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“YOUR CRANKS ARE TOO LONG”

Gene Hamilton is one of the top mountain bike skills trainers in the world, so he’s worth listening too. He says he heard from Lance Canfield of Canfield Bikes that 155mm cranks work better than 175mm cranks for all kinds of riding. Gene tried the shorter 155mm cranks, and after a few minutes of getting […]

CARBON OR ALUMINUM—WHICH IS BETTER?

Bike parts are lighter and offer better performance than ever. The gains are largely due to improvements in material technology, such as switching from metal to carbon fiber parts. These lighter and “better” parts come with a bit of uncertainty, though. It has long been rumored that carbon parts can suddenly and unexpectedly fail if […]

HOW TO SET UP YOUR BIKE FOR MAXIMUM CONTROL: VIDEO

Be sure to listen to the part at the beginning where Lenosky gives his tips on setting up your handlebars and controls to work best for your riding. “Mountain bike set up can be confusing! I’ve been riding my MTB for over 30 years, I’ve tried a bunch of things that have worked and a […]

THROWBACK TUESDAY: GREG MINNAAR’S SPEED SECRET

We were going through some old photos and came upon this one of Greg Minnaar from the Dual Slalom race at Whistler Crankworx in 2008. Greg has told that one of his speed secrets is to look way ahead on the course instead of looking down at the ground a few feet ahead of the […]

HOW TO RIDE A BIKE PARK

Jeff Lenosky shreds the trails in Bentonville, Arksansa, in this cool video. The town has come to be recognized as one of the top mountain bike destinations in America. It offers miles of fantastic trails, some of which you can access right from the downtown area.  

HUNTER ALLEN’S GUIDE TO PICKING A WINTER TRAINING PLAN

Hunter Allen is one of the original coaches to adopt using a power meter and coaching mountain bikers with it. He has spent much time working towards the development of power meter data and analysis and has even written a book called Training and Racing With a Power Meter. Allen has about 200 different plans […]

Choosing the right handlebar width – How wide is too wide?

Choosing the right handlebar width How wide is too wide   As mountain bikers, we take pride in our bikes and swear by parts that have treated us well in the past. Everything on our bikes—from the style of pedals to our favorite saddles—builds a relationship between us and our rigs, but there is one […]

“Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day”

  By Dave Wiens, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association   We asked mountain bikers why they like to ride with kids, and heard: “It’s so fun watching my daughter’s skills grow.” “The look of pride when my son cleans a new feature.” “They are sponges and learn so quickly, they aren’t scared.” […]

10 REASONS WE LOVE TO RIDE

If you have yet to give this amazing sport a try, or you’ve been looking for a reason to get back out and ride, we hope this provides you with all the inspiration you need