Red Bull RAW 100: Finn Illes

Brakes? Don’t need ’em. Finn Illes is 16 years of pure speed.

The Red Bull RAW 100 series of videos has really captured us. Each episode sees a different Red Bull athlete paired up with a videographer, with a very simple brief: 100 seconds long, no music, no slow motion.

It’s an awesome recipe for drawing out all the talents of the film makers and showcasing the riders’ talents too – you feel yourself being more and more focused as you watch the vids, infinitely more engaged with what the rider must be feeling.

In the latest release, 16 year old Finn Illes shows us some crazy commitment with an amazing BC wilderness back drop, shot by TOPO Films.

New SRAM 12-Speed Eagle 1x Drivetrain

“Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Ok, SRAM haven’t quite pulled off something as cool as landing on the moon, but the new Eagle 1×12 (yes, twelve) drivetrain is some pretty exciting stuff!

You can read all the details below, but in a nutshell, the new SRAM Eagle drivetrain is a single-ring specific, 12-speed system, with a MASSIVE 10-50 tooth cassette range.

A 500% gear range with a single ring is new ground – SRAM’s stated aim is to kill the front derailleur for mountain bikes, it’s their clear point of difference with Shimano, and this is their biggest weapon in that battle to date. Put simply, this spread is the kind of gear range that was previously the domain of double (or even triple) chain ring drivetrains.

If this stuff lives up to expectations in the real world, it’s certainly going to silence a lot of critics who’ve maintained that current 1×11 drivetrains don’t offer a big enough range for the masses.

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To cover such a huge gear range without unworkably large jumps in the gear ratios, SRAM decided 11-gears wasn’t enough. Fitting another gear into the mix (using the same freehub, thank god) was the answer. This cancels out any interchangeability between equipment, you can’t just bung a new 10-50 cassette onto your existing SRAM GX, X1, X01 or XX1 drivetrain. You’ve got to go all in with Eagle, baby.

While the gear range offered by Eagle should be broad enough for any rider, in just about any situation, the pricing is certainly not in the realms of the average punter. There are two levels of Eagle available (XX1 and X01) but still, the thought of handing over $629 for a cassette makes us feel like we’ve licked a 9-Volt battery. But that’s the reality of having equipment that’s on the cutting edge – R&D doesn’t happen for free, folks! Of course people will pay it, because that’s the price of having the equipment that’s on the cutting edge – And of course pricing will drop over time as the technology trickles down to lower levels in the SRAM range, but in the short term, you’ll need to open your wallet a fair way to experience what Eagle is all bout.

The gear range wars are entering a new phase now. Along with Eagle, we’ve also recently seen the announcement from Shimano that they’ve got a new 11-46 tooth XT cassette on the way, plus there’s a proliferation of products from smaller companies making accessories to extend the range of existing 1×10 and 1×11 systems (like these).

That’s enough from us for now, we’ll bring you more once we’ve actually got this stuff in our hands to ride. Below you’ll find all the details from SRAM, along with Australian pricing.


SRAM introduced the first ever, purpose built 1x drivetrain, and is the absolute leader in 1x technology and innovation. We have manufactured, tested and ridden hundreds of thousands of SRAM 1x™ drivetrains, and have capitalised on  the lessons learned from our experience to create  all new drivetrains with Eagle™ Technology.  Eagle™ drivetrains provide unparalleled performance, enhanced toughness and durability, and the freedom of a 500 percent gear range. 

In 2012, we introduced the world’s first purpose built 1x drivetrain — and it forever changed the way we ride. SRAM 1x™ changed the way we look at mountain bikes. Gone was the front derailleur, which immediately improved shifting simplicity and performance. It dropped a significant chunk of weight from the bike. It made shifting easier and consistently better for racers hitting the redline and new riders alike. It made mountain biking better for everyone. And it still does. We invented it, we build more 1x drivetrains than anyone else, and we are unrelenting in our commitment to furthering 1x technology.

Introducing SRAM Eagle™ Technology, our most advanced and highest-performing drivetrains to date. The new XX1 and X01 drivetrains, featuring Eagle™ Technology, are collections of components that have been engineered for a whole new level of ride quality and integration. These drivetrains have not only been refined, we have torn them apart, built them up, tested, tweaked, engineered and tested again. Eagle™ Technology delivers a drivetrain that is smoother, simpler, more durable and quieter than anything you’ve ever ridden. Add to that Eagle’s massive  gear range, and you have greater freedom to ride how you want, where you want. Performance, durability, simplicity, range, freedom: Introducing Eagle™, only from SRAM.


XX1 Eagle

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We built the incredible new XX1 Eagle™ drivetrain to work quietly, intuitively, precisely and perfectly. Whether you’re an hour and twelve minutes into a World Cup XC or, just about to hit the top of Pearl Pass—XX1 Eagle™ is ready for that and every place in between. This cross-country-optimised drivetrain combines our newest generation of SRAM 1x™ drivetrain technological advancements with lightweight materials. With a greater gear range of 500-percent, XX1 Eagle™ gives you smoother, more precise shifts with greater durability for long lasting performance so you can spend more time in the gear you want. XX1 Eagle™ just rewrote the rules of freedom.

XX1 Eagle™ Chain – $169.95

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It might look normal from the outside, but the engineering inside this incredible new chain design that makes possible a gear range previously found only in 2-chainring drivetrains. And it’s also the biggest contributor to the Eagle™ drivetrain’s ultra-smooth, precise, durable and quiet performance. The Eagle™ chain’s links have a smooth radius, with no sharp edges or chamfers, which yield a significant reduction in noise, friction and wear on chainrings and cassette cogs. This design also allows for a flatter plate, which means more consistent chain riveting and greater overall strength. HARD CHROME™ technology extends the chain’s optimal performance life, and a Titanium Nitride coating on the Gold and Black models decreases corrosion and further reduces friction.

Groundbreaking new chain design and technology
The Eagle™ chain has been completely re-engineered, and is produced with new manufacturing technology.
All-new Eagle™ Power Lock chain connector with FLOWLINK™ technology provides better chain-guiding and increased longevity
The XX1 Eagle™ chain is the quietest, strongest and most wear-resistant chain in the world
Unique features and design also provide significantly improved wear resistance on Eagle™ cassettes and rings

XG-1299 Eagle™ Cassette – $699.95

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SRAM’s cassette manufacturing technology provides the greatest durability and lightest weight
All-new shifting features create a smoother, quieter system with enhanced inboard and outboard shift performance
XD™ driver body compatible
10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50

XX1 Eagle™ Crankset – $699.95

 

 

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True competitors are always looking for a performance advantage—a relentless pursuit of equipment that is lighter, stiffer and stronger. To create the best drivetrain possible, we started with a completely reengineered crankset design. Our all-new XX1 Eagle™ crankset is the lightest, stiffest and strongest on the market. A special hollow internal architecture, combined with our proprietary CARBON TUNED™ lay-up, allows us to build a lightweight and ultra-energy-efficient crankset perfectly suited for the high-wattage output and smooth style of cross country riding and racing. Teamed up with a new Eagle™ direct mount chainring, and as an integral part of the Eagle™ drivetrain, the new XX1 Eagle™ crankset puts more focused power into every ride.

The lightest, stiffest, strongest crankset available
All-new SRAM CARBON TUNED™ crank technology provides extreme stiffness and light weight
All-new chainring technology is designed specifically for Eagle™ chains and drivetrains
The X-SYNC™ 2 chainring provides significantly quieter performance, with better mud clearing and extraordinary durability

 

XX1 Eagle™ Derailleur – $479.95

 

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This new derailleur not only answers the Eagle™ drivetrain’s need for greater capacity, but is also the next evolution of our proven, 1x-specific X-HORIZON™ design. The larger, 14-tooth X-SYNC™ lower pulley, allows 10- to 50-tooth cassette capacity in this compact design, and also adds to Eagle’s overall smooth-pedaling feel. Our new, Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ features a smoother torque curve for a quieter, more consistent operation and feel. CAGE LOCK™ has been moved back and out of the way, protecting it from trail debris. A redesigned, robust mounting system further improves the Eagle™ derailleur’s performance and overall durability.

 

Completely redesigned rear derailleur incorporating our proven X-HORIZON™ design and new Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ technology
Re-engineered mounting system and repositioned CAGE LOCK™ add robustness
Eagle™ pulley technology provides greater efficiency, crisper shifting and quieter operation
Carbon cage and lightweight hardware make it light and tough

 

XX1 Eagle™ Trigger Shifter – $279.95

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Tucked neatly beneath your handlebars, the XX1 Eagle™ X-ACTUATION™ trigger shifter is the nerve center of the Eagle™ drivetrain. Its internal works have been updated to include a 12th gear, and improved to enhance trigger feel, precision and durability. Whether you’re 3 laps into your race or 150 days into your season, the XX1 Eagle™ trigger shifter is your faithful 1x touch point.

New mechanism creates a smoother and more precise shifting system with exceptional reliability
Carbon trigger and cover reduce weight
Customisable setup via the adjustable pull-lever and MatchMaker™ X

XX1 Eagle™ Grip Shift – No pricing yet.

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Three decades ago, SRAM was founded on a product called Grip Shift and an idea that shifting a bike should be easier, better and more intuitive. It’s more advanced than the original, but the all-new XX1 Eagle™ Grip Shift follows in the same tradition of making shifting easier, better and more intuitive. The new XX1 Eagle™ Grip Shift system includes new, robust internals that make it more durable and its’ shifting performance more precise. But just like the original, it is total control in the palm of your hand.

New Grip Shift mechanism takes SRAM’s original invention to an increased level of precision and durability.
Better feel and added toughness
Lightweight carbon cover

Eagle™ Chainring

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The radical new look and feel of our X-SYNC™ 2 Eagle™ chainring is a direct result of SRAM drivetrain engineers studying the performance and wear characteristics of thousands of X-SYNC™ chainrings. We subjected every size of chainring to untold environmental and mechanical tortures, abuse and neglect, in both lab and real-world settings, to come up with a chainring that would augment the Eagle™ drivetrain’s performance in all conditions. The longer, positive-rake tooth shape has been designed to work perfectly with the new Eagle™ chain to increase chain retention and overall pedalling efficiency, while decreasing friction, noise and wear.

X-SYNC™ 2 chainring design increases chain retention, wear life, and reduces friction and noise.
Designed to be used with Eagle™ chain.


X01 Eagle™

The X01 Eagle™ drivetrain signals an exciting new era of freedom and the next level of uncompromising performance for enduro racers and aggressive trail riders. Watching the world’s best racers use our parts to battle against nature, physics and time itself, has inspired us to supply them with the most advanced tools we can develop. X01 Eagle™ takes everything you love about our pioneering 1x drivetrains and increases its wear life, toughness, precision, smooth and silent operation. Add to that the 10- to 50-tooth, 12-speed, Eagle™ cassette, and you have a range of gears that gives you the freedom to enjoy the benefit of 1x in any terrain, any location and at any speed. X01 Eagle™ is drivetrain freedom—how you exploit it is up to you.

X01 Eagle™ Chain – $119.95

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It might look normal from the outside, but the engineering inside this incredible new chain design that makes possible a gear range previously found only in 2-chainring drivetrains. And it’s also the biggest contributor to the Eagle™ drivetrain’s ultra-smooth, precise, durable and quiet performance. The Eagle™ chain’s links have a smooth radius, with no sharp edges or chamfers, which yield a significant reduction in noise, friction and wear on chainrings and cassette cogs. This design also allows for a flatter plate, which means more consistent chain riveting and greater overall strength. HARD CHROME™ technology extends the chain’s optimal performance life, and a Titanium Nitride coating on the Gold and Black models decreases corrosion and further reduces friction.

Groundbreaking new chain design and technology
The Eagle™ chain has been completely re-engineered, and is produced with new manufacturing technology.
All-new Eagle™ PowerLock® chain connector with FLOW LINK™ technology provides better chain-guiding and increased longevity
The PC-1290 Eagle™ chain is the quietest, strongest and most wear-resistant chain in the world
Unique features and design also provide significantly improved wear resistance on Eagle™ cassettes and rings

XG-1295 Eagle™ Cassette – $629.95

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Take a quick look at the new X-DOME™ Eagle™ cassette. The last dangling shred of an argument in favour of a mountain bike front derailleur is now officially dead. Designed for use with our proven, reliable XD™ driver body, this 12-speed, 10- to 50-tooth cassette offers an optimal 500-percent gear range at a considerably lighter weight than 2x systems. It carries with it the X-DOME™ architecture, which, independent tests have concluded, yields the strongest cassettes on the market. New shifting characteristics improve both, inboard and outboard shifting, as well as chain retention.

SRAM’s cassette manufacturing technology provides the greatest durability and lightest weight
All-new shifting features create a smoother, quieter system with enhanced inboard and outboard shift performance
XD™ driver body compatible
10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 50

X01 Eagle™ Crankset – $649.95

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We know you have a lot of choices when choosing a crankset, and that choice says a lot about your personal style. We designed the new X01 Eagle™ crankset for riders who feel most stylish when they stand on top of the podium. This is a completely reengineered design, employing our proprietary CARBON TUNED™ lay-up technology. Built tough, to handle aggressive lines through rock gardens and big hits wherever you find them, the new X01 Eagle™ is the strongest, stiffest, lightest crankset available. Combined with the new Eagle™ direct mount chainrings, and as an integral part of the Eagle™ drivetrain, this is a crankset that gives your ride a winning style—assuming you’re into that sort of thing.

The strongest, stiffest, lightest crankset available
All-new SRAM CARBON TUNED™ crank technology provides extreme stiffness and light weight
All-new chainring technology is designed specifically for Eagle™ chains and drivetrains
The X-SYNC™ 2 chainring provides significantly quieter performance, with better mud clearing and extraordinary durability

X01 Eagle™ Rear Derailleur – $379.95

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This new derailleur not only answers the Eagle™ drivetrain’s need for greater capacity, but it’s also the next evolution of our proven, 1x-specific X-HORIZON™ design. The larger, 14-tooth X-SYNC™ lower pulley allows 10- to 50-tooth cassette capacity in this relatively compact design, and also adds to Eagle’s overall smooth-pedalling feel. Our new, Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ features a smoother torque curve for a quieter, more consistent operation and feel. CAGE LOCK™ has been moved back and out of the way, protecting it from trail debris. And a redesigned, robust mounting system further improves the Eagle™ derailleur’s performance and overall durability.

Completely redesigned rear derailleur incorporating our proven X-HORIZON™ design and new Type-3 ROLLER BEARING CLUTCH™ technology
Re-engineered mounting system and repositioned CAGE LOCK™ add robustness
Eagle™ pulley technology provides greater efficiency, crisper shifting and quieter operation
Aluminium cage and lightweight hardware make it light and tough

X01 Eagle™ Trigger Shifter – $219.95

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Tucked neatly beneath your handlebars, the X01 Eagle™ X-ACTUATION™ trigger shifter is the nerve centre of the Eagle™ drivetrain. Its internal works have been updated to include a 12th gear, and improved to enhance trigger feel, precision and durability. Whether you’re 4 stages into the race or days away from civilisation, the X01 Eagle™ trigger shifter is your faithful 1x touch point.

New mechanism creates a smoother and more precise shifting system with exceptional reliability
Forged aluminium trigger designed to take a beating
Customisable setup via the adjustable pull-lever and MatchMaker™ X

X01 Eagle™ Grip Shift – No pricing yet.

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Three decades ago, SRAM was founded on a product called Grip Shift, and an idea that shifting a bike should be easier, better and more intuitive. It’s more advanced than the original, but the all-new X01 Eagle™ Grip Shift follows in the same tradition of making shifting easier, better and more intuitive. The new X01 Eagle™ Grip Shift system includes new, robust internals that make it more durable and its shifting performance more precise. But just like the original, it is total control in the palm of your hand.

Eagle™ Chainring

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The radical new look and feel of our X-SYNC™ 2 Eagle™ chainring is a direct result of SRAM drivetrain engineers studying the performance and wear characteristics of thousands of X-SYNC™ chainrings. We subjected every size of chainring to untold environmental and mechanical tortures, abuse and neglect, in both lab and real-world settings, to come up with a chainring that would augment the Eagle™ drivetrain’s performance in all conditions. The longer, positive-rake tooth shape has been designed to work perfectly with the new Eagle™ chain to increase chain retention and overall pedalling efficiency, while decreasing friction, noise and wear.

X-SYNC™ 2 chainring design increases chain retention, wear life, and reduces friction and noise.
Designed to be used with Eagle™ chain.

Brosnan Again Proves He’s The Best In Bright

Troy Brosnan (SA) has claimed his fourth consecutive Elite Men’s Downhill title with a nail-biting win on the final day of the 2016 Subaru Australian Championships at Bright, Victoria on Sunday.

 

It was an anxious wait for the third ranked rider in the world as Connor Fearon (SA) had the opportunity to knock his mate off top spot, but couldn’t better Brosnan’s 3:45:46 to again take silver behind his fellow South Australian, with Josh Button (NSW) in third.

 

“Its been such tough battle between Connor and I, we’re really good friends and I thought he might’ve had this one this year,” Brosnan said.

Connor Fearon
Connor Fearon

“It was hard to get down in one piece to be honest.”

 

Plenty of talk surrounded the big time battle between Brosnan and five time World Champion Sam Hill (WA), but it was Fearon who threw himself into the mix with the fastest seeding run to ensure he’d be last down the hill for the final.

 

With sister Tracey having claimed the Elite Women only moments before, Mick Hannah, was keen to add to his national title haul of four, the last won back in 2013. The Cairns kid would finish fifth.

 

As hundreds lined the course to get a chance to see Hill in action, the West Aussie wonder couldn’t produce, with a time of 4:01:79 seeing him finish 8th.

 

Sam Hill
Sam Hill

Button, who last finished on the podium back in 2009, produced a sensational run of 3:51:59 to tighten the screws on the last two on the course in Brosnan and Fearon.

 

And despite only getting back on his downhill bike for the first time since he crashed and dislocated his shoulder in Thredbo earlier in the week, the 22 year old was dialled in.

Elite Men DHI Podium 

“I was coming to ride for fun but felt good this weekend and thought I’d give it a crack and put it all in the back of my head of what’s happened before this race and it all worked out.”

 

For Fearon, it’s the third straight year he’s been out-classed by Brosnan to the Australian jersey.

 

“It always seems Troy is one step ahead, but still trying to catch him and hope to beat him one day.”

Nine Is Fine For Tracey Hannah

Tracey Hannah has won her ninth Elite Women Downhill Australian Championships with a flawless run on the final day of the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships in Bright, Victoria.

Tracey Hannah

 

The 27-year-old proved just why she has reigned in her division since taking her first title back in 2004, with Lisa Mathison (QLD) and Danielle Beecroft (NSW) rounding out the podium.

 

“It’s good take that form overseas with me and to fly the Aussie flag over there makes me really proud to race for this country.”

 

It would be Hannah’s only Australian competition ahead of the Cairns World Cup next month, and the Queenslander didn’t let the huge contingent of fans down that cheered her down the course.

 

Danielle Beecroft
Danielle Beecroft

“Everybody knows my name and my nickname.”

“It’s really good the support and look forward to that when we have the world cup it’s gonna be a million times that in my home town can’t wait.”

 

Despite a hiccup at the start of the seeding run on Saturday which saw her flip over the handlebars, the world number three would still record the fastest time for the finals.

 

“I put a lot of pressure on myself to have a good run.”

 

With world number 12 Tegan Molloy missing with a broken collarbone, it was left to the returning Beecroft to throw the down the gauntlet, and the New South Wales rider held the hot-seat with a 5:15:87 run.

 

That was until 2004 Athens Cross Country Olympian Lisa Mathieson, tossed age aside and took the top spot by 10seconds, showing she’s revelling in being back on the big stage.

Lisa Mathieson
Lisa Mathieson

 

“Wicked to be back to have a crack at this level of racing, and a bonus to come back and face riders like Tracey at the Nationals and be amongst this atmosphere.”

 

However Hannah was tearing down Mystic Mountain and left no doubt as to who would be taking home the gold for record ninth time.

 

She clocked 4:39:12 more than 16 seconds ahead of her fellow Queenslander.

Dan McConnell Wins Fifth Australian Championships in Bright

The ironman of Australian Cross Country racing Dan McConnell (VIC) claimed his fifth National Title with a block-buster performance at the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships at Bright, Victoria on Saturday.

With a second Olympic selection beckoning and a World Cup in Cairns next month, McConnell showed just why he’s been the dominant figure in XCO for the past 5 years in Australia.

 

The Victorian with the gold ahead of Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Kyle Ward (NSW).

 

“That one is pretty high I think to come here and get a national title hopefully can set myself up for a good year.”

 

“Today is the best I’ve felt in a long time, and it was great to feel such smoothness on the bike.”

 

After an opening lap of 21:12 seconds the 30-year-old Victorian, would produce 4 sub 20-minute laps around the course, which featured plenty of climbing.

 

Ivory and Ward, who have showed during the national series they will be the biggest threat to McConnell in future years, worked together in order to peg back any advantage the four time Australian champion.

 

“He’s really strong. He pulled away on the second climb of the first lap and we never saw him again,” said Ivory who is aiming for the second spot with McConnell on the Australian Olympic team to go to Rio.

Cameron Ivory.
Cameron Ivory.

 

Ward took the spoils over Ivory at Mt Stromlo last December in the second round of the National Seres, but it wouldn’t repeat itself as the Newcastle rider found an extra gear on the final lap.

 

“I thought I’d tag him early and I thought he’d just have a bit too much sharpness there at the end and he proved it.”

 

Kyle Ward.
Kyle Ward.

The two young bulls would still be chipping away as McConnell rode solo across the line to the cheers of fans to record a time of 1:37:51 seconds.

For full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/Home

Rebecca Henderson Makes it Three Straight at Australian Championships in Bright

Rebecca Henderson (ACT) couldn’t have produced a more stunning performance to win the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships at Bright, Victoria on Saturday.

 Rebecca Henderson Finishing

The now three time Australian Cross Country Champion blew her rivals away on the first lap to put no doubt in anyone’s mind that she would be Rio bound in September, and finish in a time of 1:34:33seconds.

 

“The green and gold is something you don’t want to let go of that easy.”

 

Lined up to try and spoil the Henderson party was 2013 champion Peta Mullens (VIC) and 2012 title holder Jenni King (VIC) in what was perfect riding condition.

 

But they would only see the back of the Trek sponsored rider as soon as the gun went for the four laps around the Mystic Mountain Bike Park course.

 

Henderson, who had wrapped up the National Series title at Toowoomba a fortnight earlier, went through her first lap in 25:05secs before ramping it up second time around and extending the lead.

 

“For me I race pretty similar and I like to go out pretty hard I was just able to get a lucky break from Peta on one of the early climbs, and I just took that advantage.”

 

Mullens, admitted she knew from the gun it would be hard to stay with the defending champion, and then had to stave off the battle of King who sat on her wheel stalking the fellow Victorian.

 

Peta Mullens.
Peta Mullens.

“I knew straight away on the start loop that my legs didn’t have it I think as a bike rider you kind of know early on and I tried to put that aside and just power on as much as I can but she just had the better of me by far.”

 

Mullens eventually shook King off her wheel on the final lap to sustain a 19 second gap to the finish line to claim silver.

 

“It was bloody hard I gave it everything to try and stick with Peta mid-way and she broke me on the second last lap,” King said.

Elite Women Podium 

With plenty left in the tank, the 24 year Henderson would complete the final two laps in a time just over 23minutes.

 

It’ll be a busy month for the 2016 Australian Champion who will have to back up for Oceania’s next week before heading to Cairns for the first World Cup of the cross-country season.

 

For full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/Home

Video: Matt Hopkins Goes Back Country

Raw 100 is a video series designed to highlight the talent and creativity of filmmakers. It’s said that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this series celebrates that idea.

The rules for each video are simple: 100 seconds in length, no slow motion footage, and no music. By having to work within these limitations, filmmakers have to get creative and think outside the box.

In this Raw 100 video, Scott Secco delivers a video featuring Mike Hopkins that will make you want to grab your enduro bike and hit the trails.

Starting Clean to Get Dirty – The RockShox Reverb

It’s almost impossible to imagine trail riding on a bike without a dropper post. They’ve become almost as ubiquitous as suspension forks, yet their wide appeal wasn’t fully realised until really recently in mountain biking’s history.

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Careful inspection and ensuring that every variable is carefully controlled is an essential component in the assembly of a new RockShox Reverb.
Careful inspection and ensuring that every variable is carefully controlled is an essential component in the assembly of a new RockShox Reverb.

To riders who grew up in the modern dropper-post era, it might be surprising to learn that an external, seat-height-locating spring, called Hite Rite, was on the market even before RockShox launched its revolutionary RS-1 — the fork that won the very first UCI Mountain Bike World Championship back in 1990. Other models followed, but it was the introduction of the first RockShox Reverb, in 2010, that started the trend toward acceptance of the dropper post as an essential mountain bike component.

The smallest details are big when the product is this sophisticated.
The smallest details are big when the product is this sophisticated.

RockShox used its knowledge of suspension design to provide Reverb with real adjustability, and to fulfil the requests of riders looking for better on-trail performance than anything that was available at the time. But those were still the early days, the Wild West, and, despite its sophisticated nature, there were really no standards to which dropper posts were held. Testing for durability and reliability was still in its infancy, and yet dropper posts are more complex in most regards than other suspension products — and are typically asked to do and withstand more than them.

To make sure that exactly the prescribed amount of thread-lock is applied, RockShox engineers designed a fixture whose sole purpose is the application of red Loctite.
To make sure that exactly the prescribed amount of thread-lock is applied, RockShox engineers designed a fixture whose sole purpose is the application of red Loctite.

But mountain bike frame design continued to move forward at a relentless pace — and with it came a demand from riders for Stealth cable-routing, longer-travel options and products that can stand up to more hard use.

The mechanised brain that focuses only on applying Loctite.
The mechanised brain that focuses only on applying Loctite.

Like with its high-performance suspension products, RockShox builds the Reverb in a clean room. For the typical mountain biker, who has probably done a bit of trailside engineering, maybe overhauled a fork or two in the garage, and most definitely spent hours cleaning gunk from every part of a bike, the idea of people wearing hospital gowns while assembling products intended for muddy, loamy, dusty environments might not make sense. But the truth is that to ensure best-possible performance and longevity in the dirt, variables in the assembly process need to be eliminated. It’s a painstaking process that starts with cleanliness.

A place of everything and everything in its place: Reverb parts move down the assembly line in anticipation of a life of shredding.
A place of everything and everything in its place: Reverb parts move down the assembly line in anticipation of a life of shredding.
A lot of hands are required to complete the many steps it takes to produce 500 Reverbs per day.
A lot of hands are required to complete the many steps it takes to produce 500 Reverbs per day.

Each individual part needed to assemble a Reverb, whether manufactured by an outside supplier or whether it is made in one of SRAM’s factory facilities, is cleaned and packaged prior to it arriving for assembly. All of the parts then undergo inspection and a further cleaning process before being moved to an intermediate room, which is directly connected to the clean room. All parts are stored in bags and on trays until ready for final assembly.

Entering the Reverb clean room as a human is similarly meticulous. Perhaps it goes without saying, but the clean room is restricted to assembly operators and a select few others. Before going in to work, those with authorized access enter a staging room, change into shoes that have not been used outside the clean room, and then put on a lab coat and hat.

Inside, temperature and airflow are carefully controlled. Not only is properly maintained temperature of the parts, assembly machines and fixtures important to alleviate assembly variables, but the human brain also makes fewer mistakes when ambient temperature is kept at a cooler level than what most people find perfectly comfortable.

Artful tweezer-work that easily rivals that of the best gourmet chef.
Artful tweezer-work that easily rivals that of the best gourmet chef.

The Reverb assembly process is the adage “measure twice, cut once” taken to extremes. Every movement of a part, hand, tool or machine has been carefully engineered to ensure repeatability and eliminate errors. And it is not uncommon to see a SRAM engineer working on the assembly line, ensuring that a build process, which worked perfectly on prototypes a few months ago, still works as expected when 500 Reverbs roll off the line ever day.

Sophisticated machines provide a perfect bleed on every Reverb.
Sophisticated machines provide a perfect bleed on every Reverb.

When the assembly process is completed, the new, unpackaged Reverb exits the clean room through a negative airflow passageway. Once outside, it is packaged according to its final destination — bicycle manufacturer or retailer — and sent to fulfil its duty of getting dirty.

A Reverb assembly line operator checks head rotation before allowing any product to move forward.
A Reverb assembly line operator checks head rotation before allowing any product to move forward.

After six years of driving the dropper-post market, RockShox is now introducing a new, next-generation Reverb. Though it sports similar styling, the new Reverb has been reengineered to allow travel lengths between 100 and 170 millimeters and faster return speeds, as well as to increase bushing overlap, which results in smoother operation and greater fore-aft stiffness. Though the new Reverb was redesigned to increase performance, it also addresses dropper-post reliability issues and makes regular service easier.

Monitors at each assembly station keep operators apprised of assembly procedures and parameters, as well as current assembly line conditions.
Monitors at each assembly station keep operators apprised of assembly procedures and parameters, as well as current assembly line conditions.
Cleaned and inspected parts prepare for bushing installation.
Cleaned and inspected parts prepare for bushing installation.
The sterile environment and tedious process is critical to ensure a long life in the dirt.
The sterile environment and tedious process is critical to ensure a long life in the dirt.
The Reverb assembly process is the adage “measure twice, cut once” taken to extremes.
The Reverb assembly process is the adage “measure twice, cut once” taken to extremes.

Imagine trail riding, as it existed without dropper posts. RockShox wasn’t the first company to make a dropper post, and it surely won’t be the last, but the Reverb is unquestionably the one that gave dropper posts universal acceptance, and pushed the boundaries of performance. The new Reverb is now charged with raising the bar on the next generation of dropper posts.

Fresh Product: North Shore Billet Chainrings for Shimano XT

Building on the success of our Variable Tooth chainring line, North Shore Billet is excited to release our 1x rings for the 2016 XT M8000 cranks. Committed to North American manufacturing—from raw material sourcing to the creation of the final product—we’re proud to don the “Made in Canada” moniker.

Our latest range of rings for the M8000 cranks keep true to this statement while adding an exciting “first” for the XT line of cranks; 28T ring compatibility.

Due to the high demand for small rings, we’ve designed a 28T ring for 1x use. By mounting to the 64mm BCD and offsetting the ring towards the spider, we are able to achieve a 49mm chain line—the perfect place for a 1x ring to be.

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Specs:

• Fits Shimano Deore XT M8000 FC-M8000-1 FC-M8000-2
• 49mm Chain line
• CNC machined from 7075 T6511 Aluminium
• Ring Sizes: 28T 30T 32T 34T 36T


Our Rings, Our Process

Material

High quality parts come from high quality metal; we’ve found this to be important for any component, but most notably for chainrings. As a result all chainrings are created using US made Kaiser 7075 aluminum. The raw aluminum starts as large, rolled sheets that we have saw-cut to our required specifications. These blanks are then delivered to our Whistler factory ready to be machined.

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Machining

When the time comes to create a new ring we grab a stack of the saw-cut pieces of aluminium which we refer to as “ring blanks”. These blanks are loaded into our high speed machining centers where the ring is cut precisely into shape. We use custom carbide cutting tools that create unique features that are otherwise difficult to achieve with standard tooling. Haas DT1 and the whole machining process only takes a few minutes to produce a complete ring. Producing thousands of rings per year, this machine rarely anything else.

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Deburring

After the machining process the rings are still unfinished with many sharp edges and small burrs that need to be removed. To clean up these edges we run the rings through a vibratory deburring machine. This has a similar appearance to a bucket full of pebbles but the process is much more controllable and consistent than manual deburring. The vibratory action gently rolls the rings through the ceramic media removing the sharp edges without removing metal from tight tolerance areas such as the teeth. Depending on the size of the chainring, this process can take anywhere from 30–60 minutes to complete and can run from 6–10 rings at a time.

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Quality Control

Once the deburring process is complete the rings are gathered and each is carefully inspected and measured to ensure that all of the features are within tolerance. Our standard tolerances are pretty tight, and important features like the teeth are made within +/- .002”; the thickness of a human hair. Any rings that do not conform to our measurement or appearance standards are immediately discarded. On a typical production run our scrap rate is less than 1%. These out of spec parts along with all the excess aluminum from the machining process to become new aluminum.

Finishing

Once the rings have passed our QC measures, we box them up for anodizing. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that adds the colour to aluminum parts and also gives it a protective finish. This is the only process that is not done in house at NSB.

With the ring cut, deburred, QC’d, and anodized, we’re ready to brand them with our laser etching machine. This process burns through the anodizing on the surface of the ring. The laser beam’s width is only .005” of an inch thick,   This is the fastest of the processes, with all of the graphics burned onto the ring in less than 10 seconds. With the laser etching complete the products are packaged and sent off to distributors worldwide.

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About NSB’s Variable Tooth Pattern

At NSB we’ve opted to utilize a variable tooth pattern that is designed to the ASME/ANSI B29.1M industrial standard, which provides a tried and true tooth shape with an alternating tooth thickness that helps retain the chain. While other companies have radically changed the fundamental tooth profile to reduce chain drop, we felt that the negative aspects of asymmetrical and ‘square’ teeth outweigh any benefits of chain retention. The NSB Variable Tooth pattern ensures efficient power transfer by allowing the chain to freely roll on and off the ring, and long wear life due to our thicker than standard teeth.

While not the first to release aftermarket M8000 rings, we’ve taken the time to ensure our rings have the best chainline and perform flawlessly. Our rings are now available from our worldwide partners and online through northshorebillet.com.


Since 2003, NSB has been making high quality Canadian made bicycle components. First located in North Vancouver, we were drawn to Whistler for its diverse riding and small mountain town atmosphere. While being a small company in Whistler has allowed us to stay close to the roots of mountain biking, we strive to keep up with the latest manufacturing technologies and to remain competitive on a global scale.

www.northshorebillet.com

Fresh Product: NEW RockShox Reverb Stealth and Reverb

Don’t let its familiar good looks fool you— Reverb is a whole new weapon.

Its internals have been completely re- engineered to improve on its already legendary performance and to offer enhanced reliability: all the smallest details, down to the single seal, have been re-evaluated and updated to pass the hardest and longest durability tests.

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Additional bushing overlap also improves performance over time, while new 150- and 170-millimeter travel options are available to tame even the gnarliest of descents.
This is the brand-new Reverb, engineered for the next-generation mountain biker. RockShox_Reverb_Front_M

Specifications

Weight
520g (Weight based on 340mm post length, 30.9mm diameter, 100mm travel, MMX™ remote with shifter hardware and 1300 hose)

Length
340mm, 390mm

Colors
Black

Material
Shaft: 3D forged 7050 alloy, Head: 7050 forged alloy

Other
Zero offset, remote: adjustable return speed at the handlebar, discrete or Match Maker™ X, left or right

Available in
Travel: 100mm, 125mm
Diameter: 30.9, 31.6mm, 34.9mm

Event Wrap-up: GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox

Mt Buller celebrated a huge weekend of mountain biking action at the GT Bike Buller MTB Festival presented by Fox, over the March Labour Day weekend, 12-14 March.

Now in its eight year, the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox has become the ultimate biking weekend on the annual calendar, with the variety of events and lively social scene providing appeal for riders, friends and family.

The three-day event consisted of seven core mountain bike races, two spectacle events (the 16” dual slalom and pump track pursuit), a trail running race, three kids’ events and a whole bunch of added social activities.

With events to cater for riders of all disciplines and ability levels, the diverse crowd included plenty of cross country riders, downhill and gravity riders. Local riders enjoyed the increased level of competition, with participants from around Australia and as far afield as Chile, all making the most of the Victorian long weekend.

Day one of the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont
Day one of the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont

Hans ‘no way’ Rey, considered to be the world’s leader in extreme mountain biking, was a major drawcard to the event this year. Along with numerous race accomplishments, Rey is a three-time trials riding world champion, as well as a showman, a stuntman and an adventure mountain biker.

Hans led a 40km social ride along Mt Buller’s Alpine Epic Trail, which saw nearly 80 guests taking the opportunity to ride with the mountain biking legend, and share a beer with him at the end of the day. Hans followed the ride with a lively presentation that covered his career highlights, an entertaining evening for all.

Back by popular demand were the combined race categories, giving an overall weekend winner in both the gravity and cross-country riding disciplines. A rider’s individual times are combined, with the lowest cumulative time determining the victor.

Gravity Gods: 
Race the three designated gravity events to contest the Gravity Gods combined races category: Outlaw All Mountain Trophy, ABOM Downhill and Gravity Enduro.

Overall winning male: Ben Forbes
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth

XC Whippets:
Race the three designated cross-country events to contest the XC Whippet combined races category: Stirling Circuit 50km, Brake Burner Enduro, 20km Corn Hill XC.

Overall winning male: Paul van der Ploeg
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset
There was no shortage of competition this weekend. Several riders left the mountain with race titles and prizes; and everyone else left with a huge sense of satisfaction, having enjoyed the magnificent Mt Buller trails and festival atmosphere.

General Manager from Rapid Ascent, Sam Maffet summed up the weekend nicely.

“We’ve had a fantastic weekend celebrating the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox and overall, it’s gone superbly well. This event brings riders from all levels and styles together in one place and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to be than at Mt Buller. There’s definitely the festival vibe here with so many events taking place across the weekend, and we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017!”

This is how all the action unfolded.


SATURDAY 12TH MARCH:

Stirling Circuit 50km
This was a spectacular – and by all accounts extremely challenging – XC circuit over Mt Stirling and back again including Stonefly, the Corn Hill trails and a chairlift up Mt Buller at the end.

Overall winning male: Paul van der Ploeg
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset

Day two of the Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont
Day two of the Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mandy Lamont

Stonefly Circuit 35km
The rewarding XC race also took riders to Mt Stirling and back on the phenomenal Stonefly trail with chairlift at the end.

Overall winning male: Jasper Albrecht (17 years of age)
Overall winning female: Julia Clarke
GT Bicycles Outlaw All Mountain Trophy
In this mind-blowing all-mountain race on two of Mt Buller’s DH tracks – Outlaw Express and Yellow Post – riders completed 5 timed descents with an untimed chairlift back to the top. The fastest 3 descents made up the riders’ overall race time.

There were plenty of smiling faces and great tales told at the end of the descent as riders caught their breath as they jumped on the chairlift with their bikes.

At the end of the day it was Shannon Hewetson who posted the fastest men’s times and accomplished mountain biker Sarah Booth who won the women’s event.

Overall winning male: Shannon Hewetson
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth
Fox 16” Dual Slalom
There was plenty of noise from the crowd, encouraged along by the Red Bull Energy DJ, as two riders went head to head down a grass dual slalom track on Bourke Street, on 16” kids bikes! There were loads of stacks and cheering from the spectators as 32 riders took on the challenge. In the winner-takes-all elimination format Ben Forbes won the final round in a hot contest against Shannon Hewetson.

Overall winner: Ben Forbes

16 inch Dual Slalom event during the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox at Mt Buller (c)Mandy Lamont
16 inch Dual Slalom event during the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox at Mt Buller (c)Mandy Lamont

Lezyne Pump Track Pursuit
The trackside bar and BBQ and Red Bull Energy DJ kept the crowd pumping and after some thrilling head to head racing on the pump track. In a do-or-die elimination format, Gaelen Slaney managed to take the crown ahead of last year’s winner, Jackson Frew.

Overall winner: Gaelen Slaney 


SUNDAY 13TH MARCH:

6.5km Trail Run
A spectacular and challenging trail running race took runners along the scenic walking and riding trails up to the Mt Buller Summit, with a beautiful 3.5km descent back to the Village Square.

Overall winning male: Ross Hopkins
Overall winning female: Lauren Crowe

 

Gaelen Slaney and Jackson Frew following the final round of the Pump Track Pursuit_(c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney and Jackson Frew following the final round of the Pump Track Pursuit_(c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney during the head-to-head knockout round in the Pump Track Pursuit at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton
Gaelen Slaney during the head-to-head knockout round in the Pump Track Pursuit at the GT Bike Buller Festival presented by Fox (c) Mt Buller_Andrew Railton

GT Bicycles Brake Burner Enduro
The most popular race for the weekend was the multi-lap enduro down a 7km XC/DH course to the base of the chairlift and back up again until the final 12km Super-D (Race 9) to the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

Overall winning male: Bret Murray
Overall winning female: Sue Thompson

 

Fox Mt Buller Super D
This exhilarating 12km Super-D race took riders from the top of Mt Buller all the way to the bottom – descending over 1100m in a single run. Riders flew down the Delatite River Trail to finish in the Picnic in the Park festival at the base of the mountain.

Overall winning male: Brad Wadsworth
Overall winning female: Alice Matthews

 

GT Bicycles ABOM Downhill
A single timed descent down Mt Buller’s original downhill track, ABOM from top to bottom.

Overall winning male: Tim Eaton
Overall winning female: Sarah Booth

 


MONDAY 14TH MARCH:

Corn Hill Crankfest XC 22km
It was a tight race on the challenging XC 22km Crankfest on the flowing single track around the Mt Buller Village and neighbouring Cornhill trails.

Overall winning male: Adrian Jackson
Overall winning female: Melissa Anset
Adidas Eyewear Gravity Enduro 20km
A gravity enduro around the most popular Mt Buller and Cornhill trails with 5 timed descents interspersed with untimed climbs and transit stages.

Overall winning male: Ben Forbes
Overall winning female: Philippa Norton


For details and entries visit www.gtbikebuller.com.au

Video: World Firsts and Winning Runs at Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle

Perfect conditions greeted the world’s best slopestylers on Saturday for the second edition of Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle 2016. Warm sun bathed the Rotorua course while the wind kept at bay.

Sam Pilgrim performs during Crankworx 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand on February 12, 2015
Sam Pilgrim performs during Crankworx 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand on February 12, 2015
Participants during Crankworx 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand on February 12, 2015
Participants during Crankworx 2016 in Rotorua, New Zealand on February 12, 2015

Crankworx Rotorua – Full Event Highlights

In its second year, Crankworx Rotorua put on a mighty show of awesome gravity racing with so many huge events on the doorstep of some of the world’s finest riding. Here’s how it went down.


A KIWI AND A QUEEN WIN BIG AT CRANKWORX ROTORUA ON DAY ONE.

Young gun Matt Walker and 2015 Queen of Crankworx the first winners of the five-day festival.

Fast trails and a good time vibe left athletes smiling as they pulled in from a pedal-heavy GIANT Toa Enduro at Crankworx Rotorua.

Coming into the event, GIANT rider Josh CARLSON (AUS) was riding strong, but New Zealand’s Matt Walker proved the unexpected victor, seeling the deal on the final stage, after placing eighth the year before and following fellow Kiwi, Carl Jones, in the cumulative standings for much of the race.25563854361_06aeef3193_z

“I was hoping for maybe a top 10 or top five, but to win is a bit of a surprise. I’ve been putting in quite a bit of hard work in the off season now and I guess it’s paying off, so I’m really happy,” said Walker. “It’s been a hard day, quite long tracks and it hasn’t suited my preparation, I guess, but I’m stoked on how today has gone. I’ve been having a lot of fun—it’s good times all round.”

Sharing the limelight, 2015 Queen of Crankworx Anneke BEERTEN (NED), proved her mettle, charging in to win with royal confidence.25563818391_7b75a55deb_z

Beerten admitted she is thrilled to have the monkey off her back, so to speak, with a win worthy of her 2015 success right out of the gate. She even dubbed the rough, off-camber trail of K2 easy, saying it was relaxing as it was short, making it less physically taxing for her, though its twists and turns bucked seasoned Kiwis Carl Jones and Brooke MacDonald right off. Overall, the day left her challenged, particularly on Stage 3.

“It was really physical, long, not a lot of flow at the bottom, so you had to work pretty hard,” she said, describing the stage from the finish line. “I thought (the race) was pretty cool… We had enough time between transfers. It was nice, with the whole group of girls we had riding together, the vibe was amazing.”25656530615_b36f092cf0_z 25029759723_b2fa1ed412_z 25563835711_a0594c0602_z 25029761463_d1d25e058b_z 25537770562_12b0eee609_z

Now an Enduro World Series qualifier, the race attracted a tenacious crowd of New Zealand riders who filled the ranks of the top five nicely with Eddie MASTERS, second, Sam BLENKINSOP, third, and Carl JONES, fifth in the men’s field. Beerten was the sole international rider in the women’s top five.

The Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank finished out the night on a high note – actually a very similar high to the year before. Ryan “R-Dog” HOWARD (USA) and Casey BROWN (CAN) repeated their wins, despite a monster new whip hit, which could have thrown a wrench in their programs.25664207655_5aa8b488e8_z 25638020266_b6518024fe_z 25664175365_632e5bee76_z

Howard said he figured the number of runs he logged and his double-trouble approach, whipping left and right, likely dialed it in, Brown might have had to step up her game to compete with one of the deepest female fields the event has ever seen were it not for her phenomenal skills.25638056276_ef657a10fa_z 25037409283_2b007bd0a1_z 25363320560_c1eda116dc_z 25664165815_78d572b90c_z 25638015286_75e04d2c69_z

“A lot more women came out this year and we were sending it on this jump. That’s an intimidating jump for anyone. It makes me so excited to see that,” she said.

The original creator of the event, judge Sven Martin, noted the purpose-built jump really pushed the riders and lead to some pretty amazing sideways actions with a big step-up, built for more risk, higher pop, and a sweet berm at the end to skid and spray the spectators.

“Every year it gets crazier and this was maybe the craziest year,” he said, noting R-Dog was considerably more sideways than one usually sees.

Men’s Results, GIANT Toa Enduro:
1. Matt Walker (NZL) 00:35:06
2. Eddie Masters (NZL) 00:35:31
3. Josh Carlson (AU) 00:35:34
4. Sam Blenkinsop (NZL) 00:35:42
5. Carl Jones (NZL) 00:35:42

Women’s results, GIANT Toa Enduro:
1. Anneke Beerten (NED) 00:40:38
2. Rae Morrison (NZL) 00:40:52
3. Annika Smail (NZL) 00:41:14
4. Vanessa Quin (NZL) 00:43:01
5. Katie O’Neill (NZL) 00:43:28

Men’s Results, Official Oceania Championships presented by Spank:
1. Ryan (R-Dog) HOWARD (USA)
2. Tyler McCAUL (USA)
3. Sam BLENKINSOP (NZL)

Women’s Results, Official Oceania Championships presented by Spank:
1. Casey BROWN (CAN)
2. Emilie SIEGENTHALER (SUI)
3. Karin PASTERER (AUT)

 


FIVE YEARS AWAY AND SLAVIK STILL STEALS THE WIN 

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style delivers the first female winner in the sport.

Speed definitely blew style right out of the water in New Zealand during the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style at Crankworx Rotorua Thursday, although the first female winner ever awarded in the sport brought her own flare to the track.

Thursday evening’s race saw Jill KINTNER (USA) top Casey BROWN (CAN) in the inaugural Dual Speed & Style women’s finals; however, it was fourcross dominator Tomas Slavik’s victorious return to Crankworx, which really stole the show.25061743533_5600192043_z

“I wasn’t expecting that I could win the race with just speed. Everyone was talking about what tricks they were going to do and I didn’t have any option; I’m a racer at heart and that’s what I do. For the next races, I hope to bring more tricks to make it even better for me,” said Slavik, who described his win as “unreal.”

It has been five years since Slavik competed at Crankworx and his approach, more dual slalom than slopestyle, proved just too efficient for the 2014 CLIF Bar Dual Speed and Style champion, Kyle Strait, who took out heavily favoured Swede Martin SOEDERSTROM (SWE) en route to second.25688389245_4929739c6f_z 25688384975_fcaec28f6f_z 25058046764_c4a41b900b_z 25688508185_38f96f925c_z 25662349996_a5821453e0_z 25387688250_b9c3bce99b_z

Speed and Style is a signature Crankworx creation, which challenges head-to-head competitors to balance the need for speed against extra points for stylish tricks, and Strait pulled out his best freestyle prowess as he tried to battle back from a 1.08 differential in the final run of the competition. Throwing down a low backflip barspin, then a double tailwhip, he pulled into the finish coral to find the cheers from the crowd were not enough. He finished .82 behind Slavik, after the cumulative total for the two runs was calculated, for second place.

The third place matchup, meanwhile, proved a hotbed of controversy after Adrien LORON (FRA) was disqualified in semi-final for a false start, forcing him to miss out on the finals. He argued he should be able to punch the gate before regrouping for a third place finish against Greg WATTS (USA).

“I did it and I was DQ’d and it happens. Few runs before, someone did it and no one said anything – no one complained about it. So I said okay, if someone else can do it, I can too,” explained Loron.

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Kintner, who has admitted to chasing hard for the Queen of Crankworx 2016, was thrilled to take the first female win in the sport and her first win in the 2016 Crankworx World Tour season.

“It’s cool to pioneer a new discipline. It’s not an easy event. These kickers are big and a lot different to what we’re used to. I’m glad it was just for speed, and not style, cause I’m sure Brown would have had something to say about that,” she said as the event ended.

Men’s winner:
1. Tomas SLAVIK (CZE)
2. Kyle STRAIT (USA)
3. Adrien LORON (FRA)

Women’s winner:
1. Jill KINTNER (USA)
2. Casey BROWN (CAN)


LEMOINE SECURES A CRANKWORX WIN AND KINTNER HER RIGHTFUL PLACE ON TOP

A new crowd-pleasing hero thrills the fans in the Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox

After many near wins, Tomas LEMOINE (FRA) finally has his first Crankworx gold medal, and five-time pump track queen Jill KINTNER (USA) her redemption, after an epic Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox at Crankworx Rotorua Friday night.

“I’m pretty stoked because I’ve wanted this win for so long. I’m always like third, fourth and this time I won. So I’m pretty stoked. It’s like living a dream,” said Lemoine, whose triumphant shine could only be matched by the fourth place finisher Conor MAHUIKA (NZ).25082543043_1760994172_z 25408417290_4a1312dfd2_z

A rider from the local pump track,16-year-old Mahuika spent almost as much time waving to the crowd and smiling for his new-found fans as he did racing, and it took him until the quarter finals to hit a match up where he would have to make up time.

“I’m stoked to even be fourth. I’m used to jumping the dirt jumps, not going fast. I’m just stoked. This is the first event I’ve ever tried on a pump track. I haven’t had any practice, except yesterday, and a bit today. Seems to be working – kind of,” he laughed.

On the contrary, the women’s race proved a battle of veterans and a rare life do-over for Kintner, who caught her tire and never got out of the gate in the final matchup against 2015 Queen of Crankworx and eventual Pump Track Challenge Champion Anneke BEERTEN (NED) in the inaugural Rotorua competition.25082567293_bc554eecd2_z 25078762394_5cf893fbac_z 25588156902_95058b93ff_z 25709184295_e8997201f6_z 25709155795_8e4c09a599_z

“Last year I didn’t even get a proper race. Feels good to be back here and Anneke is a great competitor—and a worthy opponent. I love racing her, and racing here; it’s always good pressure for the final with the two of us,” she said.

The pump track capped off an action-packed day at the festival with the newest Crankworx event, the Crankworx Rotorua Air DH, giving the pros a chance to race with the Rotorua riding community on Skyline Gravity Park’s jump-laden answer to the Whistler Bike Park’s Aline trail, Mr. Black.

Designed to mirror the Crankworx Whistler Fox Air DH, the race was a 32-jump rip down the mountain and the winner, rocked up, signed up and dialed it in.

“They’ve used the hill really well. It’s quite a flat hill, but it still carries speed everywhere, so they’ve done a really good job,” said George BRANNIGAN (NZL), noting he hopes more pros sign on in years to come and the event builds.

Female winner Rae MORRISON (NZL), a top-10 Enduro World Series rider, said she loved it.

“That was my final event, so it was all about having fun, and after this I can be social and spectate,” she said.

Points are stacking up as the Crankworx season kicks off its four series events and the race for King and Queen of Crankworx. New Zealand’s very own Matt WALKER is coming on strong, leading the race for King, while Kintner, Brown and Beerten are battling it out for Queen. Points to be updated shortly.

Men’s winner, Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track presented by RockShox
1. Tomas LEMOINE (FRA)
2. Adrien LORON (FRA)
3. Matt WALKER (NZL)

Women’s winner, Crankworx Rotorua Pump Track presented by RockShox
1. Jill KINTNER (USA)
2. Anneke BEERTEN (NED)
3. Tracey HANNAH (AUS)

Men’s winner, Crankworx Rotorua Air DH
1. George BRANNIGAN (NZL)
2. Louis HAMILTON (NZL)
3. Fabien COUSINIE (FRA)

Women’s winner, Crankworx Rotorua Air DH
1. Rae MORRISON (NZL)
2. Ronja HILL-WRIGHT (AUS)
3. Jessica JAMIESON (NZL)


BRANDON SEMENUK NOW HOLDS FOUR DIFFERENT CRANKWORX FESTIVAL GOLDS

Even Nicholi Rogatkin’s brand new signature trick, ‘The Twister’’, couldn’t steal top spot  

The man who wrote the book on Slopestyle penned himself a new first, Saturday, as the inaugural winner of the Kelly McGarry Memorial Trophy at Crankworx Rotorua.25708289306_8bc2d74bb1_z

Brandon SEMENUK’s effortless performance bested even Nicholi ROGATKIN’s groundbreaking 1080, dubbed “The Twister”, on an afternoon no one in the bike community will soon forget.

The competition opened with all 18 riders executing a train in honour of rider Kelly McGARRY – a back-to-back run down the course. McGarry was both the designer and builder of the Rotorua Slopestyle course, with Elevate business partner Tom Hey. His passing in early-February, was the only cloud on a stunningly perfect afternoon at Skyline Gravity Park—the weather itself a tribute to the rider known for his golden locks and sunny disposition.

“He was an amazing person and a really good friend of mine. I spent a lot of time with him, rode with him. He was the happiest soul I know,” said Semenuk, who noted the tribute and win were pretty perfect for him as well.

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Following a moment of silence, an announcement was made that the competition will be known as the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza moving forward, and the riders met the occasion by raising the competition to the highest level. From Semenuk to Rogatkin to the man who challenged the Triple Crown of Slopestyle in 2015, Brett RHEEDER, it appeared everyone was ready to pull out new tricks, pull oppo (opposite) approaches and generally push the envelope.

“I’m so excited to come back and get a good run on the course. The track’s been awesome. Last year, I had a big crash and didn’t get to do my second run, which was a bummer, so it’s nice to be able to come back and walk away unscathed,” said Semenuk.

Social media blew up well before the man known for owning Joyride came through to accept his win, the fans clearly declaring a preference for Rogatkin’s envelope-pushing trick. In interview after the competition, the riders indicated it was Semenuk’s consistency and grace, which secured the win over the phenomenal single hit.25595931462_0ab2ecfe5c_z 25416216910_2e9c4c06e7_z 25716936855_5989e34b21_z 25086538314_f0d1aa5f31_z 25595918632_0ed933d447_z 25595917662_3ab7ca35fe_z

“Between those two runs, one guy had absolutely perfect execution, but one had some trick difficulty—being Rogatkin—with a little inconsistency. Tough, tough fight between the judges, between first and second, but once it came down to it, trick for trick, it was Semenuk,” said Paul Rak, head judge.25595930952_951623971d_z

For his part, Rogatkin appeared non-shuffed.

“…It feels insane to be the first to do (The Twister) in the contest and to have the support of the crowd and the guys… feels amazing,” he said.

The Slopestyle event is to be followed by entertainment from DJ Nero and PDiggs and the Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge. Deep Summer challenges the industry’s best photographers to assemble a team of riders to build the most creative photography slideshow possible. The shows will be assembled by competitors Zach FAULKNER (USA), Callum WOOD (GBR), Simeon PATIENCE (NZL) and Sean LEE (AUS).

Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza
1. Brandon SEMENUK (CAN)
2. Nicholi ROGATKIN (USA)
3. Brett RHEEDER (CAN)


LOIC BRUNI SECURES SECOND CRANKWORX DH VICTORY IN NEW ZEALAND

Matt Walker finished Crankworx Rotorua in the lead for King of Crankworx, Kintner comes on strong for Queen

The New Zealand fans were going wild as the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS unfolded Sunday afternoon with three top Kiwi riders making a play for a solid home-crowd podium, until Frenchman Loic BRUNI showed up.

The victor during the inaugural Crankworx Rotorua downhill last year, Bruni managed two of the Crankworx DH wins in 2015. Standing on the sidelines following his race, he looked at a packed crowd and noted he was thrilled the fans returned for the final day of the festival, after a huge crowd took in the memorial for Kelly McGarry, Slopestyle event and the Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge Saturday.25113427004_136f02a46a_z

“I feel good. I changed bikes, which is a big change. I’ve been working a lot and training again. Starting a season with a good feeling is a good way to start,” said Bruni. “I’m definitely starting to like New Zealand and the day has been pretty good.”

He bested George BRANNIGAN (NZL), second, and Brook MACDONALD (NZL), third for the win.

Sitting in first spot for the women, Jill KINTNER (USA) was out to build better memories in Rotorua, after a challenging 2015 where she caught a tire in a gate on the pump track to place second, and injured herself on the downhill course in practice.25717216306_d64d7f7a0c_z 25112840894_3684a66003_z 25116644123_55208ed892_z 25136257884_ee8e4fb39e_z 25136219004_5571963ed2_z

“That one was a little bit unexpected, actually, so it feels a lot more fulfilling than any (of the) other wins,” she said, after pulling into top spot.. “Downhill wins – that’s like something special for me, especially with Tracey, Casey and Emilie, such good quality chicks, to compete against, and such a big stage and live feed.

“…This whole event was no joke, too. You just look at the whip jump. There’s a lot of demons you have to conquer here. And, plus, I had to go down that section where I got hurt and I had to work it out, so I’m proud of myself for overcoming a lot of things and doing new things, and massive jumps, and coming out on top. So this one means a lot to me.”

She beat out Tracey HANNAH (AUS) and Casey BROWN (CAN), and added a third first place win to her docket for the festival. She moves into a strong position at the top of the Queen of Crankworx standings, while Kiwi rider Matt WALKER (NZL) has the lead, by 75 points, in the King of Crankworx standings.

Like Kintner, Walker is very clear he’s trying to pack in as many events this season to target the crown as possible.

“It was a pretty big goal of mine coming in. Last year I gave it a nudge, but it was just too hard trying to juggle getting bikes, and getting used to bikes. Now I’ve got the proper support this year, and so I’m getting used to my bikes and really working hard toward that overall,” said Walker.

The Crankworx Rotorua action wrapped up following the downhill event, with the next festival slated to roll out from June 15–19. It will be the beginning of a new chapter for the Crankworx World Tour as it launches the inaugural Crankworx Les Gets, bringing the festival to Portes du Soleil region of the French Alps.

Men’s standings Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS
1. Loic BRUNI (FRA)                          2:38.77
2. George BRANNIGAN (NZL)          2:41.20
3. Brook MACDONALD (NZL)           2.41.96
4. Sam BLENKINSOP (NZL)              2:43.71
5. Matt WALKER (NZL)                      2:44.38

Women’s standings Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS
1. Jill KINTNER (USA)                                    3:09.55
2. Tracey HANNAH (AUS)                 3:14.39
3. Casey BROWN (CAN)                   3:19.84
4. Emilie SIEGENTHALER (SUI)        3:20.97
5. Alanna COLUMB (NZL)                 3:25.78


Mountain biking’s defining celebration descends on Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park March 9-13, 2016. Crankworx Rotorua brings the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends together with the superfans, rising stars, industry innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders for five days of competition, concerts, and mountain bike culture.

Anointed by dirt, powered by passion, the Crankworx World Tour travels to Rotorua, New Zealand, Les Gets, France and culminates in its Canadian home base of Whistler, B.C.

Tread among the gravity-fed. Join the bike-minded.

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Tegan Molloy Wins Battle with Danielle Beecroft for the Overall Series Crown

The final round of the Elite Women Downhill saw the retirement of a veteran and the consolidation of the next wave as Tegan Molloy (NSW) wrapped up the race and the 2015-16 Subaru National MTB Series title at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Sunday.

 

Molloy was locked in a battle with Danielle Beecroft (NSW) for the overall crown, which would be decided in the series finale on the testing Darling Downs descent, which was blown out after two torrid days.

Danielle Beecroft.
Danielle Beecroft.

After recording the fastest time in seeding, the 8th ranked rider in the world would again find herself with the number one next to her name after a near faultless run in the final with a time of 3min19:30seconds, beating Lisa Mathieson and Beecroft in third.

 

“It was relatively clean, so I tried to push but not too hard so I didn’t make mistakes and am overall pretty happy.”

 

It was the second straight series win for the Jindabyne based downhiller as she builds momentum towards the 2016 Australian MTB Championships in a fortnight, where she’s hoping to give current Aussie champ Tracey Hannah a scare.

 

“Definitely slowly getting the fitness up ahead of National Champs and World Cup so I can’t wait.”

 

For Beecroft who was back riding in the series after missing most of 2015 with injury, hoped her poor seeding run would be replaced in Sunday’s final.

 

But, the 15 point buffer she held looked shakey after Beecroft could only manage a run of 3min22:47seconds.

 

“Really devastated but I’m proud of myself, first season back and where I ended I’m happy with so can’t complain.”

 

In a surprise podium place former 2004 cross-country Olympian Mathieson who held the hot-seat until Molloy rocketed down the 2.2km course and took the gold.

 

The event also marked the retirement of Sarah Booth from the National scene after 22 years riding in downhill.

 

Booth would finish fourth.

Sarah Booth.
Sarah Booth.

Riders now head to Bright, Victoria for the 2016 Subaru Australian MTB Championships from 17-20th March.

 

For full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/Home

Richie Rude Wins Final National DH Round, Toowoomba

An American swept the locals aside in the final round of the Elite Men’s Downhill at the 2015-16 Subaru National MTB Series at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Sunday.

 

2015 World Enduro Series Champion Richie Rude (USA) produced a sub 2min50second ride to defeat, home-town favourite Jared Graves (QLD) and Thomas Crimmins (NSW).

Jared Graves.
Jared Graves.

 

Rude, who was using the event as training for the up-coming Enduro World Series, qualified second fastest in seeding behind his former Yeti team-mate in Graves, and then produced a clean run to achieve his goal for the weekend.

 

“Finally beat Jared after he got me last weekend.”

 

 “It’s great we have a friendly rivalry but pretty happy I beat him on his home track.”

 

Graves, was more than two seconds faster than the American during Saturday’s seeding, but couldn’t match Rude’s effort when it counted, finishing with silver less than a second behind.

 

“Can’t complain I had a clean run just wasn’t fast enough, but happy especially how tricky conditions were.”

 

Crimmins recorded his best result of the series with a third.

Thomas Crimmins.
Thomas Crimmins.

Despite having wrapped up the series after his thrilling Thredbo run, Graeme Mudd (NSW) was still hoping to cap things off with a top of the podium placing, but would finish fifth, six seconds behind the winner.

 

“Had a really good series up until today. And bit bummed would’ve been nice to finish on a good note but that’s racing.”

 

Mudd, tho has two weeks to turn it around ahead of the 2016 Subaru Australian Championships in Bright, where he’ll come up against third ranked rider in the world South Australian Troy Brosnan.

 

Graeme Mudd.
Graeme Mudd.

“I guess it’s made me more keen and more aggressive with my preparation ahead of champs in a couple of weeks.”

 

In the Junior Men, Jackson Frew (NSW) again had the better of Remy Morton (QLD) in their battle down the hill with the GT Factory rider crossing the finish line in 2min51:05seconds more than a second ahead of his rival. 

Full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/Home

Daniel McConnell Finishes the 2015-16 National MTB Series Undefeated

Daniel McConnell (ACT) finished the 2015-16 National MTB Series undefeated with a hard fought win in the final round at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Saturday.

 

While he had already wrapped up the Series crown with four straight victories, the defending champion wanted to press home his credentials as the best cross country rider in Australia.

 

But despite completing the 6 lap race in 1:32:29secs, nearly two minutes in front of second placed Cameron Ivory (NSW), McConnell still played hard task-master.

 

“It was a pretty hard race and I’m sure have a few things to work on.”

 

The 30 year old had to contend with Ivory on his wheel early in the race, as conditions heated up.

 

“I wouldn’t call it too comfortable I was not feeling too good for the first three laps.”

 

“I thought I either got to get away at my own pace or I’m in a bit of trouble so I sort of had a quick lap and was able to get a gap and with the heat he started to struggle a bit and hold a little bit of a gap.”

 

For Ivory, who is desperately chasing the second Australian spot on the XCO team to Rio, it wasn’t just the course that got him in the end.

 

“Once he dropped the hammer I couldn’t’ follow.”

 

McConnell’s attention now turns towards the 2016 Australian MTB Championships in Bright, Victoria in a fortnight, as he looks to retain his Aussie jersey.

 

“Olympic year is a really big one for everyone I think we’ll be lucky enough to qualify for two spots the second spot is up for grabs and making everyone work that little bit harder.”

 

“I think it’s bringing the best out of everyone.”

 

Brendan Johnston rounded out the podium in third.

 

For full results: http://onlineresults.com.au/results 

Rebecca Henderson takes out the 2015-16 Subaru National MTB Series

Not even the heat could stop Rebecca Henderson (ACT) from taking out the 2015-16 Subaru National MTB Series after another dominant victory in the Elite Women’s XCO race at Jubilee Park, Toowoomba on Saturday.

With the series title in the balance, Henderson needed a win and series leader Jenni King (VIC) to finish lower than fourth if she was to claim back-to-back National Series crowns.

 

The London Olympian had won three straight prior to Saturday’s race and started cautiously letting New Zealand’s Samara Sheppard take the lead wheel.

 

“Samara set a cracking pace at the start and I wasn’t that willing to go that fast so she probably got a 10 second gap on the first climb.”

 

“Descending is one of my strengths specially in these conditions so I was able to close the gap.”

 

And like she had done previously the Canberra rider continued to edge the gap before romping home in a time of 1:34:07secs.

 

There was plenty of interest in the minor placing’s with Sheppard and King battling away on the technical course.

 

But things went horribly wrong for King on the fourth when her chain broke forcing to her to pull-out of the race.

 

“I attacked on the second last lap and had a good gap on her before the chain broke and was feeling really good at that stage.”

 

“And was ready to give it a good go on the last lap.”

 

While disappointed to end the series on low, King was looking further ahead.

 

“Glad it happened now and not in a few weeks at National Champs.”

 

That left Sheppard alone in second, while Anna Beck ensured she’d get on the podium for the final time for the series in third.

 

For Henderson, the win will see her head into the 2016 Australian MTB Championships in Bright confident of keeping the green and yellow stripes.

 

“I’ve been lucky to have Aussie champs stripes in U23 and U19 actually every race I’ve done these ones are extra special when racing in the elite

 

The 2016 Australian MTB Championships will be held from the 17-20th March in Bright, Victoria.

 

Full results:  http://onlineresults.com.au/results

Fresh Product: New FLEXAIR Gear From Fox Brings Motocross Revolution to MTB

The MTB team at Fox is excited to introduce the new FLEXAIR gear collection. FLEXAIR uses Fox Racing’s proven Trudri(c) and Trumotion(c) fabrics to create racewear that is lighter, more comfortable, more durable and offers more proven performance than any other product on the market.

FLEXAIR earned its stripes on the Supercross track, with 2015 champion Ryan Dungey running the gear, and revolutionising motocross kits in the process. The Fox R&D team then proved FLEXAIR’s value for downhill mountain biking by testing the gear throughout the 2015 UCI World Cup Downhill season with Fox MTB athletes, including champions Josh Bryceland and Steve Smith.Stevie Smith, Mark Wallace and Connor Fearon in Maui, Hawaii, USA

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“Maintaining our position as the world’s number one brand in motocross means we’re constantly innovating,” said Mike Redding, Director of MTB Marketing at Fox, “and the gear we’re designing for the champions of the track gives us the opportunity to share cutting edge technology with mountain athletes.”

FLEXAIR will be available in downhill jerseys and shorts.

First Look: New Enduro Bike From Craftworks

Introducing the Craftworks ENR: the world’s first available AM/Enduro bike with a substantial rearward axle trajectory with optimised dynamic stable pedalling platform.  The ENR will run alongside the current 4th generation Craftworks FRX as a more technical, race focused offering. 

The release of the Craftworks ENR also marks the beginning of a new collaboration with another home town company from Adelaide, South Australia: i-track suspension. The new Craftworks ENR features the patented i-track suspension system to deliver kinematic characteristics that have not been commercially available until now.

* Flow was lucky to review an early prototype of this bike, the i-Track Suspension P3. Read our review here. 

Craftworks ENR Production MU
Craftworks ENR production mockup.
Craftworks ENR Prototype
Craftworks ENR Prototype

i-track started with the objective to find a mountain bike suspension layout combining the square edge release of a rearward axle path with the ideal anti squat properties for exceptional pedaling characteristics. The patented solution was realized by means of a dynamically positioned  pulley wheel that varies the anti-squat properties throughout the suspension travel.  This favors the current direction of drive train technology going to 1×11 systems.  

The i-track anti-squat properties increases throughout the pedalling zone in the travel, providing a dynamically stable pedalling platform, yet drops off towards the end of the travel to allow for big hit compliance, while achieving a substantially rearward wheel path throughout the travel. 

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Hugh McLeay from i-Track riding the prototype on home trails in Adelaide.

The leverage ratio curve is progressive/linear/digressive to perfectly complement to digressive/linear/progressive characteristic of common air shocks. This results in small bump sensitivity early in travel, and a predictable feel throughout travel. 


Specifics: 

6061 T6 frame

Custom MRP Chain device

Compatible with 32T, 34T, 36T chain-rings.

27.5” wheel size with ample clearance for up to 3” tyres. 

160mm rear wheel travel (vertical) – 43mm rearward travel. 

Non-BOOST 142×12 axle standard. 

Syntace X-12 Axle System

Threaded Bottom Bracket

Enduro Max Sealed Bearings on suspension pivots. 

Internal Cable Routing

Available in Medium and Large sizes

2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Shipping date : April 2016


Geometry 

Medium

Large

WB

1150

1170

FC

732

752

RC

418

418

HA

66.5

66.5

HT

120

120

Reach

425.5

445.5

Stack

609.5

609.5

SA

75.2

75.2

ETT

593

613

ST

455

455

Pricing and availability will be released shortly.

See craftworkscycles.com for more details.

Volunteer Applications for the UCI World Cup 2016 Cairns Are Open Now

To deliver a successful World Cup round, Mountain Bike Australia and Cycling Australia require the support or a range of key stakeholders including a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers.

The World Cup only happens thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of the World Cup Crew – the volunteers who congregate in Cairns to deliver the best mountain bike event on the planet.

Volunteer applications for the UCI World Cup 2016 Cairns are open now:

If you are over 18 years of age and keen to volunteer and be part of the team charged with delivering a successful Cairns World Cup, register your interest by completing this form. Expressions of interest must be submitted 31 March 2016.

Download form here

If you have any questions with regards to volunteering please contact Mountain Bike Australia via email: [email protected] or phone 07 5628 0110.UCI-TTF-Banner-Image1200x400

Key functional areas, include but not limited to

  1. Accreditation
    2. Course marshals
    3. Hospitality
    4. Logistics
    5. Media
    6. Site services
    7. Ticketing
    8. Transport
    9. Volunteer management

Here’s what joining the crew requires:
* You must be at least 18 years old (sorry we can’t recruit anybody under the age of 18, no exceptions)
* You should be hardworking, enthusiastic and prepared to take on all roles as directed by team leader
* You must be prepared to work long hours whatever the weather conditions
* You don’t need experience but if you have specific skills, other languages or have volunteered at a World Cup or mountain bike event before please tell us!
* Volunteers are required for variety of projects both before the event and during the week of the World Cup

In return you will receive:
* Volunteer ‘goody bag’ including several items of branded clothing – your uniform

 


Look and Feel Team Members

Look and Feel Team Members assist in creating the visual impact of the event. Look and Feel Team Members are required to work in a number of locations, venue, course, spectator zones to ensure that that all spectators, athletes, workforce and VIPs can identify routes and brand the event with major sponsors.

Spectator Information Team Member

The information marquee, located in the main venue, will be the first location spectators will access and be directed to for general enquires, spectator guides and village maps. It will also be the central location for Lost Property or Lost Children.

Support Services Team Member

Ensure the course is safe for the athletes as a priority, provide information to spectators, allow spectators to cross when safe and clear of riders

Course Team Member

Course Marshals have the most direct role in ensuring safety on the course. Course Marshals stand at key marshal points on the course to ensure everyone is safe and going the right way. Marshals have a variety of jobs on top of their primary tasks depending on their course marshal point such as: spectator crossing points, warning riders of upcoming obstacles and communicate any problems or injuries.

Transport Team Member – Shuttle

Responsible for transporting all accredited staff/officials/media/athletes around the internal ring road that links the event facilities to the event venue site. Drivers will need to hold a valid drivers licence. Drivers will work on a constant rotational course, moving accredited personal as required.

Timing & Results

Assist Swiss Timing in the installation of the timing system and distribution of transponders.

Media Crew

Support TV Broadcaster with Rigging and de-rigging of camera cables, Strong able-bodied people required. Support camera person during event operations.

Transport Team Member – Permits

Assist athletes and managers to load and unload their bikes on the designated trailers. This will be done at a quick pace, and personal will need to have attention to detail, ensuring all bikes are secured and tied down correctly.

Registration / Welcome Centre Team Member

Assist in the distribution of Athlete/Team Registrations, Accreditation and Vehicle Access Passes.

Workforce Team Member

Meet and Greet for all Workforce; Check in staff on arrival; Issue equipment as per role requirement (i.e. Radios, high-vis vests etc.); Distribution of uniforms and meal packs; General enquires; Assist with general event operational duties as they may arise

Expo/Venue Team Member

Assist and maintain the event bike parking area utilised by spectators; Implement the bike parking ticketing system, ensuring access is restricted to ticketed riders and event staff only; Provide general event information and directional information for riders including rider briefing locations, start lines, expo, stage, toilets, etc.

Anti-Doping Chaperones

As requested by supervisor follow a nominated athlete ensuring they are always in sight and shadow them until they have attended the testing facility, once they have been called to produce their test they will be instructed to leave by their supervisor

VIP Chaperones

To assist in the hospitality facility; greeting guest on their arrival; Ensuring the facility is always presented well assisting with clearing when requested

Protocol Team Member

To assist with preparing awards in the green room; Ensuring the green room is kept tidy and clear of rubbish; Replenishing the cold drinks for the athletes; Ensuring there are clean towels and water for washing

Support Services Team Member – Timing, Commentary, Officials

To distribute timing documents such as heats, qualifying times, start lists and results to various locations as directed by supervisor

Transport Team Member – Load Zone

Assist athletes and managers to load and unload their bikes on the designated DH MTB Trailers. This will have to be done at a quick pace, and personnel will need to have attention to detail, ensuring all bikes are secured and tied down correctly

Construction Team member

Provide support in all construction aspects of the village and course construction. Task will vary day to day.

New Shimano 11-Speed Drivetrain Additions

Today Shimano releases a selection of new products and features making their way into the component manufacturer’s 2017 road and MTB line-ups.

Mountain bikers benefit from new 11-speed drivetrain additions with the following new products:

  • 1×11 chain ring with Dynamic Chain Engagement.
  • Wide ranging 11-46T cassette compatible with XTR or DEORE XT 1×11 set ups.
  • QUICK-LINK for 11-speed chains.

  • Elsewhere additions at the mid-range level include:

  • New gear combinations for 2×11 and 3×10 cranksets.
  • New hydraulic disc brakes at the middle and entry level.
  • And a disc brake rotor lock ring promising easier assembly.

    Drivetrains

    New XTR and Deore XT 1×11 speed chain rings have been developed thanks to studies with world level cross-country and trail riders in all conditions, from the dry and dusty conditions of the Americas and southern Europe to the heavy mud of winter-time northern Europe.

    Efficient chain management was the goal and the new XTR (SM- CRM91 and DEORE XT (SM-CRM81) chain rings do this by introducing a concept called Dynamic Chain Engagement (DCE).

  • The modified tooth profile on the CRM91 and CRM81 DCE chain rings are designed to provide superior chain retention, lower driving sound and increased durability. Steel plated teeth on the XT version provide greater durability, while strengthened aluminum teeth on the XTR version keep the weight down.Dynamic Chain Engagement

    The new cassette for 1×11 riders offers a super-wide 11-46T range providing optimal gear choices for Enduro riders. The target weight of the CS-M8000 cassette is 450g and it’s designed to work across XTR and Deore XT platforms.

    To provide greater flexibility Shimano now introduce an 11- speed chain QUICK-LINK (SM-CN900-11).

  • It is designed with tool-free assembly in mind for quick on-the-trail repairs, although for rapid assembly of multiple chains a professional assembly tool (TL-CN10) is also available.SM-CN900-11

    New gear combinations offered on new 2×11 and 3×10 cranksets are focused on lower gears for riders riding in steep mountainous areas.

  • The DYNA-SIS 11 FC-MT700 34-24T crankset features HOLLOWTECH II crank arms. Meanwhile the 3×10 MT500 crankset provides 40-30-22T rings and a 2-piece crank arm with a stiff, solid and robust construction.FC-MT700-2_zz_zz_STD_S1

    Brakes

    Sitting just below ACERA level, Shimano introduces two new non-series M365 and M315 hydraulic disc brakes. The M365 comes with a lighter aluminium lever and both brakes offer technology adopted from top-of-the-range disc brakes such as noise-free stable braking performance, and quick and clean bleeding.SM-RT10

    Complementing the new M365 and M315 disc brakes is a new lock ring style for 160mm or 180mm SM-RT10 rotors, designed to simplify handling and operation for workshops and manufacturers.

    Two new tools provide quick and easy maintenance for rotor installation, either the TL-FC36 outer serration wrench or the TL-LR11 inner serration socket tool.