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
Rooted in the heart of the Green Mountains The Enduro East Enduro World Qualifiers at Killington Resort and Green Mountain Trails
When I first started riding at Green Mountain Trails I hated it. I’d heard whispers within the bike community of a place unlike any other. A place that was something out of a fairy tale. Something too good to be true. Green Mountain Trails is the best kept secret in Vermont (for now) and yeah, at first I hated it.
I hated it because when I first started riding there I wasn’t mentally (or physically) prepared for the 1K ascent that I’d have to endure. My friends and I came up with a saying regarding the more well know Kingdom Trails to the north. “At the Kingdom what goes down must come up.” Green Mountain Trails is like the Kingdom in regards to its vertical but it offers a different experience than any other network I’ve visited.
Set against the side of a mountain Green Mountain Trails History dates back much further than the 10 years it’s had established bike trails on it. Before that, there was a man named Joe DeSena who created one of the most challenging Obstacle Race Courses on the planet. Maybe you’ve heard of it, it’s called the Spartan Races. At its core, Joe had created the Death Races. Grueling endurance challenges that dragged you up and down alone mountain peak in the middle of nowhere Vermont. Though the Death Races no longer take place at GMT you can still see remnants of the Spartan Race Obstacles on the trail.
But in regards to biking, I found GMT to be an escape. It offered such a diverse amount of terrain. From fast flowing single track to some seriously technical old school New England tech. The best part is that in my two seasons of riding there the most people I’ve encountered on the trail is about 3.3 total interactions. Green Mountain Trails offer an escape. You can get lost out there and most do, but it’s a good kind of lost.
So when I heard the Eastern States Cup mention that an Enduro World Qualifier would be coming to Vermont, I said to myself, “Green Mountain Trails would make for a great Enduro Race.” Sure as heck they did just that and now a two day World Series Qualifying Enduro Race will be held one day at Green Mountain Trails and one day at Killington Resort.
You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy GMT either. Though I find it more enjoyable on two wheels, the infamous stone steps offer a hiking trail to the top of the peak with a rich history to their namesake.
Now when I think of Green Mountain Trails I get excited not an upset stomach. When I hear someone mention that an Enduro East race is going to be there I feel a sense of pride. That’s where I ride and that’s where I reconnect with myself and with nature.
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.
Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New
Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New, means now’s the best time to try biking. The weather is nice and the trails are in good shape. Right now Killington Resort has taken progressive mountain biking to the next level. For some there are the advanced jump trails to play on. For others, they just need a smooth gentle trail to progress their skills.
Though Killington is expanding and their base of operations is growing, we are too. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes from us at Basin Sports. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes with less use and more availability. And it’s not just for adults either. Kids can rent full suspension mountain bikes so they can rip it up as well.
All right, promo pitch is over, back into the reason why Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New is so great. Once a Mountain Biker, always a mountain biker. It’s an addicting sport. From the youngens to the seniors everyone is giving it a go. I write a weekly summer editorial for the local newspaper, the Mountain Times and my most recent editorial really highlights why we do what we do and why you should try it.
Tails From The Trails
By Ariel Kent
Its 7AM it’s cool, dark and calm and only the sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I peddle uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in. Waking up early, before lifts are spinning and before people are really awake is how I enjoy my mornings. It’s really the only way I can get saddle time in on the bike especially since I work full time.
So it’s 7AM, I’m at Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and I’m pedaling up the long ascent to enjoy the views, nature and the amazing trail network there. Since lifts started spinning and since I crashed a few weeks ago I haven’t been putting the saddle time in I need. The saddle time that will make me a better rider when using the lifts.
To some riding every morning at this hour seems idiotic, psychotic, crazy. To me it’s just habit, it’s life, it’s what makes me find my inner zen. Sometimes I’ll run into another rider out there- most times it’s just me and nature. I push through pain- pain of pushing myself. Pain from crashes that I now attempt to recover from. Pain is what keeps me awake at this hour- pain is part of trail riding and what makes me a better rider in the end.
Once at the top of this 5 mile climb the pain subsides, my breathing relaxes and I take a moment to enjoy a cliff bar and a few sips of my Gatorade concoction. Then I get back on the bike and head down the mountain. By this point it’s 8AM and I have to make my way back down because I have to be at work for 9. This is my tail from the trails, this is my normal routine and is what I consider fun because In the end I’m not only going to be able to have fun on my bike but ride longer, pedal harder and push further.
Rainy Day Rumble is part of a Weekly Editorial Series for the Mountain Times Newspapers Switching Gears Section
Rainy Day Rumble, Saturday rides for me always start out the same at Killington. I’ve got two hours to get as many runs in as possible before I have to head back to work. This past Saturday I arrived early, got the first chair and hoped that the impending rain storm would hold off. I got three runs in on Snowshed before the rain hit — I was clearly unprepared with my T-shirt and shorts combo. The rain came an hour earlier than expected and I wasn’t about to stop riding—I still had an hour!
So there I am riding up the Snowshed Quad in my T-shirt and shorts shivering my butt off and it hit me — I have it way better than the lift operators. They have to stand at the top and bottom of the lift all day, rain or shine, hauling heavy mountain bikes on and off the lift. Not only that but they have to listen to all the happy-faced people talk about how amazing the trails are. That must be painful, man, I could never be a liftie!
That day, in particular I really appreciated what Killington’s lift operators do. While I get to take lap after lap they have to stand there loading bikes in the rain. Granted they have the protection of the lift loading areas so they’re not getting completely pelted by rain but it still isn’t the most ideal situation. For that I’m thankful for the hard working people at Killington Resort. Even in the worst conditions they’re still smiling, handing out high fives and doing their jobs well.
This coming weekend we have another lift opening: K-1, which means off-the-peak mountain biking as well as operations seven days a week. I cannot wait to put in some serious hours on the downhill bike and cannot wait to see more smiling faces up there. Next time you’re up at the mountain taking runs, just take a moment and tell the lefties “thank you,” after all, if it weren’t for them you wouldn’t be able to enjoy lift-served mountain biking.
Chasing Chairs is part of a Weekly Editorial Series for the Mountain Times Newspapers Switching Gears Section
Chasing Chairs, The start of lift served Mountain Biking is a monumental event in Killington. Even more so than usual this year because bike trails opened Memorial Day weekend, almost two months ahead of schedule. Mountain Biking in itself is much more than just a sport, it’s a community. The Mountain Bike Community, especially the Vermont Mountain Bike Community is like one giant family so opening days for summer at Resorts is like a giant family reunion for cyclists.
You have to try Mountain Biking a few times to get this metaphor but it’s almost like a skiing addiction, once you’ve tried it you just want more and more and more. And that insatiable thirst for the thrill of the sport grows steadily over time. So opening day at Killington Resort is kind of a big deal. For me it means the past two months of riding and earning my turns can finally take a break and I can just enjoy the thrill of gravity.
I can officially claim first chair rights to start off this bike season and I only had to arrive 30 minutes before the lifts opened. As I sat on the ground in front of the lift, bike in tow, I was pretty much vibrating. Vibrating in anticipation, excitement and enjoyment. I enjoy skiing but man do I love to Mountain Bike. As I sit waiting I start to see familiar faces. The first is the legendary “Female Ski Bum” Merisa Sherman. As she walks over the first words out of my mouth were, “Did you ski today?” I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that she said yes or that it was day 198 for her but then again she is an animal.
More familiar faces started to appear and the minutes ticked away until the clock struck 10. Merisa and I boarded the first chair and away we went. I only had two hours to ride before heading to the bike swap to work and Merisa only had one so we parted ways. More familiar faces appeared, more smiles, high fives and hugs because we are all a big happy family in many ways and opening day at Killington is just a glimpse into the amazing community that surrounds Mountain Biking in Vermont.