Resolutions: Partners in Grime – Felix Burke

For many, completing post-secondary schooling is a difficult task. For others, training and racing for Canada’s grueling weather is overwhelming. But what about doing both? Victoria, B.C. racers and roommates Felix Burke and Quinn Moberg manage to tackle an ambitious lifestyle consisting of equal parts education and maintenance of a competitive national ranking on Canada’s XC racing circuit. So, what does it take to race hard plus earn an Economics or Kinesiology degree in the off season? Teamwork and resilience. The Rocky Mountain/7Mesh riders know that success means more than…

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Launched: Eminent Cycles

Today, Eminent Cycles, announced the debut of both their brand and a groundbreaking new mountain bike model, the HASTE. The HASTE is a lightweight, carbon, enduro bike that brings several innovations to the table, including floating rear shock and rear brake. While Eminent’s founders, Kevin Sigismondo and Jeff Soncrant, note that the HASTE offers top-in- class performance, both contend that their brand is dedicated to more than merely building elite-level bikes. “It’s more than simply owning a great bike,” says Sigismondo, “It’s about providing Eminent riders with an elite level…

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Novatec MTB Hubs

By: Vineet Sharma | Also featured in Issue #9 Novatec hubs may not be very well known, but they have been out there for a long time since 1989 delivering quality hubs and wheels to well known companies all over the world. Every product in Novatec Brand is all made in Taiwan. We decided to test the Novatec D041SB and D042SB-SA mountain bike hubs. These anodized red babies include a Cr-Mo axis and 7075 aluminum cassette body and sealed bearings. Front hub weighs around 216 Gms and rear apprx 414 Gms. The rear…

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2016 Halo Vapour 35 & 50 Wheels Preview | 2015 Eurobike

British wheel manufacturer Halo, have a new wheel set for 2016 in the shape of the all-new Vapour 35 and 50 for the burgeoning ‘plus sized’ market. Delivering a wider rim with a curved design and available in either a 35mm of 50mm internal rim width to suit the specific needs of the rider.  

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Boodun winter riding gloves

Winters are fading away, and we were busy checking Boodun winter riding gloves in the snow season of Manali. It is rare that you will find best quality in cheaper price by these unknown brands from China. “Sasta aur Best” as what many of us expect and these gloves matches the description. Boodun winter gloves are well constructed with long collar and will keep your hands warm without any doubt. The double layered design is simple and the inner fleece glove is the main source that will keep your hand…

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How to: Pull Wheelies

Wheelies By: Vineet Sharma and Jeewan Jeet Singh Dhillon Also featured in Issue #5 | Sept 2011 Wheelie on a Mountain Bike can be most time-consuming and difficult moves out there. Many riders including experienced bikers can’t wheelie after practicing for years because of less time devoted to perfect them.  If you lack the passion to learn and you become discouraged easily, then you may not get hang of it too! Learning how to do a wheelie is all about balance, focus and concentration. With the right skill and technique,…

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How to: Cup and Cone Hub Basics

Cup and Cone Hub Basics By: Vaibhav Nijhowne Also featured in Issue #7 | Jan 2012 What is one of the most important parts of a bicycle, in terms of movement? I’d say the wheels. What do the wheels revolve around? The hubs. So to reduce friction and ensure smooth and efficient functioning of our bikes, we need to frequently service and adjust our hubs. Many higher end bikes come with sealed bearing hubs which cannot be adjusted, but there are still a lot of regular cup and cone hubs in the…

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How to: Basic Bike Maintenance

Basic Bike Maintenance By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #2 | March 2011 Bike repair and maintenance is a very important and an ongoing process that involves action before, during and after your ride. This helps to keep your mountain bike in optimal condition. Here are some tips to help you keep your mountain bike in peak condition. BEFORE RIDE Pre-ride inspection and maintenance check is a very good practice. Just like a fighter pilot who inspects his fighter plane before flying. It’s a very simple process and ensures…

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Firefox Maximus D – First Look

Firefox Maximus D 29 By: Vineet Sharma Also featured in Issue #24 | Nov 2014 Many hate them but many love them. 29ers are better than any wheel size or not is still a big argument… or not? Let’s ignore that question and continue to check this latest offering by Firefox bikes. Maximus D – which proudly rolls on 29” wheels. Surprisingly the bike overall build is not too bad. The frame design is sleek with clean lines and the matt paint finish is great. The frame welds are strong…

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IXS Cleaver

IXS Cleaver Knee/Shin Armour By: Vinay Menon Also featured in Issue #21 | May 2014 Safety is primary when you consider playing with gravity on two wheels. In the occasion of a bash down, a good knee/shin armour is your health insurance. The difference between a week off the bike or coming out of the mud battle laughing is something the leg armour would play a key role in. IXS has made a mark with their innovative lightweight protective gear for the downhill/freeride warriors. Earlier in the year we got…

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