British Columbia’s Kootenay mountains contain some of the world’s most unforgiving—and beautiful—terrain. The peaks, ridges and valleys of the region are remote, extensive and rugged, creating the opportunity for a backcountry experience like no other. Less than four miles as the crow flies from Retallack Lodge lies Antoine Basin, a heavily mined, yet seemingly untapped valley, especially when it comes to trailbuilding. Born from the Backcountry, a new film from Freehub Magazine, follows Thomas Vanderham, Veronique Sandler and the Retallack build crew as they spend a week camping and creating in this place of endless potential.
It’s a good day if you’re in the market for a new mountain bike. Transition, Yeti, and Commencal all released fresh new bikes yesterday (on top of the Specializeds, Cannondales and more Commencals that just recently came out). In what’s becoming a bit of a trend in the mountain bike world, both Transition and Yeti released short-travel trail snipers – what some may go so far as to call cross-country bikes – a new direction for brands known for their bikes that perform best when pointed
For Episode 3 of In the Garage, we're doing a little deep dive into bike tech. Max Ritter photo. The bike world is all about incremental improvements. A few millimeters here and a few degrees there promise to improve your ride ever so slightly over the last iteration. But every now and then, something comes along that truly does fundamentally change the way a bike rides on the trail. Okay, I’ll admit that tire inserts are nothing new – hey just a few years ago EVERYONE was running a form
For Episode 4 of In The Garage, you'll learn that adjusting shifting isn't actually black magic. Max Ritter photo. A noisy bike is a bike that isn’t performing as well as it could be, and you don’t have to be a World Cup racer to appreciate a bike that works. If you’re anything like me, hearing sounds that aren’t your hub or tires on dirt while you’re riding make you nervous. A common culprit is your drivetrain, and there’s a few reasons why your shifting might not be feeling as crisp as