The Perfect Mountain Bike Drift Track: Mind the Gap Episode 4

Ep. 4 of Mind the Gap: The Making of unReal takes us into British Columbia’s dusty interior with World Cup downhill racers Stevie Smith and Brook Macdonald. For years, Stevie has dreamed of riding a wide-open track where he could drift into corners at full speed. For Brook and Stevie, this one-of-a-kind track is what mountain bike dreams are made of.

Sony presents unReal with Shimano & Trek, a new film produced by Teton Gravity Research & Anthill Films starring Brandon Semenuk, Brett Rheeder, Cam McCaul, Graham Agassiz, Steve Smith, Tom van Steenbergen & Thomas Vanderham, with Brook Macdonald, Finn Isles, Ian Morrison, James Doerfling & Matty Miles.

Written, directed and edited by Anthill Films. Art direction and additional writing by Good Fortune Collective. Additional support from Bike Magazine, Evoc, Knolly, Pinkbike.com, Rocky Mountain, Western Digital & Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

Fresh Product – FOX Suspension 2016 Highlights

FOX go all out for 2016, and their new lineup receives a solid dose of the technology trickle down treatment. With a focus on their new mantra ‘Own the Trail, Track or Mountain’ FOX aim to cater for the needs of all the growing areas of the sport.

The big forking news for 2016 is the new damper – FIT 4 found in ALL forks going forward (except 36, 381 and 40), we won’t see any more open cartridge dampers in favour of the new FIT 4. We’ve already spent some time on the FIT 4 damper inside the new FOX 34 fork as well as the new Float DPS rear shock – read our full review here. http://flowmountainbike.com/tests/tested-2016-fox-34-fork-and-float-dps-shock/

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The first major change is the new adjuster configuration; there are three main compression settings (much like CTD, with open, medium and firm), but there’s also a completely independent low-speed compression adjustment. The central black dial has 22 points of adjustment, giving you a much broader and precise range of control over low speed compression, similar to the 36’s RC2 damper.

The second big damper change that users will notice is an all new rebound assembly, which is designed keep the fork riding higher in its travel, particularly after big impacts. Beginning stroke rebound (i.e. for smaller impacts) can be set quite slow, for a more stable and planted ride feel. But on bigger impacts the fork will rebound more quickly to recover from heavy compressions, helping avoid getting bogged down deep in its travel. 

Finally, FOX have made some huge leaps in terms of service requirements for their forks. Through better sealing and more advanced lubricants (especially the new Gold Oil), service intervals are now 120 hours of riding, which is far cry more manageable than the 30-hour intervals of yesteryear!

All the rear shocks also receive some new features, with the DPS (Dual Position System) and EVOL (Extra Volume) in the popular Float series.

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The EVOL  air sleeve will be retrofittable to older FOX shocks too. This is more than just an extra volume air can, as we’ve seen in the past. The EVOL air sleeve is all about increasing the volume of the shock’s negative air spring. This has a number of positive effects.

Firstly, there’s improved bump sensitivity in the initial parts of the stroke. Secondly, the EVOL air sleeve provides an overall flatter spring curve, with more support in the mid-stroke (helping alleviate that wallowing feeling that can afflict some longer-travel air sprung bikes). Finally, the EVOL air sleeve helps slow down the shock’s rebound as it nears full extension, which should reduce the likelihood of getting ‘bucked’ over the bars after heavy compressions, particularly off the lip of a jump.

There has also been a huge re-think of the shock’s damping, which has led to the new Dual Piston System design and the ditching of the Boost Valve system. Again, we’ll avoid teching you out too much here, and stick to what’s actually noticeable for the user.

While the external damping adjustments are the same (CTD lever, with three position Trail Adjust), the firmness of the lockout (or Climb mode) has been increased significantly. At the same time as making this setting firmer, the level of damping control provided once your blow through the lockout has also been improved. On Boost Valve shocks, there was often inadequate compression control once you’d pushed past the initial lockout platform, but this has been rectified. If, like many cross country racers, you like to run your shock in Climb mode a lot, this change will definitely be appreciated.

See the highlights from FOX below:


 FOX 34

ALL NEW 34 SERIES – for aggressive trail riders in a super lightweight package

New lightweight chassis

New FLOAT air spring

New FIT4 damper

•Ideal travel options: 120-140mm 

•Weight: 34 27.5 160mm = 1746 g / 3.85 lb 219g / .48lb less than MY15 – 34 29 140mm = 1769 g / 3.9 lb 297g / .65lb less than MY15


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FOX 32

32 SERIES – Lightweight XC Series

New FLOAT air spring

New FIT4 damper

•Ideal travel options: 80-100mm 

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FOX 34 27.5+

ALL NEW 34 27.5+ fork – built for larger tires and a sense of adventure

•Max tire size 3.25

Boost 15x110mm axle

New FLOAT air spring

New FIT4 damper

•Travel options: 120mm/140mm 

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FOX 36

36 SERIES – Award-winning 36 lineup expanded

New FACTORY FIT4 damper and new 15QR axle option 

FACTORY FIT HSC/LSC (RC2) damper and convertible 15/20mm bolt-on axle option

Retains 36 FLOAT air spring with internal travel adjust via spacers

Updated RC2 damper tune and dual circuit rebound 

•Ideal travel options: 150-180mm 

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FOX 381

ALL NEW 36 831 – Designed for dual slalom and dirt jumping FACTORY FIT HSC/LSC (RC2) damper and convertible 15/20mm bolt-on axle option

Specific 36 831 FLOAT air spring

26” only

1-1/8” and 1.5 taper steer tube options

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FOX 40

40 SERIES – World Championship-winning design

New FLOAT air spring

Updated RC2 damper tune and dual circuit rebound 

Available in 27.5” and 26” 

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FOX Float DPS

ALL NEW FLOAT DPS – Our most capable inline shock ever

New full lockout and three on-the-fly settings: Open, Medium and Firm

New DPS damper 

New EVOL air sleeve option

FACTORY Series feature 3 clicks of low-speed compression adjust in the Open Mode.

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FOX Float X

FLOAT X – The Enduro World Series-winning Enduro and all-mountain shock

New EVOL air sleeve option

New damping tune with added compliance and control

FACTORY Series feature 3 clicks of low-speed compression adjust in the Open Mode.

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FOX Float X2

ALL NEW FLOAT X2 – Our highest performing air shock

New RVS technology for seamless damping transitions

New recirculating oil damper with independent high- and low-speed compression and rebound damping

•Main piston features two valves stacks that are reversible to change tune

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FOX Float DHX2

ALL NEW FLOAT DHX2 – World Championship- winning design

  • New RVS technology for seamless damping transitions
  • New recirculating oil damper with independent high- and low-speed compression and rebound damping
  • Main piston features two valves stacks that are reversible to change tune
  • New SLS (Super Lightweight Steel) spring option 

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Super Lightweight Steel (SLS) springs are lighter than titanium at more affordable prices

  • Proprietary surface treatment and stress relief process removes residual stresses from the spring, allowing them to withstand higher stresses
  • Each spring is optimize by using a smaller wire diameter and less coils, creating a lighter spring
  • Technology developed for highly stressed valve springs in drag racing cars
  • Fits all FOX coil shocks
  • Available in 25-pound increments
  • Sizes: 2.75” stoke – 300-550#, 3.0 stroke –300-525#, 3.5 stroke – 225-400#

Golden Triangle Epic Paves The Way For World Class Trail Network in Bendigo

With only a few days to go before race kick-off, the town of Bendigo is set to welcome hundreds of mountain bikers from all across the country to the Goldfields region this Sunday the 26th of April.

The Golden Triangle Epic will be celebrating its 10th year in 2015, and this years event will no doubt be the biggest and best yet. As one of the largest club-run mountain bike events in Australia, the Golden Triangle Epic is unique in that all the money raised from entry fees will go straight back into local trail development.

Competitors can expect a brilliant course for 2015, which includes freshly revamped singletrack that the Bendigo MTB Club has been building as part of its ongoing trail development program in Spring Gully, located just 5km from the centre of town.

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Vice President of the Bendigo MTB Club, Rim Martin, has been spearheading the Trail Development Committee, which is responsible for developing sustainably built trails for the local riding community.

“We have identified Spring Gully as the priority area for MTB trail development in Bendigo”, said Martin.

“There’s already lots of great singletrack in and around the forests of Bendigo, but the emphasis with the Spring Gully Trail Network is to build sustainable, purpose-built trails that are inclusive of all rider types.”

Hand built by volunteers from the Bendigo MTB Club, the new Green loop is only 65% complete but has already become a roaring success for the local riding community.

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“We have been working within Zone 1 of the study area to develop a beginners Green loop. This trail is already open and is receiving an average of 300+ riders a week,” staid Martin.

Longer term, Martin expects that Bendigo has the potential to develop as a mountain biking centre to rival those of the Alpine regions.

“The intention is that the Spring Gully Trail Network will form the northern entry point to the Goldfields Track; a 210km off-road trail that goes all the way to Ballarat. The really exciting part of the Goldfields Track is that it will connect five mountain bike hubs along its length through Central Victoria with Spring Gully being a key component of this.”

President of the Bendigo MTB Club, David Macauley, is excited about the clubs trail building plans, which are turning into a reality thanks to the 2015 Golden Triangle Epic.

“The money we raise from event entries goes straight into developing the Spring Gully Trail Network” said Macauley.

“We have completed Stage 1 by hand with volunteer labour from our members. The next step is to get a proper trail Master Plan developed for the whole area.”

As for this Sunday, Macauley is looking forward to seeing new riders turn up to experience the fantastic riding that Bendigo already has to offer, including those who are choosing to do the full 160km course option.

“The 100 miler was unique when we launched it. Luckily there were a couple of crazy guys who were willing to give it a go the first time. This year there are over 20 men and women having a crack at it, which is amazing!”

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But if racing 160km off-road doesn’t float your boat, competitors also have the choice of competing in the 15km, 50km or 100km categories. The cash prize pool has now topped $10,000 thanks to the generous support of the event sponsors, including Andy’s Earthmovers and Isuzu.

Along with spot prizes from TORQ, Birzman, Maxxis and Frameskin, every competitor who enters into the Golden Triangle Epic will have the chance to win a Trek Superfly FS 8 thanks to Cyclescape Bendigo.

So get amongst it! If you’re still yet to get your entry in, registration on the day is fine.


Event Details:

·      Date:               Sunday 26th of April 2015

·      Location:         Spring Gully, Bendigo, Victoria

·      Distances:       15km Pioneer, 50km, 100km, 160km (100 Miler)

·      Entries:           www.mtbbendigo.com

Fresh Product: Bontrager Rally Helmet

Bontrager’s latest lid is going to be a hit with the new-school enduro crowd. The Rally is all what we want from a helmet, but with increased protection over your standard brain bucket, an eyeball burningly bright colour option and an adjustable visor to make space for goggles.

The moment we popped the Rally on our heads, we decided its a new favourite.

For $179, it’s also a pretty good price for a cool new lid, check it out. Comes in black, too.

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Features

  • In-mold composite skeleton allows a greater variation of vent shape and size
  • Headmaster – One-handed fit system adjustable by height and circumference
  • FormFit – Flexible head-conforming brow band improves comfort and ventilation
  • FlatLock Strap Dividers – Strap management made simple with a fixed position fit
  • Internal, recessed channels manage airflow through the helmet and over the head
  • Drop-in Coverage – Coverage below traditional bottom edge for more protection
  • Crash Replacement Guarantee

Fabien Barel Presents – Chasing gold with Sam Hill

What happens when you put two of racings most uncompromising characters together away from the race course?

Fabien Barel and Sam Hill head off the beaten track to explore the old gold mining trails of Alexandra, New Zealand.

After nearly a decade of going head-to-head for the biggest prizes in mountain biking, the two downhill legends escape from the stress of racing to find out more about each other and have fun riding their bikes.

Video: Trail Hunter – Sun Valley

Matt Hunter and his friends plan a trip every year to reconnect and ride.

This year, the group elected to meet in the Sawtooth Range outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. Few places embody the heart of the American West like the Sawtooth. Rugged, wild, and ever changing, it’s the perfect place to crack a beer, earn your rides, and laugh with great friends when it’s over.

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 1 Work Hard Play Hard

Nino Schurter belongs on the list of the most successful mountain bike athletes in history. The 3 time World Champion is the leader of SCOTT Odlo MTB Racing, the international XC team run by bike legend Thomas Frischknecht.

“N1NO – The Hunt for Glory” is Nino Schurter`s first set of “webisodes.” The new video series features various chapters illustrating Nino`s colourful life as a professional mountain bike athlete during the pre-olympic year. It´s not only about how Nino prepares for the biggest goal of his career, the golden medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but it‘s also about shredding trails, travelling around the world, and all the fun that mountain biking brings.

 

Fresh Product: Upcoming New Helmet Range From Giant

Giant are one of a growing list of bike manufacturers to throw themselves wholeheartedly into the soft-goods and apparel market, along with other players such as Specialized, Trek (with their Bontrager kit) and Scott.

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Should match your Reign nicely!
Time to get all matchy-matchy!
Time to get all matchy-matchy!

They’ve just released all the details of their new Rail and Infinita helmets (men’s and women’s respectively), which are extended coverage style helmets, aimed at the trail and enduro market. Packing more rear protection than a standard cross-country lid, they’re also mighty #enduro with plenty of room for a goggle strap, a moveable visor and swathes of flat surfaces to stick your camera mount.

Unfortunately it’s still a few months before we’re likely to see these helmets in Australia – expect to find them here about the same time as the new season bikes, in August/September.

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• Trail-specific design with extended rear coverage.

• AirFlow ventilation combines 18 straight side vents to guide airflow through deep internal channels to keep riders cool at variable speeds.

• Removable, moto-style extended protection visor mounts cleanly to the sides and is infinitely adjustable on the move.

• Integrated goggle strap clip keeps the strap in position and prevents goggle from falling off in a fall.

• Integrated camera mounting surface, GoPro mount compatible.

• Low-speed and high-speed impact-tuned construction with Direct Support vents, optimized low-density EPS, and ultra-thin toughened polycarbonate shells all in-mold bonded together.

• Element Strap System (ESS) brings together Cinch Pro™, Optimal Position Y, and LiteForm™ webbing into one fit and retention system for superior fit and comfort right out of the box.

• Cinch Pro™ fit system offers optimal coverage by cradling the occipital bone for full protection, support and comfort. • Lightweight LiteForm™ webbing wraps around the head better for a more secure fit.

• TransTextura Plus™ anti-microbial padding helps fight bacteria growth by pulling sweat from a rider’s head and transferring it through the AirFlow vents. The natural property of the fabric inhibits microbes that cause odors.

• Sizes: Western: S (51-55cm), M (55-59cm), L (59-63cm) Asian: S (52-56cm), M (56-60cm), L (60-64cm)

• Weight: 275g (size M, CPSC, w/visor)

• Colors: Black/Blue, White/Blue, Orange/Yellow, Black/White, Cyan/Blue

• Certifications: CPSC, CE, AS/NZS

The women's version is called the LIV Infinita. All the same features, just more purple.
The women’s version is called the LIV Infinita. All the same features, just more purple.

 

Trek Go Mid-Fat, With New Stache 29+

Trek announced today the release of the all-new Stache, the completely redesigned mid-fat trail hardtail that offers riders the capability of a full suspension trail bike and the efficiency and simplicity of a hardtail.

Stache delivers more on-trail confidence than ever before with massive 3” tires mounted to 50mm rims for better traction cornering, climbing, and negotiating rough or loose terrain.

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Stache’s mid-fat tires and wide rims are paired with some of the shortest chainstays Trek has ever engineered, making it the most capable and agile hardtail on the trail. The incredibly short chainstays are achieved through Stache’s all-new frame design, which features an elevated drive-side midstay that keeps the chainstay out of the way of the crank and rear tire.

The bike that redefines expectations and brings the trail hardtail category back into relevance features Trek’s proprietary Stranglehold Dropout for the ultimate in wheel-size versatility. Stache can be optimised with 29+, 27.5+ or standard 29er wheels depending on ride style and terrain and can also be set up as a singlespeed.

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Stache is the first bike to feature the all-new Boost 148/110 front and rear hub spacing for stiffness, precision handling, and predictability on even the roughest trails. The new Stache lineup will include 3 alloy models and a frame set.

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For more details – http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mountain/trail/stache/

Specialized’s new 6Fattie hardtails and Rumour 650B

Righto! We knew it was coming, and now here it is, knocking down the door if we’re ready or not; Specialized are the first brand to unveil a bike using the new 27.5+ standard, only they’re not big fans of the 27.5 name, and so they’ve termed it 6fattie (geddit? 6fifty/fattie?).

Naming semantics aside, and before we all go into an internet meltdown as to whether or not we want/like/care about the arrival of another wheel standard, let us take a look at these new bikes, because they’re actually potentially very cool.

Fuse and Ruze 6fattie hardtails:

So what are these slightly chubby (but not technically ‘FAT’) bikes? The Fuse (men’s) and Ruze (women’s) hardtails take a conventional 650B wheel and shod it in some very big rubber – 3.0″ to be exact. The trend towards big tyres on wide rims is nothing new, but this is definitely a huge jump.

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The idea, says Specialized, is to make a hardtail that’s fun to ride, by virtue of the fact it now has an absolute shedload of grip and floatation. According to Specialized, the 6fattie setup with its 3.0″ rubber gives a 69% larger contact patch and 56% more tyre volume, though we’re not sure what size tyre this is in comparison to.

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Fitting in such big tyres is obviously a massive engineering challenge, and so the Fuse and Ruze make full use of the new Boost standards with a 148mm rear hub spacing to make room for it all. What’s really impressive is that Specialized have managed to keep the chain stays to just 430mm with their new Diamond Stay design. While we haven’t ridden these bikes yet, we’d imagine that Specialized are well aware that keeping the handling as snappy and playful as possible is pretty important when you’re also dealing with the inertia of bigger rubber.

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Both the Fuse and Ruze are going to be available at three spec levels – Comp, Expert and Pro – with pricing info yet to be confirmed. We’ll update this post as soon as it comes to hand.

Whether you instinctively love it or loathe it, we’re going to wait until we actually ride one of these bikes before we form our opinions. The other obvious question this all raises is, will there be a full suspension 6fattie bike too?

Rumor 650B:

Specialized’s other big news is the highly anticipated release of a 650B version of the excellent women’s Rumor platform. We tested this bike in its 29er format last year, and we think a 650B version will have a lot of appeal for both smaller riders and those looking for a more lively ride.

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The 29er format isn’t being replaced – it’ll continue to exist alongside the new 650B version. Wheel size aside, the 650B gets slightly longer travel, with 130mm front and 125mm rear, versus the 120/110mm found on the 29er. Choice is always a good thing, especially when it comes to women’s bikes, where the variety of options is often really lacking.

A super-low top tube is a hallmark of the Rumor design.
A super-low top tube is a hallmark of the Rumor design.

The Rumor 650B is also available in three spec levels. There’s the plain old Rumor, which runs a mix of X-Fusion and basic RockShox suspension, with a Deore drivetrain and Tektro brakes. Then there’s the Comp, with a FOX/RockShox Revelation combo and SRAM 2×10 drivetrain. Top billing goes to the Rumor Expert which is a truly primo offering, with FOX out back, a Pike up front, SRAM X01 and Shimano XT stoppers. Nice!

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Shimano XT 11-speed with new 11-42 cassette

TOOT TOOT! The Shimano Trickle Down Express has arrived at Working Man’s Station.

Yes, all those lovely evolutions debuted with the XTR 11-speed groupset have made their way down to a level that is well within the grasp of much more of the mountain biking population. With the launch of XT 11-speed (and the recent unveiling of SRAM’s GX 11-speed groupset too), 11-speed is a truly affordable proposition.

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11-speed Shimano at prices that won’t force you onto a packet rice and canned tuna diet for six months.

There’s no Di2 version yet, but given the popularity of Ultegra Di2 on the road, we can’t imagine Shimano will wait too long before offering us a battery-powered version of XT. We certainly hope so, because we have been loving the bejesus out of our XTR Di2 groupset! By our reckoning and market research, Shimano XT continues to be the most popular groupset in Australia. It’s real bread and butter stuff – light enough for racing, but really built to be enjoyed by trail riders, reliable year after year, harder to kill than one of those massive flying cockroaches. So how have Shimano improved their XT groupset to make sure it remains competitive in this new era of 11-speed drivetrains and single-ring fever?

11-42 wider range cassette: Shimano have seen the light! It might seem like a small thing, but Shimano’s decision to offer a 42-tooth option with the XT 11-speed cassette is going to be massive boon for lovers of 1×11 drivetrains. For many riders, the 11-40 range of the XTR 11-speed cassette was just a little too tight for 1×11 use, making it hard to get a low enough climbing gear without sacrificing the top end. But with an 11-42 tooth option, those concerns will definitely be reduced.

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This fella is an 11-40, but an 11-42 will be available too.

Yes, compared to a SRAM drivetrain, you do miss out on the 10-tooth high gear, but we’re less concerned about this top end than we are about having a good swathe of climbing gears. XT will be available with either an 11-42 or 11-40 tooth cassette; the 11-42 is designed specifically for 1×11 use, while the 11-40 is designed for 2×11 or 3×11 configurations.

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The cassette is concave on the rear to clear the spokes without requiring a new freehub design.

For now, XTR will continue to only be available in an 11-40 tooth configuration. The justification is that XTR is a racing product, and racers are more concerned with tighter, smoother gear ratios, rather than a massive spread of gears. Ho hum… we’d rather see XTR in an 11-42 as well, but we’re sure it’s only a matter of time. The new 11-speed XT cassette will fit any existing Shimano freehub body too. We see this as another big plus, as it’s easy to upgrade to 11-speed without forking out for a new freehub (or hub/wheel) to do so.

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As you can see from the packaging, Shimano don’t recommend you use a 11-42 tooth with a double or triple chain ring setup. Why? We’re not 100% sure, other than saying you probably don’t need gears that low!

Single, double or triple chain ring options: While we’re unashamedly most excited about an XT 1×11 drivetrain (available with 30, 32 or 34 tooth rings), for those seeking a broader spread of gears there is a suite of double chain ring options available (28/38, 26/36 and 24/34), as well as a triple option (22/30/40)  in case you need to tow a trailer up Mt Kosciusko.

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XTR-esque. The XT grouppo is only available in one colour scheme now, not the silver or black of previous years.

Visually, the crankset takes a lot cues from XTR, with the same funky rectangular bolt pattern for the chain rings. The double and single ring cranks are interchangeable (i.e. you can buy a single and then convert it to a double or vice versa), but the triple is not – it’s #tripleforlife.

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Sculpted! Almost makes us want to run a double ring, this looks so nice!

As usual, the technology poured into Shimano’s chain rings is pretty amazing. In a double or triple chain ring setup, the large ring is a carbon/aluminium mashup, while the single ring gets stainless steel teeth to cope with the chainline demands of using one ring across the whole cassette spread.

Slick shifters: Along with a claimed 25% reduction in shift effort, the new XT shifters get some of the same ergonomic tweaks as XTR. Knurled and dimpled shift paddles provide more grip for your digits when changing gears, and a revised I-Spec II brake/shifter mount system gives you more customisation of the shifter placement. If you already have Shimano brakes, and only want to upgrade your drivetrain, you’ll be happy to hear the shifters come with the original I-Spec mounts too, so they’ll work fine with existing I-Spec brake levers.

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More grip for your thumb, plus more versatile I-Spec mounting. The cable has a new impregnated coating too, for slicker operation.

Derailleurs: XT front derailleurs now come in 106* different variants, including the neat side swing configuration that was released with 11-speed XTR, which once again makes more room for large rubber and shorter chain stays.

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The clutch lever is hidden away for supreme slickness.
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The little rubber cap hides an external adjuster for the clutch tension, should you want to really stiffen things up (which is a good idea if you’re running a single ring).

The rear mech gets the same XTR-inspired clutch configuration, with a more streamlined clutch lever and externally adjustable clutch tension too.

Brake it down:  Shimano XT brakes are pretty hard to improve upon, so the aside from a slight diet (-10g), there haven’t been too many changes here. The bar clamp is lighter and slimmer, and the lever body has seen the surgeon’s scalpel.

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A leaner and more angular XT brake lever.
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Not seen here, the caliper is of course compatible with Ice Tech finned pads.

Boost compatible: With the advent of the new Boost (un)standard for hub spacing, things get once again more complicated, with new variants of hubs and cranks to suit. All new XT cranks and hubs will be available in Boost mode, which doesn’t give you extra powers like some kind of Nintendo power-up, but does mean the cranks have a 3mm offset spider for more chain clearance around big tyres and a straighter chainline.

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M8000-B: the B signifies this crank as being Boost compatible.

In the coming weeks we’ll be bolting the new XT 11-speed drivetrain onto a test bike to garner some initial ride impressions. In the meantime, we feel this is a really hard-hitting salvo back at SRAM in the 1×11 drivetrain market. Game on!

Chris Akrigg – Bread and Butter

So over the last couple of years It seems that i’ve been getting more and more diverse riding wise, and thats even by my standards!

So i though it would be a good idea to get back on the mountain bike. I packed my shit up and headed down to sunny Spain to hang out with my mate Victor Lucas and his camera.

The plan was pretty straight forward, go up into the hills to find some chilled interesting stuff to ride and just have some fun.

I think this is as close as you could get to what i actually do when I just go out for a spin. Hope you enjoy the different angle…and stay tuned for when i open the taps on this bike later in the year!

Laying It on the line in Lourdes – World Cup Race Highlights

Masterclass moments from Aaron Gwin on a race day that took its toll on bodies and bikes.

The downhill elite sure won’t be forgetting the Lourdes World Cup in a hurry. The carnage was there for all to see throughout the weekend and on race day there was no let up. The French hill continued to claim its share of mechanicals, punctures, crashes and face plants, with the dry and dusty track full of holes from the continuous use over the weekend.

Catch the thrills, spills and excitement from Lourdes with our finals highlights in the player below.

There was only one rider whose pace truly mastered the Lourdes track, Aaron Gwin. He produced yet another memorable run, combining sheer speed with some creative lines. The winning margin of just under four seconds from home favourite Loïc Bruni was a testament of how good his ride was on a course that was steep, rough and technical.

In the women’s race, no one quite got to grips with the track. Leading qualifier Tracey Hannah suffered a crash and even the winner, Emmeline Ragot, admitted she made mistakes on her way down to recording the fastest time.

Watch the UCI World Cup on Red Bull TV – available online and on mobile via Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Fast and Furious – Downhill Practice Video From Lourdes

The wait is over, the track is wild and the world’s fastest racers are getting loose. Yesterday’s practice session confirmed what many here in Lourdes had suspected – this track is very, very good.

For all the latest news, videos, and photos of riders wearing ski onesies get over to our UCI World Cup event page.

Watch the UCI World Cup LIVE on Red Bull TV – available online and on mobile via Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Oh Lourdes! Claudio is back for a new year of World Cup course previews

A new track awaits the world’s fastest as they make their way to Lourdes, France, for the opening round of the UCI MTB World Cup.

Join Claudio Caluori, with special guest, Loïc Bruni, as they take to the French hillside for the first course preview of 2015.

Lourdes is famous for it’s religious pilgrimages, holy water and miracles so it’s only apt that a huge crucifix acts as the backdrop for the start gate as the riders look out over the holy town.

There’s no gondolas at this round and riders have to take an old train up the steep hillside to the top of the hill.

Follow more of Claudio’s antics @claudio_caluori and keep up with his track building projects at Velosolutions.

Will we be seeing any miracles come race day? Tune in on April 12 to watch live coverage of the racingWatch the UCI World Cup LIVE on Red Bull TV – available online and on mobile via Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

 

2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Teams Announced

Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is delighted to announce the 2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike athletes that will represent Australia at the 2015 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra from the 1 – 6 September. 

Cross Country

Liam Jeffries (VIC) will headline the U19 Men’s Cross Country Team following a great start to the year that saw him take home gold medals in both the Subaru National Mountain Bike Championships and the Oceania Mountain Bike Championships.

Alongside Jeffries will be Bryan Dunkin (NSW), Luke Brame (NSW) and Alex Lack (TAS) who placed second, third and fourth respectively in this year’s Subaru National Championships, as well as Michael Potter (NSW), who took home silver in this year’s Oceania Championships.

Fourth placed junior rider in the Oceania Championships, Callum Carson (NSW), rounds out the Men’s team.

2015 Junior National Champion Megan Williams (QLD) will represent Australia in the U19 Women’s Cross Country category. 

Downhill

The seven-member U19 Men’s Downhill team is stacked with talented athletes, including this year’s Junior Oceania Champion, Junior National Champion and National Series winner Andrew Crimmins (NSW), as well as Max Warshawsky (QLD) who placed second in the National Series.

Accompanying them to Andorra will be Remy Morton (QLD), who placed second in the National Championships earlier this month, Jackson Frew (ACT), Joel Willis (NSW), Harry Bush (QLD) and Dan Booker (TAS). 

Multi-disciplined rider and Junior National Downhill Champion Ellie Wale (VIC) will be representing the U19 Women.

MTBA President Russ Baker congratulated the riders, “It is a great honour to be selected to represent your Country. I congratulate all these riders on their achievements and hard work, and also thank the parents and supporters who encourage and support them in mountain biking.” 

The full list of riders is below.

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2015 Australian U19 Cross Country and Downhill Mountain Bike Teams

U19 Men’s Cross Country Team

  • Liam Jeffries (VIC)
  • Bryan Dunkin (NSW)
  • Luke Brame (NSW)
  • Alex Lack (TAS)
  • Michael Potter (NSW)
  • Callum Carson (NSW)

Reserves:

  • Foley Lachal (VIC)
  • Guy Frail (NSW)

U19 Women’s Cross Country Team

  • Megan Williams (QLD)

U19 Men’s Downhill Team

  • Andrew Crimmins (NSW)
  • Max Warshawsky (QLD)
  • Remy Morton (QLD)
  • Jackson Frew (ACT)
  • Joel Willis (NSW)
  • Harry Bush (QLD)
  • Dan Booker (TAS) 

U19 Women’s Downhill Team

  • Ellie Wale (VIC)

Fresh Product: 2016 FOX Kabolt 15mm Axle

Working with our Racing Applications Development team, Geoff Kabush asked for a lighter, bolt-on axle that would allow for quick wheels changes during a race. The Kabolt was born and soon other FOX athletes – from enduro racers to slopestyle riders – were asking for it. 

Holding titles that range from X Games with Brett Rheeder to Cross-Country World Championships with Julien Absalon and Catharine Pendral, FOX’s RAD program has been supplying racers with Kabolts for several years. Now they will be available for all FOX forks with 15QR axles.

  • 15x100mm weight: 34.5g
  • 100mm version is 40g lighter than our 15QR (54% weight savings)
  • Available in 15x100mm and 15x110mm widths
  • Compatible with all FOX 15QR forks
  • Installs with a 6mm hex

Fresh Product: Updated Bits From SRAM

SRAM unveil a few updates to their 2016 range, details in the press release below:


 

MONARCH RT3 UPDATES

REFINED PERFORMANCE

Monarch stands for smooth damping in a lightweight chassis, with coil-like performance thanks to its Solo Air spring with DebonAir option. For 2016 Monarch RT3 received some important damper updates, to enhance the shock’s performance and make it perfectly adaptable to each rider’s and ride’s characteristics.

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NEW COMPRESSION PISTON: MORE CONTROL AND BETTER TRACTION

  • A redesigned piston reduces compression forces at high-speeds. The increased oil flow results in a smoother feeling shock at high shaft speeds, more control and better traction on the trail.

NEW POPPET VALVE: BETTER LOCKOUT FEEL

  • An updated poppet valve design with o-ring and riveted shims create a better seal for a more refined lockout feel.

NEW REBOUND CIRCUIT: INCREASED ADJUSTMENT RANGE

  • Additional beginning-stroke rebound shaft port with dual-taper rebound needle results in increased oil flow for a wider range of adjustment. The rebound range now allows for more precise control over a broader range of riders’ weights.

 

ONELOC

ONE REMOTE TO RULE IT ALL

The new OneLoc remote provides total control over your RockShox fork at your fingertips. The increased leverage at the bar translates in a smoother and easier actuation. Its countless mounting options (left and right, below or above the bar, tall or standard clamp) make it an ideal companion for SRAM’s drivetrain, brakes and RockShox’s Reverb remote.

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  • More leverage at the bar
  • Right/left, above/below mounting options
  • Forks ship with right-above (left-below) remote
  • OneLoc clears a Reverb remote and GripShift in both above and below mounting options.
  • Replaces PushLoc remote

 

MAXLE STEALTH

LIGHT AND NARROW

Who knew we could make a thru axle disappear? The new Maxle Stealth offers a light, low profile alternative to Maxle Lite and Maxle Ultimate.

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  • New, tooled Maxle option available in 15×100,15×110 and 15×150 sizes.
  • Weight: 37g – Almost 50% weight saving over a standard Maxle Lite
  • Easy installation with an 6mm Allen wrench
  • Available as an upgrade for SID, Reba, Revelation, Bluto and Pike.

 RS-1 27.5 AND NEW COLOuR OPTION

THE REVOLUTION EXPANDS

25 years after the original RS-1, the fork that revolutionized mountain biking, RockShox does it again. A chassis design never seen before, which integrates the fork’s steerer tube, crown and legs into a single carbon mainframe. The all-new Accelerator Damper, which combines incredible small bump performance with an ultra-efficient lockout. And Predictive Steering, a reimagined interface between hub and dropouts which enabled us to create an inverted fork light enough for XC racing and stiff enough for trail riding. For 2015 the RS-1 family grows with the addition of a 27.5 model, and a new Gloss White colour option.

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  • Dedicated 27.5” model with 42mm offset chassis in 100 and 120mm travel options
  • 29” and 27.5” version both get new colour option: Gloss White

2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: All you need to know

More teams, more countries represented (including newcomers China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel), and larger audiences: the 2015 season of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano looks like being as enthralling as ever. A quick overview of the nine rounds of the season, which starts on April 11 and will be available on Red Bull TV:

  • Two new rounds: Lourdes (France) which makes its debut by opening the season, and Lenzerheide (Switzerland), at the beginning of July
  • After a year’s break, the return of Val di Sole (Italy) which will close the season at the end of August, one week before the UCI MTB World Championships in Andorre
  • 6 venues already part of the World Cup in 2014: Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE), Albstadt (GER), Fort William (GBR), Leogang (AUT), Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) and Windham (USA).

The 2015 MTB World Cup at a glance

Date Venue Country Discipline
1 11-12.04.2015 Lourdes France DHI
2 23-24.05.2015 Nove Mesto na Morave République tchèque XCO
3 30-31.05.2015 Albstadt Allemagne XCO
4 06-07.06.2015 Fort William Grande-Bretagne DHI
5 13-14.06.2015 Leogang Autriche DHI
6 04-05.07.2015 Lenzerheide Suisse XCO/DHI
7 01-02.08.2015 Mont-Sainte-Anne Canada XCO/DHI
8 08-09.08.2015 Windham Etats-Unis XCO/DHI
9 22-23.08.2015 Val di Sole Italie XCO/DHI

Lourdes
New to the UCI MTB World Cup presented by Shimano in 2015, Lourdes will be one of three rounds – with Fort William and Leogang – 100% dedicated to Downhill. A regular French Cup stopover, the city in the south-west of France will kick off the season. The riders will no doubt enjoy its demanding track that offers a stunning view of the city.

Nove Mesto na Morave
Voted best XCO/XCE event in 2013 and again in 2014, the Czech round is appreciated by athletes and the public thanks to its modern infrastructure. For its fifth consecutive participation Nove Mesto na Morave opens the XCO racing and provides a dress rehearsal for the 2016 UCI MTB World Championships for XCO/XCE/XCR.

Albstadt
The German venue organises an XCO round of the UCI World Cup for the third time since it first joined the calendar in 2013. Created in 2004, the bike park features a combination of physical passages and technical sections and is used by a number of athletes as preparation ground in the lead-up to the World Cup. It is no surprise that Albstadt, in the south-west of Germany, is popular with the XCO riders.

Fort William
After first joining the UCI World Cup in 2002, this British stopover features on the calendar for the 14th time. Also host of the 2007 UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships, this spot in the Scottish Highlands is a not-to-be-missed destination on the DHI calendar. Proof: Fort William was voted best DHI event in 2012 and 2013.

Leogang
With its bikepark launched in 2001, Saalfelden-Leogang is one of the most popular European meetings for the downhillers. The Austrian winter sports resort, not far from Salzburg, joined the UCI World Cup in 2010 and organised the Downhill / 4X UCI World Championships in 2012 followed by the 4X Worlds in 2013 and 2014. With its spectacular views, Leogang once again promises to be sensational.

Lenzerheide
Scheduled for the beginning of July, the Swiss resort is – along with Lourdes – one of the new venues this year. Lenzerheide will welcome the season’s first combined XCO/DHI event, which will also be the first of three rounds (2015-2017) at the venue in the lead-up to the 2018 UCI World Championships. The Swiss, traditionally strong in XCO, will have the chance to race at home and the athletes wait impatiently the first weekend of July.

Mont-Sainte-Anne
The Canadian round has gone hand in hand with the UCI MTB World Cup since 1991. This year it celebrates the organisation of its 25th UCI event. Hosting a combined XCO/DHI event in August, Mont-Sainte-Anne comes before another North American round, Windham. Situated in Quebec, one of the “Sommets de Saint Laurent”, the Queen of the World Cup deserves its reputation as a Mecca of mountain bike.

Windham
The round in Windham, a small resort nestled at the foot of the Catskills in the State of New York, will welcome XCO and DHI competitions. The downhill track is renowned for its final section, nicknamed Peaty’s Plunge. It is an event that is eagerly awaited by the fans, who benefit not only from the competitions but also the concerts for youngsters and families.

Val di Sole
After a year’s break, the resort in Trentino returns to the UCI World Cup calendar in 2015. It will be the final round, and therefore decisive for the XCO and DHI rankings. It will also enable the riders to put the finishing touches to their preparation for the UCI World Championships one week later. Host of the Worlds in 2008, Val di Sole will again organise the World Championships for Downhill in 2016.

Teams to watch

In total, 130 teams are registered for 2015. This is the highest number of teams since 2012 (132) and up nine from last year’s total of 121. The number of nations registering at least one team is on the rise (33 compared with 31 last year), a sign that the mountain bike discipline continues to push back geographical barriers. Four countries have registered a team for the first time in 2015: China, Indonesia, Iran and Israel. Of the 130 teams registered for the 2015 season, 15 Endurance (XC) teams and 15 Gravity (DH) teams have UCI ELITE Mountain Bike status. UCI ELITE Mountain Bike teams benefit from advantages such as free entry to all races on the UCI Mountain Bike International Calendar in the discipline in which the team has ELITE status, including all rounds of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano. In return, they are obliged to enter at least one rider in all rounds of the UCI MTB World Cup series.

UCI Endurance Team ranking

Team Nation Riders
1 Trek Factory Racing Etats-Unis Emily Batty (CAN) ; Rebecca Henderson (AUS) ; Kohei Yamamoto (JPN) ; SergioMantecon Gutierrez (ESP) ; Daniel Mc Connell (AUS)
2 BH-Suntour-KMC France Julie Bresset (FRA) ; Hanna Klein (GER) ; Adelheid Morath (GER) ; Maxime Marotte(FRA) ; Jordan Sarrou (FRA) ; Stéphane Tempier (FRA) ; Nicolas Bazin (FRA) ;VictorKoretzky (FRA) ; Hélène Marcouyre (FRA) ; Perrine Clauzel (FRA)
3 BMC Mountainbiking Racing Team Suisse Julien Absalon (FRA) ; Lukas Flückiger (SUI) ; Ralph Naef (SUI) ; Reto Indergand(SUI) ;Martin Fanger (SUI)
4 MultivanMerida BikingTeam Allemagne Ondrej Cink (CZE) ; Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (NOR) ; José Antonio Hermida Ramos(ESP) ; Rudi Van Houts (NED) ; Thomas Litscher (SUI) ; Julian Schelb (GER)
5 Scott-OdloMTB RacingTeam Suisse Andri Frischknecht (SUI) ; Michiel Van Der Heijden (NED) ; Jenny Rissveds (SWE) ;Nino Schurter (SUI) ; Marcel Wildhaber (SUI)

Gravity UCI Gravity Team ranking

Team Nation Riders
1 Madison SaracenFactory Team Grande-Bretagne Manon Carpenter (GBR) ; Sam Dale (GBR) ; Matthew Simmonds (GBR)
2 GT FactoryRacing Grande-Bretagne Gee Atherton (GBR) ; Rachel Atherton (GBR) ; Taylor Vernon (GBR) ; DanAtherton (GBR) ; Martin Maes (BEL) ; Taylor Vernon (GBR)
3 MS MondrakerTeam Autriche Danny Hart (GBR) ; Markus Pekoll (AUT) ; Innes Graham (GBR) ; EmmelineRagot (FRA)
4 Polygon UR France Andrew Neethling (RSA) ; Michael Hannah (AUS) ; Tracey Hannah (AUS) ;FabienCousine (FRA) ; Aurélien Giordanengo (FRA) ; Remy Morton (AUS)
5 Commencal/Vallnord France Myriam Nicole (FRA) ; Gaetan Ruffin (FRA) ;Thibaut Ruffin (FRA) ; RémiThirion (FRA) ;Gaëtan Vige (FRA)

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Collaboration with our partners

The continued success of our UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano is thanks in large part to our collaboration with our partners.

Shimano: presenting partner
Shimano is the world leader when it comes to bike equipment (derailleurs, gear cables, brakes, pedals, wheels etc). Shimano has been in partnership with the UCI since 1999 and provides technical assistance to the UCI World Championships (road, track, mountain bike & trials, MTB marathon, cyclo-cross and para-cycling) and for the UCI World Cups (cyclo-cross). Testament to their reliability, SHIMANO was also contracted for this service at the last three Olympic Games (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012) as well as at the Youth Olympic Games (Singapore 2010 and Nankin 2014). The contract with Shimano was extended in 2012 for a period of four years (2012-2016).

Red Bull Media House: official media partner
Red Bull Media House has been the UCI official media partner since 2012, and this is the fourth consecutive year that it will produce the live broadcasts, highlight magazine shows and various clips from all nine rounds of the series. Nearly 37 million television viewers in 19 countries worldwide tuned in to watch either live coverage, highlights or news broadcasts of the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano, while 2 million chose Internet. Our exclusive production and online broadcast partner, Red Bull Media House reported a total of 1.2 million live views worldwide on Red Bull TV and redbull.com/bike, plus 800.000 views by VOD in the first four days after each race.

GoPro: official partner
As the exclusive camera sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, GoPro is once again looking forward to adding a sensational dimension to the series coverage. The maker of the world’s most versatile camera and enabler of some of today’s most engaging content will provide fans across the world with new and unique viewpoints of the world’s best mountain bike athletes. In addition, GoPro is excited to meet two-wheel fans around the globe at the UCI World Cup stops!

SRAM GX – A Drivetrain For The Masses

SRAM GX – Australian RRP highlights:

Cassette XG-1150 10-42 11 speed – $199.95

SRAM Crank GX 1400 GXP 170 Black w 32t X-SYNC Chainring – $279.95

Rear Derailleur GX 1X11-Speed Long Cage Black GX1 – $169.95

GX 11spd trigger shifter – $69.95

GX 11spd twist shifter – $79.95

Bottom bracket – $49.95

Chain X1 – $44.95


SRAM GX

For every bike, there’s a rider. A rider who builds it. A rider who knows it. A rider who’s always ready to take the bike somewhere new. Introducing GX, the drivetrain for people who love to ride without restraint. From beginner to expert, GX delivers personalized gear choices that take you as far and wide as you want to go. Engineered in Germany with 1x and 2x options, SRAM GX brings the power of riding to everyone, everywhere.

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GX 1x CRANKSET

The SRAM GX crankset delivers consistent performance every time out. Featuring SRAM’s
X-SYNC tooth profile, the GX crankset is engineered for complete chain control. Each
tooth’s thickness is CNC machined to work seamlessly with the chain’s inner and outer
links. And with five available chainrings (30-32-34-36-38), you can personalize your
gear range to match the way you ride.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Open Core Technology AL (GX-1400 Crankset)
  • 6000 series AL (GX-1000 Crankset)
  • CNC machined 7075, two-tone anodized X-SYNC chainring (30-32-34-36-38)
  • Bottom bracket configurations: PressFit 30, BB30, GXP, and PressFit GXP
  • Chainring guard option
  • Crank lengths: 175, 170
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • 24 and 30mm options
  • Boost 148 compatible
  • Technologies: X-SYNC
  • Weight: 680g (GX-1400, GXP, 175mm, 32t); 720g (GX-1000, GXP, 175mm, 32t)

GX 1×11 X-HORIZONREAR DERAILLEUR

The SRAM GX X-HORIZON rear derailleur is engineered for smooth, reliable shifting action—from the larger upper pulley offset to the 12-tooth X-SYNC pulley wheels. By eliminating unwanted chain movement, X-HORIZON shifts faster, puts an end to ghost shifting and reduces shift force and chain slap. And with CAGE LOCK technology, wheel removal and installation are easier than ever.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • X-HORIZON design reduces shift force, ghost shifting and chain slap
  • 12-tooth X-SYNC pulley wheels
  • Large upper pulley offset automatically adjusts chain gap
  • Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Aluminum cage
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X-HORIZON, X-ACTUATION, X-SYNC, ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH, CAGE LOCK
  • Weight: 265g

 

GX 11-SPEED TRIGGER SHIFTER

Get sharp, dependable shifting with the SRAM GX X-ACTUATION trigger shifter. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the GX trigger shifter brings championship technology to everyone.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • SRAM 1x X-ACTUATION for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
  • Multi-position mounting
  • MatchMaker  compatible
  • Aluminum pull lever
  • Discrete clamp
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X-ACTUATION, MatchMaker  Integrated
  • Weight: 122g

 

GX 11-SPEED GRIP SHIFT

Designed for the most discerning, performance obsessed riders, new GX 11-speed Grip Shift features lightweight construction and delivers outstanding speed and precision.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • SRAM 1x™ X-ACTUATION for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
  • Full metal, 11-speed indexing keeps shifting crisp and precise with Grip Shift
  • Three rows of ball bearings provide zero friction or play—reducing the force needed to shift and promoting long-term performance under all weather conditions with Grip Shift
  • Once the Grip Shift shifter and grip interlock securely, forged aluminum clamps on either end reinforce the assembly by locking tightly to handlebar
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X-ACTUATION, SPEED METAL, ROLLING THUNDER, JAWS
  • Weight: 144g

 

XG-1150 FULL PIN CASSETTE

FULL PIN technology uses eleven lightweight, stamped steel cogs held together with 123 high-strength stainless steel pins. The result: a cassette that’s extremely light, durable and equipped with SRAM’s super wide 10-42 gear range that’s a perfect fit for any ride. The open design similar to our X-DOME cassette aids in mud clearance, giving you cleaner shifting performance and longer component life.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • 10-42T range
  • XD driver body compatible
  • Technologies: FULL PIN™, XD™ driver body, JET™
  • Weight: 394g

 

PC-X1 CHAIN

The recommended chain for GX, PC-X1, comes from a long line of dependable, lightweight chains that are built for toughness. Designed with SRAM’s trusted XX1 geometry, the PC-X1 features solid pin construction, 11-speed PowerLock and smooth, efficient shifting that you can count on every time out.

SRAM GX 3

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • SRAM 1x specific chain designed with our XX1 geometry
  • Solid pin construction
  • 11-speed POWERLOCK
  • Color: Black/Silver
  • Technologies: X-SYNC, POWERLOCK
  • Weight: 258g (114 links)

 

 

 

SRAM GX 2×11

Retail : August 2015

 

Headline 1: RIDE YOUR WAY

With subhead: FAR AND WIDE

 

Take every ride further with a drivetrain focused on efficiency, durability, and the possibility to go wherever your bike can take you. Introducing GX 2x, simpler than a 3x drivetrain and the widest 2x gear range on the market. Engineered in Germany, GX 2x stands up to every challenge in front of you — from broken pavement to alpine hazards. GX 2x lets you ride as far and wide as your legs will take you.

 

GX 2×11 CRANKSET

The SRAM GX 2x crankset delivers consistent performance every time out. Featuring SRAM’s X-GLIDE chainrings, the GX crankset is engineered for 2x shifting performance. When paired with our wide range 10-42 cassette and GX 2x rear derailleur, GX 2×11 provides the widest range of gears ever offered on a 2x drivetrain.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Open Core Technology AL (GX 1400 Crankset)
  • 6000 series AL (GX 1000 Crankset)
  • X-GLIDE 2×11 shifting technology
  • Chainring option: 36-24
  • Bottom bracket configurations: PressFit 30, BB30, GXP, and PressFit GXP
  • Chainring guard option
  • Crank lengths: 175, 170
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • 24 and 30mm options
  • Boost 148 compatible
  • Technologies: X-GLIDE
  • Weight: 727g (GX-1400, GXP, 175mm); 774g (GX-1000, GXP, 175mm)

 

GX 11-SPEED FRONT DERAILLEUR

The low-profile GX 11-speed front derailleur was designed specifically for SRAM 2×11 X-GLIDE shifting. When paired with our wide range 10-42 cassette and GX 2x rear derailleur, GX 2×11 provides the widest range of gears ever offered on a 2x drivetrain. Offered in a wide variety of clamp-mount and direct-mount options.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Wide range 2×11 systems with X-GLIDE front shifting technology
  • High Clamp, Low Clamp, High Direct Mount, Mid Direct Mount, Low Direct Mount
  • Dedicated top and bottom pull
  • Technologies: X-ACTUATION, X-GLIDE
  • Weight: 123-153g

 

GX 2×11 REAR DERAILLEUR

Leveraging the legendary history of SRAM shifting, the GX 2×11 rear derailleur provides incredible shifting speed and precision. X-ACTUATION technology eliminates slop and shifting variation. ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH technology delivers maximum drivetrain stability—even through the most punishing terrain. And with CAGE LOCK technology, wheel removal and installation are easier than ever.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • X-ACTUATION for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
  • Focused chassis design for all conditions and usage
  • 10-42 wide range cassette compatible
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X- ACTUATION, ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH, CAGE LOCK
  • Weight: 289g (long cage), 286g (medium cage)

 

GX 2×11 TRIGGER SHIFTERS

Get sharp, dependable shifting with the SRAM GX X-ACTUATION trigger shifters. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the GX trigger shifters bring championship technology to everyone.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Dedicated 2-speed and 11-speed trigger shifters
  • X-ACTUATION for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
  • Multi-position mounting
  • Aluminum pull lever
  • MatchMaker  compatible
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X-ACTUATION, MatchMaker  Integrated
  • Weight: 242g (per pair)

 

GX 2×11 GRIP SHIFT

Designed for the most discerning, performance obsessed riders, new GX 2×11 Grip Shift features lightweight construction and delivers outstanding speed and precision.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • X-ACTUATION for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
  • Full metal, 11-speed indexing keeps shifting crisp and precise with Grip Shift
  • Three rows of ball bearings provide zero friction or play—reducing the force needed to shift and promoting long-term performance under all weather conditions with Grip Shift
  • Once the Grip Shift shifter and grip interlock securely, forged aluminum clamps on either end reinforce the assembly by locking tightly to handlebar
  • Colors: Black, Red
  • Technologies: X-ACTUATION, SPEED METAL, ROLLING THUNDER, JAWS
  • Weight: 286g (per pair)

 

SRAM GX 2×10

GX 2×10 CRANKSET

The SRAM GX 2x crankset delivers consistent performance every time out. Featuring SRAM’s
X-GLIDE chainrings, the GX crankset is engineered for 2x shifting performance. Flawless shifting means you’ll never again compromise your speed and power in unpredictable off-road terrain. No more missed shifts, ever. X-GLIDE puts you in the right gear, right now.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • 6000 series AL (GX 1000 Crankset)
  • X-GLIDE 2×10  shifting technology
  • Bottom bracket configurations: PressFit 30, BB30, GXP, and PressFit GXP
  • Chainring options: 38-24, 36-22
  • Chainring guard option
  • Crank lengths: 175, 170
  • Color: Black
  • 24 and 30mm options
  • Boost 148 compatible
  • Technologies: X-GLIDE
  • Weight:799g (GXP, 175mm, 36/22)

 

GX 10-SPEED FRONT DERAILLEUR

The low-profile GX 10-speed front derailleur was designed specifically for SRAM X-GLIDE shifting. Flawless shifting means you’ll never again compromise your speed and power in unpredictable off-road terrain. No more missed shifts, ever. X-GLIDE puts you in the right gear, right now.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • 2×10 systems with X-GLIDE front shifting technology
  • High Clamp, Low Clamp, High Direct Mount, Low Direct Mount, Mid Direct Mount
  • Dedicated top and bottom pull
  • Technologies: X-GLIDE, EXACT ACTUATION
  • Weight:134-161g

 

GX 2×10 REAR DERAILLEUR

Leveraging the legendary history of SRAM shifting, the GX 2×10 rear derailleur provides incredible shifting speed and precision.  EXACT ACTUATION technology eliminates slop and shifting variation. ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH technology delivers maximum drivetrain stability—even through the most punishing terrain. And with CAGE LOCK technology, wheel removal and installation are easier than ever.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • EXACT ACTUATION for precise and dependable 10-speed performance
  • Cage lengths: Short, Medium and Long
  • Color: Black
  • Technologies: EXACT ACTUATION, DIRECT ROUTE, ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH, CAGE LOCK
  • Weight:302g (long cage with ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH)

 

GX 2×10 TRIGGER SHIFTERS

The GX 2×10 trigger shifters feature an aluminum lever, resulting in minimal weight with maximum durability. Pair the GX 2×10 trigger shifters with the MatchMaker clamp to streamline your handlebar setup. The GX trigger shifters maintain the legacy of X0 shifting with features and technologies optimized for 2×10 and EXACT ACTUATION.

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FEATURES / BENEFITS

  • Dedicated 2-speed and 10-speed trigger shifters
  • SRAM’s 2×10 EXACT ACTUATION for precise and dependable 10-speed performance
  • Multi-position mounting
  • MatchMaker compatible
  • Aluminum pull lever
  • Color: Black
  • Technologies: EXACT ACTUATION, MatchMaker Compatible
  • Weight: 246g (per pair)

 

2×10 CASSETTES

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PG-1050

  • The PG-1050 cassette benefits from SRAM’s long history and expertise in developing cassettes. With its simple and reliable construction, it is the perfect cassette for the SRAM GX rider.
  • Gear Ratios: 11-32, 12-32, 11-36, 12-36
  • Technologies: PowerGlide II
  • Weight: 299g (11-32T)

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PG-1030

  • PowerGlide technology provides super-smooth shifting between gears
  • Gear Ratios: 11-32, 11-36
  • Durable nickel chrome finish
  • Technologies: PowerGlide
  • Weight: 395g

Inflatable Hubs, Scented Brake Pads, Pogo Sticks and More: Best from April Fools

The world goes mad for a few hours, and in the mountain bike industry there is always a few good ones…

April Fools, everyone!


 

Cane Creek and Vurtego Pogo Sticks have come together to create the first ever twin tube technology pogo stick.


Fresh Product: Miles Racing Scented Brake Pads.

German manufacturer Miles Racing has finally launched their range of top-end aftermarket brake pads into the Australian market. The highly-acclaimed pads, which have already won a number of European shootouts, will be available in semi-metallic, sintered metal and new scented compounds, for all popular models of brakes and many more obscure makes too.

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Miles Racing pads are available in semi-metallic compounds too, not just the more durable sintered and scented versions.

While semi-metallic and sintered pads are nothing new, it’s the scented compound that really sets the brand apart, along with the colour, which happens to match our Yeti test bike just perfectly. We’d read about rumours from the recent Taipei Cycle show (see our articles here and here) of the development of scented brake pads , but Miles are the first brand we’ve encountered that have successfully brought this innovation to the mass market.

We think the Sausage Sizzle scent will be the most popular option for the Australian market.
We think the Sausage Sizzle scent will be the most popular option for the Australian market.

The fragrance, which is only released in the presence of heat, should last the life of the pad, and regular cross-country riding is apparently enough to get a whiff of them. The thinking behind the pads is (Google Translated from the all-German language Miles Racing website)  “for the creation of pleasant cycling environments making extra motivation on ascents with thankings to the smelling rewards and hair coats.” There are eight different scents available worldwide, though not all will be coming to Australia:

  • Frangipani Sunset
  • Baking Bread
  • Blue Cheese and Moose
  • Asparagus Morning
  • Durian Delight
  • Sausage Sizzle
  • Sardine Shart
  • Kimchi Disaster
We were offered a review on the Sardine Shart scented pads, but politely declined. Apparently these ones are selling like crazy in Finland.
We were offered a review on the Sardine Shart scented pads, but politely declined. Apparently these ones are selling like crazy in Finland.

We’ve recently secured two sets to review – we’re hoping to conjure up memories of Bunnings carpark BBQs with our Sausage Sizzle and Baking Breads scents – should be just the ticket for getting us through really long rides. Though perhaps the Kimchi Disaster option would be better for those who are trying to use their brakes less…

Miles Racing pads are available from $24.99 through http://miles-racing.squarespace.com


 

NS BIKES INTRODUCES RADICAL NEW GEOMETRY FOR MOUNTAIN BIKES.

The trend for longer front triangles has become more and more pronounced in the last few seasons.

Some brands have stretched the reach of their bikes so far that zero-offset stems were necessary to put the rider in the correct position. However at NS we discovered that there is still much more potential and we have introduced our patent pending Drastically Opposed Negative Geometry (D.O.N.G.).

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After various lab and field tests, we found that adding even more length to the front triangle, and at the same time using a special stem with negative reach, riders will improve climbing efficiency (by 14.31%) and descending speeds (by up to 18.85%). This groundbreaking technology will be introduced in all 2016 bikes.


The best April Fools’ Day pranks to pull on your mountain bike friends.

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Hope Infinite Adjustment, Future Proof Hubs.

With the growing number of rear frame widths being launched and frustration in the market we identified a need for a future proof rear hub.

After several ideas were tested the final solution proved to be very simple. Inspired by the infinite adjustability of “pump” trainers from Reebok we fitted an expanding air cylinder inside the hub. This cylinder allows the hub to be adjusted to fit all current and future width standards.

The Barometric Uni-Laterally Level Structured Horizontal Internal Tube forms the basis for our patented design. This unit is built into the central section of our iconic Pro2 hub and the user simply inflates it until the desired width is achieved. The hubs are designed to suit all frames from 130 to 200mm widths.

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One current restriction when using conventional spokes is that the wheel must be rebuilt if the hub width is altered although we are also working on a new semi-elastic spoke which will allow for the widening of the flanges without changing spokes.

During the research we also discovered an additional benefit when installing this new hub. If the hub is inflated with helium we can also reduce to overall weight of the hub.

We see these new hubs as a genuine “fix all” solution to the current minefield that surrounds bicycle frame design.


Pearl Izumi Fat Bike Bandolier

We’re excited to introduce the Fat Bike Bandolier, a simple, lightweight device to carry all the CO2 you need to keep rolling after a puncture on your fat bike.

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The easy over-the-shoulder design does not interfere with enduro fanny packs and will securely carry 50 16g CO2 cartridges, roughly enough to fill two 4.8” fat bike tires to 12 psi. Available at your local retailer in early August, MSRP $39.99.


And who can forget, the ANUSS app, from last year…

Two of the cycling industry’s leading innovators and experts in bike fit technologies are pleased to announce their collaboration on an exciting new consumer product: The Anatomical Universal Saddle Selector app, available for Apple and Android platforms.

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Dubbed the Anatomical Universal Saddle Selector, the App is the brainchild of former Specialized and Bontrager brand directors, Jackson Taint and Mark Gütsch. As heads of Body Geometry and BioDynamics at Specialized and Bontrager respectively, Taint and Gütsch are jointly credited with bringing bike fit technologies ‘to the masses’ during the early 2000s.

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ANUSS will be available on both Apple and Android platforms for smart phone and tablets this Spring.

“The Anatomical Universal Saddle Selector app takes the guess work out of choosing that most vital of components – your saddle,” said Jackson Taint. Added Mark Gütsch: “By giving riders, armed simply with their smart phone or tablet, the ability to ensure their saddle provides the perfect fit, we’re taking rider comfort and performance to a new level.”

The Anatomical Universal Saddle Selector (ANUSS) utilises the pressure sensitivity of modern tablets and the recent advances in smart phone camera resolutions to capture the precise dimensions of a rider’s saddle contact points. “Sit-bone width and perineum profile are rapidly analysed and then matched to the ideal saddle for each specific rider from the broad range of brands represented in the saddle database,” said Gootsch.

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ANUSS takes advantage of your smartphone’s rear facing camera to map the contours of your sit-bone and perineum areas.

Apple iPad users can take their ANUSS fit to an truly elite level; the tablet’s robust aluminium body and high strength glass face allows users to truly emulate their seated cycling position. Through advanced pressure mapping, the ANUSS app can then recommend saddle padding density, along with saddle shape and width.

“Together with leading orthopaedic surgeons and proctologists, we have closely examined and mapped the perineum and anal areas of thousands of riders, from pros to weekend warriors,” explains Taint. “Riders can also choose to contribute to the ANUSS database and help increase the accuracy of future user’s experiences, by uploading the pressure map or high resolution photo of their perineal area.”

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With ANUSS, visits to your bike shop for saddle fitting are a thing of the past. Using your tablet’s touch screen capabilities, ANUSS can generate a 3D model of your anal region and match it to a database of hundreds of saddles.

The ANUSS smart phone app is also Instagram and Facebook-enabled, allowing you to instantly share a 3D pressure mapped image of your perineum and sit-bones (along with your saddle recommendation) with your friends and fellow cyclists.

Early versions of ANUSS have already attracted the praise of mountain bike and road cycling professionals alike. Fabian Cancellara, of the Trek Factory Team, is effusive about the app’s potential. “After years of cobble classics, I thought I my saddle fit was perfect,” said Cancellara, “but after just a few minutes of playing with my ANUSS, I realised I could be even more comfortable on the bicycle.” Olympic XCO gold medallist Jaroslav Kulhavy has been a key figure in the ANUSS project. “For me, the ANUSS is all about helping new riders enjoy cycling even more. I am always showing my prototype ANUSS to friends and encouraging them to use it,” said Kulhavhy.

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Apple iPad users can take advantage of ANUSS’s Position Opitmized Objective Sensitive (POOS) technology, allowing accurate simulation of your cycling position.

“With our combined experience, and the input of our community of ANUSS users, the sky really is the limit,” said Gootsch. “We’re already looking at the development of ANUSS v2.0. which will build upon digital imaging capabilities – at this stage, likely inclusions for v2.0 include instant post-ride analysis of any redness or chafing to recommend other bike fit modifications such as saddle height, saddle angle or handlebar height.”

For more information about ANUSS and how it can change your cycling, or to download your free trial version of the app, head to www.anussapp.com.

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You got a match! With almost 1000 saddles in the ANUSS database, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect cycling partner.

 

Downtime: Neko Mulally

Back in January, Mulally announced he would be parting ways with the Trek World Racing team after five years, heading over to  Claudio Caluori’s Gstaad-Scott outfit alongside Brendan Fairclough.

We caught up with Neko at his home in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, to find out how he’s preparing for the 2015 UCI World Cup season and what it’s like riding for the Swiss-based Gstaad-Scott team.

Fresh Product: Miles Racing Scented Brake Pads

German manufacturer Miles Racing has finally launched their range of top-end aftermarket brake pads into the Australian market. The highly-acclaimed pads, which have already won a number of European shootouts, will be available in semi-metallic, sintered metal and new scented compounds, for all popular models of brakes and many more obscure makes too.

miles scented pads
Miles Racing pads are available in semi-metallic compounds too, not just the more durable sintered and scented versions.

While semi-metallic and sintered pads are nothing new, it’s the scented compound that really sets the brand apart, along with the colour, which happens to match our Yeti test bike just perfectly. We’d read about rumours from the recent Taipei Cycle show (see our articles here and here) of the development of scented brake pads , but Miles are the first brand we’ve encountered that have successfully brought this innovation to the mass market.

We think the Sausage Sizzle scent will be the most popular option for the Australian market.
We think the Sausage Sizzle scent will be the most popular option for the Australian market.

The fragrance, which is only released in the presence of heat, should last the life of the pad, and regular cross-country riding is apparently enough to get a whiff of them. The thinking behind the pads is (Google Translated from the all-German language Miles Racing website)  “for the creation of pleasant cycling environments making extra motivation on ascents with thankings to the smelling rewards and hair coats.” There are eight different scents available worldwide, though not all will be coming to Australia:

  • Frangipani Sunset
  • Baking Bread
  • Blue Cheese and Moose
  • Asparagus Morning
  • Durian Delight
  • Sausage Sizzle
  • Sardine Shart
  • Kimchi Disaster
We were offered a review on the Sardine Shart scented pads, but politely declined. Apparently these ones are selling like crazy in Finland.
We were offered a review on the Sardine Shart scented pads, but politely declined. Apparently these ones are selling like crazy in Finland.

We’ve recently secured two sets to review – we’re hoping to conjure up memories of Bunnings carpark BBQs with our Sausage Sizzle and Baking Breads scents – should be just the ticket for getting us through really long rides. Though perhaps the Kimchi Disaster option would be better for those who are trying to use their brakes less…

Miles Racing pads are available from $24.99 through http://miles-racing.squarespace.com