While getting prepped to ride the Captain Ahab Trail in Moab, Utah, we caught the sight of a custom painted Santa Cruz Nomad. Turns out it was the personal bike of Dustin Carlson, a custom bike painter based out of Price, Utah. And when you custom paint bikes, your personal ride not only can but […]
Although the new 2016 Bronson is here, it can be hard to let go of one you love, especially when its been accessorized as well as this one.
Earlier this year we got to spend some time on the new 2016 Santa Cruz 5010 CC. Equipped with top shelf components and premium carbon wheels, it was a dream bike, but with a sticker price of $10,000. That’s a hell of lot of money for a mountain bicycle. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend that much […]
It was probably sometime last year when I was pedaling up the fire road climb in Santa Cruz’s Demonstration Forest next to Don, a marketing manager at Santa Cruz Bicycles. We were both astride our 650b Carbon Nomads when I mentioned the wishlist for my next bike. Citing my fondness for my former ride— a Santa […]
Adjustable height seat posts have been available for a few years now and while they’re a must-have upgrade, they’re not known for long term durability. In fact, we have yet to get more than a full season of use from any post in our quiver without a rebuild or servicing it. And while some posts, like […]
The Skyline Short from Troy Lee Designs is quite possibly the best value in a trail riding short available. Featuring a dialed fit, quality construction and materials, it still manages to come in at only $70.00. With many similar models priced at over $100, it’s a stand out value. Even better, it has minimal branding […]
We decided to run them head to head on the new flow style trail at Crockett Hills Regional Park to see which bike – and brother – would come out ahead.
The small town of Sedona, Arizona is known for formations of red rock that poke out from a sea of green. We’re more interested in the miles of single track that surround the town, and the temperate, semi-arid climate that make it such an excellent winter time destination. During our recent visit, the temperatures varied from […]
Sedona. It’s a magical place. We’ve never once been there and not had an epic experience. The small tourist town is surrounded with trail options containing hundreds of miles of single track, but like much of the riding in the southwest, sharp rocks, cacti and dagger-like yucca plants surround you; even small mistakes while riding can result […]
I’ve got over three months of riding logged on the latest iteration of the Santa Cruz Nomad, and it’s been a ball. As a rider that prefers the gravity side of the spectrum, the DH-like geometry isn’t just massively confidence inspiring pointed down, but it just feels right. Since swapping my parts over from my […]
When MTB apparel outfit Sombrio was having difficulties last year, we were bummed as we’ve been fans of their gear for some time. Although some of their graphics can be hit or miss for us, the brand has its roots in the dirt, the gear is well constructed and I’m a fan of the fit. Fortunately it […]
Big Bear is legendary in the history of our sport, but until recently hasn’t been a destination after closing to downhill mountain bikes in 2004. Fortunately for riders in SoCal, the resort has seen the light and recently reopened to gravity riding. Taking cues from the financial success in Whistler, Gravity Logic— the outfit responsible for […]