N1NO – The Hunt for Glory – Chapter 12 #NEWBIKEDAY

What does it take to be a champion? World class talent, world class drive, and world class equipment. To develop the best products, it is important to get feedback from the best athletes in the world in order to create podium worthy bikes.

Check out how Nino shaped the development of the new Scale and Spark in the latest release of “Hunt for Glory.”


See our first ride impressions of the new Scott Spark range here:

Flow’s First Bite: 2017 Scott Spark

And the Scott Scale range too!

Flow’s First Bite: 2017 Scott Scale

Crankworx Les Gets: Rutted Mud’s Greatest Hits

Love it? Hate it? Riding in the mud can be a blast or a curse depending on your frame of mind or perhaps just access to a good laundry. The Crankworx downhill is the event that the rain won’t put an end to, it’ll just make for a bit more of a show.

We took a quick look at the lower section of the course during practice, and this is what we saw. 30kg mud-laden bikes with minds of their own, and plenty of laughs.
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Crankworx Les Gets: Handing Over The Slopestyle Keys to the Clouds

If rain is good luck on your wedding day, what does it mean for relentless storms to hammer a massive mountain bike festival over and over again? Well, arguably while the rain makes for great racing on a downhill bike unfortunately events like the Pump Track Challenge and Slopestyle just can’t go ahead once the rain drops drop.

High up in the French Alps, the iconic town of Les Gets is heaving with activity for the second stop of the Crankworx tour, following Rotorua and leading up to the big bang of Crankworx Whistler. Les Gets has played host to countless events and is steeped in racing history, namely the 2004 World Champs where Steve Peat binned it within sight of the finish line while two seconds up. It was French legend Fabien Barel who snagged that one, and he’s actually racing here on his new Canyon Sender and looking quite cool about the trying conditions.


Not-quite a Slopestyle

The Slopestyle event always hangs by a thread, the wooden features and enormous jumps just won’t work out if there’s an air of unpredictability with the weather. While practice went on under slightly sunny skies at times, there was simply not enough consistency in the speed in the surfaces and the riders couldn’t get comfortable with it. It’s been raining here non-stop for a month.

The best efforts by the event crew and construction team would also prove to be a blessing and a curse, with sections of the Slopestyle being repaired to retain good speed, it also wreaked havoc on the riders as the course was constantly changing. Brett Rheeder was a victim of a new section of timber board put down to cover a soft section of the dirt, overshooting the step up and bailing out, while his bike fell from 20ft up to destruction.
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Votes went down, and the call was to cancel the Slopestyle competition entirely, big bad news indeed! The remedy was to run a best trick comp in a casual jam style over the final jump to keep the day alive. And while the Slopestyle cancellation was a heavy blow, it was quickly forgotten when riders started throwing down their best and the crowds went bonkers once again.

When it comes down to one jump, and your best trick the big guns come out. Nicholai Rogatkin is a spinning wildman, with two attempts of his signature twister trick taking the cake and walking away with the cash.

Brett Rheeder’s super steezy opposite corked 720 was certainly perfect and landed him a third place, a sign that he was ready for a tight slopestyle battle. And Antoine Bizet’s opposite cash roll was a sight to see and nailed him the second spot on the podium.

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Not2Bad Official Trailer

Anthill Films and the TrekC3 Project have teamed up again, this time in Spain, for a month of shredding, shooting and goofing off. The result is Not2Bad!

Check out the official trailer below, then head here for a full list of screenings on the film’s world tour.

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Gee Atherton riding for Not2Bad in Spain.
Gee Atherton riding for Not2Bad in Spain.

Australian Riders Selected for UCI XCO MTB World Championships

A mix of youth and experience will represent Australia at the UCI MTB XCO World Championships at Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic later this month.

Nine riders have been endorsed by Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) to contest the elite men and women cross country as well as the Under 23 men and women.

Together with the Australian Juniors announced in April, this brings the total Australian team for the 2016 World Championships to 15. 

World number nine and current national elite men’s champion Daniel McConnell (ACT) along with world number 18 and national women’s champion Rebecca Henderson (ACT) will spearhead the Australian contingent. _LOW3002_LOW2907

McConnell will be competing at his seventh world championship in the elite men’s category, with a 27th back in 2012 his best result. 

While for Henderson, it will be her third time racing against the best elite women in the world at the championships, placing 15th two years ago.

Peta Mullens (VIC), a former national champion and current Australian marathon cross-country titleholder, makes her return to the world championship stage for a second time, the last back in 2014. _LOW2853

Australia’s second and third ranked elite males Cameron Ivory (NSW) and Brendan Johnston (ACT) will also don the green and gold kit in their second time competing at the elite level at a world championship. _LOW3326FLOW4587

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“It is a great honour for these riders to wear the green and gold and I congratulate them on their selection,” said Mountain Bike Australia president Russell Baker. 

“The XCO world championships are brought forward in an Olympic year, bringing the event closer to our regular season and this team represents a good mix of youth and experience and I wish them all well for the world championships in Nove Mesto na Morave.” 

The world championships commence 28th June, 2016. 


Full representative list:

Elite Men

Daniel McConnell

Cameron Ivory

Brendan Johnston

 

Elite Women

Rebecca Henderson

Peta Mullens

 

U23 Men

Scott Bowden

Tasman Nankervis

Reece Tucknott

 

U23 Women

Holly Harris

Junior Men

Micheal Harris

Kian McKinnon

Luke Pankhurst

Nick Pedler

Jack Feltham

Junior Women

Sarah I’ons

Fresh Product: FOX Unveils All-New Transfer Seatpost

After what seems like an eternity, FOX unveil their new dropper post to replace the outgoing D.O.S.S. but we’re going to bet our bottom dollar that it’s going to be worth the wait.

The new Transfer is available now from Australian retail stockists and we have one coming to review, until then here’s the word from FOX.

Pricing looks to be around the $530 mark for the Factory (Kashima coating) and $459 for the Performance version. Add in one of the two remote levers for $70 and you’re good to drop.


What’s new?

The Transfer is a completely new post with plenty of options. Choose between internal and external cable routing, two remote lever options and three drop heights. The adjustability is infinite, unlike it’s predecessor’s three-stage drop heights.

The lever actuation is designed to modulate, letting you regulate the speed of its action so you can fine tune adjustments of make big changes in ride height quickly if needed.

Choose between two lever options too, under or over the bar. The new lever is tiny, gone is the long and bulky D.O.S.S. lever in favour of a nicely compact remote lever.

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Transfer Factory Kashima Internal

 

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The new under-bar remote lever.
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Over-bar remote.

The Transfer post will also come in two series options, like the forks – Factory and Performance. Factory posts score the lustrous Kashima coating for a smoother operation.

Both versions come in the internal and externally routed versions.

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Transfer Factory Kashima External
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Transfer Performance Internal

We’ll have our grubby mitts on one of these posts very soon, and with very high expectations from the suspension masters. Stay tuned for our review.

Australia’s Richest MTB Series Continues in Albury

Racing in Australia’s richest mountain biking series, the Evocities MTB Series, will continue with the second race of the series to take place in the snow-capped mountains of Albury on Sunday, 19 June 2016.

The VIC Enduro Series is a 6 hour event for solo riders, pairs and teams being held at Nail Can Hill Reserve in Albury. (See more here: http://flowmountainbike.com/flownation/nail-can-hill-albury/)

Series Coordinator, Murray Wood, said there is great excitement throughout the seven Evocities about the series return following the outstanding success of 2015 and the excitement of the first race in Bathurst in April 2016.

“The seven race series will attract close to 5,000 participants and visitors to cities with a combined service population of over one million people in regional NSW,” Mr Wood said.

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“The cash prize money available for the series has already put the series on the minds of some of Australia’s elite MTB riders,” he said.

Albury is the host for the second of the seven race series which will see events held in Tamworth; Wagga Wagga; Dubbo; Armidale; and Orange.

“The popularity of MTB is growing rapidly in Australia and the trails included in the Evocities MTB Series are some of the best in NSW,” Mr Wood said.

“This year each event will also run a dedicated juniors race to encourage greater participation from families and have more people visiting the host cities,” he said.

The generous prize money is on offer with the support of Evocities MTB Series sponsors including Fairfax Media; QantasLink; Forestry Corporation; NSW Mining; Charles Sturt University; Macquarie and Orange Anglican Grammar Schools; Spinifex Recruiting; Maas Group Properties; and Prime 7.

Online registrations for VIC Enduro Series can be made at www.evocitiesmtb.com/enteralbury.

To stay up to date with the series, visit www.facebook.com/evocitiesmtb or www.evocitiesmtb.com

About Evocities:

The Evocities MTB Series is supported by Evocities, a campaign that showcases the abundance of opportunities in seven of NSW’s leading regional cities due to the lower cost of living, stronger career and business prospects and enhanced lifestyle.

The seven Evocities are Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga. Living in an Evocity means less time commuting, working and stressing and more time for you and your family to enjoy NSW’s beautiful natural surrounds.