Dirt Art Announces Club Grants for Trail Building Services

IMG_3378Dirt Art are the crew behind some of Australia’s most successful trail projects, including the new Hero Trail at Bright (watch the vid), the Hollybank MTB Park (vid here) and the upcoming Maydena Bike Park. And now they’re giving clubs the chance to secure their expertise for free.

Read on for all the details below:


Dirt Art are pleased to release their first club grants program, offering Australian not-for-profit groups the opportunity to apply for free design, consultancy and construction services.

The grants program formalises Dirt Art’s long history of donating significant resources back to the Australian industry annually. The grants are open to any Australian not-for-profit group, who has permission from relevant land owners/managers for the visit and/or construction works to occur. The grants on offer are;

  • –  Two individual one day site visit grants to assist in the provision of design and/or consultancy services. These grants are perfect for helping groups begin the process of pursuing a mountain bike development.
  • –  One construction grant, providing one week of construction services from one of Dirt Art’s skilled trail crews (including an excavator)

    The grants include all travel, accommodation and staffing costs.
    Interested groups can send a one page PDF summary of your project, noting key

    benefits the grant will provide, to [email protected] Applications close 11am Monday May 10th.

FOX 36: The Evolution Continues

The all-new Fox 36 Float RC2.
The all-new Fox 36 Float RC2.

The new 36 lineup doesn’t feature any dramatic changes from its predecessor, however smaller adjustments should only improve on the excellent performance of the range.

We reviewed the last version of the Float 36 RC2, and you can read our in depth thoughts here.

Now, let’s see what’s changed and some new offerings of this iconic product!


MORE THAN AN ENDURO RACE FORK:

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We took the award-winning 36, integrated our EVOL technology, updated the air spring curves and damper tune to improve performance across the board. Between wheel size, damper, and axle options, the 36 offers a wide range of options to fit your all-mountain and enduro needs.

• New FLOAT EVOL air spring
• FIT HSC/LSC, FIT4 and FIT GRIP three position damper options
• 15QRx110 mm, 15QRx100 mm, or 15/20 mm convertible thru-axle • Travel options:

27.5” – 150, 160, 170 mm
29” – 150, 160 mm
26” – 100 mm (831), 160, 180 mm

• 1.5” tapered or 1-1/8” (26” only) steerer tube
• E-Bike-specific chassis available
• Factory Series models feature Genuine Kashima Coat
• Performance Elite models feature black ano upper tubes • Matte Black

New Fox forks will include an air pressure chart on the back of the left side fork leg- hooray!
New Fox forks will include an air pressure chart on the back of the left side fork leg- hooray!

Small Tweaks Make Big Changes on the Trail:

A more linear air spring curve gives EVOL forks plushness off the top, extra mid-stroke support, and more tunable bottom-out progression.

  • •  EVOL is Extra Volume in the negative air spring
  • •  Creates a more linear spring curve through first 25%of travel
  • •  Increases small bump sensitivity
  • •  Greater mid-stroke support
  • •  More tunable bottom-out progression
  • •  Used in MY2018 32, 34, 36, and 40 forks
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The EVOL system will be used in all 2018 Fox forks.

FLOAT EVOL: Self-equalizing positive/negative air spring system:

  • •  Utilizes our patented FLOAT shock transfer port technology, first introduced in our circa 1999 FLOAT shock
  • •  New EVOL air spring has fewer dynamic seals
  • •  Less feedback through handlebar
  • •  Highly tunable with air volume spacers – Adjust the amount of mid stroke and bottom out resistance

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FIT HSC/LSC:

Using our proven Championship- and award- winning FIT sealed cartridge design, HSC/LSC is our most advanced damper.

  • •  High- and low-speed compression adjust
  • •  Rebound adjust
  • •  Low friction seal head design
  • •  Dual circuit rebound allows more controlled return from hard hits and quicker recovery from successive impacts
  • •  New damper oil with lubricating PTFE for improved compression and rebound flow

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FIT4:

Our patented FIT4 (FOX Isolated Technology) closed cartridge system provides three on-the-fly compression damping positions—Open, Medium, and Firm—to adapt to varying trail conditions.

  • •  Three on-the-fly compression damping positions
  • •  22 clicks of additional low-speed compression adjust in the Open mode
  • •  Low friction seal head design
  • •  Dual circuit rebound allows more controlled return from hard hits and quicker recovery from successive impacts
  • •  Updated tune
  • •  New damper oil with lubricating PTFE for improved compression and rebound flow
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The FIT4 cartridge features 22 clicks of low speed compression.

GRIP:

Inspired by moto fork damping systems, FOX’s award- winning GRIP damper uses our FIT sealed cartridge technology combined with a coil-sprung, internal floating piston. The system allows excess oil to purge through a specially designed port at the top of the damper to maintain consistent damping and increase durability. Performance Series forks provide Open, Medium, and Firm modes with additional micro-adjust between settings.

  • •  FIT-based sealed cartridge damper with self- bleeding moto design
  • •  Patent pending compression valve design gives wide range damping adjustment
  • •  Blended LSC/HSCLockout
  • •  Increased adjustment for this level of product
  • •  Remote option available
  • •  OE only
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Expect to see 36’s equipped with the GRIP cartridge on lots of bikes this year.

So that’s what Fox have to say about their new 36 range, but the true test will be out on the trail, so keep your eyes peeled for our first thoughts when we get our hands on a set!

Polygon Bikes Reveal The New Square One EX Series

Holy seatstay!
The new Square One EX looks more like NASA research than a bicycle- we’re excited.

Wow. Polygon have come out with something completely new here, a real step away from what everyone else is doing in terms of travel, frame and suspension design.

The Square One's gargantuan seatstay.
The Square One’s gargantuan seatstay.

Everyone loves geometry, so you can check out the Square One’s angles below.

Square One geometry

We definitely weren’t expecting Polygon to come out with a 180mm, 27.5″ bike with this sort of design, but we’re seriously excited to get our hands on one. Whilst the aesthetics won’t float everyone’s boats, its how the bike rides that counts, and from a glance at the spec and geometry it looks like an absolute beast of a bike.

Kurt Sorge aboard the Square One.
Kurt Sorge gets loose on the Square One EX.

Read on to see what Polygon have to say about the Square One EX range.


Polygon Bikes believes that each of our customers want one bike that is easy to be maintained and can be ridden anywhere.

Short chainstays should make the Square One easy to get onto one wheel.
Short chainstays should make the Square One EX easy to get onto one wheel.

The quest to deliver new and special products to our consumers led to the collaboration between Polygon and NAILD. Both brands shared a goal to bring the best riding experiences possible to our customers. Not only did Polygon and NAILD want to create a “one bike” quiver-killer, we wanted to redefine how people classify mountain bikes with a truly capable machine.

Mick Hannah aboard the new Square One.
Mick Hannah aboard the new Square One EX.

The Square One EX Series is a departure from the old way of classifying bikes and creates a new paradigm where travel no longer determines discipline.

“The NAILD suspension design works in conjunction with Polygon’s frame construction to give a ride unlike anything else. We designed the bike to have a short rear end for tackling technical terrain and to provide quick cornering thanks to the elevated chainstay that is unique to the NAILD R3ACT- 2Play Suspension System”, said Zendy Renan, Product Development Manager for Polygon Bikes.

The NAILD R3ACT- 2Play Suspension System is at the heart of the new Square One series.
The NAILD R3ACT- 2Play Suspension System is at the heart of the new Square One EX series.

Square One EX acts as an extension of rider’s movement – body mechanics are one of the critical aspects we focused on during the development process of NAILD’s concept about vertical wheel path and the use of shaft systems.

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All Square One EX frames are built around 27.5 wheels and feature a full ACX carbon frame with 180mm suspension travel.

Cous Cous aboard the new Square EX at the Derby EWS.
Cous Cous was spotted aboard the new Square One EX at the Derby EWS.

Two models will be available: the Square One EX8 and our top of the line model, the Square One EX9.

The Square One will be available in two models.
The Square One will be available in two models.

The pre-orders of Square One EX 9 is accepted now and the bikes will be available in June 2017. Check the full infomation about Square One EX at www.polygonbikes.com.

We're pumped to swing a leg over the new Square One!
We’re pumped to swing a leg over the new Square One sometime soon!

Melrose Fat Tyre Festival 2017

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Beautiful trails, benched into the hillsides of South Australian pastures.

This June long weekend is the 15th Melrose Fat Tyre Festival, and they’re celebrating by giving the FTF a theme that reflects the values of the great Melrose community: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! That’s the theme of this year’s Melrose Fat Tyre Festival where mountain bikers and friends from around Australia will be getting together to celebrate Mother Earth on our bikes

Melrose has long been known for its chilled atmosphere and its inclusive nature

The Fat Tyre Festival and Melrose has long been known for its chilled atmosphere and its inclusive nature, where racing is secondary to relaxing, where the motor is overwhelmed by the pedal and the only fire of competition is the story around the campfire.

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Melrose Fat Tyre Festival where mountain bikers and friends from around Australia will be getting together to celebrate Mother Earth on our bikes! It is getting ‘in contact with nature’ whilst bike riding that makes our festival unique.

Watch the videos below and you’ll soon get the idea of what Melrose and the Fat Tyre Festival are all about – it’s easy to love this place! For more information, head to melrosemountainbike.com or https://www.facebook.com/otemelrose/

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We love Melrose’s quaint and low-key vibe.

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Crankworx Rotorua 2017 Wrap-Up

Stoke levels were high at Crankworx Rotorua.
Stoke levels were high at Crankworx Rotorua.

This year, Crankworx Rotorua played host to no less than seven different events, as well as numerous riding clinics and the huge expo area that’s open to the public everyday, showcasing the latest and greatest from brands across the world.

Competitors and spectators received a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony.
Competitors and spectators received a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony.

Let’s take a look back at all the action over the past week- is it too early to start getting excited for next year? 


Pump Track Challenge Highlights:

The Pump Track Challenge is always a crowd favourite due to its tight racing, which makes for awesome spectating.

Keegan Wright edges out Barry Nobles in front of a full house.
Keegan Wright edges out Barry Nobles in front of a full house.

This year’s event saw the best pump track course yet at Crankworx Rotorua, as well as a big field in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Jill Kintner was edged out by none other than Caroline Buchanan.
Jill Kintner was beaten in the final by none other than Caroline Buchanan.

New Zealand young gun Keegan Wright took out the men’s category, whilst Caroline Buchanan took out the women’s in a great start to what’s set to be a big year of mountain biking for Caroline. Check out some of the best shots from the event below!

Cody Kelley turns the style up to 11.
Cody Kelley turns the style up to 11.
Sage advice from pump track master Adrien Loron.
Sage advice from pump track master Adrien Loron.

Dual Speed and Style Highlights:

Dual Speed and Style is an event unique to Crankworx that draws together racers from all disciplines, as well as trick maestros competing in the Slopestyle, resulting in an interesting mix of approaches.

With time bonuses on offer for tricks, Dual Speed and Style sees some interesting match ups.
With time bonuses on offer for tricks, Dual Speed and Style sees some interesting match ups.

For 2017, the riders were praising changes made to the course that allowed for more speed and bigger jumps throughout.

The course was in absolutely prime condition.
The course was in absolutely prime condition.

Oceania Whip-Off Championship Highlights: 

The Oceania Whip-Off Championship was held under lights this year, and more riders than ever before lined up to get sideways off the massive step up.

Riders turned it on in front of a huge crowd at the Whip-Offs.
Riders turned it on in front of a huge crowd at the Whip-Off.

Young American Reed Boggs took out the main event, but there was so much style on offer that we don’t think we could’ve picked a winner! Have a look at some of the best shots, and see how many Aussies you can recognise.

Jackson Davis flies the VANZAC flag.
Jackson Davis flies the VANZAC flag.
These aren't your regular media squids.
These aren’t your regular media squids.
Reed Boggs and Casey Brown took the wins.
Reed Boggs and Casey Brown took the wins.
And it's not hard to see why.
And it’s not hard to see why.

Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza Recap: 

Crankworx slopestyle contests are arguably the highest profile events in our sport, attracting an audience within the mainstream media, and offering serious prize money.

The Kelly McGarry designed course once again played host to some insane trickery.
The Kelly McGarry designed course once again played host to some insane trickery.

The Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza at this year’s Crankworx Rotorua lived up to the hype. With Brett Rheeder and Thomas Genon out with injury, and Brandon Semenuk failing to get his run dialled, it was Nicholi Rogatkin who took the win ahead of some rising names in the sport.

Brandon Semenuk boosts through the trees.
Brandon Semenuk boosts through the trees.
It doesn't get much better than this.
It doesn’t get much better than this.

Rotorua Downhill Highlights:

The downhill track in Rotorua is a steep, gnarled mess at the best of times, but this year wet conditions made it a true test for all riders.

Loic Bruni mistimed the pond jump just a tad in practice.
Loic Bruni slightly mistimed the pond jump in practice.

Australian young gun Jack Moir came out on top in the men’s, dominating in the wet conditions in a strong showing of early season form, and securing yet another win from an Australian rider at the first Crankworx stop for 2017. Tracey Hannah made it an all-Australian affair on the top step by taking out the women’s.

Shark Attack Jack took the win in the downhill.
Shark Attack Jack took the win.
Two Australians on the top step.
Two Australians on the top step.

Air DH Recap:

The last event of Crankworx Rotorua 2017 was the Air DH event. Held on Skyline Rotorua’s Mr Black trail, riders jumped and pumped their way down the buttery smooth track that is similar to Whistler’s famous A-line.

Richie Rude shows Mr Black who's boss.
Richie Rude shows Mr Black who’s boss.
We think it's fitting to finish up with yet another shot of Casey Brown sending it- were excited for Les Gets already!
We think it’s fitting to finish up with yet another shot of Casey Brown sending it- we’re excited for Les Gets already!

Crankworx Rotorua is growing year by year, and once again it’s got us pumped for a big season of racing! The next stop on the Crankworx calendar is Crankworx Les Gets in June, and we can’t wait.

Cannondale’s Jekyll and Trigger Get a Massive Overhaul

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The Jekyll 1.

When we interviewed Boobar last year, he alluded to us that the Jekyll would be a major focus for him. And not too much later we started to see EWS legend Jerome Clements on board what looked to be a decidedly different shaped Jekyll, which has evolved into the beasts you see here.

The Trigger is completely new too. For all intents and purposes, it’s a shorter-travel, less aggressive version of the Jekyll. All the key tech points are the same, so we’ll deal with both bikes together below.

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In a nutshell

Jekyll: Full-blown Enduro beast machine. 170mm front, 165-130mm rear. Slack and ready to get nasty.

Trigger: Trail weapon. 150mm front, 145mm rear. Still pretty slack and hungry for the gnar, just not as much so as the Jekyll. 


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No more DYAD shock on either bike!

Gone are the funky dual chamber FOX DYAD shocks, which looked a lot like a scuba tank bolted to the bike. While we liked the way these shocks facilitated on-the-fly travel adjustment, they were tricky to set up, required an aerospace engineering degree to service them, and limited frame layout a lot. Plus they just looked weird, and if they blew up (and they did) you couldn’t just bung a different shock in while yours was getting revived.

Ditching the DYAD has meant that Cannondale can now fit a water bottle into the frame too. Good.

A bottle will now fit!
A bottle will now fit!

Say hello to the Gemini shock!

If you’ve been a long-time Cannondale fan, you’ll no doubt be happy to see the name ‘Gemini’ back in the C’dale vernacular. The new Gemini shock is a partnership with FOX, like the DYAD, but for all intents and purposes it’s not too different to a regular FOX Float shock, other than the on-the-fly air volume adjustment talked about below.

The Gemini shock looks just like a regular FOX Float, but a remote lever changes the air volume to adjust travel and geometry.
The Gemini shock looks just like a regular FOX Float, but a remote lever changes the air volume to adjust travel and geometry.

This means you can also fit ANY other shock to the Jekyll or Trigger. Blow up your shock? No worries, stick a mate’s shock in there and go. Want to fit some exotic shock your mates don’t have? Go for it.


Is it still rear travel/geometry adjustable?

A key component of the Jekyll has always been its dual identities (Jekyll/Hyde) via adjustable rear travel and geometry. This has been retained in the new bikes, just with a much simpler shock arrangement. As in previous versions, a bar-mounted lever switches modes on the fly. There’s a longer travel Flow mode (145mm in the Trigger, 165mm in the Jekyll) and the shorter travel Hustle mode, which reduces the shock’s air volume and drops the travel to 115mm on the Trigger and 130mm on the Jekyll.

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We like this system. Because it uses volume reduction rather than compression adjustment to achieve the change in travel, you don’t lose suspension performance when you change modes, you just get a firmer spring curve.


What are the geometry standouts?

Cannondale describe the Jekyll and Trigger as having ‘proper’ geometry, which just means they’ve been brought up to speed with the slackness and reach measurements that are now expected on modern trail and Enduro bikes. The Jekyll runs a 65 degree head angle, the Trigger is 66 degrees, and both use steep seat angles to stop you feeling like you’re pedalling a recumbent.

The rear ends are short, so hopefully there's still good clearance for big rubber.
The rear ends are short, so hopefully there’s still good clearance for big rubber.

Cooler are the super short rear ends. Both bikes have 420mm rear-centres, made possible by Cannondale’s Asymmetric Integration (Ai) rear end spacing, which was launched on the Scalpel last year (read all about it here). All you need to know, is that 420mm is super short, which should make these bikes very playful.

By the way, the Jekyll and Trigger are 27.5″ only. For now. We’ll bet you $50 there’s a 29er Trigger one day soonish.


We’ve got a Jekyll coming our way on an plane very soon, so hold tight for a review!

 

Introducing The RockShox Reverb 1X Remote

The RockShox Reverb is the most popular dropper post in the world, so there’ll be lots of people very happy to hear this new remote can be fitted to older models.

The dropper post market is growing at a rate of knots, and while posts like the Fox Transfer and the Pro Koryak make use of remotes that mimic the feel of a good old-fashioned front derailleur shifter, the Reverb remote was based off RockShox’s X-Loc suspension remote, and it certainly wasn’t the most practical option out there.

That all changes with the new 1X remote. The new remote was designed by RockShox to feel like a SRAM shifter, and with Matchmaker integration you can get a clean cockpit setup without sacrificing access to your dropper- it’s a win win!

The new remote is Matchmaker compatible.
The new remote is Matchmaker compatible.

Other changes include the bleeding system and speed adjustment for the post, which are both now hidden behind a rubber port, and the bleeding system uses SRAM’s Bleeding Edge technology found on Guide brakes- no more searching for tiny grub screws you dropped on the floor! Check out the video below on how to install the new remote.

We’re pretty excited about this new remote, and can’t wait to try one out ourselves. If you’re thinking this could be an upgrade you’d like to run, Australian pricing has been set at $149.95 for the remote only, or you can get the Reverb Stealth with the new 1x remote for $599.95. Initial deliveries are expected in late May 2017.

Continue reading below for the official word from RockShox.


The all-new Reverb remote pairs the superior ergonomics of SRAM’s shifter design with low-lever-force hydraulic actuation to create the world’s best dropper-post remote. Its excellent ergonomics and light touch mean that riders of all ability levels can use their Reverb posts quicker, more easily and more often, for better ride control everywhere on the trail. And the new Reverb 1x Remote’s Bleeding Edge™ fitting ensures that the periodic maintenance needed for optimum performance is about as hassle-free as working the remote itself.

REVERB 1x REMOTE

  • Compatible with all B1 and A2 Reverb and Reverb Stealth models (identifiable by the black return speed adjuster on the standard remote)
  • Reverb Stealth with 1x remote MSRP:
    399$, 445€, 375£
  • Upgrade kit MSRP (includes remote, Bleeding Edge™ fitting, discreet clamp, MMX clamp):
    95$, 105€, 90£

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • MatchMaker X or discrete clamp options
  • Bleeding Edge™ lever bleed fitting
  • Tooled speed adjust
  • Backwards compatible with all B1 and A2 Reverb models in the market (black return speed adjuster knob)