After a 10-year partnership Basin Sports and Santa Cruz Bicycles Part Ways
After a 10 year partnership, Basin Sports and Santa Cruz Bikes have made the mutual decision to part ways and end the sale of their bikes. We feel Santa Cruz makes great bikes but found our differences in business practices no longer align.
Basin Sports is a small family run shop that got its start in the ski industry. Since its humble roots, the Basin has grown and expanded its services into the bike community. Over the years we have created our business out of pocket, never sought outside partners or investors and stayed true to our small shop roots.
This has limited our ability to expand at a rate that was satisfactory towards Santa Cruz’s bottom line. We also expect a certain level of support from our vendors and have seen a slow decline in support from Santa Cruz as they push to be a major corporate giant in the bike industry.
We are fans of Santa Cruz bikes and are disappointed to see this partnership come to an end. With that, we will still provide support for our current Santa Cruz customers. We do not want anyone to feel alienated by this decision and will still service, maintain and warranty parts as needed.
We will also be bringing in a few new brands for the 2019 season. And we expect to offer a few Demo Days with Specialized, Devinci, and our new Partner Brand as well as more attentive support for the 2019 season- and an increase in engagement with the local Killington cycling community.
Basin sports is the premiere mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports are taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around.
A Technical All-Mountain Brawler – Devinci Troy Carbon GX Review
The Devinci Troy at first glance looks like any modern trail bike. It’s low, slack and comes equipped with 150mm of travel. Basin Sports brought in Devinci this year so we were excited to put a “new to us” trail bike on dirt. I’m going to be doing a lot of comparison to my trail bike, a 2017 Santa Cruz Bronson- so bear with me as I digest my remarks.
When testing the Troy I actually sized up. I’m 5’10” so my go-to sizing falls in the Medium range (at least on a Santa Cruz). On this the Large actually felt more comfortable which could be the result of a multitude of things. So I geared up and headed out. I rode the Devinci Troy at one of the local bike trail networks, Pine Hill. This network leans more towards the groomed side of trails with short, steep, technical bits and some pumpy flow as well as few little jumps. Well rounded as trail networks go, but short enough to cover the entire park in a couple hours. The elevation here is not high, the highest point in the park will leave you with maybe 400 feet of gain, so not too difficult.
Right out of the gate the Troy climbed well on the mellower, consistent gradient. The moment I hit a steep pitch the bike really struggled to stay grounded (tires slipping and this was after adjusting body position). In areas that I could climb fine on my Bronson, I couldn’t even muster on the Troy. This could have been partially due to it being a Large and not a Medium but the Medium just felt too small. In my mind the Troy was not a great climber, I exerted a lot of energy to justify gains.
As I reached the highest point in the network I was granted a short bit of downhill featuring tight, flowy turns, a few jumps, drops and technical sections. From there I got to an outlook point and then could enter a trail named Stegosaurus, which I’m hoping you can put two and two together and maybe even formulate what the trail looked like.
One area where the Devinci Troy excels is in groomed flow. The short chainstays make the bike nimble and agile in tight, bermed corners. Turning never felt so easy and that’s one area where this bike gets high marks. It was pretty unbelievable how good the Troy corners. Next, there was a short uphill to down with a small jump then a manmade drop. I hit the jump and the bike just doesn’t want to give, it wants to stay glued to the trail (almost like a downhill bike). When I hit the drop it didn’t feel elegant or graceful by any means, rather it surged forward and sought out the ground.
When I finished the flow trail I got into Stegosaurus, the technical part of my ride and the Troy was a beast. Some have referred to it as an all-mountain brawler and in the technical terrain, it showed. Like a downhill bike, the Troy got into its line and held it without fumbling or skipping. In this respect, it felt more stable and more precise than on any other section of trail. It almost felt like well, riding flow. You lined it up and the bike did all the work, you didn’t have to put a lot of thought into it.
My takeaways are this… That this bike wants to stay grounded. Some say this bike likes to jump and I just didn’t see it (or feel it). By comparison to my Bronson, the Troy felt horrible in the air. If I were a semi-pro or recently retired downhill rider looking for an all-around trail bike, I’d say look at the Devinci Troy. My reasoning is that it feels and rides very much like a downhill bike would, but with uphill capabilities and shorter travel. If you’re a technical rider who enjoys the occasional flow trail, you’re most likely going to enjoy this bike. It’s mean, it’s ready to fight and it’s fun.
Ask us about our Devinci Demo Fleet and how you can get your hands on one to test ride or maybe even buy.
Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around
Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont And What Makes True Wheels Rental Fleet Stand Out From the Pack
True Wheels Bike Shop in Killington, Vermont is in Basin Sports and has had a presence in the Killington Valley since the early 90’s and offers Mountain Bike Rentals in Killington Vermont. Basin Sports has been around since the 50’s but biking has always been a big part of the value that the store brings to the table. With the ever increasing presence of cyclist visiting Killington having the opportunity to try a high quality rental bike is key.
There’s a Couple Key Features That Puts True Wheels at Basin Sports Rentals Apart From the Rest:
Our Rental Fleet is New
Whether it’s road, trail or downhill we have them all and at the end of each bike season we sell our bikes off. That mean we purchase new bikes every season so that customers can enjoy the best possible rental product we can offer. It’s also good to mention that after Labor Day we list these rental bikes for sale. If you don’t have the coin to get into something new but was really digging your rental this would be the time to jump on one.
We Offer Bikes For All Skill Levels
It’s true, you don’t need a full on downhill mountain bike to ride the green trails at Killington Resort, in fact an All-Mountain Trail bike would probably be twice as fun for the new-to-the-sport rider. The great thing about our fleet of trail bikes is that their multi-level fun machines. From the advanced extreme level hucker to the first time rider our all-mountain trail bikes can be set up and customized to accommodate your skill set.
We don’t want to leave the more advanced level riders out either though. Maybe you’re looking to invest in a bike that’s yours. That’s why we carry a complete line-up of 200mm Dual Crown Mountain Bikes. Our premier downhill bike the Santa Cruz V10 is the optimal option for the advanced level rider. This full carbon, dual crown speed machine will bring a new definition to the term gnarly.
Our Prices Are Cheaper
We try to offer a better package per dollar spent on our rental bikes which is why our prices are $5-$25 cheaper than many of our competitors. Experience more knowing you got a great deal.
You Can Reserve In Advance
Call ahead or fill out our Rental Reservation Form and have your bike set-up and ready for you when you get here. All we need is a signature and you’re out the door. It’s that easy. We do recommend that riders visiting on holidays to give us decent notice so we can have the bike for you. If you really wanted to try out that Santa Cruz Bronson or Juliana Furtado definitely reserve in advance.
We Don’t Charge late Fees
$20 because you didn’t get back to the shop before 6? No Worries, we don’t want to deal with late fees any more than you do. Be respectful of our policies and we’ll be flexible on the rental return.
Rentals can be that easy and should be. Besides a full fleet of road, trail and downhill bikes we have all the accessories that go with it. So don’t worry, breath deep and enjoy the Green Mountain State in it’s original state.
It’s a question almost every mountain biker is going to ask at least once. Should I ride with Flat or Clipless Pedals? Flat vs Clipless is one of the bigger questions asked in the bike industry any one is not better than the other (though some may want to argue that). In the end you should ride on what’s most comfortable for you.
As a kid growing up I was immersed in the Mountain Bike Industry. I remember being dragged to my dad’s long circuit cross country races in northern Georgia (where I grew up) in the early 90’s. I remember sitting by the car in the pit’s with my older sister as my dad did lap after lap on this 5 mile loop. I guess you could say my dad was bias with him coming from a cross country background. Needless to say, my first real mountain bike, an original Full Suspension Trek Fuel (2003 or 2004?) came complete with clipless pedals.
I rode that bike for a long time. I even dragged it out to Colorado for a few months and left it in Crested Butte where I sold it for enough gas money to drive home (2013). Growing up Clipless was all I knew, I’d never heard of Flats or Five Ten’s- I’d never even thought of it as an option. Into my late teens I was riding more and more but still not feeling comfortable on my bike (2010). Then on one lovely summer day in the glorious trail network called Kingdom Trails I was scarred for life. Scarred enough to not ride for two years after. It hadn’t rained in a while and I was coming very fast around a turn when my bike washed out and I went flying, except I was still attached to the bike and a giant tree stump was quickly approaching my head area. Luckily I didn’t smack my noggin off the stump, I just cracked a rib and strained my shoulder pretty bad. I was also told I made an interesting water buffalo-like bellow.
That crash along with my neglect to know flat pedals existed made me turn off biking for a while. If cracked ribs and strained shoulders were the end result in a crash then I’d have none of it. Granted I’d never really ridden with anyone besides my father so my ability to learn more about the Mountain Bike Industry was restricted to his area of expertise.
Two years pass, I enjoy hiking, swimming and all the things that go along with being a college kid in Northern Vermont (2011-2013). I graduate college and meet more people in the bike industry. That’s when I learn about flat pedals and the amazing brand of Five Ten Shoes. By now (In the last two years) I’ve sold my old Fuel and have just bought a Santa Cruz Bronson. Now I’m putting 5 days a week in on the bike and riding as much as possible. I’m also rocking Flat Pedals and Five Ten Freeriders.
I absolutely love the ability to push my bike away when stuff goes wrong. I LOVE It. Nothing really compares to it. I guess I have slow reaction time, because when I crashed clipless it was a hot mess. There are pro’s to being clipless though and as I become more comfortable as a rider and as the scratches and scares on my calves from the studs on my pedals grow deeper I wonder should I venture back into the clipless realm. For one thing, if I went clipless again I’d be able to bunny hop a little more easily. I don’t think it would make me a more efficient climber, having good pedaling form does that all on its own. But would it make me more confident or that nervous little girl again?
True Wheels Bike Shop in Basin Sports has a wide selection of both Flat and Clipless Pedals. For further questions on the matter or for my best water buffalo bellow interpretation, give us a shout. You might have to buy me a beer first to hear what I sound like when I crash.
Today’s Killington Bike Report comes from our Out of Bounds staff member, Chris Viers. What a gorgeous, sunny day up at Killington for the final practice day of the Pro GRT Downhill Race.The trails were nice and dry considering the rain this past week, which is just what the trails need from time to time. The Killington Bike Park Crew are killing it, opening up new trails and maintaining our favorite bike park! The Ramshead lift is up and running this weekend for the downhill race. The lift was open to the public today and everyone could ride the combo of upper Black Magic to Snake Bite to Sideshow Bob. I did this exact run twice today because it was in great condition and it has a little bit of everything. First you hit Black Magic to catch some air, then head to the woods for technical sections over rocks, roots, and tight corners, and finally cruise through one of my favorite trails, Sideshow Bob. If you haven’t gone down Sideshow Bob yet, you need too! It’s an awesome smooth section with lots of flow, pumping, and carveable turns. The downhill race goes down tomorrow so make sure to visit Ramshead to watch some insane riders take on the Goat Skull course. Ramshead lift will be open only to the racers tomorrow and then every weekend starting next Saturday. All of the action was going down at the lower mountain so I mostly stayed at Ramshead and Snowshed, but I heard from plenty of people that the upper mountain was in good shape as well. Lots of exciting stuff happening this weekend here at Killington so make sure you don’t miss it! Stop by True Wheels Bike Shop for any parts or service. Our summer clothing is 30% off right now so come check it all out and enjoy your ride this weekend!
Killington Bike Report , The mountain bike trails at Snowshed are fun to ride. The Basin crew headed out on Wednesday to take a few runs and also to participate in the weekly bike bum race (new this summer). Our team riders are Christine (my daughter), Dave, Chris, Lorraine and Michael. I scored some big points for our team (even though I went really slow) because I am in the over 60 women’s category. The Adventure Center also at Snowshed has a beast mountain coaster, motorized mountain tours, roaring brook mining, scenic lift rides, skye ropes course, a terra-maze, skyebounce, a new skyejump, a new skyeline zip. Plenty to keep you busy for awhile. I am sure I didn’t list all of the fun things to do. Also, Killington has a golf course and the K1 gondola is open for mountain biking and scenic rides. The Ramshead lift will be spinning soon with more mountain bike trails. The Basin is open 1 hour before Killington is open and 1 hour after Killington closes. The bike shop (True Wheels) has new bikes for sale and NEW rentals for mountain and road, biking accessories, clothing, helmets and shoes. Our bike service shop is here to make sure your bike is all set for an awesome ride. Sorry no pictures.
Are you skiing Killington Resort this Memorial Day weekend? Well, a couple of us did first thing Friday morning and the snow was continuous top to bottom. You do need to carry your skis/snowboard on and off the lift though but once you get over the headwall there is still a lot of snow to be had. The weather being so hot and humid (in the 80’s) the next few days will be a big factor on long we can ski/ride. We’ve got some jam packed goodies in store for you.
Here’s Why Memorial Day Fun At Killington Resort Will Be Epic
It’s called the Beast of A Bike Swap and it conveniently coincides with the opening of Killington’s Mountain Bike Park. Like Killington’s winter Ski Swaps the Bike Swap is expected to be big, real big. We’ll talk about the Beastly Bike Swap more in a bit, but let’s not forget the other events going on too. More Events?! That’s right more, more, more!
The Killington Stage Race is something that’s been happening in Killington for years. Pro’s from all over the country, even the world come to our little mountain town to test their endurance on our rugged roads. The stage race runs 3 days, with two days being long road days with one monster climb up east mountain road and a time trial. The cool part is the race for Saturday ends up by Snowshed, where road cyclist (if they wanted to) could hop on the mountain bike and take a few laps on the mountain bike trails.
So we’ve got skiing, Road bike races, golf, biking and killer deals. Seems like a jam packed weekend that’s not worth missing. You should probably be rethinking those weekend plans right about now.
Beast Of A Bike Swap
Think ski swap but with bikes and way more stoke. Think free demos, food, drinks and high fives. If you’ve never immersed yourself in the bike community now would be the time. We can often be a rowdy bunch but we’re all family and all share the same love for the sport whether it be road biking or mountain biking.
And there will be plenty of bikes. Whether you’re looking for something new, something used or something different there will be something for everyone. We’ve got plenty of hardtail mountain bikes, full suspension mountain bikes, downhill bikes, road bikes and lifestyle/ hybrid bikes.
The best part by far is the free swag we’ll be giving away. Stickers, Water bottles, Gift Certificates and much much more! Hours of the swap are Friday the 27th from 4-8PM though you can drop of your consignment bike sooner. Then we’ll be rocking the lodge all day Saturday from 9-7 but you can also catch us out on the hill just look for our True Wheels Jerseys. If you saw something you liked but didn’t buy it you have until 2pm Sunday to change your mind. We’ll be back Sunday from 9-2 selling off the last of our bikes.
We’ll have the knowledge to back up our product, comfy chairs and wicked sweet high fives so you better stop by, because why not? Lifts spin Sat, Sun and Monday for Memorial Day from 10:00-4:30 and there is a lot of excited people ready to ride. We’re stoked to see this happen and hopefully will see you there.