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.




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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Locals’ Guide to North Shore Rides

Introduction Until May 2011, the North Shore, the birthplace of free-riding, a network of trails contiguous to a metropolitan area of 1.5 million people had no guidebook. Sure there are websites with online maps, sites that aggregate GPS information and trail information and some maps (eg the Cove Production maps and the Seymour NSMBA map). But […]

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Sunrace components – Derailleurs and cassettes

Sunrace components – derailleurs and cassette alternatives Review by Lee Lau I saw an ad for Sunrace components in some magazine in the newstand.   What initially caught my eye was the reference to Sturmey-Archer (the 100 year old company) which I found also distributed Sunrace components. In my mind, anyone associated with that lineage of […]

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GoPro HD Hero 960 – Reviewed

GoPro HD Hero 960 – Reviewed The GoPro HD is not exactly new news. In fact, as of the date of this article, it’s the most popular point of view camera in the field. This ubiquitous square box is seen on helmets, on chests, on bikes, cars, plane, trains and automobiles. However, GoPro hasn’t sat […]

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Drift HD170 point of view camera – videos- Lee Lau

Drift HD170 point of view camera – videos- Lee Lau INTRODUCTION One of the newer entries in the High-definition video point of view wearable camera game; Drift Innovation’s HD170 camera has the best quality video of any camera presently in the market. Although the stock included mounts are not as flexible as one might want […]

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Vuelta All-Mountain MTB and Team V MTB wheelset

Vuelta All-Mountain MTB and Team V MTB wheelset  Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau VUELTA WHEELSETS Summary Vuelta wheelsets show that sometimes, the bike industry can produce good components at a reasonable price. In my opinion, wheelsets should be assessed on – (i) weight; (ii) stiffness; (iii) build/materials quality; and (iv) engagement. The wheelsets […]

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Osprey Manta 20 pack review (in liquid blue!)

    OSPREY MANTA 20 PACK REVIEW – FOR BIKING (IN LIQUID BLUE!) Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau   OSPREY MANTA 20 PACK REVIEW – FOR BIKING Summary The Osprey Manta is by far the most comfortable pack I have had the privilege of using for biking. In particular the Manta’s suspension system […]

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – Review

Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – Review Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau FIRST LOOKS AND COMPONENTS Rocky’s Altitude 29er builds on its Altitude platform, incorporating many innovations such as the ET-S suspension and the Smoothlink geometry (more about that in tedious detail in this article). RMB refined the Altitude from the 26″ wheel size […]

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Norco LT 6.1 2010 – Review

Norco LT 6.1 – 2010 Review Review, photos and videos by Lee Lau First Looks and components The Norco LT 6.1 is a long-travel bike from Norco that sits in the “all-mountain” category but with a bias to downhill performance. I’ve already taken a look at the Norco LT 6.1′s components and briefly reviewed the […]

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – First look

Home Rocky Mountain Altitude 29er- 2010 – First look ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ On the eve of Rocky Mountain Bicycles 29th year of existence, it launched its 29er platform using the Altitude full-suspension and the Vertex hardtail bikes as the canvas on which to paint art. I’ve previously reviewed the Altitude frameset with an emphasis on outlining its suspension and straight-up geometry […]

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Norco LT6.1 – 2010 – first look

Norco LT 6.1 – 2010 – First look Review by Lee Lau ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Norco is a Canadian company that’s established its bona fides in designing bikes that deliver value for money. Norco provided me with the LT 6.1 bike to ride and long-term test. This “First Looks” article serves as an introduction to the LT 6.1; […]

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GoPro HD preview and first video "in the wild"

Summary of the review We’re stoked to be the first people to get their hands on the new GoPro HD Hero cameras. GoPro HD Heros are the first video cams from GoPro that shoot at full 1080P resolution. GoPro bypassed the whole 720p era and jumped right to 1080P at an amazing price. The GoPro […]

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Lift-served biking on the Warm Springs Trail – Sun Valley/ Ketchum, Idaho

Home Lift-served biking on the Warm Springs Trail – Sun Valley/ Ketchum, Idaho August 1, 2009 Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted. BALD MOUNTAIN – the Sun Valley ski hill On a one week road-trip through Idaho and Montana, Sharon, Tyler and I took advantage of an offer to sample some lift-served […]

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Review of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 30

Home Review of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Slayer SXC 30 Words and photos by Lee Lau unless otherwise noted. OVERVIEW Rocky asked me to test their Slayer SXC (Super Cross-Country) full-suspension all-mountain bike. I own a Rocky Mountain Element and had previously tested their new Altitude frame so am familiar with Rocky’s build quality and […]

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Norco Fluid Two – a Canadian do-it-all All Mountain Bike

Norco Fluid Two – 2009 Review by Lee Lau and Sharon Bader Overview One of Canada’s biggest bike companies (and also a major distributor of parts and accessories), Norco is surprisingly not as well known south of the border as other celebrated Canadian bicycling brands. Formerly a company more focused on the recreational and family […]

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Bikes and Horses in the South Chilcotin – a four day alpine adventure

Chilcotin September 2008 Day 1 – Little Paradise – Manson – Tyoax – September 4, 2008 Words by Lee Lau. Photos by, Sharon Bader and Rob McLachlan unless otherwise noted. (Hyperlinks in the titles lead to the full story with large pictures) || Day 1 – Little Paradise – Manson – Tyoax || Day 2 […]

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Rocky Mountain Altitude 50 (2009) – Review

Rocky Mountain Bicycles (RMB) will be resurrecting a venerable name from history when they release the Altitude in 2009. A marked departure from the racing-light steel hardtails that formerly bore the name Altitude, this new Altitude is described as a trail bike that keeps its wheels on the ground for “epic cross country”.

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