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Rocky Mountain Bicycles releases behind-the-scenes video of Red Bull Rampage

Red Bull Rampage is, in Bike magazine's opinion, the pinnacle of modern freeriding, and words can't describe the intensity of being at the event in person. Yet, behind all the glamor and media attention of the event's finals are countless hours of planning, traveling, digging, testing, sculpting, and refining the ridiculous lines that epitomize the competition. This is a short film about all the blood, sweat, and beers that happen behind the scenes of Rampage.

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Video: An ode to a proper bike build

Any muppet can pull a bike out of a cardboard box and get it rolling. To do so, however, is to miss a grand opportunity. In the video below, Doug Hamilton, the owner and operator of Black Peak Cycles in New Zealand, explains why he begins his pro builds by stripping down each brand new bike to its bare frame. Click play to watch.

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Video: SRAM’s Single-Ring Drivetrain on the cross-country side of racing

In the third chapter of SRAM's video series on XX1, the company explains how its new single-ring drivetrain system can excel at both hard-charging all-mountain/enduro riding and cross-country racing, which, for the record, is a seriously tall order. Even if you have zero interest in World Cup-level cross-country racing, this is a good clip to check out as the video details some of the key technologies that underpin XX1.

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Bike magazine reviews the Norco Shinobi 2

Bike magazine recently had a ride on the Norco Shinobi 2, and they began their review of it with this: "Norco's Shinobi is designed for all-day, all-mountain riding with big climbs and big descents. Its frame is packed with well-thought-out features including post-style disc brake mounts, Syntace's 142 x 12 axle system, a spare derailleur hanger bolt (that threads into the frame by the bottom bracket for storage), and a headtube that is extra short in order to keep the front end from..

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Video: GoPro Red Bull Rampage 2012

The quality of POV cameras continues to evolve at an impressive rate. Proof? The following video from this year's Red Bull Rampage was shot on GoPros-cameras that just about anyone can afford. Sure, there's no substitute for outstanding video editing (which this video has plenty of), but still. ... When you consider that this footage was captured on a bunch of $400 cameras, it kind of blows your mind.

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine opines on why the bike world could use a little punk rock

Bike magazine correspondent Danielle Baker recently posted an interesting little opinion piece on why the bike world might benefit if it took some cues from the skate culture. In the story, Baker talks about a mountain biker friend, "Brian," and his skateboarder qualities: "Brian's skateboarder-esque attitude was so outside of our watered-down and glossy mountain bike culture that people didn't know how to deal with him. His attitude of uncaring, lack-of-concern-for-social-norms..

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Wanted: Topeak Micro Rocket ALT

Accidents happen, but in the world of road biking, the margin for error is a little slimmer. Getting a flat tire can be a real hassle, especially in the middle of a 100-mile ride, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, the team over at Topeak has designed the Micro Rocket ALT, a lightweight, compact pump designed to fit in a jersey pocket or mount next to your water bottle. The 160psi pump is made of CNC Aluminum and features a Presta Valve with an integrated dust cap for..

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine revisits Deep Summer Photo Challenge

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge is a photo contest in Whistler, British Columbia, that asks photographers to submit shots of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or valley taken over three days in the summer, and Bike magazine recently decided to highlight photographer Mike Zinger's submission into the contest, just for kicks. "I made the switch to mountain biking as I got to know other people who were into it, and fell in love with the scenery, landscapes, and the diversity of the sport..

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