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August 10, 2020
Photo: Gerow In this episode, the Singletracks staff talks about the process we use to the evaluate the mountain bikes and gear we review regularly. * What are some things to consider when testing a piece of gear?* How are bike reviews different from component or accessory reviews?* Are there questions that can’t be answered in the review process?* What happens if a sample breaks, and how do press camps work? For a sampling of reviews, browse our mountain bike review and gear article archives. This episode is sponsored by Backcountry, an online outdoor gear & apparel retailer carrying thousands of brands and products for mountain biking and your everyday outdoor lifestyle. Not only does Backcountry have the widest assortment of gear and apparel, but the heart and soul of the company lies with their Backcountry Gearheads. These Gearheads are former pro-athletes, Olympians, and all-around experts that are available 24/7 by phone/email/chat for one-on-one service, product recommendations, and to ensure you have everything you need for your next outdoor adventure. For the entire month of August, Backcountry is running their Semi-Annual Sale, which only happens twice a year. Take advantage of the final days of summer and save up to 50% off on huge brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Arc’teryx and more. Go to www.backcountry.com/singletracks and use the code SINGLETRACKS15 to get 15% off your first purchase (some exclusions apply).
August 3, 2020
Jason Finnell is a mountain biker who works with the The Schejola Foundation and PedalUp, an organization that is working with Boys and Girls Club locations to start onsite mountain bike programs. We talk about how the program got started, and how it’s using pump tracks and funding for bikes to empower disadvantaged kids. The group is currently reviewing applications from Boys and Girls clubs around the USA to fund more programs like the ones already in place in locations all around the southeast. Jason also gives us an update on the mountain bike scene in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee and in Dalton, Georgia, home of the Snake Creek Gap time trial. This episode is sponsored by Boeshield (boeshield.com), makers of Boeshield T-9, a lube designed to waterproof your bike chain, lubricate cables, and prevent rust with its unique and effective all-in-one formula. This month Boeshield is giving away a free prize pack to a lucky listener! Visit singletracks.com/Boeshield to enter — open to anyone the contiguous United States, no purchase necessary. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
July 27, 2020
Photo: Katie Lozancich Hannah Bergemann has been busy making a name for herself in the enduro and freeride scene over the past few years. We caught up the rising freeride star and talked to her about how she got started, her life in Bellingham, Washington, the women’s freeride scene, and how she shot her segment for the new Teton Gravity Research MTB movie, Accomplice. To hear more from Hannah, check out this March 2019 interview on Singletracks. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
July 20, 2020
photo: bicylecofee.org Scott Nydam is a longtime bike racer who has been inspired to start a NICA program for youth in Gallup, New Mexico. The city borders the Navajo reservation, and Nydam hopes to create numerous opportunities for native kids, both in Gallup and on the reservation. Vincent Salabye is the Diné comp NICA team head coach and board president of Silver Stallion bicycle and coffee works.  He’s also a father of two kids and lives on the Navajo reservation. The nonprofit Scott and Vincent support recently received a grant from the Outride Fund. In this episode we talk about the challenges facing folks living on the reservation and how mountain biking fits in with efforts to serve the community. For more information visit bicyclecoffee.org and the Diné NICA team’s fundraising page here. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
July 13, 2020
photo: ladiesallride.com Lindsey Richter founded Ladies AllRide as “a movement dedicated to growing the community of female mountain bikers across the globe.” She’s a former professional mountain bike racer and was a contestant on the reality television show Survivor. Singletracks talks with Lindsey about why she’s so passionate about mountain biking, and how she and others use the sport to build confidence and self esteem. Lindsey tells us why she thinks more women aren’t riding (yet) and shares tips all mountain bikers can use to improve their skills. We ask Lindsey what she’s learned since starring on Survivor, and who is inspiring her to be her best self. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
June 29, 2020
The Singletracks staff kicks off a busy summer mountain bike testing season! In this episode we share our impressions of the mountain bikes we’ve recently tested, and those we are just getting to know. If you’re considering a new bike this year, from gravel to enduro, and from expensive to cheap, we have you covered. Settle in, this is going to be a long one. Recently tested * Guerrilla Gravity Smash and Gnarvana* YT Jeffsy* Ibis Ripmo* Transition Scout* Pivot Switchblade* Niner RIP 9* Spot Ryve 115* Specialized Epic S-Works* Schwinn Axum* Viathon G1 Currently testing * Santa Cruz Megatower* Canyon Spectral* Mondraker Foxy* Orbea Occam* Revel Rascal (bike build)* Trek Fuel EX * Norco Torrent (bike build)* Surly Karate Monkey (bike build) Compare pricing and availability for these and other mountain bikes at singletracks.com/deals
June 8, 2020
Lael Wilcox started biking in 2008 at age 20 with an around the world bike trip that took her through more than 30 countries. In 2015, essentially her first year of racing, she won the Tour Divide and smashed the women’s record by more than 2 days. The next year she won the 4,400 mile Trans Am Bike Race, and set the overall record for both men and women on the Baja Divide route in 2017. Today Lael continues to race and co-leads a mentorship program for middle school girls called Anchorage GRIT in her hometown. We ask Lael to share her tips and tricks for bikepacking and mental toughness, and talk about the role gender plays in ultra endurance competition. Lael fills us in on how her plans have changed for 2020, her take on documenting and filming her adventures, and finding nutritious food to eat during races. Follow and connect with Lael on Instagram @laelwilcox
May 26, 2020
Brad Copeland worked his way up the bike tuning chain, from shop mechanic to a full-time position at Specialized Bicycles, and eventually landed a spot wrenching for the brand’s domestic teams. His racing and career interests laid deep in the dirt side of cycling, and when asked to travel with the Specialized World Cup XC athletes to a few events, he excitedly accepted. Copeland developed lasting friendships with several riders, eventually becoming the primary traveling wrench for Kate Courtney, who would then go on to win both a rainbow jersey and a World Cup overall title.  When Courtney switched to the Scott-SRAM MTB Racing team she was able to bring Copeland with her, which doesn’t happen in XC as often as it does in downhill racing. The pair are working hard to prepare for what the 2020 season holds, and we recently chatted with Copeland to get the story from his side of the pits. This discussion wasn’t originally intended to be a podcast, but given Copeland’s passionate descriptions, we wanted to share the raw recording.    Shop Singletracks t-shirts, jerseys, hats, and stickers at shop.singletracks.com.
May 19, 2020
Larry Pizzi is the Chief Commercial Officer for Alta Cycling Group, the parent company of wll known bike brands including Diamondback, Raleigh, and Ghost. He is also a board member at People for Bikes, a non-profit organization dedicated to making bicycling “safer, easier to access and more fun.” In this episode, we get Larry’s take on gravel biking: Who are gravel bikers? How much are they spending on bikes? What does gravel advocacy look like? Will we see a gravel biking World Cup someday? Larry also talks about electric bikes and the challenges facing local bike shops today. View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals
May 4, 2020
Ken Avery is the Vice President of product and marketing for Vittoria, the world’s leading producer of bicycle tires (?). As an industry insider for many years, Ken has a wealth of knowledge on everything from mountain bike product design to marketing. In this episode, we talk about how mountain bike tire design and technology evolved over the years, the tradeoff between tire weight and traction, and how preferences for lower tire pressures have influenced tire design. Ken goes over the basics of tire construction and talks about current demand for various widths and diameters. We also discuss tire inserts, sealant, and get the inside story about Ken’s involvement in the introduction of the original Maxxis Minion. So how did you get your start in the bike industry? I grew up skateboarding and I always liked individual sports and things like that. And I played regular sports, too, but it was the kind of thing where I always was drawn to that type of a thing where there weren’t rules, you could do it however you wanted and kind of a self-expression thing. A buddy of mine who I used to skate with, he grew really tall, really fast when we were kids, and his knees were really weak, and his doctor told him to ride a bike. And that was right around when mountain biking was starting to pop, in the early… it was literally 1990 when this happened. I’m 42 years old, but I still act like I’m 20, I guess. So anyway, he got a mountain bike, this new mountain bike thing, and I was like, that’s pretty cool. You can cover a lot of ground on that thing. And we lived in suburban Eastern Connecticut, almost by Rhode Island, kind of. There were just a ton of fire roads everywhere and trails and stuff. And so I used to ride an old Schwinn 10 speed around and explore these trails, and then finally saved up and ended up getting a mountain bike. And then I was totally hooked and grew up racing through my teens, did okay. The super short version is, I bumped into Kathy Sessler, who actually runs the Syndicate team now. And she was at the Mount Snow World Cup. Mount Snow, Vermont was sort of our East Coast big mountain bike race at the time. And so I got a flat tire during practice. She gave me an inner tube. I was totally starstruck that a pro would give some kid an inner tube. And literally, was so floored and went out to a bike shop, bought an inner tube, came back after the race and gave it to her. And she thought that that was funny, because she was a pro who rides for a tire company. And anyway, we just kept in contact and I would send her drawings from study hall, of tires that I was thinking about. And literally when I was in high school. She would fax them, fax machines were a thing, because it was the ’90s. And she would fax them to Maxxis. Maxxis was Cheng Shin Tire and Maxxis had been making bike tires for a couple years at this point, but they were still very new. And then they started sending me tires to test, and by that point, I had gotten a UCI license and had gotten an upgrade and all that stuff, and was doing okay racing. And then just kept on giving them feedback. And when I got out of college, Russell Webb, at the time was their marketing guy and running the bike division and he gave me a job right out of college and we started designing tires with all the athletes. Wow, that’s super cool. Sounds like you were a hustler from an early age. You know what it is, man? I think what it comes down to is that I just love bikes and I love the scene and I’m always so grat...
April 27, 2020
It’s an understatement to say Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it. Mountain biking is no exception. In this episode, Matt, Gerow, and Jeff talk about what’s going on in Colorado, Italy, and Georgia, respectively. We discuss the latest on mountain bike racing, athletes, tourism, brands, and of course everyday trail riders. If you haven’t been paying attention to mountain bike news lately — and we don’t blame you if you’ve been preoccupied — this will serve as a good recap. Subscribe to the Singletracks newsletter to get the top mountain bike stories delivered to your inbox each week. View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals
April 20, 2020
photo courtesy Paul Howard Paul Howard has been coaching mountain bikers all around the world for over 20 years now. He’s a co-founder of the Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association (PMBIA) and is the owner and head coach at ZEP Mountain Bike Camps in Whistler. In this episode, Paul shares the #1 skill mountain bikers actually need to work on, and how that’s often different from the skills they think need improvement. We talk about mountain bike skills myths, how mountain bike skills and fitness are related, and whether watching videos online can be a substitute for in-person skills coaching. Paul also fills us in on the PMBIA and its role in improving coaching in the mountain bike world. Learn more about ZEP at zeptechniques.com.
April 13, 2020
photo: SBTS Greg Williams is the founder of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship, a non-profit group based in California that’s dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of recreational trails. The group’s Connected Communities plan offers an innovative roadmap for bringing tourism through trails to former timber and mining towns. We talk about how the group formed, and how their trail work is impacting the local economy. Greg shares some of the strategies the group has used to bring various trail user groups together that are applicable in other communities facing similar challenges. We also discuss the ways mountain bikers can help the trail communities they visit and how groups like the STBS measure success. Learn more at sierratrails.org. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
April 6, 2020
Chris Cocalis is the founder and president of Pivot Cycles based in Tempe, Arizona. Pivot is known for creating cutting-edge, high performance mountain bikes and also for sponsoring many talented athletes over the years while giving back to the community. In this episode we talk about the mountain bike design process and how bikes are manufactured. Chris fills us in on current trends in the bike world, the benefits of sponsoring and working with pro-level riders, e-commerce challenges, new technologies, and why Pivot doesn’t offer builds priced less than $5,000. ⭐️ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
March 30, 2020
Maurice and his partner Elaine started Dirt Rag back in 1989. For decades the magazine documented the sport and for many carried with it the very soul of mountain biking. Maurice talks about how mountain bike gear and culture has evolved over the past three decades, and his recent decision to cease operations at the iconic publication. Shop Singletracks t-shirts, jerseys, hats, and stickers at shop.singletracks.com.
March 23, 2020
Jesse DeYoung / Red Bull Content Pool In 2012, Kate was the first American woman to win a UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Junior title. Then in 2017, she won the Under 23 World Cup Overall title. In 2018, she won gold at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, and then the next year she took the overall UCI Mountain Bike World Cup title. Recently, Kate was named to the 2020 Olympics team for cross country mountain biking. This episode is sponsored by Boeshield (boeshield.com), makers of Boeshield T-9, a lube designed to waterproof your bike chain, lubricate cables, and prevent rust with its unique and effective all-in-one formula. This month Boeshield is giving away a free prize pack to a lucky listener! Visit singletracks.com/Boeshield to enter — open to anyone the contiguous United States, no purchase necessary. Singletracks: I’ve got to start off by asking you how this Coronavirus thing is affecting your training with all the races and everything sort of up in the air at this point? Kate Courtney: Absolutely. I think it’s a tough time for all the cyclists, especially those who are very excited for the 2020 Olympic year, but it’s just an added challenge that we have to adapt to. I think there’s a lot of really positive parts of it. I personally love training at home and I have the chance now to put in a good strength block, make sure I’m healthy, eating good food, and of course getting out on my bike. Right now we’re still allowed to ride outside, so that’s a huge, huge bonus, but I’m prepared to ride indoors if that becomes necessary or if in any way that could help reduce the risk for other people. Right now, we’re okay to be out in our open spaces, which is great. I think while it can be a really difficult time in terms of adjusting training and planning for goals in the future, it’s also been one, where our community has really come together, and for me it’s been great to connect with cyclists that are going through this and dealing with it and finding creative ways to adapt our training and know that we will be ready when we finally do get the chance to line up again. Singletracks: That’s great. Well, have you had to change your training plans, in terms of when you’re going to peak and when you need to recover and that sort of thing? Kate Courtney: In some ways. I’m a bit lucky in that I automatically qualified for Tokyo, so I have been really basing my season and my training around that July date, which of course we know is in question and we’re waiting to see what the best course of action is going to be with that. In terms of my training, it still is to peak for that one event, and for that I’m pretty grateful but of course for the next few weeks where we’re not racing and not quite sure what the next event will be that we’re targeting. It’s basically just a holding pattern, so getting some volume on the bike, getting some volume in the gym but not training too hard is actually giving me something we need to think about, because when the races are finally announced and the time does come, you want to be healthy and strong and ready to put in a really big top end block and get to the start line ready for those fast paced races. Singletracks: Well, the story goes that your dad got you into mountain biking at an early age and I know a lot of mo...
March 16, 2020
photo: Ian Hylands / Niner Bikes Chris Sugai is the co-founder and President of Niner Bikes, a brand which was an early adopter of the now ubiquitous mountain bike wheel size. Over the years Chris and Niner have worked with incredible athletes, produced countless innovations, and generously supported the International Mountain Bike Association. We get the inside scoop on how Niner got its start and talk about the current state of the mountain bike wheel size debate. Chris talks about building a culture and a brand, and what’s changed now that Niner is part of a larger parent company. We ask about gravel bikes and also what’s next for the bike industry. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
March 11, 2020
Oskar Blues is known primarily as a beer company, but the brand also has a big toe in the mountain bike world with the Reeb bike brand based in Lyons, Colorado. We geek out about beer with senior marketing manager Aaron Baker and also hear from Reeb sponsored rider Jeff Lenosky who fills us in on all the different bikes in the line. In addition to the bike and beer brand, Oskar Blues also operates a bike shop in Longmont, Colorado and a place called Reeb Ranch with access to some of the best mountain bike trails in Dupont State Forest near Pisgah. The company opened a second brewery in North Carolina near the Pisgah National Forest about 8 years ago and also puts on popular events each year. This episode is sponsored by Park City. As the world’s first IMBA Gold Level Ride center since 2012, Park City, Utah is a premier mountain biking destination. What makes Park City a gold-level ride center? For starters, the immediate area boasts a diverse variety of trails spread across 450 miles with everything from paved commuting paths for a family-friendly ride to aggressive cross-country rides like the Epic Wasatch Crest trail. Combined with magnificent scenery, numerous bars and restaurants, world class accommodations, free public transit and a wide range of entertainment options, it’s no wonder Park City was awarded gold. Experiencing Park City, Utah has never been easier. And, there’s never been a better time than now. Arrange your stay, rent a bike, and book a guide, by visiting mountainbikingparkcity.com.
March 2, 2020
photo: Corey Rich/Red Bull Content Pool Rebecca Rusch is a 7-time World Champion in cycling, adventure racing, and cross country skiing events, a best-selling author, and a passionate community activist. She’s also an Emmy award winner for her documentary Blood Road which highlights the problem of unexploded ordnance in Laos that her Do Good foundation is working to solve. In this episode we dive into the life equations Rebecca has figured out like “blood flow = brain flow” and “passion = payoff,” and how these apply both on and off the bike. Rebecca shares how she approaches challenges, talks about why gravel riding is so attractive to all types of riders, and tells us about what her foundation is doing to help others around the world. We also ask Rebecca to weigh in on why women’s performance in ultra endurance events is more evenly matched with men than in other sports, and what it’s like riding for her new sponsor, Liv/Giant. Learn more about the Be Good foundation and keep up with Rebecca at rebeccarusch.com This episode is sponsored by Boeshield (boeshield.com), makers of Boeshield T-9, a lube designed to waterproof your bike chain, lubricate cables, and prevent rust with its unique and effective all-in-one formula. This month Boeshield is giving away a free prize pack to a lucky listener! Visit singletracks.com/Boeshield to enter — open to anyone the contiguous United States, no purchase necessary.
February 24, 2020
Ryan White is the senior product designer at cycling apparel company Pactimo based in Denver, Colorado. He studied industrial design at Wentworth Institute of Technology and has been designing soft goods for almost a decade. In this episode, we dig deep into the design decisions that go into creating clothing that mountain bikers want to wear. If you’ve ever wondered why mountain bike apparel costs as much as it does, or what the true benefits are to wearing jerseys and shorts designed specifically for biking, this show will answer those questions and more. Learn more at Pactimo.com. This podcast was not sponsored, influenced, or directly supported by Pactimo in any way. Let us know if you’d like to hear more episodes like this one where we talk shop and geek out about gear! View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals
February 17, 2020
If you’re a mountain biker, chances are you’ve seen Paris’s brilliant photography online and in your favorite magazine. He’s spent more than a decade capturing mountain bike culture through the eyes of its athletes and brands in locations around the world, and his highly regarded work is routinely showcased in both commercial and editorial features. In this episode, Paris talks about how he got started as a mountain biker, and later a mountain bike photographer. We hear stories about lost memory cards, dropped cameras, and one particularly unusual technique he’s used to get perspective in his shots. He’ll also share some great tips for budding photographers. View Paris Gore’s work online at ParisGore.com and follow him @ParisGore on Instagram. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
February 3, 2020
Photo by Breakslow on Unsplash Keri Hatley is the head coach at Shred Science Nutrition, a program designed to help clients lose weight and build lean muscle to unlock their optimum performance. She’s an athlete who has competed in everything from running and cycling to powerlifting and holds a certificate in Nutrition coaching. We’ll find out what macro nutrients are, and how tracking them can help mountain bikers — and anyone really — reach their fitness goals. Keri weighs in on current diets and intermittent fasting, muscle imbalance in cyclists, and the idea that food is fuel. We also talk about the ideal pre- and post-ride foods. If you want to get faster or feel better this year, listen in for some ideas to try! Learn more and connect with Keri at shredsciencenutrition.com This episode is sponsored by Boeshield (boeshield.com), makers of Boeshield T-9, a lube designed to waterproof your bike chain, lubricate cables, and prevent rust with its unique and effective all-in-one formula. This month Boeshield is giving away a free prize pack to a lucky listener! Visit singletracks.com/Boeshield to enter — open to anyone the contiguous United States, no purchase necessary.
January 27, 2020
There are few topics in the world of mountain biking more controversial than electric mountain bikes. While one side believes anything with a motor goes against the spirit of the sport and could have a devastating effect on trail access, the other side argues the new tech helps disabled riders and makes mountain biking even more fun. So who is right? Like most issues, the truth lies somewhere in between the extreme views on either side, and none of us know for certain how this will all shake out in the future. This is a debate that’s been going on for several years, yet today we’re starting to see how some of the early predictions of the impact e-bikes might have are coming true in terms of trail access and riders’ health. In this episode I’ll share two recent stories about e-bike trail access and a study that looks at the health benefits of riding an electric mountain bike, and how riders’ perceptions change (or don’t change) after riding one. You can read all three of these articles, written by Matt Miller, on Singletracks.com, listed below. * Secretary of Interior Allows E-bike Access Across BLM Land, National Parks* We Asked Four Major Trail Organizations for their Thoughts on eMTB Trail Access* Study Suggests eMTBs Offer Nearly Same Workout as Non-motorized MTBs, Attitudes Towards eMTBs Change After Riding Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
January 20, 2020
Today I’ll be talking about mountain biking on a budget and ways to make mountain biking more affordable. The format for this week’s show is going to be a little different than usual. Instead of interviewing a guest or having a discussion, I’ll be reading a few reviews and articles and providing some commentary on this topic based on our readers’ comments. The reviews in this show include an affordable drivetrain from Box, a knock-off 4K helmet camera from VanTop, bikes from Marin and Raleigh. I’ll also share nine tips for saving money from Singletracks contributor Ray Southwick. View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals
January 13, 2020
Kurt Refsnider is a badass bikepacker who is the only person to have won all three events in the Triple Crown of Bikepacking — the Tour Divide, the Arizona Trail 750, and most recently, the Colorado Trail Race. He’s also a former professor of geology, a cycling coach, and the founder of Bikepacking Roots, an organization that advocates for bikepacking and the environment. We talk with Kurt about competition, bikepacking, and seeking out personal challenges. Kurt shares his tips for mountain bike training, and his favorite piece of gear for any bikepacking expedition. We also learn about Bikepacking Roots and discuss the fight for bike access in Wilderness areas. Connect with Kurt at Ultramtb.net and bikepackingroots.org.
January 6, 2020
Jeremiah Bishop gets us stoked for mountain biking in 2020! Jeremiah is an 18-time member of the USA Cycling National Team who has won countless cross-country, ultra-endurance, and mountain bike stage races all around the world, including gold at the Pan American games in 2003, overall wins at the Breck Epic and Pisgah stage races, National titles in both short track and marathon, and multiple overall wins in the National Ultra Endurance Series. He’s currently a member of the Canyon-Topeak racing team and lives in Harrisonburg, VA. We ask Jeremiah to share his tips for racing and recovery and how he deals with riding at altitude. As a long-time pro, we get Jeremiah’s perspective on modern mountain bikes and the riding scene in Harrisonburg. We also talk about some of the projects he’s involved in like Luv Trails (luvtrails.com), a program designed to raise funds for local trail groups. Learn more and keep up with Jeremiah at JeremiahBishop.com. This episode is sponsored by Boeshield (boeshield.com), makers of Boeshield T-9, a lube designed to waterproof your bike chain, lubricate cables, and prevent rust with its unique and effective all-in-one formula. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
December 30, 2019
This week we’re re-sharing one of our listeners’ favorite episodes from 2019. On January 6 we’ll be back with fresh episodes including some big interviews you won’t want to miss. Stay safe and happy trails! In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Gerow and Jeff share tips for making mountain bike repairs in an emergency. From packing the right supplies (duct tape!) to finding creative ways to get rolling again, you don’t want to miss this helpful episode. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
December 23, 2019
This week we’re re-sharing one of our listeners’ favorite episodes from 2019. On January 6 we’ll be back with fresh episodes including some big interviews you won’t want to miss. Stay safe and happy trails! In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, we talk about the three main considerations when designing a set of mountain bike wheels, and break down the pieces that make up a wheelset from the rims to the hubs. We’ll also share some tips for troubleshooting and repairing wheels, and offer our thoughts on various rim diameters and widths. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
December 16, 2019
Enrico Guala is the founder of Italy’s Superenduro series and an Enduro World Series board member. He also owns 4Guimp, a bicycle distribution company based in Italy. We talk about the history of enduro mountain bike racing, along with the challenges race promotors face. Enrico shares his thoughts on recent doping cases in the sport, and how e-bikes fit into enduro. Finally, we ask Enrico if he thinks courses will become more difficult as riders’ skills progress. Find more at superenduromtb.com and 4guimp.it. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter. View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals
December 9, 2019
Wendy Engelberg is the founder of Girlz Gone Riding, a mountain bike group working to get more women riding and enjoying the experience. Club rides routinely see up to 100 mountain bikers, and the group counts thousands of members spread across California and Arizona. We talk with Wendy about the challenges women face when it comes to getting started in mountain biking and finding others to ride with. Based on years of experience, Wendy shares her tips for leading a successful and accessible group ride for mountain bikers of all abilities. Later, we discuss the brands and women in the mountain bike industry that are setting an example when it comes to diversifying participation. For more information go to girlzgoneriding.com View the latest hand-selected deals on mountain bikes and gear at singletracks.com/deals Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
December 2, 2019
photo: Dylan VanWeelden Alex Gardner, Nick Gibson, and Tommy Magrath started the Trans Cascadia 4-day enduro race five years ago as a way to allow riders to experience forgotten trails and incredible riding in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years they’ve forged relationships with the Forest Service and other trail user groups like the Backcountry Horsemen and have used the race as a way to give back to the trails. Despite the steep entry fee, Trans Cascadia routinely sells out from year to year as riders have come to appreciate the incredible trails, delicious meals, and a party-like atmosphere in between racing. Alex, Nick, and Tommy share their tips for bike selection and preparation for a multi-day enduro race and talk about how their model for giving back and putting on a great event could work for other locations. Editor’s note: The audio quality isn’t great for portions of this episode, but it’s definitely worth the listen! The guys were gracious enough to make time to record while in Wenatchee, Washington following a meeting with the Forest Service. For more information, go to trans-cascadia.com Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
November 25, 2019
photo: Sterling Lorence The Singletracks team traveled far and wide to cover the world of mountain biking this year. From fat biking during the Polar Votex in Wisconsin to racing across BC and Croatia, we saw a lot of trails in 2019. Listen in as we talk about our favorite mountain bike destinations, including St. George, Utah; Whistler, British Columbia; Czech Republic; Indonesia; Slovenia; Bellingham, Washington; Palisade, Colorado; Santa Cruz, California; Greece; Denmark; and Croatia. Did you get a chance to ride mountain bikes somewhere new this year? Tell us about it in the comments! This podcast is sponsored by Gloworm Lites. Gloworm is a mountain bike light brand founded almost a decade ago by two mountain bikers in New Zealand, and today the company offers some of the most customizable, highest quality bike lights on the market. Gloworm’s complete line of lights start at 1200 lumens and range up to a blinding 3400 lumens, all at reasonable prices.  glowormlites.co.nz Save 20% off all light systems on the Gloworm website with the coupon code SINGLETRACKS19. Shop for lights here: https://www.glowormlites.co.nz/product-category/lights/ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
November 18, 2019
Ryan Leech is a mountain bike trials riders who has starred in many mountain bike films over the years and has performed live in front of audiences around the world. He’s also a mountain bike skills coach and trainer, offering online programs covering topics like wheelies, cornering, and jumping. In this interview, Ryan opens up about the mental stress of performing mountain bike tricks, and also the physical toll it’s taken over the years. He fills us in on how yoga has helped heal both the mind and body, and how community makes his online mountain bike skills training and coaching program, the Ryan Leech Connection, unique. We also find out what it was like to perform in Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba show and how he came to launch a motivational speaking tour for teenagers call The Trials of Life. Connect with Ryan and learn more about his training program at ryanleech.com. This podcast is sponsored by Gloworm Lites. Gloworm is a mountain bike light brand founded almost a decade ago by two mountain bikers in New Zealand, and today the company offers some of the most customizable, highest quality bike lights on the market. Gloworm’s complete line of lights start at 1200 lumens and range up to a blinding 3400 lumens, all at reasonable prices.  glowormlites.co.nz Save 20% off all light systems on the Gloworm website with the coupon code SINGLETRACKS19. Shop for lights here: https://www.glowormlites.co.nz/product-category/lights/ Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
November 11, 2019
Yoann Barelli races the EWS at Finale Ligure in 2018. photo: Gerow. Enduro World Series founding board member Chris Ball talks about how he get into mountain biking, and the motivation for creating a race series outside of XC and DH competition. We find out how the first year of the UCI partnership went, and talk about EWS Travel, a program that lets riders experience iconic EWS destinations around the world. Chris shares the thinking behind adding the new e-bike race format to the EWS, the future of team competitions like the Trophy of Nations, and mountain bike safety. We also get Chris’s take on the best bike for enduro racing and his own personal favorite places to ride. This podcast is sponsored by Gloworm Lites. Gloworm is a mountain bike light brand founded almost a decade ago by two mountain bikers in New Zealand, and today the company offers some of the most customizable, highest quality bike lights on the market. Gloworm’s complete line of lights start at 1200 lumens and range up to a blinding 3400 lumens, all at reasonable prices.  glowormlites.co.nz Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
November 4, 2019
Sometimes, you just gotta vent. Matt, Gerow, and Jeff talk about the mountain bike stuff that has us stoked right now, and the things that are bumming us out. From gear to trail access, we cover it all including e-bikes, flow trails, stage racing, slopestyle mountain biking, and even health insurance. With so many topics on the table, every listener is bound to agree and disagree with our staff writers on at least one item! This podcast is sponsored by Gloworm Lites. Gloworm is a mountain bike light brand founded almost a decade ago by two mountain bikers in New Zealand, and today the company offers some of the most customizable, highest quality bike lights on the market. Gloworm’s complete line of lights start at 1200 lumens and range up to a blinding 3400 lumens, all at reasonable prices. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
October 28, 2019
Rémy Métailler is a professional mountain bike racer who competes in both DH and freeride competitions around the world. He also posts skills videos and ride reports regularly on his popular YouTube Channel. We ask Rémy about how he got started in mountain biking, downhill and freeride competition, and what it’s like to ride in an urban DH race. Rémy shares his thoughts on the new Redbull Rampage qualifier format, Whistler Bike Park, and YouTube and social media. Connect with Remy at youtube.com/c/remymetailler and on Instagram @remymetailler. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app for the chance to win a free hat. Keep up with the latest Singletracks news by subscribing to our newsletter.
October 21, 2019
Darren Kinnaird is the general manager for the Crankworx World Tour and a board member of both the Enduro World Series and the Freeride Mountain Bike Association. We ask Darren about how Whistler has changed over the past decade, and how Crankworx has become a part of international mountain bike culture. In this episode we also talk about the possibility of slopestyle mountain biking becoming an Olympic sport, how freeride is getting more women into riding, and additional Crankworx stops in the future. For more information about Crankworx, visit crankworx.com. To get exclusive online retailer coupons and to find deals on your favorite mountain bike products, go to singletracks.com/deals.
October 14, 2019
Jenny Corso is a cyclist and R&D Scientist who has studied exercise nutrition and physiology through various undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs. She’s also a licensed USA Cycling coach, and has written many articles for Singletracks on topics including fitness, nutrition, and travel. How is exercise metabolism separate from just everyday metabolism? How are nutritional needs different for athletes? How do you look at studies regarding the health of certain foods, which are often contradictory, and what’s the best way to take this into account when making decisions about what to eat? Is gluten bad for athletes, or people in general? Nutrition and exercise clearly go hand in hand in terms of health. But does one win out over the other in terms of outcomes? Is intermittent fasting good for athletes? Why do you think nutrition is so difficult for many people to get right? Connect with Jenny for coaching and consultation through her website, truphys.com where she delivers objective information on scientific research on nutrition and exercise. Shop for Singletracks hats, jerseys, and stickers at shop.singletracks.com.
October 7, 2019
Cam McCaul is a legendary slopestyle mountain biker who has helped grow and shape the sport for amost twenty years. He’s won numerous freeride competitions including Crankworx Colorado and the Bearclaw Invitational. He’s also been featured in some of the biggest mountain bike films and is a regular announcer at Red Bull mountain bike competitions. We talk with Cam about the history of freeride, his career, and his newest sponsor, PlusCBD Oil. In addition to sharing his sense of humor and how he looks at risk, Cam also opens up about dealing with bike-related injuries and navigating health insurance choices as a professional mountain biker. We even get his take on building challenging mountain bike trail features. Follow Cam McCaul on Instagram @cammcaul and check out his latest videos on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/camwmccaul Find deals on mountain bike gear and get exclusive Singletracks coupons at singletracks.com/deals Did we read your podcast review on this show? Send an email to jeff@singletracks.com with your name and address so we can mail you a free Singletracks hat.
September 30, 2019
Most, if not all mountain bikers are nature lovers too. For many of us, it’s the main reason we ride off road. This week, we want to share our stoke for nature and perhaps inspire others. How important is the natural aspect of mountain biking to you? Has your interest in nature grown since you started riding? What do you find most interesting on the trail — trees, plants, vistas, rocks, wildlife, or something else? What is your favorite type of ecosystem for mountain biking? What are some places you’ve ridden where the natural beauty surrounding the trail really stands out? What are some natural highlights you’ve experienced on the trail? Do you see any tension between having a love and respect for nature and riding or building trails? Do you think there are ways mountain bikers can be better natural stewards? What do you think about the fight between various recreation groups over land access? Is there at least common ground we can recognize? Sponsored by TripOutside.com which makes finding, comparing, and booking rental gear quick and easy. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app, and if we read your review on an upcoming episode, you win a free Singletracks hat!
September 23, 2019
Darcy Wittenburg is a partner, director, producer, and cinematographer at Anthill films. Anthill has produced some of the most iconic mountain bike films in recent memory, including Return to Earth, Unreal, and Strength in Numbers. I ask Darcy what is it about mountain biking that he finds interesting, and how all the movie pieces of a major film like Return to Earth comes together. We talk about the challenges and the most exciting moments of making a mountain bike movie, and how much risk athletes take to nail their tricks. What are some tricks of the trade? What make a mountain bike film a success? What other projects is Anthill working on this year? Listen in to find out! To learn more, go to Anthillfilms.com. Look for Return to Earth on AppleTV, Google Play, and Amazon.com. Sponsored by TripOutside.com which makes finding, comparing, and booking rental gear quick and easy. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app, and if we read your review on an upcoming episode, you win a free Singletracks hat!
September 16, 2019
Sonya Looney is a four time, national collegiate 24 hour racing champion, and was crowned the 24 hour world champion in 2015. She’s also notched wins at big endurance races like the Breck Epic (twice), Trans Andes, Brasil Ride, and La Leyenda Del Dorado in Columbia. She hosts her own podcast, called the Sonya Looney Show, where she talks about psychology, nutrition, and physiology. We talk about how Sonya got into mountain biking and how she was able to make time to train for ultra endurance races as a student and later as an engineer working full time. Sonya gives tips for gaining confidence and taking risks, and discusses what she’s learned about nutrition and plant-based diets over the past few years. Sponsored by TripOutside.com which makes finding, comparing, and booking rental gear quick and easy. Review the Singletracks podcast in your podcast app, and if we read your review on an upcoming episode, you win a free Singletracks hat! Subscribe to the Singletracks newsletter: http://bit.ly/2L1dGZ3
September 9, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, we share our experiences and tips for choosing your next (or your first) mountain bike. Where do you start? How do you know when it’s time for a new mountain bike? Is buying a used bike a good idea? Is it better to buy an expensive bike, or a cheap one to upgrade down the line? How do you decide to pull the trigger? Sponsored by TripOutside.com which makes finding, comparing, and booking rental gear quick and easy. Do you have a question or an idea for a podcast topic? Listen to find out how you can get on an upcoming episode! Subscribe to the Singletracks newsletter: http://bit.ly/2L1dGZ3
September 2, 2019
Greg Jacob is a self-described “regular” guy who decided to attempt the Navad 1000, a 621-mile, single-stage mountain bike race across Switzerland with more than 100,000ft. of climbing along the way. He’s here to talk about how he went from basically zero mountain bike experience to completing a grueling race in just a short time. In this episode, Greg shares: His background in terms of fitness and spending time outdoors His inspiration for signing up for the Navad 1000  How he prepared himself for the race. The biggest challenges he faced in his training. What surprised him about mountain biking relative to other sports he’s more familiar with, like road cycling. How turning 40 this year puts him at a disadvantage for adventures like this, but also gives him some advantages. Plans for mountain bike adventures in the future. Subscribe to the Singletracks newsletter: http://bit.ly/2L1dGZ3
August 26, 2019
Matt, Gerow, and Jeff talk about the link between mental wellness and mountain biking. Mountain bikers are using the sport to deal with depression, PTSD, learning disabilities, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, and lack of confidence in inspiring ways, and we look at how this might work. We also discuss some specific programs that use mountain biking to address learning disabilities and improve mental wellness. Subscribe to the Singletracks newsletter: http://bit.ly/2L1dGZ3
August 19, 2019
Gerow, Matt, and Jeff share updates and impressions from recent and upcoming mountain bike tests, from gravel and XC to trail and enduro bikes. Plus, we preview other bikes we’ll be testing and reviewing later this year.
August 12, 2019
James Wilson has been helping mountain bikers all around the world get strong and fit since 2005 through his online training programs and podcast. He’s also designed his own flat mountain biking pedal called the Catalyst to help riders improve both power and comfort on the bike. In this episode, we ask James for mountain bike training tips, and talk about why flat pedals are better than clipless for many riders. Connect with James at bikejames.com.
August 5, 2019
Note: This episodes contains language some listeners may find offensive. Mark Weir is a legend in the mountain bike world, having won the Downieville Downhill eight times and making his mark at WTB as a demanding product tester over two decades. He even has a mountain bike tire named after him, the WeirWolf. In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about enduro racing, climbing a million vertical feet in a year, his near heart attack, trail advocacy, and electric bikes. Mark is an entertaining guest who could easily host his own podcast, so you won’t want to miss this one. It’s already one of our favorites! Here are some of the questions we asked. * How is downhill endurance racing different from the more traditional, UCI-style downhill mountain bike racing? * How does enduro racing connect with the ethos established in the early days of mountain biking? * How and when did riders like yourself bring the French enduro race format to the US? Was there a natural transition from races like the Downieville Classic and super-D events to enduro, or was the change more abrupt? * When did you start to see frame geometry and components shift in the enduro direction in the US? * Based on your experience over the years, what’s more important in mountain biking: will or skills? Obviously, you need both, but what’s a good percentage split in your opinion? * Last year you came dangerously close to suffering what’s known as a widowmaker heart attack. Part of your recovery following surgery has involved riding an e-bike. How has that helped you get back into riding and fitness? * One of your many claims to fame is you climbed 1M vertical feet on your bike in a single year. Why did you set this as a goal for yourself? What did it take to make this happen? * Mountain biking has taken you all over the world. What are some of the best trails that stand out in your mind? * You’ve worked closely with WTB for at least a couple decades now. What are some of the projects you’re most proud to have been a part of? Where do you see opportunities for MTB product improvement in the future?
July 29, 2019
I was recently a guest on the Curiosityness podcast with Travis DeRose on the topic of getting started in mountain biking. If you’re listening to the Singletracks podcast, chances are you’re already a mountain biker, but you probably have friends and family members who are not (yet). So whether you’re looking for ways to convince your friends to join you, or you know someone who could benefit from this discussion, we hope you find this helpful. In this interview, I talk about trying mountain biking for the first time, trail dos and don’ts, how to shop for a bike, and how to find the best trails to ride.
July 22, 2019
Dylan Renn is the lead coach at A Singletrack Mind where he teaches mountain bike skills to riders of all abilities. He’s been gravity racing since 1994 and has served as head coach for a two high school mountain bike teams. In this episode, Dylan shares his tips for descending on a mountain bike. Whether you’re interested in racing downhill or just want to gain some confidence, these are the skills you need.
July 15, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Gerow, Jeff, and Matt discuss trail advocacy news from the North America and Europe, and share the results from recent trail etiquette surveys. * Riding wet trails * Pirate trails going legit * Who yields: climbers or descenders? * Is skidding still cool? * Trail terrorism * IMBA EU * Mountain bike impact review * New bikes in Wilderness legislation * Natural Resources Management Act
July 8, 2019
We’ve dedicated a couple Singletracks podcast episodes to mountain bike tires already, but things are changing fast! Based on popular demand, Matt and I talk about the latest in tire widths (is a 2.5″ tire mid-plus?), tread patterns, sealants, and tire inserts. Want more? Go back and listen to our show about choosing the best mountain bike tires for conditions and our interview with Bobby from Maxxis about plus tires.
July 1, 2019
Simon Lawton is the founder of Fluidride, a world-class mountain bike instructional school located in Seattle, WA. He’s helped riders all over the world in person and through his online videos. He’s also a tireless mountain bike trail building advocate and his nonprofit has helped disabled riders get back in the saddle. I ask Simon about his overall approach to mountain bike skills instruction and he shares tips for cornering and manuals. We also talk about trail advocacy, favorite places to ride around the world, and how video is changing mountain bike skills instruction.
June 24, 2019
No other man is as well positioned to talk about where mountain biking has been, and where it’s going in the future, than Gary Fisher. From organizing the first mountain bike races at Repack, to building an eponymous mountain bike brand and his current role at Trek, Gary is an outspoken and enthusiastic advocate for biking. Listen in as Gary recounts the early days of mountain biking and weighs in on where our sport is headed today.
June 17, 2019
Professional mountain bike racer Payson McElveen shares how he got started in the sport and talks about his favorite places to ride. His latest competitive projects involve establishing the fastest known times (FKTs) for iconic mountain bike routes like the White Rim Trail in Utah. We ask Payson for his training tips and how racing against the clock is different from racing the field. Follow Payson on Instagram @paysonmcelveen and check out his podcast, The Adventure Stache, available in podcast apps and on his website.
June 3, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Gerow and Jeff share tips for making mountain bike repairs in an emergency. From packing the right supplies (duct tape!) to finding creative ways to get rolling again, you don’t want to miss this helpful episode.
May 27, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast I talk with Mike Brcic about the best ways to share the mountain bike experience with others, whether that’s leading a group ride or promoting mountain bike tourism in local communities. Plus, we talk about some of Mike’s favorite places to mountain bike around the world, including some up-and-coming spots to put on your radar. Mike is the founder of Sacred Rides, one of the top providers of mountain bike tours around the world. He’s an educator with the Adventure Travel Association, and a Co-founder of Bikes without Borders, a non-profit dedicated to empowering marginalized communities through bike-related solutions. Mike’s latest venture, Mastermind Adventures, hosts small-group adventures for entrepreneurs in top outdoor destinations.
May 20, 2019
In this episode, Gerow gives us the low down on some of the mountain bike trails he’s discovered in Italy so far. We talk about mountain bike culture in this part of Europe, and discuss some interesting European mountain bike brands that may not be familiar to US listeners.
May 13, 2019
Hans Rey is a mountain bike trials legend and global ambassador for the sport, exploring and documenting exotic locations around the world by bike. His non-profit, Wheels4Life, provides bicycles for transportation to folks in developing countries.  He was inducted in the mountain bike hall of fame in 1999, and is an IMBA honorary board member. I talk with Hans about how he got started in mountain bike trials, and how trials riding is related to freeriding. Hans shares his secrets for staying strong on the bike after all these years, his favorite places to ride around the world, and why he’s such a big fan of flow trails. We also talk about the work his non-profit Wheels4Life is doing globally, and how mountain bike video production and distribution has changed since the VHS days.
May 6, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Matt, Gerow, and Jeff talk about recent, current, and future mountain bike review tests. We share impressions and thoughts on the following bikes: * GT Force * Ancillotti Scarab Evo 29 * Ibis Ripley * Salsa Spearfish * Orbea Rallon * Orange P7 * Fezzari Signal Peak * Cannondale Jekyll 29 * Diamondback SyncR carbon
April 29, 2019
A National strategy for developing mountain biking in Scotland has been in place since 2010 and an updated comprehensive plan for the next 6 years is set to be released any day. We talk with Graeme McLean, project manager from Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS), about how well the plan has worked so far, and what DMBinS has in store for the future. Any group looking to develop mountain biking — whether it’s at the local or national level, for tourism, industry, or athlete development — can learn from what DMBinS has accomplished so far.
April 22, 2019
Matt and Jeff recap all the new products and news from Sea Otter 2019 in Monterey, CA. We share impressions of the mountain bikes we tested, cover notable product releases, and talk about some of the wackier things we found. Sea Otter was bigger and better than ever before, so we discuss what that might mean for mountain bike culture.
April 15, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Matt, Gerow, and Jeff talk about what enduro is, and why it matters to the sport of mountain biking. From athletes and races to bikes and gear, enduro is a reflection of how many of us approach riding.
April 1, 2019
Jeff Kendall-Weed is a mountain bike content creator on a mission to grow the sport and inspire others to get involved in mountain bike advocacy. His popular YouTube series, Local Loam, showcases rad trails, rad riding, and the rad people who make it all happen. In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, I ask Jeff about his inspirations, favorite places to ride, skills progression, and how he makes time for riding. Jeff also hosts a popular podcast called Kendall vs. Kendall, and his website is JeffKendallWeed.com.
March 25, 2019
Chris Akrigg is known around the world for his incredible bike handling skills and his creative approach to riding on anything with two wheels. His latest series of videos, The Process, focuses on creating fun and challenging bike features out of natural surroundings. I talk with Chris about how he keeps his trials riding skills sharp and fresh, and what makes technical trail challenges so appealing to him. Chris speaks about injuries over the years, and how he approaches recovery with the same competitive, can-do spirit as his riding. We also talk about taking risks, his favorite projects over the years, and what Chris has in store for the future. Watch Chris in action on his YouTube channel and on the Mongoose channel.
March 18, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Gerow, Matt, and Jeff share mountain bike race tips learned over many seasons of racing and watching the pros. We touch on training and preparation before the event, and offer advice for setting up your bike for the big day. Listen to avoid some of the biggest mistakes we’ve seen racers make, and also some of the smartest things we’ve observed.
March 11, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, we talk about the three main considerations when designing a set of mountain bike wheels, and break down the pieces that make up a wheelset from the rims to the hubs. We’ll also share some tips for troubleshooting and repairing wheels, and offer our thoughts on various rim diameters and widths.
March 4, 2019
Andrew Taylor is a professional freeride mountain biker who set out last year to ride his mountain bike in all 48 Continental US states. He’s still on the road with just a few more states to go and joins us to talk about his motivation for the trip and the equipment he’s using to make it happen. Andrew also shares some of his favorite mountain bike trails and destinations so far, and the surprising things he’s learned along the way. You can watch videos from the trip on Andrew’s YouTube channel.
February 25, 2019
SRAM recently announced a wireless mountain bike drivetrain and dropper post, which got us thinking: What does going wireless and electronic mean for mountain biking? In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Matt and I discuss the various wireless, electronic controls for drivetrains, suspension, dropper posts, and even brakes.
February 18, 2019
Jake Pantone is the Vice President of Product and Consumer Experience at Enve, a Utah-based company that makes carbon fiber bike parts. We ask Jake where the name Enve comes from and why high-quality carbon mountain bike parts cost as much as they do. We also get an inside look at what it takes to be successful in the bike industry and talk about Jake’s favorite places to ride in Utah.
February 11, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Matt and Jeff explain the pros and cons of different types of mountain bike pedals. We also offer tips for learning to ride with clipless pedals and discuss some of the performance considerations when choosing a mountain bike pedal type.
February 4, 2019
Mountain biking is riding a wave of popularity at the moment, and it’s a good time to be a rider. We’re seeing progression in everything from bikes and trails to racing, so we thought it would be helpful to give our take on some of the trends we’re tracking in 2019. Matt and Jeff discuss some of the positive trends we’re seeing, along with some of the potentially negative things that could affect mountain biking in the future. We also touch on some of the trends that we predict will fade this year.
January 28, 2019
Huw Oliver and Annie Lloyd-Evans are outdoor educators based in Scotland. The couple has raced and bikepacked all over the planet, and recently completed a winter fat bike expedition above the Arctic Circle in Sweden. The story of their adventure, Lemonade in Lapland, was recently published at Discover Interesting.  Singletracks talks to Huw and Annie about their adventure, and what drives them to visit new places and to face extreme outdoor challenges. We also get their invaluable tips for mountain biking in cold, winter conditions.
January 21, 2019
Todd Branham lives, works, and plays in the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina as a professional trail builder. He also directs the Pisgah Stage race, a 5-day, fully-supported mountain bike race that showcases 140 miles of the best singletrack in the forest. I ask Todd to share his tips for designing and building great trails and about what makes the mountain biking in Pisgah National Forest so special. Todd talks about why building flow trails is so important, and spills the beans on some under-the-radar trails in Pisgah few will ever ride, but more should.
January 14, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Matt and Jeff talk about the most recent mountain bike advocacy news. * Mountain bike access in Wilderness Study Areas like the Bitterroots, Montana. * Updates on the bill to allow mountain bikes in select Wilderness areas. * The impact of forest fires in California on mountain bike trails. * A new(ish) state-level mountain bike advocacy model being used in Vermont, Michigan, and other states. * MTB-related bills being supported by IMBA that are (or were recently) under consideration.  
January 7, 2019
In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, Jeff and Matt share their experience with six long term bike reviews completed recently. Get inside info on how Singletracks conducts bike reviews, and hear our extended thoughts on the bikes listed below. * Pivot Firebird (29er enduro) * Norco Sight (29er trail bike) * Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt (alloy trail bike) * Cannondale Scalpel SE2 (aggressive XC build) * Marin San Quentin (trail/DJ hardtail) * Ritchey Ultra (steel trail hardtail)
December 31, 2018
In this re-share from the Singletracks podcast, we talk with professional mountain bike instructor Richard La China from Ninja Mountain Bike Performance about the number one skill mountain bikers need help with, plus the biggest mistakes mountain bikers make when it comes to building technical skills. We also get the low down on how riders are able to progress from small jumps to nailing huge gaps. We’ll be back in 2019 with a fresh slate of podcast interviews and mountain bike topics for the New Year, so Happy Trails until then!
December 24, 2018
In this podcast re-share, we talk about 1X vs. 2X mountain bike drivetrain configurations, gearing, and performance. Not only that, we talk about electronic shifting, oval chainrings, belt-driven drivetrains, and internally geared setups. We’ll be back in 2019 with a fresh slate of podcast interviews and mountain bike topics for the New Year, so Happy Trails until then!
December 17, 2018
Mountain biking has a lot of momentum going into 2019, but if we’re honest there are things all of us can do to make our sport even better. Whether you’re new to the MTB community, or you’re comfortably established, we want to reflect on some ways to give back during this season of giving. If mountain biking had a wish list for Santa, these are the things that would be on it. In this episode, we’ll suggest ways we can all speak, give, share, and help the mountain bike community.  Here are the action steps we suggest for 2019: Take 5 minutes to submit a letter to your rep or to sign a petition the next time one hits your inbox or news feed. Give to you local MTB club this year. It costs less than a single new tire. Share something on Singletracks. Offer help or encouragement to someone who is just starting out.
December 10, 2018
We get inside the head of Ibis’ product designer, Roxy Lo, to find out what it takes to design iconic, high-performance mountain bikes like the Mojo, Ripmo, and new DV9.
December 3, 2018
Phil Kmetz is a 3-time Collegiate National mountain bike champ who has podiumed at several US National Championships and has competed in UCI World Cup events.  His popular YouTube channel, Skills with Phil, has more than a quarter of a million subscribers. In this episode, we talk with Phil about Youtube, mountain bike skills, urban downhill racing, and his vision for a mountain biking wonderland.
November 26, 2018
Carl Decker is a five-time Downieville champion, a three-time US singlespeed champion, and in 2008 he won the World singlespeed championship. He’s currently part of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team and just recently helped put on the Singlespeed World Championship race in Bend, Oregon. In this episode, Carl talks about what it’s like to be a pro mountain biker and shares some of the competitive secrets he’s picked up over the years. We also talk about what makes singlespeed mountain biking so dang attractive and addictive.
November 19, 2018
Chloe Woodruff is from Prescott, Arizona and owns and rides for the Stans / Pivot Pro Team presented by Maxxis.  She has raced the cross-country discipline on 10 World Championship teams as a junior, under 23 athlete, elite. She was also one of two women mountain bike racers who represented the United States in the 2016 Olympics. I met up with Chloe in Sedona at Roam Bike Fest, a women’s mountain bike festival, to talk about racing, the Olympics, and to learn about her approach to goal setting.
November 12, 2018
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA.org) is a state-level group that supports grass-roots clubs building and maintaining trails, while also promoting tourism. Other states are taking note and considering how this model might work for them. We talk with Tom Stuessy about what the group has been able to accomplish thanks to the group’s unique configuration. Tom also gives us the lowdown on the best places to ride in Vermont beyond Kingdom Trails and Killington Resort.
November 5, 2018
Jeff Lenosky is a professional trials mountain biker who has traveled all over the world competing and starring in films. He’s also a dedicated product tester and bike event organizer with a popular YouTube channel where he’s known as the Trail Boss. In this episode of the Singletracks podcast, we ask Jeff for his climbing tips, and talk about the skills involved in mountain bike trials riding. Jeff tells us about his favorite places to ride, including some unexpected discoveries, plus he shares his tips for being successful on YouTube.
October 29, 2018
Bonnie McDonald, co-founder of Backcountry Lifeline, talks about the group’s mission, which is to provide mountain bikers and event organizers with the tools and knowledge to make riding safer. We’ll cover some basic first aid tips and strategies for backcountry emergencies, and talk about the level of risk various types of mountain bike rides can pose.
October 22, 2018
James Wilson has been helping mountain bikers all around the world get strong and fit since 2005 through his online training programs and podcast. He’s also designed his own flat mountain biking pedal called the Catalyst to help riders improve both power and comfort on the bike. In this episode, we ask James for mountain bike training tips, and talk about why flat pedals are better than clipless for many riders. Connect with James at bikejames.com.
October 15, 2018
The #vanlife is trending, and many are following their outdoor passions by living on the road. Julie and Reet Singh have been on the road for nearly a year while building their outdoor equipment rental booking service, TripOutside. We talk about the pros and cons of living on the road, and get tips for those who might be thinking of making the plunge. Check out shots of their road home below, and follow the Singhs on Instagram @wherethewildsinghsare.
October 8, 2018
Matt and Jeff recap all the news from Interbike 2018, from test rides at Northstar to new mountain bike products spotted in Reno.
October 1, 2018
It’s universal: None of us feel like we get enough time to ride. Mountain biking is addictive and epic rides just leave us wanting more. Leah, Matt, and Jeff share dozens of ideas for unlocking more ride time for those facing family, work, and other time pressures.
September 24, 2018
It’s been just one year since our last podcast episode about long travel 29ers, and a lot has changed since then! Matt and Jeff talk about some of the latest mountain bikes to go 29er, and speculate on what’s to come.
September 10, 2018
Rich Bernoulli, a bike frame building instructor at the United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Portland, Oregon, fills us in on how bike frames are fabricated. We discuss materials selection, welding techniques, and how professional bike builders hone their skills. Get more information about the frame building classes offered at UBI.
August 27, 2018
Crankworx is more than just a festival, or a series of competitions, or a bike demo. It’s a part of mountain bike culture. Matt spent five days at Crankworx Whistler this year and fills us in on the new products, racing, trails, and athletes at Whistler in British Columbia. This episode is sponsored by RXBar. Listen to the podcast for an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order of RXBar for Singletracks members! 
August 20, 2018
Cover photo: Tom Ritchey with his “first good bike.” Courtesy Tom Ritchey. Tom Ritchey is credited as the first production mountain bike frame builder in the world, and has introduced countless bike designs and products over the years that are considered standard in the industry today. His company, Ritchey Design, where Tom is still actively involved, designs high performance bikes, handlebars, seatposts, grips, tires, and everything in between. Tom talks with Singletracks about the history of mountain biking, wheel sizes, the pros and cons of industry standards, and even electric bikes. This episode is sponsored by Evo.com. Use code “SINGLETRACKS” to take 10% off your next order.
August 6, 2018
Joe Breeze practically invented the mountain bike and has accomplished many firsts in our sport. In 1988 he was inducted into the mountain bike hall of fame, and today he’s the curator of the Marin Museum of Bicycling. In addition to talking about how mountain biking got started, Joe gives some insight into why people feel compelled to ride bikes off road. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the beginnings of our sport, how today’s MTB culture is influenced by those early days, and where mountain biking is headed in the future. This is the second interview in a series about the past, present, and future of mountain biking. Catch up by listening to our conversation with Charlie Kelly and look for interviews with Tom Ritchey, Gary Fisher, and others coming soon. This episode is sponsored by Evo.com. Use code “SINGLETRACKS” to take 10% off your next order.
July 30, 2018
Whether you’re getting in shape for mountain bike racing or just trying to hang with the group, we offer our tips for improving mountain bike fitness. This episode of the Singletracks podcast is sponsored by evo. evo is a leading action sports retailer with stores in Seattle, Portland, and Denver, along with their website evo.com. evo goes beyond just selling mountain bikes, they offer a full, immersive experience blending sports, culture, and lifestyle. Listen for an exclusive discount code to use in store and online at evo.com.
July 23, 2018
Eric Porter talks about how he was able to progress from XC racer to winning slopestyle mountain biker over his career as a professional rider. We ask Eric how he’s dealt with concussions and head injuries over the years, and what it takes to be a rad Dad to two young boys. Follow Eric on Instagram @portermtb. Thanks to Stio for sponsoring this episode. Go to stio.com/singletracks to check out their entire Pedal Collection of mountain bike shorts and jerseys.
July 16, 2018
No matter your skill level, there is always room for improvement when it comes to descending skills. We share our tips for getting faster at mountain biking downhill.
July 9, 2018
Whether you’re a woman buying a bike for yourself, or a man who is having a hard time finding smaller mountain bikes that fit, this is the podcast for you! We talk about the mountain bikes that are available to women today, and hear directly from some of the brands designing bikes for smaller riders. Thanks to Stio for sponsoring this episode. Go to stio.com/singletracks to check out their entire Pedal Collection of mountain bike shorts and jerseys.
July 2, 2018
It would take two lifetimes to learn everything there is to know about mountain biking, and along the path we’re all bound to make mistakes. We talk about some of the most common pitfalls and offer hard-won advice that’s useful for everyone from newbs to pros.
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