Video: Jason English Wins 7th World 24 Hour Championship

After a head-to-head battle with Canadian Cory Wallace,  Jason English took a narrow win at the WEMBO 24 hour Solo World Championships in Rotorua.

At the same time, the Australian created history. His 7th title broke the record of Chris Eatough, another legend of international endurance mountain biking. English felt he just had a bit more more mongrel that Wallace.

An emotional Liz Smith made it an Aussie double winning her first women’s world title.

For many in the multi-national field it was more about finishing than winning.

See how the 24 hours played out.


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Key Riders Return to Lead Giant Factory Off-Road Team in 2016

Following a thrilling 2015 season that saw the team collect podium finishes and big wins at some of the most prestigious Downhill and Enduro events around the world, the Giant Factory Off-Road Team is back for 2016 with a renewed focus on the UCI World Cup and Enduro World Series races.

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The 2016 Giant Factory Off-Road Team lineup includes (left to right): Alex Marin (DH), Marcelo Gutierrez (DH), Guillaume Cauvin (DH), Yoann Barelli (Enduro), Adam Craig (Enduro), Josh Carlson (Enduro), Carl Decker (XC, Enduro) and Seamus Powell (Enduro). Photo by Cameron Baird.

Five-time Colombian downhill national champion Marcelo Gutierrez signed a three-year extension with the team and is already off to a winning start in 2016 following a victoryat theManizales Urban Downhill race in January. Gutierrez is coming off a successful 2015 season that saw him land his first-ever World Cup podium finish at Fort William and break into the top-10 overall with a final World Cup ranking of eighth. The 25-year-old also repeated his title at the grueling Garbanzo DH, part of the Crankworx Whistler event in British Columbia.

“Our World Cup DH squad had a great season last year, riding the new Glory Advanced bikes and collecting some nice podium finishes,” Gutierrez said. “I’m looking forward to continuing the momentum and seeing what we can do in 2016.”

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With two World Cup podium finishes, 2015 was a breakout season for Colombian DH racer Marcelo Gutierrez. Marcelo is seen here on his Glory Advanced 27.5 bike wearing the 100% DH kit, including jersey, pants, helmet and gloves. Photo by Cameron Baird.

Joining Gutierrez on the downhill team is Spanish teenager Alex Marin, who makes the jump up to the elites this year following a successful run in the junior men’s category. Marin, who finished 4th overall in the 2015 junior men’s World Cup standings, with several podium appearances, traveled to Colombia in January to train and race with Gutierrez as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup season.

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After a successful run in the juniors, Spaniard Alex Marin makes the jump up to elite men’s downhill competition this year on his Glory Advanced 27.5 with RockShox suspension and SRAM drivetrain components. Marin and the rest of the team are riding a variety of treads from tire sponsor Schwalbe. Photo by Cameron Baird.

Also returning to the DH squad this year is 21-year-old French rider Guillaume Cauvin. The former junior French Cup winner had a solid first year with the team in 2015, highlighted by a podium finish in the pro men’s DH at the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes event in France.

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French DH rider Guillaume Cauvin returns after a solid first year with the team in 2015 that was highlighted by a podium finish at the Crankworx Les 2 Alpes event. Photo by Cameron Baird.
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Fan favorite Yoann Barelli came on strong in the second half of last year’s Enduro World Series. He’s looking to add more stage wins and get his first overall EWS victory this year on his Reign Advanced 27.5 bike. Photo by Cameron Baird.

The team’s enduro squad is led this year by Frenchman Yoann Barelli. The 30-year-old had a breakout 2015 season, getting stronger as the season went on. He scored a number of stage wins in the Enduro World Series and finished second at two of the last three rounds. In the end, despite a rough start that saw him crash out of Round 1 in New Zealand, Barelli dazzled fans with moments of brilliance on his Reign Advanced 27.5 race bike and finished a strong ninth overall for the year in the EWS.

“We had an awesome 2015 season and we’re all looking forward to going full on again this year,” Barelli said. “I came so close to winning the overall at a couple Enduro World Series events, and this year I’ll be gunning for that top step on the podium.”

Also returning to the enduro squad is Australian Josh Carlson, who came on strong in 2015. The 29-year-old was impressive throughout the season, finishing 12th overall in the EWS. Carlson’s 2015 highlight was winning two stages at Round 6 of the EWS in Whistler, and coming close to winning the overall there. American Adam Craig will join Barelli and Carlson for select EWS races and other North American enduro events.

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Australian Josh Carlson, wearing the team enduro jersey and shorts from new sponsor 100%, had a number of top performances and stage wins on the Enduro World Series last year. Photo by Cameron Baird.
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American rider Adam Craig, an all-around talent who has done everything from Olympic XC racing to cyclocross to the Enduro World Series, will race his Reign Advanced 27.5 with RockShox suspension at North American enduro events this year. Photo by Cameron Baird.

Beyond the global riders, next year’s team also includes American XC and enduro racer Carl Decker. The veteran from Oregon will continue to focus on a variety of enduro, XC and gravel grinder events in 2016. And Seamus Powell, a 25-year-old two-time U.S. Super D national champion, will focus mainly on events in the East Coast region of the U.S.

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American Seamus Powell, wearing the new Giant Rail trail helmet, is based in the eastern region of the U.S., where he focuses mostly on enduro events. Photo by Cameron Baird.
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Veteran team member Carl Decker, riding his Anthem Advanced 27.5 bike and wearing the team XC kit from new sponsor Jackroo along with the Giant Rail helmet, will compete in North American XC and enduro events this year. Photo by Cameron Baird.

All of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders will have a full quiver of Giant bikes to choose from including Glory Advanced 27.5 downhill bikes, Reign Advanced 27.5 enduro machines, Trance Advanced 27.5 trail bikes, and Anthem Advanced 27.5 and XtC Advanced SL 27.5 XC bikes. Giant is also supporting the team with its Contact SLR saddles, the new Rail trail helmet, Giant footwear including the Charge XC shoe with Motion Efficiency System technology, plus jackets and other apparel.

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The team’s XC and enduro racers will train and race in Giant’s new Charge shoes featuring Motion Efficiency System technology. Photo by Cameron Baird.

Newly added sponsor 100% will bring a whole new look to the team, providing a range of products including their all-new AIRCRAFT Carbon full-face helmet, gravity race kits and gloves. Other new sponsors include HT Components pedals, Re-Fuel digital accessories and Jackroo XC kits. Returning sponsors include SRAM, RockShox, Schwalbe and all of the other partners listed below.

You can follow the Giant Factory Off-Road Team all season long at facebook.com/giantfactoryteam.

2016 Giant Factory Off-Road Team Sponsors:

SRAM, RockShox, Schwalbe,100%, HT, Re-fuel, MRP, GoPro, Honey Stinger, Jakroo, ODI , Stan’s, Thule, Park Tool, Finish Line.


 

Giant is the world’s leading brand of high quality bicycles and cycling gear. Since 1972, Giant has combined craftsmanship, technology and innovative design to create the ultimate cycling experience for all riders, casual to competitive. Through its products, people and retail partners, Giant inspires passion for cycling all around the world. For more information, go to giant-bicycles.com. 

The Gravity Mountain Biking World Descends on Rotorua

A strong contingent of elite athletes, a new downhill race, the Deep Summer photography showcase and more Kidsworx events will see Crankworx Rotorua expand for 2016 as New Zealand welcomes the international mountain biking community.

Fans can join the King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, Bernard KERR (GBR) and Anneke BEERTEN (NED), Aussie downhillers Mick and Tracey HANNAH, last year’s Crankworx Slopestyle Champion, Brett RHEEDER (CAN), and elite riders like Casey BROWN (CAN), Martin SÖDERSTRÖM (SWE) and Loic BRUNI (FRA) for the launch of the Crankworx World Tour’s second season.18014591369_473c57a40b_z17994754498_b32d21550c_z

This year marks a chance at redemption, or proof the 2015 climb to supremacy was a true testament of a rider’s skill—and the riders are ready to roll.

“I know, from last season, it takes a lot of energy and determination to win the Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, but I’m feeling fit and can’t wait to race all the different disciplines again,” says Beerten, inaugural Queen of the Crankworx World Tour.

Rheeder will be back to make another play for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle on the course where his 2015 back-to-back winning streak began. And Nicholi ROGATKIN (USA), author of the first 720-cork-360 (dubbed “The Twister”) at Masters of Dirt this month, will step up the competition, along with Thomas GENON. Genon quietly delivered a hat-trick of third place finishes for a strong 2015 Crankworx season, and finished at the top of the FMB rankings, 324 points ahead of Rheeder, in second, with Rogatkin third.18201932921_1241bb85b3_z 18201935281_df7b2c5295_z 18201951061_7fd2e99303_z

In the downhill scene, Crankworx veteran champion Jill KINTNER (USA) and Emilie SIEGENTHALER (SUI), third in the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, will face Hannah, 2015 Crankworx DH Champion, Beerten and Brown. And in the men’s field, Crankworx DH Champion Sam BLENKINSOP (NZ) comes off a strong year to challenge last year’s Rotorua winner, Bruni, and top enduro racer Fabien BAREL (FRA). After years at the top of the Enduro World Series, Barel retired from professional racing in the fall, but has committed to doing the Crankworx Downhill Championships as part of a new product development role.17994706878_43575851f2_z

“Crankworx is the only international DH series that brings us to meet very different riding communities,” Barel says. This could mean racing the new Crankworx tour stop alongside the same French and British fans who watched him deliver one of the sport’s great moments: his bare knuckle 2005 UCI World Championships win in Les Gets.18013378109_e117e4d31a_z

Riding alongside heroes of the sport is one of the truly unique aspects of every Crankworx festival, and four of the eight Crankworx Rotorua events are open to the public, including the Crankworx Rotorua Air Downhill, the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, the Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank, for which members of the public must qualify, and GIANT Toa Enduro. The events have a way of propelling new or up-and-coming riders onto the world stage, as both New Zealand’s Wyn MASTERS and Raewyn MORRISON can attest.

As the first stop of the Enduro World Series in 2015, the GIANT Toa Enduro proved a huge boost for Masters, who pulled in for third, eventually securing a Top 25 spot in the series. Morrison’s eleventh place finish launched an incredible year for the Kiwi; she finished ninth in the 2015 EWS rankings.18013602869_3e0a940758_z 17577310754_8230313ea8_z 18012417328_d07b8dbfc4_z 17579076373_49632f7597_z

“There’s something about racing at home in front of a crowd that’s special and, for sure, a great way to start the international race season,” says Masters.

This year’s enduro is not an EWS round, so it offers a taste of world-class riding without the demands of world series racing. Local athletes can expect to join Josh CARLSON (AUS), Aaron BRADFORD (USA), Fabien COUSINIÉ (FRA) and Michal PROKOP (CZE) on course with a strong New Zealand pro presence─Blenkinsop, Rupert CHAPMAN, Cameron COLE, Matt WALKER, Keegan WRIGHT, and the Masters brothers, Ed and Wyn.18196819132_1ae11b6e49_z 17577884024_325fbd7524_z 18201595031_09dd587cb5_z

Back for another crack at the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style, meanwhile, Söderström will be trying to best Kerr, who won the Crankworx Dual Speed & Style Championships, and riders like Adrien LORON (FRA), who place second.

“I have said it before and I will say it again, Speed and Style is the perfect sport. Tight racing combined with big tricks is a crowd and rider favourite,” says Söderström.

Crankworx includes eight competitions and four live broadcasts, all to be shown on Crankworx.com, with the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle also live on Red Bull TV. For this year’s enduro, Crankworx will run a live blog on its website with video and picture integration, and the latest information from the forest as the seven-stage race unfolds.

Crankworx runs from March 9-13, 2016. Events include the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShoxCrankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXSCrankworx Rotorua Air DownhillCrankworx Rotorua Slopestyle, Mons Royale Dual Speed and StyleOfficial Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK and the Giant Toa Enduro. There will also be an expo at the Skyline Gravity Park, food and entertainment.

Crankworx is broadcast live from Crankworx.comPinkbike.com and the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle is live on Red Bull TV.


Broadcast schedule:

– Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style: Thursday, Mar. 10, 5-7 p.m. NZDT; Wednesday, Mar. 9 8-10 p.m. PST; Thursday, Mar. 10 5-7 a.m. CET

– Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox: Friday, Mar. 11, 7-9 p.m. NZDT; Thursday, Mar. 10-midnight PST; Friday, Mar. 11 7-9 a.m. CET

– Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle: Saturday, Mar.12 3-5:30 p.m. NZDT; Friday, Mar. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. PST; Saturday, March 12 3-5:30 a.m. CET

– Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS: Sunday, Mar. 13 2:30-5:30 p.m. NZDT; Saturday, Mar. 12 5:30-8:30 p.m. PST; Sunday, Mar. 13 2:30-5:30 a.m. CET


WHAT’S NEW:

Crankworx Rotorua Air DH: Designed as a participatory event, this race will bring the NZ bike community out to ride with the pros. The Air DH is set on Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park’s Mr. Black, and has 32 jumpable features, including tables, step downs, step ups, shark fins, doubles and a wall-ride. Find out more and register today on Crankworx.com.

Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge: Four talented photographers and three iconic locations. Experience Rotorua’s riding culture like you’ve never seen it before –through the eyes of another’s lens. The inaugural Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge will be held immediately after Saturday’s Slopestyle event and anyone from around the world will be able to vote for their favourite presentation online at Crankworx.com for 24 hours following the conclusion.

– Live blog: Coverage of the GIANT Toa Enduro will include a live blog on Crankworx.com with photos, interviews and video. Be sure to tune in and follow the Periscope coverage of Stages 6 and 7. The GIANT Toa opens the festival on Wednesday, Mar. 9 NZDT. Blog coverage will start at approximately 10 a.m. NZDT; Tuesday, Mar. 8, 1 p.m. PST on the West Coast of North America; Tuesday, Mar. 8, 10 p.m. CET in Europe.

– Kidsworx: A new race has been added to the line-up for 2016. The Skyline Warrior DH Race is run on a Grade 4 difficulty trail, Sprint Warrior, and is a step up from the Spawn Cycles Hipster DH. Racers 6-9 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register online at com. Also new:

– Kids’ pump track, built by Empire of Dirt, the same team building the main pump track for the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox

– VIP parking for kids bikes, so the groms don’t have to cart a bike around all day.

– Spawn Cycles and GIANT demo bikes on site for kids to test

– Official Oceania Whip-Off presented by Spank: This year’s whip-off is a multi-air affair with a new jump designed to take the event to the next level – along the lines of Whistler’s Crabapple Hits. Don’t miss the highlights on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Periscope on Wednesday, Mar. 9 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NZDT; Tuesday, Mar. 8 3:30-4:30 p.m. PST; Wednesday, Mar. 9 6:30-7:30 a.m. CET.

– Expo & Demo expansion: Over 50 exhibitors will be joining the expo and demo area this year with new brands including ilabb, Camelbak and Powasol to name a few. Try a bike from one of seven demo bike companies on Skyline Gravity Park’s bike track.

REGISTER TO RACE: Registration is still open for the GIANT Toa Enduro, the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS and the Crankworx Rotorua Air DH. Sign up now on Crankworx.com

TICKETS & VIP INFORMATION: Tickets for all events are on sale now through Crankworx.com.

Destination Trail – Tasmania

In this episode of Destination Trail, we follow Troy Brosnan to the remote island wilderness of Derby, Tasmania.

Jungles, pine forests—this corner of the world checks all of the terrain and flora boxes, and with only a handful of cafes and pubs to keep the isolated locals occupied, an epic trail network seemed only natural. 

Join Troy and Specialized Australia employee, Patrick Young, as they leave the stress of the professional DH circuit behind in pursuit of loose singletrack, insights into trail building, and all-around good times.

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Welcome to the second season of Destination Trail. This year, we’ll continue to follow riders as they travel the globe, hunting for its greatest trails.

Some of what they’ll find might be renowned, some undiscovered, but that’s the point.

After all, when expectations and attitudes are stripped away, only the essence of mountain biking remains. This where adventure continues to thrive, and it’s here that memories are made.

Fresh Product: SRAM ROAM 60 Wheels and 900 Hubs

Fast climbs and fast descents—from sunup till sundown. Truly made for the modern mountain biker, ROAM wheels use a special balance of low-inertia design, weight and strength to excel on a wide variety of terrain. They’re durable enough for hours in the saddle, yet light enough for race day.

WIDE IS FAST

The new ROAM 60’s careful combination of shape, width, design, and materials yields a new carbon wheelset that gives bikers the speed-enabling features they want—and the critical reliability they need. Lightweight, high-strength 30-mm carbon rims increase control and confidence in any terrain.

The precision engagement of DOUBLE TIME™ hubs ensure quick, consistent power delivery from the pedals, and a durable, smooth-rolling feel. The new ROAM 60 is the wheel for riders who want everything and don’t like to compromise.


ROAM 60

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Light and strong carbon rim designed for more speed, more control and more reliability 30mm wide profile, hookless, tubeless ready, carbon rim Smooth, quick engagement with durable DOUBLE TIME™ hubs Stealthy new graphics and customisable sticker pack.

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USAGE

TR

EN

STICKER PACK

The included sticker pack contains seven different colours to help riders make them their own.

TECHNOLOGIES

DOUBLE TIME™

CARBON TUNED™

WIDE ANGLE™

SOLO SPOKE™

SPEEDBALL™

SIDE SWAP™ SYMMETRICAL

XD Driver Body™

BOOST

SPECIFICATIONS 

SIZE (WHEELS)

27.5”

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RIM CONSTRUCTION

CARBON – HOOKLESS

 

RIM – INSIDE WIDTH

30mm

 

TIRE COMPATIBILITY

CLINCHER TUBELESS READY

 

BRAKE COMPATIBILITY

DISC (6-BOLT)

 

CASSETTE COMPATIBILITY

SRAM XD™, NON XD

AXLE TYPE (WHEELS)—REGULAR

FRONT: INCLUDES DECAL PACK, QUICK RELEASE, 15x100mm AND 20x110mm THRU AXLE CAPS

REAR: INCLUDES DECAL PACK, QUICK RELEASE AND 12x142mm THRU AXLE CAPS

 

AXLE TYPE (WHEELS)—BOOST

FRONT: INCLUDES DECAL PACK, 21mm STANDARD AND 31mm ROCKSHOX TORQUE THRU AXLE CAPS

REAR: INCLUDES DECAL PACK, 12×148 THRU AXLE CAPS

 

DRIVER MECHANISM

DOUBLE TIME™ – FOUR PAWLS

 

SPOKE COUNT

24

 

SPOKE TYPE

STEEL BLADED – BLACK, DOUBLE-BUTTED 2.0 TO 1.8

 

BEARINGS

SEALED CARTRIDGE

 

NIPPLE MATERIAL

ALUMINUM

 

RIM FINISH

UD FIBER / BAKE-ON LABELS / MATTE CLEAR COAT

 

RIM SECTION

ASYMMETRICAL

 

SPOKE PATTERN

2 CROSS

 

PART WEIGHT

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900 HUBS

EXTREME VERSATILITY

Whether the goal is a finish line, epic adventure or simply getting back home again, our new 900 hubs are ready for the challenge. On the inside, our smooth and durable DOUBLE TIME™ drive mechanism ensures rapid engagement for quick and confident pedal responsiveness. SPEEDBALL™ bearings provide smooth, long-lasting rotation performance. Multiple spoke-count and cassette-capability options, as well as interchangeable end caps make the 900 hubs a perfect choice for any disc-equipped road, gravel, cyclocross, cross country, trail, or enduro bike.SM_900SeriesHub_Rear_28h_12x148mm_Black_M
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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

DOUBLE TIME™ mechanism offers smooth, quick and durable engagement

Versatile driver body can accept ROAD or MTB drivetrain, full spline or XD™ cassettes

Fully convertible with tool free end caps

BOOST variants

24, 28 or 32 spoke holes

USAGE

Road

CX

TT

Gravel

XC

TR

EN

 

TECHNOLOGIES

DOUBLE TIME™

SPEEDBALL™

SIDE SWAP™ SYMMETRICAL

SEEKER™

XD Driver Body™

BOOST

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ORIENTATION

FRONT, REAR

 

AXLE TYPE

 

FRONT: QR 100 CAPS (DIA. 19mm), TA 12×100, TA 15×100, TA 15×110, TA 15×110 TORQUE CAPS (DIA. 31mm), TA 20×110

REAR: QR 135, TA 12×142, TA 12×148

 

SPOKE HOLES

24, 28, 32

 

BRAKE COMPATIBILITY

DISC (6-BOLT)

 

CASSETTE COMPATIBILITY

SRAM XD™, SRAM/NON XD

 

COLOR

BLACK

 

DRIVER MECHANISM

DOUBLE TIME™ – FOUR PAWLS

 

AXLE MATERIAL

TAPERED ALUMINUM

 

AXLE – CONVERTIBLE

YES

 

DRIVER BODY MATERIAL

ALUMINUM

 

HUB SHELL

ALUMINUM – SEEKER™ ANGLED

FLANGES – OVERSIZED BODY

 

OVER LOCKNUT DIMENSION

100mm, 110mm, 135mm, 142mm, 148mm

 

BEARINGS

SEALED CARTRIDGE

 

PART WEIGHT

FRONT 150g REAR 275g

(WEIGHTS ARE IN THE LIGHTEST CONFIGURATION)

 

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TECHNOLOGIES

 

DOUBLE TIME™

Ratcheting up the smarts. This straight-aligned, 4-pawl design turns the 26-tooth ratchet ring into 52 points of contact. The result: smooth 6.9-degree engagement without reducing tooth size or offsetting internal geometry—which means serious long-term durability.

 

26-tooth ratchet ring

26

x 2

52

POINTS OF

ENGAGEMENT

 

Straight-aligned

and perpendicular

2-pair, 4-pawl design

 

CARBON TUNED™

Strong like bull, light like carbon. Every CARBON TUNED™ rim is designed with a distinct style of riding in mind. By selectively layering woven carbon fiber at high-stress points and using unidirectional fiber throughout, SRAM creates rims that yield a remarkable level of strength and durability—while remaining lightweight and responsive.

 

WIDE ANGLE™

Take corners as fast as you want. SRAM wheels have a wide rim profile without significant added mass. This profile holds tire shape better, preventing tire roll and giving you superior comfort and traction around corners.

 

SOLO SPOKE™

With SOLO SPOKE™, you’re never wrong. SRAM wheel design eliminates the need for different spoke lengths—one size fits the entire wheel. This identical-length design means no longer wondering whether you have the right front/ rear/drive-side/nondrive-side spoke handy.

 

SPEEDBALL™

The only adjustment they’ll ever need was made back at the factory. Every part of the ball bearing is manufactured in the same factory—which means that each bearing bore can be precision machined to fit the bearing race exactly.

 

SIDE SWAP SYMMETRICAL™

Switching axles has never been easier. Threadless side caps can be installed and replaced by hand—no tools necessary. The left side cap is identical to the right one. No need to figure out where each cap is going.

 

SEEKER™

Get unbent. 3D forged and machined for lightweight strength, the flanges are angled towards the rim—allowing the spokes to be fully in-line when tensioned. The result: reduced spoke head breakage and better overall durability.

 

XD™ DRIVER BODY

XD™ is a cassette driver body design that allows the use of a 10-tooth small cog and provides an improved interface with the cassette.

 

BOOST

BOOST is a new wheel and drivetrain specification that provides: increased wheel stiffness and durability, better riding efficiency and bike handling precision, improved frame geometry with shorter chain stays, wider and stiffer suspension pivots, wider range of chainring options, and more clearance for bigger tires.

 

TORQUE CAPS

Torque Caps make the bond between hub and fork dropout stronger, with an increased surface area connecting the two. This creates a stronger, stiffer interface, giving you a more responsive front wheel and more control. So you concentrate on the most important connection, the one between your bike and the trail.

Fresh Product: SRAM Level Brakes

When it comes to braking power and control, we believe in freedom—options. We believe that there should be an absolute best solution for every type of rider and every kind of ride; that there really isn’t a One-Size-Fits-Most when it comes to brakes. That’s the concept that led us to the development of Level, a new brake designed for the needs of modern cross-country and trail riders.

Level puts the same proven SRAM brake technology used on the 2015 Downhill World Championship-winning bike into a smaller, lighter-weight package. Braking power and modulation are optimized by matching our DirectLink™ lever design with authoritative 2-piston calipers. Reach adjusters are hidden from outside elements, giving the entire package a clean, confident look. And with five options to choose from, Level makes it easy to find the perfect setup.

Proven SRAM technology, entirely new options: Level.

ALL NEW 2-PISTON LINEUP

  • SRAM Level Ultimate
    Replacing—SRAM XX
  • SRAM Level TLM
    Replacing—SRAM X0
  • SRAM Level TL
    Replacing—SRAM DB5
  • SRAM Level T
    Replacing—Avid DB3
  • SRAM Level
    Replacing—Avid DB1AM_Level-Ulti-160217-109 AM_Level-Ulti-160217-118 AM_Level-Ulti-160217-072

LEVER DESIGN

  • New lever design—based on Guide, but more compact and lighter
  • Same Timing Port Closure mechanism—solid and predictable braking
  • Same seals—stable and durable
  • Same Expandable Bladder reservoir—dependable and consistent braking power in all conditions
  • DirectLink™—solid, positive feel and engagement
  • New detent design for the tooled reach adjust—same pistons, seals, reservoir, bladder
  • Smaller lever body with DirectLink™
  • New detent design for the tooled reach adjust

CALIPER DESIGN

Incorporates technologies developed on Guide Ultimate’s S4 caliper

  • Heat Shield: stainless steel shield reduces heat transfer from the rotor and pads to the caliper’s body
  • Consistency, control and feel: optimized gland geometry, seals and piston rollback
  • Bleeding Edge: the easiest and cleanest way to bleed your brakes

Two 21mm pistons

Monoblock construction


Level Ultimate

Level Best

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SM_Level_Ultimate_Caliper_3Q_Black_MAs its name implies, this is our Ultimate brake design for cross-country and light trail use. We took the same technology used in the brake that Loic Bruni rode to a Downhill World Championship and packed it into a smaller, sleeker, lighter-weight and XC-optimized package.

The carbon-fiber level blade pulls crisp and clean, thanks to pivot bearings and our DirectLink™ design. And it maintains that feel throughout the ride because it is matched to our monoblock, two-piston caliper. This caliper’s superior heat management and smooth piston actuation give you braking power exactly when and how you need it. And the BLEEDING EDGE™ design significantly simplifies fluid maintenance. untitled_shoot-160211-655

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide – piston, seals, reservoir and bladder
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink™
  • New detent design for reach adjust
  • New, 21-millimeter, 2-piston monoblock caliper for superior heat management, consistency, control and feel

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Carbon lever and blade
  • Lever pivot bearings
  • Ti hardware
  • Alloy backed pads
  • BLEEDING EDGE™
  • MatchMaker™ X

WEIGHT 318g (direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm CLX rotor, Ti hardware)


Level TLM

Championship Contender

It has a championship-winning pedigree, and is ready to take all of the punishment you want to give it. Level TLM puts proven SRAM braking performance and consistency at your fingertips, in a sleek, lightweight design optimized specifically for cross-country and light trail use. Power and modulation are delivered via the Level TLM’s alloy lever blade, DirectLink™ actuation, DOT 5.1 fluid and our new two-piston, monoblock caliper. The design provides superior heat management for consistent, fade-free performance all day long, and BLEEDING EDGE™ technology makes maintenance incredibly simple, so your brakes feel great all day — every day.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide—piston, seals, reservoir and bladder
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink™
  • New detent design for reach adjust
  • New, 21-millimeter, 2-piston monoblock caliper for superior heat management, consistency, control and feel.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Alloy lever blade
  • Lever pivot bushings
  • Stainless hardware
  • BLEEDING EDGE™
  • MatchMaker™ X

WEIGHT 356g (direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm CL rotor)untitled_shoot-160211-278


Level TL

Lightweight Heavyweight

Heavyweight performance in a lightweight package. Level TL packs the same XC and trail-optimized power delivery into a brake set that won’t break the bank. This brake matches an alloy DirectLink™ lever to a lever body that contains the same technology found in the Level TLM, Level Ultimate and Guide series of brakes, for reliability and consistency you can count on. SM_Level_TL_Caliper_Black_3Q_M SRAM_MTB_Level_TL_Lever_Black_3Q_M

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide—piston, seals, reservoir and bladder
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink™
  • Same power as Level Ultimate and Level TLM

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • MatchMaker™ X
  • Tooled reach adjust

WEIGHT

370g (direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm CL rotor)


Level T

Trail Tamer

Level T capitalizes on the same trail-taming brake technology that conquered the 2015 World Mountain Bike Championships, to deliver a powerful and consistent XC and trail-optimized brake set that keeps your capital in the bank. This budget-minded, MatchMaker™ compatible brake set provides all the power of its siblings, keeping you in complete control. SM_Level_T_Caliper_Black_3Q_M SRAM_MTB_Level_T_Lever_Black_3Q_M

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide—piston, seals, reservoir and bladder
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink™
  • Same power as Level Ultimate, Level TLM and Level TL

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • MatchMaker™
  • Two-bolt clamp

WEIGHT

410g (direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm CL rotor)


Level

New Rules

The SRAM Level brake levels the playing field with power and reliability stuffed into a lightweight package. This is a no-nonsense performer, but don’t let its understated disposition fool you — Level gives you the art of braking in minimalist form.  SRAM_MTB_Level_Lever_3Q_Black_M SM_Level_Caliper_Black_3Q_M

THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide—piston, seals, reservoir and bladder
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink™

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Distinct contact point
  • Pinch clamp

WEIGHT 430g (direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm G2 rotor)

Specialized Announces Aluminium Version Demo

Do you remember when we nearly melted the Internet last year with a crazy, single-sided Demo Carbon that changed the way we look at downhill bikes?

Its revolutionary construction, S3 geometry, and completely new FSR layout put it on top of World Cup podiums. Well, the Demo Alloy has the same killer formula, only now, it’s aluminium.

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UNIQUE FRAME

Before we’d even released the Demo Carbon, we knew we had to make it in aluminium. Making an asymmetrical, singled-sided frame out of aluminium, however, was no small task, but the engineering team worked hard to apply the signature look of the Demo at a more accessible price. It also has all of the amazing performance benefits of the carbon version, like internally routed cables, new FSR layout, and it’s still fully customisable for the riders with no new standards.Demo Alloy 5.jpg

More important than the features is that it has the geometry and handling riders have come to expect from the Demo & Specialized. Its S3 geometry was introduced last year, and it takes all of the sizing questions out of buying a bike. Now, you can buy the size you want based on how you want to ride — see below:

– All sizes have low stand over and seat tube heights. Short & Medium sizes share head tube heights, as do Long & Extra-Longs.

– Each size has its own reach measurement, making them truly unique sizes.

– Most importantly, they all have low BBs (343mm), slack head angles (63.5°), and short rear ends (430mm chain stays).Demo Alloy 3.jpg

WHEN CAN YOU EXPERIENCE THESE NEW BIKES?

We wanted to get the word out so we can talk to riders. Let them know that we haven’t forgotten about aluminum DH bikes, and that we’re bringing some more exciting and advanced bikes to market. These bikes will not only be offered as complete bikes, but also as frame sets.

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Pricing below, AUD RRP. Please note prices are subject to change.

MODEL

RETAIL

DEMO 8 FSR 650B FRM

$3,499

DEMO 8 FSR I 650B

$4,499

DEMO 8 FSR II 650B

$6,499

 

Hamilton Takes Victory and Mullens Smashes Women’s Record at The 10th Giant Odyssey

Young gun Chris Hamilton has broken the reign of 6-time winner Chris Jongewaard to claim victory of the epic 100km Giant Odyssey in Forrest, Saturday 20 February.

Peta Mullens smashed the women’s course record by 7 minutes to finish in a time of just 5hrs, 6minutes. That’s three wins at the event for Mullens – 2011, 2012 and now 2016.

Over 1,200 riders took part in this year’s 10th anniversary edition of the Giant Odyssey at Forrest, Victoria. The Giant Odyssey is known as one of the toughest mountain bike marathons and continues to attract an impressive lineup of riders. It also caters for novice and junior riders with a range of distances to suit all abilities.

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In the premier 100km Giant Odyssey event Chris Hamilton worked with team mate Tasman Nankervis, who finished 2nd overall, to push Jongewaard to his limit and the 20-year-olds proved too strong in the hills on the final loop of the race to take lead position and secure the top 2 steps on the podium.

“For these marathon races you need to play it pretty smart and being able to work with Tasman was good. We pushed on the first King of the Mountain climb to test the field and felt we were in pretty good form. Chris was ahead going into the last big climb but Tasman was helping to set a good tempo and then we hit Chris about half way up and managed to pull away from him. Tasman and I were pretty evenly managed but I just had a little more than him there at the end,” said overall winner Chris Hamilton.Stewart_Gault-ByMattHullPhotography

Adrian Jackson, who won the event in 2010, finished in 3rd with Jongewaard 4th and Paul van der Ploeg rounding out the top 5 men.

“From the start I knew Chris and Tasman were strong and were going to push me but I didn’t give it up, I gave it everything I had but the boys were just a lot stronger on the climbs. It’s never really about coming here to win; it’s about enjoying the trails and the atmosphere and I certainly did that,” said Chris Jongewaard.

In the women’s category Peta Mullens finished 13 minutes ahead of second placed Renata Bucher who won the event in 2013, with Jodie Willett in 3rd, Rebecca Locke 4th and 10-time Giant Odyssey rider Jessica Douglas rounding out the top 5 women.

“I’ve been bridesmaid here two years in a row by very small margins. This year I tested the others on the early climbs and at 3 hours I still felt really good so I just tempo’d up the climb to try to break the record on the timed descent. I’ve got a good endurance base behind me and I love the Giant Odyssey and it’s really good to be back and to win again, especially for the 10th edition. This really is a mountain biker’s marathon with all the sick single track out there but it also caters for everyone with the 50 and the 30km events so I hope everyone had as good a day as me,” said female winner and new record holder Peta Mullens.SupersportImages_Peta_Mullens

Also competing today were 8 people who have finished the gruelling 100km event every year since it started in 2007, known as the ‘Odyssey faithfuls’. Congratulations to those riders who have now done 10 Odysseys: Jessica Douglas, Neville Bird, Lee Floyd, Brian John, Bevan Kerr, David Rusden, Dave Scarlett and Craig Sullivan.

“Every Odyssey is a bit different and every one is special but I love it every time and I’ll keep coming back. The trails are awesome and I won’t be stopping for anything,” said 10-time rider Brian John.

It was tight racing in the popular 50km Giant Shorty event with Jack Lamshed finishing first, ahead of Warren Faneco in 2nd and Matt Ligtermoet in 3rd.

“There were 5 of us in the lead pack and then I broke away in the climb on the last loop. After finishing 3rd twice previously it was good to get the win today. The trails were beautiful and clean, it was a good race and a really nice day out,” said 50km winner Jack Lamshed.Giant_Odyssey-ByMattHullPhotography

Karen Hill was the clear winner in the women’s 50km, finishing more than 20 minutes ahead of Belinda Hadden and Margaret Clark.

“It was a good short, hard race. The trails were really good, I always love coming down here and Track 15 is one of my favourite trails so that was a really fun way to finish today,” said Karen Kill, women’s 50km winner.

“That was an absolute hoot, I loved it. Fast and furious, and plenty of good company on the course, it was an absolute pleasure,” said Belinda Hadden from Geelong.

“There are 6 of us from Adelaide who have come over together; it’s a great weekend away. It’s the second time I’ve been here and I absolutely love it. The downhill sections are beautiful. The uphill is tough but it’s part of it and I love all the single track,” said Derek Blacker, 50km rider.

Then 200 less-experienced riders took on the new 30km Giant Rookie event. This event has been specifically designed for novice riders and developing juniors. First across the line was Darian Murnane in the men’s and Natalie Saunders was first female.

“It’s a great concept, my 13 year old son is doing it too and he’s super excited – it’s a great way for him to be involved,” said Darian Murnane.Giant_Grommets_ByMattHullPhotography

“I fell off but it was all good. It was the perfect distance and the trails were really good. I’ll do the 30km again next year but then I want to have a go at the 50km,” said 15 year old Joel from Ballarat.

In the afternoon focus turned to the kids with the 10km Giant Pioneer event and the new Giant Grommets ride.

Riders in the 10km Giant Pioneer included lots of young ones (the youngest being just 6 years old) as well as some riders at the other end of the age scale with Rod and Patsy Bush aged 68 years. This event is designed for new comers to mountain biking and gives them an achievable taste of the Forrest trails.

The Giant Grommets is another new feature of the event this year and encourages little kids to get on their bikes and have some fun. Fifty kids aged between 3 and 8 took part in an obstacle race, bike limbo and other fun bike activities.SupersportImages_Paul_van-der_Ploeg SupsersportImages_Happy_finishers SupersportImages_Paul_van_der_Ploeg_2 Giant_Pioneer-ByMattHullPhotography

Race organisers Rapid Ascent were rapt with the success of the 10th edition of the event.

“We are so proud that the Giant Odyssey is still going strong after 10 years. The event has a reputation for being one of the toughest and most respected mountain bike events in Australia and has had a huge following right from the word go with 1,000 riders participating every year since,” said Sam Maffett, General Manager, Rapid Ascent.

“Thank you to everyone who has taken part in this event across its 10 year history. It’s such a supportive and friendly event atmosphere, the extensive network of single track in Forrest is second-to-none, and we hope to see the event continue for at least another 10 years,” he said.


OVERALL RESULTS

 

Giant Odyssey 100km

 

Top 5 Male

1. Chris Hamilton 4:18.20

2. Tasman Nankervis 4:18.32

3. Adrian Jackson 4:22.18

4. Chris Jongewaard 4:23.54

5. Paul van der Ploeg 4:25.29

 

Top 5 Female

1. Peta Mullens 5:06.14

2. Renata Bucher 5:19.40

3. Jodie Willett 5:24.29

4. Rebecca Locke 5:33.30

5. Jessica Douglas 5:35.58

 

King of the Mountain: Chris Hamilton 1:00.26

Queen of the Mountain: Peta Mullens 1:16.12

 

Giant Shorty 50km

 

Top 3 Male

1. Jack Lamshed 2:13.38

2. Warren Faneco 2:17.52

3. Matt Ligtermoet 2:18.33

 

Top 3 Female

1. Karen Hill 2:27.41

2. Belinda Hadden 2:50.40

3. Margaret Clark 2:51.24

 

Giant Rookie 30km

 

Top 3 Male

1. Darian Murnane 1:25.45

2. Ron Thomas 1:27.00

3. Adam Vesey 1:27.26

 

Top 3 Female

1. Natalie Saunders 1:45.35

2. Laura White 1:56.32

3. Lucinda Rourke 2:02.02

 

Giant Pioneer 10km

 

Overall Junior Winners

1. Otto Crawford 0:28.21

2. Oli Bailey 0:28.35

3. Calum Moir 0:30.11

 

Handcyclists

 

Overall Winner: Michael Forbes 0:48.37

 

For full results and competitor photos refer to www.GiantOdyssey.com.au

N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Hittin’ the Gym with the Champ

The reasons behind Nino Schurter being one of the most iconic mountain bikers of all time is ever growing. One thing that sets him apart from the rest is the atypical way he trains and prepares for the season.

Nino decided to reject traditional training methods and to re-think mountain bike training from the ground up. What does a mountain bike racer actually need?

What do Cross-Country races require from a rider?

The first part of “Hitting the Gym with Nino Schurter” dives into Nino’s coordination and balance workout, which Nino and his coach have built specifically for the needs of mountain bike racers. It combines power, coordination and regeneration exercises, replicating a race environment.

Get a look at some never before seen cycling workouts that could very well change the way you ride a bike.

George Brannigan Going Big In Cali

On location in California, close to the COMMENCAL USA offices, the crew assembled and our new recruit George Brannigan was united with the COMMENCAL VALLNORD DH Racing Team. 

True to his reputation as a committed and somewhat crazy rider, “Geo-Geo” was soon used to his new SUPREME DH V4 and rode it exactly how we had imagined
100% part of the family, Welcome George!

 

Fresh Product: The New Pivot Phoenix DH Carbon

All new for 2016, the Phoenix DH Carbon is the direct result of Pivot’s collaboration with world-class riders on the Pivot Factory Racing Team.

Our newest video pairs the incredible riding skills of Bernard Kerr with the story of how Bernard, Eliot Jackson and Emilie Siegenthaler drove our engineering team to create the strongest, lightest Pivot DH bike yet for their 2016 season on the World Cup and at Crankworx. phoenix-gallery-detail-shot-8 phoenix-gallery-detail-shot-9 phoenix-gallery-detail-shot-2 phoenix-gallery-detail-shot-15

Get all the details, build kits, technical information and geometry here. –

See more at: http://www.pivotcycles.com/newphoenixvideo/#sthash.osEkHiHs.dpuf

Fresh Product: 2017 SRAM NX Drivetrain

START WITH ONE

SRAM NX 1x DRIVETRAIN
It’s how you start that matters. Whether you’re discovering the mountain for the first time or you’re an MTB lifer searching for a no-nonsense, no-worries 1x drivetrain, SRAM NX is ready for action and ready to take you there. NX brings you a wide range of gear choices engineered for simplicity and durability, so you can focus on what matters most—the ride ahead. German engineered and proudly bearing the SRAM 1x™ stamp of approval, NX is ready to let the world know what real riding feels like.

START NEW. START RIGHT. START WITH SRAM NX.

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1x X-SYNC™ CRANKSET

AUD RRP $199.95 – $239.95

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Overview

The SRAM NX crankset provides high performance at the right price. Featuring the SRAM engineered X-SYNC™ chainring, the NX 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.

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Features and Benefits

6000 series aluminum arms

Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains

Most affordable fully featured 1x crank in the industry

Usage: XC, TR, EN

Technologies: X-SYNC™, GXP, BB30

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Specifications

Speeds
11

BB Compatibility
BB30/PF30-68/73mm, GXP 100mm/ PF GXP 121mm, GXP PF GXP 68/ 73mm

Chainring compatibility
28t, 30t, 32t, 34t, 36t, 38t, 40t

CRANK ARM LENGTH
155mm, 165mm, 170mm, 175mm

COLOR (CRANK ARM)
Black

BB SPINDLE INTERFACE
24mm, 30mm

CHAINRING MATERIAL
Aluminum

GUARD
Aluminum Guard, No Guard

BOLT CIRCLE DIAMETER (BCD)
94 BCD

CRANK ARM MATERIAL
Aluminum

CHAINLINE
49.0mm, 52.0mm, 66.5mm

PART WEIGHT
680-780g

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1×11 X-HORIZON™ REAR DERAILLEUR

AUD RRP $119.95

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OVERVIEW

The SRAM NX X-HORIZON™ rear derailleur provides the same smooth, reliable shifting action as XX1—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 AND BENEFITS

X-HORIZON™ design that reduces shift force, ghost shifting and chain slap

12-tooth X-SYNC™ pulley wheels

Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains

Most affordable fully featured 1x rear derailleur in the industry

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USAGE
XC
TR
EN

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TECHNOLOGIES
X-HORIZON™
X-SYNC™
X-ACTUATION™
CAGE LOCK™
ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™

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SPECIFICATIONS

SPEEDS
11

CABLE PULL RATIO
X-ACTUATION™

CAGE
Long

MAX TOOTH
42

COLOR
Black

PULLEY BEARINGS MATERIAL
Steel

CAGE MATERIAL
Steel

PART WEIGHT
322g

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11-SPEED X-ACTUATION™ TRIGGER SHIFTER

AUD RRP $49.95

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OVERVIEW

SRAM NX trigger shifter with X-ACTUATION™ technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX trigger shifter brings industry changing technology to everyone.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

X-ACTUATION™ for precise and dependable 11-speed performance

Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains

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USAGE
XC
TR
EN

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TECHNOLOGIES

X-ACTUATION™

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SPECIFICATIONS

SPEEDS
11

COMPATIBILITY
11-speed rear derailleur

CABLE PULL RATIO
X-ACTUATION™

COLOR
Black

CABLE LENGTH
2200mm

SHIFTER TYPE
Trigger

MATCHMAKER COMPATIBLE
No

CLAMP INCLUDED
Yes

MAX UPSHIFTS
5

PULL LEVER ADJUST
No

MULTI-POSITION
No

GEAR INDICATION
No

PART WEIGHT
142g

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11-SPEED X-ACTUATION™ GRIP SHIFT

AUD RRP $59.95

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OVERVIEW

SRAM NX Grip Shift with X-ACTUATION™ technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX Grip Shift brings industry changing technology to everyone.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

SRAM 1x™ X-ACTUATION™ for precise and dependable 11-speed performance

SPEED METAL™ shift indexing

ROLLING THUNDER™ ball bearing technology

JAWS™ lock-on grip technology

Most affordable fully featured 1x grip shifter in the industry

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USAGE
XC
TR
EN

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TECHNOLOGIES
X-ACTUATION™
SPEED METAL™
ROLLING THUNDER™
JAWS

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SPECIFICATIONS

SPEEDS
11

COMPATIBILITY
11-speed rear derailleur

CABLE PULL RATIO
X-ACTUATION™

COLOR
Black™

CABLE LENGTH
2200mm

SHIFTER TYPE
Twist

MATCHMAKER COMPATIBLE
No

CLAMP INCLUDED
Yes

MAX UPSHIFTS
n/a

PULL LEVER ADJUST
n/a

MULTI-POSITION
No

GEAR INDICATION
No

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PC-1110 CHAIN

AUD RRP $24.95

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OVERVIEW

Designed from a long line of dependable, lightweight chains that are built for toughness, the recommended chain for NX, PC-1110. Designed with SRAM’s trusted XX1 geometry, the PC-1110 features solid pin construction, 11-speed PowerLock® and smooth, efficient shifting that you can count on every time out.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Optimized to work with X-SYNC™ rings for precise and dependable 11-speed performance

Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains

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USAGE
XC
TR
EN
GR

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TECHNOLOGIES
X-SYNC™

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SPECIFICATIONS

COMPATIBILITY—SPEED
11

CHAIN LENGTH
114 links

COLOR—OUTER LINK
Grey

COLOR—INNER LINK
Grey

CHAIN CONNECTOR
PowerLock®

INNER LINK FINISH
Polished

OUTER LINK FINISH
Polished

PIN VARIANT
Solid Pin

PIN TREATMENT
Chrome Hardened

PART WEIGHT
232-273g

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PG-1130 CASSETTE

AUD RRP $124.95

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OVERVIEW

The PG-1130 cassette is light, durable and equipped with SRAM’s super wide 11-42t gear range that’s a perfect fit for any ride. Personalize your wide range gearing with one of eight available X-SYNC™ chainrings.

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Super wide gear range—a perfect fit for any ride

Optimized gear steps across entire range

Compatible with non XD™ driver body

Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains

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USAGE
XC
TR
EN

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SPECIFICATIONS

SPEED
11

GEARING
11-42t

COG FINISH
Black

TECHNOLOGY
PG

COG SIZES
11t, 13t, 15t, 17t, 19t, 22t, 25t, 28t, 32t, 36t, 42t

COGS ON CLUSTER
3

PART WEIGHT
538g


SRAM drivetrain groupset price

XX1 –  GXP drivetrain – $2175

X01 – GXP Drivetrain – $1910

X1 – GXP Drivetrain – $1510

GX – GXP Drivetrain – $843

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TECHNOLOGIES

X-HORIZON™
The X-HORIZON™ rear derailleur’s ‘straight parallelogram’ design limits all movement to the horizontal axis, which makes ghost shifting impossible while also reducing shift force. For quicker, more exact shifting, the large upper pulley offset design maintains a constant chain gap across all gears.

DERAILLEUR MOVEMENT LIMITED TO HORIZONTAL AXIS
UPPER PULLEY OFFSET PROVIDES CONSTANT CHAIN GAP

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X-SYNC™
SRAM X-SYNC™ 1x chain rings provide the highest level of performance and durability. The SRAM X-SYNC™ tall square teeth edges engage the chain earlier than traditional triangle shaped teeth. The sharp and narrow tooth profile, as well as rounded chamfer edges, help manage a deflected chain. To provide the best possible performance in muddy conditions, the X-SYNC™ chainrings have been designed with mud-clearing recesses for the inner chain links and rollers. Engineered in Germany, X-SYNC™ rings are an integral part of the SRAM 1x™ drivetrain.

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X-ACTUATION™
Developed specifically for SRAM 1x™, X-ACTUATION™ keeps shifting sharp and consistent across the entire cassette.

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CAGE LOCK™
With CAGE LOCK™ technology in the rear derailleur, wheel removal and installation—as well as chain installation—becomes faster and simpler. Just pushing the cage forward to create slack and lock it into place.

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ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™
ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ rear derailleurs deliver maximum drivetrain stability—even through the most punishing terrain. With ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ technology, derailleur bounce and chain slap are eliminated without sacrificing precision.

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SPEED METAL™
Full metal, 11-speed indexing keeps shifting crisp and precise with Grip Shift.

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ROLLING THUNDER™
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.

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JAWS™
Once the Grip Shift shifter and grip interlock securely, forged aluminum clamps on either end reinforce the assembly by locking tightly to handlebar.

Aaron Gwin joins The YT Mob

Finally! The news has broken – Aaron Gwin will join the newly formed YT Mob for his assault on the 2016 World Cup season.

After his shock departure from Specialized last year, the rumour mill has been in overdrive as to where Gwin would head. We heard all kinds of things, the most prevalent and persistent rumour being that he was going to be on ‘blacked-out’ Cube with a car company as his principal sponsor. Fair play to whoever started that rumour, it was a good one! Ha.

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Will Gwin resume his arse kicking ways on an entirely new team?

You can read the official word from YT below. We’re very excited to see how this partnership plays out; YT’s ‘let the good times roll’ attitude and the single-minded focus of Gwin rolled together.


The bike manufacturer YT finally shares its secret and presents its first Downhill World Cup racing team named “The YT Mob”. None other than American Aaron Gwin along with Spanish Youngster Angel Suarez will stir up the downhill world, while the team will be operated by 23 Degrees Sports with Martin Whiteley as Team Director.

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Gwin’s team mate is the young Angel Suarez.

Exactly one week ago the terrible news about the death of YT team rider Kelly McGarry made headlines all around the globe. The team at YT is still at a loss for words regarding the sudden loss of this extraordinary character. Unsure about the right moment to release the much-anticipated news about Aaron Gwin and the downhill team, YT has now decided to make it official: Aaron Gwin is coming to Forchheim!

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Gwin will be riding a completely stock TUES frame.

After an extensive search, the 28-year-old downhill superstar has decided to join the German bike manufacturer. Aaron Gwin’s team mate is 20-year-old Angel Suarez from Vigo, who can look back on a very successful motocross career and who has already showcased his immense downhill racing potential with a top 20 finish at the World Cup in Lenzerheide in 2015. With the Mob, YT joins the World Cup circus for the first time in its history.

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Finally, the long-awaited wish to send the TUES onto the world’s toughest tracks to prove that the downhill machine is not just a top-notch freeride beast, but also a proper racing tool is now coming true. With his distinctive racing focus and his untamed will to win, Aaron Gwin adds a new dimension to the YT family. It was particularly important for Gwin that his new bike sponsor shares the same passion and dedication for downhill as he does. With YT he has a like-minded crew on his side, one that is completely committed to the gravity aspect of mountain biking. The set-up of the bikes out of Forchheim could not be any better: The kinematic concept and the geometry of the TUES convinced the multiple World Cup winner already after the first ride. There will be no changes made to the frame itself, Gwin will ride all the World Cup races with a stock TUES frame.

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So, has YT had a change of heart, deviating from their Good Times mentality to now only heavily focus on nothing but rankings and podiums? “No way”, says CEO Markus Flossmann. “Good Times is also the motto of our YT Mob. We are going to offer our riders the best bikes and conditions, so they can focus on doing their thing. The fun of racing will always come first, because eventually the rider who can stay relaxed and calm during the heat and stress of racing will take the win. We are beyond thrilled to have Aaron and Angel joining us.”

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Gwin is also excited about his new sponsor: “The unbelievable hype that we’ve seen over the last few weeks and the feedback of the fans were incredible, but I am really happy to finally announce the news. We are a great match because the guys at YT share the same passion for mountain biking as I do. I am sure we will have a great time together. The TUES is perfect and I am really happy to officially ride it from now on.”

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In addition to YT as title sponsor, the YT Mob will have the following co-sponsors: e*thirteen, Onza Tires, TRP, Renthal, SDG, Motorex, ODI, Cane Creek and Alpinestars.

You’ll find more information about the YT Mob at www.yt-industries.com.

 

Henderson and Ivory Record Thrilling Thredbo Wins

Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Rebecca Henderson (ACT) have both recorded exciting race wins at Round 5 of the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series held in Thredbo, NSW.

Cross country mountain bike action took place on a challenging 5 kilometre course, with riders battling for supremacy in the penultimate round of the series presented by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA). With dual Olympian, National Champion and series leader, Dan McConnell (ACT), absent while racing the Pioneer MTB stage race in New Zealand, the race was wide open for the Elite Men.

Today’s race started steadily, but was quickly broken open on the second of eight laps, when a trio comprised of Ivory, Scott Bowden (TAS) and Brendan Johnston (ACT) surged at the front. The group worked together during Lap 3 to increase their lead over Kyle Ward (NSW) and the field, building a gap that would never be bridged.

Ivory talked through the race pattern: “I took the lead on the second lap and led until the last lap, when Scott got past me, and then he attacked me a few times and I was able to just hold his wheel.” With the group of mates staying together for the duration, it looked like the Thredbo crowd would witness a classic sprint finish, and today the riders did not disappoint.

“Coming into the finish I knew I had quite a good kick”, said Ivory. “I was kind of confident that I could come past him (Bowden), but then he opened up a small gap into the finish and that scared me, but I think I got him by just under a bike length in the end.”

Timing data showed that Ivory secured the win by an incredibly narrow .12s. He was impressively confident post-race when discussing his biggest goal for the year: “To qualify for the Olympics, that’s what I’m focusing my season around.”

Bowden was gracious in second place. “I gave it everything on the last lap and tried to get a gap, and it came down to the last couple of metres. Hats off to Cam, he rode super-strong today and just got over me on the line.” 

Johnston, who had been in the lead group all race, rounded out the podium with a well-earned Bronze medal. 

Dan McConnell retains the series lead heading into the final round next month in Toowoomba, QLD.

In the Elite Women’s race, Olympian Bec Henderson (ACT) was the form rider coming into the round, having recorded wins in both races of the double-header just two weeks prior in Pemberton, WA. 

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After finishing the first lap in 3rd place in a tight bunch with Samara Sheppard (NZL) and Peta Mullens (VIC), Henderson was able to make a solo move during Lap 2.

“I got a bit of a lucky break. I was first, Samara second and Peta third, and then Samara dropped Mullens’ wheel and I took advantage of that, with this giving me a little gap over Peta.”

Henderson continued to build her lead through the middle of the race.

“I knew I had to get away with a good amount to spare. With 7 laps it was always going to be a hard last section of the race. I just tried to get a sustainable gap and then I would hopefully be able to hang on” reflected Henderson.

She would eventually win by 30s, making it three wins from three races for the reigning National Champion. 

Peta Mullens came into summer as the defending National Road champion and has spent much of her season racing road, having only competed once in the Subaru National Mountain Bike series, earning Silver in Stromlo. 

“Today wasn’t just ‘back to the series’ to me, it was back on a mountain bike. I was pretty surprised and happy to finish just 30s behind Bec” exclaimed a happy Mullens. 

She rode a consistent race to 2nd place, Sheppard took 3rd, and Jenni King (VIC) finished 4th today to maintain her lead in the series.

Turning to junior racing, in the Under 19s Men’s race, Cameron Wright (QLD) once again “rode up” from the Under 17s and recorded another remarkable win, with Nick Pedler (QLD) and Michael Harris (NSW) rounding out the podium. 

Katherine Hosking (NSW) was exceptionally strong in the Under 19 Women’s race, winning from Sarah I’ons (NSW) with Ruby Wilson (ACT) in third. 

Full results from the racing can be found at:

http://onlineresults.com.au/results/competition/e7141d4e-3922-4a90-8775-6fa28d351283

All information for the Subaru National Mountain Bike Series can be found at:

http://www.mtba.asn.au/event/national-series/

Intense Cycles Announces 2016 Factory Team Roster

Intense Cycles announced its 2016 Factory Race Team last night at an exclusive event they hosted for select members of the media, industry, friends and family at the Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, CA.

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The Intense M16. Move aside!

The new roster includes returning team members, Jack Moir (Australia) and Luca Cometti (USA) and adds former Palmer Project junior phenom, Nik Nestoroff (USA) and Dean Lucas (Australia).

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The new team, a working machine to take on the 2016 world circuit.
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Bernat Guardia heads up the program.
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Ivan Jimenez takes over as Technical Manager.

In addition, former world cup downhiller and Intense Factory Racing team member, Bernat Guardia heads up the program as Team Director, and longtime IFR manager, Ivan Jimenez takes over as Technical Manager.

“We are extremely excited about the team’s potential,: says Intense Cycles CEO, Andrew Herrick. “Our riders are all very young and incredibly talented.  We look forward to continuing to build our Factory program with them in the years to come.”

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Jack Moir, fresh from taking wins in both races in the Australian National Series.
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Jack holding it wide open.

Jack Moir (22) is back on the bike after a run of bad luck and injuries kept him out of the circuit last year.  Jack is currently leading the Australian National series after having won both races so far this season. He first made his mark in 2014 when he took 10th place at Worlds at the young age of 19.

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Luca Cometti.

Luca Cometti (21) returns to Intense for his fourth year with the brand. After taking his 2nd National DS Championship last year, Luca stepped it up on the world stage, and took 26th at World Champs. Luca’s outstanding improvement and dedication has earned him his return to the Factory program.

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Luca’s also a talented photo/video guy, keep an eye out for behind the scenes imagery.
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USA National Junior Champ.

Nik Nestoroff, who recently celebrated his 16th birthday, will race the Junior World Cup series this year. Nik dominated the junior American scene last year  during his time with the Palmer Project, when he took the Junior National DH title and came in 3rd junior overall in the Pro GRT series.

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Rounding out the rider roster is Australian Dean Lucas (20) jwho joins Intense for his first year with the brand. Dean is best known for his 3rd place finish in Lenzerheide last year, his 12th overall finish in the World Cup in 2015 and his success as a Junior on the world cup circuit in 2013.

“Intense’s heritage is world cup racing,” says founder Jeff Steber.

“We built our brand and developed our bikes on race courses throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.”

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Copyright 2016 Carmen HerreroSteber explains there came a time when he had to step away from racing, to re-direct resources toward carbon fiber development.  Now, with a complete line of carbon fiber bikes, including the brand new M16c, the brand makes its return to the world cup. And Steber speaks for everyone at Intense when he says:

“It feels amazing to be back.”

INTENSE CYCLES IS SUPPORTED BY SRAM, ROCK SHOX, MAXXIS, RENTHAL, POC.

Rest In Peace, Kelly McGarry

Last night we received the news that Kelly McGarry had passed away. A text message from a friend, then an avalanche of tribute posts from mates and sometimes competitors of Kelly’s on social media confirming that it was true.

It’s always incredibly sad to hear of the passing of someone still so young. Especially someone who is so completely, totally alive that it seems almost impossible that they could leave us. And there aren’t many who could lay claim to having been more alive than Kelly McGarry. A huge man, a friendly man, all grinning teeth, flaming hair and improbable talent, brave as hell, doing things most couldn’t even dream of.

There are people across the world who will be hurting desperately today. Friends and family, obviously, and our heart and love goes out to them. But other riders too, people who probably never knew Kelly personally, but who will feel less secure today, shaken, made very aware of how tenuous and precious it all is.

We’d say “be careful”, but being careful wasn’t what Kelly was about. So instead, do what Kelly McGarry would have done –  brighten up the darkness with a ride, have a laugh, and make the most of every single day.

Rest in peace, Kelly.