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Added a new video Riding Dirt Jumps in an Underground Bike Park 11/24/2014 9:19 PM
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The Batcave may have just become less cool compared to this. Jeff Perkins (co-builder), Stacey Eden, and Max Eden are giving the Mega Cavern's underground bike park a test run. This insane 320,000 square foot bike park will feature 40 trails for beginner and intermediate riders, all inside a cavern built 120 feet underground! This otherworld riding experience is expected to open January 1st, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Added a new video Hollywood Meets Hardtails and the Godziek Brothers 11/17/2014 11:30 AM
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When one brother is one of the best mountain bike slopestyle riders in the world and the other is one of its best BMXers, producing a great new edit should be plain sailing, right? Well, not quite. For their latest video project, the brothers Godziek (Szymon and Dawid) decided they wanted to do something completely different and draw on all their favorite Hollywood classics. The Bike Brothers brings together incredible cutting-edge blockbuster special effects alongside the Godzieks' imperious riding to produce a video project like no other.

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Added a new video Triple Backflip Interview with the Godfrey Clan 11/14/2014 4:48 PM
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This summer, the Godfrey Clan of Nitro Circus set out to prove the unthinkable by landing the world’s first mountain bike triple backflip. In this vid, Ethen Roberts and Gavin Godfrey share more on the efforts for this history-making trick. If you are still hungry for more triple backflips, check out the Nitro Circus video of a triple backflip on a mountain bike.

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Added a new video Pivot Factory DH Team's 2014 Season Action 11/13/2014 8:10 PM
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Catch the highlights from the Pivot Factory DH team's season of riding fast and whipping it in this video compilation.

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Added a new video Andreu Lacondeguy’s Festest Year Yet 11/12/2014 9:18 AM
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This man is not afraid to push the boundaries of freeride mountain biking. Where some of the world's best riders hesitate to pull more technical tricks across bigger distances and at higher speeds, Andreu Lacondeguy has charged on. The newly established Fest Series served as a perfect stage for the Spaniard to do things on his YT Industries machine that others can only dream of. This past year will be the year we remember Andreu winning Red Bull Rampage, but all of his riding throughout the last 12 months has been incredible. And just as a reminder, here is Andreu's highlight reel filmed by his friend and fellow rider, Nick Pescetto. Enjoy!

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Added a new video Red Bull Joyride - Signature Series Full Episode 11/8/2014 2:35 PM
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Once a year, the many worlds of mountain biking collide in one of the largest and most anticipated freeride competitions: the Crankworx Whistler festival. During the festival's final weekend, the icing on the cake is the Red Bull Joyride event. Throngs of spectators come to surround the battle arena of wood and dirt where some of the world's best bike riders come to put it all on the line fusing elements of slopestyle, dirt jump, and classic downhill biking. Lucky you, here is the full TV episode so you can watch it all go down once more.

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Added a new video Michal Kollbek Tearing up SoCal on the Fuzz 650B 11/7/2014 12:12 PM
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Michal Kollbek, one of Poland's DH legends and pioneers of the sport, moved to the USA a few years ago. He lives in Santa Monica where he can easily hit both the board walk and the trails. Kollbek was among the first riders to pilot the new big wheeled beast from NS Bikes, the Fuzz 650B. As a tall guy, he'd been looking forward to getting a hold of this bike for a while. Now that he's got it, watch him put it to work. For more info about the new bikes, check out nsbikes.com/fuzz650b.

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Added a new video A Tonka Trophy Truck Makes the Best Shuttle Vehicle 11/6/2014 2:48 PM
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Diamondback rider Eric Porter gets a mobbing fast shuttle from Tonka trophy truck driver Todd Romano to the top of a Utah desert trail where he bombs back down on his DB8 downhill rig. Sounds like an epic afternoon.

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Added a news story Legendary Safety Apparel Maker Dainese Acquired by Investcorp 11/4/2014 11:01 PM

London, November 5th 2014 – Investcorp, a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Mr. Lino Dainese to acquire the specialist Italian retailer Dainese at an enterprise value of 130...more

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Added a new video Polaris RZR Meets Massive North-Shore Ladders, Doubles, Wall Rides, Huck to Flat, and Road Gap 11/4/2014 9:42 PM
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Watch and your mind will be blown as this Polaris RZR suited for Batman takes on a course resembling what you find in your favorite bike park, complete with ladders, doubles, wall rides, huck to flat, and road gap over a logging truck. This a seven-minute onslaught of intense off-road road action is set in a massive 600-acre forest near Mt. Baker, Washington. The video features Off-Road Racing Champion RJ Anderson, driving a custom Holz Racing built Polaris RZR XP 1000 Side-by-Side (SxS), complete with a Polaris ProStar 1000 Muzzys Performance engine and custom Walker Evans Racing shocks. The crew, including Tony Vanillo and his team of dirt and ramp engineers at the Off-Road Management Group, transformed the remote wooded location into a stunning array of obstacles, which included more than 20 natural terrain and man-made works of (terrifying) art. Spoiler alert – RJ Anderson reclaims the world record for a distance jump in a SxS – and does so by clearing a death-defying 100-foot gap! More than a year of planning went in to the development and execution of this “XP1K2” campaign. It took the build team of 10, more than a month to carve out the heart-stopping playground as multiple obstacles featured hand built “ladder trail” which required two to three days each to weld, cover in wood, and secure safely. The Mad Media crew of 40 then spent 14 days on location battling wind, rain, mud and fog to capture each of these obstacles.

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Added a new video Hexagone - Full Film 11/4/2014 7:39 PM
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You have waited, and now it is here. A mountain biking film shot exclusively in France with some of the best French riders. Prepare yourself for some epic action from Antoine Bizet, Antoine Dubourgnon, Yannick Granieri, Mehdi Gani, Louis Reboul, Rémi Thirion, Richard Fert, Anthony Rocci, Pierre Edouard Ferry, and Pierre Charles Georges. After a year and a half of work, all efforts are ready to be showcased. So crack open a cold beer and press play. Here it is, Hexagone the film. A film by Marc Olivier Panaud and Thibault Menu with the participation of Thibault Maitrejean. Presented by Alltricks.com in association with Hope Technology and Adidas Eyewear. Additional support from Ghanzi and Commencal.

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Added a new video Urban Downhill Mountain Biking with Filip Polc 11/3/2014 5:20 PM
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Filip Polc hit up Tbilisi, Georgia, for a chance to show the locals how urban downhill mountain biking is done, hosting a race with the Red Bull Local Hero Tour, running between 132 flights of urban stairs and dirt trails.

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Added a new video Urban Downhill Mountain Biking with Filip Polc 11/3/2014 5:20 PM
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Filip Polc hit up Tbilisi, Georgia, for a chance to show the locals how urban downhill mountain biking is done, hosting a race with the Red Bull Local Hero Tour, running between 132 flights of urban stairs and dirt trails.

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Added a new video Dusty Days 11/3/2014 11:56 AM
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During one of Switzerland's wettest summers in the past 50 years, these boys finally found some sun and dust in Pila, Italy, and Bellwald,Switzerland. Then it finally felt like summer to them.

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Added a new video Nicholi Rogatkin's Season Highlights 10/30/2014 3:09 PM
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Nicholi Rogatkin has had quite the season. Since hitting everyone's radar at 26TRIX in Leogang, he has continued to impress. Now we all know his name and recognize his style. Enjoy these highlights from his year.

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Added a news story Gamut USA Launches New Athlete Sponsorship Program 10/30/2014 2:54 PM


Gamut USA is pleased to announce that our new sponsorship program for the 2015 season is now open and accepting applications on Gamutusa.com and Hookit.com.

Join Greg Minnaar, Curtis Keene, Tyler McCaul, and Greg Watts and be part of a special group of riders who know how to race...more

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Added a news story DBinline Safety Recall 10/30/2014 2:22 PM

PRODUCT SAFETY NOTICE

October 29, 2014


To our customers,

At Cane Creek, we strive to make best-in-class products that provide exceptional performance and rider experience. During the initial production of the DBinline rear shock, we did not live up to this promise. We have determined that certain DBinline...more

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Added a new video Switzerland Hometrails 10/26/2014 3:32 PM
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Alois von Wurstemberger tears up his local trails in Switzerland. Those swoopy turns look like a blast. Location: Chasseral (Switzerland), Biel (Switzerland) Camera: Diego Wilhelm, Christoph Scheffler Edit: Diego Wilhelm Music: The way we used to bleed - Chris Lago

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Added a new video Looking Inside the R&D Department at Kross 10/26/2014 2:26 PM
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Meet the builders and designers of the brand KROSS. See how their bikes are created and what tests are performed before they hit the market. Science is cool.

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Added a product review for Troy Lee Designs Women's Skyline Jersey 10/23/2014 3:56 AM
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Tested: TLD Women's Skyline Short and Jersey

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Review by Courtney Steen // Photos by Brandon Turman

The long days of summer are slipping away. Temperatures are becoming cooler and cooler. Jersey sleeves are becoming longer and longer. Each warm day in the forecast is a carpe diem call to the trail while each cold day’s goosebumps call to the memories of summer. On those summer days and the warmer fall days, I’ve been rocking the Women’s Skyline short and jersey, staples of Troy Lee Designs’ collection. These designs are based on the “no flowers, no butterflies, just bold, aggressive styling” ideal of the company. With color options from wild turquoise and lime to mild black and grey, there is something for everyone to hit the trails in.

Troy Lee Designs Women’s Skyline Short Highlights

  • 2-way stretch, highly durable 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex mix
  • Ribbed spandex stretch panel
  • Belt loop with embroidered accent
  • Reflective logos on front and side of the short
  • Pedal friendly side pocket with secure zipped front stash pocket
  • Specially cut to fit a woman's contours
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colors: Black, Turquoise
  • MSRP: $68 USD

Troy Lee Designs Women’s Skyline Jersey Highlights

  • Mesh polyester fabric features anti-microbial and moisture wicking properties
  • Breathable mesh fabric for increased airflow
  • Lycra rear neck panel for easy entry and comfortable fit
  • V-neck collar for increased comfort
  • Raglan sleeves and relaxed fit jersey
  • Hidden stash side zip pocket
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Colors: Gray/Black, Lime
  • MSRP: $50 USD

Initial Impressions

Fresh out of the box the Skyline jersey is lightweight, stretchy, and the mesh fabric looks very breathable indeed with all those wee holes. The v-shaped neck is a softer fabric than the body mesh for comfort. There is also no sewn-in sizing label at the collar to chop off, the information is screen printed onto the back of the neck instead. The colors are all sublimated to the fabric making for sharp design edges. With no large screen printed patterns to be seen, the jersey’s breathability and weight are primo. There is TLD branding on the center front, upper back center, and along one side of the v-neck. All the seams lie flat and are overlock stitched. A hidden stash pocket about 3 x 5 inches in size is built into the back left side of the jersey. In fact, this pocket was so hidden, I didn’t even realize it was there until looking at the stitching on the inside. Super sneaky.

The Skyline short is made from a lightweight, 2-way stretch material. It actually feels stretchy enough that I thought it was a 4-way. An elastic stretch panel at the back adds to the stretch ability of the short. The waistband has sewn-in elastic running the entire circumference with two scrunched segments on each hip for further stretching. Two side-by-side snaps above the zippered fly securely close the waistband. There are also belt loops if someone were to need a belt to keep this puppy up. For cargo space, there is one cargo pocket on the left leg with a snapped closure, two open hand pockets, and one little zipped stash pocket in the right-side hand pocket. The hand pockets are constructed from a mesh fabric. In addition to pocket space, a little elastic loop inside the short looks like a spot to secure something like a key. There are a few embellishments on the short to add a little flare. TLD branding is screen-printed on the side pocket, Troy Lee Designs screen-printed on the lower right leg, contrasting piping sewn into the top edge of the hand pockets, and a little tribal tramp stamp embroidered on the rear belt loop.

Trying on these two items, the jersey is not the softest I’ve ever slipped into, but is the most ventilated. It definitely felt like it would be nice on hot days. The short however…ruh-roh. Given the circumference measurement of where my shorts normally sit and what size jeans I normally wear, I ordered an XL. This size was far, far too big. The short was way too baggy and falling off. After exchanging for a size smaller, it fit worlds better. Measuring the waistbands, they are true to the Troy Lee sizing chart. It appears the cut is meant to sit nearer the natural waist, not hang off the hips. The size L short measures in with a 34.5-inch in the waistband, 11-inch inseam, and a 10.5-inch rise. Now that I had the short figured out, time to do some riding.

On The Trail

The Women’s Skyline jersey came out to play for both downhilling funsies while in Whistler and for trail riding. In the peak of summer while it was pretty toasty out, all the venting in the jersey mesh was very welcomed. On chairlift rides up, I could feel the breeze coming through all the little holes. Refreshing. It was also comfortably cooling while out on trail rides. The fit of the jersey was a bit snug in the hips and long on me. I also found the bottom hem was prone to riding up a little. However, given the close fit and all the holes, I never felt like the jersey was flapping around in the wind while blasting down some bike park flow.

Over the summer, I didn’t wear the Skyline short downhilling. I prefer longer inseams when rolling on the big bike and in the big kneepads. It has a good cut for trail riding though. The waistband is plenty snug, and with the higher rise, it never had to be pulled back up like shorts with lower rises or more elastic waistbands. No plumber’s crack here. The double snap on the waistband also kept the Skyline securely closed. There was no danger of popping open in a hunkered climb or while partaking in a post-ride nachos and beer. With an inseam length short enough not to snag up on the knees while pedaling, it was still long enough that I didn’t feel I would suffer extra damages if (knock on wood) I ever hit the ground. The stretch material and mesh panel made for effortless movement. The fabric’s inside surface has a soft raised pattern that glides over the skin. This also contributes to the feeling of effortless pedaling. As far as swass goes, I haven’t noticed being uncomfortably hot or soggy in the Skyline short on the trail. The lightweight material seems good at temperature control. The short has no built in vents, but I never found myself wishing for some.

I love ice cream. I always ride with my cell phone in a pocket to track miles and elevation climbed so I can feel less guilty if I have that after dinner treat. In this short, I used a hand pocket for my phone. They are a good depth, and my massively encased phone hangs in a good place off the side of the hip. I’ve passed a number of people looking for dropped phones on the trail. With my phone case’s traction plus these pockets’ depth, I’m not worried about having to join them. In some shorts, the weight of whatever is in the hand pockets hangs over the top of the thigh. It’s not the most comfortable for pedaling. It can feel kind of like saddlebags weighing down my legs. In this short the weight in the pockets hangs from the waistband and is no bother at all while pedaling. Props to whoever engineered that weight bearing dynamic (golf clap).

Things That Could Be Improved

The Skyline jersey's mesh material is definitely great for keeping cool, but I wouldn’t mind if it were a bit softer. On a day I dressed in the morning for a later ride, while sitting around working at the computer, I had to go change my shirt. It just felt too rough/itchy for me to tolerate. That wasn’t just my itching to go outside and play either. This would be my one complaint about the jersey. It is the roughest of all my jerseys.

My one frustration with the Skyline shorts, other than my possibly personal but maybe shared problem with sizing, is the hand pockets. Yes, they are a good size and the cargo hangs well while pedaling. Bravo. But unfortunately, the construction is a bit bulky. In the top half, the pocket mesh is doubled with the main body fabric on the pockets' skin side. The extra fabric layers feel like little deflated pillows in your pockets. The mesh should be connected to the bottom of the main body fabric, or just let the entire skin-side of the pocket be main body fabric. Anything, just keep it as one layer, not two and three where the small zippered pocket is built in. Layers are good in cake, not in pockets. Mmmm….cake.

Long Term Durability

So far the Skyline jersey has been holding up well apart from some mud stains in the white sections. I haven’t crashed in this jersey, so I’m not sure how it will handle that abuse. I did take a digger in the Skyline short though. It took it well, complaining less than I did about what the heck I biffed it over. The desert dust brushed right off. There was no damage to the fabric though I had a nice phone-shaped bruise on my hip - rides like this are why I have a monstrous case on my phone. From regular wash and wear, neither the jersey nor short fabrics are showing signs of distress yet: pills, scuffs, runs, holes, etc.

What's The Bottom Line?

Troy Lee’s Skyline jersey and short are no flowers, no butterflies, just get down and dirty mtb style. With pretty average price tags and effective designs, it is no wonder I’ve seen them all over, from Whistler, BC, to Prescott, AZ. Having experienced them as the newest additions to my riding closet, I can see why other women rock them. The jersey is well vented, great for warmer days, and seamlessly manages the transition from downhilling to trail riding. The short is comfortable and great for pedaling around the mountains. These two won’t have to wait until laundry day to come out for a ride. They will get used and abused along with my other riding clothes faves.

For more information head over to www.troyleedesigns.com.


About The Reviewer

Courtney Steen has been hitting the dirt on two wheels since 2007 when she started riding mountain bikes in college. She raced alongside her collegiate cycling team in every event from XC and short track to downhill and mountain cross, scoring several podiums, fist pumps and shiny medals along the way. A dream trail for this girl would have lots of down, some fast and flowy, and like the sprinkles on a cupcake, some fun technical sections to keep her on her toes – we’re talking mountain biking after all, not cruising a sidewalk. Courtney currently lives on the road with her boyfriend in a 5th wheel toy hauler loaded with bikes, traveling from one mountain bike mecca to the next in search of the best trails North America has to offer. Anytime she's on a bike and in the dirt, she has two thumbs up and a big smile.

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