As mountain bikers it is our nature to explore and get lost in the woods in search of the next prime stretch of singletrack. Riding in Whitefish and the surrounding Flathead Forrest of Montana, there are opportunities abound for us to fulfill this inner desire. After a week of exploring the region, we began to question ourselves and ponder relocation to this alcove of like-minded riders, world-class trails, and the plethora of local breweries was an additional draw.
Yeti Cycle is always doing some pretty cool stuff with there bikes. Here is a repost article from them a few weeks ago.
Three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine
mountain biking and pack rafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown. Never
having attempted a mountain bike to pack raft link-up, they decided it was a great idea to
travel to one of the most remote and sparsely populated places in the world to try it out.
The goal was to traverse the Mongolian Altai, a remote range of high glaciated peaks
with silt-laden rivers draining from their heights. The only inhabitants of the region are
Kazakh nomads, the last people on earth who continue the tradition of hunting with
golden eagles. Ancient standing stones carved over the millennia stand guard over the
Twelve days in the wilderness, riding over high passes loaded with gear, surviving
raging whitewater, drinking fermented mare’s milk, and battling the elements, this was
not an adventure these young lads would soon forget.
A Film By: Joey Schusler
Featuring: Mason Lacy, Sam Seward, & Joey Schusler
Editor: Joey Schusler & Thomas Woodson
Motion Design & VFX: Paul Harrison (Shotgun Infinity)
Art Direction: Drew Pautler (Good Fortune Collective)
Post Production Sound: Keith White (Keith White Audio)
Expedition Logistics: Mason Lacy, Sam Seward, & Canat Chiryazdan
Supported by: Yeti Cycles, Smith Optics, Outdoor Research, ENVE Composites,
SRAM, RockShox, Skratch Labs, Big Agnes, Revelate Designs
Media Partners: Bike Magazine, 5 Point Film Festival
Run Time: 5 mins
Date of Completion: April 2016
This is usually the first area free of snow in the count and is often dry by mid-May but if the entrance gate is closed that usually means the area is still to wet to ride. Directions for the beginning if this ride may change somewhat if Frisco continues developing the recreation area near its playing fields. Added parking and buildings and the re-routing of the paved road could make things a bit confusing, but it still shouldn’t be too difficult to find Crown Point Road. The roads and trails forking off the described route are recommended for exploring. Some are marked with signs indication their use during winter as part of the Frisco Nordic Center trail system. You really can’t get lost exploring, since most of the area is surrounded by Dillon Reservoir.
From I-70, take HWY 9 south through Frisco. Just after leaving town, take the first left beyond the stoplight in the Peninsula Recreation Area and park in of of the several lots.
From the parking area, follow the narrow paved road up a small incline. Stay to the right onto a paved road at a 3-way intersection. Begin riding up this road, which leads to Crown Point. Pass the campground entrance from the Highway. The road then turns into dirt and climbs gradually. It eventually descends toward the lake and dead-ends at a turnaround, turn right onto the trail the winds down to the beach and sweeping views of the Continental Divide. When ready to go home take the same trail back. Crown Point Trail is a great one for the whole family, Total trail ride 5 miles.
Crown Point Trail – Frisco Colorado
Frisco Colorado – Crown Point trail area
Hey we need some pictures from this trail. Please comment if you want to share!
The new year is here and time to start reviewing the best bikes of the upcoming season.
Starting out we reviewed Santa Cruz who is pushing to get back in the game of mountain bikes.
One company that has always is Kona, So far this year they have not disappointed. the 2014 Kona Process 134 is a sweet bike.
What are the Specs:
Kona 6061 Aluminum Butted 134mm Travel
S, M, L, XL
RockShox Monarch RT
RockShox Revelation RL Solo Air 140mm QR15 Tapered
Shimano Press Fit 92
Shimano Deore 11-36 10 spd
Shimano XT Shadow Plus
Front Brake Rotor
Shimano 180mm (centerlock)
Rear Brake Rotor
Shimano 160mm (centerlock)
FSA Orbit 1.5 ZS No.57E
Kona XC/BC Riser
KS Super Natural Remote
WTB Volt Team
Shimano SLX QR15
Shimano SLX 142x12mm
WTB ST i23 TCS
Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.4″ EXO
Maxxis Ardent 27.5×2.25″ EXO
Matt Black & Cyan
Translate Means: 2014 Kona Process 134 DL
Lower center of gravity on rear
Dialed in perfectly
Designed best for middle age person that is not the best rider in the world, but wants a bike that can give them stability and
confidence on those more technical trails. Some people call it a mini Kona Entourage
– Shimano HUBS – Guys from Bike Magazine took for some serious testing in southern utah they had a Hub crap out on them. They upgraded and worked beautifully. I am not saying Shimano is in any way bad…. Just maybe not on this bike.
– Weighs 32.5 LBS this weight is LOW centered.
– Rear suspension Has a little work to be done on it. Not the best out there.
Would be better with something like the FOX Float X CTD
DL is the top spec model. ONLY 3600.00
Mid level spec components.
Really fun bike to ride. Truly one you should check out.
If you ask me who the kings of the Mountain bike industry are, a few of the names that come to mind are:
This is my first review of a Santa Cruz Bike, But not my first ride on one. My First REAL bike was a custom built Santa Cruz Bike. It was a 97′ frame. It was Awesome, until I blew out the rear shock….
So . the 2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Trail Bike, comes in to models the Alloy and Carbon.
We will start with the Specs:
2013 Santa Cruz 5010 Al Features:
125mm VPP™ suspension
Sizes: S, M, L, XL
142mm rear axle spacing
Forged upper and lower links
Double sealed pivots with grease ports for low maintenance
Collet axle pivots- lock in place without pinch bolts.
Angular contact bearings maximize stiffness.
Standard or Direct mount rear derailleur option
ISCG-05 tabs for chainguide compatibility
Stealth and external seatpost cable routing
73mm threaded bb: creak-free riding and easy installation
MSRP: $3299 as tested
Fun, Nice geometrics for uphill and downhill travel
Uniform Solid Parts – Example: SLX Shadow Plus and latest Deore brakes
My Favorite Tires : Maxxis High Rollers they grab on and roll over rocks and roots
Balanced geometry is suitable for most climbs
Short chainstay and extra strut make for an exceptionally stiff rear triangle alot better than the Yeti SB66 setup lots less chance of losing a chain
Fox Evo CTD shocks
Lifetime bearing guarantee backed up by Santa Cruz’s design know-how
Awesome colors, especially on the Carbon frame
Alloy weighs 30.66 pounds, the R AM 27.5 model is hefty on the uphill
Shift levers need some breaking in super stiff
Fox 32 Evolution fork bobs excessively in Descend mode
Fox CTD platform lacks refinement
Stock grips suck
If you are familiar with any other Santa Cruz Bikes. The 2013 Santa Cruz 5010 is based of the Bronson Model. They have shaved off a bit of weight and redesigned the chainstay. I feel this is one of the best updates to this bike.
Don’t call us between 11:30 and 1:00. We won’t be here. Every day, weather permitting, we shut our doors, turn on the answering machine and head out for a ride. With the headquarters situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, our local trails are just a few pedal stokes away. This daily opportunity to get out and ride is a large part of why many started working here, but at the same time, it allows us to test and refine new models, try out component spec, or just drop the boss on a climb. It is core to the process behind the bikes we design and build. – Yeti
So what is it that motivates you to go to work each day? Have you created this type of relationship with your coworkers? In every field of work there are ways that can continually inspire people to want to come to work each day. Ways to keep them excited about what it is that you do as a company. It is your goal to harness this energy and help everyone to channel it back into their work. Yeti has got the idea for sure. Break for a long lunch and test their products in the process. Lets all take this little video and become inspired to create something like this for our companies.
If you’ve had a chance to ride the game-changing SB66 Carbon, you’re already in on the secret:
this is a serious all-mountain machine with 6-inches of amazing bump absorption, dialed geometry, and incredibly efficient pedaling performance. If you haven’t ridden one yet, you don’t have to take our word for it – check out these glowing reviews the press has been giving the 66C lately. With a weight that’s lighter than most of our competition’s 4- and 5-inch travel bikes and strength that’s on par with a freeride machine, it’s no wonder the media has been lining up for test rides.
If you’re ready for your own test ride, contact your Yeti dealer today.
Distance 7 miles Rating moderate Time 1 – 2 hours Elevation 10,880 – 11,880 Type: Out and back dirt road Season July to early October
Know before you go: Respect all private property at the begining and end of this ride. Most historic buildings are private
and fragile; please view them from a distance. Some of this ride is above timberline; be prepared for rapidly changing weather.
Parking: Drive west on I-70, taking exit 195 to Copper Mountain. Drive toward Leadville on Hwy 91 for 5.8 miles. Park on the left
in a large parking area.
Description: Follow the dirt road that starts at the end of the parking lot. Take the right fork at a junction and begin a steady
climb along the right side of the gulch. At about 2.3 miles, near timberline, the road passes a fork on the right (it climbs steeply
to a ridge and dead-ends). Continue straight, pass through a gate and ride past the remaining cabins of the historic Boston townsite.
The road climbs toward a spectacular natural amphitheater, veers left and reaches another gate marking private property.
Turn around here and return as you came.
The Equiso System comes with a unique remote that allows you to control you TV like a wii remote. But is way more than a we remote. This sweet remote has a keyboard on the back of it. This allows you to use your TV truly as a SMART TV.
What is a Smart TV? as defined by Wikipedia: Smart TV, which is also sometimes referred to as “Connected TV” or “Hybrid TV“, is the phrase used to describe the current trend of integration of the internet and Web 2.0 features into modern television sets and set-top boxes, as well as the technological convergence between computers and these television sets / set-top boxes.
Smart TV’s are quite expensive, now with the Equiso Smart TV you can turn any TV into a smart TV.
I was able to play with the prototype this past week. I put it to the test with my kids. My son who is 11 took to it like a duck in water. He plugged it in and instantly start scrolling around. They had angry birds in space in stalled and he started playing that. With the Equiso Smart TV remote he was able to play even angry birds with no problem.
He thought it was pretty awesome how you could just point the remote at the Equiso Smart TV and it worked like a wii remote.
Right now it is on Kickstart, they are raising their initial funding. It has been out for a week now and it is gaining some serious traction!
Be one of the first to get one of these awesome products! Designed by a Harvard Student I can see this Smart tv becoming a hit with his friends all over campus and all college campuses around the world.
Summer Is Finally Here! It is time to get for those long evening rides. This is one of my favorite things to do. I love getting off from a long day at work and jumping on my mountain bike and taking a few hour ride. The problem that I run into is living in the desert of southern utah I have to wait until 7 or 8 to leave just because of the heat. So riding after hours is a necessity. So I got the Niterider Minewt 600 Here is the specs on this pretty sweet bike light.
The new Minewt 600 cordless puts out an amazing 600 lumens in a one-piece package with no separate battery pack or cables! Thats freaking amazing. Niterider Minewt 600 is pushing LED technology to a new level. Recharges easily with the included 5.5hr Smart Charger (or plug into to a USB port and charge at your desk!)
Its the first one-piece light that is truly trail capable and overkill for city streets. Plus, Niterider uses reflectors and lenses specifically designed for bicycle riding, so you get a superior beam pattern compared to other systems using “off the shelf” optics.
Tool-free quick-release handlebar mount
Also includes helmet mount
Features premium CREE LEDs
only 190 grams
This light features 4 light level options, plus a flash mode:
1:30 hours on High (600 lumen)
3:00 hours on Medium (400 lumen)
4:30 hours on Low (275 lumen)
10:00 hours on walking “flashlight” mode (100 lumen) – ideal for use around campsite, changing a flat, etc.
A typical car headlight is 700 lumen, so you pretty much have a car headlight sitting on the front of your bike. Pretty cool hu? One of the greatest features is that it is cordless. This means that you can use it for other things.