Unkas

A media professional now working in the outdoors industry, since that's what I spend most of the time thinking and obsessing about :)

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Oct 29, 2017 at 12:32
Oct 29, 2017
Thanks buddy! I guess fall riding around here is the payoff for the mosquito infested sumer haha

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Oct 28, 2017 at 16:26
Oct 28, 2017
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Unkas canadaka's article
Oct 28, 2017 at 16:08
Oct 28, 2017
Unkas canadaka's article
Oct 25, 2017 at 11:37
Oct 25, 2017
Top 10 Ridden Canadian Cities of Summer 2017
I would’ve never expected that before spending a few years living there, but Edmonton was a priceless chapter in my mountain biking "education". Let me put it this way (with some oversimplification and a bit of exaggeration); Almost anyone can create something impressive with unlimited means at their disposal, but true art is more often than not a result of working within constraints. The amount and the quality of singletrack in such a dense urban environment, with really not a lot to work with in terms of gravity terrain, is unparalleled by anything I've seen elsewhere. Nothing is given, everything is earned, could be Edmonton's riding motto, both in terms of trail-building and riding. All the sweet but short descents are earned by punchy, tight and steep, steep climbs. And all the miles of twisty, flowy, technical and fast singletrack are carved out of the limited, if often spectacular greenspaces surrounding the North Saskatchewan river valley. Would I trade living in the mountains for Edmonton? No, but that also comes down to growing up and feeling at home in the mountains, as well as just being a small-town boy. But would I take my mountain bike with me when visiting or moving to Edmonton? A 100% yes. A word of advice. While it can be amazing to just go out there and get lost in the labyrinth of trails, for a more focused experience join one of the social rides that pretty much all the bike stores in town run at least a couple times a week. Riding with a group of locals who know how to link the individual trails into a lung-bursting and adrenaline-soaked epic ride is an amazing experience and a great way to make friends. Some of the most amazing people, riders and trail-builders I've had a chance to meet come from Edmonton. And some of the most memorable rides I've done happened there, in that unique and contrasting world of green river valley, concrete sprawl and golden, far-north summer sunsets that seem to last forever.
Unkas briceshirbach's article
Oct 12, 2017 at 21:29
Oct 12, 2017
Unkas diamondbackbikes's article
Mar 14, 2017 at 14:28
Mar 14, 2017
DreamRide II - Photo and Video Epic
Reminds me of Life Cycles a lot, which is one of the highest compliments I can think of for a bike movie.. I mean, a movie about a bike ;)
Unkas rossbellphoto's article
Jan 23, 2017 at 12:04
Jan 23, 2017
13 Bikes From Core Bike Show 2017
@Beez177: 87 people, actually ;)
Unkas nikoniko's photo
Dec 12, 2016 at 14:48
Dec 12, 2016
Makes me want to hear this bike's story... :) Quite a powerful image.

Unkas pinkbikeaudience's article
Nov 30, 2016 at 11:24
Nov 30, 2016
2016 Pinkbike Awards - Innovation of the Year Winner
@WAKIdesigns: Not trying to be a dick or looking for a quarrel, but I for one actually do see a ton of sense in having 220mm of drop available at the push of a lever (while, on the other hand, being totally on board with you regarding the gearing range and megapixels;)) To bring the seat down as far as it can go on my Chromag I would actually need all 220mm of drop and perhaps even then some (I measured it:)) I never quite understood why one would ride downhill with the saddle only halfway down, which is exactly what 125-150mm drop will do for you on a lot of frames? We never did that back in the day, when we still had to stop on the top of the climb and manually lower the saddle before riding down; the way I see it, the best position for the saddle on the downs is as low as it will go and out of the way. Of course, that is just my subjective opinion and something that seems to work for me. I am sure it also depends on the riding style and terrain too, though, so my 5 cents might make more sense for the straightforward pedal-up-ride-down type of riding, which is what I love and mostly do.
Unkas mikekazimer's article
Nov 16, 2016 at 11:20
Nov 16, 2016
SRAM Eagle Drivetrain - Review
@acetasting1992: Same here, still rocking my 4 years old 1x10 SLX on the Stylus. The thing is boombroof and I find that if I get into steeps that have me run out of low gears, I'm generally faster pushing anyways ;) It's true that I see going up as a means of being ablo to ride down though, so someone who actually enjoys uphill too might be more picky...
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