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Crankworx Celebrates Female Heroes in ‘Shifting Perceptions’

Since launching in 2004, Crankworx has been the venue for countless milestones within the sport of mountain biking. For female riders, this especially rings true. In the beginning, ladies were vastly outnumbered and underrepresented. Still, the few that competed did so with grit and tenacity. Jill Kintner, Claire Buchar, and Anne Caro Chausson are just a few of the early pioneers who carved a space for women to follow.

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There's been a surge of female racers like 2017 World Champion Miranda Miller, who are redefining the sport. Scott Robarts Photo.  

Follow along with these trailblazers, for Crankworx's three-part series Shifting Perceptions. Episode one "Spark to Flame" explores the festival’s efforts to showcase the best mountain bikers in the world, female and male. Meanwhile, these female leaders have spurred a new generation of riders, who are ready to rid the world of the caveat “riding well for a girl”.

Since 1998 Downhill racing legend Claire Buchar has ignored the status quo to dominate countless Crankworx races. Fraser Britton Photo.

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SRAM Releases Wireless Eagle Drivetrain and Reverb Seatpost
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SRAM Releases Wireless Eagle Drivetrain and Reverb Seatpost

SRAM Releases Wireless Eagle Drivetrain and Reverb Seatpost

Big news from the mountain bike world as SRAM released a long-awaited wireless drivetrain and dropper seatpost. The new Eagle AXS system is based off their existing 12-speed mountain bike drivetrain, but nixes shift cables for a wireless system. Additionally, their new Reverb AXS seatpost utilizes a similar wireless system to actuate the hydraulic internals. RELATED: What Goes into the Trans-Cascadia MTB Race? Why bother messing with a system that has worked for decades, you may ask?

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It might be the middle of winter, but watching GT Bike’s freshest rider Tom Isted go HAM on this jump trail is certainly not boring. With trail bikes these days, the possibilities are endless, and we’re no stranger to seeing DH-sized hucks on little bikes. However, Isted infuses some serious style into this hectic run set to a classic track. Talk about going friggin’ huge! RELATED: Riding Captain Ahab Like You've Never Seen Before Check out more from the young

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Behind the Scenes of Brandon Semenuk and The unReal One-Shot
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When Brandon Semenuk dropped into his custom-built line for TGR and Anthill Production’s 2015 mountain bike film unReal, he did not expect it would become one of the most-viewed mountain bike segments ever. Semenuk would go on to produce other mind-bending riding segments showcasing his creativity and Jedi-like bike handling skills, but this one was special.  RELATED: Check out Adolf Silva's Insane Save from Darkfest 2019 The crux for this particular unReal segment was that it was all shot in