Posts Tagged ‘Mountain Biking’

Niner Demo Day July 16th (Updated!!)

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

For all of you who are looking at a Niner bike, but not sure if you’ll like it, nows your chance to test one out. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that you’ll be able to really test it out, on an actual trail! On July 16th we’re going to be taking our fleet of Niner demo bike over to Rolling hills and letting everyone who joins us, take them for a spin. We’ll be posting up a list of sizes and models available to try out soon. In addition, Rolling Hills is a county park and they do charge an vehicle fee. But worry not, we’ve got you covered. Click on the image below, print out flyer and present it to the gate at the park and they’ll wave the fee for the day! Hope to see everyone out there.

UPDATED 7/11/11

The official Niner Demo Truck will be here as well! With an additional 10 bikes…. Here’s the list of everything that will be out there. 17 bikes in total.

Air 9 M, L, XL
Air 9 Carbon M
Jet 9 M
RIP 9 S, M, L
Niner Demo Day @ Rolling Hills

Niner Demo Flyer

Digital Goodness Part 2!!!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

For all the digital media fans who like to customize their computers, here’s another new background that’s floating around the Tree Fort desktops. This was shot in So-Cal on a recent photo shoot I did for our upcoming catalog. I’ll be posting a large number of those shots on our Flickr page in the coming weeks as we wrap up the catalog and it begins to ship. Make sure you look out for other digital media coming as well.






iPhone 3gs and Older

Tree Fort Dirt Tracks Wallpaper

Tree Fort Dirt Tracks Wallpaper

Tire Review: Michelin WildRac’R 29 x 2.1

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

When Michelin sent us a test pair of the WildRac’R 29 x 2.1 tires to try I was completely pumped.  It uses a re-released tread design, one that in the past always caught my eye but I never got to for various reasons.  The tread gave away that this tire would be pretty fast, wildly grippy, and could rip into corners due to angled side knobs.  What immediately impressed me was the idea of designing the rear treads to be reversed for enhanced traction in climbs.

wildracr I was stoked.  I mounted them on my wheels that night, and the next morning headed out to hit the Michigan single track.  It was early Fall, one of my favorite times to ride.  The trail was dry but not sandy, the leaves barely started falling – it made for a great day to ride.

I took to these tires quickly, though the ride was quite a bit different than I was used to – 29 x 2.1 Kenda Small Block 8’s.  The Small Blocks are a really low profile, fast rolling tire with tightly spaced knobs that can lose it in corners and sand if you’re not careful.  With that in mind, here is my rundown on the Michelin WildRac’R tires after a good couple months of Fall riding.


The tread design of these tires makes for both decent speed and traction.  A lower tread profile and closely spaced knobs allow the tire to roll pretty quickly, while the angled side knobs provide great cornering abilities.  These tires are not wildly fast or wildly grippy; they have a great combination of both, and the strength of the WildRac’R is the blend it provides.

I was really impressed with the cornering.  The angled side knobs, coupled with the wider footprint of 29er tires and a lower PSI, provided for great confidence hitting corners at speed.  I’m generally a pretty wimpy rider as far as taking risks and pushing the limits, but the traction provided by these tires had me experimenting with how fast and how hard I could lean into corners – and it was definitely more than something like the Kenda Small Block 8’s would allow. (more…)