How To Adjust Avid BB5 Disc Brakes

You’ll need a 5mm hex wrench and a Torx T-25 driver. Let’s start with the assumption that the rotor, caliper, and cable are properly installed on the bike, and that the rotor is true.


1. Loosen the (2) black CPS mounting bolts with a 5mm hex wrench to a point where the caliper body can move freely.


2. Loosen the inboard pad adjustment knob using a Torx T-25 driver.


3. Slide a business card between the outboard, fixed brake pad and the rotor (be sure the biz card is between the outboard fixed pad and the rotor, not the inboard adjustable pad and the rotor), then tighten the pad adjustment knob until the rotor and business card are snugly clamped between the brake pads (you should not be able to pull out the business card). This aligns and centers the caliper over the rotor while leaving a business-card-sized gap on the fixed side.


4. With the business card still in place, re-tighten both CPS bolts to lock the caliper in place.


5. Loosen the pad adjustment knob and remove the business card.

6. Tighten the pad adjustment knob until the pad just barely touches the rotor, then back off one click to eliminate pad/rotor contact.

This method is more precise than the method outlined in the Avid BB5 Instruction Manual. It perfectly aligns and centers the caliper body and brake pads over the rotor. I’ve found it to be the most consistent way to minimize lever throw and ensure full engagement when using BB5 road calipers and road levers. And once you’ve  done it a couple of times, it takes all of 5 minutes.

Full credit for this method goes to Tim Grahl at Blue Collar Mountain Biking. I’ve only reproduced it here to make sure it’s available for our readers. —Alan

Sneak Peek 2015 Dynastar Cham Skis

 The phrase “CHAM wow” echoed more frequently at the 2014 SIA Trade Show in Denver, Co., than the reverberated sound of footsteps at the local buffet. No, the blissful oralation didn’t stem from the famous towel that soaks up everything, but rather from the adulation surrounding Dynastar’s award-winning CHAM series.  As like its phonetic twin, The CHAM wowed the crowd after it had soaked-up all the liquid stains [euphemism for competition].



The CHAM is one of the most versatile freeride skis to hit the freeride market. In fact, Dynastar set-up a specialized R & D lab in Chamonix [hence the CHAM] to ensure the CHAM parallels the demands of freeride skiing. The result: multiple Freeride World Tour podiums and Outside claiming the 97mm “Outside Gear of the Year.” But something’s still missing in the series? It’s sorta like not having a gap wedge in your golf bag. Hmm? Amid all the hype, Nick, Dynastar’s version of Paul Revere, delivers an announcement so groundbreaking that even E.F. Hutton stopped to listen.  “A star is born!”

Dynastar has added the 117mm to the CHAM FAM to bridge the performance gap between the 107 and 127. CHAM’s award-winning technique of fusing rocker and 5-point sidecut with a paulownia wood core allows the 117 to transition seamlessly from playful freeride skis to fall-line crushers. Now that’s versatile! Dynastar has also mellowed the rocker in the tip to increase contact area and to eliminate tip deflection so you can track like a ballistic missile while maintaining predictable control. With the addition of a new rockered pintail design, your 117s will float on deep powder like a ghost on nitrous oxide yet maintain power, stability and speed on all terrains and in all conditions. Ride the revolution! CHAM 2.0 is here.







Join Man of the People, #PaddyO and as they travel to the Indian Himalayas this upcoming winter. Come along as they journey to Gulmarg, a powder-seekers paradise in Kashmir, northern India, in search of fresh lines and cultural (mis)-adventure! This trip will be an amazing opportunity to ride some of the world’s best snow and discover a world little-known to most Western riders. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the hardy few. Come experience this life-changing event firsthand this February with team!

Gulmarg is a small town in northern India in the Pir Panjal range, one of 6 mountain ranges which form the Himalayas. This is the first mountain range to be hit by storms sweeping across the Indus Plains and needless to say, Gulmarg receives a ton of snow, on average 15m (50ft) per year. Skiing Magazine recently called this one of the top 10 snowiest resorts in the world. Luckily, there is a gondola to access all this snow and huge amounts of terrain, including one of the highest peaks in the world (topping out at 13,054ft or 3,890m). From there, 4,260 foot vertical powder runs (1,300m vertical) await!

The mountain is so big with so few skiers/boarders around and regular enough storms that it does not get tracked up. A busy day on the mountain is maybe 200 to 300 people. If you know where to go, you can always find untouched lines in Gulmarg. 95% gondola accessible backcountry, the skiing and boarding is out of this world! But don’t think it’s just about the skiing and riding…you will see some incredible wildlife in Gulmarg; the ever present Snow Monkeys running on rooftops, the elusive Snow Leopard, or perhaps a Eurasian Black Bear.

An international ski trip this epic includes the entire cultural experience. Kashmir is a Muslim state, but is part of India. The local Kashmiri’s are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people in the world. They are warm and welcoming and eager to meet Western tourists, of which they’ve met relatively few. They are very curious about people from outside of their country and you will get to meet many of these wonderful people during your stay in Kashmir and in India. We finish our 2 week trips back in the capital of Kashmir, in Srinagar on the houseboats on Dal Lake. The houseboats are converted barges that have been turned into little floating hotels and your captain takes care of everything for you. All you have to do is relax, rewind, and reminisce about all the incredible experiences you have just been through.

All this wouldn’t be possible without the help of a quality tour company and a team of the best guides available. We are working with The Adventure Project, a US-based tour operator who has been operating in Gulmarg since 2011. They are experts in putting together trips to Gulmarg and take care of all the details for you: the accommodation, the international and local guides, the transportation, the houseboats, and provide safe and epic untracked pow runs.

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Sneak Peek 2015 Armada

ski-images-armadaThis year’s SIA Trade Show in Denver, CO., had more blurred lines between apparel and lifestyle than on a Robin Thicke video. To distinguish between skier, boarder, skater or wanna-be was a daunting task for marketers who wanted to reel-in their target market. Who went with what? Armada, born from a few beers between the world’s best skiers, unblurred those lines as definitively as a pair of Foster Grants when it unveiled a full line of ski-specific apparel.

Not only does Armada make world-class skis, but it also creates lifestyle apparel that transitions seamlessly from hill to street. Armada identifies with the identity.



Skiers crave their own identity, hoping never to be mistaken for a skater-dude or, at worse, a snowboarder. Kyle, Armada Brand Ambassador, talks about the transition from technical to lifestyle apparel which embrace and promote that skiing-is-life identity. “It’s about bridging the gaps between cultures and lifestyles by bringing people together,” says Kyle. You won’t need to be a tag spy to identify Armada’s apparel because it’s designed “for skiers, by skiers.” If you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand.

Armada bridges this gap by forming a symbiotic relationship between brand and cultural- influencers, like former artist Mateez, who may not know how to ski but sure the hell knows how to create visionary masterpieces that parallel the skier persona. For it is Lifestyle that will promulgate the Armada wearer as a member of a culture that stands proud from the mall to the mountain.

Aside from adding lifestyle apparel to its 2015 line-up, Armada is also introducing several new ski models. “We are a family of skiers, designers, artists, and athletes dedicated to making the best Outerwear and Skis in the world.” Long live the Armada lifestyle.


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Sneak Peek 2015 Rossignol Experience Skis


Rossignol Rossignol brought plenty of radical Experiences, literally, to this year’s SIA Trade Show in Denver, CO. The newly super-tech-injected Experience series is Rossignol’s attempt at monopolizing the all-mountain ski market. Proof? The Experience’s SIA booth produced longer lines than at a clinic after the Burning Man festival. For over 100 years, pow junkies have been conditioned to salivate from the mere mention of Rossignol, much like Pavlov’s canine bestie. So whether you prefer the small-waisted 74mm or the hefty-midsection of the 98mm, the Experience will outperform your expectations on-and off-piste or from just resting atop a ski rack.

experience 88“So how can I ski better with this new technology?” Well, this multi-award winning all-mountain ski charges-harder down corduroy, floats much better over deep pow and carves more predictably through off-piste obstacles. It’s kinda like old-school power meticulously integrated with new-school tech. Mouth watering yet?

Nick, Righteous Rossi Rep., shocked and awed powder bombers with the series’ new refinements. The most impressive upgrade is the introduction of Air Tip tech. This revolutionary tech, also available in the 7 series, lightens swing weight, generates faster turn initiation, and maintains tip flotation even in variable snow conditions. With a refined rocker profile, you’ll be able to bash through crud without your skis needlessly flapping like your mother-in-law’s jaw. The AutoTurn Rocker profile allows you to carve snow like a Porsche on hot pavement. The Experience is  hard-charging, nimble and lightweight ski that you can pin it to win it!

Rossignol has been steeped in pedigree for over 100 years, so it’s no surprise Rossignol has once again set the standard for which all other skis are being  judged. Why else would Ski Magazine name the Experience its Ski of the Year, two years running?





Garrett Russell #ChasingWinter




House Team Rider Tracks Down Winter in the Californian Spring

“The Heart is Open, The Gate is Closed”

This wasn’t the first time I have woken up as early as can be or driven an incredible distance only to find the access gate closed to my hearts desire. So what is one to do when lemons and salt fall from the sky…I like to turn the lemons into limes and make some tasty ass margaritas. In this neck of the woods, I have a lot of ground to cover and more to learn but the information I’ve gathered thus far is it’s nice to have crampons and an ice axe. More than once I’ve ended up puckered on something steep, wondering why I didn’t bring or have the proper gear.  

With plans up in the air, after a solid drive from Tahoe which included grazing a good sized deer at 55mph, we (my old roommate Finely and I) decided to camp where we were and figure out our ski in the morning . What we found was Mt. Gibbs, a score of an adventurous drive, and something I’ve never skied or even thought about skiing honestly. So we hiked, following the advice from some friends from the Tahoe area. I felt like we were doing the same thing they did but a few days behind. One of these days that gate to The Dana Plateau/Tuolumne will be open and I will get to shred more vert with ease. ‘Til then, I guess I need to earn my turns.

I felt a good bit out of shape on the the 4k climb to where we decided to click in. A couple of times, I honestly wanted to deadman my ice axe in the snow and anchor myself to the side of the mountain for a nap or just stop from feeling like I was going to pass out. Finley would not allow anything of that nature. I guess the day before it snowed and thats why the gate was closed…hard to tell unless you were on the snow and could actually see/feel the new snow. Our decent was a good one for my playful LINE Mr. Pollard’s Opus Skis. I would have hacked that mountain with turns from 10th grade if I was on anything skinnier.

Of course as we were hiking up Gibbs across Blood Valley, Mt Lewis was calling our name. The plan for the next day was made assuming the gate was closed. We set up camp in a baller ass spot near Walker Lake and hiked into the sunset looking for our route.

The ski on the second day was a breeze in the shade and the snow was a creamy concoction of old and new snow. At least we got to use our skins on this one but we were a week late. The final chute was a lot further from our camp spot than anticipated. On our drive back we could see the sign saying the gate yo The Dana Plateau/Tuolumne was open but it was too late. Hot springs and a burger were calling our names. We had to get back to work and our adventure was over. Spring park riding was the next thing on this kids mind…

By: Garrett Russell



Hurley Suarez Shirt

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Hurley LogoHurley is brining sexy back, way back, with a heritage piece that speaks of a rich ancestry in surf culture the Hurley Suarez Shirt. Who is the Suarez named after?  Could it be Felipe, Diego, Pelayo, or Hugo Suarez?  What really matters is that the Suarez fit is perfect, it has a great fabric blend, and the graphic is awesome.

With a Regular Fit the Hurley Suarez will be a hit at the beach or backyard BBQ.  The shirt sports a 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester blend along with reverse Push Through Floral Print and hula girls, waves, ukuleles, palm trees, volcanos, and surfboards throughout.  Detailed with Pearl Buttons, a locker loop, and a patch pocket sets the Hurley Suarez on another level.

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2015 Rossignol Air Tip Technology




Air-TipRossignol’s patented Air Tip floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee  throughout this year’s SIA TradeShow in Denver . Muhammad Ali would be so proud! Imagine a skisperience where tip floatation mimics a butterfly’s graceful flight and every turn stings like a wasp during his last days. For over 100 years, Rossignol has become synonymous with industry-changing technology and has yet again manifested a technology so revolutionary that freeride skiers will metamorphosize their skills far beyond what they thought possible. Welcome to the world of Air Tip.

 New 2015 Rossignol Experience Series


604b41e7618fece7ff58942ef39cde3e8d66356b34fcd1c2f2bc5705428f1a6d330b65ec4e824bd3f7b5df04b593bb312d925e26b0c010f4d275c17de972688aNick, Rossi’s version of Nostradamus, refutes the notion that Air Tip tech is just some” flashy fishing lure” that simply dangles in front of the powredator, providing no actual value.  So what is Air Tip? It’s a honeycomb pattern device that traps air in the tip of the ski, much like a parachute, to lighten swing weight, increase strength underfoot and maximize torsional rigidity. “What does that do for me?” You ask.  The Air Tip moves your center of mass underfoot so you can get into the turn quicker and maintain tip flotation in variable snow conditions; thus,  eliminating tip flap and dive while enhancing the rocker construction.  The end result:  unprecedented maneuverability and predictability. Your pain points are eliminated! And once you go Air Tip, you’ll never go back.


 2015 Rossignol 7 Seriers




“The rocker revolution is here! This isn’t just a profile; it’s now a construction,” says Rossignol.  This tech is available in the 2015 Rossignol’s Temptation, Experience and 7 series (Squad, Super, Soul, Sin). The next revolution of freeride skis is here!





Matix Eli Solid Shirt

Matix Eli Solid Shirt

Matix LogoMatix holds true to it’s Los Angles, California roots by creating lifestyle clothing for individuals who submerge themselves in surf and skate culture.  With true craftsmanship and inspiration from the greatest generation’s workwear styling the Matix Eli Solid Shirt is a piece that you can wear for a lifetime.

Tuck it in or leave it out with a perfect length that accommodates both preferences.  A slim fit falls smoothly from the shoulders and the 100% soft vintage wash cotton gentle hugs the midsection with comfortable room to breath.  Contrasting buttons, hem detailing, and collar finishes will make any man feel like a king.  Know that the garments you wear should be as perfect as you are.  [PURCHASE]


Sneak Peek at 2015 K2 Fastplant Snowboard

k2 Snowboards and SkisAfter taking a 5-year hiatus, the 2015 K2 Fastplant reemerged at this year’s SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Trade Show in Denver with a wild new look and fresh tech. At first glance of the board’s groovy psychedelic aesthetics, K2 onlookers appeared dazed and confused as if they just came from a Hate-Ashbury festival.  But this freestyle-focused board is more than just a snippet from a Timothy Leary dream; it’s a confidence building machine that’s packed with every modern tech feature. So whether you’re looking to better your butters or shred the piste out of the mountain, the K2 Fastplant is the board that will make every adventure a memorable one.


Hunter, global brand director at K2, talks about the inspiration behind the Fastplant and how it embodies the mantra of “Seek and Enjoy.” Whatever adventure you seek, feel confident knowing that K2 has loaded this board with more technology than whiskey loaded John Belushi.  The Fastplant has a freestyle baseline, Tweakends, ICG 20 carbon fibers, carbon web, Boombayah core and ollie bar to bring you the most popilicious park board on the market. In fact, the Bambooyah core is so uber-durable that K2 offers a 5-yr warranty on it.  Now that’s confidence! K2 understands that each shredder seeks different adventures, so let the Fastplant be your sherpa and go enjoy whatever terrain moves you.


K2 Rep Brian shows off the Faceplant at The House.