About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.



Feature: Yukon Mountain Biking – Carcross

The bike-specific trail system in Carcross only came into existence in 2004. The mountain bike scene was literally created from close to nothing.

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Feature: Yukon Mountain Biking – Whitehorse

It’s a bold claim to attach a superlative like “the purest singletrack experience” to any place but if any place can earn it; it’s the Yukon.

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Video: Fall BC XC 29er’ing with the Turner Czar and Pivot 429

Fall in BC brings back rain. Rain brings saturated green vibrant moss, ferns, evergreen and deciduous trees back to life. For video entertainment here’s some Czarring in Northern Yukon.

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Review: Turner Czar 29er

The Turner Czar is just about as close to a perfect bike as one can envision. It’s beautiful. Its performance uphill and downhill is superlative. Its range of useability is insanely large.

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Video: Valley Trails and Whistler Bike Park Conditions – Whistler, BC – July 29, 2013

It’s now been a month since the last rains and we’re faced with a new challenge that’s unusual for locals; powdery dry trails! This means what it means; high risk of fires.

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Review: 9point8 Pulse Stepper Seatpost

9point8′s Pulse seatpost is a new entry into the market of on-the-fly adjustable seatposts. Mechanically actuated, manufactured in North America; its key differentiator is that it has a lever that looks like a mini brake lever and steps up and down in .5mm increments.

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Whistler Bike Park Opening Day …. and some advice from the experts

Whistler opened with unreal trail conditions. Watch some video action of the fun and a few snap shots and some tips from Pros!

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Review: Norco Range Killer B-Three 650b/27.5 All Mountain Bike

An exceptional bike considering the price, the Norco Range Killer B-Three is a fun, playful yet stable-at-speed downhill performer. But don’t expect to win any uphill sprinting time-trials.

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Pemberton and Whistler Trails – And Your Bike Park Countdown

An average ski season this year in Whistler means that lower valley trails, like Pemberton, are starting to melt out from snow and are rideable.

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2013 Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL 650b Preview

Introduction Rocky Mountain Bicycles is no stranger to trying new things. In 2009, they resurrected the venerable Altitude line; the name gracing a 140mm travel dual suspension bike. In 2010 this morphed into a 29er version with 120mm of travel. In 2009, the Altitude was described as “XC Marathon“. In 2010, the 29er version was also identified

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Whistler Bike Park Trails During Crankworx – August 2012 Update

There is this little show in town in August called Crankworx that tends to dominate headlines. While the hordes are cavorting in the village, just as many are on the trails in the

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Review: Continental Mountain King II 2.2 and X-King 2.2 with Protection 29er Tire

We’ve run the whole gamut of weather in North Vancouver and Whistler this year. A small window of good weather in May made me mount up some tires from Continental. Since then it had rained for 6 straight weeks making for greasy slippery conditions and only recently giving way again to good weather. I’ve now had

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Fox 34 Float 29 Front Fork & Float RP23 Rear Shock Review

Officially this is the Fox Racing Shox 34 Float 29 and the Float RP23 rear shock. I’ve run this suspension on a Transition Bandit 29er (previewed for MTBR here) and now had over 50 rides on the bike. I’ve run Kashima coated forks for over 100 rides on my personal bikes and therefore feel comfortable

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Whistler – Escape the wet Vancouver trails and ride it all!

By Lee Lau and Sharon Bader Whister – Doing it Right – AM, XC, DH The weather this January has been cold and wet. Truly uninspiring riding conditions! Its even too wet to do trail work. Fortunately last weekend we were distracted by the MEC North Shore Bike Fest and Revenge of the Ripper races. I had a committment

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The Essential Guide to Mountain and Trials Unicycling by Kris Holm

This book by Kris Holm is the first book written about unicycling in a mountain environment. It’s also the first book written about trials unicycling but since I’m writing this review for a mountain-biking website, I’ll focus on the mountain and trail-riding aspects. So why write about unicycles on MTBR? I don’t even unicycle; in

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North Shore Ripper June 8-10

As related in this previous article, the North Shore Ripper presented by Obsession Bikes took place from Friday June 8th to June the 10th. Three events were held during the Ripper; the Adidas Eyewear Chainless DH; the Specialized Euro Enduro; and the Trek Slash Super D. Entrants in all three events could do the Trilogy by competing on one bike using

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2013 Rocky Mountain Element RSL Carbon 29er Preview

Review, video by Lee Lau. Pictures by Sharon Bader Introduction In one of the more obviously logical moves for a company to make, Rocky Mountain Bicycles is introducing a line of carbon Element 29ers for the 2013 model year. It’s obvious because only last year RMB unveiled aluminium Element 29ers. The company also has extensive proprietary carbon

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Transition Bandit 29er First Looks

This is a “First Looks” article. Its intent is to give the reader an overview of Transition’s Bandit 29er; a 130mm rear travel dual suspension mountainbike. An in-depth review canvassing, (among other things) the bike’s uphill, downhill performance and nit-picking its abilities in excruciating details will follow —- I promise! The reason for such long-winded explicit

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Transition Bandit Review

Transition Bike’s products have a reputation for downhill performance. Traditionally Transitions are not flashy and are instead optimized for technical trails. Uncomplicated… almost businesslike, but not looked on as bikes for climbing. This is strange given that the owners of the company spend a lot of time self-powered. The Bandit is Transition’s first foray into the

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Maxxis Beaver 29er Tire Review

In North Vancouver, it’s now deep into fall and a good time to try out tires that do well in mud and rain. I tested the 29 x 2.00 Maxxis Beaver tires on a Santa Cruz Tallboy. Given that I’m not racing

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Race Face Turbine Review

Race Face Turbine ready for assembly With the “Turbine” brand name, Race Face resurrected a line of beautifully color-anodized aluminium components. This line includes basically all the parts a skilled aluminium and carbon machine shop that just happens to be focused on bike components would be expected to manufacture and is described on the Race

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2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex Carbon 29er Hardtail Preview

Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted. The result should be a light racing-oriented hardtail that can be ridden hard. Pictured here is D’arcy a Rocky engineer showing his confidence in the Vertex RSL on Kill Me Thrill Me, Whistler BC Introduction The new 2012 Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL hardtail frame weighs 997g

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2012 Rocky Mountain Element 29er Preview

Text, photos and videos by Lee Lau Introduction At the outset, let me clearly unequivocally state that this is merely a preview of the RM Element 29er. I have not even ridden the bike (although that opportunity will emerge in the near future). This preview will consist of pictures, RMB’s-provided information with some commentary from

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2012 Magura Durin Marathon Review

Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau Introduction: The 2012 Magura Durin Marathon fork marries lightness, stiffness and performance in a 120mm travel package. Such a light fork (3.45lbs tested) has no business having such incredible downhill ability. Adjustments are simple (the Durin allows compression, preload (via an air-spring, and rebound to be adjusted) and relatively

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Norco Shinobi 2011 Review

Norco Shinobi 2011 Review Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau   Overview and summary Norco is one of Canada’s biggest bicycling brands and, as such, has a large lineup of bikes. Till this season Norco lacked a full-suspension 29er. With the introduction of the Shinobi, Norco addressed this omission and did so with style. The

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