Karl “Kiwi” Whitcombe // Back on the Bike and Giving Back | FLY Racing

I wanted to take some time to introduce you to a friend of ours. Kiwi, as we know him, showed up in our world last Fall. A project was in place to reroute and connect all the mountain bike and hiking trails in the northwest corner of Boyle Park. I had been working on designing the new routes when another friend, Paul Norris, introduced me to this guy with a different accent. I had planned a … [Read more...]

Deciphering Dirtbag Mountain Bike Culture | Backcountry.com

This past Friday, I tweeted an invitation to mountain bikers near and far to use an article we wrote a couple of years ago as a guide to mountain biking trails around the state. I chose to use the term, "dirtbags" referencing said mountain bikers. I immediately got called out for insulting mountain bikers by someone who may not know me too well. I have not enjoyed being called out since the first … [Read more...]

Let’s Ride: Mountain Biking in the State Parks of Arkansas

Arkansas State Parks has been a proponent of mountain biking in the state since the 1980's. This Summer, come by the Capitol on a hot day and check out the history of mountain biking in Arkansas State Parks, from the full rigid days of the 80's to the high-tech carbon mountain bikes and gravel grinders. Come check it out and then check out an Arkansas State Park trail. Here is what the … [Read more...]

Middle America has its first great MTB town | Shoulders of Giants

That mountain biking juggernaut that is Northwest Arkansas continues to garner attention. Bentonville is surrounded by the wooded foothills of the Ozark mountains, and that terrain provides something for riders of all styles and abilities. “Our terrain changes considerably between different areas,” said Custer. “We’ve got something for everyone.” The town’s oldest trail system, called … [Read more...]

MTB Rider Tandie Bailey: On Setting Goals & Putting in the Work – Fayettechill Clothing Company

Our friend, Tandie Bailey, has more stoke than any three people you've met. Check out her take on the work and rewards on the mountain bike trail that seems to be her life in this article she did for Fayettechill Clothing Company. "I’ve been putting ducks in the pond for years & recently they lined up to lead me to a month of spontaneous competitive mountain biking in California. There, I … [Read more...]

Northwest Arkansas Mountain Biking – Staying in the News

You may have noticed a plethora of news articles on the growth of Northwest Arkansas as a mountain biking destination. We figured we'd share a couple more that just came out this week. Bentonville and the rest of that corner of the state are becoming nationally world renowned for their beautiful trail systems, food, beverage options, and year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Here are two … [Read more...]

Bentonville Gets the Country’s First-Ever Bike Playground | National Recreation and Park Association

Looks like another first for Bentonville. Improving the quality of life for families and making a healthy community. Bentonville, a community of approximately 45,000 residents, nestled in Northwest Arkansas, is most commonly known as the birthplace and home of retail giant, Walmart. However, more and more, the community, and the entire Northwest Arkansas region, is becoming recognized as a … [Read more...]

America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic

Although National Geographic didn't brave the list enough to put it in a particular order. Mountain biking Mecca, Bentonville is sitting nicely in this list of America's 20 best mountain bike towns. I have a feeling it won't be long before more Arkansas towns can be added to this list. Of all the places in the country to conduct their mountain bike test last year, Bike magazine chose northwest … [Read more...]

A Talk with Seth of Seth’s Bike Hacks

Some of you may remember that during the International Mountain Bicycling Association World Summit, held in Bentonville, AR last year, Seth Alvo of Seth's Bike Hacks visited and did a few videos. You'll see that Seth quickly picked up on the mountain bike friendliness of Northwest Arkansas. Video from the visit last November This Spring, Seth came back. This time to check out some of our old … [Read more...]

Your Next Carbon Bike Will Be Made in Arkansas | Outside Online

Made in Arkansas is a big deal and now means something in the international bicycle industry. Here is a great article in Outside Magazine. The Alfa Road, the company’s signature 875-gram frame, is hand-built in Little Rock and sells for $4,000 when equipped with Shimano Ultegra components and Mavic Aksium wheels. (It’s $2,700 for the frameset.) By comparison, a similarly equipped, likely … [Read more...]