Victoria Cycles NAHBS 2016

I’m not super happy with the way my pics came out from the Victoria Cycles booth but this black and tan (yes, beer) 650b mtb was one of my favorite bikes at the show. In fact,  of all the bikes I saw at NAHBS, this is the one that most made me want to just get on and ride away. These frames are built by Dave Hill in Salida, Colorado and the company is named after Dave’s wife, who I talked to briefly while snapping these pics. You can see a few more after the jump.

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Matter Cycles NAHBS 2016

I have an older Santa Cruz Heckler and continue to be a fan simple, single pivot designs. The Heckler is also my only non-steel bike. So I was pretty stoked to see the TwoStroke by Matter Cycles--an all-steel single pivot long-travel 27.5er. This is owner/builder Collin Schaafsma’s personal working prototype, freshly painted for the show! More pics after the jump!

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Keyesville Classic Vintage MTB Stage Race

The Keyesville Classic is in its 28th year this year. As part of the fun, they have a “vintage” category, where you can bring your old school Ritchey, WTB, Salsa, Cunningham, Yeti or whatever and have fun!

Annual Vintage MTB gathering. Three days of vintage mtb riding and “racing”. We have our own vintage class where we can ride our classic mountain bikes in the Short Track, Downhill (Super D), and Cross Country. Dozens of beautiful vintage mtb’s on hand to pine over. Casual atmosphere, great food and camping, lots of dorking out on old bikes.

More details on the vintage racing and shows on the group’s Facebook event page.

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Ask a Founder: a Talk with Keith Bontrager

These “Ask a Founder” videos by Bike Magazine run a bit long, but this one with Keith Bontrager is definitely worth watching if you have the time. There is some great stuff about dumpster diving, his motorcross background, Paul Turner, how the industry moved from a craftsmanship to engineering focus, the original V-brakes, the Trek acquisition, his current role at Trek, his respect for Shimano, his favorite cooking gadget, making beer, etc. etc. Watch!