We can’t promise that Rocky Mountain’s new Slayer will get you as sideways as Carson Storch, but there’s the potential. Katie Lozancich Photo.
At its core, Mountain biking is a sport that doesn’t take itself too seriously. From Christoper Walken promo videos to Ratboy’s questionable hairdos, the bike community seems to enjoy not giving a f*ck. Instead, our attention and energy are better used for real priorities: riding our bikes and having a good time. So if you’re looking to add a little pizzazz into your kit and gear, we’ve got a few ideas for you. We can’t promise that any of these things will have you riding like Casey Brown or R-Dog, but at least you’ll look fast.
Inspired by the beach, but built for the mountains. Club Ride Photo.
Club Ride Hawaiian Shirt Jersey - $79.95-89.95
Every mountain biker needs a solid party shirt. Most opt for the $4 Hawaiian shirt from the local thrift store, which is a noble and respectable choice. But its durability is questionable. Imagine having that same surfy vibe but in a shirt that is lightweight, stretchy, and that has zippable pockets. Thankfully, Club Ride brought that vision to life with their Dirt Surfer and Sandia Jersey. The jerseys have all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a traditional bike garment: moisture-wicking fabric, sun protection, and arm vents. And the best part is that when you’re finished with the ride you don’t even need to change. You’re already ready for the after-party.
The Sleuth DLX brings skateboard style to a functional mountain bike shoe. Five Ten Photo.
Five Ten Sleuth DLX - $120
Mountain bike shoes are a necessary part of your kit, but they’re not always the sleekest shoes. If you’re looking for a pair of shoes you can wear on and off the trail, the Five Ten Sleuth DLX is for you. The Sleuth DLX is like the more stylish cousin to the Freerider, which is the brand’s iconic flat bike shoe. The upper material is soft suede leather, that almost passes for a stylish skate shoe. You don’t even realize its a bike shoe until you flip it over and see the outsole’s stealth phantom rubber dotty tread. I wouldn’t ride the absolute gnarliest trails you can find day in and day out with these shoes since they’re not as reinforced as a normal bike shoe. However, should you clip a rock, the shoes have extra protection around the toes and heels just in case.
Fully customizable, that’s how I-9 likes to roll.
Industry Nine Enduro 305s Wheels w/ Hydra Hubs - Starts at 1355.00
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Industry Nine prides itself on completely handbuilt wheels that are manufactured right in their shop in Asheville, North Carolina. The company, which lives and breathes cycling, is best known for its wheels. Their Enduro 305 is our favorite because they’re built in mind for the rider who wants to ride anywhere and everything. It’s a versatile, strong, and stiff wheel made from premium alloy. They’re built with the infamous I-9 Hydra hub, which means 690 points of engagement between you and your wheels. If this all wasn’t already enticing, I-9 lets you fully customize the color. So go ahead and design the wheel of your dreams.
The new Slayer pays respect to the brand’s freeride roots. Rocky Mountain Photo.
Rocky Mountain Slayer - Starts at $7999
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For the rider that just wants to get a bit rowdier on the trails, Rocky Mountain’s new Slayer is the bike for you. The 2020 rendition of the Slayer is a bike that’s having a bit of an identity crisis. It’s a trail bike that could easily go toe to toe with a DH bike—it’s just missing the dual crown fork. A few noticeable changes about the new Slayer are that it’s longer and slacker, making it a joy to take down aggressively steep terrain. They kept their iconic RIDE-4 system, which allows riders to finesse their geometry for a more custom fit. Overall the new bike represents the brand's desire to honor their freeride legacy. Considering it’s a bike that makes three diverse riders—Carson Storch, Remi Gauvin, and Thomas Vanderham—very happy, you’ll probably have a good time on it too.
The Sutros are like a classier version of Pit Vipers. Oakley Photo.
Oakley Sutro Glasses - $166
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Riding glasses have evolved in the last decade. These days for trail riding, there isn’t just the stereotypically sporty-looking eyewear. Instead, we have glasses that feel a bit more urban and that make a statement. Drawing inspiration from their iconic goggles, Oakley designed the Sutro with an oversized frame so that your field of vision remains unobstructed. They’re big and bold, but as we’ve seen with competitors like Smith and 100%, this Pit Viper-esque trend is currently hot within the bike world. On top of looking pretty darn fast, these glasses feature a Prizm lens which aids in maximizing contrast and enhancing visibility.
With heavy hearts we learned this morning that pro freeride mountain biker Jordie Lunn passed away after a crash while trail riding in Mexico on October 9th. According to reports, he was riding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with close friends Greg Watts, Darren Berrecloth and Brayden Barrett-Hay. RELATED: The Best POVs From Past Red Bull Rampages Lunn was an inspiration and a leader in the mountain bike world, who spanned all disciplines from XC to DH racing before shifting his focus to
When you're a grom, biking on flat ground is difficult, to say nothing of singletrack. That didn't stop these young ladies from getting after it on their rigid kiddie bikes, but maybe it should have. Grom no.1 declares that "This is awesome" right before losing her pedals, hitting a post, and falling into a ditch alongside the trail. RELATED: Find a Showing Near You Good thing children under the age of 17 are made of some sort of flesh/rubber composite which enables them to shake off the
McNutt rides the Atomic Bent Chetler 120 in the backcountry. Jeff Cricco photo. Skiers in 1955 had skis, boots, and bindings, but that's just about the only similarity between then and now. Since then, there have been revolutions in ski, boot, and binding technology, rendering yesterday's gear almost unrecognizable. Atomic has been around for it all, which might account for the brand's progressive attitude, as evidenced by products like the Shift binding. As technology has evolved, the ski