The UK has definitely been producing some great 29er designs as of late, and the company Cotic, literally pulled off transforming the handling attributes of the Soul model, which is a long travel 26er hardtail in their stable into the larger wheel Solaris 29 setup. They also dialed it in for smaller riders as well. March, 2013
Fri., Sept 28th ’12
Mavic Trans-Provence 2012 Epic Enduro Race, The North-American “XC” boys are doing well. Adam Craig rides well, as does Kabush. Kabush won yesterday’s last stage, a super pedally stage at the end of a 50km, accumulated 1800m climbing day. Kabush and Craig are doing well all round and have gained the respect of everyone there.
Kabush is on the 650b Genius which he picked up from InterBike the day before leaving. He said he has been getting used to the new bike, even swapping out his bars for some monster Renthal 30″ after day one.
This is quite the race/ride/event. The scenery is mind-blowing, the bonds between riders tight, and the riding… well, almost every stage is the best trail ever. That sort of riding.
Friends, mountain bikes, cold beer and the great outdoors — who could ask for more? The Cannondale Over-Mountain team members Ben Cruz, Mark Weir, and Jason Moeschler make a trip to Downieville.
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A joint collaboration with rock / ambient / experimental band MONO (www.monoishere.com), Legend takes you on an epic 12 minute visual and aural journey through Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes during the time of the midnight sun.
The film travels across Iceland, from the floating blue icebergs of Jokulsarlon’s glacial lagoon to the steaming geothermic vents of Myvatn, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar to the breathtaking sunsets on Snaefellnes Peninsula, and the barren volcanic landscapes of Askja to the vast fields of lupin near Husavik.
Legend was shot over a 2 week period in June 2012 when the sun barely sets below the horizon and you never see darkness. It was filmed completely in 5K resolution using Canon full frame DSLRs on motion timelapse equipment from Kessler Crane.
Mono’s score of the same name, Legend, is from their upcoming album “For my parents”. Its edgy cinematic and epic quality helps describe Iceland – a breathtakingly beautiful yet unforgivingly dangerous place.
The album is available for pre-order: http://www.monoishere.com/2012/07/30/pre-order-for-my-parents-now/
We would like to thank the following supporters for making this film possible:
Kessler Crane: www.KesslerCrane.com
Glacier Rental Car: www.glaciercarrental.is
Special thanks to Egill Agustsson and Adalsteinn Petur Karlsson of Husavik for their help with my car problems on Iceland National Day. It’s the country’s biggest holiday and they helped me get back on the road so I could continue filming.
Last but not least, a big thank you to fellow filmmaker Joe Capra (www.scientifantastic.com) for his guidance and inspiration. His tips and advice were invaluable in helping me prepare for this trip.
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Well that was hard work!
Strength in Numbers – A Free Nepal Segment
The mountain biking community in Nepal is just barely emerging. For Nepal, walking is the primary form of movement resulting in an endless amount of trails and routes that connect the people and places throughout the vast high alpine landscape. Whats brand new though for the Nepalese is the idea of riding bikes on these trails. A small group of mountain bikers that are committed to sharing the rider experience with all have kick started the mtb community here. Their enthusiasm and perseverance reminds us of what its like to be part of a movement.
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Strength in Numbers is a new community film project from Anthill Films and Red Bull Media House. Presented by Shimano and Trek, Strength in Numbers is being made available for all mountain bikers to experience through free online streaming of individual segments.
Video: Maybe the best tourism ad yet? North West Coastal Crew hit the trails of BC to prove it’s truely a Mountain Bike paradise
Obligatory hot chick in a bikini shot aside, tourism advertisements are normally pretty ropey. Not this one though – the B.C. Coastal Crew took their all-mountain bikes, and rounded up some famous friends, Graham Agassiz, and Matt Miles to show what British Columbia truly does offer within these wonder shot scenes.
British Columbia is all about mountain biking. We are spoiled with such
diverse landscapes and amazing riding found in every corner of the province.
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Woven throughout the depths of the woods, and the heights of the mountain are a network of super fun, fast, flowing trails. ‘Into the Trees’ is a short film showing the Altura Trail in its best light. A trail that flies you 1600ft above Keswick, carves you round berms and switchbacks, takes your breath away with beautiful views, inspires you to get loose on the trail, but most of all… a trail which never fails to bring a smile to your face.
Thanks to Matt Wight and Ross Parkinson for their rad riding in the film. I hope this film makes you want to pick up your bike and take to the hills.
Film by Sam Needham & Robin Puplett
This video I took in September 2011 with Johannes Pistrol and Fabian Gleitsmann. It shows an incredible high mountain “bikebergsteigen” loop that we did at the end of the Ötztal valley, above Vent in Austria. I’d like to thank EVOC, Norrona, Schwalbe and Platzangst for supporting our adventure in the mountains that day. Filmed using a Panasonic GH2 and a Nikon D700 to take the stills.