A friend of mine posted this video on my Facebook timeline as a joke for a project for my son and I while my wife is out of town this week. While I thought it was hilarious given my need to go over the top with things…this video and GoPro setup is truly EPIC.
What do you get when you put 15 GoPros on a beam together? Awesome that’s what…
Humorous street intro that transitions into some SICK riding on dirt…that is an equation that equals a great mountain biking video. Mike Hopkins takes us on a ride in his home course that is dubbed the equivalent of a powder day for skiers. Enjoy.
The project involved a week-long trip to Mike Hopkin’s home base of Rossland, British Columbia where he has been working in what he dubs the “Loam Factory.” The loose soil is the mountain biking equivalent of a powder day, but before Mike can slash his trail to bits, it’s time to prove that the freerider can hold his own on the streets…
Phontaine – Pleasure and Business
Digitalism – Miami Showdown
A friend of mine, Kyle Glave who has written for this site before, sent me over a link to this pump track video this morning that warrants posting. The creativity, videography and riding is pretty spectacular out of a different “plugged in” idea that brings interest outside of normal pump track riding.
If you haven’t before, you really should try out a pump track if you have one in your area. Riding a pump track does great things for your riding balance and body timing while you are out on any trail and it is a great way to extend the biking obsession.
A pumptrack was a long time dream of the Brasov riding community. This time we decided to talk less and work more, so the pumptrack came to shape in no time.
This film was shot and edited in 24hours and documents a riding session with friends having the time of their life.
Get a shovel, get working and get riding! The best things in life are FREE.
Location: Brasov, Romania
Camera: Monkeymovie & Shutter
Edit: Monkeymovie & Shutter
New for 2008, Corsair has come out with a line of mountain bikes that are unlike anything else on the market. Check out CorsairBikes.com for more info.
Here is the lineup.
CORSAIR CROWN (DH)
From the website:
Developed to compete on the World Cup DH circuit with an adjustable headtube, two position primary rear shock and an optional add-on secondary blow-off shock. The Crown is designed to be fully adjustable and tune-able for any DH race course. The Crown’s 65 degree head angle, 44.5″ wheelbase, 22″ effective top tube length and 17″ chainstay length may seem normal, but the function and adjustability of the frame are far from typical.
Pricing: Frame w/Marzocchi Roco WC and X-Fusion Air US $2399 (includes Headset, Seat Clamp, Maxle)
What a killer frame. If you look at their website, you can see how the suspension reacts and actually control it with a slider. Corsair is one of the first that I have seen with this feature on their site. Overall, the frame looks really solid. The only worry I have is the two shock setup. It just seems like more linkage and shock problems to worry about. The axle path also radically changes when the second blow off shock engages. My guess is that Corsair did their homework, so the frame is probably an incredible performer, but we won’t know until someone gets to abuse it.
CORSAIR MAELSTROM (FR)
From the website:
Fitted with a massive 10.5″ coil shock with a 3.5″ stroke (267x90mm) and featuring a 2:1 stroke ratio, the Maelstrom’s 7″ (180mm) of high quality travel is designed for DH race courses, demanding back-country or bike park madness. With its proprietary idler pulley technology and innovative rear swingarm design, the Maelstrom has been painstakingly engineered to be a great climber. As with all other Corsair models, this frame features an adjustable headtube angle, and replaceable Maxle rear drop-outs.
Pricing: Frame w/Manitou Swinger Coil X-6 US $1699 (includes Headset, Seat Clamp, Maxle)
Another great entry to their lineup. The 7 inches of travel and long stroke shock are just begging for a Cane Creek Double Barrel to handle the action. The fixed top shock mount is not something that you see very often. It will be interesting to see one up close.
CORSAIR KONIG (SS)
From the website:
Slopestyle is perhaps the most exciting new cycling discipline seen in years. When creating the Konig, our goal was to channel the energy of a great run into the engineering and style of our slopestyle frame. Getting off the ground, landing in one piece (at any angle) and getting the bike where you need it to be in a split second require that a bike be light, strong and maneuverable – three things that define the Konig.
Pricing: Frame w/Marzocchi Roco Air R US 1399 (includes Headset, Seat Clamp, Maxle)
Honestly, I do not know much about slopestyle other than it is a blast to watch. The frame looks up to the task.
CORSAIR MARQUE (AM)
From the website:
Representing the newest breed of All-Mountain/Trail bikes, the Marque is lightweight but tough. It is ideally suited for the rider who requires more travel than is offered by the typical XC bike but still demands super efficient pedaling and climbing characteristics. With over 5″ (130mm) of high-quality travel, the Marque quite simply out-climbs and out-descends anything else in its class. As with all other Corsair models, this frame features an adjustable headtube angle, and replaceable Maxle rear drop-outs.
Pricing: Frame w/Marzocchi Roco Air R US $1699 (includes Headset, Seat Clamp, Maxle)
Looks like a strong AM rig. I would have liked to see 150-160mm travel out of this frame. With the adjustable headtube angle, you could throw on a fork like the Rock Shox Lyrik U-Turn and really have a completely adjustable bike.
CORSAIR DUCAT (DJ)
From the website:
Dirt jumping and street are the main form of riding for many riders. Whether you live in the city, countryside or mountains, there are always great opportunities to build your skills and bag of tricks. The Ducat has been designed to be both durable and agile. With a dialed in frame geometry featuring 15.9″ (405mm) chainstays the Ducat is perfect for tricks and jumps of all types. As with all other Corsair models, this frame features an adjustable headtube angle, and replaceable Maxle rear drop-outs.
Priceing: Frame US $499 (includes Headset, Seat Clamp, Maxle)
Solid dirt jumper for a good price.
198′S THOUGHTS ON THE COMPLETE LINE
Maxle rear dropouts – I have been waiting on frame builders to bring this incredible axle to frames for some time now. This is one of the major selling points of this frame for me. All the ease of a QR with the stiffness of a thru axle. A Maxle rear should be standard on all AM and higher frames.
Adjustable Headtube Angle – You can really dial in a bike to your liking and trails with this feature. The headtube angle really affects how the bike feels during descending and climbing. Being able to adjust this measurement is a huge plus in my book.
Price – These frames are all reasonably priced in each respective market. I was actually really expecting them to be a lot more expensive.
Looks – Visually…these are great looking frames and they should equal even better looking builds.
Now the negatives:
Adjustable Headtube Angle – Hopefully this isn’t a source for future creaking.
Linkage – There are a lot of tight linkage areas that may or may not pack with dust and mud. Hopefully these areas clear out easily with well designed pivots.
Dual Shock Setup – This part could end up being a huge positive if it works correctly and shows to be durable. Until there is some serious field testing…this will stay in the negative for now.