About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.




ASS Does Downieville: Another classic Classic weekend

Log pulls, river jumps, drunk people, crud games — and a little bike racing, too. It’s all part of what makes the Downieville Classic a true classic.

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The Angry Singlespeeder rides an e-bike and doesn’t hate it


Some may think the introduction of e-bikes (aka MORBs) will ruin the sport of mountain biking. But after spending a few months on one, the ASS doesn’t think these contraptions will suddenly take over every trailhead across North America.

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ASS Does Downieville: Don’t Get Hurt. Or Lost.


The bike road trip season opened last weekend in Downieville, CA. It is filled with fun, adventure and danger so be careful out there.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The balance between old and new


After nearly 30 years, Paul Price is keeping the American-made mountain bike components dream alive. The Angry Singlespeeder explains how he does it.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Strava versus eBikes


Both eBikes and Strava have vocal opponents — but which is greater danger to trail access? The Angry Singlespeeder weighs in with his opinion.

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ASS Does Downieville: Earning good karma points


Helping out stranded vacationers and giving back to the trails are the latest adventures for everybody’s favorite angry singlespeeder.

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ASS Does Downieville: Will MTB Mecca exist in 20 years?


Disappearance of jobs in both the mining and logging industries creating challenges that keep this historic mountain hamlet (and mountain bike paradise) from returning to its former glory as an economically flourishing community.

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ASS Does Downieville: Back for another summer


The lure of the Lost Sierra couldn’t keep the ASS away, so he’s back for more. This week we hear about trail conditions, old mine shafts, and rallying beater cars off cliffs. Buckle up.

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Spot Rollik 557 first ride review


We already revealed the unique technology behind Spot’s new Rollik 557 trail bike. Now the Angry Singlespeeder checks in with a first ride review.

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Alchemy Arktos trail bike first ride review


Colorado-based Alchemy Bicycle Co. does what many thought was impossible: Build an American-made carbon fiber trail bike. But can it compete with the big dogs?

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Praxis Works introduces carbon wheels and cranks


Santa Cruz, California-based Praxis has gotten into the wheel game, launching the new C32 carbon wheelset for trail and all mountain use.

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Stan’s NoTubes redesigns Arch, Crest and Flow alloys wheels


The preeminent pioneer of all things tubeless is going wider and lighter with its cross-country, enduro and downhill-oriented alloy hoops.

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Wren Sports delivers advanced fat bike suspension


Don’t tell the guys at Wren Sports that fat bikes are just for sand or snow. They’ve developed an inverted suspension fork made specifically for fatties.

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Maxxis releases new plus-size tires


Recognizing the exploding popularity of plus-size bikes, Maxxis today showed off some of its newest rubber, including 3.0-inch wide versions of its much loved Minion DHF and DHR II tires.

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Bontrager Line Plus TLR 29 wheels review


If you can live with the loud color scheme, the Bontrager Line Plus TLR 29 wheels are a terrific upgrade for any 29+ bike. Find out why in our full review.

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Letter to every IMBA member from The Angry Singlespeeder


“The alleged voice of mountain bikers must start listening to mountain bikers, or it’s time for a change.”

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Ibis Mojo 3 first ride review


New do-it-all trail bike designed around the capability to run 27.5×2.8” tires. Also lighter and stiffer than its predecessor.

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Interview with new STC board member John Bliss


Mtbr spoke with John Bliss about the issue of bikes in Wilderness, his thoughts on why IMBA has not yet publicly supported STC’s efforts, and why he chose to join the STC board.

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Pivot LES Fat fat bike review


Quite possibly the most versatile fat bike (or even hardtail) on the market today. Find out why in our full review.

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The Angry Singlespeeder’s take on the Wilderness issue


The ASS chimes in, trying to explain why the Wilderness act should be changed — and why we should support the STC.

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Ibis launches Trans-Fat fat bike


Using the same front triangle as the Tranny 29, the Trans-Fat features a new rear triangle that accepts 4” fat bike tires, making it a highly versatile package.

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NEMBA asks IMBA to clarify position on electric bikes


Email sent to IMBA urges organization to support the Sustainable Trails Coalition and its efforts to overturn the blanket ban on bikes in Wilderness, and clarify its position on electric mountain bikes.

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ASS Does Downieville: Calling it a Season


The ASS signs off from his summer in Downieville, but he’s already looking forward to 2016.

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Video: Grinduro stage racing on mixed terrain


With technological advances such as hydraulic disc brakes and tubeless tires, the limits of what drop bar bikes can do is ever expanding. Meet Grinduro!

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Red Bull Rampage must change or die


With risk — and major injuries — continually on the rise, the Super Bowl of freeriding is going downhill fast.

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Gravel grinding meets enduro at California’s Grinduro


Event will feature four timed segments over a 60-mile loop with 7,500 feet of climbing and a Gran Fondo-style mass start from Quincy.

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Review: Trek Stache 9


With its big, meaty Bontrager tires, nimble hardtail design with stubby 420mm chainstays, and attractive $3700 price tag, is the Stache 9 an affordable alternative to a full-suspension trail bike?

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ASS Does Downieville: Almost doored by a Ford


Come along for the ride as The Angry Singlespeeder looks back at the 20th annual Downieville Classic weekend.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Stop the bleeding of mountain bike access


If you care about continued equal access to trails for mountain bikes, the ASS says there has never been a better time to act. Find out why — and where you should send your money.

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Travelogue Oregon: Riding Crater Lake’s stunning Rim Loop


From the National Park’s southern boundary to loop of the famed lake, this is a true bucket list ride.

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Travelogue Oregon: Beach biking bliss on the coast


Scenic ocean vistas, rolling dunes, shoreline waterfalls, and one truly amazing trail highlight this cycling adventure along the majestic Oregon coast.

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Travelogue Oregon: Cycling the Columbia River Gorge


Smooth, traffic free roads, stunning views, varied terrain — and of course, a little wind — make a trip through this Oregon Wonder a truly singular cycling experience.

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ASS Does Downieville: A trifecta of debauchery


Booze, guns, kids, trail building, and the legend of Stinky Larry highlight this week’s Angry Singlespeeder dispatch from up in the hills around Downieville.

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Travelogue Oregon: Finding bicycling bliss in the Wallowas


Majestic mountain range offers endless opportunities for adventurous cyclists — or just about any other type of outdoors enthusiast.

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Travelogue Oregon: The challenge of the Painted Hills


A pair of stiff climbs, extended time on lonely roads, and breathtaking (and colorful) geologic wonders punctuate the ride through the Painted Hills.

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ASS Does Downieville: More to Downieville than Butcher and Pauley


Downieville Classic downhill and cross-country routes barely scratch surface of region’s expansive ride opportunities.

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Review: Gore Bike Wear ALP-X PRO Outfit System


Gore Bike Wear’s award-winning jersey and baggie-bib short combo designed for variety of riding conditions. See if they live up to that do-it-all billing.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Stop whining about cost of bikes


Nobody cares whether or not you can afford that new bike that so-and-so just released. So please stop your whining.

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ASS Does Downieville: Broken bars, busted wheels, bruised egos


The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer home to report on a weekend filled with wrecked equipment, stitches, and a big fall off a steep cliff.

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Travelogue Oregon: Sweet singletrack at Smith Rock


Come along for a ride at Oregon’s famed (and formidable) Smith Rock State Park, where Mother Nature has crafted a true mountain biking utopia.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Singlespeeds aren’t dead. They just smell funny.


The ASS’s fellow scribe and mountain biking buddy Eric McKeegan said “singlespeeds = dead”. According to Eric, what used to be a thriving tribe of counterculture misfits is misfits no more. They’ve moved on. The ASS retorts “Singlespeeds aren’t dead. They just smell funny.”

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Travelogue Oregon: Laughing outloud at Sandy Ridge


Combine beautifully built mountain bike specific trails with an easy to tackle return-to-the-top climb, and you have the perfect recipe for dirty two-wheeled fun.

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ASS Does Downieville: Bear chasing and more from MTB Mecca


The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer haunt in Downieville, California, with tales of bears, rampage and romance.

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First Ride Review: 2015 Trek Stache 9


Not too fat, not too thin, the Angry Singlespeeder thinks Trek’s new Stache is just right. Check out his first ride review.

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Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship campaign launched


Since its inception, the 5-Bucks-a-Foot campaign has raised more than $100,000 for trails in the Lost Sierra region.

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ASS Does Downieville: The rider who cried wolf


The Angry Singlespeeder checks in from his summer haunt with a message about accident reporting protocol. He also rode his bike a lot.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: Has Sea Otter gotten too big?


The Angry Singlespeeder believes that if event organizers want to keep Sea Otter healthy, strong and relevant moving forward, they have to keep in mind the old adage, bigger is not always better.

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Review: Trek Superfly SS singlespeed 29er


The Angry Singlespeeder puts Trek’s budget-friendly one-gear bike through its paces. See if he was still angry at the end of his ride.

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ASS Does Downieville: How to not get shot or pissed on


Whiskey drinking, tall tales, gut busting climbs, and the search for an abandoned jeep. Just another day in Downieville.

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The Angry Singlespeeder: The Happy e-Fat Biker


Our resident hater of all things modern and fun may have turned over a new (electric) leaf.

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