Interbike 2009 – One Ghost Industries

A new company that caught my attention at Interbike was One Ghost Industries.  Based out of Oregon, CA they had these three prototypes that were very impressive.  Check ‘em out below, good looking bikes!   At the time there weren’t a lot of information on availability, however we just recently received notice that they are ready to take orders for 2010.  For more information go to www.oneghost.com or go to your local bike shop and inquire.

2E8J0124 by you.Genken – Endurance / DH

2E8J0125 by you.Longbow – Super D Race / Log Travel Trail bike

2E8J0128 by you.Wakizashi – Slopestyle/4X

First Impression: KHS Lucky 7

First Impression by David “Mini-Mal” Sanderson.

 

The world famous Moe has been tasked with the envious duty of performing in-depth reviews on the KHS DH200 downhill and Lucky 7 freeride bikes.  Due to the technical difficulties associated with attempting to ride two bikes at once, I did Moe a favor and spent some time aboard whichever bike he wasn’t on, spending most of the time aboard the Lucky 7.

 

3262154064_f6c7300ac9_o by you. 

The Lucky 7 is a value in the freeride bike marketplace, spec’d with a full complement of capable durable components from Truvativ, WTB, Sram, Hayes and FSA and highlighted with a Fox Van R rear coil shock providing 7.3” of travel along with a Marzocchi 66RCV fork giving 180mm up front.  I’m also impressed to see Hussefelt cranks, stem and bars by Truvativ on here.  Full part specs are provided at the end of this article.

 

3279952646_9ff51f5370_o by you.                          Marzocchi 66RCV

IMG_1784 by cycle_moe.Truvativ Hussefelt cranks 

Our testing grounds were the Southridge DH course located in Fontana CA.  The course features a couple small rock gardens, several banked and flat turns along with a couple of long pedaling sections.  It is by no means a future World Cup stop but Donny Jackson and the crew at Southridge Racing Co have done well with what the terrain has provided them.  A small note also, several members of the KHS Downhill team reach for the Lucky 7 at this particular venue.

 

3279913354_39cd5e943d_o by you.Practice at Southridge.

 

The Lucky 7 is by no means a bike I would chose for an all day climbing epic, but with its dual ring drivetrain and horst link suspension and long seat tube adjustment range, you just might find yourself skipping the shuttle line (when its long anyways).  You can’t stand up and hammer the pedals efficiently, but if you stay seated and spin you’ll make acceptable progress up hill.

 

Pointed downhill the Lucky 7 hits its stride, the plush travel absorbing bumps, rocks and ruts smoothly while the slack head angle keeps things stable and is definitely confidence inspiring at speed and allowed me to push harder and faster downhill than I ever could on a trail bike. 

 

3301869393_d3102bf934_o by you.               Downhill Winter Series

Frame New Design AL6061, 4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 7.3″ travel

Rear Shock FOX Van R, rebound adjust

Fork Marzocchi 66RCV, 180mm, rebound & compression adjust

Headset FSA Pig, 1-1/8″ Threadless

Rims WTB Speed Disc XL, Double wall

Front Hub: Formula Disc, Sealed Bearings, 20mm through axle

Rear Hub: Cassette 12mm x 150mm

Tires WTB Prowler MX 26×2.5, Kevlar bead, 60TPI

Spokes 14G black, 32°

Front Derailleur Shimano SLX

Rear Derailleur Sram X-7

Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger

Chain KMC Z9000 w/Missing Link

Crankset Truvativ Hussefelt w/guard, 36/24t, 175mm

Bottom Bracket Truvativ Howitzer outboard bearing splined

Cassette SRAM PG950, 11-34 9-Speeds

Pedals Alloy platform w/crmo axles & replaceable pins

Seatpost Truvativ XR

Saddle WTB Pure V Comp

Handlebar Truvativ Hussefelt, 31.8

Stem Truvativ Hussefelt, 50mm

Grips WTB WeirWolf dual density

Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Trail

Brakes Hayes Stroker Trail, 8″ rotors

Color Gloss White

Frame Size S, M, L

 

For more information, visit www.khsbicycles.com

3262157212_9f0ed05248_o by you.

Red Bull Rampage – The Evolution this weekend!

In August we posted the return of the Red Bull Rampage.  This weekend The Evolution is set to go off near Virgin, Utah.  New and old (from previous Rampage events) riders will be showing off their freeriding style, hucking off huge boulders, gaps and man-made stunts.  Here are the confirmed riders:

Andrew Taylor
Alex Prochazka
Ben Boyko
Brandon Semenuk
Cam McCaul
Cameron Zink
Cedric Gracia
Chris Van Dine
Dan Atherton
Darren Berrecloth
Garett Buehler
Gee
Atherton
Geoff Gulevich
Graham Aggasiz
Guido Tschugg
James Doerfling
Kelly McGarry
Kurt Sorge
Kyle Strait
Matt Hunter
Mike Hopkins
Mike Kinrade
Paul Basagoitia
Robbie Bourdon
Steve Romaniuk
Thomas Vanderham
Trond Hansen
 

Check out the man-made stunts. These guys are looking to go BIG!     photos by: Christian Pondella/Red Bull Photofiles  

For more information, log onto www.redbullrampage.com.

Rampage is back!

Not the ex-UFC light heavyweight champ, but rather the Red Bull Rampage… Ending its four year run in 2004, the Red Bull Rampage was the premier freeride event at the turn of the century.  Many may have seen DVD movies and pictures as this was a widely covered event.  Held near Virgin, Utah, many professional downhillers and freeriders flocked to the Rampage.  The likes of Cedric Gracia, Kyle Strait, Andrew Shandro, Thomas Vanderham, Wade Simmons, Josh Bender and Robbie Bourdon, just to name a few… were all competing.  This year there are about two-dozen invited guests.

bender

wade 

Scheduled to take place in October 2nd – 5th, once again the hi-flyers and risk takers will make their way to Utah.  For more information, go to www.redbullrampage.com. 

 

 

 

The First Annual, Quarterly Lift Assisted Ride Report, Part I


Cabin sweet Cabin

This past weekend three of us went up to the local mountains for one day doing lift-assisted riding and the second day riding the Santa Ana River Trail (SART). We drove up on a Friday night and stayed at a cabin that had a front porch with full view of the lift we would be riding up on the next day. The bikes got a great spot in the kitchen. Every time I glanced at the bikes that first night I smiled. It’s just one of those things that bikes do to you.


The slopes & lift could be seen from our cabin porch!

Things had changed over the years in our local mountains. Just a few years ago the local mountain lift, Snow Summit, allowed you to bomb down the ski slopes with huge downhill/freeride bikes. But as the years have gone by, the local mountains have banned downhill/freeride bikes as well as riding down the slopes. In the meantime, great XC style & downhill trails developed as alternatives to the straight downhill slopes used by the winter skiers and snowboarders. The only difficulty? The XC and downhill trails are not marked, not on the trail and not on the map.


First ride up to the top: Khoa, Jeremy & JJ

We met up with two other friends when we got to the lifts. The other two guys decided to only join us for one day of riding… the wusses. j/k. 3 of us had never ridden the lifts before. 1 guy had but it was years ago and he spent most of that time on the now forbidden slopes. The last guy did the same lift-assisted riding last summer, so at least it wasn’t totally blind leading the blind. But still, we basically guessed wrong the whole morning.

A paragraph ago I mentioned that there were XC style & downhill trails? Well, all morning, except for maybe a short 1 mile section, we rode downhill style trails. “Rode” may be too generous a term here as you’ll see in the pictures below I did very little “riding” and lot more walking. And as always, the camera never makes the trails look as steep as they actually are.


Jeremy walking


Jeremy walking… some more


Jeremy walking… even more


OK, just so you know it wasn’t just me… Jeremy, Tim & JJ walking

Some random pictures:


Gotta love them lifts

The great thing about walking our bikes is that we get to see things we don’t normally see, like this caterpillar that Tim picked up. Tim nicknamed him the dinosaur caterpillar due to the horns and weird tail.


RL, you like the caterpillar?


Justin hitting the log jump


Justin, adding some flair to the jump


JJ, grinning like a mad man


Justin riding a log, no sweat


Redline Mono 9 & Trek 9.0 ready to hit the trails


Well utilized Honda Ridgeline

Part II, a HUGE lesson learned as things get much better.

Customer Service is King

Here at MtnBikeRiders.com, we’re big proponets for excellent customer service. Just recently we were impressed by Sugoi’s response to Cheong’s review of a rain jacket. Another company that just recently blew my socks away is Spinner USA.

A few months ago, Spinner USA hooked us up with a couple of forks. One was for the KHS AM2000 and the other was for me to test. The fork on the AM2000 has been working remarkably well. But the one I have, has had a few issues. For one, I lost air about 5 different times on my Cargo DH/FR fork. I swapped out the valve core to see if that would help. For the most part it did. But on a recent trip to Aliso Woods, my air leaked(left stanchion) and I may have blown a seal on the right stanchion…how do I know this, well I see some sort of oil slathered on the dust cap and on the stanchion itself.

Old fork with blown seal and no air.

So I emailed my favorite guy at Spinner, Steve Richey. He actually runs a great company called Promo Logic USA where he and his staff provide sales/service/marketing and support for companies like Spinner, Ice Toolz, Yaban Chain,Nokon, Rubena and many more.

I told Steve about the problems I’ve had with the fork. I knew this was a fluke because, the fork on the AM2000 has seen the same amount of abuse as the fork on my bike, but it hasn’t had any problems at all. So rather than trying to diagnose the problem over the email or phone, Steve opted to send me a new fork and a return label to have me send the old/broken fork back.

Within 4 days of that email, I came home to this…
spinner cargo

I immediately installed the fork and rode it the next day through Aliso Woods. I had a great time and the new fork was flawless.

I think what I appreciate the most about Steve’s customer service skills, was the fact that he wanted to get to the bottom of the problem too. So rather than messing around, he just handled it like a professional and took care of me. You know, if he’s that attentive with me, can you imagine how well he’ll take care of you in the event you’ll need help?

Thanks again to Steve Richey of Promo Logic USA for taking care of the issue!