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Race Report: Kenda Cup Race 1 Women's Expert Cat, Vail Lake

Megan, member of The Path Bike Shop Race team, riding mountain bike at the 2015 Kenda Cup West Enduro Race 1Race report by Megan Welch, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team and employee of The Path Bike Shop. Photos: Jeff Evans & Liz Cunningham

Since I've only been riding mountain bikes for a little under two years, racing was not exactly in my game plan this early in the game. But because the growth of the Path Bike Shop Race team for 2015 was so strong, it was without hesitation that I decided to race. Mountain bike racing needs more women out there as well. I get to represent both women and The Path Bike Shop. A win already!

This weekend was the 2015 Kenda Cup West Enduro Race #1 (which was also the 2015 SoCal Endurance Enduro Race #2). The first SoCal Enduro a month ago (my first ever Enduro race) I took 1st in the beginner class. I was stoked on my first win, but frustrated that I could have taken 1st in Expert class. After weeks of kicking myself and taking the "sandbagger" title, I have gotten over it and moved on with my life. With that being said, I moved up two categories and am now racing expert. 

Read more: Race Report: Kenda Cup Race 1 Women's Expert Cat, Vail Lake

SoCal Enduro Series Race 2: Vail Lake

Jordan, Path Bike Shop Race Team rider at 2015 Vail Lake SoCal Enduro Race 2Race report by Jordan Steyer, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photo: Jason Marr

Coming into the 2015 season, my nerves have been all over the place. Since my year was cut short in 2013 due to an AC separation in my right shoulder, I decided to take time off from the race scene to regain my confidence slowly but surely. 2014 was my year to find the love for mountain biking again.

Now 2015 is here, and I did my first Enduro race in about a year and a half. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of it again. Vail Lake has always been a local favorite of mine.

The day started with a pedal to the top on a mellow fire road that generally takes everyone about 10 to 15 minutes to climb. As I got to the top, I could see everyone scanning the first line. The new-to-me top section of stages 1 and 2 was littered with rocks and tricky lines; it created an awesome environment! Everybody from beginners to professionals were discussing lines and practicing them before the race start. I went through the top section a few times and had my line picked for the day.

Read more: SoCal Enduro Series Race 2: Vail Lake

Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race 4

Path Bike Shop Race Team rider at Race 4 of the 2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race in Fontana, CARace Report by Luke Wronski - Member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team and employee of The Path Bike Shop. Photo: Called To Creation

Great times at Round 4 of the KMC Winter Series in Fontana! The Path Bike Shop team was in full force rocking our fresh new factory kits. The cross country race had a great turnout with some fast guys in the Cat 1 class. After several rounds of racing I'm beginning to know my competition better and able to pace accordingly. I was able to stay with the leader of the race for most of the three laps, but unfortunately he managed to pull away towards the end of the third lap.

In the end I finished in 2nd place with a PR (personal record) of over 4 minutes faster than my previous best.

It's still early in the season, and I feel that at my current rate of progression I am poised to have a fantastic season! Huge thanks to The Path Bike Shop, Kona Bicycles, Kenda Tires, and Big Lou (our team manager) for keeping me rolling. Looking forward to the final round of Winter Series next weekend!

 

Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 4

The Path Bike Shop Race Team Rider Nick at KMC Winter Series Race 4 Super D in Fontana, CARace Report by Nick Patricio, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photos: PB Creative Photography

This weekend at the 2015 KMC Winter Series #4 Super D Race in Fontana, we were fortunate to have perfect racing weather. Throughout the weekend The Path Bike Shop Race Team could be spotted from afar due to our new race gear for both XC and Enduro. The new threads provided the team with the confidence and comraderie needed to have a fun and successful weekend. Compliments were given all weekend while our sponsors were represented proudly. Kenda Tires provided the team with new tires to keep us rubber side down. This week I ran 27.5x2.4" Honey Badger DH Pro tire up front and a 27.5x2.35" Nevegal X Pro tirein the rear, giving me the assurance to go fast.

Read more: Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 4

Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 3, Another Perspective

The Path Bike Shop rider Zach at the 2015 KMC Winter Series Race 3 in Fontana, CARace Report by Zachary Graves, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photo: Called To Creation

I have been riding for 7 years or so and have raced here and there, but this is the first year I wanted to make a concerted effort to really put my all into racing. The Path Bike Shop and Lou (our race team manager) have given me a chance to represent them along with a fantastic team or racers this year.

I jumped into the season starting with the 2015 KMC Winter Super D Race Series to get my racing going. I signed up for Sport Men 35+, and I have met some steep competition.

This last weekend was Round 3 in Fontana, CA and a course I’d never ridden before. I arrived just in time to register and head up the hill for practice. I got a couple of runs on the lower rock garden then made my way up to the upper section, which was entirely new to me. On the way up the course seemed deceptively easy with a few fun sections that I was looking forward to. This illusion was soon removed as I headed down and found washed out corners, rock ups precariously placed after short flats or uphill requiring some creative pedaling, and a blown out right hander with sneaky hidden rocks just waiting for my front tire to come say hi.

Read more: Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 3, Another Perspective

Review: Kona Honzo 29er Hardtail

Kona Honzo 29er mountain bikereview and photos by Eric (Auk) Akiyoshi, The Path Bike Shop Ambassador Race Team
 
A few months back, my weight weenie, amazing, aggressive-trail, 130mm travel, sub-26-lb, uber carbon, do-everything, full-suspension, 29er was sent back to Factory X for some warranty work.  I decided to build a Kona Honzo 29er since the geometry looked amazing and I wanted something to pedal around while the “super-bike” was being examined at Factory X.  The steel 29er Kona Honzo looked like it just might fill in nicely. 
 
An unassuming, 7-lb steel hard tail seems out of place in these modern times of full suspension carbon frames.  Kona product manager Chris Mandell once described it as, “...a trail bike that can go into the all-mountain realm.” (Dirt Rag, Feb 2014).  True to the design intent, the Honzo inspires the charger mentality through the chunky-gnar of Orange County, CA
 
 

Read more: Review: Kona Honzo 29er Hardtail

Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 3

Path Bike Shop Race Team rider at the 2015 KMC Winter Series Round 3 Super D raceRace Report by David Hardwick, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team. Photo: Called To Creation

Early last week I decided I wanted to try racing Super D with the vast majority of The Path Race Team at the 2015 KMC Winter Series Round 3. I only have my Kona Taro hardtail 29er for a trail bike at the moment and wanted to give it a go; I’ve been riding my Taro all over in the last 6 months, and I feel very confident on all sorts of trail terrain with it.

Read more: Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series Super D Race 3

Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race 3

2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race 3 in Fontana, CARace Report by Luke Wronski - Member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team and employee of The Path Bike Shop

 

The 2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race 3 in Fontana, CA was a great day on the bike.

 

The wind that had plagued round two was non-existent and temperatures were a nice spring warm. Fifteen seconds before the start of the race I realized I still had my knee warmers on, and temperatures were far too high to desire extra warmth. With no time to spare, I decided I would have to race with toasty warm knees.

 

At the start of the race two riders from the same team took control of the pace. By the end of the first lap myself and one other rider had established a commanding lead. Having recently put a dropper seat post back on my Kona King Kahuna hardtail, I knew if I could get in front of the other rider before the long descent I could put a gap between us. My plan worked, and by the middle of the second lap the other rider was a safe distance behind.

Read more: Race Report: 2015 KMC Winter Series XC Race 3

SoCal Enduro Series Race 1: Vail Lake

The Path Bike Shop Race Team Rider Steven at Vail Lake SoCal Enduro Race 1Race report by Steven Nadaskai, member of The Path Bike Shop race team. Photo: Magenheim Designs

This weekend's SoCal Enduro Series Race #1 at Vail Lake was a blast and I'm super stoked on how I did. As the first Enduro race of 2015 in Jr. Expert category, I was pumped but I went into it knowing I'd have some tight competition. And I definitely did.

At the top of Stage 1, I was just telling myself to just keep it clean and smooth as this stage was the most downhill-oriented and technical. I ended up pinning all my lines the way I wanted, and having a clean run put me into 1st place by 4 seconds.

Stage 2 was the most brutal stage of all. It was a 1.9 mile stage that had a few little climbs but a lot of full-gas pedaling. Towards the top, I just couldn't get my flow down in some sections and that really messed me up. After Stage 2, my placement dropped from 1st down to 4th with 14 seconds behind 1st place.

Read more: SoCal Enduro Series Race 1: Vail Lake

Custom Wheelset Build: DT Swiss 240, NOX Carbon 29er

 DT Swiss 240 Center Lock 28h Hubs and NOX Composites Teocalli Carbon 29er rims at The Path Bike Shopby Jesse Peterson, Sales and Mechanic at The Path Bike Shop Live Oak and Tustin locations

This is a custom MTB wheelset build for a customer who wanted something stiff and light for trail riding. I suggested he go with DT Swiss 240 Center Lock 28h Hubs and NOX Composites Teocalli Carbon 29er rims for his particular riding needs.

  • The DT Swiss Center Lock hubs let us mount the best rotor option available - the Shimano XTR RT99 rotors. These rotors keep the weight and temps down due to the ultra-cool alloy fins that shed heat, allowing riders to mount smaller rotors because they don't overheat like a standard rotor.
  • The NOX carbon rims are stiff and light, with an offset hole pattern that allows optimum spoke tensions and hook-less bead that may be the best in the industry when it comes to sidewall strength. The 26mm width and low weight of 385g per rim make it hard to beat!

The finished wheelset with rotors weighed in at just 1620g. Contact Us to order a set of your own custom wheels!

 

Ride Report: 1st Training Road Ride of 2015

The Path Bike Shop Race Team on a training road cycling ridereport and photos by Eric (Auk) Akiyoshi, The Path Bike Shop Ambassador Race Team
 
"In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team."
 
Alright, so it isn’t 1972, we weren't sent to prison, there were both men and women, we did more than “survive,” and we aren’t wanted by the government (as far as I know). Still, The Path Bike Shop’s “A-Team” road contingent was out in force today for a Santiago Canyon loop: 33 miles, 2,900 feet of climbing, and a hoot of a good time.  The ride was a mix of some hammerheads, some new to road riding, and some building a base for the coming race season. Although the group split a couple of times, there was always riding company for all involved.

Read more: Ride Report: 1st Training Road Ride of 2015

Ride Report: 2014 Hell Ride

2014 SART Hellride with mountain bike riders from The Path Bike ShopA few people from The Path Bike Shop participated in the 2014 Annual SART Hell Ride on Saturday November 1st, as part of the Bike For Bender ride series.

Bike for Bender is a local California non-profit organization that was founded in memory of Robert Bender, who lost his fight to cancer at the young age of 26. Proceeds from their annual hosted events benefit many local community groups, including High School Mountain Bike League Teams, Boy Scouts of America, fallen riders, cancer research institutions, as well as efforts to improve and develop local trails and cycling pathways.

Here are two ride perspectives from two of the participants from The Path Bike Shop staff and race team, congrats to all for toughing it out!

Read more: Ride Report: 2014 Hell Ride

OC Classic MTB Race Series: Race 4 Final

The Path Bike Shop race team rider taking the Expert Men win at the 2014 OC Classic MTB Race Series, Race 4 at Casper's Wilderness ParkThe 2014 OC Classic MTB Race Series by Non Dot Adventures has come to a close.

Race #4 at Casper's Wilderness Park was held on October 18th. It was a perfect day of racing to end a fantastic race series.

Here's a recap by Luke Wronski, Kona Grassroots rider and employee of The Path Bike Shop:

"The final Non-Dot series race at Casper's Wilderness Park could not have gone better. I was feeling great on the King Kahuna. I went out strong and managed to maintain my pace for the duration of the race. I finished 1st in Expert Men class with 2nd place 11 seconds back. The win at Casper's was also enough to clinch the win for the series overall. This race reaffirmed my decision to focus a bit more on XC for the 2015 season, and be more selective with the Enduro races I choose to participate in."

The Path Bike Shop Racing Team finished the series strong and took the 2014 OC Classic overall series win. Congrats to the whole race team!

Read more: OC Classic MTB Race Series: Race 4 Final

Custom Kona Process 111

custom 2014 Kona Process 111 29er at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAby Jesse Peterson, Sales and Mechanic at The Path Bike Shop Live Oak and Tustin locations

I built up a Kona Process 111 29er after many long rides on several other bikes. Three of my other favorite bikes are the Kona Process 153 29er, the Kona Hei-Hei 29er, and the Santa Cruz Nomad 27.5 Carbon. The reason for not building one of those last three models is because none of them can double as an XC bike and an Enduro bike quite the way the Process 111 does. They may handle in similar ways, but none of them have the ability to climb long ascents like Motorway, haul a$$ down steep descents, plus cruise over the Main Divide's dual-track the way my Kona Process 111 can.

Also, I like to manual a bike. When I need to pick up the front end, the Process 111 is King...and it's a 29er! It's got 111mm of plush rear travel on stiff 430mm chainstays, the standover of a DJ bike, and a 68-degree head tube angle. Plus, it's backed up for life by Kona. That's my bike. The components I chose for the custom build just sweeten it's handling and performance. 

Read more: Custom Kona Process 111

Race Series Recap: OC Classic Races 2 & 3

The Path Bike Shop team racer at the 2014 OC Classic MTB Race SeriesRace Report by Luke Wronski, Kona Grassroots rider and employee of The Path Bike Shop

Race #2, the Whiting Ranch Time Trial was a painful event. The course was a 20-minute race up a climb they call "Dreaded Hill" down a flowy singletrack, and out to the finish line. I decided to race the brutal mostly climbing time trial on the Kona Process 153. I wanted to see how good I could do against a field of 20-lb hardtails. Despite the extra weight, I still managed to finish 5th!

Read more: Race Series Recap: OC Classic Races 2 & 3

OC Classic Race 1, Aliso Woods

The Path Bike Shop Race team member at the OC Classic Race 1 at Aliso Woods in 2014Race Report by Luke Wronski, Kona Grassroots rider and employee of The Path Bike Shop

This weekend's OC Classic Race #1 at Aliso Woods with Non Dot Adventures was awesome! After a week of being sick I was skeptical of how well I was going to do. In addition, this was my first XC race of the year, so I had no gauge on where my fitness was at.

At the start of the race I made it my goal to stay with my Path Bike Shop teammate Josh who's been really strong all year. We broke away at the first climb up Meadows, which is a brutally steep climb. Our plan was to establish a big gap early on in the climbs and descents, in order to not get caught in a power battle in the flats. We maintained our lead for the three laps of the race. After completing our final descent down Rock-it we had a two mile false-flat to the finish line. At this point I decided to go for it for fear that if I waited we would be battling with guys who are fare more adept on the flats than Josh or I. I led the race for 3/4's of the final two miles, but along the way another rider had managed to bridge the gap and was now siting on my wheel. He managed to out-power me at the line for the win.

All in all it was a fantastic day of racing. I couldn't be happier with my 2nd place finish out of 18. My time would have been good enough for 3rd in pro. I was also stoked to see such a good turnout for the event (180 total riders)!

The Shop's Kona Hei-Hei 29er was the perfect bike for this technically challenging XC course.

 

Luke's race report can also be found on the Kona Bicycles website blog.

 

The Path Bike Shop Jr Racers: Kenda Cup Race 5 and CA Golden State Series Race 1

The Path Bike Shop jr Racers Andrew at Kenda Cup Race 5 and Ryan at CA Golden State Race 1The Path Bike Shop Team junior racers were making huge waves last Saturday April 27, 2014. Major kudos to these very talented young racers!

Andrew Vollmer (Cat 2 - 14 & under) placed 2nd in XC at the Kenda Cup Series Race #5 at Bonelli Park. Here is Andrew's race report:

"For Kenda Cup #5 at Bonelli Park, it was my second XC race of the weekend. I came back from a little race in Los Olivos as a warm-up for Kenda Cup. The entire time I was at Bonelli I couldn’t wait for the race to start because my legs felt so good. After the long wait I was on the starting line and anxious to race. Finally, we were off and a lead group of a 17-18 year old racer and the leader of my group quickly formed. Knowing it would take a little bit of luck to beat the leader of my race, I was happy sitting in the chase group of me and two others. Once we hit the climbs I made sure I was leading the group because I wanted to drop the kids behind me. I managed to drop one but the other one wouldn’t budge! So, I asked if he could pull, but he didn’t want to work so I just pushed it on the second lap and dropped him on one of the first climbs! Now I was just had to keep him away. I was solo for the rest of the lap and was happy with the result of finishing second out of six for Cat 2 14 & under. I also made a 3-4 minute gap on third place!"

Our young DH ripper Ryan McGarrity (Beg Men 10-11) placed 1st in DH at the California Golden State Series in Fontana.

 

Kona Team Meet Greet and MTB Ride

Kona Pro racers on a mountain bike with The Path Bike Shop team and friends at Santiago Oaks Regional ParkMembers of the Kona Race TeamBarry WicksKris Sneddon, and Spencer Paxson came out to The Path Bike Shop Tustin location last Thursday March 20, 2014 for a meet and greet with our friends, customers, staff, Path Bike Shop team racers, and Relampago team racers. Then it was off to Santiago Oaks Regional Park for a mountain bike ride. We had over 25 riders join in the fun! Ian and Jeff sported matching shirts and beards for the occasion.

The ride was followed by the all important recovery drink...at the Tustin Brewing Company.

Thanks to Kona Bicycles for your continued support of our shop and riders.  

Ian and Jeff matching shirts and beards at The Path Bike Shop MTB ride

Kona Race Team pros with The Path Bike Shop race team

Custom 2014 Kona Process 134

Custom 2014 Kona Process 134 at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAIt's a very unusual made-to-order build for one of our customers. This is our customer Nick and his new customized 2014 Kona Process 134.

What makes this build so special and so interesting? All controls are on the left side! The brakes work separately from each other: rear brake on the bottom, front brake on the top. Jesse (sales and mechanic here at The Path Bike Shop) worked out a great solution, making the seemingly impossible possible.

 

Southridge Winter Series Race 2: Junior Race Team

Jarod Hanson junior DH racer for The Path Bike Shop at the 2014 Southridge Winter Race SeriesOur junior racers are ripping out at Fontana in the 2014 Southridge Winter Race Series! Race #2 in the series was last weekend, January 25-26. Whether it's downhill or cross country racing, they're out there getting the job done. We're proud to have these two talented racers out there representing The Path Bike Shop. Great job guys!

Jarod Hanson Jr, DH racer for The Path and Kona Bikes, has placed 3rd back to back for the last 2 downhill races in the Expert 18 & Under race category.

"I had a blast this past weekend at Fontana for the Winter Series Race #2! There was a technical/expert split up on the top half and then the rest was a lot of sandy berms and flat turns. Before my run I was watching the pros go down the tech section. They were trying to go too fast and they kept crashing. So at that point I realized for my run I had to slow it down so I could keep it rubber down. My run was great I felt really smooth! I had a small bobble in one of the sand berms but that was it. I couldn't be happier! The new kona supreme operator felt so good! It's super smooth and stable through the rocks! It also corners like no other. I can just pop in and out of all the turns, it felt really good! I want to say thanks to The Path Bike Shop and Kona Bikes for setting me up on the new bike I feel that we are going to have a solid season and more to come!"

Andrew Vollmer junior XC racer for The Path Bike Shop at the 2014 Southridge Winter Race SeriesAndrew Vollmer, XC racer, is on a roll in the series as well; he placed 6th at Race 2 in the Sport Men 18 & Under category.

"Southridge Race #2 was super fun and I was stoked with my race times. There were about three times as many people racing today in Sport Men 18 & Under than the first Southridge race, however I increased my time by two minutes and got 6th out of 21. My chain unfortunately fell off at a crucial point before the finish, losing my spot in 5th place. But the competition was fierce and I was happy to place up there."

 

Southridge Winter Series Race 1: XC

The Path Bike Shop team rider Andrew at the Southridge Winter Series Race 1 2014Andrew keeps doing us proud in this 2014 race season. He placed 3rd in the Sport Men 18 & under class at the 2014 Southridge Winter Series XC MTB race on January 11, 2014. We're looking forward to seeing Andrew at Race 2 in the series, which is coming up this weekend.

Here is Andrew's race report:

"Today I raced the first XC race of the Winter Series for Southridge USA in Fontana. I competed in the Sport Men age 18 & under category and had a great time. At the beginning of the race my legs were not warmed up, but I caught up to the two leading riders on an uphill. On the first downhill of the race I unfortunately had a little spill on a sandy corner losing the 2nd place rider’s wheel. On my second lap I could see 2nd place in my sights but followed a racer from a different category off the track. By then 2nd place was far away and I settled with a 3rd place out of 8, but two of my good friends took 1st and 2nd and I was the youngest in the category, so it was all good!"
 
Southridge U.S.A.: Fontana, CA
KMC Chain Winter Series
XC Race 1/11/14 
Sport Men 18 & Under
Andrew Vollmer, age 13
 

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