Company Spotlight

Review: BetterRide three-day mountain bike skills camp

You’ve upgrade to a better fork, some lighter wheels, and a new drivetrain. Now Gene Hamilton and BetterRide want to upgrade your riding.

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Video Quick Tour: Shimano American Corporation

We took a trip down the California coast to Shimano’s North American headquarters last week and lest you think the bike component juggernaut is resting on their laurels, we’re here to tell you they’re locked-and-loaded for 2015 and beyond.

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Factory Tour: Intense Cycles

Intense Cycles has been on a roll lately plowing out aluminum and carbon bikes, with some great highlights in the 27.5 and 29-inch wheel sizes, and we got a glimpse of their inner workings with a factory tour.

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Reynolds Cycling Factory Tour – Wheel Torture Lab

Take a tour of the Reynolds Cycling US headquarters in Sandy, UT. R&D, testing, prototyping and more are done here on some incredible machines. Want to see what a blowout looks like at 370 PSI?

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Factory Tour: Inside Pearl Izumi’s New HQ Building

Best Christmas present you can give a company? How about a brand new 55,000-square foot state-of-the art building complete with a fitness room, locker room, showers, and expansive indoor bike storage.

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2014 Trek Dirt Series Mountain Bike Skills Camp

One of the greatest things you can do for your riding is get some lessons. The vast majority of us are not born with mountain bike cornering and descending skills. Trek Dirt Series has mastered the art of teaching these skills to women and they offer camps for men now too.

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Lezyne World Headquarters Tour

Lezyne revamps San Luis Obispo facility and ramps up from strong industry response and sales of their line of LED bike lights.

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Interview: Black Cat Bicycles’ Todd Ingermanson

You can instantaneously recognize a Black Cat bike from a distance because of its amazing paint job, but it’s up close where you see the real magic. Mtbr sat down with Todd Ingermanson to pick the brain behind this marriage of form and function.

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Factory Tour: Jenson USA Visit and Interview

Mtbr visited Jenson USA at their new headquarters in Riverside, CA to meet the folks behind one of the leaders in online bike retail. What makes these guys different from the rest? How did they grow from one employee to 64 now with a massive warehouse.

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Video: Bell Full 9 – Review and Design Team Interview

Designed and tested with top engineers and the best downhill riders, the Full 9 helmet will give you the protection and the comfort you need.

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Featured Bike Shop: Over The Edge Sports, Sedona

Our friends Troy Rarick and Jason First have been telling us about their new shop, Over the Edge Sports in Sedona, Arizona. We checked in during our travels to this nice oasis among the red rocks of Sedona.

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Smooth Moves: DirtLabs Provides Quick Service and Advice for Your Ailing Suspension

Mike “Luby” Lubesmier and Mike Howse, principals of DirtLabs suspension, talk all things suspension and give the skinny on set-up, maintenance, and what riders should be doing to keep their springs in good nick.

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Park Tool Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Park Tool is a brand name well known in the bike industry for quality and durability. Walk into ANY bike shop and you will find Park Tools. Check out this cool company retrospective for their 50th anniversary.

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Easton Bell Hosts a Party for IMBA – Bell Office Mini Tour

Easton-Bell Sports held a party last week for IMBA and it’s board members. Mtbr was invited to join the festivities and we enjoyed chatting with several important members of IMBA’s board of directors as well as employees from Bell, Easton, Jenson USA, Fox Racing Shox, SRAM and more! We have a few pix from the

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Video: Specialized Engineers Spotlight

Every week, the Specialized mtb development crew scrambles to get their office work done early so they can run to the forest and do some trail testing. Here is a great glimpse into their test rides. I’ve had the opportunity to ride and hang out with this Specialized engineering crew and this video really shows

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Tom Ritchey Interview – Tandem Breakaway

We interviewed cycling legend Tom Ritchey and he enlightened us with his 40 years of bike building expertise. He had several things to show including a new Road Logic triple butted steel bike that will be available in late July of this year as a frameset for $1199. Also featured is the 40th Anniversary commemorative

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Mtbr Rides Mammoth Mountain Bike Park

(all photos courtesy of Mammoth Mountain Bike Park) Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – Pumice Riders Unite Pumice is a solidified piece of frothy lava that’s formed through rapid cooling and depressurization, usually right after it’s violently ejected from a volcanic explosion. And if you aren’t used to riding on pumice, you’ll quickly figure out it’s

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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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Ray’s MTB Indoor Bike Park – Milwaukee, WI

Mtbr Rides Ray’s I have to admit that I was a little intimidated when I first got the invitation to come and ride Ray’s new indoor MTB park for the Grand Opening of their new location in Milwaukee, WI (the original Ray’s MTB park has been located in Cleveland, OH since 2004). I had seen

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Trek Bicycles Factory Tour

Here are a variety of pictures from Mtbr’s recent tour of the Trek Factory. Although we were disappointed at the last minute decision to not allow us to take photos of the actual fabrication of their carbon road and mountain bikes, we were still stoked to see the inner workings of such an innovative, iconic

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Pro Interview: Travis Fant

The most rewarding aspect of the job for me is to sit down with someone who has never seen the footage or the edit of my latest project and just smile at what we’ve created together.

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Pro Interview: Bryson Martin Jr.

There’s always going to be opponents whether or not it’s another rider. I’d have to say my biggest opponent is the learning curve of being a professional athlete.

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