Let’s just say that Santa Cruz isn’t exactly known for its prowess in the XC mountain bike world. I mean, they’re the ones behind some of the best gravity bikes ever made…but a 100mm travel XC race bike? Where did that come from? Of course, the Blur has been around for a few years now, and has proven to be a formidable force in the short travel category, but when did they go full lycra on us? The latest iteration turns out to be the lightest full-suspension bike Santa Cruz has ever made, perfect for the likes of French Olympic MTB racer Maxime Marotte. Besides, Santa Cruz has a few details on how his career got started as a young French Boy Scout.
Standing in the start gate waiting for the air horn to blast is how former MTB Olympian Sam Schultz spent most of his youth. These days, however, Schultz is doing the exact opposite. He’s on the other side of the race tape, giving a mob of preteens the cue to start pedaling. After competing in the 2012 London Olympics, Schultz decided to transition out of racing to pursue something completely different altogether. He’s been hard at work developing Montana’s blossoming NICA league, with hopes
Ripping around on downhill bikes doesn’t always need to happen between the race tape while the clock is running – in fact, it’s usually way more fun when you’re just out there tearing up loamy singletrack in the woods. Vancouver Island’s Kendall McLean knows that feeling all too well – turns out he’s a bit of a loam connoisseur himself. Basically, all we’re trying to say is that his riding makes us want to fire up the shuttle rig and get a few laps in
When Innsbruck debuted its slopestyle competition in 2017, it felt like a showcase of the most progressive riding in mountain biking. And then came the following year, where the riding only got bigger and better. This pattern has repeated itself year after year, with the riders constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on two wheels. We don’t know exactly what happens in Innsbruck that gets the competitors so fired up. Maybe it’s the extra-strong espresso and schnitzel? Regardless,