Formula Continues Partnership with AB Devinci Team in 2017

Formula Continues Partnership with AB Devinci Team in 2017

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

For the last 10 years, the AB Devinci team has represented the pinnacle of Italian downhill racing and the team will continue their successful relationship with Formula on the 2017 international downhill racing circuit. In 2017 the AB Devinci team will be the main representative of the Canadian manufacturer on the international race circuit. The team will focus on the UCI World Cup, IXS European Cup, and the Italian circuit Gravitalia aboard bikes equipped with Formula Cura brakes. The professionalism of the AB Devinci team combined with the expertise of Formula engineers will make for a great season of downhill racing.

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

Thanks to an excellent roster, the team is very motivated to accomplish their 2017 goals. Loris Revelli (19), who was the fastest junior at Val di Sole in 2015 and established himself among the main players at the IXS European Cup, is aiming for top 20 consistency in the World Cup elite ranks. Andrea Bianciotto ( 18 ) qualified as the fastest junior at Val di Sole in 2016 and has the potential to become one of the top junior riders in 2017. Francesco Colombo (21) achieved 38th place at Fort William in 2016 and is ready to make the next step after taking 8th place overall in the IXS European Cup. Gianluca Vernassa (21) and Carlo Caire (22) are already team veterans and seek to strengthen their positions in the top 40 UCI ranking.

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

 

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

“I have always tried to provide my athletes the best you can find, this is an essential condition for being able to fight at the highest level,” said Roberto Vernassa, AB Devinci Team Manager. “We’ve been racing with Fromula brakes for more than ten years now and we’re happy as the first day. I’m so excited to share another season with this amazing brand.”

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

“2017 is probably going to be the most important seasons of my career to date,” said Loris Revelli. “We’ve set important goals with the team and we will work hard to try to achieve them as we do every year. The support of Formula on race field is one of the key ingredients to be where we want to be.”

“I’ve been racing with Formula brakes for two years now and I’ve always been very satisfied,” said Andrea Bianciotto. “With the Cura Formula pushed the performance to the next level in terms of sensitivity and reliability. The feeling is fantastic and the power is more than what we need. Being able to trust your brakes mean you can push your limits during your race run.”

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

 

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

“I am personally very happy to continue working with Formula,” said Francesco Colombo. “I’ve always had a good feeling with their brakes and the new Cura are exactly what I need for racing.”

“With the new Formula Cura I found everything I was looking for a downhill brake: power, consistency in braking and amazing feeling all the way down my race run,” said Gianluca Vernassa. “On top of that the Cura has an aggressive and modern design that gives a nice touch to my Devinci Wilson.”

“I am stoked to continue the partnership with Formula, a very professional brand focused on quality, and the new Cura proves it,” said Carlo Caire. “In addition to that I’m proud to collaborate with an Italian brand that has always been at the top in the mountain bike industry”.

Formula continues partnership with AB Devinci Team

 


MENTIONS: @rideformula / @devinci

Crankworx Rotorua to get Boost in Government Funding

Crankworx Rotorua to get Boost in Government Funding

Crankworx Rotorua 2016 - Giant Toa Enduro

The Rotorua Post today reported that local government would be investing up to $1.7 million in five years into Crankworx Rotorua and Enduro World Series.

Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges made the announcement today.

bigquotes Crankworx provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Bay of Plenty as one of the best mountain biking venues in the world, attracting the world’s best pro-athletes, this event is expected to inject millions into the Rotorua economy and lead to wider economic benefits for New Zealand economy as a whole.Simon Bridges, Economic Development Minister
Crankworx event director Tak Mutu said the announcement was huge for the future success of the event.

bigquotes We produce one of the highest quality events in the world. It takes a lot of work to do it, from manpower to cash. With the Government committing to five years it means we are able to focus on growing events and eyes on Rotorua.Tak Mutu, Crankworx Event Director
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Crankworx Rotorua has so far added about $8m to the Rotorua economy and 6.1m viewers watched the event on television and online. Last year the event attracted 1300 international visitors and this year that number is expected to increase to around 1735, rising to more than 2000 by 2021. The Government also invested $420,000 in the 2015 and 2016 Crankworx events.

Crankworx Rotorua will take place March 24th through April 2nd. Keep an eye on Pinkbike for all updates from the event.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx

One Vision: Faster, Stronger for 2017

One Vision: Faster, Stronger for 2017


One Vision Global Racing thunders into its third year of operation in 2017, and it’s going to be our biggest, loudest and best year yet! There are a number of exciting new things happening at One Vision, both at and away from the races! One Vision maintains its strong relationship with main sponsor Nicolai Bikes, and the riders are looking forward to another season shredding the Geometron range and working on further development. In 2016 Jack and the lads worked with Nicolai Bikes and Chris Porter of Mojo Suspension to create the G19 downhill bike which achieved a world cup top 20 and a BDS win as a prototype. It is now available for the public to buy as a production DH race machine and the team will be racing and riding standard frames throughout 2017. The lads are all super excited for the season ahead and teamed up with camera wizard, Callum Philpott last weekend to capture their new 2017 look.

Team lineup for 2017 with their new Nicolai Bikes Geometron G19 race bikes

Photo: Callum Philpott

Jack Reading, team owner, and rider, had his best ever season in 2016 on board his G19 race bike. He achieved his first world cup top 20, won his first BDS race and showed great pace achieving some top 10 splits at a number of world cup rounds. Jack is super excited to race on board the now production Nicolai Geometron G19 in 2017 and is feeling better than ever!

Jack Reading and his new 2017 race machine - Nicolai Geometron G19

Photo: Callum Philpott

“Last year was great, and the belief is finally there that I can challenge for a top 10 world cup finish with the right run. I love my bike; it’s amazing, inspiring so much confidence to go as fast as I physically can, so I can’t wait to get racing. Last year I got used to the bike, this year it feels part of me. Throughout previous winters I’ve worked full time in the clinic as an Optometrist and juggled training and running the team around that. It always left me feeling weak and tired at the start of the season, but it was a necessary evil so I could afford to travel to the races. After a strong 2016 season I’ve been able to cut the clinic work down to twice a week allowing me to focus on training and riding which has made a massive difference to my riding at this time of year. I want to say a huge sincere thank you to all of One Vision’s amazing sponsors who make my dream and the One Vision program an ever-improving reality each year. I’m hungrier than ever to get racing after finishing 2016 with really good pace! Let’s have it!” – Jack Reading

Jack has a number of projects kicking off in 2017 away from the races:

“Over the last couple of years I’ve realised how much I enjoy coaching riders, and I’ve developed a real taste for it. I’m a British Cycling MTB level two qualified coach, and I’m starting ‘One Vision MTB Coaching’, which will have two components: It will be offering both general MTB skills coaching, and specific MTB DH race coaching sessions. I’ve been coaching James Hurst for 5 years, taking him for youth rider to world cup racer and UK elite rider, so I believe I already have a wealth of experience I’d like to use to help other riders and racers improve their MTB and racing skills. We also plan on doing some guided rides, as George is going through his British Cycling guiding qualifications at the moment! Watch this space!” – Jack Reading

One Vision Global Racing

Photo: Phil Reading

George Gannicott stays with One Vision Global Racing for another year in 2017. With an impressive 10th place qualification run at Fort William, and his first top 30 finish in finals, we’re excited to see George bring that pace to more of the races in 2017. Here’s George’s feelings going into 2017:

“I’m coming in to my second year with One Vision Global Racing. It feels great to be in a position where I’m building on the knowledge of my bike from the previous year rather than trying to get used to a whole new rig. Some riders would say it’s a bit of a chore having to ‘plug’ sponsors through social media but with the amazing package that One Vision can offer me it’s easy! It’s more spreading my love of the products we use rather than relentless advertising. With that said, I’m far too excited to get racing for my own good! It’s going to be one hell of a season from the team and it’ll be hard to miss us with our new G19’s!”

George Gannicott with his 2017 Nicolai Geometron G19

Photo: Callum Philpott

Will Jones is looking forward to his first full world cup season in 2017, after a tough year as a rookie at the European rounds in 2016. Will achieved his first BDS podium in 2016, as well as qualifying to race Fort William world cup, so we’re excited to see him lift his game to the next level in 2017. He’s been training harder than most professional riders are willing to do over the off-season despite working full time as a carpenter, and he’s excited for the year ahead.

Will Jones with his 2017 Nicolai Geometron G19

Photo: Callum Philpott

“The race season can’t get underway soon enough! 2017 will be my second year riding for One Vision Global Racing and the support is phenomenal. The team and its sponsors provide everything I could ask for to help me achieve my goals and I’m left wanting for nothing. This will be my first full World Cup season and off the back of an intense winter training, I’m hoping for a strong season… Roll on Lourdes!” – Will Jones

One Vision Global Racing

Photo: Phil Reading

James Hurst looks forward to his first year in elite for 2017. He has had two successful seasons with the team so far, achieving some great junior BDS results in 2015, and finishing 1st in the British Cycling Expert overall rankings in 2016. We are all really excited to see how his first year in the top category goes and James is looking forward to the challenge.

James Hurst with his 2017 Nicolai Geometron G19

Photo: Callum Philpott

“I’m really looking forward to the 2017 season and what it has to offer! It will be my first year in elite and coming off a strong season in 2016, I can’t wait to get racing again and see how I get on competing with the big guns! I’m sure it’s going to be another year filled with more good times with the One Vision family.” – James Hurst

Jimmy being chased down by Myles

Photo: Phil Reading

For 2017 the team has a new signing in the shape of Myles James. Myles is already good friends with Will as they both live in Hereford, and because of this knows most of the lads well already. This has made it easy for him to fit into the team dynamic and quickly become a valued team member. Myles finished 4th in the British Cycling Expert overall rankings in 2016 and also moves into Elite for 2017. He is training hard this winter and has his sights set on a great rookie elite season.

Myles James with his 2017 Nicolai Geometron G19

Photo: Callum Philpott

“2017 will be my first season in the elite category and I am over the moon to be riding for One Vision Global Racing this season. I can’t thank the team and all of our sponsors enough for the support and I am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead. My aims for this season are to compete in the British Downhill Series and at selected European races to get enough points to race world cups in 2018. Bring on the season ahead I can’t wait to be sat on that start line!” – Myles James

One Vision Global Racing

Photo: Phil Reading

The team will be racing a full world cup season in 2017 attending all of the rounds, including Canada, as well as the full British Downhill Series and selected Crankworx events. All of the riders are fired up and ready for action! The atmosphere in the team is better than ever, with all of the lads getting on like brothers it makes racing weekends such a fun experience for everyone involved. Big Phil, team manager, and Jack’s Dad, does his best to keep everything under control and running smoothly. The team heads out to Portugal on Monday to spend a week with Ride Portugal testing and training on their amazing tracks, before starting the racing season at the first round of Portugal Cup on the 5th of March!

As always we need to say a huge thank you to all of the team’s supporting brands. Without these guys, the team wouldn’t exist and we’re so lucky to have the backing of such amazing companies and products:

Nicolai Bikes, Mojo Suspension, ONeal, Hope Technology, Schwalbe Tyres, Clif Bar, MRP, Works Components, Crank Brothers, Dirt Factory, DNA Sports Performance, Rock Guardz, Gusset Components, 3 Point Therapy, Monkey Fresh, Extra UK and ESP.

We also need to take the opportunity to thank a number of great individuals who support One Vision, purely because of their amazing good will and believe in the program we run! These people are:

Lars Jones and Ben Harrison – race mechanics
Paul Jeffery – team Soft Tissue Therapist
Callum Philpott – media work in the form of amazing photos and video
Kieran Baldwin – Graphic Designer producing our logos, race jerseys and anything else we need
Mark Davies, Mark McClure, Richard Taylor, and Adey Bennett – provide much-needed help towards the huge financial expenses of racing around the world

One Vision Global Racing

Left to right: James, Will, Jack and Myles sporting their new sponsor’s clothing Monkey Fresh. George was attending to some Scottish business…

That’s One Vision Global Racing for 2017 – let’s have it!

Video: Callum Philpott


MENTIONS: @onevisionglobalracing / @oneal / @hopetech / @crankbrothers

Vincent Tupin and Vee Tire Co. Push New Boundaries

Vincent Tupin and Vee Tire Co. Push New Boundaries

Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries

Josh Bender’s old school tricks may seem a thing of the past, but a new generation of freeriders are daring to perform extreme tricks in competitive events.

This year, VEE Tire Co. is proud to welcome Vincent “Vinny T” Tupin as their freeride hero. Originating from France, Vinny T is known for his airborne tricks while maintaining speed on changing terrain. The company feels his humble character and exceptional talent makes him the perfect rider to represent VEE Tire Co.

Vinny T prefers the Flow Smasher in muddy terrains for its versatility, and the Flow Rumba for dry conditions because it allows him to pull tight corners with control and lasting durability. He is excited to test the new VEE Tire Co. Gravity Core this year.

Check out an exclusive interview between Vinny T and VEE Tire Co. below, and keep an eye out for new projects showcasing his exciting abilities.

Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries
Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries

About Vincent Turpin

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words.
A: I don’t like to describe myself, but my friends say that I am crazy, friendly and shy.

Q: Besides your phone and wallet, what items do you never leave the house without?
A: A beanie or a cap and long socks.

Q: How do you set your goals every year to maintain your competitive level?
A: I set my goals in many ways. It can be tricks, freeride lines that I’ve never rode before or simply the desire to progress every day.

Q: As a pro-freerider, what is the biggest difference between your life previously and now?
A: I can ride my bike whenever I want.

Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Continue to do videos, do some trips and ride Fest Series jumps.

Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries

Sponsorship

Q: Who are your sponsors for 2017?
A: My sponsors for 2017 are Scott, Syncros components, Chatel Bikepark, Hope Technology, Fiveten, Bos Supension, Magic Downhill, Box Components, MTB Morzine Beds, Sensus Grips, Mozartt and VEE Tire Co.

Q: As a VEE Tire Co. athelete, are there any special product developments?
A: This year I will ride and test the New VEE Tire Co. Gravity Core.

Q: Do you have any specific setups for your bike?
A: I ride 27.5″ wheels on all my bikes except my DJ bike. I like to have stiff suspension, although my bikes are pretty much similar as the original bike.

Q: What is your suspension preference?
A: I like to ride my Scott Gambler stiff. When I ride Fest Series jumps, for example, I need a bike that can keep the speed between jumps and can take big impacts. I also need a slow rebound on big jumps.

Q: What is the most important aspect in choosing tires?
A: The grip! Where I live in France, I need tires that can run well in the mud and snow in the winter. Vee Tire Co. Flow Smasher is perfect for that type of terrain. In summer, it is generally dry so I can ride tires with less spikes, like the Flow Rumba. The compound of the tires are also very important.

Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries
Vincent Tupin and VEE TIRE CO. Push New Boundaries
Competition

Q: In the beginning of your career, what was the most difficult trick you learned?
A: Hard to say, maybe the backflip was the hardest at the beginning. I was not too crazy and this trick worried me. Now, it is one of my favorite things to do.

Q: You love to do big tricks; did you learn any new tricks for 2017?
A: I want to do bigger tricks with my downhill bike.

Q: What events did you choose to join this year?
A: The Fest Series – it’s always a good time and we push our limits every time. Then, Crankworks in Les Gets, France; Innsbruck, Austria; and Whistler, Canada.

Q: What has been your ultimate riding experience?
A: Riding Loosefest (Fest Series) in Belgium. It is still the biggest jump I have ever done.

Q: Any special trips planned for shooting videos in 2017?
A: There will be some for sure.

VEE Tire Co. is very well known for offering the specialty and major bicycle markets a premium tire and tire products, at an affordable price whilst still maintaining a high-end purchasing experience for the consumer. With the most extensive fat tire collection available in the market, it has the unique ability to draw knowledge and resources from its parent company, Vee Rubber, which has experience in the bicycle, motorcycle and car industries. These circumstances are the guarantee that gives VEE Tire Co. an engineering advantage to push boundaries and adapt quickly to any existing or new bicycle market segment. For more information on VEE Tire Co., visit their website at www.veetireco.com


MENTIONS: @VeeTireCoUK

3rd Annual Yeti Trans NZ Starts this Sunday

3rd Annual Yeti Trans NZ Starts this Sunday

Coming into its third year, the Yeti Trans NZ presented by Shimano is prepared to deliver one of the finest enduro experiences on earth— where the cinematic scenery is unrivaled; the trails are hand-selected for being steep, deep and chock full of roots and rocks; and there is always cold beer waiting in the chilly bin at the end of the day. Multiply this by five, back-to-back days, with new adventures, quite literally, around each corner.

Looking down on Queenstown from High on the Ben Lomond ridge with the Remarkables in the background

If you’re not one of the lucky 130 lottery-entrants to experience the Yeti Trans NZ firsthand, you can vicariously follow the adventures on Pinkbike starting February 26, for daily recaps and Trans NZ for links to additional media coverage and live social media stream.

“This has been a very good, wet summer for trails on the South Island,” said Megan Rose, founder and event director of the Yeti Trans NZ. “I am excited to add a new stage on day one that will produce the biggest grin factor of the day, on the hardest day of the week, which happens to be straight out of the gate.”

Yeti Trans NZ

The first two days of the Yeti Trans NZ will be headquartered out of Craigieburn, a small community built into the rugged hillside of the Southern Alps. Riders will be whisked away to Queenstown, to race in and around the “Adventure Capital of the World” for the final three days.

Yeti Trans NZ

“This may be the last time that we combine Craigieburn with Queenstown as paired locations for a 5-day enduro stage race,” Rose said. “But you’ll have to wait and see where we are headed next.”

The Yeti Trans NZ will be represented by a melting pot of 14 countries, including 26 percent calling New Zealand home, 38 percent Australians, 15 percent Americans and the remaining 22 percent hailing from Singapore, Chile, Europe and Canada. Riders will have almost 130km of riding, 6120 m of climbing, 8008 m of descending (less climbing, more descending than last year) to make it to the finish line on March 2.

Yeti Trans NZ

“I traveled to New Zealand for this race to capture the unmatched beauty of the country as a racer and behind the lens,” said Nate Hills (Dillon, Colo.), Open Men. “I have yet to explore this corner of the world and am excited to dive into new trails every day.”

Yeti Trans NZ

Every year brings a completely new set of participants with fresh eyes for the tracks and scenery. “I am always jazzed up when people are stoked on the newness of an area,” said Ted Morton, Rose’s wingman for the week. “I am most excited for day four in Alexandra. You never know what Phil’s creative mind will have in store with the pink dots.”

Flynn flying down stage five

The Yeti Trans NZ collaborates with and donates to local clubs who support local trail building projects that in turn provide access to world-class riding. “Kiwis thrive on recreating in the outdoors, and all of the clubs, communities, and Department of Conservation (DOC) have been incredibly supportive of sharing their backyard,” Rose said.

Rose’s goal in growing the event is to reach more viewers around the world. “The event isn’t about bringing in a stacked field of Pros— it’s about the experience, the camaraderie, reveling in each day, watching the wildcard riders come into their element racing blind on the tracks, and sharing the stories.”

Stage 1 - Luge

The Yeti Trans NZ will be posting regular updates on Facebook and Instagram throughout the week, and video recaps on Vimeo. Hashtag your photos #transnzenduro to make their way onto the live stream of the Trans NZ’s Media HQ. For more information email [email protected] or visit www.transnz.com.

The Queenstown Bike Park in all its glory.

About Megan Rose— Megan has been riding and racing bikes all over the world for 14 years and organizing bike events for the past six years. She splits her time between British Columbia and New Zealand, running the Trans NZ and Trans BC. Over the past three years, Megan has personally raced in over 40 enduro races, timed over 68 days worth of enduro races, and personally organized 30 enduro races. Megan and her team look forward to bringing you the best of the best from all of these perspectives.

Yeti Trans NZ

 


MENTIONS: @TransNZ / @shimano

Steele Industries PO30 Pedal Release

Steele Industries PO30 Pedal Release


Steele Industries was founded in 2011 by Harry Steele with the help and support from like minded riders in the UK. We participate and compete in a range of disciplines, from dirt jumping to downhill racing which helps us understand and push our prototypes and potential new products to breaking point to ensure the quality and durability of the components we sell.

After a year of developing a new pedal design we are finally able to release the PO30 platform pedal.

PO30 Platform Pedal

Our design offers a robust body and axle turning on a large 61802 2RS sealed bearing and IGUS bushing. The body has a 2mm concave that cradles your foot and sinks the 11 pins into your sole for superior traction that does not hinder you from being able to make micro adjustments to your foot position during a ride.

PO30 Pedals

The PO30 makes use of a large platform, with it measuring out at 110 x 107mm. Total weight for the pair is 405 grams.

PO30 Platform Pedal

Each rider has a personal preference when it comes to the amount of grip their pedals offer which is why the PO30 is supplied with two sets of pins, extra long and standard size with the option to add grub screw pins to the centre of the pedal body for maximum traction.

PO30 Pedals
PO30 CAD Drawing

Specs:
• Extruded and machined from Steele Industries molds and 6061 T6 aluminium
• 110mm x 107mm footprint
• Concave 2mm deep pedal profile per side
• 13mm thin at the centre
• Symmetrical pedal profile for added foot support and stability
• 11 extra long pins per side
• Includes extra set of standard size pins
• Large 61802 2RS sealed bearing and IGUS bushing internals
• Heat treated Cr-Mo Spindle that is compatible with 8mm allen key
• Available in black anodised finish
• 405 grams
• Lifetime Warranty
• MSRP of £59.99

Arriving April 2017 – Pre-orders available via our website with 40% off the list price.


MENTIONS: @Steele-Industries

Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

Shimano Announces Affordable Deore M6000 Group and a Wide Range SLX Option

Shimano 2017

Shimano’s latest press release reminds us that, as much as we would all like to own a ten thousand dollar trail bike, many avid riders, and some first-time mountain bikers will be hitting the trails this season aboard far more modest steeds. The new M6000-level Deore component ensemble is targeted at the entry-level enthusiasts and cash strapped shredders who would much prefer XTR, but have not yet purchased a winning lottery ticket.

Shimano 2017
Clutch-type rear derailleur in long and mid-cage options.
Highlights of the new group are a clutch type Shadow plus rear derailleur, a four-arm XTR style crank spider, Centerlock brake rotors and hubs, and while the Servo-Wave brake levers and ICE-compatible calipers are modeled very close to the ergonomically pleasant XT and XTR stoppers, you’ll have to pony up for the finned brake pads, because they are not standard fare.

Shimano 2017
Mid-length levers and servo-wave actuation.
Shimano 2017
The 6000 calipers accept XTR finned brake pads.
Shimano 2017
Choose a two or three-ring crankset with XTR styling.
Equally newsworthy was what was not included in the press release: No eleven speed for M6000, so it won’t be cross-compatible with its pricier siblings. The basic Deore will remain a ten-speed transmission, and there is no mention of a one-by (single chainring) option. Instead, M6000 customers can choose from a number of two and three-chainring cranksets (no surprise there) paired with a new wide-range 11 by 42-tooth cassette, or Shimano’s longstanding 11 by 32, 34, or 36-tooth cassettes. To assist OEM customers, Shimano will offer front changers with every possible cable and clamping arrangement.
Shimano 2017
Side-swing front mech for the entry level Deore group.
Shimano Deore M6000

Shimano 2017
SLX One-By and a Wide-Range Cassette

On the heels of the M6000 Deore ensemble, came the announcement that an SLX-level one-by drivetrain has finally been approved for production, and with an eleven–speed, 11 x 46-tooth, wide-range cassette – both of which will be released this Spring. The affordable one-by transmission, big-boy cassette and the concurrent release of XT-level wheelsets with Boost axle spacing reflect a large-scale adjustment in the Japanese parts maker’s range, presumably, to pull alongside SRAM in the OEM market and to ensure that those customers have the proper tools to outfit mid-priced performance mountain bikes with tip-to-toe Shimano componentry.

Shimano Deore M7000
Entry Level Trail Pedal

Shimano also added an SPD Trail pedal to its range that is reportedly priced to match the M6000 ensemble. The PDED500 pedal once again, puts one of Shimano’s most-wanted products into the hands of entry-level riders. Expect to see the 500-level pedals on demo fleets world wide. No price was available at the time of the press release.

Shimano 2017
Boost Wheelsets

Wheels have gradually become a staple product for Shimano and, while wide rims are still on the horizon, to keep in step, their wheel range is now available in Boost-width as well as standard-width axles. Two new 29” and 27.5” Deore XT wheelsets have wider axle options – a 110x15mm e-thru front- and a 148x12mm rear-axle spacing. Shimano says that the new wheelsets increase stiffness. Also new are rear thru axle hubs (AX-MT700 and AX-MT500) with smaller housings and lighter weights that feature greater clearance for frames and brake calipers.

Shimano Deore M8000
Shimano 2017

MENTIONS: @shimano

Swatch Rocket Air FMB Gold Event Set to Mesh the Past with the Present

Swatch Rocket Air FMB Gold Event Set to Mesh the Past with the Present

Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle 2017

April 28th and 29th will see the ice rink of Thun, Switzerland, transformed into a bike paradise for the 8th annual Swatch Rocket Air event. The elite slopestyle event will take a journey back through time to meet Marty McFly, mullet haircuts and new way tunes all to fit with the theme for 2017; “Back to the 80s.” The Swiss event will hold an FMB World Tour Gold status for the second year in a row.

For those who have asked why the Flying Metal Crew changes the event theme each year, Event Director, Jerome Hunziker, has a simple answer: “We don’t want anyone to get bored!“ As a result, the end of April won’t be a dull moment in Thun. The Flying Metal Crew will work once again to bring their theme to life. While they may not be able to recreate a time machine like in the classic 80s movies “Back to the Future,” they will turn the ice rink into the next best thing: the ultimate 80s dance party! Come relive this iconic time, with its colorful fashion, design, and music, as riders take flight next to a human-sized disco ball and drop off a 10-meter-high ghetto blaster.

Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle

As an FMB Gold event, it is next to obligatory that the highest ranked slopestyle athletes will attend. Nicholi Rogatkin, 2015 Swatch Rocket Air winner and FMB Diamond Series leader, has already announced he will return to defend his title. Will he earn himself the win with his unique “Twister” trick or does the wild American have a new trick up his sleeve for the judges? Either way, we can expect the audience to be on their feet grooving for the riders!

The Swatch Rocket Air has also evolved into much more than just a single slopestyle show. There will be many activities taking place throughout the weekend including the Pumptrack World Battle. With the help of the online ranking system, riders can test their skills against each other on the Modular Pumptrack. For the generation of future riders there will be a “Like-a-Bike” race where children aged 2–5 can make their rounds. Finally, the 5x Flatland World Champion, Vicki Gomez, will entertain us all with a spectacular BMX Flatland Show.

Swatch Rocket Air Slopestyle

The 2016 event was sold-out, so spectators will want to buy their tickets early. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online at www.rocketair.ch/tickets.

Stay tuned for the lasts news by following @swatchrocketair and @flyingmetalcrew on social media. Followers will be given an insider look as the Flying Metal Crew brings to life their “Back to the 80s“ theme and Course Builder, Ramon Hunziker, shares details about the course design and we find out who will arrive in Thun to fight for the crown!

2016 Event Highlights


MENTIONS: @FMBA / @flyingmetal

Tomas Slavik and Manuel Gruber Renew Contract with Thirty7even

Tomas Slavik and Manuel Gruber Renew Contract with Thirty7even

Tomas Slavik

We are proud to announce that one of the most inspiring mountain bike racers on the planet will be with us for another two years! There aren’t many Supernatural Racers out there who can deliver top results across the most diverse Mountainbike disciplines. With his rare combination of skill and total dedication, Tomas embodies Thirty7even’s message…a true Supernatural Racer.

Tomas Slavik

“I have been with Thirty7even basically from the beginning of the brand so it`s a pleasure for me to say that we signed the contract for another two years. 2016 was an absolutely amazing season for me and it will be hard to beat, but I`m motivated and ready to give it all I`ve got. In 2017 I will be racing the 4X Pro Tour, Crankworx, City DH World Tour, Downmall Tour series and many other races all over the world. The biggest goals in 2017 are definitely King of Crankworx and the World Champion title in fourcross. The upcoming year will be long and busy, but I’m stoked to be on board with Thirty7even.” – Tomas Slavik

Manuel Gruber

Manuel Gruber.

“It’s important for me to work with a team that is receptive to feedback and where I have some influence over the products. The T7N Team is always open-minded and focused on improving their stuff, and that’s why I enjoy working with them so much. I hope to represent the T7N Team with some good results, great photos and videos throughout the year, and I’m stoked to hit the races circuit wearing T7N stuff again.“ – Manuel Gruber

For 2017 Manuel will focus on the iXS EDC and is looking forward to some podiums and the overall. Tomas’ biggest goals are definitely King of Crankworx and World Champion title in fourcross.


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Rémy Métailler Signs Two-Year Deal with Cube

Rémy Métailler Signs Two-Year Deal with Cube

R my M tailler signs 2-year deal with Cube Bikes
Whistler-based, Rémy Métailler, is one of the last riders to announce their sponsors for 2017, but here it is. For the next two years, Rémy will be setting the internet ablaze with videos like his Whistler Bike Park clips, aboard a Cube. Speaking with Rémy of the new partnership, he’s quick to point out how much he has been enjoying working with Cube as he prepares for 2017, adding that the communication he has with the brand has been great.

The 26-year-old freerider is one of the more innovative park riders today and his riding puts a lot of stress on equipment, not to mention the number of laps of the Whistler Bike Park that he does. Rémy will spend most of his time aboard the Cube Two15 downhill bike and will ride the brands Stereo 160 outside the park.

R my M tailler signs 2-year deal with Cube Bikes
Rémy’s 2016 season came to an abrupt finish when he misjudged a jump at the Taxco Downhill event in Mexico, breaking his back in the process. There were rumours circulating that he would be off the bike for the majority of 2017, but when asked Rémy said he feels stronger than ever and has been spending a lot of time skiing recently too – an activity that he has been enjoying with little in the way of issues as a result of the back injury. He’s ready to get back on his bike and has been training to make sure that he is not only ready, but better than before.

Cube will be Rémy’s frame supplier through 2018, with more news on his partnerships to come in the near future. For more check Cube’s full press release below.


Métailler signs two-year deal with CUBE

26-year-old French freerider Rémy Métailler moves to leading German bike manufacturer CUBE with immediate effect. Rémy lives in Whistler, BC, Canada.

CUBE announces its partnership with one of the freeride scene’s best-known and most innovative riders ahead of the 2017 season. Both sides are delighted about the new collaboration. CUBE is particularly proud that one of the world’s best freeriders has chosen the German bike manufacturer as his partner. “The deal with Rémy means we have an absolute world-class rider on our books. We are extremely proud to welcome Rémy Métailler to the CUBE fold. Despite only being 26 years of age, Rémy is already a big name on the freeride scene and brings a wealth of experience on board with him. We look forward to working together and are planning some intriguing projects involving Rémy,” says Marko Haas, CUBE Marketing. “CUBE’s focus is not solely on lab results. We also work particularly closely with athletes and obtain feedback direct from riders. This data goes straight into our development processes to ensure we get the best performance from every single bike.” Rémy is excited about the partnership with CUBE: “The brand and I share the same interests and my move from Commencal to CUBE went really well. I am very optimistic about the future and moving to one of the bike industry’s leading companies is added motivation for me.”

R my M tailler signs 2-year deal with Cube Bikes
Rémy believes that the best equipment produces the best performances. That’s why one of his bikes of choice is the CUBE Two15 downhiller. With its perfect combination of agility and smooth ride, the Two15 makes child’s play out of going super fast on everything from World Cup tracks to local downhill trails and freeride tracks. Rémy made the conscious decision to move to CUBE and is already looking forward to working together: “I feel a connection to the brand through my European roots. CUBE is a household name to me and the new Two15 is an awesome bike that has already shown its potential at the Downhill World Cup. The geometry matches my riding style perfectly. Having CUBE as my bike sponsor for 2017 will help me take my riding skills and my bike knowledge to the next level. I’m really excited about taking this next step.”

Rémy is known among other things for the videos he shoots in his adopted home of Whistler. “Burns the Whistler Bike Park” takes bike park riding to the next level and is one of the scene’s most-watched edits. Rémy once again proved he is a world-class talent with a 12th place at the 2016 Red Bull Rampage. He was the only rider to use clipless pedals and his fast run impressed the judges. Rémy has already set his personal targets for the next two years: “Over the next couple of years I plan to keep doing exactly what I have been doing for the last four years – producing web edits and content on the thing I love the most: mountain biking. I will also be involved in developing and testing new products. I am confident that CUBE and I will come up with some fantastic stuff together and I am excited to be riding CUBE bikes in the future.”

Rémy is currently working on his comeback after a crash at the Taxco City Downhill in Mexico, which left him with a broken T6 vertebra. He is making excellent progress with his recovery thanks to intensive training in the gym and close work with his physiologist. So well, in fact, that Rémy feels stronger than ever.


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