Smith's Squad goggles and PivLok sunglasses will soon be available with the company's ChromaPop lens technology that's claimed to increased clarity and definition out on the trail. Mike Kazimer photo
Tara Llanes was out trail riding her e-assist three-wheeler yesterday and will be competing the downhill today.
Maxxis is pushing hard to develop a comprehensive Plus-sized tire range.
In the Plus category, the 2.8-inch Rekon is one of the best trail bike tires we have ridden so far.
Even with EXO sidewall reinforcement and a full-width "Silk Shield" layer, the Rekon weighs only 885 grams. The lightest version is 825 grams.
Maxxis also added Plus versions of its two most popular gravity-inspired treads: The Minion DHR and DHF.
SRAM pro mechanics offer their services to all riders for a reasonable charge, and the line stretches around the tent each morning. Today's appointments were full up before noon.
Nice trick: Polygon Mechanic Jamie Tilbury was replacing rims on Tracey Hannah's race wheels.
To insert the nipples into the rim, he threads them from the back onto an old spoke. I've built a lot of wheels, and wished I had known that one.
Five Ten's Danny Macaskill signature shoe is based upon the new Freeride Pro, but understated, with a synthetic suede upper, a hidden toe reinforcement, and a lighter foot-bed insert. The medium-stiffness sole is cushioned with EVA foam from the mid-sole, through the heel to soften impacts and to give the shoe a better stride. The sole is Five Ten's durable S-1 rubber compound.Three colorways will be available.
The EVA cushion is color-matched to the sole to minimize its look.
The signature shoe is one of Five Ten's lightest, but it's durable and the toe area is well reinforced.
I had lunch with Mike Redding, the Global Brand Director Bike Marketing at Fox Head, The conversation turned to freeride competition - and the discussion centered upon why a female freerider has yet to appear in professional competition. Style, creativity, tricks - there is nothing on that list that would dismiss females from entering professional FMB events. DH pros like Anne Caro and Rachel Atherton have shown enough power and volume to make a convincing argument. Redding believes that there may be hundreds of women who are secretly considering it, but it will take a breakthrough rider to make it happen. It's a question worth considering.