About the author: Sharon Bader

I am 5’9″, weigh 154lbs. I have been riding since 1991. I started on a classic XC hard tail but have moved with technology and now ride a Pivot Mach 5.7 for XC, a Trek Session for DH and a Pivot Firebird and Knolly Endorphin for freeriding/shore/technical XC riding.




Crankworx 2013: My Volunteer Experience

Volunteering at Crankworx is a great opportunity to see the events up close and personal, you can meet the athletes and it’s a great opportunity to give back to your community.

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Video: Top of the World Trail, Summer 2013 Opening – Whistler, BC

This is not your typical gnar core bike park trail. This trail is more about accessing beautiful terrain, it is labelled black, but any experienced rider could ride it. Take your time, enjoy the view and smell the flowers.

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Review: 2013 Pivot Firebird 27.5

What weighs thirty pounds and has 170mm of travel and now comes with the latest and greatest 650b option? Chris Cocalis gives us a tour of the Pivot warehouse and lets us test ride the the Firebird 27.5 in Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona.

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Mountain Biking in the Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites in South Tirol with Race Face

North Vancouver and Whistler, our home towns, are awesome places to ride. But the world is vast. So much to offer, it’s great when you get an opportunity to venture further and see what else is out there. This year we returned to Switzerland and South Tirol, some less traveled mountain bike destinations.   Being Vancouver […]

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Ibis Mojo 2010 Review

Ibis Mojo 2010 Review by Sharon Bader Unchanged since 2005, the Carbon Ibis Mojo sports the the DW link suspension in a sleek monocoque design. The smooth lines are the result of the unibody construction which allows the frame to be constructed in one piece with fewer areas of stress in a lighter, stiffer and […]

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2009 Norco A-line

Review by Sharon Bader In 2009 Norco has completely revamped its DH line. Using the same hydroformed frame with adjustable 8-9inch of rear travel as the A-line Park edition and DH Frame the lower spec’d Aline makes up this worthy trio. Coming in three sizes for 2009 I was on the small frame which was […]

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2009 Scott Genius 40 Review

Reviewed by Sharon Bader Scott, a company making its mark as an innovator starting with ski poles in 1958, to the first carbon mountain bike in 1995, the Genius is their latest conception. Forced to redesign their suspension from previous horst link to the 2009 Genius with a linkage assisted single pivot design. The unique […]

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2009 Specialized Pitch Pro

Review by Sharon Bader (some additional comments by Lee Lau) Introduced in 2008 and following Specialized’s catch phrase of “Innovate or Die”, the Pitch Series of All Mountain Bikes complements its big brother the M5 Enduro. While both have 150mm rear travel the Pitch comes equipped with the proprietary 140mm Rock Shox Pike Coil U-turn […]

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Norco A-line 2009 – A Preview

With winter fading fast and the trails drying we’re getting geared up for a summer of riding! I will be riding and reviewing the Norco A-line this year while I volunteer in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and for some of the more gnarly rides on the North Shore of North Vancouver. I thought I […]

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Squirt Lube – What would we do without proper lubrication?

Squirt Lube Reviewed by Sharon Bader This summer we used a new wax based Lube – Squirt – to see how it handled the variable conditions of the Whistler Bike Park and North Shore riding in wet and dry conditions. Generally I think lube is lube. Lee even considers car oil a viable bike chain […]

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Cannondale Moto2 2008 160mm Trail Bike

Cannondale Moto2 2008 Review by Sharon Bader The Cannondale Moto replaces the Prophet MX bike for 2008 as their foray into the 160mm “Big Mountain” class. This lighter, stronger all mountain bike is built to climb with no compromise in descending. With their new Hatchet Drive and carbon frame this bike is stiff, plush and […]

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The Mighty Chilcotins – 3 day rides for you to choose from!

Three Day Trips in the Chilcotins – Aug 2 – 4 2008 Photos by Sharon Bader, Lee Lau or Chris Kelly. Words by Sharon Bader. All Rights Reserved Well. We’re back. Despite me wanting to take a break from the Chilcotins it tends to keep drawing you back. This time we’ve come with more people […]

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Whistler Mountain Biking Guide Review

Introduction As Whistler is one of the premier mountain-biking destinations on the planet, it’s no surprise that there’s lot of information about rides and the trails available both on-line and in print. However, there are no current comprehensive guidebooks for Whistler; the last effort was compiled circa 1997 (by Rob Cocquyt and Dave Kelly, “Squamish-Whistler […]

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Trans Rockies copied us! – Brewer Creek, Invermere BC

  The Brewer Creek – Panorama ride is described in the latest Doug Eastcott’s classic Backcountry Biking in the Canadian Rockies guidebook. An online sampler of this can be found at trails.com. Parts of the Brewer Creek single track and trail were used for the 1st day of the 2008 – Trans Rockies mountain bike […]

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Specialized Enduro SL Expert 2008

  This is Specialized’s six inch All Mountain Bike with the front travel provided by the E150 triple clamp fork and the rear provided by the Specialized AFR shock. This bike comes as a Total Suspension Integration bike where the chassis, suspension and components were designed from the beginning as part of an integrated system. […]

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