The Beast Coasters (ambassadors Stephen Pope and Ryan Mcevoy) have been busy playing hard throughout the Vermont summer. They put together this fun little video of their home turf on Burk Mountain. A little bit BMX, a little bit DH- these boys know how to have a good time.
We’re guessing you’ve heard of a brevet, right? No? Well a Brevet is basically a randonneuring event, one where there is a winner. A race is called a randonnée or a brevet, and a rider who has completed a 200 km event is called a randonneur. A group of Christchurch, New Zealand-based riders, including photographer Odin Woods are about to set out on their own randonneuring event, but with a little twist. Theirs is a Beervet and the 500km route has been planned to take in all of the Nelson and Marlborough regions’ rural pubs. Odin says “it should be more fun than punishment.”
You can follow Odin and his fellow Beerveters on his instagram here and can follow the ringleader Tony Hutchison here.
Odin’s bike of choice is a classic 2013 Kona Unit, the full build list is below.
Shimano XT brakes 180F 160R Shimano XT SPDs Sram X1 9-42 cassette Sram GX derailleur Sram XO 170 Carbon Cranks with 32T chainring Sram X1 shifter Kona 760 XC bars Ergon grips Cane Creek bar ends Thompson 80mm stem Stock P2 fork Easton wheels DT hubs Maxxis Ardents 2.3 WTB Volt saddle Stock Kona seat post Revelate bags Custom Dirt Bag Utility Co half frame bag Wolftooth bottle cages cut down and re welded 20 kgs fully loaded
Bryan Dexter went into Pedal Driven, his local bike shop in Sanford, Florida with a recent craigslist find; a Trek X Caliber 8 to get some quotes on some upgrades for it. Matt the owner pointed him in the direction of a new Honzo, the ultimate upgrade, once Bryan laid eyes on it, he just knew he had to have it. Two weeks later the bike was in pride of place in his living room.
The confidence that the Honzo gave Bryan in those following rides made sure that he wanted to keep riding harder, faster, bigger and on more technical terrain. “I took it to Raccoon mountain about a month after I bought it and had the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike.”
“Once I came back to Florida, I continued to progress like crazy and ask for more out of the bike. I put the Renthal Carbon Bars on it to alleviate some of the arm pump I was experiencing on long rides (and can happily say it worked).
It was about a month or two later that I decided to do the wheel and fork upgrade. I bought a 140mm RockShox Pike RCT3 and had the truly awesome guys (Matt and Julio) at Pedal Driven build me that gnarly wheelset, which consists of those gorgeous red Hope Pro 4 hubs laced up to the sick RaceFace Arc 30 Offsets.
I cannot in words describe how dialled this thing feels compared to anything else I’ve ever owned after the changes. The most recent upgrade was the brake system and the grips. I loved the Shimano brakes on the bike, but wanting to ride Pisgah, Dupont and Windrock I figured I needed to up my brake game a little. I went with the Shimano Zees since they were a pretty budget friendly and well reviewed four piston system. The Ergon GA2 grips are by far the comfiest thing I’ve had on the bars.