Stylish, Comfortable, and Reasonably priced. Tifosi hits them all with the Mast.
Finding a versatile pair of shades functional enough for the trail but stylish enough for that after ride beer can be a task, especially on a budget. But sunglass manufacturer Tifosi, has continued to impress with their well priced line of sport specific glasses. But these budget specs pack the punch of many higher priced glasses on the market, while doing so for well under $100.
Boo Bicycles was founded in 2009 when professional road racer and mechanical engineer Nick Frey contacted James Wolf, an industrial designer who specializes in bamboo fabrication, about building bicycles from bamboo. The two set out to craft high-performance bicycles using a combination of natural bamboo and synthetic carbon fiber to provide riders with a comfortable, durable and unique frame option.
Elegance in Motion
Bamboo, hemp fiber and plant-based epoxy: These may sound like items on a list of OG materials your iconoclastic hippie buddy is using to construct a greenhouse for his new medical-marijuana grow operation rather than the ingredients of a high-end bicycle frame. But master framebuilder Craig Calfee is showing high-performance bicycle enthusiasts that sustainable materials are a viable option in a world of toxic compounds and conspicuous disposability.
Engineered for Efficiency
Striving to design and build a race-ready DH bike takes a serious amount of engineering and R&D time. It’s something many bike companies find to be a monumental challenge not worth tackling. But with a full line of successful DW Link bikes and a knack for meticulously engineered designs, Pivot owner Chris Cocalis views the Phoenix as a natural progression for Pivot’s trail bikes.
A Simple Matter of Proper Execution
Even if I were mad about golf, I’d never buy a stuffy Buick just because Tiger Woods drives one. If NASCAR was my compulsion, the vision of Danica Patrick climbing from the window of a 750 horsepower muscle car, persuasive as it may be, would not snare my devotion to Go Daddy. Characteristically, the marketer’s shameless selling of a legendary name does not easily influence me.
Larger platform, trail specific design improves control and power over technical terrain
Shimano has long been known for their SPD clipless pedal design, for 2011 they introduced a new Trail style SPD pedal in their XT level pedals. With its refined larger platform design the trail pedals offer riders a greater amount of contact between pedal and shoe while maintaining a lightweight design.
Easton's new 685mm wide XC Handlebar Tips the scales at the Same Weight as Bars much Narrower
Review by: Travis Scheefer
Easton recognized that cross-country riders and racers are learning from the all mountain crowd and going with even wider handlebars for more control and comfort. However, added material usually means more weight and racers are notorious for counting grams in an effort to keep their bikes as light as possible. How about a bar with added width at the same weight?
Push Your Downhill Limits
A 26-pound carbon bike built with Sram XX components may not seem like the customary description of a long-travel trail bike, but if you’re looking for an efficient, versatile 150 mm travel bike, Trek’s Remedy 9.9 fits that description to a T.
Ready for Battle
Oozing carbon from every pore and weighing in at a mere 22.8 pounds, the 2011 Specialized S-Works Epic 29er is everything one could ever want from a XC race bike and more.
Washing a bike for the first time is a defining moment in the relationship between bike and rider.
Scott Launches New 26-inch and 29-inch Sparks in Idaho Style
by Berne Broudy
(July 11, 2011) Sun Valley Idaho is abuzz. Rolling into town a neon sign flashes: “Welcome Mountain Bikers…Ride Sun Valley…Get Stoked.” It’s a few days before Mountain Bike Nationals here in the heart of Idaho, also home to Scott Bicycles.
Niner introduces new Jet 9 RDO, Carbon 100mm travel 29er.
Carbon has allowed bike companies to make so many improvements to similar aluminum models. The biggest advantage seems to be weight. Niner has dropped the weight of their full suspension Jet 9 with this new carbon version.
Carbon spoke Technology in a durable yet race ready wheel. Mavic makes it happen.
Road riding in Western Colorado is often more like entry-level mountain biking on skinny tires. In order to connect any type of loop it is almost certain that you will end up on some type of dirt/gravel jeep road. Needless to say, road bikes and wheels take a lot of punishment. Enter the Mavic Ksyrium SR.
High Tech Carbon Composite Frames from the Heart of Old Santa Fe
Just across from the Tree House Pastry Shop and Café, in a characteristic, haphazardly zoned neighborhood/business district in central Santa Fe, N.M., in a rusted, corrugated metal building, there is a bike shop called Frankie Flats Bicycle Repair.