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Osprey Blog – Learn to Manual with Macky Franklin

Before we talk about how to manual, let’s discuss what a manual is. Frequently confused with a wheelie, a manual involves balancing on the rear wheel of your bicycle using only your body weight and brakes to stay upright. It differs from a wheelie in that a wheelie uses the force of pedaling to lift the front wheel and keep it up.

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Jamis Bikepacking Contest

Jamis Bikes has partnered with POC, Blackburn, Osprey, Gemini, Eureka! and Jetboil to offer one adventurous couple the ultimate bikepacking prize package worth an estimated $5000 (See contest rules for details).

Jamis Unveils 2017 Pro MTB Team

JAMIS Bikes is pleased to introduce its 2017 Pro Mountain Bike Team and athletes. The five-person line-up is a diverse roster of men and women that cover all disciplines of the sport.

January Travel

Stages Cycling – Night Ride with Syd & Macky

It’s daylight savings time, which means more night time rides. So turn back your clocks and join Macky & Syd as they take full advantage of how early it gets dark. Packed with their Gemini Lights it’s time to get in some fun night rides.

CTS – Night Riding: Skills and Tips

On Sunday night in the United States (except Arizona), we will all set our clocks back one hour. We get an extra hour of sleep on one night, but pay a hefty price for it over the next four months with cold mornings and early sunsets. I may be biased, but as you can tell I’m not a big fan of fewer daylight hours and early sunsets. On the flip side, evenings are still reasonably warm or pleasantly brisk right now, meaning it’s a great time to strap on some lights and ride at night!

MTBParks – VIDEO: ‘Macky Talks Movement and Shreds Angel Fire’

ANGEL FIRE, NM – Pro enduro racer and Taos native Macky Franklin is living what many of would call “The Dream.” He travels full time and rides his bike for a living. According to Franklin, movement is key, whether on his bike or in his lifestyle. “I’m the happiest when I’m moving,” he says in the video. “I think we lose that as we start getting older.” Watch below as he talks movement and shreds Angel Fire Bike Park.

Pinkbike – Scott Enduro Cup: Deer Valley, Utah – Recap and Results

The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria launched its final race of the season at a new location, Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT. The three stage race drew more than 230 athletes to the Wasatch backcountry for a challenging season finale. The results from the day awarded the top five of each category as well as the overall series champions.

Mountain Flyer – Third Annual Los Alamos Enduro Fest

The third annual Los Alamos EnduroFest went down this past weekend at Pajarito Ski Mountain outside of Los Alamos, New Mexico. A relative new-comer to the lift-access mountain bike scene, Pajarito Mountain boasts an impressive arsenal of volunteer built and maintained trails, as well as local backcountry options that have been around for decades.

GI Blog – Van Life

Since we got back from South America in early April, Syd and I have been living in Great White the Adventure Van, our 1998 Ford E-250 cargo van. She’s old, with lots of miles (183,000) and plenty of rust, but she runs and has taken us to some cool places! For those of you who are into van life (and admit it, who isn’t?), here are some detail shots and a video tour so you can see what our setup looks like.

TGR – Ultimate MTB Van Conversion for Under $6K

Macky Franklin and his girlfriend Syd Schulz are not only professional mountain bikers, but expert dirtbaggers. Like so many of us, living the dream only happens when you figure out how to live on a budget, and so Macky is sharing their incredible feat of putting together a pro-level #vanlife setup for under $6,000… van included. Badass!

June Travel

Vital MTB – SCOTT Enduro Cup in Angel Fire

Syd Schulz checks in from her home mountain in Angel Fire, NM. The trails are in primo condition as she prepares for Round 2 of the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria going down this weekend, June 11-12 at Angel Fire Resort.


Macky Franklin & Syd Schulz are the dynamic duo that ride for Jamis/Vittoria and travel the world racing the Enduro World Cup Series. Some people think the discipline of enduro is all about the downhill and requires little pedaling, while others believe it’s all about the uphill section. Whatever side you’re on, we can tell you Macky & Syd rely on Stages Power to increase their efficiency when training to win.

May Travel

GI Blog – Off to Chile

After racing the Andes-Pacifico Enduro in Santiago, Syd and I headed farther south and spent a month training in Nevados de Chillan, Chile until the first round of the Enduro World Series.

Pinkbike – Enduro Cup Moab Results

The Scott Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria launched its first race of the season at the Klondike Bluffs Trail System in Moab, UT. The sold-out event drew 250 athletes to the desert for a day of enduro mountain bike racing, a tailgate barbecue, awards, and raffle. Results are in with Nate Hills and two-time champion, Katie Compton claiming the fastest times overall for the men and women’s pro/open category respectively.

EnduroCupMTB – 2016 Moab Course Preview

The 2016 SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria is returning to the Klondike Bluffs venue in Moab. Jamis and Vittoria Pro rider Macky Franklin tests the course and lets it rip on the fast and flowy slickrock.

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GI Blog – International Travel

The days leading up to our trip to Chile were full of lists: lists of to-do items (“suspend Verizon service”, “build race bikes”, “freeze car registration”), lists of things to pack (“tripod”, “spare goggles”, “shampoo and conditioner”), lists of packages we were praying would arrive before we left (“MRP guides”, “TRX suspension trainer”, “Seasucker bike racks”). There were some close calls, like how we had to…

February Travel

EnduroMag – Macky Franklin & Syd Schulz sign with Jamis Bicycles

Enduro racers and lifestyle proponents Macky Franklin and Syd Schulz have just signed a contract with Jamis Bicycles for 2016. Not purely down to speed and podium positions, the couple also represent a lifestyle that couldn’t be better suited to the US bike market according to Jamis. It’s refreshing to see that sometimes success is not measured solely by victories!

January Travel

Stages Cycling – Macky Franklin: Footage from 2015 EWS

Join enduro rider Macky Franklin on his rollercoaster ride during Stages 3 and Stage 4 of 2015 Enduro Worlds. Below you can experience what it’s like to be in the saddle via Macky’s onboard camera, accompanied by his real-time Stages Power files. It’s incredible to not just how often he pedals, but the massive power he puts out when he spins.

GI Blog – Winter Training

As a mountain bike racer, winter can be hard. It’s cold and wet, but training continues to be extremely important as the base you build in the winter has a big impact on how you perform during the season. Over the years I’ve figured out some tricks to make winter training more bearable (even fun). So here you go:

Pinkbike – Video: North-Eastern New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment

Tucked in the north-eastern corner of New Mexico is an area known as the Enchanted Circle. Within this area are two of New Mexico’s primary mountain bike destinations, Taos and Angel Fire. Connecting these two towns is the must-ride trail of the area, South Boundary. I grew up in Taos and many of my early mountain bike adventures were on the South Boundary Trail — cracked helmets, finishing my rides in the dark, getting stuck above tree line in lightning storms. These were the moments that taught me to respect and love the sport of mountain biking. Although I have now been racing professionally for almost 10 years, I continue to return to this trail for new adventures, new challenges and a renewed appreciation for the sport I love.

2015 Moab Race Results – SCOTT Enduro Cup by Vittoria

The SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria launched the first competition of the season on the Klondike Bluffs trail system in Moab, Utah, as a sold out race. At the end of the day, Macky Franklin and Katie Compton claimed the fastest times overall for men and women.

Pinkbike – Video: A Singletrack Valentine in Queenstown, New Zealand

Mountain bike couple Macky Franklin and Syd Schulz have never been that into Valentine’s day. Why spend money on roses and chocolate when you really just need new brake rotors? And why waste time on candlelit dinners when you could be spending the afternoon ripping down pristine New Zealand singletrack? This video is their ideal date – a little romance and a lot of shred, kneepads and roses.