Outerbike Whistler: Hot bikes, amazing trails, good times

Consumer-facing trade show in B.C. wonderland serves up biking bliss

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Durango Bike Company Blackjack
We didn’t actually get to ride this bike, but heard lots of good things from other show goers. The stock build on the Durango Bike Company website is a full squish 29er with 2.3 tires, but the frame will also accept 2.8s on a 27.5” rims, which is what they were showing in Whistler.

We didn’t actually get to ride this bike, but heard lots of good things from other show goers. The stock build on the Durango Bike Company website is a full squish 29er with 2.3 tires, but the frame will also accept 2.8s on a 27.5” rims, which is what they were showing in Whistler (click to enlarge).

Builds range from $4500-$6500.

Builds range from $4500-$6500 (click to enlarge).

The Durango Bike Company definitely won the award for best demo display. Their lodging situation was also dialed. Photo by Norma Ibarra

The Durango Bike Company definitely won the award for best demo display. Their lodging situation was also dialed (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

Travel: 130mm front/120mm rear
Wheel Size: 29er or 27.5″
MSRP: $4500-$6500
More info: durangobikecompany.com

IXS was showing off a new lightweight full face helmet. Key stats included improved ventilation at the chin bar, top and back of helmet. Claimed weight for a size M/L is 1100 grams. MSRP: $350 with availability set for early August.

IXS was showing off a new lightweight full face helmet. Key stats included improved ventilation at the chin bar, top and back of helmet. Claimed weight for a size M/L is 1100 grams. MSRP: $350 with availability set for early August (click to enlarge).

Spank and IXS are just some of the products distributed by the Gravity Cartel, which is based in Vancouver, Washington. Photo by Norma Ibarra

Spank and IXS are just some of the products distributed by the Gravity Cartel, which is based in Vancouver, Washington (click to enlarge). Photo by Norma Ibarra

Each day local guides led Outerbike Whistler attendees on a trail rides. Groups were split by ability level and then headed off into the woods for test biking fun.

Each day local guides led Outerbike Whistler attendees on a trail rides. Groups were split by ability level and then headed off into the woods for test biking fun (click to enlarge).

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Olympics, Tour de France, MTB world champs, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and kids Cora and Tommy in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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