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Manufacturer –Specialized Bicycle,Morgan Hill, CA
Model –Stumpjumper FSR Evo
Price -$4,100


With a 2×10 Sram drivetrain, carbon cranks, fox suspension and a 67 degree head tube angle – Specialized’s Stumpjumper EVO is a swiss-army of a bike meant to handle many different disciplines of mountain biking.  Offering a laterally stiff frame, Specialized also took into consideration the EVOs designed, making sure the bike looked beautifully mean on all angles.

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a full-suspension All-Mountain ride that you can cruise down the steep stuff and grind up hills, the Specialized Stumpjumper EVO is the bike to go after.  Add a dropper post and you’ll be ready for any type of bike-shredding action.


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Posted: June 1, 2011 in MTB, Videos
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A few riding videos that got me stoked these past few months.  Enjoy ’em fellas – they’re pretty trick.


Trials King Pin Chris Akrigg:

Coastal Crew:

Mike Hopkins:

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The second race of the Southridge Winter Series surprised racers competing in the Super D with an unusually long course – with more elevation gain than past races.  By combing both hills surrounding the water tower road, competitors were handed a 10 minute course, with most pros finishing in the  nine minute mark.  Technically sound, the course was a test of both ones fitness and riding abilities.  Future Super D racers should take note that Fontucky’s courses are just about to get tougher.

Photo by: Ryan Smith

The beginning of the year is usually a downtime for riders in the eastern portion of the country, but for west coast racers and weekend warriors, the Southridge Winter Series is both a time to prep and gauge ones self for upcoming races, such as the nationals, which happen at a later date.  The series includes XC, DH, 4X, and Super D.

The winter series, however, is different in than most races in that it’s very grassroots, but still attract many professional riders, with the likes of the Atherton’s, Danny Macaskill, Joe Lawwill, Aaron Gwin and trail builder / racer Eric Carter showing up and racing with local talents.

With the first race down, the series still has four races to go happening every two weeks, with the next one set for the weekend of Jan. 22-23.

Photos by: Ryan Smith

Manufacturer – Continental Tires America, Fort Mill, SC
Model – Trail King 2.2 UST
Price -$55


Sometime last year the Continental Trail King, formerly known as the Rubber Queen not only had a change in name, but also in sex.  But while these changes might seem drastic, don’t be fooled – this is very much the same tire in pattern, thread and compound.

The Trail King comes in two sizes, 2.2 and 2.4 to suite most rider’s needs.  What most won’t expect with the new name though is the extra girth these tires carry, with the 2.4 version surpassing most 2.5″ tires in width and the 2.2 coming a tad wider than most 2.3″ tires on the market.  But before you argue added rotational mass and weight, these tires more than make up for their extra doughnut-like appearance in bump compliance, traction, and rolling speed.  I’m on my third set and will be running these tires on my future builds.  The normal and UST versions both mix Continental’s Black Chili Compound, which from observation creates a tacky tire that’s firm on the sidewall, but wears really well.  I have over 400 miles on my last set and they’re still good to go.

Bottom line-

If you’re looking for a do-it-all tire, the Continental Trail King is hard to beat.  From shale, to hard pack, to boulders, these tires can grip with the best of them.  Let’s also not overlook the fact that these are German made, and we know that German’s don’t mess sh!t up.  Breaks loose as much as you want, and recovers better than you expect.  The Trail King is as predictable as they come.  Share the wealth of berm ripping fun, and feel like a king anytime you’re out on a ride.

Manufacturer – Specialized Bicycle Components, Morgan Hill, CA
Model – Pitch Comp
Price -$1650 MSRP


Specialized’s Pitch caters to riders who are looking for an All Mountain ride that is capable of climbing and descending quickly without the added weight and price of a longer travel frame.  With 140mm of travel, the bike offers a plush ride even on rough rock gardens and square-edged hits.  Although the Pitch has 5 inches of travel on tap out back, the bike still maintains the climbing ability of an XC traveled frame with Specialized’s patented FSR suspension system – minimizing bob during pedal strokes, yet soaking up the terrain for maximum traction at all times.


A nimble bike that can descend with longer travel rigs, the Pitch is right at home for all-day rides with thousands of feet of climbing and thousands of feet of chunky descent thrown in.  Compliment it with an adjustable fork and an adjustable seatpost system for added efficiency and control for the ups and downs.

We made it down to this trail under the perfect golden light. It was an awesome afternoon of shredding trails, getting sideways and staying adrenaline fueled. We ran into local rider Grant Deane on the trail and watched him take the wallride. Overall it was a fun day and I am glad we captured some of it on film.

Rider: Joe Espiritu

Stills/Motion: Courtney Zupanski/Lee Eisler


Posted: July 2, 2010 in MTB, Pictures
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Manufacturer – NoTubes, Big Flats, NY
Model – Tire Sealant
Price -$25


A workshop staple for many riders, Stan’s Tire Sealant has saved many from losing precious seconds in racing, hiking their bikes down the hill or making their riding buddies wait as they change a flat.  Stan’s solution has been around for years and has seen use in many venues from National’s to grass root races.  Pros and weekend warriors alike have used Stan’s sealing effectiveness in preventing flats due to thorns, goat heads even nails  and glass.


Pulling out 16 goatheads from my tire after riding through a patch solidifies the effectiveness of Stan’s.  The solution – plain and simple works, and I use it even on ust tubeless set-ups for the added confidence and time-saving for when I will not need to put a tube in my tire should I flat.  After using similar products I find myself going back to Stan’s as my go-to tire sealant.  Pour two scoops worth and ride away, its even helped keep pressure and re-seat my tires after a pinch flat situation.