Author Archives: Landon

Mar / 20 / 2015


“A coil spring, also known as a helical spring, is a mechanical device, which is typically used to store energy due to resilience and subsequently release it, to absorb shock, or to maintain a force between contacting surfaces. They are made of an elastic material formed into the shape of a helixwhich returns to its natural length when unloaded. In most shock absorbers, energy is converted to heat inside the viscous fluid. In hydraulic cylinders, the hydraulic fluid heats up, while in air cylinders, the hot air is usually exhausted to the atmosphere.”   (Thanks Wikipedia!)   I was looking up some information on different shock springs the other day.  Most of us ride with “shocks” on our bikes these days.  For some reason the technical side of our sport struck a chord with me, in that it mirrored what is happening here in Fruita right now!  It’s SPRING!  The weather is amazing, the sun is warm, the […]

Jul / 31 / 2014

Mooov Cow Mooov!!!!

A customer recently told me of a mind blowing experience they had while riding bikes here in Fruita.  We get this a lot, as our trails are well…mind blowing!  However, I was a little surprised when they told me what their mind blowing experience was. These customers were from Manhatten NY.  They told me of rounding a corner and coming face to face with a gigantic bellowing beast.  Nearly frozen with fear they slowly crept backwards and then hiked as far as possible off trail and around the frothing, fly covered, crap stained animal. Now, if you have lived out West, Mid-West, or pretty much anywhere outside of a major urban area you are probably rolling your eyes about now.  But seriously think about this.  Who's the crazier person?  I would have ridden toward the beast, screaming at it,  fully expecting the animal to move.  "Get off the trail hoofed […]

Sep / 14 / 2013

Riding the 2014 Trek Slash

We here at OTE are lucky to get to ride any number of the coolest bikes in the world.  Our demo fleet reads like most people's mountain bike bucket list.  As much as I love new bikes I don't get quite as giddy as I used to. It's a rough life having to deal with nothing but high end bikes all day long.  However, when my Trek rep rolled the still unavailable Trek Slash 9 into the shop I got seriously excited.  Here's what I got to ride for a day:   2014 pre-production Trek Slash 9, 650B/27.5" wheels, 160mm of travel, Rock Shox Reverb post, and an XX1 single ring build kit.  (production will be XO1)  I put on my high wide bars and an Enve front wheel with my personal Maxxis Highroller II tire and went out for a test ride on Horse Thief Bench. Now I've measured […]

Aug / 17 / 2013

From One Mecca to Another…

  Fruita vs. Moab.  Which is better?  Which place has the best trails?  Which "Mecca" is the best place on Earth to ride a bike?   The answer to all of the above is… BOTH!  The beauty of this media hyped competition is that if you ride a mountain bike, it doesn't matter.  Fruita and Moab are world class riding destinations and you should ride BOTH!    So the staff of Over The Edge, Fruita left our "mecca" and went riding at the "other mecca."  MOAB!  Since we are normally open 7 days a week, it is rare that all of us get a chance to ride together.  Luckily, our Summers are slow due to hot weather so we closed the shop on a Wednesday and took off for Utah. With only one day to ride together it was unanimous that we would ride the "Whole Enchilada."   We booked a shuttle […]

Mar / 22 / 2013

The Arizona Trail and Why I Don’t Use a GPS–Part 1

Mar / 21 / 2013

Got Mojo?

Dec / 26 / 2012

Tales From The Bike Shop: The GU KInG!

Dec / 20 / 2012

A "Fall" To Remember…

Oct / 26 / 2012

Red Bowl Retro Ride

Sep / 10 / 2012

On Dirt Roads…