First Look: Lapierre Spicy 2016

First Look: Lapierre Spicy 2016

First Look: Lapierre Spicy 2016

Lapierre Spicy 2016

Earlier this year Lapierre released the new version of the well-loved Zesty: a completely re-worked platform for 2016. Sharing the same OST+ suspension system, a new Spicy was also on the cards, and it will be shown to the public for the first time at Eurobike and become available in October. A brand new and beefed up Spicy, with progressive race geometry developed by Nicolas Vouilloz, this latest version of the Spicy is an enduro race machine that Lapierre says is ready to tackle the toughest of descents. Prices range from 3199 – 6999 EUR.

MTB legend and Lapierre R&D team member, Nico Vouilloz was integral to the Spicy’s development. He said: ”We knew from the start that we wanted to increase the travel but keep it efficient when pedalling. To do this we kept the OST+ suspension system, but played around with different settings. We adjusted the pivot point position for a better suspension curve. We also adjusted the geometry and the longer reach and shorter seat tube really improve the handling. This new version is a real enduro machine that’s perfected to win races.”

2016 Spicy Details

• OST+ suspension system, revised pivot placements for an improved suspension curve
• Longer travel: 165mm rear travel and 160mm front
• Adapted geometry: slack, long and low. A longer reach and shorter seat tube. Shorter and wider cockpit, and slackened head angle.
• Longer Reach: S+18mm, M+16mm, L+20mm, XL +18mm
• Shorter ST: S and M -10mm, L and XL -20mm
• Cockpit: 45mm stem and 780mm bars
• Oversized pivot axles: increased stiffness, better reliability and easy maintenance
• Tyre clearance improved by 10mm.
• e:i Shock Auto compatible
• Hydration: more space has been added for a larger bottle

Lapierre Spicy 2016
Lapierre Spicy 2016
Lapierre Spicy 2016
Lapierre Spicy 2016
Lapierre Spicy 2016

MENTIONS: @Lapierre-Bikes

Introducing the 2016 Pivot Mach 6 – Aluminum + Carbon!

Introducing the 2016 Pivot Mach 6 – Aluminum + Carbon!

Pivot Cycles is no stranger to aluminum construction. Owner/designer Chris Cocalis is one of the most accomplished aluminum frame makers in the business. Beginning with the Mach 4, Pivot’s first five models were wrought from the stuff, and they featured a number of innovative construction techniques that set stiffness-to-weight standards which approached the best carbon frames of their day.That said, even Chris admits that carbon composites have all but eliminated the demand for metal mountain bikes, which explains why when Pivot launched its Mach 6 into the ultra-competitive all-mountain/enduro category, it was carbon fiber from head to tail. Like most bike makers, Pivot’s first carbon offerings had evolved from existing aluminum-framed models – so the Mach 6 was a bold statement: Pivot was playing the carbon game for keeps. Or so it seemed.

Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum X1. 2016
Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum – X1 build.

Mach 6 AluminumWith sales of his carbon XC, DH and trail bikes setting new records for Pivot, why would Cocalis backtrack to make an aluminum Mach 6? The official answer is that some hydro-forming techniques have emerged that can produce variable wall thicknesses which can be prescribed at almost any location along the tube’s length. At the same time, those frame members can be profiled and tapered to add stiffness where necessary, or slimmed to reduce weight. Cocalis figured that by employing those forming techniques, Pivot could once again challenge the strength-to-weight values of elite carbon fiber frames with an aluminum chassis. Another motivating factor (no surprise here), was that an aluminum chassis could substantially undercut the sticker price of a comparably equipped Mach 6 Carbon. Finally, a large number of elite level riders have not warmed up to carbon and would prefer a metal mountain bike. Enter, the Mach 6 Aluminum.

Details:• Frame: variable-thickness hydro-formed aluminum tubes, dw-link suspension, ISCG05 tabs, 148 x 12mm Boost axle spacing, 92mm PressFit bottom bracket.
• New, cold-forged wider and stiffer linkage designs with Enduro Max cartridge bearings
• Suspension Travel: 155mm (6.1”)
• Wheel size: 27.5″
• Shock: Custom-tuned Fox Factory Kashima Float DPS Shock with EVOL air sleeve
• Fork: Fox 36 Float (designed to work with forks from 150 to160mm travel, 40mm offset)
• External and internal cable routing
• Internal stealth dropper post compatible
• New removable front derailleur mount for Shimano’s side-swing front mech’
• Post mount disc brake attachments
• Same geometry as Mach 6 Carbon
• Medium frame weight: 7.4 pounds (3.36kg) including shock
• Sizes: X-small, small, medium, large, X-large
• MSRP: Complete builds start at $3499 USD, Frame and shock – $1999..
• Contact: Pivot Cycles
Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum detail. 2016
Pivot’s Mach 6 Aluminum incorporates the wider Boost fork and rear hub spacing.

According to Pivot’s press release, both the Mach 6 carbon and the new aluminum model have been designed to incorporate the new 148mm “Boost” rear hub spacing, which adds plenty of room for tires up to 2.4 inches wide, without lengthening the chainstays. Additional benefits of Boost are more symmetrical spoke lacing for the rear wheel and a better chain line for one-by drivetrains. Pivot states that most Shimano cranksets will operate with Boost spacing (all narrow Q-factor cranks fail the test), and some Race Face cranksets can adapt, but SRAM customers will need the extra three-millimeter-spaced Boost cranksets to get the proper chain line. In the back, Pivot says that only a Boost hub will work in order to obtain proper brake rotor and hub flange spacing. Boost forks are standard equipment on complete builds, but not required for frame purchases.Both the Mach 6 Aluminum and Carbon models share an all new linkage and yoke arrangement, which is said to dramatically increase the frame’s lateral stiffness and shock stability. The suspension rocks on Duramax bearings which are cageless, with extra balls added to enhance their load carrying capacity at low rotational speeds. Here is the official word from the Pivot Press release:

bigquotes All-new linkages offer huge gains in overall stiffness – the upper linkage alone is 40-percent wider, 150-percent stiffer, and utilizes larger bearings at the frame attachment point. The new, redesigned clevis is now lighter, stronger and provides increased clamping force on the shock body.
Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum detail. 2016
The Mach 6’s wildly shaped seat tube and swingarm mast tubes can be best appreciated when viewed from below.

Pivot’s new hydro-forming and variable wall thickness technology is less apparent in the curving top and down tubes, but is definitely showcased by the lower section of the seat tube, where it bulges to reinforce the dw-link rocker pivots – and by the swingarm, which uses a wildly formed central strut that widens to pick up the asymmetrical chainstays and then tapers to brace the seatstay assembly from the left side of the junction. All of the cable housing runs are full-length and external, with the exception of the internally routed right chain stay and a seat-tube port for a Stealth-style dropper post.Suspension is specifically tuned for the Mach 6’s dw-link suspension, as it uses a variable leverage rate that requires an air-sprung shock. The standard damper is a Fox Kashima Float shock with the DPS damping system. Pivot explains it like this:

bigquotes The Mach 6 Aluminum is spec’d with the 2016 Fox Factory Kashima with the new EVOL air sleeve, custom tuned specifically for enduro and trail riding. DPS stands for Dual Piston System – the shock features two separate sets of valving, similar to what you would find in Fox’s external reservoir Float X design, while the EVOL sleeve significantly reduces the force required to initiate travel, for the ultimate in small bump compliance and better bottom-out resistance.

Pivot also warns that the Mach 6 Aluminum (and the 2016 carbon Mach 6) was designed to work with the progressiveness of an air spring. and that coil shocks cannot provide the necessary spring curve, and will result in excessive bottoming. That should not be a huge issue, as the performance of air-sprung shocks has been elevated to near-perfection by pro-level enduro competition. Another possible concern is the yoke type rear shock attachment, which Pivot has designed to work with conventional shock eyes. The good news is that Pivot’s yoke is compatible with most popular shocks, including the Cane Creek DB InLine.

Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum detail. 2016
New forged-aluminum shock extension and stiffer dw-link rockers
Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum detail. 2016
Direct-mount 160mm brake caliper and Boost rear spacing.
Pivot Mach 6 Aluminum detail. 2016
Clearance for 2.4-inch tires and Enduromax bearings throughout.
The new Mach 6 Aluminum is available in five sizes, from X-small through X-large, to fit riders from 4-foot, eleven inches (150cm ) to well over six feet tall (+190cm ). Beyond the switch to Boost hub spacing, the Mach 6’s geometry is the same as the 2015 carbon version, which is a good thing. Pivot will offer a wide range of builds, from pro-level Shimano XTR and SRAM XX1, to more attainable Shimano SLX and SRAM X1-based ensembles. Pricing and weights of all build options have not been released, but complete builds will start at $3499 and Mach 6 Aluminum frames with the Fox Kashima Float Evol shock wil retail for $1999 USD. Watch PB for an upcoming review of Pivot’s latest long-travel trailbike and in the meantime, enjoy their video edit on both the 2016 Mach 6 Aluminum, and the Boost-updated Mach 6 Carbon:

Videographer: Cameron Sylvester, Nomadik Motion

The most versatile enduro bike in the world just got stronger, stiffer and now offers two frame material options for the ultimate in rider choice. Pivot is proud to introduce the new Mach 6 Carbon and Mach 6 Aluminum – choice of Bernard Kerr, Aaron Chase and the Pivot-Vittoria Pro Enduro Team. – Pivot Cycles

And, Here’s the 2016 Mach 6 Carbon:

Pivot Mach 6 Carbon XTR 2016
Mach 6 Carbon XTR: The molds have been re-cut to add Shimano Di2 compatibility and to adapt to the new dw-link rockers, The new swingarm is designed around the wider Boost hub standard, with more tire clearance and additional stiffness.
Pivot Mach 6 Carbon 2016
Many minor changes have been implemented to the 2016 Carbon Mach 6, but its appearance is virtually the same as the 2015 model, The new Boost-width swingarm ensures that there will be plenty of clearance for tires up to 2.4 inches.

MENTIONS: @pivotcycles

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat

Benito Ros (ESP) - 2015 UCI Trials World Cup - Vöcklabruck (AUT)
Benito Ros (ESP) – 2015 UCI Trials World Cup – Vöcklabruck (AUT)

It was not a typical way to celebrate a birthday but just twenty-four hours after turning 19, Jack Carthy put on a superb demonstration in the Men Elite 26″ event. The recently-crowned European Champion and last year’s UCI Trials World Cup winner (while still a Junior!) dominated in Vöcklabruck.

The British prodigy completed a total of four sections with zero points in Austria and finished the final on just two points. Second in the semi-final, Carthy demonstrated perfect control at the end of the competition. The winner of the first two rounds of the 2015 UCI Trials World Cup and now clear leader in the standings, European Champion Carthy has had a flawless first half of the season. “I finished second in the semi-final because of five lost points. So I’m really happy to come away with this victory,” said the young trials phenonmenon.

Behind him, the French chasing pack could only wonder at his superiority. Gilles Coustellier and Vincent Hermance, second and third respectively, both finished on eleven points.

Slovakia’s Tatiana Janickova demonstrated that she is the world’s best woman trials rider. But it wasn’t easy in Vöcklabruck. After the first two sections, Australia’s Janine Jungfels was still on zero and was matching the UCI World Champion. The two women would only be separated on the last two sections. On the penultimate section, Jungfels took a two-point advantage. If she could avoid a mistake in the last section, she would seal victory. But luck was not on her side and a 5 cost her the win in Vöcklabruck. Janickova finished on seven points, while Janine Jungfels had eight. Slovakia’s Kristina Sykorova was third with 12 points.

Tatiana Janickova leads the World Cup standings on 293 points. Her compatriot Kristina Sykorova is second on 233 points while Debi Studer from Switzerland lies third with 218 points.

Women Elite: Janickova prevails after a close fight

Men Elite 20”: Spanish Double

It was no great surprise that the Spaniards dominated the final in the 20″ event: Ultimately Benito Ros got the better of Abel Mustieles after the two men had put on a fantastic show at the Austrian venue. It was only on the final section that the zero scored by Benito Ros would settle the contest in his favour. Ros and Mustieles both finished on seven points. Germany’s Dominik Oswald came third with eight points.

After the cancellation of the first round of the World Cup in Krakow, the standings are identical to the results of the Austrian round.

The next round of the UCI Trials World Cup takes place in Albertville, France, on 22-23 August.

Results and standings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot takes first win of the season at Windham

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot takes first win of the season at Windham

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano: Pauline Ferrand-Prévot takes first win of the season at Windham

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) wins the race in Windham (USA).
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (FRA) wins the race in Windham (USA).

The UCI Mountain Bike World Cup presented by Shimano concluded on Sunday in Windham, New York, with round 5 of the cross-country. Road World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Raboliv) proved that she has not lost any of her mountain bike skills by taking the women’s victory, while Nino Schurter (Scott-Odlo) won his second straight World Cup in the Men. Women’s World Cup leader Jolanda Neff (Stoeckli Pro Team) held onto her leader’s jersey by finishing second in the women, while Schurter added to his lead in the Men’s standings.

The Windham course is ‘old school’ with a long gruelling climb followed by a fast, technical descent. The very dry conditions meant that riders rode in a cloud of dust, and corners were loose and slippery.

Neff did not take her patented fast start, preferring to pace herself in the early laps. Ferrand-Prévot, on the other hand, went straight to the front and rode away from the rest of the field. World Champion Catharine Pendrel (Luna) attempted to match the French rider’s pace in the start loop and first lap, but overextended herself and fell well back to finish an uncharacteristically distant 25th.

Behind Ferrand-Prévot, Neff was moving up to join a chase group consisting of Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Multivan Merida), Annika Langvad (Specialized) and Lea Davison (Specialized).

On the penultimate lap, Neff dropped the others, with Langvad holding on for third, followed by team mate Davison.

“I am really happy, of course,” said Ferrand-Prévot. “Last week I felt really good on the uphill and sometimes in the descent. Today I wanted to take a good start and to fight to be the first if possible on the uphill and to relax a bit on the downhill. It worked, so it was perfect.”

“It is a good course for me, but I didn’t think Catharine Pendrel would be dropped, and when I was alone I said, ‘OK I just have to go full gas and don’t turn back’.”

With one round remaining, Neff now has 1100 points, with Dahle Flesjaa a distant 190 points behind and Pendrel just holding onto third at 726 points, 26 ahead of Davison.

The men’s race saw Schurter take the lead after the start loop, ahead of a chase group containing World Champion Julien Absalon (BMC), Manuel Fumic (Cannondale Factory) and Daniel McConnell (Trek Factory Racing). He was extending his lead into the second lap when he flatted on the descent back to the finish. Luckily for him, he flatted shortly before the tech zone, only losing four spots before he was able to get back in the race.

Up front, Absalon and Fumic were keeping the pressure on, but Schurter impressively moved his way back up to the leaders within a lap. The three rode together until the sixth of the seven laps, when Absalon attacked on the climb. Only Schurter could respond, and the pair entered the final lap together.

Absalon attacked again, and was able to enter the descent ahead of the faster descending Schurter, but the Swiss rider made a bold move through a rock garden to retake the lead and open a slim four second gap, which he held to the line. Fumic took third, with Trek Factory team mates Sergio Mantecon and McConnell rounding out the podium.

“I was suffering quite a bit up the hill,” revealed Schurter. “It was quite a challenge to keep Julien’s wheel on the uphill. I had my last chance in the rock garden and tried to pass him. I actually saw that it worked three laps before when Fumic passed me there, so I tried the same as him and was really happy that it worked.”

“I’m in super great shape, but it is not my course here. Too long a climb for me. At the top I was always suffering. It was great to win at Mont-Sainte-Anne and even greater to win here.”

“I have quite a lead now [in the overall] Absalon is probably now in second, I don’t know what Jaroslav did today, but I would say now I have a good lead. It was two really important races for the overall.”

Schurter now leads the standings with 100 points, with Absalon moving up to second at 910 points and former leader Jaroslav Kulhavy dropping to third at 782 points.

Full results and standings

Mixed Conditions Shake up SRAM Canadian Open Enduro

Mixed Conditions Shake up SRAM Canadian Open Enduro

Mixed Conditions Shake up SRAM Canadian Open Enduro

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Richie Rude of the United States descends stage three of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Crankworx Whistler 2015. Photo by Scott Robarts .

Richie Rude of the United States descends stage three of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, Crankworx Whistler 2015. (Photo by: Scott Robarts).

Tracey Mosely and Richie Rude conquer the race once dubbed Crankzilla
Legends of the trails took on the sixth round of the Enduro World Series in Whistler today in a race which seemed to pick up speed with every degree the temperature rose.

Blazing into the finish line under the heat of the afternoon sun, Tracey MOSELEY acknowledged the combination of rainy weather the day before and heat of the race left many a racer stymied by slick roots and dry turns.

I found it pretty hard to find a good racing pace. We had a little rain here yesterday and it certainly made the conditions hard,” said Moseley. “I crashed quite a bit on Stage 2. I felt like I was kind of losing some time then, so I think just trying to stay consistent and make sure I didn’t make any massive mistakes until later on in the day.”

Tracey Mosely of Great Britain descends stage three of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Crankworx Whistler 2015. Photo By Scott Robarts .

Tracey Mosely of Great Britain descends stage three of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro, Crankworx Whistler 2015. (Photo By: Scott Robarts).

Starting from Top of the World and heading for Khyber Pass, Stage 2 proved the big challenge for most racers with a long, open rocky canal and punctuated, in the second half, with short punchy climbs.

The potential for puncture was pretty high early on, so I think I tended to take it easy,” said Moseley. “…It was pretty much carnage on Stage 2, so I just waited for Stage 5.”

A true ripper, the men’s top place finisher, Richie Rude, took another tactic, opening it up and crashing through until he could hammer the bottom of the Whistler Bike Park into the main village.

I didn’t feel too good at the beginning of the day and Stage 4 I felt kind of weird and slow, but I think it all came round to Stage 5,” he said, noting he knew he was in second coming into the final push.

Greg Watts. Team America on the fourth stage of SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler British Columbia Sean St.Denis

Greg Watts. Team America on the fourth stage of SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler, British Columbia (Sean St.Denis)

Joining the enduro riders on the hill, a relay team of freeriders, including Cam Zink, Kyle Strait, Greg Watts, Ryan Howard and downhill racer Mikey Sylvestri, took their crack at the course as a crowd-pleasing side.

The big thing is none of us have had any practice. If we had had some practice on the course, it would have helped,” said Zink, competitive streak shining through.

Josh Carlson on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler British Columbia Sean St.Denis

Josh Carlson on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler, British Columbia (Sean St.Denis)

I’m way more stoked on enduro than I was before,” he added. “Just hanging out in the trees with everyone and being able to bullshit before the races. It was pretty good.

With a total 4,270 metres of descent, the riders covered a good chunk of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, traversing to the Cheakamus Riverside Trails before finishing at the base of Whistler Mountain in the Whistler Village.

SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Women’s Results:
1. Tracy Moseley 56.36 min. (UK)
2. Cecile Ravanel 57 min. (FR)
3. Isabeau Courdurier 58.21 min. (FR)

RAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized Men’s Results:
1. Richie Rude 49.23 min. (USA)
2. Yoann Barelli 50.03 min. (FR)
3. Jared Graves 50.05 min. (USA)

Tomorrow: The kids are taking over. Kidsworx is proving the blockbuster hit of Crankworx with over 200 now registered. Monday, August 10 will see the Kidsworx B-Line action dominate. This race will take riders through Joy Cross to the bottom of Mountain Road. Be sure to check in for results as there will be three different categories.

 Photo by clint trahan crankworx

Crankworx LIVE webcast schedule:
Fox Air DH Wednesday, August 12 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Canada, 12:30 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. Europe (August 13), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 13)

Ultimate Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Thursday, August 13 7 – 9 p.m. Canada, 4 – 6 a.m. Europe (August 14), 2 – 4 p.m. New Zealand (August 14)

Giant Dual Slalom Friday, August 14 5-7 p.m. Canada, 2 – 4 a.m. Europe (August 15), noon – 2 p.m. New Zealand (August 15)

Red Bull Joyride Saturday, August 15 4:30 – 8 p.m. Canada, 1:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. Europe (August 16), 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. New Zealand (August 16)

Canadian Open DH presented by iXS Sunday, August 16 3 – 5 p.m. Canada, midnight – 2 a.m. Europe (August 17), 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New Zealand (August 17)

Jared Graves on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler British Columbia Sean St.Denis

Jared Graves on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler, British Columbia (Sean St.Denis)

Cecile Ravanel on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler British Columbia Sean St.Denis

Cecile Ravanel on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler, British Columbia (Sean St.Denis)

Annke Beertan on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler British Columbia Sean St.Denis

Annke Beertan on the first stage of the SRAM Canadian Open Enduro Presented by Specialized. In Whistler, British Columbia (Sean St.Denis)

 Photo by clint trahan crankworx

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Smith Announces New Mountain Bike Specific Goggles

Smith Announces New Mountain Bike Specific Goggles

Smith Announces New Mountain Bike Specific Goggles

Smith Squad Goggle
With a rich heritage in snow sports and motocross, Smith knows how to build goggles with superior optics, maximum ventilation and an integrated helmet fit that perform in a variety of conditions. In response to the needs of our team athletes and brand ambassadors, Smith created the new Squad MTB goggle (MSRP $60), the first of its kind to be designed specifically for the mountain biking community. We stripped away all extra vent foam on the top, sides and bottom of the flexible frame, while also adding vent ports across the top of the lens, to allow for maximum airflow and ventilation. Featuring an engineered lattice design between the lens and face flange, the medium sized frame provides an incredibly comfortable and pliable fit for a variety of face frames. We utilize an ultra plush, hypoallergenic Sweat-X F.A.T. 3 layer face foam that is approximately 50% more absorbent than standard face foams.

Smith Squad Goggle
Smith Squad Goggle

Featuring a massive, single Carbonic-X cylindrical lens, the Squad MTB goggle provides maximum clarity, wide field of view, and superior durability. With a borrowed technology from our military eyewear program, we utilize flow coating anti-fog treatment to the interior of the lens to reduce moisture build-up on the inside without compromising its exterior durability. The hard-coated exterior battles dirt, sweat and mud while the inner anti-fog coating addresses humidity and sweat build up. The Squad MTB ships with a multi-layer premium mirrored lens and a clear tint, anti-fog coated bonus lens included in the box. Both lenses feature pre-installed posts for tear offs.

Smith Squad Goggle
Smith Squad Goggle

Available in 12 colorways, including a strap designed by team rider, Brandon Semenuk, as part of Smith’s Inspired Design (ID) Collection where top athletes work directly with our design team to create graphics that they’re proud to call their own. The Squad MTB is designed to integrate with Smith bike helmets, like the award-winning Forefront, as well as many full-face helmets on the market. “I rode a bunch with the goggles and my Forefront. The temperatures were varying, topping out at about 80 degrees. No moisture was involved. My goal was to get the goggles to fog. Despite my best efforts, including climbing 2000ft in the heat, I could not create fog. I even stopped at the top of the climb, with no breeze and s tood still. No fog at all,” said team rider, Nate Hills.

The new goggles will be available October 2015 at specialty retailers worldwide and

Smith Squad Goggle
Old is New: BMC Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology

Old is New: BMC Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology

Old is New: BMC Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology

BMC Teamelite 01 MTT
BMC announced today that its cross-country team will be campaigning on its new-for-2016 carbon fiber Teamelite 01 soft tail suspension bike. BMC calls the 15-millimeter-travel suspension “Micro-Travel Technology” and that is exactly what it is. Using a shaped elastomer built into the seat stays between the bridge and the seat tube, the Teamelite chassis is designed to take the edge off of the racetrack without adding the significant weight penalty of a bonafide rear suspension system. The official press release states:

bigquotes Part carbon construction and part technical feature, MTT provides 15mm of rear-end compliance with the dual-guided, fully integrated XCell damper that enhances lateral and torsional frame stiffness, while maintaining a super-low weight of 1080grams for a size medium with hardware.
BMC Teamelite 01 MTT
BMC Teamelite 01 MTT
BMC is optimistic that its 15-millimeter-travel MTT suspension system will give its World Cup XC team a leg up on rivals who choose either conventional hardtails or dual-suspension bikes.

What MTT refers to is that there are a pair of shafts which pierce the elastomeric element and guide the movement of the rear triangle so that it stays in line with the chassis. A diagram of that mechanism was provided to that effect. Soft tail technology is neither new nor revolutionary. It dates to the early 1990s, when the first dual-suspension designs were emerging and when there was considerable resistance to the concept. The soft tail offered up a half-step to non-believers who didn’t want to be left out, or to prudent buyers who were wary of the risks of being first adopters

Back to the Future

The concept was immensely popular among titanium and steel frame makers who were strapped by their choices of materials and struggled with the complexities of rear suspension. For them, the simple soft tail – a rubber plunger guided between the seat stays and seat tube – was the perfect solution and it fit the profiles of their customers, most of which were hardtail racer-boys, or grey-bearded Ti-men who had no desire to participate in the evolutionary dead end that we now call the dual-suspension trail bike. Soft tails disappeared shortly after the 29er arrived, most likely because larger wheels did a better job of smoothing the terrain than a 26-inch chassis suspended by 20 millimeters of elastomeric joy rubber.

BMC Teamelite 01 MTT
With the XCell elastomeric damper removed, the MTT’s twin sliders are exposed to illustrate how the BMC chassis retains its lateral stability.
Twenty years later, BMC’s re-visitation of the classic soft tail comes in on the heels of some less technical, but equally popular ’90’s trends like Day Glo colorways and purple anodized CNC-machined components. BMC’s Teamelite and its MTT suspension, however, was reborn to serve a higher purpose: to offer elite-level XC racers a little more cushion than a hardtail can provide but not so much that it would tamper with the rider’s need for instant and firm out-of-the-saddle pedaling, and maintain the weight of their race bikes to the equivalent number of a pure hardtail. If that rings like something you’ve heard before, well, consider that the technical skills required to lap World Cup XC venues has increased sharply. Short travel dual suspension bikes have posted a number of victories, but most competitors remain committed to their hardtails. XC racers often spend more training and riding time on their road bikes than they do on a mountain bike of any sort, so from their perspectives, BMC’s Teamelite 01 MTT must feel as plush as PB test riders reported Yeti’s SB6c felt in Sedona’s red rock.

Is MTT technology going to revolutionize the mountain bike world? Well, it didn’t back then, and it probably won’t do so today. Average riders can get that 15 millimeters of plush suspension simply by throwing the 1.8-inch XC racing slicks into the bin and replacing their tires with man-sized 2.35-inch options. That said, BMC’s Teamelite 01 represents a powerful tool for a top XC racer, because it gives him or her one bike with which to take on any race track in the world – and in a war of attrition where emotional stability is as important as lungs and legs, providing that sort of consistency can often make the difference between the top step and one of those other podium placings.

Teamelite Geometry
BMC Teamelite 01 MTT
The Teamelite has no swingarm pivot. The frame’s carbon layup provides enough vertical flex to make up for its 15 millimeters of squish.
Where we will most likely see MTT evolve towards, is the as yet untapped gravel grinder road bike market, which has already taken disc brake technology from cyclocross hipsters and thrust it into mainstream road riding. I would expect to see the BMC MTT logo on road bikes as early as fall 2015 – but that is a completely different topic. Listen to what BMC’s five-time XC World Champion, Julien Absalon, had this to say about his first impressions aboard the Teamelite 01:

bigquotes To be honest, when I tried out the new MTT technology, I was anticipating a compromise. I’m convinced it climbs just as good as last year’s bike, with a little extra something for the downhills, which we definitely need. I’m very happy to have this edge!

Here is the Official BMC Press Release:

Over the past two years, BMC’s team of composite engineers has tested and re-tested MTB prototypes at the Impec Lab in Grenchen, BMC’s in-house composites and engineering playground. After a final round of testing with the world’s most successful mountain bikers, the BMC MTB Racing Team, the end result has come to life in the form of revolutionary race performance. The 2016 Teamelite 01 introduces Micro Travel Technology (MTT) – a new solution for rear-end compliance. Part carbon construction and part technical feature, MTT provides 15mm of rear-end compliance with the dual-guided, fully integrated XCell damper that enhances lateral and torsional frame stiffness, while maintaining an super-low weight of 1080grams for size medium with hardware.

The Teamelite comes is five sizes (including an XS bike with 85mm lower stand-over than the previous Teamelite) and will be available this summer in three builds and a frameset option.

Components / Price – USD

Shimano XTR / Di2 $10599
SRAM XX1 / $6599
Shimano XT / $4599
Frameset: $3599

Want more info? Ask BMC

First Look: Renthal 1XR Chainring

First Look: Renthal 1XR Chainring

First Look: Renthal 1XR Chainring

Renthal 1XR Chainring


About 18 months ago we began a project to develop a retention chainring for 1X drivetrains. We saw problems with wide/narrow in terms of durability and use in muddy (British!) conditions. After going through a number of different designs, including ultra tall teeth and a whacky chainring with three in-line teeth, we proved the best levels of chain retention were achieved with alternating wide and narrow teeth. So, we went back to the wide/narrow format and tackled the issues that it caused. Here’s what we did:


As the tooth face wears, the inner chain plates come into contact with the wide section of the chainring tooth. When this happens the efficiency of the chainring is lost, as the chain is no longer running on just the roller. To alleviate this problem and extend chainring life, we profiled the face of the wide section to allow clearance for more tooth face wear to occur before the chainring has to be replaced. Durability is further bolstered as we use a full width tooth face and manufacture from 7075 T6 aluminium, which is then hard anodised. We bench marked the two market leading chainrings and the Renthal 1XR showed considerably improved longevity.

Mud condition performance

In heavy mud conditions, two issues occur; mud quickly builds up on the shoulder that links the wide section teeth and it can clog on the x-section wide teeth. Both of these cause efficiency and premature wear issues at best. At worst, it can cause the chain to lift up and de-rail. We tackled this in three ways. We significantly lowered the shoulder between the wide section teeth, giving mud room to evacuate. We also added mud grooves in the tooth bed to further speed the process. Additionally, the profiled front section of the wide tooth allows clearance for mud to purge out, rather than clogging.

Technical Info

Renthal 1XR – Ultimate chain retention. All conditions.

• Alternating 1.8 / 3.5mm width teeth
• CNC machined 7075 T6 Aluminum
• Hard anodized surface finish
• Mud grooves in the tooth bed
• Ultra stiff I-Beam cross section
• Mud clearance and wear-proof profiling
• 104mm BCD, 32, 34, 36 and 38t
• £49.95 / €59.90 / $59.90 USD

Renthal 1XR Chainring
bigquotes The Renthal 1XR chainring tooth profiling ensures the highest level of chain retention, in all conditions. Alternating 1.8 / 3.5mm width teeth interlock with the chain for ultimate security, with no loss of efficiency. The 1XR can be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur, without a chain guide. The reduced frontal profile of the 3.5mm wide teeth increases mud clearance for the inner chain plates and extends longevity. Durability of the hard wearing 7075 T6 aluminium construction is maximised with a hard anodised surface treatment and mud evacuation grooves in the tooth bed. We used a number of riders in the UK to test the chainring for retention and durability, as the harsh UK weather provides the best test-bed. Yeti/Fox riders Jared Graves and Richie Rude used the chainring last year and the MS Mondraker team also used them at the back end of the WC DH season. – Ian Collins, Renthal Marketing
Renthal 1XR Chainring

Pinkbike has just received a 1XR ring to test. We’ll be putting it through it’s paces, so expect a full review soon.

Kali Launches DOT-Certified Shiva Full Face

Kali Launches DOT-Certified Shiva Full Face

Kali Launches DOT-Certified Shiva Full Face


Kali Shiva Speed Machine

Kali Protectives showed PB its DOT-certified Carbon fiber Shiva full face helmet over a year ago in anticipation that they would be cranking them out in short order. Reportedly, fine tuning the new lid’s impact performance and complications that Kali’s manufacturer faced perfecting the process of in-molding the “Composite Fusion Plus” triple-density liner pushed its official debut back nearly a year. The wait should be worth it, especially for gravity riders who also ride moto, because the Shiva is certified for both sports. Kali pegs the weight of the new Shiva at 1050 grams and claims that it is up to 600 grams lighter than its competitor’s DOT-certified lids and perhaps more important from a protection standpoint, it is 30-percent smaller on the head.Check out the official video and press release below:

Kali’s New Shiva DOT-Certified Full Face

Product Features:

? World’s lightest DOT certified helmet. Weighs 1050g
? Full carbon fiber shell
? Integrated Airflow system, 8 forward facing vents, and 8 rearward vents
? Meets DOT, ASTM DH, ASTM BMX, ASTM Snow, and CPSC Standards
? Three colorways: Raw carbon, Speed Machine, & Stripes
? Camera and Light Mount accessory Kit
? Premium Travel Bag
? Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, & XL
? Retail Pricing is $500 USD, $399 Euro
? Contact: Kali Protectives

Smaller, Lighter, Safer

If we had to choose three words to summarize the technology behind our revolutionary new Shiva™ full face, we’d be hard pressed to find three better adjectives. Weighing in at a mere 1050g, the Shiva™ is between 400g to 600g lighter than our competitor’s highest end offerings. In addition to being one of the lightest DOT helmets on the market, it’s also 30% smaller than your average motocross helmet.

These features aren’t just great talking points, they also offer considerable safety advantages. Recent research has shown that smaller and lighter helmets are crucial for reducing the risk of brain trauma during an impact.

Kali Shiva Stripes
Kali Shiva Raw Carbon
Raw Carbon
This reduction in weight and size is possible due to our Composite Fusion Three™ technology, which consists of a multiple density EPS liner that is inmolded to the carbon fiber shell. This new third generation of our technology utilizes triangular pyramids to distribute forces laterally, which allows us to use a lighter density foam throughout, and reduces the thickness of the shell.
Photographer holmesslice
Photographer holmesslice

Brad Holmes Photography


? COMPOSITE FUSION: Unlike standard construction helmets where the foam is glued into a shell, our technology allows us to inject the EPS liner directly into the shell. This inmolding technique is standard on bicycle half-shell helmets, but Kali is the only manufacturer capable of doing this in a full face helmet. The advantage of this design is that it eliminates the gap between the shell and foam, which reduces the number of impacts the brain is subjected to in a crash. Rather than two impacts (ground to shell, shell to foam), there is only one impact with a COMPOSITE FUSION helmet.

? COMPOSITE FUSION 3: We’ve improved on our original in molding technology by adding multi density triangular pyramids throughout the EPS liner, to better dissipate energy laterally. This allows us to reduce the size of the shell, and use a lighter density foam, which is crucial for mitigating the effects of both low and high speed impacts.

? Lighter and Smaller: Everything is subject to the laws of physics. In school the phenomena is explained by the equation Force = Mass x Acceleration. On the trail, it’s ultimately the rider who determines acceleration, so we strive to reduce the weight and size of our helmets in order to minimize the forces applied to the head and neck in an accident. Recent studies have indicated that reducing helmet volume by 10% can reduce rotational forces transmitted to the brain by over 20%.

? Breakaway Visor and Helmet Shape : The Shiva utilizes a breakaway visor and less angular helmet shape, which is designed to not snag the ground in a yard sale.

? Integrated Removable Camera and Light Mount : Includes mounts for GoPro, Contour, Light & Motion, and a universal bar mount.

MENTIONS: @KaliProtectives

evo Gallery Presents Paris Gore – Through the Trees

evo Gallery Presents Paris Gore – Through the Trees

evo Gallery Presents Paris Gore – Through the Trees

When: Saturday | April 11, 2015 | 6 – 9 pm
Where: evo Gallery | 3500 Stone Way N
Cost: Free, All ages
Facebook Evite: here

It’s with great pleasure that evo brings you Through the Trees, a selection of work by action sports photographer Paris Gore, showcasing his passion for the outdoors and love of life on two wheels in our Seattle store this April. Please join us next Saturday, April 11th from 6-9PM for the opening night with beverages provided by Harbinger Winery and Ninkasi Brewing to support The Service Board non-profit.

Graham Agassiz flipping the August 11th Super Moon during the 2014 Deep Summer Photo Challenge. Shot with a Nikon D4 amp 600mm F4 Lens Processed in Lightroom for basic color correction.
Based in Bellingham, Washington, Paris graduated from the Commercial Photography Program at Seattle Central and has pursued his passion of documenting the characters and culture of mountain biking. First as a rider, then as a photographer, Paris has long studied the interplay of movement, light and landscape in the mountains. From behind the lens, he translates those stories for his audience through images crisp with authenticity.His work is routinely featured in major publications and commercial ad campaigns. Shooting a wide variety of disciplines, Paris’ work grasps the raw emotion in World Cup downhill racing to big mountain freeriding, trail riding and dirt jumping. His work has earned top steps at contests such as second place at the 2014 Crankworx Deep Summer Photo Challenge and Top 250 in the 2013 Red Bull Illume Photo Quest.

Behind Deep Summer with Paris Gore

MENTIONS: @parisgore