Thursday, July 26, 2012

Santa Cruz Bicycles Demo Fleet Stolen

Jungle Products Inc. has been targetted in a smash and grab, with 11 Santa Cruz bikes, detailed below, stolen from a Sprinter Van.
Please contact Jungle Products on 01423 780088 should you have any information relating to the theft, or are offered one of the below bikes.

Tallboy LT Alloy
Size: XL
Color: Trans White/Red decal (Custom)
Kit: XT AM 29
Wheels: DT Swiss 350 rear, Chub front / WTB Frequency i23 29
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Fox 34 Float29 140 RLC Taper Kashima (Black)

Tallboy LT Alloy
Size: Large
Color: Trans White/Red decal (Custom)
Kit: XT AM 29
Wheels: DT Swiss 350 rear, Chub front / WTB Frequency i23 29
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Fox 34 Float29 140 RLC Taper Kashima (Black)

Tallboy LT Alloy
Size: Medium
Color: Trans White/Red decal (Custom)
Kit: XT AM 29
Wheels: DT Swiss 350 rear, Chub front / WTB Frequency i23 29
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Fox 34 Float29 140 RLC Taper Kashima (Black)

Blur LT2  Alloy
Size: Large 
Color: Skittles Red
Kit: R AM
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 hubs / WTB Laserdisc Trail
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Rockshox Revelation RL 150 Taper (Black)

Blur LT2  Alloy
Size: Small
Color: White
Kit: XT AM
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / WTB TCS XC
Shock: Fox RP23 
Fork: Rockshox Revelation RL 150 Taper (Black)

Tallboy Alloy
Size: Medium
Color: Seabright Blue
Kit: XT XC 29 (2011)
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / Mavic TN719
Shock: Fox RP23
Fork: Rockshox Reba RL 29 Taper (Black)

Tallboy Alloy
Size: XL
Color: Lime Green
Kit: XT XC 29
Wheels: DT Swiss 350 hubs / Mavic TN719
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Fox F29 120 RLC Taper (Black)

Tallboy Carbon
Size: Large
Color: Gloss Blue
Kit: XT XC 29
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / WTB TCS XC 
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Fox F29 120 RLC Taper Kashima (Black)

Size: Small
Color: White
Kit: R XC
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / WTB Laserdisc XC
Shock: Fox RL
Fork: Fox F120 RL OB (Black)

Nomad Carbon
Size: Medium
Color: Matte Carbon/Blue
Kit: XT AM 29
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / WTB TCS Trail
Shock: Fox RP23 Kashima
Fork: Rockshox Lyrik RC2DH (Black)

Nomad Carbon
Size: Medium
Color: White
Kit: XO / Avid / Reverb
Wheels: Hope Pro2 hubs / Enve XC Carbon
Shock: Fox RP23
Fork: Fox 36 Float 160 RLC (White)


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tell Southern California Forests to Protect Mountain Bike Access!

IMBA is working to prevent trail closures in Southern California's National Forests.

Sign the petition below to let the U.S. Forest Service know that you would like for them to consider a backcountry non-motorized designation in roadless areas that already have mountain bike trails.

Thank you! #MtbLife

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spy Shot! Airborne Bicycles HobGoblin Prototype Full Suspension XC 29er

Photo and information taken from Airborne Bicycles Facebook page.

7000 series butted frame, tapered HT, pressfit GXP BB, 100mm of travel. 71 degree HA, 74 degree SA. It will be available in late August with two different complete build options starting at $1700 for an X7/Reba/Monarch build. They will also be offering a frame/HS/Shock option for those who want to build up their own bikes.

"The bike pictured is fairly close to what the $1700 build will be. The tires will be Geax AKA's instead and the rims are going to be different. The stock bikes will come with 180mm front rotors also. The X7 2x10 that comes on the bike has the lower 38/24 gearing which I've been ride-testing; its really nice for long climbs and allows the user to stay in the big-ring a little longer on fast, undulating trails. I've been a die-hard hardtail rider and I can truly say that I find myself picking this bike over my Goblin 29er for most trails. Oh, we forgot to mention what the name of the new dual 29er is: The HobGoblin." says Jeremy Mudd, Senior Product Manager at Airborne Bicycles.

Look for more info and pricing in the near future...

Phone: 1-800-888-BIKE

Saturday, May 19, 2012

23rd Street Bike Park

I've spent the past couple days riding some new features at 23rd Street Bike Park in Pittsburg, Kansas. Below you will find a few pictures and videos from the ride today. Keep in mind the dirt jumps are not complete. I was told by one of the builders that there will be 3 separate dirt jump lines that all end up in a pumptrack. Talk about sweet. Can't wait to see the finished park. 

To see more pictures visit my Facebook Page:

Thanks for viewing/reading. I hope you enjoyed. #MtbLife

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Logchutes downhill on the line...

Now's your chance to let YOUR voice be heard in support of a sanctioned - ONE WAY downhill trail at Logchutes.

Input sought on Log Chutes downhill. One of Durango’s most beloved joy rides could be getting a makeover.

The Log Chutes downhill, a 3.5 mile stretch once used as the Nationals Downhill course, would get a buff and shine and be inducted as an official one-way only trail under a proposed plan by the San Juan National Forest. First floated by Trails 2000 in 2010, the “Log Chutes Downhill Mountain Bike Trail Project” calls for reconstructing and connecting the confusing mass of nonsystem and/or renegade trails that have sprouted up on the Forest Service land, northwest of Durango off Junction Creek Road. The new trail would be designated as a one-way downhill bike trail.

The goal of the Log Chutes plan is to provide a properly designed, safe and legal trail while eliminating potential conflicts with other users. The Forest Service is conducting a public comment period on the proposal through Wed., May 23. Trails 2000 has received grant money from the San Juan National Forest to implement the proposal, should it be approved.

“Right now, the Forest Service is scoping to get public input on what their thoughts, ideas and feelings are,” Jed Botsford, Columbine District Recreation Staff officer, said Tuesday.

According to the Forest Service, public lands across the nation are seeing a growing number of illegal downhill mountain bike trails, and the San Juan is no different. Although the Log Chutes downhill has been permitted over the years for a variety of special events, it is not an “official” Forest Service trail. Despite this, it has seen an increased amount of use as evidenced by truck loads of bikers often shuttling back up the road for another run.

“The sport started about 20 years ago now, but it is gaining more and more popularity every year,” Botsford said.

However, such trails create concerns, not only over resource impacts and poor trail design, but safety. “In our initial scoping, the answer was, ‘Yes, make it a single-direction, single-use trail,’ purely for safety reasons,” he said. “When people are screaming downhill on downhill bikes, if someone is on a horse going up, those two uses don’t really mesh.”

He said he knew of at least three other user-created rogue courses on local public lands – including one in the Middle Mountain area near Vallecito. “They just sort of popped up because demand was there, and people were looking for somewhere to ride,” he said.

The Log Chutes downhill would be the first officially designated trial of its kind in the area.

The proposed alignment would follow an old fire line as well as parts of nonsanctioned roads and trails. The new trail would be adopted into the Forest Service’s system of trails and be consistent with the Forest Management Plan. In reviewing the plan, the Forest Service will look at potential effects on wildlife habitat, recreation and safety, noxious weed infestations, soil and watershed conditions, and cultural resources. Public comments will be included in a forthcoming draft environmental assessment.

Public comment open until May 23 via email at:

or snail mail at:

Cam Hooley
at Columbine Public Lands
P.O. Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122

Lets make some authentic DH in Durango a reality!

Video by Jerry Hazard

Copied from the current Durango Telegraph:

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Answer Products 10mm Hollow Star Nut

Pictures of the Answer Products 10mm hollow star nut/bolt/cap that I installed on my Airborne Marauder. The stem is a 50mm Wide Body from Marrow Components. Today's goal = accomplished.

Answer Products:
Airborne Bicycles:
Marrow Components:

10mm hollow star nut/bolt/cap:

Thanks for reading/looking! #MtbLife

Friday, April 27, 2012

If only all dreams came true... Dream Builds...

When I was a kid my mother and father told me to dream big and someday those dreams will come true. So far, that hasn't happened but I keep on dreaming big and setting goals for myself to achieve. One of my goals in life is to make a living riding my bikes... somehow. I'd love to race or be a test rider of bikes, components and gear.

I've been riding bikes since I was 5 years old. Started out doing BMX and it evolved into MTB. When I was into BMX I rode park, street, vert, dirt jump and even dabbled lightly in flatland. After a back-flip attempt gone wrong I had to recover and got off the bike for about 3 years.

One day a friend of mine showed up and asked me to go riding mountain bikes with him. I was hesitant at first. When I was riding BMX I had never seen the extreme side of MTB riding. It was always XC or road cycling. I decided to take him up on the offer. We did some freeride and light downhill and I was hooked. Never looked back since.

Bikes and riding bikes are my passion. Since I've spent the past couple days sick and barely able to sleep. I had to find ways to keep busy and kill time. I decided to do a dream build list for my freeride bike and my dirt jump bike. I know that I'll never be able to afford this spec list of the components. But it's always nice to dream right?

After about 2 days of designing and pondering my dream builds, this is what I came up with:


Frame: Airborne Marauder

Fork: Marzocchi 55 RC3 EVO Titanium (White)

Rear Shock: Manitou Revox Pro (200mm - 7.875x2.25)

Headset: Cane Creek 110 Zero Stack SHIS:ZS44/28.6|ZS44/30 (1-1/8" Standard) (Red/Short Cover)

Gyro: Straitline Hydraulic Gyro

Brakes: Hayes Stroker Trail 203mm Front/Rear (White with Red adjuster)

Rotors: Hayes 8" 2-Piece 203mm

Shifters: Sram XO 10-Speed Trigger (Red)

Rear Derailleur: Sram XO 10-Speed (Red)

Cassette: Sram XG-1080

Chain: Sram PowerChain 1091R

Crank: Truvativ XO 1x10 34T DH Crankset 175mm (Red)

Bottom Bracket: GXP 83mm (Red)

Chain-guide: Truvativ XO 32-36T BB mount (White)

Chainring: Chromag Single Speed 34T (Red)

Pedals: Answer Products Rove FR Pedals (Red)

Wheels: SUN-Ringle Punch Wheelset (White)

Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 3C Maxx Grip (Front) / High Roller II 2.4 3C Maxx Grip (Rear)

Tubes: Maxxis Freeride 26x2.2/2.5

Handlebar: Answer Products ProTAPER 720 AM 25.4mm Rise (White)

Grips: Answer Products Fall Line DH (Red)

Stem: Answer Products DJ 50mm (Red)

Star Nut: Answer Products 10mm Hollow

Saddle: Chromag Overture (Red)

Seatpost: Chromag Dolomite (Black)

Seatpost clamp: Chromag QR (Red)

Derailleur Hanger: North Shore Billet NSB DH0018 (Pewter)

PM Brake Adapter: North Shore Billet 203mm (Red)

IS Brake Adapter: North Shore Billet 203mm (Red)

Fork Cable Guide: North Shore Billet Marzocchi (Red)

Valve Stem Caps: HT-Components AVC1 (Red)

Extras: Thomson Elite Setback Seatpost (Black)


Frame: Airborne Wingman

Fork: Manitou Circus Expert 130mm (Black)

Headset: Cane Creek 40 SHIS:IS42/28.6|IS42/30 (1-1/8" IS Standard) (Short Cover)

Gyro: Straitline Hydraulic Gyro

Brakes: Hayes Prime Pro 160mm Front/Rear (White/Gold)

Rotors: Hayes 6" 2-Piece 160mm

Cassette: Gusset Double Six 1-er Convertor 12T

Chain Tensioners: Gusset 2-Tugs (White)

Chain: KMC D101 ⅛ Gold

Crankarms: Deity Vendetta 3.0 175mm (Gloss Black/Gray)

Spindle: Deity VTI Hollow 165mm (Titanium)

Bottom Bracket: Deity Embassy EXT Outboard 83mm (Black)

Sprocket: Deity Termite 28T (Black)

Pedals: Answer Products Rove FR Pedals (Gold)

Rims: SUN-Ringle Estate (White)

Hubs: SUN-Ringle Jumping Flea (32H) Front / Dirty Flea S/S (32H) Rear

Spokes: Wheelsmith DH13

Tires: Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4 Front & Rear

Tubes: Maxxis Freeride 26x2.2/2.5

Handlebar: Answer Products ProTAPER 720 AM 25.4mm Rise (Black)

Grips: Answer Products Fall Line DH (Gold)

Stem: Answer Products DJ 50mm (Gold)

Star Nut: Answer Products 10mm Hollow

Saddle: Chromag Overture (Gold)

Seatpost: Chromag Dolomite (Black)

Seatpost clamp: Chromag QR (Gold)

IS Brake Adapter: North Shore Billet 106mm (Gold)

Valve Stem Caps: HT-Components AVC1 (Gold)

So there you have it, a brief glimpse into the head of an MTB  addict. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be able to afford a dream build. But until then I can and will continue dreaming. What's the point of an imagination if you don't put it to good use?.. On that note I will let you get back to your day. I hope you all have a great weekend! Get out and ride! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mike 'Monster' Montgomery: Tricks & Crashes at Woodward West

Mike 'Monster' Montgomery
Tricks & Crashes at Woodward West
Specialized Bikes rider, Mike Montgomery at the Woodward West sand step-up jump. Aboard his P3 mountain bike, he does 720s, backflip double tailwhips, front flips and even a saran wrap to late tailwhip! See them in real time and super slow motion! - via Vital MTB.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Specialized 2012 & Mike Montgomery HD

For those of you suffering from a slow & boring Monday like I am... Here's a way to help turn the day around. Riders beware, this guy is f'n crazy! Mike Montgomery has signed with Specialized, check out the video below.

Stepping it up as usual Mike, keep up the great work! Good luck this season! #MtbLife

Monday, February 27, 2012

Marrow Components Wide Body FR Stem - It's in their bones!

First thing I must say is that I dig this stem. I've been using the Marrow Components Wide Body stem for nearly 8 months and I find it to be a perfect fit on my freeride rig. Just the right size and weight. With a length of 50mm and no rise. The Wide Body stem is designed to perform best with handlebars having no more than 25.4mm (1") rise.

It looks like a massive chunk of metal, which I love. But it's incredibally light for its size, always a bonus. The 'M' shaped faceplate is cool looking but handles its purpose well. It grips tight to the handlebars and steerer tube using supplied 12.9 grade alloy hardware. I've never had to adjust it since I bolted it on. Stem comes with 2 sets of bolts. One set silver, the other black.

This bad boy has taking a beating and hasn't failed me yet. It's seen all forms of terrain and riding styles. Not to mention it's bashed into rocks & roots during crashes and barely has a scratch on it. Made for 31.8mm oversided bars and your choice of 1.125" (1⅛") or 1.5" (1½") steerer tube diameters. You also get 6 anodized color choices: Black, Blue, Purple, Green, Orange, and Teal.

 Material: 6061-T6511 aluminum
 Weight--: 186 grams with hardware
 Length--: 50mm
 Rise----: None
 Width---: 2.3" Wide Body
 Bars----: 31.8mm
 Steerer-: 1.125" (1⅛")
 Hardware: Grade 12.9 alloy
 Made in-: USA - Boise, Idaho
 Price---: $99
To get your very own Wide Body stem transplant visit the links below:

WEBSITE: Marrow Components

FACEBOOK: Marrow Components

E-MAIL: Marrow Components

PHONE: 208-631-1629

Wickedly Thin! AE-01 Evo Pedals from HT Components

I've spent the past 7 months putting HT's AE-01 pedals to the test on my freeride rig and my dirt jump rig. In that time on these pedals I have come to love them. Only one pedal slip and it was purely my fault, I barely had my foot on the pedal.

Traction is maximized with 10 grip pins on each side of the pedal and a thickness of only 11mm. The platform measures 102mm long x 96mm wide x 11mm thin. Eliminating roll overs completely. Not to mention it gives you better ground clearance and they look great.

These bad boys have seen their share of abuse in all kinds of situations and conditions. Snow, rain, mud, silt, sand, rocks, roots, etc. I find these flats work great for freeride, downhill, all mountain, dirt jump and even cross country.

The AE-01's have gnarly amounts of traction due to 20 grip pins per pedal. They weigh next to nothing, 358 grams for the pair. The pedal body is made of CNC machined extruded aluminum. Measuring 102mm x 96mm x 11mm (L/W/H). Spindles are CNC machined out of cromoly steel with dual DU bushings and one patent bearing.

Weight---: 358g (Pair)
Size-----: 102 x 96 x 11mm (L x W x H)
Body-----: Aluminum extruded / CNC machined
Spindle--: CNC machined cr-moly
Bearings-: Dual DU bushing + one patent bearing
Pins-----: 20 Replaceable grip pins per pedal
MSRP-----: $150 USD

Check out the links below to learn more and get your very own pair:




Buy an HT: Dealers / Distributors

Monday, January 9, 2012

AIRBORNE WINGMAN - An Aerial Ace for the Rider on a Budget.

As many of you may or may not know, I've recently added to my bike family. I'm the proud owner of an Airborne Wingman. The Wingman is a dirt jumper and urban assault machine. It also works great for pump-tracks, 4-cross and dual-slalom. Not to mention, it's a rolling work of art you can throw down sick tricks on.

The Wingman's hydro-formed 6061 aluminum frame is a masterpiece and has been described as a work of art by many. It's beefy yet light and has an integrated headset. The top tube and rear drop-out designs are wicked cool, like no other on the market. The frame has only one gusset, which is an open-ended design at the down-tube/head-tube junction. The Wingman is currently only offered in a 17.5" frame size.

Airborne's Wingman stands out for several reasons. One reason being the frame design. Another being the components it's spec'd with. It comes out of the box with 160mm Tektro Auriga Comp hydraulic brakes front and rear. Yes, front and rear. A Marzocchi Bomber DJ-3 fork comes equipped on this beast, which can be found on bikes in the $1,000 range, featuring preload adjust on top of the right stanchion. Traction is put to the ground via BFC-II chromo tubular crank-set, Quantra sealed bearing hubs and Alex FR30 wheels wrapped in Kenda K-Rad 2.3" rubbers. Cockpit consists of Funn Components with 710mm Fatboy bars with Combat lock-on grips, Crossfire stem and seat post, and their Throne saddle.

This bike has an ultra-low stand-over clearance, so it's super flickable and whipable. Making it easy to control, keeping your shins and knees from making unwanted/needed contact with the frame. Which I find aids in cornering and busting out your favorite tricks. I run my saddle slammed, I find it helps me in cornering and for tricks as well... and it looks freaking sweet. 

The Wingman's frame is rigid with short chainstays which makes for a flex-free experience when cornering and getting up to speed. The 28/12 gearing is a little on the tall side but works great for my style of riding. The bike is rigid and rolls excellent, making every bit of leg movement flow effortlessly into forward momentum. 

Manualing on the Wingman is nearly a subconscious act. Lifting the front end is a breeze thanks to the nicely tucked in rear wheel/tire. This thing jumps and flies through the air like a fighter jet. You can land this bike anywhere you can fit it. It launches like a guided missle. The Marzocchi DJ-3 is stiff to absorb hard landings. Cornering is like riding on rails, making it effortless to change lines and carve berms. The Kenda rubbers make ample traction in dirt and urban environments.

Airborne cuts out the middle man, which means you get an epic deal on a sweet rig. The Wingman can be purchased for $669.95. My opinion is this rig is better than a lot of other dirt jumpers found in the $1,000 price range. It does require some assembly. So for those of you like me who love to wrench on things, you even get to put it together yourself, how cool is that. When you open the box you will find everything is well protected and held secure with lots of foam and zip-ties. This thing could be dropped as a care package from a plane and survive.

Here are some tips/upgrades to keep in mind. Wrap up the chainstay with an old tube and a few zip-ties and invest in a pair of chain tensioners. It will eliminate the noise of the chain slapping the chainstay. I also put a loving dab of thread lock on the crank bolts, just to make sure they don't vibrate loose. If you plan on doing bar-spins or tail-whips you might want to invest in longer brake hoses.

Frame6061 Hydroformed Aluminum 26" Jump Frame
ForkMarzocchi Bomber DJ-3 100mm Travel
HeadsetAhead Sealed Cartridge 1 1/8"
Brake LeversTektro Auriga Comp
BrakesTektro Auriga Comp Hydraulic Disc
RotorsTektro 160mm Rotor
ChainKMC Z 510 1/8"
CrankBFC-II Cromoly Tubular with 48 spline 19mm spindle 175mm length, 28T Alu Chainwheel
Bottom Bracket48 spline 19mm spindle with sealed bearings euro-type
PedalsWellgo Alloy Flat
RimsAlex DP17 Double Wall 32h Disk Specific PV
HubsKT Sealed Bearing 36H
SpokesBlack 14g Stainless
TiresKenda K-Rad 26x2.3 inch
HandlebarFUNN Fatboy OE 710mm width 50mm rise 31.8mm clamp
StemFUNN Crossfire 50mm length 31.8mm bore clamp
SaddleFUNN Throne with 8mm cromo rails
Seat PostFUNN Crossfire 6061 31.6mm
ExtrasFUNN Combat Lock-on Grips, Alloy QR Seat Clamp, Owners Manual

I must say, I absolutely love the Wingman. It has become my primary rig. A+ to the Airborne crew. It's fast rolling and great for urban assaults and dirt jumps/pump-tracks, light with low stand-over for excellent cornering and insane aerial trickery. Hands down, one boss rig. To get your very own aerial ace visit You can also e-mail them at or call 1-800-888-BIKE.