SpokedMountain Biking & Cycling News

Crankworx 2012 offers high flying action shots

Bike magazine's Anthony Smith recently published the photos he took at Crankworx Whistler's 2012 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge, and his photos exude energy, speed, focus, and determination.This year, the event was held for the first time in Whistler, British Columbia, which made it more spectator friendly than in years past; riders Mitch Ropelato and Jill Kintner beat out the event's stiff competition for the titles.For more photos of all the action, head over to..

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First impressions: 2013 Trek Fuel EX 9.9

Completely redesigned for 2013, the Fuel EX sports a whole raft of changes--even if they aren't the most readily apparent at first glance. Topping the list is the Fuel's transition to 130 millimeters of travel, up from 120 millimeters in the bike's previous guise. Beyond the bump-up in travel, the Fuel EX gets a complete suspension tweaking, with revised linkages and leverage ratios, as well as Trek's DRCV both front and rear. To read more, click here.Photo courtesy Bike magazine

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First impressions: Banshee Rune Version 2

If you're thinking that the new Banshee Rune looks a lot like the company's 29er Prime model, there's a reason for that: both bike are configured around the company's new KS Link suspension design. In a nutshell, it's a virtual pivot-point-style bike with two short links mated to solid triangles. The short, one-piece forged links should yield a design with less flex than the prior Rune. To read more, click here.Photo courtesy Bike magazine

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First impressions: SRAM XX1

At its heart, XX1 is a drivetrain system geared around a single chainring, mated to a gargantuan, 11-speed (10 x 42) cassette. If you already run a "one by" system on your bike, you probably see where this is going: it's a simpler system with a much wider gear range than anything you could cobble together with existing 10-speed parts. For more info on the SRAM XX1, click here.Photo courtesy Bike

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Video: The Future-Anthony Messere

The future? It's a lot to lay on the shoulders of one 16-year-old, but Anthony Messere's proven he's up to the challenge. Last year he came into the Red Bull Joyride as an alternate. No, wait, make that a gangly, little-known 15-year-old alternate--and he took third, besting some of the biggest names in mountain biking along the way. Can Messere repeat that level of performance this year? Click here to find out and to watch a video of his run from last year.Photo..

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Bike magazine’s photo of the day

Bike magazine's Tuesday photo of the day comes from Margus Riga, an Estonia-born photographer who now calls Vancouver home. Riga is a respected action sports photographer, having earned second place at a recent Whistler's Deep Summer Photo Showdown, and his photography has even been featured on the cover of Bike magazine. The following photo is of riders Richie Schley, Wade Simmons, and Brett Tippie in Whistler, British Columbia.Click on the photo to view an archive of Bike..

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Giant Trance X 29: a closer look

It's been a few months now since Giant first leaked the news that their 2013 line would include a 29er version of their popular Trance X model. Of course, it's hard to keep a new model under wraps when your primary test pilot (that'd be Adam Craig) is out winning the Super D National Championships aboard the thing. In short, the 2013 Trance X 29er comes barging out of the gates with with some heavy race titles already beneath it.To get more info on the Giant Trance,..

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