latest video as well as a little surprise that you will get to see under the stars ( Full Moon Fever!!) Insane!!!! This is a night every mountain biker MUST experience!! Come morning.. The Challenge!!
   Tyler Maine    :: from Kathy SesslerOct 11, 2005
Santa Cruz Syndicate retains powerhouse Nathan Rennie Santa Cruz Syndicate retains powerhouse Nathan Rennie
Nathan Rennie has re-signed with the SANTA CRUZ SYNDICATE! Rennie will remain the cornerstone of the SYNDICATE’S gravity program, as he has been for the last two years. Rennie, ranked third overall in the UCI World Cup Series, will continue to pilot his Santa Cruz V-10 around the world for the next three years. His schedule will be dominated by world class downhill and 4X events and will include the addition of select freeride events to add some sensation to his program.
   Tyler Maine    :: from NS BikesOct 10, 2005
NS-Bikes Road Trip NS-Bikes Road Trip
NS Bikes is organising the first official East - European road trip. It’s taking off on October 3rd and not only will there be a full length movie at the end of the event, but there will also be live coverage from each day of riding (and partying)!! The guys are going to visit the most important riding cities in Poland, checking out legendary and interesting places, mainly skate parks and dirt jumps, but they are also on the look out for hot street riding.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Sean LeslieOct 10, 2005
Tracy Moseley of the Kona Les Gets Factory Team has ridden her Kona Stab Supreme to World #1 in the UCI World Rankings! Tracy Moseley of the Kona Les Gets Factory Team has ridden her Kona Stab Supreme to World #1 in the UCI World Rankings!
Tracy Moseley who is currently in Hawaii recovering from a very hectic season of racing was extremely happy when she heard the news, "I received a text message this morning from my friend Lisa Sher telling me that I was #1 in the world and I was over the moon! I was a bit disappointed to finish 2nd overall in the world cup but now I am world #1 I feel a lot happier and it has made season!" Moseley said.
   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Michael ZellmannOct 10, 2005
Avid Onboard as Red Bull Road Rage Sponsor Avid Onboard as Red Bull Road Rage Sponsor
Red Bull events have continued to push the competitive envelope and the Red Bull Road Rage, to be held in Malibu, CA, on November 5, 2005, will be no different.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Michelle Leroux (WB)Oct 7, 2005
Joyride Huckfest to take place in Whistler Thanksgiving Weekend Joyride Huckfest to take place in Whistler Thanksgiving Weekend
Joyride Inc. Returns to Whistler to Host End of Season Event

The countdown is on for an end of season celebration in the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park. Joyride Huckfest, taking place in Whistler October 8 - 10, is the culmination of an incredible, record-breaking season. Originally produced by Joyride back in 2001, Huckfest has always been the wrap-up celebration of a successful mountain biking season in the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Bike Park. "Traditionally, the closing weekend is full of good times in the park, as it's the last chance to rip it up for the season", says Paddy Kaye, of Joyride.
   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Sean HeimdalOct 7, 2005
Sam Hill Re-signs With Iron Horse! Sam Hill Re-signs With Iron Horse!
Iron Horse Bicycles is proud to announce it has re-signed Sam Hill, one of mountain biking’s fastest downhill racers. Sam is fresh off another successful World Cup race season (two UCI World Cup wins, 2nd overall UCI World Cup Series, UCI World Championship Silver Medalist, and U.S. Open Champion). Sam will continue his success onboard Iron Horse Bikes through the 2008 race season.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Erin Alexiuk, SBYCOct 5, 2005
Making it happen: A Mountain Biking Film Night For The Spirit Bear Making it happen: A Mountain Biking Film Night For The Spirit Bear
On October 6th, the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition will be hosting Making It Happen: A Mountain Biking Film Night for the Spirit Bear. The evening will consist of a number of mountain biking adventure films as well as a few short messages from local environmentalists.
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler MaineOct 4, 2005
NWD6 Premiers-When will they be in your town? NWD6 Premiers-When will they be in your town?
Wow, I just got back from Vegas and the boys at Freeride Entertainment have once again put one hell of a movie together for all of us gravity slaves out there. To see when their newest film is playing in your town (or at least close to it), click HERE.

Canmore and Vancouver are playing today!
   Tyler Maine    :: from Tyler and HarookzOct 4, 2005
Starting to feel the pain of Interbike-Day #3 of the Indoor Expo - Part #1 Starting to feel the pain of Interbike-Day #3 of the Indoor Expo - Part #1
Wow, between the lack of sleep, lack of proper food and the long days wondering this massive expo area, I'm starting to feel rough. Ah the joys of being on the road. I'm ready to go back home, but there's work to be done. Here is the first part of our day #3 coverage.
   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 3, 2005
Mountain Cycle Interbike 2005 video profile Mountain Cycle Interbike 2005 video profile
Rob and Jim from Mountain Cycle show off two "un-named" bikes. An all mountain bike and a slope style jump bike.
The Shockwave 9.5, 3lbs lighter with full floater looks sick.


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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    :: from Jill HamiltonOct 3, 2005
6 Haro Mountain Bikes Stolen at Interbike 6 Haro Mountain Bikes Stolen at Interbike
Haro Bikes had 6 bikes stolen from the convention center on Friday night. Given the fact these bikes are all unrideable samples, we obviously want to do what we can to recover them. Please help us spread the word!
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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 2, 2005
Foes Racing Interbike 2005 video profile Foes Racing Interbike 2005 video profile
Eric takes us on a tour of the Foes 2006 lineup. The FXR has a full length seat tube. The Fly is looking amazing and the new DHS 2:1 Mono is impressive with the ability to run dual rate springs.


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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 2, 2005
Specialized Interbike 2005 video profile Specialized Interbike 2005 video profile
Steve Romaniuk and Gabe (the professor) talk about the big bikes at Specialized. The new BigHit is redesigned to take a 26" wheel. The S-Works is full of carbon, and the Demo8 is beefed up to take more punishment.


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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 2, 2005
Magura Interbike 2005 video profile Magura Interbike 2005 video profile
Jude gives us a run down on the Magura brakes. Why are they so powerful and why do they differ from anything else on the market.


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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 2, 2005
Raceface Interbike 2005 video profile Raceface Interbike 2005 video profile
Marshall and Shawna give you a taste of what's new for 2006. New rad clothing and armour. Most of the hard goods remain unchanged for 06.
A no nonsense chaing guide is looking really good.


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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 2, 2005
Adidas Eyewear Interbike 2005 video profile Adidas Eyewear Interbike 2005 video profile
Steve Romaniuk and Cory LeClerc check out the latest shades and goggles at the Adidas Eyewear booth. You too can be a rock star like Steve when you purchase a pair of these.


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   Radek Burkat    :: from Radek BurkatOct 1, 2005
Marzocchi Interbike 2005 video profile Marzocchi Interbike 2005 video profile
Bender and Bryson Martin give us a play by play on the new 2006 product line, including the new Roco rear shock. Extra adjustability on the 66 and the 888RC2H, XC lockouts, butter out of the box and some killer moto.
Tarek, Gareth, Spangler all join in to chat it up.
Bender gets shutdown by the Bomber Girl, but is ready for the 100 foot vertical drop later this year.


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