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2014 Grumpa Grass Slalom mountain bike race

Grumpa Grass Slalom v4: Back to Basics

If you’re taking the time to read this, you likely already know how it goes: gentle slope + spikes + cones = laughs, a little friendly competition, and drifts. 2014 was no different really. The course was much the same and many of the racers were returnees. Why bother coming Read More »

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Interview: 35mm (Another) MTB Standard

This year I ordered a new bike after a couple of seasons aboard the same vessel. I have to admit that I spoiled myself. Top shelf carbon frame, dialed suspension, trendy wheel size, 11 speed drivetrain, four piston brakes… the works. While the bike was in transit I was bummed Read More »

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Nov.
23
2012
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Joel Harwood stirring up the earth at the Grumpa Grass Slalom

The Grumpa Grass Slalom Returns

We all ride bikes for the same reason. Fun. That was all the motivation I needed when deciding to put a little underground race together. At the end of the summer, the weather in Squamish is unreliable at best, bikes tend to show signs of a season’s abuse, and our Read More »

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Oct.
2
2012
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Whistler’s 4 Kings: The Perfect Finale to a Near Perfect Series

After having raced DH, XC, Enduro, and everything in between this summer, we at Straightshot decided the best way to wrap up another great summer was Tony Horn’s third effort to crown the best overall rider in the land—The Four Kings. The weekend left all who attended with aching bodies, Read More »

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23
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Joel testing the Scott Voltage's versatility

Mountain Bike Frame Adjustability – The Future vs. Gimmickry

After seeing the Coastal Crew’s first feature film, under the moniker, Secondbase Films (trailer for said film) my inner bike nerd couldn’t help but notice the number of ways the trio had their frames set up. More and more mountain bike companies seem to be offering components and frames that Read More »

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