MILES WIDE INDUSTRIES

ROAMING THE AISLE WAYS OF INTERBIKE

When you are at Interbike there is so much to see you just can’t help but look at or try to look at everything.
You will see some cool stuff and some stuff that makes you wonder what one was thinking when they came up with it in the first place.
You’ll see old friends and make new ones. One of the best experiences I like when going to Interbike is meeting some of the small guys that are driven by their passion and belief in what they are doing for and in the industry.
One of those such people is Miles Schwartz, founder and owner of MilesWide Industries. Just talking to Miles for the first ten minutes you feel his love for the sport of mountain biking when he explains all his products he sells, designs and manufactures.

MilesWide is located in Asheville NC where Miles himself can test his product designs first hand. MilesWide manufactures six items. Below I will talk about each one and their function.

BOTTLE POD & STICKY POD

The first up are this really great organizers for our bottle cage, hydration pack, or jersey pocket.
The pods are made to be water resistant and carry the essentials you need when on the trail. Made to be light weight they look to be perfect to fit in your pack. the Bottle Pod is a made to fit snug in the water bottle cage.

THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF
THE STICKY POD ORGANIZER FOR YOUR STUFF
BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER
BOTTLE POD WATER BOTTLE CAGE ORGANIZER

STICKY FINGERS-BRAKE GRIPS

If you have ever slipped a finger off your brake levers at that crucial moment of truth, maybe you were riding in the rain and couldn’t keep your fingers on the levers if your life depended on it, well worry no more. The STICKY FINGERS will make you worry no more. Designed from a durable soft rubber that slips over your brake levers, they will do the trick for you when you grip the binders.

STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS
STICKY FINGERS BRAKE GRIPS

DUCK FLAP-MUD FLAPS

I’m sure you have seen these before and they are a life saver when in the mud. Specifically designed to fit the fork or the rear area of your bike, you simply zip tie them on and go. The perfect item to have in the wet or that Enduro race these should be a part of any ride gear.

EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES
EASY ON AND OFF WITH ZIP TIES
THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR
THE DUCK FLAP MUD GUARD, JUST PICK YOUR COLOR

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES

These unique goggles are made to be super light weight and durable. Miles was so excited to show us these, that when he did I was blown away by them, yes they don’t look like the main stream goggle, but who says you have to wear what everyone else is.
I had mentioned they look like the old World War II goggles you would see the German tankers wear, they were super light and they did feel comfortable on the face. You could roll them up and literally put them into your pocket.
They come in clear, amber, and smoke tint.

PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE
PANOWRAPS BIKE GOGGLES, SUPER LIGHT AND DURABLE

NORTHERN LIGHTS LED BIKE LIGHT

Miles even make a cool bike light that produces 1200 lumens with a range of 1950 feet. The body is finned to keep the aluminum body cool, powered by 4 Cell Lithium Ion rechargeable batteries, and pack with holder you can either mount the NORTHERN LIGHT on your handle bars or your helmet, mounts are provided for both.

NORTHERN LIGHT, A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP
NORTHERN LIGHT,
A SMALL PACKAGE EQUALS ONE LIGHT WEIGHT HEADLAMP
THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT
THE NORTHERN LIGHT HANDLE BAR MOUNT

THE MAN BEHIND THE PASSION

FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES, MILES SCHWARTZ ONE COOL GUY
FOUNDER OF MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES,
MILES SCHWARTZ
ONE COOL GUY

Here he is Miles Schwartz a super nice guy that I see putting out some great gear for mountain bikes. Another great thing about Miles’ products is they won’t break the bank. MilesWide product start at $10.99 for the STICKY FINGERS and go up to $80.00 range for the NORTHERN LIGHTS. Not bad for being the little guy on the block.

HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER
HERE IS THE MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES TEST CENTER

If you would like to contact MILESWIDE INDUSTRIES you can go to their website at miles-wide.com
Thanks for the time Miles.

DIRT DEMO – DAY 2 COOL

Well here we are again in Boulder NV. for the Interbike Dirt Demo. Light rains on day two made for a nice day with light heat, but on day two with the storm gone, it may for a hot and great day.
So here is a look at DEMO DAY cool.

CATCHING THE FAMOUS ON THE RED CARPET AS THEY COME IN

YOURS TRULY ON THE RED CARPET

ELLSWROTH DARE CARBON 27.5

Ellsworth goes for a new 27.5 DH bike in carbon. One thing they mentioned was the fact that it will be travel adjustable with a flip of the link on the rear shock mount. Carbon frame looks beautifully crafted with nice aluminum CNC machined pieces as well.



SOME GIANT HOTTNESS

Giant was super busy with dealers. Their 27.5 mountain bikes were flying in and out of the booth. The Liv women’s line as well were moving in and out of the both as well.

STANCE PUTS YOU IN THE SEAT FOR A GOOD PRICE

LIV LINE READY TO GO OUT

ANTHEM BLISS

2015 REIGN CARBON

DEUTER PACK ADDED SOME NEW COLORS

FAT TIRE BIKES WERE A BIG HIT AGAIN – BOREALIS

Stay tuned for more to come.

Checks and Balances

So get this…on Memorial Day, Lady P and I loaded up our 29ers and headed down to our favorite trail, Aliso Woods for some not so epic riding. As we’re traveling down the freeway at 70mph, I hit a bump on the road, and then I look on my rear view and noticed Lady P’s bike fell off and was only hanging by the front wheel!!! I yelled like a school girl that just saw a spider and pulled over right away.

I rush to the back of our van, and quickly inspect her Airborne Hobgoblin 29er’s rear wheel. Whoa! Part of the tread was shaved off since it was dragging behind the van at 70mph. I inspected my mounting job and realized that I forgot to strap down the rear wheel…dork!

I get the bike mounted back on and Lady P is giving me the evil eye…Lucky for me her bike didn’t end up on the freeway and causing an accident. Phew! After we get riding, we felt so sluggish. I guess drinking the night before totally affects our athletic performance the following day, how do I know this? Because I totally sucked, I couldn’t climb squat. But as a consolation prize, Lady P got this photo of us. That’s my sexy mountain biker, seduction look. Is it working for ya?

The moral of the story is to have checks and balances. Lady P and I do quite a bit of riding together. Usually I’m the one loading up the bikes and gear. So we came to an agreement that the next time we ride, she will double check the bikes before we hit the road. It’s probably a good idea to have other people who might carpool with you to double check your mounting job.

Hungry? Get something to eat out of your hydration pack.

I know I’m not the only one who will raid their hydration pack for food during the day…while at work, right? I mean, you guys do that too, right? Well, I for one, am not ashamed to admit that in the middle of the day while at the office, will occasionally go to my car and get my hydration pack to dig through in hopes there’s something to eat inside.

This is me looking through Lady P’s hydration pack for a snack.

So this morning was no different, well actually it was. I had an early meeting with a client and I totally forgot to eat breakfast. As I was driving back, I got really hungry. I didn’t want to get fast food, so as I’m humming along the freeway, I reached back to grab my pack. I recalled that I had made 2 Nutella sandwiches on Monday for our ride. Since I only ate one, that day I had the other sandwich in there. I pulled it out and started eating it…yum! Ya the bread was kinda old and the Nutella got hard, but heck it was food!

Fortunately, I had that sandwich in there, but there have been times when the hunger monsters came and I snacked on gel packs, and Clif Bars as well as Clif Shots. But c’mon, you know you’ve done that too!

KHS XCT 555-The Best Bang for the Buck

I’ve been testing the XCT 555 for a few months with an intention of using this bike for EVERY type of riding that I do.
khs xct 555
Originally I asked KHS Bicycles for a frame, but when the big cheeses told me they had a complete bike, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride it.

khs xct 555

Before I go on with the details of how this bike performs, let’s talk about the meat and veggies of this ride. Below are the specs…and if you notice, this bike doesn’t skimp on quality components.

Specs:

Cost: $2299
Frame AL6061 4-bar Horst bearing linkage, 5.5″ Travel
Rear Shock Rock Shox Monarch 3.1, Solo Air, ext rebound adjust and floodgate dial
Fork Marzocchi 44 TST2 140mm w/15mm drop outs, air preload, TST2, Lock Out, Compression & rebound adjust
Headset Cane Creek ZST2 Threadless, Zero stack
Rims WTB Speed Disc doublewall, w/eyelets
Hubs Front: Alloy disc, Rear: Shimano disc, QR
Tires WTB Wolverine 26X2.2, folding, 60TPI
Spokes 14G black, 32°
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Rear Derailleur SRAM X-9
Shifters SRAM X-7 Trigger
Chain KMCZ9000 w/Missing Link
Crankset Truvativ Firex 3.1, 44/32/22, Alloy CNC Outer ring
Bottom Bracket Truvativ GXP outboard cartridge bearing
Cassette SRAM PG-950 11-34 9-Speed
Pedals Shimano PD-M505 clipless (not included with my test model)
Seatpost Q2 Light alloy
Saddle WTB Silverado
Handlebar Truvativ XR, 31.8, Butted, 20mm rise
Stem Truvativ Team
Grips WTB Weirwolf
Brake Levers Hayes Stroker Ryde
Brakes Hayes Stroker Ryde, 7″ front/6″ rear
Color Afterburner Gray
Frame Size S, M, L


Photos courtesy of JS3 Images

khs xct 555
Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get movin’ on the ride details of this bike. If you’ve been keeping up with MtnBikeRiders.com, you’ve seen multiple articles, talking about the KHS XCT 555. One of the things I wanted to really find out was to see how versatile this bike was. KHS Bicycles designed their XCT line with the consumer in mind. They wanted a bike that someone could use for all their mountain biking needs. The intended customer for this bike would be a person that rides XC, fast single track, and even the occasional butt hole puckering gnarly and technical trails.

Photos courtesy of JS3 Images
khs xct 555
With that in mind, my heart was focused on seeing if the intent of this bike could be fulfilled. One thing I am certain about the XCT 555, it is SUPER durable and after many…many crashes with it, the wheels are true, the bike still shifts like butter and it still shines as if was new.

Photos courtesy of JS3 Images

Let’s talk about the XC side of this bike. I weighed the the XCT 555 and it came in around 27lbs. Not bad, but it also isn’t anorexic. For XC riding this bike is light enough, but if you’re a weight weenie, it may not make it on your list of light bikes. For the weight that it is, the bike isn’t sluggish. It responds well, super quick, very nimble and can climb like a billy goat. I’ve taken this bike through various trails in Southern California and I gotta tell you this bike knows XC riding like a favorite uncle.

Since we’re done talking about XC, let’s get into the real fun stuff…Downhill. Yes I said downhill. Believe it or not, but the XCT 555 makes an EXCELLENT downhill bike. Trust me on this…in fact, the KHS Factory Team often use the XCT 555 on certain downhill courses when racing…its true, I’ve seen them! Anyhow, I’ve taken the 555 to Fontana many times and I LOVE how this bike handles. I can pedal up the hill, then lower my saddle and bomb down just as fast…or faster than some guys with 8″ travel DH bikes. Oh and get this…the bike LOVES it when you take it through technical courses. The Horst Link in the rear makes for some awesome riding. The Rock Shox Monarch is buttery smooth and it has never failed on me. The Marzocchi 44 TST2 140mm fork does a great job in soaking up rock gardens, drops and single track. I almost forgot to mention that the XCT 555 comes with a 13.1″ bottom bracket clearance, which is great when needing to clear a rock garden or a log on the trail.

I know what you’re thinking…”The KHS XCT 555 only has 5.5″ of travel, how can you take that thing downhilling?” Well to answer that question, I just do and guess what… you can and its SUPER FUN! There’s nothing like riding a short travel, DH bike…I feel that you get more control and response from a little bike than you would on a big bike.

On one of the downhill shuttle runs we did, we drove to Top of the World in Orange County and dropped into Telonics. This trail is super steep and very fast. Parts of the single track is carved out like a chute. This was the first real time that I was able to test the Hayes Stroker Ryde, with the 7″ rotor in the front and 6″ rear. In previous rides, the brakes stopped me like a bad habit. No issues whatso ever. But during the ride through Telonics, I experienced brake fade. At one point, we’re going so fast that when I grabbed a fist full of brake, I’d started to slow down, but then the rotors got too hot and then the power went out. I had to feather them on the way down just so I wouldn’t over heat them again. It seems like the faster I go on this bike, the better it performs. I kid you not, the KHS XCT 555 is one serious bike!

By the way, the XCT 555 is an awesome 4x bike. I’ve spent many occasions practicing the 4x track at Fontana. All I can say is that this bike is pretty much the perfect bike…It can do just about anything you want it to do…well except make you breakfast.

Did you know that there are other brands of bikes out there that have the same amount of travel as the 555, but their frame alone cost as much as the complete KHS. Crazy eh? What’s cool about the XCT 555 is that you get a boutique quality bike but at generic prices…Plus you only need one bike to do everything you want to do on a mountain bike.

As I’ve mentioned, the KHS XCT 555 is the best bang for your buck, why? It’s simple really. The way the bike is spec’d, there’s no need to change anything out when you get it from the bike shop. The bike is ready to roll! Take it XC riding, or go to your favorite downhill trail, once your done with all that, take it to the BMX or 4X track and have some fun. This bike literally can do anything you would want a mountain bike to do, its light, fast, very flickable, and its ultra durable. You also have to consider that for the price of the KHS XCT 555…around $2300, you’re getting 3 bikes in one…a fast XC bike, 4X Machine and Downhill Rig…and that’s exactly why the KHS XCT 555 is the best bang for YOUR Buck!

Don’t waste your money on “brand name bikes” get yourself the KHS XCT 555, you won’t regret it…trust me.
khs xct 555

NOOOoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Well I am sure you all heard things were rockin’ here in California today. RL and I are about 10min from Chino, (the epicenter). Today’s earthquake is one of the strongest ones we’ve had in a long while. There’s lots of videos circulating out there but this one caught my attention. Happy to know that there were no casualties that I have heard of from the quake but I don’t know if I can say the same of the bikes……

First Impression: Raxter Rack 2 Bike Extension

For our trip to the Sea Otter Classic this week we needed to bring along 3 bikes for the festvities. SO is a huge “Celebration of Sport” with tons of riders, exhibitors and people spread out over a huge area. Just getting from the media center, located on a mild hill on the far west side of the festival, to the exhibitor area, smack in the middle, takes a 15 minute walk/ride. SO is actually so big that there are shuttles running around the perimeter to get people from place to place.

In order for us to bring along our 3 bikes we contacted our good friends at Raxter Rack. Raxter Rack, if you remember, had previously sent out the highly recommended 2 bike rack which we did a full review on here. Raxter Rack sent us their very nice 2 bike extension giving us the ability to bring up to 4 bikes to and from SO. I pulled it out of the packaging a few days ago and was very impressed with the glossy black paint which looks great. The previous glossy black paint found on the folding arm has held up with nary a scratch or chip in over 10 months of constant use including a long round trip from Southern California to Colorado.


Same design, just in glossy black

Here’s the description by Raxter Rack:

2 Bike Extension for 1-1049 (2″ 2 Bike Rack), 1-1047 (2″ Single Bike Rack) or 1-1110 (Folding 2″ 2 Bike Rack). Quick installation and removal with only 2 bolts to attach to the rack and 4 more bolts to attach your crossbars! Gloss black . Ships in two boxes.

I got the rack installed onto the original 2 bike rack that Raxter sent out to us last year for testing. The gray rails are the original rails – which still look good – while the black rails are for the new 2 bike extension.


Three parts here: 2 Bike Rack, Folding Assembly & 2 Bike Extension

Some quick first impressions:
– Good quality product. You know you’re getting a good quality product when everything fits PERFECTLY. This is not Ikea stuff where you sometimes have to bend, shim or realign parts to get their products to resemble furniture (don’t get me wrong, I love Ikea as proof by our Ikea furniture. They’re just tough to assemble). With this 2 bike extension everything slips into place gently and you lock them down with the nuts/bolts provided. No need to bore out bigger holes or do the “bolt finding hole” dance.


The new loading trays

– Other than the paint I don’t think Raxter Racks has changed anything… this is a plus as the gray system was easy, quick and secure. I took this rack out with three bikes a couple of days ago and I’d say the most time consuming part of securing a bike is actually walking from one side of the rack to the other! The velcro is so simple and secure I’m surprised so many companies are still using the rubber straps with holes in them method.


Little lonely but we’ll fix that when we drive 700 miles round trip to SO

– Attaches/detaches with two bolts to the original 2 bike rack. The whole 2 bike extension is simply attached by pushing through two bolts through two holes on the original 2 bike rack. This simple procedure takes just a couple of minutes with a couple of adjustable spanner tools or something similar. Below I circled where the 2 bike extension attaches to the original rack. A very clean look.


Two bike extension attachment point

Keep checking back for the full review as we take a few bikes to Sea Otter and back using the new extension.

For more information regarding Raxter Racks, click here.

Redline Mountain Bike Line Pictures & Pricing

I had this up a little while ago, but since our server went down, the pictures went with hit. Here they are again. Also, we have some prices seen at University Cyclery for the bikes.
Prices have been updated. Tim Rutledge of SBS has sent us the actual MSRP for the Redline Mountain Bike Lineup. I’ve italicized the revised prices.
They’re thumbnailed, so click away!

Monocog 29er: $469

Redline Monocog

Redline Monocog

Monocog Flight 29er: $899

Redline Monocog Flight

Redline Monocog Flight

D440: $549

Redline D440

D460 (Mono 9): $1049

Redline D460 Mono 9

Redline D460 Mono 9

Redline D460 Mono 9

D660: $1349

Redline D660

Redline D660

Redline D660