Mountain Bike News
   Tyler Maine    Apr 30, 2009
Sea Otter - Crankbros, Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson Sea Otter - Crankbros, Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson
Veterans of the race scene, Jill Kintner and Bryn Atkinson have gone privateer for 2009. They have one bad ass Sprinter Van and all the sponsor support a team could ask for going into this season. One of their newest programs is with CrankBros and their new wheel sets. Both Jill and Bryn will be running and testing Crankbros. wheels through out the 2009 season.

Check out the wheels, new team bikes and the Sprinter Van inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 30, 2009
100 Volunteers Combat a Mountain of Garbage 100 Volunteers Combat a Mountain of Garbage
Words and photos by Mark Steinebach

Sunday April 26, 2009 saw the Vedder Mountain Trails Association (VMTA.ca) host the annual Vedder Mountain Trails clean up and trail maintenance day. VMTA representing the interests of Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Association, Back Country Horseman of BC, Vedder Running Club, Chilliwack Outdoor Club and Cascade Offroad Motorcycle Club on Vedder Mountain coordinated the efforts of nearly 100 volunteers to revitalize the well used and well loved trail network.
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   Connor Dawson    Apr 30, 2009
Cycle Solutions Ontario Cup DH #1 Presented By Lapierre Bikes Race Preview Cycle Solutions Ontario Cup DH #1 Presented By Lapierre Bikes Race Preview
Source: Peter Appleton, Sirbikealot Racing.

Where: Kelso Conservation Area (Milton, ON), May 2nd and 3rd

Well the birds are singing, the snow has melted (well most of it) and it's time to get dirty! As with every O-Cup DH season we kick it off at Kelso in Milton, Ontario. This time honored venue is close to the GTA and always has the biggest crowds. Racers are excited to see friends, compare their new bikes and best of all, see who's been training hard in the off season.
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   Kevin Dyck    Apr 30, 2009
Kananaskis Trail Building Workshop, May 2nd-May10th Kananaskis Trail Building Workshop, May 2nd-May10th
The Canmore Nordic Centre is hosting a week-long workshop on trail building, maintenance, and the future of trails in the Canmore Nordic Centre, including two proposed downhill trails.

While the Nordic Centre has long been a fantastic cross country venue, this workshop promises to have a significant downhill component. Of particular interest to downhill riders will be May 10th when a discussion on two proposed downhill trails takes place. This could add two more SANCTIONED downhill trails to the Nordic Centre, bringing the total up to a whopping 4 (that's right, Riders of Rohan and The Reclaimer are part of the Nordic Centre).
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 29, 2009
Casey Groves wins Ranchstyle! Casey Groves wins Ranchstyle!
Source: Grassroots Cycles

Casey Groves taking the win at the second annual Ranchstyle! With Andrew Taylor in second and Tyler MCcaul in third, Tyler also taking best trick with a tailwhip over the 40 footer!
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   Kelly Barnes    Apr 29, 2009
Fresh Air Concept - Kelowna's Newest Bike Shop Fresh Air Concept - Kelowna's Newest Bike Shop
GRAND OPENING MAY 2ND!

Fresh Air Concept is Kelowna's newest retailer for the outdoor enthusiast. With a focus on the freeride aspects of mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing, as well as carrying road bikes and
snowshoe products, this shop will have something to please everyone. As well, there are some surprises and innovations behind these walls as well.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 29, 2009
VholdR Introduces ContourHD - The World’s First HD Helmet Camera VholdR Introduces ContourHD - The World’s First HD Helmet Camera
VholdR, the market leader for “shoot and share” wearable camcorders, is introducing ContourHD: The World’s First (and lightest) HD Helmet Camera. The ideal camcorder to shoot and share video of your active lifestyle, ContourHD combines amazing video quality (choose between crisp High Definition or smooth High Action SD), wire-free wearability (attach ContourHD to your goggles, helmet, equipment, or vehicle without wires), and one button simplicity (single button to shoot and share online). Light enough (4 ounces) to fit on your goggles, this compact and rugged helmet camera makes HD quality video affordable ($299.99 MSRP) to capture and publish online.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 29, 2009
Last Chance to Win the Demo 7 from Seasons Last Chance to Win the Demo 7 from Seasons
Source: The Collective

The Collective is stoked to announce that we are preparing to give away one of the sickest bikes ever built to one lucky rider. In honor of the one-year anniversary of the film’s premiere last April, we have collected the names of everyone who purchased the Seasons DVD from The Collective Store and will draw one name to determine the lucky winner.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 29, 2009
Sea Otter - Tomac Carbide SL Sea Otter - Tomac Carbide SL
Source: Tomac Bikes

Over three years in development, the Carbide SL is the ultimate in lightweight, stiffness and pedaling efficiency. At a scant 4.4 pound frame weight with DT Swiss carbon shock, it’s one of the lightest XC full suspension bikes on the market, and certainly the stiffest. The Carbide SL can be hammered through anything an XC rider or racer could throw at it.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 28, 2009
Blackboxlabs :: Fresh air:: Jordie Lunn's dirt jump comp Blackboxlabs :: Fresh air:: Jordie Lunn's dirt jump comp
On May 9th Jordie Lunn will play host to Fresh Air, this is a fresh new course in a fresh new location. With the success of last years Peanut Butter Knife Fight we had to make sure this was one step up!
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   Alasdair MacLennan    Apr 28, 2009
MSC Bikes/Descent-Gear NPS 2009, Round 1: Ae Forest MSC Bikes/Descent-Gear NPS 2009, Round 1: Ae Forest
After some last minute re-adjustments to the schedule necessitated by Forestry Commission rules, Rheola was dropped from hosting the first round of this year’s NPS series and in its place slotted Ae.

Video from MTB Cut inside too!

Read on to find out more...
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 28, 2009
Sea Otter - Cannondale and Chris Van Dine Sea Otter - Cannondale and Chris Van Dine
Cannondale bikes is an industry leader in innovative technologies and their 3D forging adds to this list. About 4 years ago, they first did this on their Rush XC bike, where they incorporated the stem and internal headtube for the lefty fork. Today they are doing a lot more complex things with this technology. Team rider Chris Van Dine was also just pulling into the show and we were able to talk to him about his pre-season in South America and what all he's got planned for 2009.

Learn more about 3D forging and Chris Van Dine inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 28, 2009
Dakine signs Gulevich, Shandro and Vanderham to bike clothing program. Dakine signs Gulevich, Shandro and Vanderham to bike clothing program.
Source: Dakine

DAKINE, the leader in action sports accessories, is proud to announce that three of its top mountain bikers, Geoff Gulevich, Andrew Shandro, and Thomas Vanderham, have signed-on to ride DAKINE bike clothing in addition to its packs and gloves.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 28, 2009
Knolly Team 2009 Knolly Team 2009
Source: Knolly Bikes

Knolly is proud to announce our 2009 team roster. Joining our returning team members Ryan Berrecloth and Ross Measures are Riley McIntosh and Alan Crisp. Riley is an exceptional trail builder whose creations have been featured in numerous films. Look for Riley in some of the exciting film projects coming out this season. Alan is a positive ambassador for the sport both on and off the bike through his unbridled enthusiasm for all facets of the sport. Originally from Australia Alan now calls the North Shore home and tallied up some solid race results last season. Alan will be representing the Knolly team on the race circuit this season. More info on the Knolly Team can be found at knollybikes.com.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 27, 2009
Sombrio announces 2009 team roster. Sombrio announces 2009 team roster.
Source: Sombrio

All in common threads, the Sombrio Cartel, Girl and Am teams celebrate the luxury of dirt in style. This year’s team fuses an eclectic mixture of progressive riding styles, personalities and nationalities.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 27, 2009
e*thirteen riders start off another successful season! e*thirteen riders start off another successful season!
Leominster, MA (April 20th, 2009) – May has not yet begun and e*thirteen athletes are already picking up medals left and right. The first round of the World Cup circuit, held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, ended with three of the four gold medals earned by e*thirteen riders. Last weekend’s California based Sea Otter event concluded with e*thirteen riders winning four of the five gravity events.
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   The Dirt Series by RMB    Apr 27, 2009
Win an Entry to the Dirt Series mountain bike camp in Calgary! Win an Entry to the Dirt Series mountain bike camp in Calgary!
The Dirt Series Mountain Bike Camps is starting their season in just a couple weeks, and heading to Calgary in mid May for two different camps.

The weekend of May 16-17 will focus on the women, in a two day women's only camp, geared to beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders. On Monday, May 18, they'll open it up to the men too, offering a co-ed camp again geared towards all levels of riders.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 27, 2009
Transition Bikes UK Webstore Transition Bikes UK Webstore
Source: Transition Bikes

Transition Bikes is proud to announce a new consumer direct webstore for the United Kingdom. The store offers customers competitive prices, fast shipping and access to the full line of Transition frames, build kits and parts.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 26, 2009
Sea Otter - 2010 SRAM goodies Sea Otter - 2010 SRAM goodies
At the 2009 Sea Otter Classic, SRAM launched some of their 2010 components. A revamped shock, new forks, light brakes, colorful components and carbon bits. Under unusually hot temperatures, well unusual for Sea Otter - this is what SRAM showed us. If you've been thinking of personalizing you ride with performance parts, these are for you.
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   Simon Paton    Apr 25, 2009
Northern Downhill Round 1 Kidland Forest - England Northern Downhill Round 1 Kidland Forest - England
A report of the event through the eyes of the organizers:

Ok so round 1 of my first ever event organization of any kind on a brand new track! Ok I was frightened a lot could go wrong!

Kidland is as remote as British tracks come. Most riders questioned how did you find this place!!?? The answer being that Alex MacLennan of the Forestry Commission pointed us in this direction and we thank him for that.
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   Alasdair MacLennan    Apr 25, 2009
SDA Round One SDA Round One
SDA Round 1, Pitfichie.

After a year of absence from the Scottish calendar, Pitfichie, the most northerly of the Scottish race tracks, made a welcome return to the fold for a great weekend of racing.
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   Karl Burkat    Apr 24, 2009
Sea Otter Photo Contest Reminder Sea Otter Photo Contest Reminder
With well over 2000 photos from the 2009 Sea Otter Classic weekend in Pinkbike's Sea Otter Photo Gallery already, there is plenty of action to check out. If you have some of your own photos make sure to get them up for the rest of the world to see and also win some cash for your work!

Check out the categories and the cash you can win!
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 24, 2009
Whistler Bike Park passes on Sale! Whistler Bike Park passes on Sale!
Source: Whistler Bike Park

Whistler Blackcomb’s famed Whistler Mountain Bike Park is scheduled to open May 16 with plans for continued expansion in the Garbanzo Zone; completely redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom courses; and new lesson and rental packages for all levels of mountain bikers.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 24, 2009
Sea Otter - DT Swiss Sea Otter - DT Swiss
Winning race teams need great hubs to ensure that they get to the bottom the fastest, without worry of failure. Who does the Syndicate, Sam Hill, Team Yeti and other top racers rely on? DT Dwiss is the correct answer!

Kenny Roberts talks to us about the new line up for this season:
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 23, 2009
Aptos Jump Jam 2009 - The final jam, noooooo Aptos Jump Jam 2009 - The final jam, noooooo
Aptos has been breeding awesome dirt jump riders for years now. Riders from all around the country have been traveling to this dirt jump mecca for years too, and they all seem to show up on the same day, and same time once a year - post Sea Otter for the Post Office Jam.

Planned for right after the Sea Otter Classic, the Aptos Jump Jam has been a pretty big deal in the California area for some time. This was our second trip, but unfortunately the last by the sounds of things for the Jam.

Read on for more information.
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 23, 2009
Photogravity Event - A fun and successful event Photogravity Event - A fun and successful event
Source: Phunkt

On the day we had approx 60 riders , 12 photographers. we over raised 300 pounds!

Oliver coats won it & will be getting to keep the trophy until the next event, Andy Dunwoody 2nd & Barry Primrose 3rd.

Read on for more information...
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 22, 2009
Sea Otter - Corsair Marque and Ducat Sea Otter - Corsair Marque and Ducat
Corsair Bikes is based out of Seattle Washington and are now ready for public consumption! That's right, we've shown you the bikes over the past season as they've gone through the prototype stages, but now each and every Corsair bike is in stock and ready for you to enjoy.

Check out the AM bike, the Marque and the Ducat hard tail inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 22, 2009
Sea Otter - Jeff Lenosky, Fox Clothing and Dual Stunt Sea Otter - Jeff Lenosky, Fox Clothing and Dual Stunt
Jeff Lenosky needs no introduction as he's a long standing face in our sport. We were able to meet up with him at the Dual Stunt course and talk about the track and go over his new kit from Fox Clothing.

Check out the videos inside with Jeff helmet caming the course and talking about Dual Stunt:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 21, 2009
Sea Otter - Black Market Bikes Sea Otter - Black Market Bikes
Carter Holland is the man behind some of the most popular hard tails currently available to the riding masses. Black Market Bikes makes hard tail, steel bikes that are purpose built to shred the DJs, Skate parks and any other urban or dirt environment you throw at them.

Have a look at a few of this year's models and enjoy the interview with Carter inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 21, 2009
Sea Otter - Team Morewood Kenda Sea Otter - Team Morewood Kenda
I ran into one of my favorite Canadian mechanics, Mathieu at the Race Face booth where he is pitted this weekend with his new team, the Kenda Morewood squad of Nathan Rennie and Mitch Delfs. The team is rolling on Morewood Makulu frames, Kenda tires, BOS suspension and Race Face components.

Check out Nathan's custom Makulu frame and Mitch's 4X / Dual bike inside:
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   Connor Dawson    Apr 21, 2009
Ontario Cup DH #1 - Build Day at Kelso April 25th Ontario Cup DH #1 - Build Day at Kelso April 25th
Source: Sir Racealot

First off I want to say thanks to all the keen builders, I've received a bunch of emails from people excited for the Kelso build day and wondering when it will be. It's always a super fun way to get together, throw some dirt around and see what everyone is riding for 2009.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 20, 2009
Sea Otter - Pro DH Results and video! Sea Otter - Pro DH Results and video!
The Pro Downhill at the Sea Otter Classic always draws a huge crowd and this year was no exception. For the first time in I think Sea Otter history the whole weekend went with out any rain, so the track was dry and fast.

Here are the results for the Pro category and a video from the finals:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 20, 2009
Sea Otter - Tyler Morland's Turner DW DHR Sea Otter - Tyler Morland's Turner DW DHR
Tyler Morland is one of Canada's best known DH racers and is also known for building some of the wizziest bikes you'll see rolling the trails. Working for SRAM has its benefits for sure, as does being an athlete under the Troy Lee Designs umbrella. We ran into Tyler a few days ago when he was building up his all new Turner DW DHR race bike and posted a few pics for you to drool over. Now we were able to corner him and take a really close look at his bike and do an interview too.

Pics and interview video inside!
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 20, 2009
Sea Otter - Pro Results and video from Dual Slalom finals Sea Otter - Pro Results and video from Dual Slalom finals
The Sea Otter is one of the few events that offers up a really dual slalom track each year and it's one of the hottest battles to watch year after year. This year we grabbed the camera and filmed up a banger video for everyone to enjoy.

Check out the dual slalom video inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 19, 2009
Sea Otter - Parts and Bikes Sea Otter - Parts and Bikes
The Sea Otter Classic is the place to see all the products that companies have kept under wraps all winter or the final production pieces of prototypes that we saw at Interbike back in September.

Here is a look at some of the fun things I saw out there while wondering the pits.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 18, 2009
Giant Reign X 2010 Exclusive Sneak Peek Giant Reign X 2010 Exclusive Sneak Peek
At the Sea Otter Classic, Pinkbike got an exclusive sneak peek of a 2010 generation II prototype Giant Reign X. Giant’s goal when re-designing the Reign X was to reduce the overall weight of the bike and try to come up with a sub 30 lbs complete package.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 18, 2009
Sea Otter - Ross Milan's Yeti 303R DH Sea Otter - Ross Milan's Yeti 303R DH
The crew at Yeti Cycles is well known for their unique bikes and their race teams. A lot of commitment goes into each from Yeti and their sponsors. We sat down with Yeti rider Ross Milan and his new 303R DH, to talk about the new bike and what it means to be part of the Yeti Tribe.

Enjoy the pics and videos inside!
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 18, 2009
Sea Otter - Intense 951 Sea Otter - Intense 951
The all new Intense DH race bike, "The 951" was launched at the Sea Otter Classic this weekend. Aimed at the consumer, the 951 is ready for any race course or trail that you like to ride to get your gravity fix on!

Expect to see these bikes in shops by late June, but for now, check out all the pics inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 18, 2009
Sea Otter - Riders with their new bikes! Sea Otter - Riders with their new bikes!
The Sea Otter Classic is probably the one event per year that brings pretty much the whole cycling industry together for show and shine, racing and general good times.

Here is a look at some new bikes and the riders that are on them:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 17, 2009
Sea Otter Day 6 - Tent is Up! Sea Otter Day 6 - Tent is Up!
The clouds were thick, but no rain fell and the sun emerged to change the pigments of our skin from pasty white to bright red! Gotta love the Otter!

We have a lot on the go down here and you'll see it all over the next week. Right now you can enjoy a piece with Steve Smith and his new Evil Revolt, then take a sneak at Tyler Morland's new DW Turner (more on it to come soon). Enjoy!

Pics and videos inside!
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 16, 2009
Sea Otter Day 5 - Arrived, Alive, and Pumped. Sea Otter Day 5 - Arrived, Alive, and Pumped.
After 12 straight hours of driving we were greeted to Monterey, California. Tyler had driven the piss out of the I5 (and maybe missed an exit or three), but we arrived at the Beach Dunes Inn at 2:30am. After signing in, and sleeping till 10:30am we were ready to get the day started.

Here's a small update on what happened on day 5 of our Sea Otter trip.
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   Karl Burkat    Apr 16, 2009
Sea Otter Photo Gallery - Win CASH! Sea Otter Photo Gallery - Win CASH!
The Sea Otter Classic is just days away and will become the epicenter of the biking world for this weekend. Almost 10,000 racers, 50,000+ spectators should be there this year, so make it down if you can to witness this! And for all you amateur photographers it is also a chance to show off your snapping abilities with the Sea Otter Photo Gallery on Pinkbike. So head down, take your shots and upload them to Pinkbike.com and even win a few hundred bucks for your effort!

Also don't forget to drop by the Pinkbike booth to say hey and enter to win some stuff in our raffles.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 16, 2009
"Barred For Life" World Premiere at Sea Otter 2009 "Barred For Life" World Premiere at Sea Otter 2009
Source: Gravity Components

Chainlink Productions is proud to announce the world premiere of their latest title, "Barred For Life", a full-length mountain bike movie featuring the Rockstar Energy Drink team with special guests. The movie will be premiered on Saturday, April 18th at the Monterey Conference Center in the Steinbeck Forum. The doors will open at 7pm, with the world premiere kicking off at 8pm.
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   Alasdair MacLennan    Apr 15, 2009
Reaction Downhill: Moelfre. Reaction Downhill: Moelfre.
Against a background of news from the first round of the World Cup happening in South Africa, this weekend saw Borderline’s Mike Marsden put on an early season warm up race on the open Welsh hillside of Moelfre. Not normally a venue known for dry races, it was difficult not to draw parallels to the weather in South Africa, with blue skies, dust and a hot sun. Ok, the sun wasn’t hot but our standards are low over here...and there were still a fair few who managed to turn a shade of red normally resplendent on a tomato.

Words: Alasdair MacLennan Pics: Scott Cartwright
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   Casey Groves    Apr 15, 2009
Sea Otter Trip - Day 4 "The Final Countdown" Sea Otter Trip - Day 4 "The Final Countdown"
We woke up around 8 o’clock this morning to meet up and hit the trails with Carson Storch and Ryler Sturn. It was freezing! We started off the morning riding an amazing dual slalom course that is tucked away somewhere in the forests of Bend Oregon.
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   Alasdair MacLennan    Apr 15, 2009
Ruling the Empire? Part 1 of the Empire AP-1 Test Ruling the Empire? Part 1 of the Empire AP-1 Test
So what makes a bike fast? The rider...? The suspension...? The tyres…?

We embarked on a bit of a test to find out how two of the best bikes currently available matched up against the British designed Empire AP-1.

Read on to find out more...
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   Trent zoobkoff    Apr 15, 2009
Sea Otter Day 3 - North West School of Freeride Sea Otter Day 3 - North West School of Freeride
Day 3 of our adventure did not disappoint the Pinkbike crew. Our mission today was to whet our whistles and sample a bit of everything Windells and the North West School of Freeride had to offer. Despite the pouring rain/hailing balls of ice and even a small sprinkle of snow, we did some major shredding both indoors and outdoors.
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   Kevin Menard    Apr 13, 2009
Transition Bikes New TR450 DH Prototype Transition Bikes New TR450 DH Prototype
The Transition TR450 is designed as a dedicated downhill racing machine. Factory rider Lars Sternberg, along with other select riders, will be rallying the frame all season. Transition expects production models to be ready sometime early winter 2009 for the 2010 race season.

Read on for more pics and video on the new bike!
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   Kyle Marshall    Apr 13, 2009
Sea Otter Day 2 - Heading South to Windells Sea Otter Day 2 - Heading South to Windells
This morning I woke up bright and early, stoked to get on the road! My Dad and I got downstairs at our hotel at 8AM for the all you can eat complementary breakfast and just destroyed it!

Once we got to Pinkbike we were informed that there were some issues with taking the team trailer on our trip to Sea Otter. Keeping it cool we just chilled and waited for Tyler to see what he could do. Casey and I tried to keep ourselves occupied by playing some darts and swinging some golf clubs around but that got old quick. We then noticed the stacks of stickers lying on the table and seized the opportunity to do a sticker job on our cell phones. Trent then came and joined in on the art…
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   Brad Walton    Apr 13, 2009
Helly Hansen Storm Protection Helly Hansen Storm Protection
Looking for a waterproof/breathable/durable storm protection layer?

Helly Hansen may not have the largest showing in the mountain bike apparel industry, but for those in the know like sponsored pro rider Matt Hunter, the double H of Norway is banging out some killer rain wear built for biking in the so-called "off-season".
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 12, 2009
2009 World Cup Round One - DH Finals! 2009 World Cup Round One - DH Finals!
Source: Just Reid Racing and MTB Cut Productions

It is the evening of the 1st round of the World Cup series here in South Africa and the dust is finally setting on the 4km track in Greg’s hometown of Pietermaritzburg.

This was an odd track for the 1st round but it was to provide some really exciting moments with various results for the competitors. Everyone was unveiling their new kit and bikes so there was a lot of hustle and bustle around the pit lane for the 1st few days. With some brand new teams emerging and a lot of riders moving teams, it was going to be difficult to predict how the top 5 elite men would pan out on Sunday afternoon.

Pics and video inside!
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   Casey Groves    Apr 12, 2009
Sea Otter - Day One "The Gathering" Sea Otter - Day One "The Gathering"
I arrived at Pinkbike this afternoon to meet up with the crew. When I got there I walked into the shop, there was Tyler and Trenton working on his new Devinci bikes to get his bikes in tip-top shape for Sea Otter. About an hour later Kyle arrived and was stoked to see his new bikes sitting waiting to be built. I worked on my Transition Double for a couple hours swapping parts and fine-tuning certain things so that I can race Dual at the Sea Otter in a few days.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 11, 2009
2009 World Cup Round One - 4X Finals and missing Day 1 coverage! 2009 World Cup Round One - 4X Finals and missing Day 1 coverage!
Source: MTB Cut Productions

Day 3 was the Final DH practice which was carnage after all the rain and the 4X finals where Jared Graves took the win!

Also included is the Day 1 video that we had troubles getting sorted - better late than never!!

*Videos INSIDE*
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 10, 2009
The Tipping Point World Premiere A Huge Success The Tipping Point World Premiere A Huge Success
Source: 23 Degrees

The new movie by Clay Porter, "The Tipping Point" had the first of 2 world premieres last night, here in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, with the second world premiere set for next Friday, April 17, in Monterey, California.
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   Alasdair MacLennan    Apr 10, 2009
2009 World Cup Round One - Practice and Qualifying 2009 World Cup Round One - Practice and Qualifying
The World Cup has often been likened to a circus with all its fanfare and hype. This year, with eight rounds stretching across three continents; North America, Europe & Africa, a fourth if you include the World Champs in Australia, it is more than ever that circus and it starts this weekend.

*Qualifying Video INSIDE*
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   NS Bikes    Apr 10, 2009
NS Bikes - new website, new products! NS Bikes - new website, new products!
Right about now the new products from the 2009 line are arriving to NS distributors around the world, and at the same time, the new website finally goes online. You can now check out all the brand new frames, pedals, bars and hubs.

Check them out inside...
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   Calgary Cycle    Apr 10, 2009
The C-Files: Calgary Cycle Custom Builds..... EVIL! The C-Files: Calgary Cycle Custom Builds..... EVIL!
We’ve tallied up the votes for the next installment of the C-Files… and surprise, surprise - the Evil Revolt wins by a landslide! Looks like everyone out there is just itchin’ to see one of these frames built up. There’s been a ton of teaser photos floating around to whet our appetites, but I’m sure I speak for the majority of us when I say: It’s about time we see one close up and built in all of its glory.

Read on to learn more...
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   Mike Estes    Apr 10, 2009
On Snow Jam at Timberline Ski Area April 18th On Snow Jam at Timberline Ski Area April 18th
Timberline Ski Resort on Mt Hood, Oregon is going to host a fun on snow bike jam on the Conway Terrain Park Saturday April 18th.

It's a great end of season alternative until the trails fully melt out. You get full High Speed Lift Service as if you're skiing/boarding for a measly $15 bucks USD. Come to historic Timberline Lodge Ski Resort and enjoy 'schrapling' on a World Class 'terrain' park- but on your bike!
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   Simon Paton    Apr 9, 2009
Pearce Cycles Rd 1 Bringewood Pearce Cycles Rd 1 Bringewood
Pearce Cycles without any shadow of a doubt is the top race series in England.

They actually sold out of all five rounds within one week of entries opening. How good are they? Well they even guaranteed us sunshine and as promised they delivered as you can see here...
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   James Dilleen    Apr 9, 2009
Irish NPS Round 1 - Scarragh Woods, Cahir Irish NPS Round 1 - Scarragh Woods, Cahir
On the 4th and 5th of April, 021 Racing hosted the first round of the Irish National Points Series in Scarragh Woods, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. The track was the same as the one from the 2008 Irish National Championships with a few interesting changes! Over 170 riders turned up from all over Ireland to race the first round.

Here's how it went:
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   The Dirt Series by RMB    Apr 9, 2009
Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles - Registration 2009 Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles - Registration 2009
Take your riding to the next level in fun not fear. Get an entire season of learning under your pedals in two days with the Dirt Series.

New cross-country mountain bikers tired of just-go-for-it advice and downhillers itching to give their skills a jump are invited to sign up for North America’s premier traveling mountain bike program, the Dirt Series by Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
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   Mike Estes    Apr 8, 2009
Fluidride Cup #1 - Curtis Keene Wins it! Fluidride Cup #1 - Curtis Keene Wins it!
Never before have I witnessed a race where 1st and 2nd where decided by 'who went faster in qualifying'. Lars Sternberg (Transition/Fox Racing Shocks) and Curtis Keene (Specialized/SRAM) both share a piece of gravity racing history by hitting the line and scoring the exact same time- 2:54.29. In addition to a record attendance of 410 racers- each class was stacked deep with talent, every class, every category.

Results, Photo's by Carl Warren and Videos' after the jump! (click 'read')
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   Simon Paton    Apr 8, 2009
MSC Bikes / Descent-Gear NPS DH MSC Bikes / Descent-Gear NPS DH
The Race Season is now wheelspinning into action and the UK hosts the top domestic race series in the World. You must race at a high regional standard before you can get into the NPS which is widely seen as the stepping stone up to the World Cups. Peaty, Athertons, Moseley, Beaumont, Warner, Bryceland have all been through the ranks, how about you?
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 8, 2009
Melt Freeze Cup returns April 11th, 2009 Melt Freeze Cup returns April 11th, 2009
Source: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

The end to another winter season is near and to finish it off in style the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Bike Park and the Alberta Downhill Racing Association are hosting the fifth annual Melt Freeze Cup, a Downhill Mountain Bike Snow Race, on April 11th 2009. The race is just one of the many great events happening over the Sun Splash Funk Fest weekend.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 8, 2009
Martin Söderström wins Vienna Air King 2009 Martin Söderström wins Vienna Air King 2009
Source: Rasoulution

The best dirt jumpers from all over Europe, the United States and Australia celebrated the beginning of the contest season during the Vienna Air King on April 4th and 5th. The 19 year old Swedish young gun Martin Söderström showed the most stunning tricks and became first. Paul Basagoitia from Minden, USA, secured himself the PANASONIC-Best-Trick-Competition with an excellent 360 tailwhip on the step down at Vienna Air King’s starting tower.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 7, 2009
XMS Devinci World Cup Team XMS Devinci World Cup Team
Source: Devinci Bikes

Devinci and their Spanish Distributor XMS Racing Import are proud to announce their new World Cup Downhill team. Devinci and XMS have come together to form a solid team with some of the best European riders. The team will be covering the World Cup circuit, the Maxxis Cup and many other international races. The team launch took place in La Fenasosa Bike Park (Spain) one of the hot spots in Europe renowned for their downhill and free ride trails. The team took the opportunity to extensively test their new bikes and essential components like their custom made BOS rear shocks and trying out different settings and fine tuning all elements for the imminent season start.
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   Simon Paton    Apr 7, 2009
661 Mini Downhill at Chicksands. 661 Mini Downhill at Chicksands.
The last one, the third 661 Mini Downhill went down at Chicksands, the U.K.'s Mountain Bike version of Disneyland and Woodward. The Pinkbike Squadron flew down the M1 J15 towards the Big Smoke of London and diverted off towards what can only be described as a must do day out.

Pics, videos and results inside:
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 7, 2009
Draft BC Trails Strategy - Part 2 - perspectives from the trail Draft BC Trails Strategy - Part 2 - perspectives from the trail
Brought to you by Devinci Bikes

Written by Ryan Kuhn


Trail builders across British Columbia are picking up shovels and saws at a breakneck pace these days, which means greater opportunity for mountain bikers of all disciplines. However, the approach to where and how to develop trails diverges greatly. There are also more illegal mountain bike trails with significant stunt (“technical trail features” or TTFs) and jump features than ever before, pushing the sport to new heights, literally. However, the risk associated with these trails is significant to the builders, riders and those responsible for managing public lands.
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   Alberta FreerideAwards    Apr 7, 2009
Vote and win - Alberta Freeride Awards! Vote and win - Alberta Freeride Awards!
Calling all Albertans- Vote for the best and you could win a 2009 RockShox Boxxer World Cup!

Yes, you read the title right- we are giving away a 2009 RockShox Boxxer World Cup and all you have to do to get entered to win is vote for your favorite riders, racers and builders from Alberta. We've even extended the online voting until Friday, April 17th 2009!
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   Mike Estes    Apr 7, 2009
4th Annual Beacon Blowout DH 4th Annual Beacon Blowout DH
Spokane Washington is not gonna sit around quietly in the PAC NW gravity racing scene. Bicycle Butler has recently announced on April 25th-26th the 4th Annual Beacon Blowout DH MTB event. Held at Camp Selkani on 6707 Upriver Drive is one great DH/FR/Dirt Jumping hangout. Come out and get 2 runs with a 'Best Time Counts' attitude and you're going to have a great weekend of racing.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 6, 2009
Photogravity 2009 Photogravity 2009
Source: Phunkt

Photogravity 2009 is a fun event that is being put on by photographers to help raise money for the Ben Ineson and Tom Rodgers memorial fund. It will take place on April 12th at Inners, from Noon to 5 PM.

Learn more inside...
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 6, 2009
Twenty6 Dualie Levers - First in line for the One Twenty6 Dualie Levers - First in line for the One
It's hard enough to make a living in the component market for cycling, however, trying to make a living on aftermarket component construction and sales is a whole 'nother ball game. The guys over at Twenty6 components are doing a pretty good job down in Montana, and we recently had a chance to test some of their famous Dualie levers.

Twenty6 recently finished constructing their Formula One brake levers, so read here for some more information on how they install, feel, and ride.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 6, 2009
Evan Schwartz joins the Devinci ranks! Evan Schwartz joins the Devinci ranks!
Source: Devinci Bikes

It is with great pride that Devinci is getting on board with the young and already famous Kootenay local Evan Schwartz for 2009. Being Joe Schwartz’s little brother, he has been hanging around and riding with the sport’s top athletes for a long time. His riding has taken him all around the world on epic journeys, having the chance to discover and perfect his skills on various types of terrain.
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   Mike Estes    Apr 6, 2009
Post Canyon clean up - April 18th! Post Canyon clean up - April 18th!
Annual Post Canyon Clean Up Day Announced For April 18th!

Come out to Hood River Oregon on April 18th and help clean up Post Canyon area MTB trails and feel good about giving back to the Hood River trail systems by doing something positive. Visit Full Sail Ale, Double Mountain Brewery, tour the famous G.Willikers Toy Store and stop into the friendliest bike shop on the south side of the Columbia, Discover Bikes.
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   sean tracy    Apr 6, 2009
Intense M6 with Dorado - What the Joes ride! Intense M6 with Dorado - What the Joes ride!
Barry's Black Beast, or tale of the Intense Dorado.

Bike Mechanic to the Ditched and Blameless, Barry LeVoir at Hardcore Bikes in Edmonton (almost) Finishes his dream DH build for 2009.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 4, 2009
Chris Van Dine Double podium! Chris Van Dine Double podium!
Source: Gravity Components

Van Dine wins Continental DH title in Chile, Follows with Megavalanche Win in Peru!

Chris Van Dine must feel like a conquistador bringing home so much gold from South America. Van Dine racked up back to back wins over the past two weeks, first at the Continental (Pan-American) Championships in Chile and then at the Megavalanche in Peru.
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   Colin Wilson    Apr 3, 2009
Island Cup 2009 - XC #2 Cumberland Island Cup 2009 - XC #2 Cumberland
The United Riders of Cumberland are pleased to host the second XC race of the season in our local Cumberland Trails. Look forward to technical single track in a great location with lots of other XC loving riders!

Join UROC for the second XC race of the Island Cup, this Sunday April 5th.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 3, 2009
New World Disorder 10: Back to Utah New World Disorder 10: Back to Utah
Words and photos by John Gibson www.gibsonpictures.com

It's hard to believe that filming for New World Disorder 10 is already underway. Freeride's Brad McGregor teamed up with Darren Berrecloth for the first shoot of the season in Utah and the Claw did not disappoint. He is charging! Cam Zink is recovering from knee surgery but drove over from Reno to build some lines for filming later on this season. He even busted out his bike for a few test rides and his knee held up good. Here's a look at what the boys got up to in the desert.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 3, 2009
National Points Series (NPS) Photo Gallery Online! National Points Series (NPS) Photo Gallery Online!
Racing starts at the end of the month (April, 26th), so get your cameras ready for the action. We've started an all new National Points Series Photo Gallery in the Photo Section where you can upload all your race footage and view everyone else's great shots from the series.

Get snappin'!
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   Simon Paton    Apr 3, 2009
Fox - "Dressed to the nines" Fox - "Dressed to the nines"
Nine is, without doubt, the most troublesome number in etymology. Phrases of uncertain parentage that include 'nine' are 'cloud nine' and the infamous 'whole nine yards'. To those we can add 'dressed to the nines'.

The Devil makes work for idle hands, therefore Fox have been busy at it, working their fingers to the bone to keep the devil off their back and these fine threads on yours. "Dressed to the nines" it is...
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   Mr. Gnar    Apr 3, 2009
MTBco Revolution 2009: Go Big, or Go Home MTBco Revolution 2009: Go Big, or Go Home
For MTBco 2009 is going to be a big challenge. Lots planned, new faces on the club executive, big new hairy expectations, and a busy year ahead. Whether you're a local or a visitor planning a trip out here, read on for the low down on races, movies, trail days, skill camps and much more. We have a veritable shedload of mountain biking mayhem planned for 2009.
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   Luc 'Acadian' Albert    Apr 3, 2009
BlackBoxLabs BlackBoxLabs
Every year about this time, when the sun is out and the trails are fresh, my friends and I are always thinking about how to win the day? Is it shuttles? Dirt jumping? A bit of trail building? What it really comes down to is “ How do we make all of our friends jealous of the life decisions we made?” We did, however, decide to ride our bikes for a living. So when it came time to put together a creative and diverse group of athletes for the BlackBoxLabs project we took “winning” everyday into account. It’s funny to say this word and not think racing or competition, but when you delve into the lifestyle that these characters lead you realize that they do indeed win!
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   Simon Paton    Apr 3, 2009
The Newcastle Jam The Newcastle Jam
Due to the recent success' of the Urban Downhill events around the World, 4Mountains.co.uk are proud to present a whole new event to add to your race calendar, "The Newcastle Jam".

JK explains all...
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 2, 2009
Ibis Mojo – All Mountain Build Ibis Mojo – All Mountain Build
With my want to get out and ride around in the woods more and more these days and not just via shuttles, I felt it time to build up a proper All Mountain (AM) bike. Last season I did up a few “wolves in sheep’s clothing” AM type builds, but this year I wanted to do it right. To begin I had to find the right tool for the job. Enter Ibis and their Mojo.

Read on to see how the build shaped up.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 2, 2009
Diablo Freeride Park Photo Gallery Now Live! Diablo Freeride Park Photo Gallery Now Live!
The chair lifts are about to fire up at Diablo Freeride Park, so get your digital cameras ready too. We've started an all new Diablo Freeride Park Photo Gallery in the Photo Section where you can upload all your riding shots or race footage and view everyone else's great shots from the bike park too!

Get snappin'!
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 2, 2009
Freedom Riders Film - World Premiere At  Sea Otter With IMBA Freedom Riders Film - World Premiere At Sea Otter With IMBA
New High-Definition Mountain Bike Film from KGB Productions and Gravnetic Captures the Evolution of Freeriding and the Struggle to create trails.

Freedom. We all want it. We all deserve it – especially when it comes to riding our bikes.
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   Daniel Toumine    Apr 2, 2009
Roam The Loam - Sunshine Coast Bike Festival 2009 Roam The Loam - Sunshine Coast Bike Festival 2009
We've all been waiting to get back on our bikes after the long winter months. In celebration of this new riding season the students of the Capilano University Mountain Bike Operations Program are hosting the inaugural Roam the Loam: Sunshine Coast Bike Festival.
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   Tyler Maine    Apr 1, 2009
Mojo Suspension 2009 Team Mojo Suspension 2009 Team
Source: Mojo Suspension

Mojo Suspension is pleased to confirm its 2009 Race team lineup.

We’re going to be working with some of mountain biking’s most committed athletes with a diverse range of talents from elite downhillers, to marathon cross-country racers.
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   Andrew Patterson    Apr 1, 2009
Synergy Cycle - Montreal's newest bike shop. Synergy Cycle - Montreal's newest bike shop.
Synergy Cycle is a new bicycle shop in Montreal, dedicated to embracing the best of bicycle retail and service. At Synergy, we place a priority on cycling for passion, rather than cycling for business, and strive to create grounds on which cycling communities can flourish.
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   Radek Burkat    Apr 1, 2009
Happy April Fools! Happy April Fools!
It's that special day when we here at pinkbike turn things upside down. This year literally. No girl only sites, no porn sites buying pinkbike, or moto conversions, but just a quick little journey into html, css, and javascript.
Here is what we did this year http://www.pinkbike.com/?flip
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   Simon Paton    Apr 1, 2009
British NPS Leads the way in banning SPD's for Gravity Events! British NPS Leads the way in banning SPD's for Gravity Events!
News just in from our man in the know Si Paton who has just returned from the Annual UCI MTB Gravity Board Meeting in Switzerland. Following on from the recent UCI ban of Skinsuits and going bullet, SPD pedals will also be banned in 2010.

Read more...
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   Jordan Holmes    Apr 1, 2009
Straitline Components and Ryan Berrecloth to Release "Bear Systems" Straitline Components and Ryan Berrecloth to Release "Bear Systems"
Straitline Components of British Columbia, Canada have teamed up North Shore Local Ryan Berrecloth to launch new safety measures for the infamous North Shore and Whistler regions of BC.

Controversy has been stirring over new safety measures for all mountain bikers as mandatory bear laws come into effect as early as this month, banning all lift and trail access to those not compliant.
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