Roadies Catch On To A Product Mountain Bikers Have Been Using For 19 Years

The roadie world is going bonkers because pro rider Matej Mohoric recently won the Milan-San Rimo race using a…wait for it…dropper seatpost! The rider credits the seatpost for an advantage over his competition on the notorious descent of the course. It only took the roadie world 19 years to catch up to what mountain bikers have known and been using since the GravityDropper was introduced in 2003. Joe Breeze’s Hite-Rite, a seatpost with a return spring, started this revolution around 1980 but it got lost along the trail. The GravityDropper,…

Top Stories Of 2021 From Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels

Calculating the top (most-clicked-on) stories of 2021 is fraught with technical difficulties. Stories posted early in the year have a marked advantage over a story posted in December. Stories that are “Updates” include tag-along readers from the original story (so I haven’t counted them unless the original story appeared in 2021). Finally, web browsers are getting mighty stingy revealing clicks (and I’m fine with that because I don’t monetize or track my readers) so I could have a story with way more eyeballs on it than I’ll ever know. Even…

Fox Mountain Bike Suspension Fork Overbuilt For Mountain Bikers

It used to be that mountain bike component companies shaved ever ounce of unneeded material off their products to save weight. Some companies even put rider weight limits on their products. I sometimes worried that companies were going too close to the edge (of safety and reliability) when trimming weight. Looks like, at least Fox, is not going remotely near the edge for mountain bikers. After seeing the Fox 40 fork spec’ed on the Graft electric-powered motorcycle, it is pretty clear the fork is overbuilt for use on mountain bikes.…

Leigh Donovan’s Mountain Biker Skills Video Series Will Make You A Better Rider

Did you get into mountain bike riding during the pandemic? Need to brush up on some mountain biking basics? Want to learn cool stuff you can use on every ride? Well friends, you are in luck! Leigh Donovan, a Troy Lee Designs athlete, Hall of Fame member and mountain biking’s most high-energy, good-vibe ambassador, has put together a series of videos sharing hard-learned riding tips that every rider can use. I dig them because Leigh kept them short and easy to follow. Check them out at her homepage at Troy…

Prolific Action Sports Photographer, John Ker, In Recovery Mode

Hall of Fame member (both Mountain Bike and BMX) and all-round great guy, John Ker, is in the hospital following hip-replacement surgery (following a cycling get off). John’s recovery has not gone smoothly and he is in a lot of pain. Rehab is going at a snail’s pace. John can use some encouragement so take the time to drop him a get-well email. His email address is johnk@hi-torque.com. I know he would love hearing from friends, old and new.

No Sea Otter Classic For 2020

It comes as no surprise that the Sea Otter Classic promoter is pulling the plug on their rescheduled 2020 event. The event that is traditionally held in the Spring of each year was shifted to October for 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19. As it became clear that the pandemic is still a concern for any event that draws large numbers of participants (except for the Sturgis Motorcycle rally and social justice protests), the Sea Otter promoters have pulled the plug on the 2020 event and are pinning their hopes…

Mountain Biker Appears On Commemorative Stamp

I’ve always been a sucker for the USPS’s commemorative stamps. I usually buy two sheets. One to use as postage (I still like sending letters and cards instead of emails) and the other to stuff in the bottom of a desk draw with the intention of saving it for posterity (or maybe making a million bucks on it at auction). I’ve got cartoon characters, hot rods, motorcycles, dinosaurs, rock stars, monsters and historical figures (many of whom have been cancelled in today’s culture). I have to wonder if that will…

The Amazing Bob Sutton Shocks His Docs

I was introduced to Bob Sutton by the late Steve Tilford. That should tell you something right there. We became fast friends. Bob even spent some time working for the same publishing company I used to work for and Dirt Bike published a few of Bob’s adventure stories. Bob was recently diagnosed with a very serious medical condition that required a surgery. When Bob showed up for the procedure, his doctors were shocked at a good amount of bruising on Bob’s body. Bob explains in an email received this morning;…