Mountain Bike News
   Tyler Maine    Jan 31, 2009
Pinkbike.com's 10th Anniversary Contest - Week 1 Pinkbike.com's 10th Anniversary Contest - Week 1
Wow is it already 10 years?! Seems like yesterday that Pinkbike.com was simply a message board for local riders to post where to meet for the next ride and to share their riding stories from the last great adventure. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary by giving away amazing prizes in the next 50 weeks!

Check out our first big prize give away inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 30, 2009
Big mountain superstar Mike Kinrade inks a 2 year deal with Race Face Big mountain superstar Mike Kinrade inks a 2 year deal with Race Face
Source: Race Face

Race Face Components Inc., one of North America’s leading producers of high-end mountain bike components, apparel and protection, is proud to announce the signing of pro shredder Mike Kinrade to the team. Using Race Face’s Atlas FR cranks, high performance clothing and a brand new line of protection, the Kinradical one will be crushing it well into 2010.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 30, 2009
Time to GET FIT for spring and beyond! Time to GET FIT for spring and beyond!
Source: Strand Fitness Coaching

Getting started – Base training

If you haven’t put in the effort to get fit this off season, now is the time. Mountain biking is an extremely technical sport so even if you are the fittest person in the world, it doesn’t mean you’ll be winning world cups. But, it will play a huge role in helping you ride longer, faster, stronger and most importantly, recover quicker.
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   Tim Lake    Jan 30, 2009
Downhill Fantasy League Downhill Fantasy League
As the 2008 season came to an end, I thought to myself how cool it would be to be a downhill mountain bike team manager. Then I thought, I can be, not for real, but to have a 'dream team' of mountain bikers.

So, for the '2009 UCI Downhill World Cup', I bring to you. The 2009 UCI Downhill World Cup...Fantasy League!
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   Simon Paton    Jan 30, 2009
The Mutts Nuts - SixSixOne Ankle Biters The Mutts Nuts - SixSixOne Ankle Biters
There are a lot of shiny new things out there that look good on this screen, but after a season on them they may well of let you down. In fact, some you wouldn't piss on, if they were on fire.

Here we give you the inside line, "Warts and all"...
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 29, 2009
Santa Cruz Driver 8 Santa Cruz Driver 8
Source: Santa Cruz Bikes

Here's our new bike. We call it the Driver 8.

It has 8 inches of next-generation VPP rear wheel travel. It also has enough room to raise or lower the seat through a 7-inch range. It's got a 1.5" head tube, an 83mm wide bb with ISCG05 mounts and 150mm rear spacing with a Maxle thru-axle. So, just what kind of bike is it supposed to be?
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 29, 2009
Rocky Mountain Bicycles Donates Custom Painted Frame for Brent Thomson Medical Fund. Rocky Mountain Bicycles Donates Custom Painted Frame for Brent Thomson Medical Fund.
Rocky Mountain Bicycles (RMB) is pleased to announce the donation of a custom painted mountain bike frame for auction, all proceeds will go to benefit the Brent Thomson medical fund. The Auction will begin Thursday January 29th at 5 pm PST.

Brent Thomson, Godfather and Trail Master of Bootleg Canyon (bootlegcanyon.org) suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stones throw from Las Vegas, Nevada.
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 29, 2009
Rider's Cycles Van Stolen! Rider's Cycles Van Stolen!
Source: Rider's Cycles

Sometime between 6:40pm, and 8:50 am, January 28th/29th the Rider's Cycles Van was stolen from 1092 Cloverdale Ave, in Victoria BC.

Read on for more information.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Jan 29, 2009
Giant’s World Cup contenders look to build on successful 2008 seasons Giant’s World Cup contenders look to build on successful 2008 seasons
News Source: Andrew Juskaitis
Giant is pleased to announce the return of international cross-country stars Adam Craig and Oli Beckingsale to its Global Mountain Bike Team. Both aim to follow stellar 2008 seasons, which included appearances at the Beijing Olympics, with more breakthrough results in mountain biking’s most important events. Joining Craig and Beckingsale, from the United States and Great Britain respectively, on Giant’s Global team is veteran Australian downhill racer Jared Rando.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 29, 2009
Racers Guild - Entry Level racing at its Best! Racers Guild - Entry Level racing at its Best!
DH racing unlike Horse Racing does not have to be, "The sport of Kings". For less than a pint of Magners you can can go "racing" here in the U.K and why not the rest of the World? Your local trails?

To see how, read on...
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   Brad Nelson    Jan 29, 2009
Eagle Bike Park in Idaho - Progress for 2008 Eagle Bike Park in Idaho - Progress for 2008
In 2008 we started building a bike park in Eagle Idaho (Boise area) and we wanted to show the Pinkbike community what we have accomplished so far. Stop in and check us out on your way to Whistler next year - or wherever your bike may take you.

The bike park is the result of 4000 hours of volunteer work and financial support from the city of Eagle, SWIMBA, and many others in the community. Judd deVall and Alpine Bike Parks designed and created phase one of the park which included 3 jump lines and a pump track (designed and installed by Randy Spangler) as well as a dual slalom and mountain cross course (designed and installed by Eric Carter).
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   Jason Peters    Jan 28, 2009
JP's top ten images from 2008 JP's top ten images from 2008
This year was amazing for me behind the lens in the Aptos. It seems the users here on Pinkbike.com have not minded me uploading my images of these amazing riders ether. I put together a top ten list of my photos.

Read on to find out what made the list and the stories behind the images
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   Gravity Logic    Jan 28, 2009
Gravity Logic:  Designing, Digging and Riding Gravity Logic: Designing, Digging and Riding
Gravity Logic, a bike park design and innovations company based out of Whistler, BC, reviews their biggest year of buildin', diggin' and riding bike parks around the world and looks forward to what should be an amazing 2009.

It’s been almost a year since we at Gravity Logic cast off from the comforts of being owned by Whistler Blackcomb. At first we couldn't be certain if it was the right thing to do, but as we look back on the year we just had building and designing bike parks around the world, we’re pretty sure it was absolutely the right choice. We are made up of four full time individuals who each bring something unique to our business and we are lucky enough to have a significant group of experienced machine operators and trail builders from Whistler and around the world at our fingertips to bring to each of our clients.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 27, 2009
BC Bike Race announces exciting route changes "From Bridge to Shore" BC Bike Race announces exciting route changes "From Bridge to Shore"
The BC Bike Race (BCBR) - The Ultimate Singletrack Experience is proud to announce a brand new route for 2009. The BC Bike Race will kick off 2009 with a ride over the Lions Gate Bridge - from downtown Vancouver to the legendary trails of the North Shore.

Built in 1938, the landmark Lions Gate Bridge connects the city of Vancouver to the North Shore Mountains and communities. The Lions Gate Bridge is the gateway to BC's singletrack and will provide a spectacular start to the 2009 BC Bike Race.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 27, 2009
Tear Offs - I see said the blind man to his deaf wife.. Tear Offs - I see said the blind man to his deaf wife..
Tear-Offs are a wonderful thing, after all they keep you on track and in a straight line and out of the Accident and Emergency Department don’t they? Perhaps we should think of them as essential safety wear, up there with knee pads and a spine protector?

First up you need lenses with tear-off posts. These are the small molded dimples that raise some 5mm high at either edge of your goggle lenses, don’t worry as they are not distracting, you can’t even see them from the inside. Top Tip - Whenever you buy a replacement lenses, always buy one with these posts on as you never know when you might need tear-offs, we do ride in the mountains and hills after all!
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 27, 2009
Tonic Fab Launches New Site - About time! Tonic Fab Launches New Site - About time!
Source: Landon @ Tonic Fab
Tonic Fab has recently launched its new Website. Landon Writes...
"It took less time for me to shatter a bone in my leg, heal, and enjoy a good riding season than finish our new website. Not only was my injury quicker, it was a lot less painful. We are clearly not Internet scientists."

Read on for more information on the new Tonic Fab Website...
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 26, 2009
Just Reid Racing signs Adam Brayton Just Reid Racing signs Adam Brayton
Source: Just Reid Racing

Just Reid Racing will be taking a big step forward in 2009. It's going to be a tough season, both on and off the race track for a lot of teams but we aim to make 2009 a big success!

We are stoked to announce that riding along side Ben this season will be UK ripper “Adam Brayton”.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 26, 2009
Trials of Life Contest with Ryan Leech—for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) Trials of Life Contest with Ryan Leech—for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Source: Trials of Life Tour

Do you live within the GTA? Are you in Middle or High School?

Would you like Ryan Leech to visit your school with his Trials of Life presentation? (What is Trials of Life all about?-watch the video below and scroll down to learn more)
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 26, 2009
Mike Hopkins' Site Update Mike Hopkins' Site Update
Ever wonder who the guy in the Titec or Scott USA ads is that is sending it super large? Chances are you were looking at a shot of Mike Hopkins as he's the quiet guy from Rossland BC that loves to charge and send it in front of the lens. Mike not only kills the freeride scene, but he's one hell of a big mountain skier too!

I was just checking out his site and you should too!
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   Darryl Bartlett    Jan 24, 2009
Snow Riding...kind of... Snow Riding...kind of...
Got the winter blues? Not enough riding lately? Wondering if the snow will ever melt?

You can go ride some dirt right now, it's there, you might just have to work for it. A few of us were feeling the pain of not getting out, so we took matters into our own hands and you can too.
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   Marcin HCFR    Jan 23, 2009
HCFR 2k9 Calendar - Last chance to pick it up! HCFR 2k9 Calendar - Last chance to pick it up!
If you still haven't picked up your calendar for 2k9, we've got something just for you. HCFR Association for the second time is proud to present its 2k9 wall calendar. The most amazing photos from the best photographers, shot on unique locations in Poland, printed on high quality 200g paper in 2x24x34cm format.

Learn more inside,
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 23, 2009
Want to own your own bike shop? Want to own your own bike shop?
Shop for sale.

Very rare opportunity to purchase a successful, established and profitable high end bicycle and ski store in one of Kootenays fastest growing resort towns. Excellent relationship with all suppliers including Kona, Norco, Fox, TLD, Intense, Oakley, Atomic, Armada, Line, 4frnt, etc. Large local and loyal customer base and have territorial exclusivity on most brands sold.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 23, 2009
Cam Zink joins Geax Tires Cam Zink joins Geax Tires
Geax is proud to announce its partnership with Cameron Zink, distinguished slopestyle and gravity athlete who will ride Geax tires and represent the brand in these disciplines for the 2009 season. Cam is the first US gravity pro ever sponsored by Geax.

“Cam will play a vital role in the exposure of our brand and products, and will be an essential part of the further development of our gravity and extreme use tires” said Ryan DeLong, North American Marketing Manager for the Vittoria Group. “It’s a relationship we’re very excited about.”
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   Mike Feeney    Jan 23, 2009
Highlands Bike Park and Feeney Films Highlands Bike Park and Feeney Films
The Yard Bikers, 508 industries and Feeney Films Rocked in 08 and we're ready to Roll for 09 !

2008 was a Hectic summer in New England. The Yard Bikers spent the summer excavating Highland Mountain and 508 Industries was busy dominating the events there. This made for a great summer of shooting for Feeney Films.
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   Tur ducken    Jan 23, 2009
SafeTband and how it can help you. SafeTband and how it can help you.
As a rider progresses and they advance their skills, there is no doubt that they are pushing the envelope in order to go bigger and faster. In several instances, there are often risks associated with pushing the envelope. Fortunately, there is a North American company called SafeTband looking out for the safety of fellow riders around the world.

The SafeTband is a fabric pouch with an identification card on the inside that has a Velcro fastener that can be attached to the strap of a pair of goggles or any loops on a hydration pack or clothing. In order to maximize its efficiency and effectiveness, it is recommended that it be kept on the rider rather than attached to somewhere on a bike that can be overlooked in an emergency.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 23, 2009
Jared Graves Returns to Dylan Dean Designs! Jared Graves Returns to Dylan Dean Designs!
Dylan Dean Designs (D3) is proud to announce the addition of mountain bike star athlete Jared Graves to the mountain bike factory team!

Jared returns to the D3 team after a short absence, and will don D3 custom paintwork throughout the 2009 & 2010 seasons.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 22, 2009
Yeti's 2009 site is up and there are changes that look good Yeti's 2009 site is up and there are changes that look good
Source: Yeti Cycles

Wondering what your new rig is going to look like? Visit yeticycles.com to check out the 2009 full product line including never-before-seen shots of the AS-R 7 and 303R-DH. All models include updated specs and photos!

Or scroll down and see the new 303 R DH and AS-R 7 here!
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   Ryan Rose    Jan 22, 2009
New CPSC Regulations on 24" and smaller bikes New CPSC Regulations on 24" and smaller bikes
Some of you may have heard about these new regulations and thinking what are they, and what/who do they impact? There is stuff popping up all over biking websites about these new regulations, and people asking questions about it. I got a little inside info about it from the BMX coordinator at Norco Bikes.

Read on to find out more about these new regulations.
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 22, 2009
Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival - Time Set! Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival - Time Set!
Source: Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival

The St. Mary Off-Road Bicycling Association (SMORBA) is pleased to announce that the coolest mountain bike event on the planet is back! The 11th Annual Jamaica Fat Tyre Festival is set for February 11-15 in the lush, tropical mountains of St. Mary. This year’s event will feature even more of the “irie vibes” that have recently been featured in various magazines as well as on Ride Guide TV.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 22, 2009
Rocky Mountain Bicycles New Factory Team Rocky Mountain Bicycles New Factory Team
Source: Rocky Mountain Bikes

Rocky Mountain Bicycles (RMB) is proud to announce the new Rocky Mountain Bicycles Factory XC-Epic Racing Team.

Rocky Mountain Bicycles has been at the forefront of all facets of mountain bike competition;from early DH and XC victories (circa 1991*) to pioneering Freeride and most recently dominating epic stage racing.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 21, 2009
Gamut USA P20 Release Gamut USA P20 Release
Source: Gamut USA

Gamut USA has released its new P20 bashguard design. Like its P30 and P40 counterparts, the new P20 continues Gamut's promise of offering light, simple, and durable chainguides. The new P20's optimized design provides a better way of absorbing energy from impacts by flexing and distributing the impact forces away from critical drive-train components. This approach to bashguard design was originally established in 2004 with the release of Gamut's P40, the choice of 2008 World Cup Champion Greg Minnaar. The P20 accommodates 32-34 tooth setups. As part of Gamut's commitment to best in class rider support, the new P20 includes our lifetime product warranty and any support you need from the Gamut crew.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 21, 2009
BC Bike Race Confirms returning 2008 Champions BC Bike Race Confirms returning 2008 Champions
Source: BC Bike Race

The BC Bike Race - The Ultimate Singletrack Experience is proud to announce the return of Kris Sneddon and Barry Wicks of team Kona, the 2008 winners.

The BC Bike Race is proud to have Barry and Kris back, these two exceptional athletes will defend their title beginning June 28 and finishing July 4. They have confirmed their participation and their goal of victory for the 2009 BC Bike Race.
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   Nick Thresher    Jan 21, 2009
Trip to the Skatebarn with Mike Metzger Trip to the Skatebarn with Mike Metzger
I wish I could tell you that I drove to the coast just for this reason but that’s not the case. I got a phone call from my mom saying my grandpa (her dad) had died. So I packed a bag and we both drove over to help out and attend the funeral. When I was over there and everything was done I thought I would go see my old friend Mike Metzger and check out the Transition Bikes office.

All I can say is WOW! That place is very organized and I can’t believe how well the place is run. As I started walking to the door to leave I heard Mike say “dude, do you have your camera with you? Because if you do you should go with us to the Skatebarn.”
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   Keith Christman    Jan 21, 2009
Team Ridgecrest Kids of SoCal Team Ridgecrest Kids of SoCal
While most of the mountain biking world is taking a break from riding because of white blankets of snow, here in SoCal Team Ridgecrest Kids are just getting started for the up coming racing season with sunny 70 degree riding conditions.

Learn a bit more about us inside:
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 20, 2009
Evil Revolt Spy Shots Evil Revolt Spy Shots
Source: Shawn Spomer

Recently the old school hardtail company known as Evil has stepped it up, and announced that they are going to be creating a downhill bike to rule them all - the Revolt. In conjunction with Dave Weagle, Evil bikes has come up with the DELTAsystem, a suspension patent that utilizes 203mm of travel, and sets a benchmark for performance and tunability.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 20, 2009
Santa Cruz Blur CARBON - Hail To The Chief Santa Cruz Blur CARBON - Hail To The Chief
Source: Santa Cruz Bikes

The inauguration of a fresh president here in the USA seems like an auspicious time to take the wraps off Santa Cruz Bicycles' most closely guarded secret since, well, ever. Ladies and gentlemen, departing Trek riding Texan Republicans and incoming Illinois hoop shooting Democrats, please lend a hand for the arrival of the totally new and completely awesome, carbon fiber Blur XC!
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 20, 2009
Rachel Atherton Car Crash Accident - Update Rachel Atherton Car Crash Accident - Update
Rachel Atherton was involved in a head on collision with a pickup truck while out on a casual training road ride on January 18th. The current World Champion has had a few days to recover and figure out what happened, so here is a small video updating us on how the accident happened.

Heal up Rachel! - Video Inside
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Jan 20, 2009
Former Planet Bike Employees launch Portland Design Works Former Planet Bike Employees launch Portland Design Works
Industry veterans Erik Olson and Dan Powell have launched Portland Design Works (PDW), a new brand of urban bicycle accessories with a focus on simple, beautiful design. The first two categories of product, grips and inflation, will begin shipping in mid-February and can be viewed on the new PDW website, www.ridepdw.com. Cargo racks, tools, mini-pumps and fenders will be available by late spring.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 20, 2009
The Mud Tyre Guide! The Mud Tyre Guide!
Mud, mud, glorious mud, there's nothing more like it for cooling the blood! Today’s lesson is on Mud Tyres so best be paying attention as there might be a question or two later.

First off lets dispel all those idiots on the forum that say, “I ride Minions in the mud and they work really well”. Read on to learn what you really need to win races!
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   Alberta FreerideAwards    Jan 20, 2009
Nominate Alberta's Best! Nominate Alberta's Best!
The 2008 Season is in the books…and we’re back yet again to honour those riders, racers and builders who really deserve it. We saw a little bit of everything during ‘08- from a late start thanks to Mother Nature, the end of an Era with the last Psychosis Race, a few broken collarbones, ankles and such, some new trails being built and old ones being revived in addition to local races and trail days that saw great turn outs and plenty of support. It seemed as though no matter what was going on in this crazy world of ours- people rode the heck out of their bikes!

For the 2009 Alberta Freeride Awards, we are changing things up a bit…the entire affair will happen online- from the nominations, to the voting and finally the results!
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   Simon Paton    Jan 20, 2009
British National DH & XC Championships 2009 British National DH & XC Championships 2009
This years National Champs for both DH and XC on July 18/19th is going to be a sell out as it's the same weekend as the St.Ronans Highland Games (Oldest sports event in Scotland)! Come watch the Worlds best DH riders, cheer on the XC, enjoy the processions through the town, tossing the caber, fireworks and loads of men in skirts!

Get on the blower now and get your accommodation sorted, it's going to be busier than Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago.
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   Radek Burkat    Jan 19, 2009
Stay outta my lane! Stay outta my lane!
What this concept attempts to do is make the streets a tiny bit safer for city bicycle riders. A device attaches to the back of your bicycle and projects an instant bicycle lane onto the road, as this picture shows.

That way, you can whip about town without a care in the world, knowing that you’re letting other drivers know that, "hey, this here is a bicycle lane!"
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 19, 2009
World Champ hurt in training accident World Champ hurt in training accident
Source: Animal Commencal

Current World Champion Rachel Atherton sustained a dislocated shoulder yesterday when she was involved in a training accident with a car. The Atherton trio have been training hard in Santa Cruz California since the start of January and yesterday was no exception. Details are sketchy but it seems Rachel hit the car head on with her brand new Cervelo road bike taking the brunt of the damage.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Jan 19, 2009
XPREZO / Impact Designs / NOVATEC Racing Team XPREZO / Impact Designs / NOVATEC Racing Team
News Source: Jean-Philippe Simard
It is with great pleasure that we announce today the creation of a new DH race team in Canada. The XPREZO / Impact Designs / NOVATEC Racing Team originated from the mind of Patrick Bisson (Team Manager) and Jean-Philippe Simard (Team Manager & Team Mechanic). The main reason behind this project was to help some of Quebec best DH athletes to develop themselves in order to achieve their goals and participate/perform at 2010 UCI World Championships that will be held here in Mont-Ste-Anne, where all eyes will be turned towards Canadian & mainly Quebec own athletes.
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   Jeremy Axelrod    Jan 19, 2009
DH Mountain Biking Trails in Mount Shasta, California DH Mountain Biking Trails in Mount Shasta, California
Now that the season is over, I suppose it would be a good time to get some of you stoked on some of the DH trails that exist on Mount Shasta, in NorCal. The trails are legal and user-maintained, on public land.

There are 8 total trails, 4 of which are in succession (one above the other). Read on to learn more,
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   Mike Levy    Jan 17, 2009
Colonnade Bike Park Mini Trip aka: Escape To Dry Dirt! Colonnade Bike Park Mini Trip aka: Escape To Dry Dirt!
It has been a bad winter. Instead of the three months of rain we are usually treated to, we have been snowed in, frozen solid, and then flooded out. As it turns out, complaining incessantly does nothing to help the situation! I've been hearing about Seattle's Colonnade Bike Park for awhile now, and it seemed like there was no better time then now to pony up and head South. Nestled safely directly under the massive I-5 highway, the park promised dry dirt and new terrain. In other words, our winter Shangri-La!

Inside you'll find way too many pictures and a video showing you what the Colonnade Park is all about!
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 16, 2009
Andreu and Lluis Lacondeguy sign through 2010 with Kona Bikes Andreu and Lluis Lacondeguy sign through 2010 with Kona Bikes
Source: Rasoulution

Kona signed Andreu and Lluis Lacondeguy for the following two years. Lluis got an additional Kona clothing sponsorship. The first chance to see the Lacons riding their new bikes will be at the “White Style presented by Kona” winter slopestyle comp in Leogang, Austria, on January 30th.
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 16, 2009
Draw a photo of Steve Peat Draw a photo of Steve Peat
Nowadays there is a very very thin line between real and fake, often it's to close to call. Computers have turned this line into something that is almost impossible to notice to the untrained eye. Recently I saw a photo on Pinkbike that blew my mind, so I am here to share with you guys something very unique, and something I haven't seen before.

Read on to see a very unique perspective on Steve Peat...
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 16, 2009
Seasons at X-Dance Seasons at X-Dance
"Seasons" hits the big screen this Saturday night at X-Dance.

The Collective rolls into Salt Lake City this weekend for a prime time screening of their latest film as part of X-Dance, the world's most renowned action sports film festival. Launched in 2001 and coinciding each year with the Sundance Film Festival, X-DANCE showcases the year's top action sport films, followed by post-screening Q&A's with filmmakers and athletes.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 15, 2009
UK Freerider Elbry Sandland re-signs with KBC Helmets and adds Monster Energy Drinks UK Freerider Elbry Sandland re-signs with KBC Helmets and adds Monster Energy Drinks
KBC helmets are again pleased to re-sign long time UK freerider Elbry Sandland to its athlete team roster for 2009, Elbry has been a member of the KBC family since 2003 and will again be featured in the KBC helmet's catalog, adverts and posters worldwide and joins AMA road racers, MX racers, Stunt riders and Bobsleighers. Elbry will be using the all new Composite PRO-X helmet featuring ULTRA COMP Shell Constructed using the revolutionary “pre-preg” bag molding process. This makes for a lighter helmet while ensuring consistency in shell thickness, The PRO-X being the first KBC off road helmet to use this technology.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 15, 2009
UK Rippers Ben Ineson and Tom Rodgers RIP UK Rippers Ben Ineson and Tom Rodgers RIP
Apologies to bring you such bad news.

Just heard from a friend that Ben Ineson and Tom Rodgers were killed yesterday in a car crash. These two were the life and soul of every race here in the U.K, this is a very sad day indeed for Mountainbiking.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 15, 2009
Bootleg Canyon's Brent Thompson Suffers Heart Attack - Quad Bypass Scheduled Bootleg Canyon's Brent Thompson Suffers Heart Attack - Quad Bypass Scheduled
Brent Thomson, Godfather and Trail Master of Bootleg Canyon suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stones throw from Las Vegas, Nevada. While he is currently resting under doctors care in the hospital, Brent is scheduled for the second Quadruple bi-pass in his life. Sixteen years ago he had the same surgery performed due to an unusually high hereditary cholesterol build-up.

Brent's Job Provides No Health Insurance - PayPal Donations Needed
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   Marketing Manager    Jan 15, 2009
X-Fusion / Intense together in 2009 X-Fusion / Intense together in 2009
X-Fusion Shox Announces the 2009 X-Fusion/Intense Factory Race Program and Roster.

Here at X-Fusion we love racing and the lifestyle that goes along with it. After two successful race and media campaigns in North America X-Fusion has decided to take it to another level. We are going International!
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   Mr. Gnar    Jan 15, 2009
MTBco revolution: 2009 MTBco revolution: 2009
MTBco achieved a lot in 2008 but 2009 promises to deliver even more.

2009: The mountain biking revolution continues.

Read on to find out how we're aiming to make British Columbia's Central Okanagan region a compelling place to add to your list of riding destinations.
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 14, 2009
GT Adds World-class Mountain Bike Riders to 2009 Roster GT Adds World-class Mountain Bike Riders to 2009 Roster
Source: GT Bikes

GT Bicycles today announced exciting new additions to the 2009 GT mountain bike team. The team will continue to be gravity-focused, adding Eric Carter, Mick Hannah and Andrew Cho to the GT roster. These three exceptional riders will help support GT’s 30-year race heritage.

“GT’s race legacy has been built on developing innovative products by leveraging pro athletes and incorporating them in product testing and development,” said Bruno Maier, Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Cannondale Sports Group. “With the new GT team riders, we will be able to get vital feedback and incorporate it into current and future platforms.”
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 14, 2009
Kenda Morewood Team - Exclusive Partner of BOS MTB Suspension Kenda Morewood Team - Exclusive Partner of BOS MTB Suspension
Source: Gravity Group

Following the announcement of Nathan Rennie and Mitch Delfs on-board the KENDA MOREWOOD Team, Gravity Group wish to announce a new partnership with BOS MOUNTAIN BIKE SUSPENSION as official Team Partner for suspension forks and shocks. Nathan Rennie and Mitch Delfs will have the choice between IDYLLE and IDYLLE PRO forks, while the STOY shock will be responsible for rear suspension on their downhill bikes.
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   Jason Peters    Jan 14, 2009
Aptos Update #2 Aptos Update #2
Aptos California is exploding!

Aptos is blowing up here on Pinkbike.com with four recent PODs and a VOD in recent weeks.

To the locals it's of no surprise with all the talent that lives around here and all the great riding that we have at our finger tips. Heck right now, most of Canada is down in California riding all the goods we get to enjoy every day!

Check out what's going on in Aptos:
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   Dylan Sherrard    Jan 14, 2009
Kamloops and the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops and the Bicycle Cafe
Anyone who has paid attention to bike videos and magazines in the past few years (or since the dawn of Freeride) has undoubtedly heard of Kamloops B.C, the mystical city of rolling hills and hot orange sunsets. Home to many fast trails sprinkled with dust and sage bushes, Kamloops is a dream destination for mountain bikers everywhere.

Here's Why?
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 14, 2009
Andrew Taylor and Phil Sundbaum become adiridas Andrew Taylor and Phil Sundbaum become adiridas
Source: Summer of Shred

Shooting stars Andrew Taylor and Phil Sundbaum from the USA are the newest addition to the adiridas, the international adidas Freeride Crew. To begin their partnership, adidas invited their two newest athletes for a visit in December to do something totally unique: ride their mountain bikes down an Olympic bobsled track! Taylor and Sundbaum will be representing the three stripes as they travel around the world competing and filming for their video project "Summer Of Shred".
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 13, 2009
Marin Bikes Announces the Addition of Andrew Taylor Marin Bikes Announces the Addition of Andrew Taylor
Source: Marin Bikes

Novato- Calif. Novato-Calif. Marin Bikes is pleased to announce the of addition of Andrew Taylor to the Marin team for 2009.

Hailing from Northern California, Taylor has honed his skills to vault him into the top tier of international slopestyle and dirt jump film and competition riders. His close proximity to the US office will provide Marin with a wealth of rider input on product. His charismatic personality on and off the bike will compliment Marin's existing riders Shaums March, Yuri Hauswald and Team Lost Coast Brewery while bringing a new face to Marin’s growing gravity program.
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   Mike Dekoning    Jan 13, 2009
Sam Dueck is at bat. Sam Dueck is at bat.
Sam Dueck is 16 years old and hails from Chilliwack BC and is one hell of a shredder.

This past year Sam buckled down and set goals for himself in relation to how he rides and what he wants to get out of riding in the following years. He's pushing the local riding scene with his determination and skill. He knows you have to work hard to get the results.

Here's a look at Sam from last season:
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   Anders Vålberg    Jan 13, 2009
It Didn't Work - The Teaser. It Didn't Work - The Teaser.
It Didn't Work features some talented riders from Norway during the 2008 season. You might think "what the hell, aren't they way too busy burning down churches and chasing polar bears away from their death-metal rockin' kids", but you would be wrong.

For the last couple of years the riding level in Norway has just exploded. I can still remember a few years back when it was an absolute blast if you got your bike between your legs in a sketchy tailwhip attempt. Nowadays I feel that everybody tailwhips. Everywhere!
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 12, 2009
Formula The One Review - The Big Braking Point Formula The One Review - The Big Braking Point
There are a few things in the biking world that can make or break a rider's day and when you're flying downhill you want to have quality brakes at your finger tips. We have all had run ins with the "not gonna stop me" squeal of wet v-brakes, so it's nice to see a company that has put years of research into a brake that is so dialed.

Read on to learn all about the One brake from Formula.
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   Johnny Smoke    Jan 12, 2009
Bush Pilot Biking 2008 Wrap Up Bush Pilot Biking 2008 Wrap Up
2008 in review with Bush Pilot Biking!

You know, I could ramble on for hours about how magical it all was, but instead I think I'll just post a whole bunch of rad pics for you to check out...

Enjoy!
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   Tyler Maine    Jan 10, 2009
Rider list announced for Urge Kenya Rider list announced for Urge Kenya
Source: Fred Glo

Just over two months ago we showed everyone the details behind this year's Urge Kenya event and now it's time to unveil the rider's list of who will be the lucky 10 riders to participate in the event.
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 9, 2009
64 Hours of Snow and Rain Pelt Pinkbike.com 64 Hours of Snow and Rain Pelt Pinkbike.com
The past week has been hell in the Lower Mainland. We have been through hip high snow, ice rink streets, and pelting rain. We have experienced it all, and for a small mountain based city that doesn't usually even accumulate snow during the winter season, this is a huge deal for us, and it's starting to pose a pretty big issue.

Read on to see the damages,
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   Simon Paton    Jan 9, 2009
Whhooaa - Commencal Supreme DH WC Ltd Edition!! Whhooaa - Commencal Supreme DH WC Ltd Edition!!
HOT!?

I nearly burned my fingers typing this one up, in celebration Gee and Rach’s outstanding double win at last summer’s UCI World Championships in Val di Sole Italy. Commencal set the gears in motion to do produce something very special indeed...
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   Mike Hermanovsky    Jan 9, 2009
What makes the Photo Of the Day different from other pictures? What makes the Photo Of the Day different from other pictures?
As a frequent Pinkbike user I have come to notice certain trends with the POD’s that are usually quite consistent. In this article I will discuss what I believe those trends are, and how when combined they can make for some quite spectacular photographs.

Read on and things will start to make some sense!
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 9, 2009
Konaworld - Episode #4 - Built To Last Konaworld - Episode #4 - Built To Last
Source: Kona Bikes

In The Latest Installment of Kona's Dr. Dew Files The Doctor Is On A Mission To Hunt Down Old Konas

The Doctor is at it again. This time he pounds the pavement and trails in search of old Konas that have stood the test of time. Kona's enigmatic chief bike designer Doug Lafavor loves a bike that lasts forever, and it doesn’t take him long to find 18-year-old Kona bicycles still making their owners happy as clams.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 8, 2009
The Saab Salomon Megavalanche Entries Open! The Saab Salomon Megavalanche Entries Open!
This is the one! The Holy Grail, The Elephants Graveyard, The Mecca for all you Mountainbikers out there. The Saab Salomon Megavalanche 2009. Entries open on Monday January the 12th at 14:00GMT (London).

Get yourself online and entered ASAP as these tickets will run out faster than a loose chicken in a Cambodian village.
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   Simon Paton    Jan 8, 2009
661 Mini Downhill Races 2009 661 Mini Downhill Races 2009
The 661 MINI DOWNHILL RACE is back in town at the Forest of Dean. Big news if you're a "Mini Ripper" there will be a 10-11 year old class!

Get your diary out and mark in Sunday 22nd February 2009.

More info here>>>
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 8, 2009
Team Houseman Racing Clinics - Fontana CA Team Houseman Racing Clinics - Fontana CA
National Mountain-Cross Champion Rich Houseman will be teaching 4-Cross/Mountaincross skills clinics during the 2009 Southridge Winter Race series in Fontana, California.

Read on if you want to get faster,
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   Martin Newman    Jan 7, 2009
Mad March Racing -  Private Coaching Mad March Racing - Private Coaching
I’m not a bad rider. I can get down most things without parting company with my bike - most of the time. I even I tried some downhill racing again this summer and I’m pleased to say it went ok. I even made the podium at one of the first races but I had no idea this would be the shining pinnacle of my race season. As the summer continued my riding improved and the speed built but somehow I only managed to hold my place in the ranks. There were still a few old boys who were just, well, faster. If only I could find a few seconds per run, I’d be chasing the win and not the podium. What to do? Phone a friend!

After talking to a few people it seemed all those who’d tried MMR coaching were raving about it, so I put it at the top of my ”to do” list.
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   Jordan Holmes    Jan 7, 2009
Cycle Solutions O-Cup DH Awards Winners presented by Commencal Cycle Solutions O-Cup DH Awards Winners presented by Commencal
Thanks to everyone who came out, we had a fantastic evening, some great prizes were donated by sponsors like a Norco 250 frame and Minoura trainer from Norco Bicycles! Titec Components and Want beverages also gave up some wicked stuff and Industry skate park donated a deity bar and free passes to the park!

Read on to see who won!
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Jan 6, 2009
Nathan Rennie and Mitch Delfs riding Morewood Nathan Rennie and Mitch Delfs riding Morewood
News Source: Gravity Group
Gravity Group is pleased to announce their partnership with Morewood Bikes as bicycle supplier and co-title sponsor along with Kenda Tires for their World Cup Team. TEAM KENDA MOREWOOD will be represented by two of the most famous names in downhill racing: Nathan Rennie (AUS) and Mitchell Delfs (AUS).
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   Eduardo Stein    Jan 6, 2009
Megavalanche in Peru 2009 Megavalanche in Peru 2009
This is a brief story of the Megavalanches in Peru and also an invitation to join us for the next Megavalanche in 2009!

The Megavalanche Race started in Peru in 2005. At that time the local riders from Cusco were just a few XC riders. Now it's amazing to see how this race has motivated the local people from Cusco to leave their XC bikes and try to build their DH bikes. Now everybody in Cusco loves to go fast, jump and of course they are strong enough to learn by crashing constantly.
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   Mike Levy    Jan 5, 2009
Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro: Preview of a Review Rocky Mountain Flatline Pro: Preview of a Review
What is long, squishy, and white and red? No, not that candy cane that you just found under the couch cushion...although I'm sure that is still ok to eat. What I'm talking about is Rocky Mountain's new top flight Flatline Pro DH bike. Don't get too excited as the review is still a ways off, but due to sheer boredom (the large amount of snow will do that to me) I've put together a little "preview to a review" article to get your blood flowing during these cold winter nights. Inside we have got Wade Simmons on video from 'Vegas to give us the low down on the Flatline, as well as far too many pictures!

Read on.....
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   Brad Walton    Jan 2, 2009
Breath of Fresh Air for the New Year Breath of Fresh Air for the New Year
First off Happy 2009!

2008 was a very stressful year for me and I’ve decided to make some changes that hopefully will allow me more time to focus on the things that are really important in life: friends, bikes, and whatever exists besides those two things.
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   Hiram Stelzig    Jan 1, 2009
Video: Fionn Griffiths 2013 (removed) Video: Fionn Griffiths 2013 (removed)
Fionn tries out her new Evil Undead for the upcoming season and meets up with Missy "The Missile" Giove for a day of fun in the woods.
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   Eduardo Stein    Jan 1, 2009
Riding an Epic trail near Mt. Salkantay in Peru Riding an Epic trail near Mt. Salkantay in Peru
This is a story of an EPIC ride in Peru. It's Epic because it's located on a remote area of the Peruvian Andes, because we have descended more than 4,000m (13,123ft) and we have reached Machu Picchu.

Peru is getting known as one of the most extreme destinations for mountain biking around the globe. We have been showing great trails that we have on our Andes Mountains. Long lasting descents with more than 4,000m (13,123ft.) are not easy to find like in Peru!
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