During many casual conversations with fellow riding friends, the topic on why I still continue to ride my street bike pops up often. While I am not the best old man street styler in town, and had my fair shares of cycling “bailouts”. I take pride in my constant core strength exercise opportunities whenever the occasion arises – which is everytime I ride any of my bicycles. Every ride, long or short of it, where depleting energy level from long rides allows, I would try to tackle some street features – be it a trash bag full of dry leaves, a kerb or a road divider. To some, this might look like a habit only street riders (Street MTB or BMX) have because we are “playful”? Not quite accurate. It’s a habit I am happy to retain throughout my bike life as this hops and pops continue to build core strength and muscle memories. For every cyclist who wish to do well in their primary cycling disciplines (mountain, road or any other disciplines along this spectrum), I suggest getting your technical foundation skills dialled and core strength up to speed. Here’s how.
Singapore Open Enduro (SOE) 2023 happened on 21 and 22 October 2023. It was a very successful event and set the bar high for future events and races to come. Stories about SOE would not be complete without the mention of its founder Wilson Low. This story is not about the actions of SOE, it is about the man behind the flattest enduro in the world. We didn’t realise that a flat enduro could be so tough to put together. Wilson Low shares his blood, sweat and tears of joy for his brainchild.
We have heard how hot the Philippines is when it comes to mountain biking (and the cycling sport as a whole). The Pinoy mountain bike community brought their own unique flavour and local culture to the sport, adding more colours to the Asian mountain biking scene. It is from amidst this fun-loving folks that we chanced upon young Sam Mariano who rides out from Roxas City. Lots of city slickers can claim they are into mountain biking and are totally into the sport. We’ll let Sam show us what it means to be “into a sport” – or at least … one way of being totally into the sport.
Bikezilla was given the opportunity to get well acquainted with the Mondraker SuperFoxy Carbon R. Looking back, we had our first experiences with the Mondraker Dune and Foxy in 2015. Those bikes had both the looks and the capabilities to handle the trails well. What’s more memorable was that there’s a certain unique personality about Mondraker Bikes. We’d like to call it the “Mondraker DNA”. It is with this anticipation and benchmarking when we got hold of the new SuperFoxy Carbon R. We were eager to find out for ourselves just how did this shiny new Mondraker model match up with its predecessors. Our editor shared the team’s collective experiences.
We still love the trails at Doi Suthep and Doi Pui. But more than a decade of shredding the trails on these holy mountains had damaged the trails quite badly. While some riding would continue around these 2 mountains, there are also measures to heal the mountain and ensure safety for users of the trails. It will take time for the mountain to heal. It’s time to ride deeper down south-west. Deeper into Doi Inthanon. This is an update on what’s new around Chiang Mai mountain biking.