2014 Lunchbox – The bike that started it all, just got even better.

•January 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The new Lenz Sport Lunchbox 29er has been making heads turn on any of the trails where you may be lucky enough to see one. We have only built a small pre-release batch of this Lenz Bike for select riders so far, and we’ll be working on the first run of production frames soon. Click here to see the thread on MTBR that has some of the initial reviews of the new Lunchbox. The new Lenz Luchbox is sporting a 16.7″ chainstay, which has the nickname “Punk-Ass”. The shorter chainstay is unbelievable, to say the least. Last year’s LB had a 17 3/8″ chainstay, which was already awesomely short, and provided the quickest handling and easiest manualing of any 29er out there. Now the 16.7″ chainstay combined with the 75 degree seat angle and 67 degree head angle makes the new Lunchbox a trail machine. The descending characteristics are un-matched, and the steep seat angle gets you over the bottom bracket so you can crank uphill like you are on a cross country bike. All of these new features make the Lunchbox bike an amazing all-around bike for climbing and descending. The new downtube gets you clearance for a piggy back shock, which you’ve been asking for, and the new pro-curve top tube gets extra standover clearance, which is always welcome. With frames under 8 pounds, you can build your dream bike under  or around 30 pounds without a whole lot of trouble. This bike has not truly been “released” yet, so we will be working on posting all of the necessary information to the website soon. In the meantime, please email us with any questions. We are happy to help and we can take pre-orders now.

How to get into ski biking

•February 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
How to get into Ski Biking
We are trying every season to make it easier to get into the sport. Here are some helpful resources for finding resorts that allow and rent ski bikes and also offer instruction.  How to
How to demo/rent ski bikes here in Colorado:  

1. Winter Park Resort has the largest rental fleet of ski bikes in Colorado. Click here for more information.
2. Durango: Pedal the Peaks bike shop has a fleet of rental Lenz Sport ski bikes. Call them at (970)259-6880
3. Denver: We have some rental ski bikes at our location near Denver. You can rent them to take them to resorts that don’t already have rentals available.

What resorts allow ski biking?
Click here to view a complete list of US and Canadian resorts that allow ski biking, rentals, and instruction. This list also provides any restrictions that may be in place at each specific resort.
How to purchase ski bikes:
You may purchase a ski bike directly from us by emailing or calling us. (sales@lenzsport.com or 303-857-9151). We will send you the current price list, discuss options, and build up your ski bike the way you want it. We can ship anywhere in the world. You may also order a ski bike through any authorized Lenz Sport dealer. Even if the dealer doesn’t deal in ski bikes, they are authorized to special order a ski bike for any customer. We have ski bikes in stock now. See below for availability information.
lenz sport ski bike load onto chairlift

lenz sport ski bikes are designed to load safely and easily onto the chairlift.

Ski Bikes allowed at ALL Vail resorts!

•November 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Snow season is here, and we want to be the first to inform you that all Vail Resorts are now allowing ski bikes. So if you have the 5 mountain pass, you can use a ski bike at Breckenridge, Keystone, A-basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek. All of Vail’s out-of-state resorts also allow ski bikes, such as the Vail-owned resorts in California. Steamboat is also now allowing peg ski bikes this year. This is huge for the fast-growing sport of ski biking. Many people are switching their winter hobbies to ski biking and tons of mountain bikers are using it to extend the mountain bike season. Ski biking is also a great snow sport for folks with knee, ankle, or back problems because the suspension absorbs the rough terrain way better than your own legs. Our ski bikes are built tough, with downhill and freestyle performance, durability, and lightweight are our main design objectives. We will also be debuting our new ski-bike specific skis that are going to improve the performance of ski bikes everywhere.
We are working on planning some demo events at some of the different resorts. Follow us on facebook to have the best access to event announcements.

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lenz sport launch freestyle ski bike

lenz sport launch freestyle ski bike – frames in stock now!

Ski Bike Demos at SIA Show – Winter Park

•January 25, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Come out on monday or tuesday january 30th or 31st of next week to demo any of the Lenz Sport ski bike lineup. We will have the Launch Freestyle Ski bike, the famous Alpine Brawler, and the new Dragster Foot-Skibike. This is your chance to ride a Lenz.

Milk Money review

•October 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, my full suspension, single speed, 29er, Milkmoney 4.0 build is finally complete.  I rode it out at Wapit trail at Heil Valley Ranch then out to the top of Picture Rock trail then down into Lyons for lunch at Oskar Blues.  I’m amazed at the plushness of the ride.  The Fox Talas TerraLogic fork works so well with this frame.  My arms felt numb because I couldn’t feel all the bumps like I used to, very weird.  I’m a very happy customer.  Thanks to you all who helped make this dream a reality, it was really worth the wait!

Special thanks to:
Devin at LenzSport for the meticulous frame build
Adam at Golden Bike shop for dealing with my many contacts for updates
Josh, Bryan, and James at Full Cycles for all the rest of the parts and the build

lenzsport milkmoney 4.0 - full suspension single speed mountain bike

The details:
LenzSport Milkmoney 4.0 Large, tapered head tube with Fox Float RP23 2012 rear shock
Fox 32 Talas 29 120 FIT TerraLogic Taper 15 QR 2012 fork
ZTR Arch 29 wheels and ZTR HD Disc hubs
Kenda Slant Six 29×2.0 rear tire, Maxxis Ardent 29×2.3 front tire set up tubeless
Easton carbon riser bar
Thompson riser stem
Chris KIng NoThreadset Tapered headset
Ergon GA1 Grips
Avid Elixir CR 185 frt 160 r brakes
Crank Brothers Mallet2 2012 pedals
Truvative Stylo 1.1 crankset
Thompson seat post (X-Fusion Hilo 2012 post on order)
Selle Italia FLITE Gel Flow seat

Comes in at 26.5 pounds, nice!

Here are some pics, feel free to post.

Thanks again,

Scott Baker

lenz sport milkmoney single speed full suspension mountain bike

Skibike Race and Huck Fest at Berthoud pass this saturday!

•April 26, 2011 • 3 Comments

Just sending out some more of the details for the Berthoud skibiker DH rally this Saturday. Just about finished with the big huck (jump) that we are going to set up along with the the Berthoud pass top to bottom race and BBQ. Were keeping time of the racing and going to have a jump contest too. Should be lots of fun. Snow was awesome last weekend to close down Winter Park. Powder all weekend and if we have snow and weather anything like it was last weekend, we’ll have great conditions for digging in the snow and riding and hanging out eating and drinking some beers.

I’m going to get there early to get a good spot and set up the grill. We’ll start shuttling probably by 9:00 so people can get some runs to scope out the course. The plan is to start sending racers off at noon and then eat when were done. Then we can watch the jumpers in the group huck themselves off the jumps and do some tricks. I have some awards for the top 3 of each event.

Try to get there early to get some runs in and sign up. No cost to compete. We’ll post times up on my website so we can start a record of how long it takes to run the Berthoud 7 mile gully run. Share this blog post to anyone you know that skibikes or just wants to have fun in the snow.

big huck ski bike jump

This is our new "Big Huck" ski bike and MTB jump. Come huck it at Berthoud on Saturday.

Free Skibike demos at Winter Park – 1/31 and 2/1

•January 26, 2011 • 2 Comments

We’ll be doing free group Ski Bike demos every half hour giving a quick lesson to get you off to the right start. The demos and sign up will be right at the Village Rental shop at the West Portal building. No need to reserve ahead of time. Just show up. We should have plenty of skibikes to ride. Come out and try a Lenz Sport Ski Bike.

ski bike demos at winter park

The Alpine Brawler Ski Bike

Lenz Behemoth in Israel

•January 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

From Nir Gelband, our new dealer in Israel.

“It was a short trail in the south of Juda Desert near Jerosalem it took we did a car jump becuse you geting from 700+_m from sea to -250 m down it a nice very technical route that we enjoy during winter time plenty of rocks and buity singeltracks we call them bedwin naceb its bedwin tracks for camels and ships
have anice day maybe friday we go there and bring some more photos.”

lenz sport behemoth in israellenz sport behemoth 29er in israellenz sport behemoth hitting singletrack in israel

Learning to Skibike

•December 13, 2010 • 2 Comments

Yesterday, my friend Forrest and I got a private skibike lesson from Devin Lenz at Winter Park. In short, we had a blast. Neither of us new what to expect. We were surprised at how easy it was to learn the basics of maneuvering around the mountain.

devin lenz ski bikingDevin started by teaching us how to do a skidded traverse, which is similar to a skidded traverse on skis or snowboards. The trick with the ski bike is all in the way you tilt the handlebars. We found out pretty quickly that if you lean uphill, the edges dig in and you accelerate into a carve. Tilting the handlebar downhill, so you can feel the seat touching your downhill leg, flattens out the skis and the bike goes into a nice controlled skid. This was clearly an essential technique to learn before anything else. We also learned that the body position is very important.

forrest and devin ski biking

Once we were doing skidded traverses in both directions, we advanced to “garland” turns, where you start in a skidded traverse, then let the bike go down the fall line and then turn it back to the skidded traverse in the same direction. After doing garlands in both directions, we were pretty much able to connect turns all the way down on the first run. Pretty sweet.

After a couple practice runs, Devin started teaching us some more adavanced skills, including sliding the bike sideways down the fall line into a smooth gradual “hockey stop”. This was a little difficult at first, because the bike wants to go into a traverse. Once we learned the proper body position and bar tilt, we were able to do it pretty decently.

sideways sliding into a hocky stop

Some more practice runs got us learning how to carve the bike, while remaining in control. We were impressed by how well the bike held an edge with so little effort. Literally just leaning in the direction of your turn sends the bike into a smooth fast carve. When you’re ready to slow down, we just tilt the handle bar down hill a little, and the bike skids to slow down. Once you’re better, you can just carve back and forth like on skis. The level of control we had at high speeds was incredible.

carving ski bikes

Then it was over to Mary Jane to hit the steeps. We rode through trees and moguls, all on our first day. Steep terrain was challenging, but fun. We were determined to get better. Before we knew it, Forrest was styling moguls and hitting jumps and drops. And I bet he’s still smiling now, while sitting in his office.

forrest dropping a small clif on his first ski bike day

The new Launch Freestyle skibike

•December 3, 2010 • 1 Comment

launch freestyle ski bike

After three seasons of riding and progressing on the Alpine Brawler, I was pleasantly suprised when Devin Lenz, the owner of Lenz Sport told me he was introducing a new model for the 2010-2011 ski season.  He showed me the plans at the end of the winter in 2010.  Devin knew I’d be going to the Camp of Champions in July 2010 to ride on what is arguably the best terrain park in the world at any time of year.  A week before I left he called me up and asked that I take a prototype up with me for the summer session.  I was more than happy to do so and these are my intitial thoughts on the latest skibike design from Lenz Sport.

brandon schmit launch ski bik or snow bike

The Launch

Let me start out by stating that the geometry on the Alpine Brawler and the new Launch model are basically identical. I love the way the Alpine Brawler handles. After 4 plus years of testing before it was released, the geometry is spot on and the large moto style seat allows for new riders to easily pinch the seat and use their legs to lean the bike when initiating turns and stops.  The larger seat also allows anyone riding the Brawler model to sit comfortably and cruise down the mountain with a style that relates directly to downhill mountainbiking.  Coming from a freestyle background, I was somewhat craving a bike that looked and felt a bit more like my dirt jumper and slopestyle bikes.  He delivered with the Launch.  The Launch weighs in at 3-4 lbs lighter than the Brawler depending upon how it’s built up.  It rides almost exactly the same as the Brawler when the same fork and shock are used on the frames.  The difference in feel comes when you do things like 360’s and tailwhips where having a lighter swing weight allows for easier handling.  I felt immediately comfortable on the Launch and continued to make progress while up at Whistler over the summer.  Here are some of the standout features of the Launch.  It’s lighter weight makes it easier to jump and do tricks.  The adjustability of the seat allows you to slam it for jump sessions or ride it higher for cruising or backcountry powder days when you need to be able to use the inside of your knees to push and grip the bike.  I have not yet ridden the Launch with an 8in travel downhill fork but I’m guessing it will handle just like the Brawler.  I like that fact that you can put a remote reservoir shock on Launch where you cannot do so on the Brawler.  You don’t really need a reservoir shock because it’s cold and you don’t get shock fade in the winter riding these bikes but I do like having the latest and greatest valving technology at my fingertips.

Please check back for more in-depth reviews of the Alpine Brawler and Launch skibikes.

Brandon Schmit

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lenz launch ski bike