Archive for August, 2007


August 26, 2007

Source: PINKBIKE/Iron Horse


The 2008 Iron Horse catalog only features the dw-link mountain bike product range. As many of our other models have become more specific to meet individual market’s individual tastes and needs, we have changed the focus of the catalog to be Iron Horse’s unified global marketing piece. More detailed info and content will be available on the website.

Some new and interesting bike features to note are:

Streamlined product mix to concentrate on key price points and specs.
– Geometry changes on 7POINT, 6POINT & MkIII models.
– Easton main triangle tubing on Azures.
– Sunday Elite with Totem single crown fork.
– The new MkIII Elite model with full new Shimano Deore XT kit.
– Reduced weight and more Trail-XC focus for the MkIII series.
– A super hot, bright red Azure Expert model for marathon XC riding.

Sunday / Downhill

The Sunday series models are purpose built models for gravity fed trails. They are designed for riding aggressively on fast and technical trails that generally have a continuous elevation drop. Downhill bikes are typically used in competition on race courses, in lift serviced bike parks, or on other uplift or hike-a-bike trails. Downhill trails will often be technical in nature and feature drops, jumps, steep pitches and chutes, and other difficult terrain features. Some common features of downhill models are strong frames with slack and low geometry, large diameter disc brake rotors, single front chainrings, wide tires with a soft rubber compound, and 8 inches of suspension travel.

Sunday Elite

Sunday Expert

Sunday Team

Sunday WC

7POINT / Freeride

The 7POINT is designed for use on Northshore style trails, in bike parks, or in big mountain riding situations. Freeride trails are generally very technical and combine natural and man-made obstacles and features. Freeride bikes often are ridden deep into the woods and will need to do some climbing. Freeride bikes feature heavy-use frames and wheels, slack frame geometry, large diameter disc brake rotors, dual front chainrings, and 7” of suspension travel.


6POINT / Aggressive All Mountain

6POINT series models are designed for situations where a typical trail or marathon bike is not enough but where a freeride bike is overkill. The trails will require climbing but also have technical sections that may include jumps, stunts, and steep chutes or descents. This aspect of riding is categorized as all mountain. The 6POINT is aimed at the more aggressive side of the all mountain category, combining some features of heavier duty freeride bikes with a lighter weight frame and air sprung suspension. Aggressive all mountain bikes feature durable but lightweight frames, large diameter disc brake rotors, dual front chainrings, and 6.3 inches of suspension travel.



MkIII / Trail

The MkIII series are oriented toward long distance cross country rides on trails that will require significant climbing but also feature some technical trail features and descents. Trail bikes need to be light enough for climbing and for long rides but also need to be durable enough to not breakdown when deep in the woods or the back country. Trail bikes feature durable but lightweight frames, disc brakes, triple front chainrings, and 5 inches of air sprung suspension travel.

MkIII Comp

MkIII Elite

MkIII Sport

MkIII Trail

Azure / Marathon

Azure series models are designed for cross country rides or events that are often long distance, all day or multi day in duration, or less technical in nature. In this marathon style of riding or racing, lighter weight bikes with less suspension travel are advantageous. Marathon bikes need to excel at climbing as well as carry speed on descents and flatter trail segments. Due to their use in longer ride and multi day applications, marathon bikes need to be more durable than pure cross country race models. Marathon bikes feature lightweight aluminum frames, disc brakes, triple front chainrings, and 4 inches of air sprung suspension travel.

Azure Expert

Azure Sport



August 25, 2007


Transition’s got a new chain guide ready. Designed with Transition’s in mind, they’ll work with 32-36t chainrings and have an MSRP of $89 but don’t include a bashring.


6061 heat treated Alloy
ISCG chainguide mounting standard
Fits 32-36 tooth chainring setups
Engineered to work seamlessly on all Transition Bikes’ models with ISCG mounts
Easily serviceable with 2 fully sealed bearings
Nylock nuts used throughout so the hardware doesn’t bounce loose
165 grams including hardware (bash guard not included)
Colors: Black, Gold, Red, Blue, Green


August 25, 2007

SOURCE: Downhill Mike


Whiteface Mountain, among the most challenging ski and ride mountains in the nation, will host its second annual downhill mountain bike race – a five kilometer competition – on Sunday, September 2.

This NORBA-sanctioned event (National Off-Road Bicycle Association), part of the Gravity East series, will carry a $5,000 pro purse. There will be several thousand dollars additionally in bike-related merchandise for the top three finishers in each amateur class. Category 1 points on the USA Cycling calendar will be awarded.

The Whiteface Downhill 5 Kilometer Mountain Bike Race will present the longest downhill race in the east, with 2,476 vertical feet from the top of

Little Whiteface. Last year’s pro winner, James Ford of Chappaqua, N.Y., needed over six and a half minutes to conquer Whiteface. Most downhill events require less than three minutes.

Whiteface hosted the alpine skiing events during the 1980 Winter Olympics as well as the ski and ride competitions in the 2000 Winter Goodwill

Games. The site remains a yearly stop for World Cup freestyle skiing and World Cup snowboarding.

“This race course starts off at over 40 miles per hour and then disappears into some of the best, naturally challenging downhill single-track anywhere,” said race director “Downhill” Mike Scheur. “This course rocks.”

The race course will be marked one week prior to the event, and available for training leading up to September 2.

Participants can register at until midnight September 1 for just $28. Thereafter, registration will take place on September 1 at Whiteface from 8 am – 4:30 pm, and September 2 from 8 am – 9:45 am for $35.

Interested participants can check out bike and stay packages, beginning at $59 per person including lift ticket, at The website also offers specific race info, videos and photos.

Cross country and advanced downhill mountain biking will be available to the general public on September 2 as some trails will be closed for the race. Normal operating hours from 10 am – 4 pm will be in effect.

An awards ceremony will be held after 3 pm, preceded by a professional trials show by Giant Bicycles and Lake Placid’s Sam Perkins.

Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) concessionaire, Centerplate, will serve food and beverages throughout the day.


GET UP! KISS Live in Whistler!!! STAND UP!

August 25, 2007

SOURCE: Whistler Blackcomb

As September comes to Whistler/Blackcomb, The Big Mountain Concert Company will turn up the heat as they stage a rare, outdoor appearance by KISS on Vancouver’s own Olympic mountain. This incredible concert will be the first of 3 extravagant weekends at Whistler starring big-name international artists.


KISS is one of the world’s biggest rock bands and they have played more than 3,500 concerts in front of 78 million fans around the world. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be playing host to this legendary band” said Whistler mayor Ken Melamed. The world famous rockers will transform the entire Resort Community of Whistler as they take their extraordinary show to the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain at the Coca-Cola Tube Park on Saturday, September 15th in a unique one-time outdoor concert event.

KISS invented stadium rock with their sci-fi Kabuki costumes, outrageous theatrics and, of course, their trademark make-up. In their extensive world tours KISS have cultivated the most loyal fan-base in music known as The Kiss Army. The stunning showmanship this band brings to the stage is overshadowed each time by their huge body of music. Destroyer, Rock and Roll All Night, Love Gun and Alive became the soundtracks for an entire generation of fans. KISS have sold 80+ million records throughout their career, and have earned more than 55 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards since receiving their first gold record for KISS Alive! in 1975.

KISS rocked 800 million viewers at Super Bowl XXXIII, breathed fire into the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics and welcomed the New Year in Times Square for four consecutive years. Now they are ready to rock Whistler.

The on-sale date for KISS tickets, LIVE IN WHISTLER will be announced shortly. Watch your local newspapers for full details. More information about KISS in Whistler go to , or

Date: Saturday, September 15th
Time: Opening acts 4:30 pm – 7:45 pm / KISS at 8:15 pm
(Gates, outdoor barbeques and beer gardens open at 3:00 pm)
Venue: Coca-Cola Tube Park, Whistler

CONTACT: Marnie Wilson,



August 25, 2007

SOURCE: Mike Rose

Dirt Magazine presents SNAP, an exhibition featuring work from the world’s greatest mountain bike photographers. In celebration of World Cup and World Championship gravity racing photography, SNAP is an exhibition of classic images showcasing the exciting sport of mountain biking.

Photographs exhibited include previously published works and unseen images by photographers who have featured work in Dirt.

The exhibition takes place at the Lime Tree Gallery, Achintore Road, Fort William, PH33 6RQ (01397 701 806), from Sept 3rd-9th, 10am-10pm.



August 25, 2007

SOURCE: Tyler “Brule” Maine / PINKBIKE


Tyler “SEXY LIKE A BEAST” Maine from Pinkbike at Norco’s judgement day in Whistler.

To me Norco Bicycles have always been like Honda motorcycles in the sense that if you start out on a Norco as a child, you’re sold on the brand for life. Like all the little kids that get their first Honda Z50s back in the 80s and 90s and now have owned CR80s, 125s and are now rocking CRF250s. The same is said for those of us that got our first Mini Mountaineer as a kid, then maybe a Bigfoot to a Team Issue XC bike and now we are wanting to rip on a Team DH or a Faze 1 as adults. The line up of bikes at Norco allows you to grow as an individual and a rider and explore the style that is yours. For 2008 you’ll find 139 models of bikes, so that means there is something for everyone. Here’s a look at the company that wants to support you in what ever genre of cycling you persue.

A few weeks back Norco did their 2008 bike launch in the mecca known as Whistler. It was a 2 day event of product discussions and a whole lot of riding time on their bikes was had by all in attendance. I have never been at any PK where they got through the line up in record time and then swooshed you out the door onboard a new bike to ride for the next 2 days. It was so nice to have them put the bike in place of words-basically they could have talked all day about the new pivots, cnc this, head tube that, but instead they let the bikes do the talking.

With 139 models in the 2008 line up, it would take me 4 times as long to go through them all in comparison to the time that Pete’s talk took. So instead I am going to tell you about the bikes that jumped out at me at this year’s launch. Everything from the hard tail Dirt Jumpers, to the 4XXXX machine, to the Fluid LT line up to the all new SIXs and Shores and then there are all the big rigs like the Atomic, the A-Lines and the Team DH!

The 250 and 4Hun-

Norco has been making Hard Tail DJ and street bikes for the masses for a long time now and they are still leading the charge. With a solid line up already in the helm, they took the time to make changes to appearance and function. The attention to detail that is found in all the Dirt/Street series bikes is amazing.

The $1400 250 and the $1775 4Hun lead the way in the Dirt/Street series. Matching part colors to the paint/decal scheme is all part of the 2008 look. From the 4Hun’s white pedals, bash guard, fork lowers, stem, bars and matching grips to the Gold lock rings on the grips that match the Gold head tube badge. And then you have the decal scheme that goes hand in hand with the seat graphics. Its all been planned out over the past year to look and function well for you the rider. Micro drive single speed on the 250 shows that its meant to be beaten up around town, while the 4Hun has gears so that you can get it around to a few more places and maybe up to Whistler for some Crank It up laps. These bikes will make you smile and look good.

The 250 at $1400 CDN

The 4Hun at $1775 CDN

The 4XXX-

The $2700 4XXXX is Norco’s premiere do all bike in my opinion. The FSR patented Horst Link in the rear makes for great pedaling and braking performance. The 4XXXX is designed to be able to Dirt Jump in the morning, shred the chair lift all after noon and then hit the skate park that night. Hell you can even take it for a nice XC ride considering the gears out back. The low slung top tube provides ample clearance for tricks while the low BB height keeps the center of gravity nice and close to mother nature. The black and white look really goes well with it too.

The 4XXXX at $2700 CDN

The Fluid LT Series-

New to the 2008 line up is the Fluid LT (Long Travel) series. The LT series ranges in price from $2175 for the LT 3 all the way up to $5875 for the LT 1. The principle market behind the LT bikes are riders looking for a 6” travel do all bike that can get you to and from the back country with out being hindered by any “light” freeride that one may encounter along the way. The slacker geometry on the LTs allows for better handling when the trail roughens up or points down.

This triple chainring bike is meant to be pedaled all over the country side. The full length seat tube allows you to be able to really drop the seat should you get into some full on gnar, while the 6” of travel soaks up the hits. Raise the seat and do it all over again! Having 5 sizes to choose from means that a lot of folks should be able to fit on one of these bikes and get out there and enjoy a good epic.

The Fluid LT1 at $5875 CDN

The Fluid LT2 at $3700 CDN

The Fluid LT3 at $2175 CDN

All new SIX series-

The SIX line up has seen a complete overhaul from the frame up. The whole look is so new and forward thinking for Norco-actually most of the industry. Must make them leaders then I guess. The SIX series has always been that bike that was a do it all for the rider that spends a lot of their time in the air at ski resorts and shuttling, but isn’t afraid to pedal it around too. The 2007 version of the SIX won the Crankworx Slopestyle under the guidance of Ben Boyko, so we know that this bike will be more then capable of killing it at Bike Parks under the average rider.

Travel on the SIX is kinda self explanatory – its 6 inches of FSR patented travel. All SIX series bikes have 6 inch travel single crown forks and 1 1/8 head tubes for reduced weight. The swooping tubes give this bike some really clean lines that are as artsy as they are functional. ISCG and ISCG 05 tabs, a rear 135 x 12mm MAXLE, increased tire clearance, hydroform main frame tubing, all ad to the frame asthetics.

The SIX 1 Frame set

MAXLE on the rear of the SIX frames

Now have a look at the components on these rides- WOW! The attention to parts color matching and graphics is amazing! They are working with a pattern called Hounds Tooth and its all over the seats and can be viewed in the frame decals-almost ghost like. Custom colors on the Marzocchi forks to match component colors is a nice touch. These light weight freeride machines will be killing the slopestyle scene and you can also expect some great video sections to arise onboard them too.

The SIX 1 at $4375 CDN

The SIX 2 at $3350 CDN

The SIX 3 at $2350 CDN

The Shore Series-

A long time staple in the Norco fleet is the Shore line up. These bikes were born, bread and have evolved on the North Shore Mountains. As the trails on the shore evolved so has the bike. Today’s progressive freeride trails require bikes that are light enough to flick around, yet are burly enough to take the big hits. Low slung top tubes similar to those on the SIXs allow for those of us that want to trick the big hits to do so. The hydroforming of the main tubes looks so good too!

7 inch Single Crown 1.5” steerer tube forks mate up to the 7 inches out back to provide big hit eating travel. The single crown forks also allow for more progressive tricks like X-ups and bar spins to happen on the big rigs. The 150 x 12mm MAXLE rear end makes for the stiffness that is required when riding out here day after day. Custom colored fork lowers and decals make these bikes look SO GOOD! Parts spec is also top notch, with durable and light weight options being slung onto these frames, you can expect them to last a long time through all the beats you’ll hand to it. The Shore series is made for hard core beats-can you deliver?

The Shore 1 at $4550 CDN

The Shore 2 at $3050 CDN

The Shore in Whistler

The Shore 3 at $2500 CDN

The DH / Park Series-

The big toys roll out in the DH / Park Series from Norco. From the $2775 Atomik (Scroll down to see my personal impression on the Atomik after spending some time on it in the Whistler Bike Park) all the way up to the no holds barred Team DH at $6050. This line up was built to go fast and throw down at speed. Whether you are a WC level racer, or just love to shuttle and freeride at the top level, you can expect to crank it up a few notches on one of these fine rides as they won’t be holding you back at speed or in the air.

There are no front derailleurs on these bikes, so you know they mean business. Take and throw one on your tailgate or hang it off a lift and get ready to use all of the 8-9 inches of rear travel as you get it up to speed. The Team DH and the Atomic’s parts specs are more focused at the racer in us, while the A Line and the A Line Park Edition feature parts that are a little burlier. Triple clamp forks keep the steering precise while the 150 x 12mm rear end keeps these bikes stiff and tracking so good! Once again you’ll find great decal choices and parts matching that just stand out so well. The low stand over height and low center of gravity prove that speed is on the mind when riding these. Large bearings at the pivots will keep the bikes going through their travel in a smooth fashion for a long time.

The Team DH, the A-Line and the A-Line Park Edition all share the same frame and thanks to trickle down technology, the Atomik rips it up on last year’s Team DH frame set with only a few geometry changes. (Scroll down to learn more about the Atomik) All frames have forged head tubes, adjustable BB height/head tube angle and travel that will run you at either 8 or 9 inches. Expect to visit a podium near you onboard one of these bikes.

The A-Line at $3350 CDN

The A-Line Park Edition at $4050 CDN

The Team DH at $6050 CDN

The 2008 Norco Atomic after a few good laps:

So there we all sat in a room full of bikes and Norco employees for the 2008 launch of the Norco Line up. At this point most of us get ready to hunker down for the long haul of talks and explanations, but this would not be the case today. The folks at Norco knew that we were sitting in Whistler and that we wanted to ride these bikes more than hear about them. It happened so fast that I didn’t know what was going on-one moment I was sitting there listen to Pete and then all of a sudden I was geared up and a fresh Norco Atomik was at my side waiting in the Gondola line up along with everyone else. Yep everyone from Norco that was on hand was there to ride too and that is what we did.

Our first destination was lunch at the round house and then we’d be able to hit the trails as much as we wanted to with these new sleds. As I mentioned, I had an ’08 Atomik, this is Norco’s DH race bike for those on a budget and at $2775 I can’t get over the value that is packed into this bike. Hell I have bought frames that cost me this much and here you’re getting a whole bike that is more than capable of pinning it. Thanks to trickle down technology and the fact that they are never satisfied, Norco is always making refinements to their frames. The 2008 Atomik frame is in fact a 2007 Team DH frame with only a few slight geometry changes to better accommodate the Boxxer Race fork up front. Aside from that, you’ll be getting a frame that is 100% race ready-note to all privateer racers on a budget: you should look into this bike.



Just like its big brothers in the line up, the Atomik’s rear travel is adjustable between 8 and 9 inches. The forged head tube is lighter and tough as hell. More than ample stand over height makes the bike really easy to navigate in the steeps and in the air. All the parts are more than capable of lasting a long time during a lot of abuse that comes with this type of bike.

I spent my time on the Atomik up in the Garbanzo zone in Whistler, riding trails and just getting a feel for it in the rough. Since this is pretty much a 2007 Team DH with a different spec, I knew that I was in good hands up there. The 8” rotors always stopped the bike, even when I didn’t. As I rode, I made the changes that were needed to make the bike feel how I like my bikes to run and after that point I was good to go. Thanks to the FSR patented Horst Link 4-bar rear end, you are getting great braking performance and it pedals so well too. Long Travel bikes just keep getting better and better with the advancements in suspension and parts technologies. The Atomik took the trails and made them its own, thus getting me down safely each run. If you are on a budget and looking for a bike that can grow with you, stop by your local Norco dealer and give the Atomik a good look over.


Big thanks to Pete, Trish and everyone at Norco bikes for putting on such a great product launch! See ya’ll next season,



August 22, 2007



Melissa Buhl (USA)

Nickname: Buhly

Date of birth: 1/25/82

Age: 25

Height: 5’5

Weight: 140lbs

Birthplace: Grand Junction, Colorado

Current residence: Chandler, Arizona

Hobbies: Dirt Biking, Hiking, My Dog

Mountain Biking Titles/Career Highlights:

3rd place overall, JKOM 2005

1998 Junior DH National Champ

2001 National Mountain Cross Champ

2005 U.S. National Downhill Champ

2006 4th place at the UCI World Champs DH

Industry Sponsors:







ODI grips

Hayes Brakes


August 22, 2007



Aug 20th – A lot of new faces came down to Pipeline’s Pump Track tonight to
rip up the track and see if any qualifying records, or win streaks, could be
broken. BMX rippers Nick Gortzen and Torie Nyhaug represented the 20s but
split the 4 top qualifying spots with mountain bikers Tyler Gorz and Tim
Gadd. Mischa Partridge showed some of the cleanest laps on the BMX going up
against MTB veteran Brian Onofrichuk. Layne Nyhaug and Judy Garren showed
how the girls can keep up with the boys, and Trevor Geib and Carey Gormann
rounded out the junior class.

There were tons of aggresive riding, crashes, and cheering from the crowd.
Here’s how it looked after the Pro Final

Open Women
1st Layne Nyhaug

Junior Men:
1st Trevor Geib
2nd Karey Gormann

Open Men:
1st Matt Stevens
2nd Blake Manning

Pro Men:
1st Tyler Gorz
2nd Nick Goertzen
3rd Tory Nyhaug
4th Mischa Partridge

…And because our camera was used by just about everyone in the crowd, we
actually have a hightlight reel. What the deuce!?


August 21, 2007

SOURCE: / RXR – Chris Favro
Brand Manager RXR Protect North America


RXR is revolutionizing protection in the action sports world with its exclusive patented “air shock absorber” technology. Imagine a body protector that absorbs 5 times more energy than plastic and 8 times more than foam material.

It is time for BMX and MTB riders to wear real chest-protectors! There’s no “roost” to be protected from in BMX, Down Hill or Free Ride, and the 30 year-old technology of plastic roost-deflectors do not protect as much as our RXR Protect chest-protectors. Keep your back and chest safe. Ride with Air!!

Full BLACK model: MSRP $299.99

Full BLACK model: MSRP $299.99

High protection, lightness, comfort and mobility are the 4 main features of the Organic and Full chest-protectors from RXR Protect. The ASA (Air Shock Absorber) technology ensures maximal body protection, high mobility and light weight, the Organic weighing 1.9 lbs and the Full chest protector weighing 3 lbs.

The materials used make you forget you are wearing a chest-protector. Worn under or over a jersey or jacket, the RXR body armor is comfortable and very protective.

The secret of RXR Protect is air contained in a very durable ergonomic inflatable bladder with a number of interacting chambers that allow the air to move from chamber to chamber. In case of a fall or impact the air moves between chambers absorbing the energy from the point of impact before it reaches your body.

Organic WHITE model: MSRP $199.95

Organic WHITE model: MSRP $199.95

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August 21, 2007


Tara Llanes (USA)


Nickname: “T” or “Llanes”
Age: 30
Date of Birth: 11/28/1976
Height: 5’4
Weight: 125 lbs
Birthplace: West Covina, California
Current Residence: Los Alamitos, California

Hobbies: Reading, playing basketball, riding my BMX bike, and just learning new things like languages and photography.

Mountain Bike Titles/Career Highlights:-2006 US National Downhill Champion
-2X US National 4x Champion (2002&2004)
-2006 3rd World Cup Overall – 4x
-2006 1st Norba National – Mt.Snow, Vermont
-2005 Bronze Medal World Championships
-2005 3rd World Cup Overall – 4x
-2004 1st Overall Sea Otter Omnium
-Gold, Silver, & Bronze at ESPN Summer X-Games

Industry Sponsors:
Giant Bicycles
Giant for Women
Fox Racing Shox
Troy Lee Designs
SPIKE energy drinks