We teamed up with Shape Bicycles to bring you this exclusive Jared Ball edit. I’ve heard a lot about Jared over the years but have never really seen much footage. This edit of him at his home trails certainly doesn’t disappoint, and his brother Jeremy even makes a special guest appearance. Enjoy!
I don't remember how I came upon it but last spring I stumbled across a stem that I had never seen before from a company that I had never heard of. I eventually found my way to their site and to my surprise there was a whole line of products that were geared towards the trails. That company was Shape Bicycles, and over the past few months I've had the pleasure of chatting back and forth with its creator Sylvain Taro. Sylvain is an awesome dude with a passion for design and a strong belief in French manufacturing. All of the parts made by Shape Bicycles are both designed and manufactured in France. While so many companies these days have gone the Taiwan route for production Sylvain has chosen to keep his manufacturing as close to home as possible. The result is a line of parts that give a nod to the old school with beautiful machining and simpler designs. I really wanted to find out more about both Sylvain and Shape so I went ahead and bounced some questions back and forth with him. Over the course of the last few weeks not only did the following interview come about but also the decision to bring Shape Bicycles to the US via the new Can You Dig It Web Store. Check out the interview below and then go have a look at some of Shape's offerings in the store. (more...)
There have been a lot of “highlight” videos popping up lately with it being a new year and all, but this is the first one that really grabbed my attention. Elliot Van Orman put this together from the various projects he worked on last year. The edit came out great and even though I’ve seen most of the footage before it somehow seems fresh again.
I noticed the split cap Jared was running in his bike check and thought it was just a new version of the Shape stem. It turns out it's actually his first signature product with the French brand. Replacing the original top cap with this one will save you 21 grams and allow you to customize the look by mixing and matching the colors. I'm just going to step out on a limb here and say that Jared's got to be the first rider ever to have a signature stem cap.