Mountain Flyer | Number 54

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Publish Date: September 2017

On the Cover: You can practically smell the woods. Tim Kugler takes Reeb’s Colorado-made Sqweeb 140 mm 29er down Trail 402, also known as Strawberry Hill among Crested Butte locals. image by Brian Riepe

Spinal Quote: “Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.” –Henry Rollins


Photo Essay: Chasing Dreams On The Colorado Trail. by Chris Miller and Ben Kraushaar

Nothing’s Lost in Translation in Quebec

Words by Ryan Stuart | Images by Ryan Creary

Small drop, table top, small drop, corner, poutine. Repeat. Four new mountain bike areas, 150 miles of singletrack, autumn’s colorful deciduous trees and the local cuisine of Quebec prompt coastal B.C. writer Ryan Stuart to head east to experience the trail renaissance taking place in the French-influenced province.

‘Sleep, Wake, Ride’ at the Whitefish Bike Retreat

Words by Trina Ortega | Images by Kathryn Hayes

Friends and family advised five-time Tour Divide finisher Cricket Butler not to move across the country and set down roots in Whitefish, Mont., but her heart told her otherwise. Just a couple of miles off the Great Divide route and adjacent to the Whitefish Trail, she now welcomes touring cyclists and mountain bikers with open arms at her Whitefish Bike Retreat.

The Unforgettable Sean Burns

Words by Trina Ortega |Images by Shawn Lortie

Before he started hand-crafting steel and titanium frames under his banner Oddity Cycles, Sean “Burnsey” Burns was an architect. He made five times the money and didn’t have to wear so many hats. But he was grumpy. His wife even called him an asshole. Now, he works 60 to 80 hours a week to keep up with custom bike orders, but he’s a happy man.

Tested: Reeb Squeeb; Norco Fluid 24; Liv Hail Advance 0; Kona Hei Hei DL 29;

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