Testing, Racing, Etc

Enjoy some blogs with photos of various testing, racing, adventures and more from the BikeCo crew.

[R]evolution MTB Tech Article by BikeCo

Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups

The Anatomic Differences: Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setup The latest issue of [R]evolution MTB features this write-up on Grassroot, Domestic & EWS Enduro Bike Setups from BikeCo.com This season BikeCo.com is supporting Enduro racing at all levels: Grassroot clients all over the world, the Ibis US Enduro Team captained by Brian Lopes, as well as Alchemy Factory Racing with Anneke Beerten and Cody Kelley. Enduro’s multi-stage events with minimal, if any, in-race mechanical support have shifted the emphasis points on [...]

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Brian Lopes Cockpit Setup

Brian Lopes Cockpit Setup Details Pretty stoked when BikeCo Pro Rider Brian Lopes reads through our blog and takes some time to send notes! Check out details on Brian’s bar width, layup, rise and stem below:   Width & Stiffness Currently I run Renthal Fatbar Lite 35mm diameter bars, uncut at 760mm. Last year I rode Fatbar Lite 31.8mm bars. These were 740mm wide, which was fine, but I wanted just a little more width. I could have run the standard Fatbar for the added width, [...]

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BikeCo Pro Tune Advantages

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension Advantages

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension Advantages For years we’ve has been providing riders access to the best performing Fox Suspension through our proprietary Pro Tunes designed by BikeCo.com owner Joe Binatena. BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension is designed to maximize damper performance to your riding specifics.     Pro Tune’s shift performance windows taking into account RIDER SIZE, EXPERIENCE, DISCIPLINE, TERRAIN, STYLE as well as RIDING GOALS.   Rider Size: Different size different setups, easy right? Stock suspension is designed for a wide range or riders. Suspension is [...]

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Brian Lopes GoPro Games 2018 Prep

Brian Lopes GoPro Games 2018 – enjoy some photos and text as Brian and BikeCo’s Joe Binatena prep for this year’s event in Vail, Colorado. One of the more fun events over the past few years has been the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail. There’s always something going on. Competitive dog long jump / races, slackline, a IFSC Climbing World Cup Qualifer, a variety of Kayak events, yoga, music, as well as beer. However the real gem for us is the [...]

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Alchemy Racing Mechanic: A Day in the Life of Joe Binatena

Check out an awesome blog from Alchemy Bicycles about BikeCo’s Joe Binatena’s role as Factory Team Mechanic: Mountain bike racing requires a helluva lot more than just a bike and a rider, and Joe Binatena, who has been our friend (and dealer) for a long time here at Alchemy, may know that more than anyone. This guy is the staple that holds our bikes (and riders) together. He’s first to the scene when our riders have a mishap with their [...]

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Ibis US Enduro Team Announcement

Ibis US Enduro Team – Supported by BikeCo.com

BikeCo.com is extremely excited to be an official supporter of the Ibis US Enduro Team. The Ibis US Enduro team features talented riders Evan Geankoplis, Essence Barton, Paul Serra and Lili Heim. Brian Lopes will captain the Ibis US team as it contests CES events through the summer. 2018 CES Events include: Round 1: May 26 – Toro Enduro Round 2: June 16 – Mammoth Bar Enduro Round 3: June 30 – China Peak Enduro Round 4: July 28-29 – Crafts and Cranks Enduro Round 5: August 25-26 – Northstar Enduro Round [...]

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Sea Otter Dual Slalom – Getting Amped!

Sea Otter Classic Dual Slalom. We’re getting pumped up for this weekend’s Dual Slalom event! The Sea Otter Dual Slalom race is truly a MTB spectacle and if you’re anywhere near the area it’s a must see. (even me, who can’t stand crowds, I have a great time at Slalom) I spoke with Alchemy Factory Racing’s Anneke Beerten about Slalom earlier this week: Q: Dual Slalom is always a fan favorite at Sea Otter. Is it as much fun to race [...]

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Alchemy Arktos testing with Anneke Beerten & Joe Binatena

Alchemy Arktos Testing with Anneke Beerten 2/14/18: Alchemy Enduro World Series rider Anneke Beerten works with BikeCo.com’s owner Joe Binatena dialing in her Arktos for the upcoming race season. Who: Anneke Beerten & Joe Binatena What: Alchemy Arktos testing When: 2/14/18 Where: Crestline Why: Because Shuttle laps in Crestline allow for subtle changes in suspension, tire pressure, as well as control locations to be quickly evaluated. Crestline trail features a variety of chunky rocks, drops, jumps, chutes and transitions. It’s a descent [...]

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Classic MTB frames & completes from The Bike Company April 2004

Classic Mountain Bikes: shots from 2004 at The Bike Company

A lot of things can be said about the MTB industry – but it isn’t scared of change! Check out some shots of the cutting edge in 2004 – these Classic Mountain Bikes. Ellsworth, Foes, Santa Cruz, Intense and Turner were the chassis of choice. Geometry, linkage and suspension components were all in their relative infancy. While race teams certainly helped these were the days when clients were an unspoken part of the R&D chain from manufacturers. Almost no standardized parts. [...]

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Honda Turner Race Team: 2003 Durango with BikeCo.com

One of the most iconic MTB teams was run out of The Bike Company in Lake Forest. The BikeCo Honda Turner Race Team revolutionized cross promotional marketing. This led the way for larger corporate involvement in DH racing in what had previously been a bit of a “grassroot” feel. We’ve been extremely lucky to continue relationships with most of the faces pictured. How many of these riders do you recognize still involved in our sport!! Flip through these photos. You will see [...]

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