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Tune in to hear the latest mountain bike news and reviews from around the world.

    A Case Study in MTB Tourism, with CAMBA in Wisconsin [Podcast #270]

    A Case Study in MTB Tourism, with CAMBA in Wisconsin [Podcast #270]

    The “Gravity Cavity” in the CAMBA trail system.







    Ron Bergin is the Executive Director of the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association, also known as CAMBA, located in northern Wisconsin. The club is known for maintaining a well known network of mountain bike trails which host popular races and events including the Chequamegon Mountain Bike Festival and the Borah Epic. CAMBA recently worked with River Falls Research Center on a study linking trail visits to $7.8 million in economic impact within two surrounding counties.







    We learn how the CAMBA trail usage and economic impact study was conducted, and what the results mean for future trail building and maintenance. Are events big economic drivers, or are trails alone enough to make an impact? Is it tough to find enough local volunteers to maintain trails used primarily by tourists? Do groomed fat bike trails draw winter visitors? Ron answers all these questions and more.







    Read the full report here (https://cambatrails.org/about/economic-impact-studies/) and learn more about the group at cambatrails.org.

    • 46 min
    Mountain Bike Training in the Time of Covid [Podcast #269]

    Mountain Bike Training in the Time of Covid [Podcast #269]

    Ben Turits runs a coaching business and sports therapy practice called The Endurance Collective. He’s joined us a couple of times on the Singletracks podcast in the past, and we’re stoked to have him back to talk about strength and fitness training in the time of Covid.







    Pro and amateur cycling athletes alike have seen their 2020 race and training schedules disrupted, so we dig into the ways athletes are adapting. While our discussion is centered around the effects of the current pandemic, many of the takeaways are applicable to anyone who is facing fitness or training challenges due to unexpected events.







    We discuss mental tricks for staying focused, the effect of competition on performance, and the positive things some have learned amid forced downtime. The current pandemic is accelerating training technology adoption so we discuss which changes will stick around.







    Connect with Ben at theendurancecollective.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.







    Save 15% off all light systems on the Gloworm website with the coupon code SINGLETRACKS2020. Shop for lights at glowormlites.co.nz

    • 43 min
    Fresh Gear and eMTB Advocacy News [Podcast #268]

    Fresh Gear and eMTB Advocacy News [Podcast #268]

    EWS 2020, Pietra Ligure. photo: Gerow







    In this week’s episode, Gerow, Jeff, and Matt sit down to discuss the latest mountain bike news, starting with a question that seems to come up every few years: is this the golden age of mountain biking? We’ll talk about interesting new products including a linkage upgrade and a shippable, cardboard pump track template, plus we take a look at the short 2020 professional mountain bike race season.







    There’s also much to talk about in the world of e-bikes, from trail access to the latest take on lightweight eMTBs from Orbea. Listen in as we answer the question: what’s been your best and worst ride lately?

















    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.







    Save 15% off all light systems on the Gloworm website with the coupon code SINGLETRACKS2020. Shop for lights at glowormlites.co.nz

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Chris Currie on Mountain Bike Suspension Design [Podcast #267]

    Chris Currie on Mountain Bike Suspension Design [Podcast #267]

    Chris Currie is a bike industry veteran with decades of experience in everything from retail and marketing to product design. His patented mountain bike suspension design, dubbed 3VO, is well regarded and is currently being used by Jamis Bikes in their full suspension bike line.







    Chris fills us in on what it takes to design and patent a brand new mountain bike suspension setup, and talks about what makes his approach unique. We also ask Chris to explain confusing but important terms like instant center and axle path. What’s the most annoying thing about mountain bikes at the moment? Listen in to find out how Chris answers.

















    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.







    Save 15% off all light systems on the Gloworm website with the coupon code SINGLETRACKS2020. Shop for lights at glowormlites.co.nz

    • 56 min
    Our Favorite Mountain Bikes and Gear of 2020 [Podcast #266]

    Our Favorite Mountain Bikes and Gear of 2020 [Podcast #266]

    photo: Hannah Morvay







    The Singletracks staff has tested a ton of gear this year, and this week we’re looking back at some of our favorites. Listen in to hear what impressed us about each of these items, from clothing and accessories to complete bikes.







    The following lists many of the mountain bike items mentioned in this episode. Click the links to read select reviews.







    MTB components







    * TRP G-Spec brakes* Teravail Honcho tires* Schwalbe Magic Mary tires* Formula Selva R fork* Hope Fortus 30 wheels* Versus tires* MRP Raven fork* Ohlins TTXAir shock







    Read about four more favorite tires tested in 2020 here.







    MTB accessories







    * Topeak Burrito seat pack* Thule Roundtrip duffel bag* Garmin Forerunner 235 watch* Polar Grit X watch* Topeak Tubi 18 mini tool* Topeak DA mountain pump* Fidlock bottles* Camelbak Chase hydration vest* Topeak Prepstand Pro work stand







    Clothing and wearables







    * Pactimo Ridgeline hoodie* Gore C5 All-mountain shorts* Tasco gloves* Giro Ventana shoes* Endura MT500 jacket* Fox Speedframe helmet* a h...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    How MTB Protection Works, with Dr. Chris Leatt [Podcast]

    How MTB Protection Works, with Dr. Chris Leatt [Podcast]

    Dr. Chris Leatt is the founder of the eponymous bike and moto protection brand based in South Africa. The company’s bike product line has expanded over the years to include helmets, pads, goggles, and even hydration packs, all designed with a focus on safety and protection.







    We find out how the Leatt company got its start, and what the brand is doing to help athletes stay safe. Dr. Leatt explains how everything from neck braces to helmets and body armor are designed to work, and offers tips for reducing risk on the bike trail.

















    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.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Gazza from OZ ,

MTB for your ears

Super informative in a laid back format.
There many good MTB YouTube channels out there now, but really only a few podcasts with this sort of quality content. Top of my playlist!

Jjvvcj ,

Very useful

As a fairly new rider I have found plenty of great episodes with loads of useful info that it can sometimes be hard to find when shifting through online articles.

The way the world is ,

Practical, insightful and fun to listen to...

Great podcast that has really great tips and information for riders of all levels. Excellent also for keeping up with what is happening in the industry and in bike design.

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