SpokedMountain Biking & Cycling News

Wanted: Rapha Transfer Jacket

The Transfer Jacket by Rapha is both a premier piece of performance roadwear and a stylish choice for the savvy rider. It features PrimaLoft ONE, a synthetic down used for warmth, water resistance, softness, and compressibility. The convenience of this double-duty piece makes it a great option for pre- and post-rides, while also fitting the bill as a city-riding piece--one you won't have to ditch for your date. There are two front pockets with reflective trim for those necessary stow-away..

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Wanted: Stanley Limited-Edition 100th Anniversary Bottles

Eighteen is a big birthday. Twenty-one is a pretty big too. And let's throw 50 in for good measure. But 100, now that's the big time. Stanley, the name we've come to know for quality vacuum-insulated bottles, celebrates triple digits this year with a limited release of its 100th Anniversary Vacuum Bottle. The commemorative bottle will have a metal 100th anniversary badge over a brushed-green finish that echoes the iconic bottles of old. The seal keeps your hot liquids steamy and cold..

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Wanted: Race Face Ambush Knee Guard

Vancouver, Canada-based Race Face has been improving upon mountain bike safety for 20 years and its 2012 Ambush Knee Guard is testament to that. Featuring D30 high performance shock-absorbing foam as its main protective surface, the unit is lightweight and highly maneuverable for improved use on tight forest singletrack. The foam-padded sidewalls offer additional coverage in areas that are often left vulnerable. An integrated stabilization pad on top of the knee prevents slippage and sliding..

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Daily Grind: Bike magazine reviews the new 2013 Kali Protectives Maraka XC helmet

Bike magazine correspondent Stephanie Nitsch recently got her hands on the new 2013 Kali Protectives Maraka XC helmet, and she had this to say about it: "Call me low-maintenance, but as long as [a helmet] has a universal safety-rating sticker slapped on the box, I don't care that I've invested in a poorly-ventilated mushroom cap. Safety first, man. Unfortunately, this system has led me to believe that all helmets are designed to absorb my sweaty mop of frizz and drip like a salty..

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Wanted: Detours Hightail EXP Seat Post Bag

Carrying gear on long touring and commuter bike rides can be unwieldy and awkward, something the Detours Hightail EXP Seat Post Bag works to rectify. Easily attachable and detachable via its KlickFlix adaptor system, this 1-pound, 13-ounce bag is capable of carrying 500 cubic inches in its standard position. However, the Hightail EXP can expand to provide an extra 350 cubic inches of storage space for longer rides that require more gear and supplies. Side pockets and top webbing provide..

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Wanted: Vans X Bones Brigade SK8-HI Shoes Checkers

When Stacey Peralta assembled his misfit crew, the Bones Brigade, back in the '80s, no one suspected the extent of its success. One Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero, and Mike McGill later, and the Bones Brigade left its legacy tattooed on the heart of the skate world. This fall Vans reissues its classic Bones Brigade SK8-HI shoes in honor of the crew that changed it all. Two high-tops, a checkered and a blue two-tone, rock suede and canvas model and a Vans waffle sole. The Bones..

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Daily Grind: Dawn patrol in Cerro Catedral

The crew at Rocky Mountain Bicycles posted their last photo gallery and video of their dream mountain biking trip to Cerro Catedral, Argentina, that included a once-in-a-lifetime dawn patrol session. "With the trip winding down, we simply had to get one dawn patrol ride checked off the list," wrote Rocky Mountain Bicycles about the trip. "We ascended in pitch-black darkness with headlamps to the top of a 3,000-foot ridge and waited for the golden light to appear. The sunrise was worth the..

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My Mammoth: Explore the mountain town with local Chris Benchetler

Pro skier Chris Benchetler can live anywhere he wants to. He chose Mammoth as much for its skiing options as its town and off-season amenities. A fixture with such film companies as Nimbus Independent, Teton Gravity Research, and One Percent Coalition, he serves as an ambassador for the town and its junior teams, owns the local Mimi's Cookie Bar with his wife and pro snowboarder, Kimmy Fasani, and focuses on staying fit, be it through pedaling, paddling, or cross-training. "I cross train..

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New Pearl Izumi X Project Shoes get a proper pounding

It's no secret that Pearl Izumi's much-anticipated "X Project" mountain-bike shoes are just months away from hitting the market, but few people outside of the company have put the actual production models to the test. The folks over at Bike magazine got their chance a few days ago, when Pearl Izumi brought several journalists from all over the country to Laguna Beach, California, to see how the shoes would perform on the steep, technical trails that are almost as notorious for mandatory..

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Daily Grind: More from Argentina and Rocky Mountain Bicycles

The crew from Rocky Mountain Bicycles recently posted another video and photo gallery of their trip to Cerro Catedral, Argentina, which looked to be a once-in-a-lifetime affair filled with stirring singletrack in various terrains, hair-raising views, and plenty of Canadian accents. "Through our week we experienced everything from lush rainforest to dry, dusty descents, and really everything in between," said one of the riders in the video. To take a look at the photos, click here. To watch..

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