Madison Saracen would like to say a huge thank you to Manon Carpenter who, after an unforgettable and enormously successful six seasons will leave the squad at the end of 2016.
Manon has been a part of the team since its launch in 2011 and we are immensely proud to have partnered a career that – so far – has included two world championship titles and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series.
Along the way there have been some huge highs on and off the bike and summarizing Manon’s many accomplishments was no easy task for team manager Will Longden, who paid tribute to her contribution to the team.
“We are delighted with Manon’s achievements during her time at Madison Saracen, helping her develop from an aspiring junior to world champion. Aside from her results on the race track, Manon has inspired countless women to try the sport, acting as an ambassador not just for the team, but for British mountain biking worldwide.”
Manon looked back on her time on the team with similarly fond memories.
“I’m very grateful to Madison Saracen for the opportunities they have provided me with over the last six years. I’ve witnessed it grow from a young development team to the factory world cup team it is today.
“Helping the team step onto the world cup team podium was a huge highlight, along with myself topping the world cup podiums in 2014.
“I’ve learnt a huge amount about myself and racing through my years with Madison Saracen and I feel like it has put me in a great position going forward. So I want to say a big thank you to all those involve, and to the companies who have supported us so well along the way. I wish everyone the very best for the future!”
Carpenter’s Career –
What started with Manon’s first ever elite win at the opening round of the British Downhill Series in 2011, continued with her first rainbow jersey in Champery as a junior in the same year.
By 2012, the Welshwoman had taken her first step onto an elite podium at the mountain bike world cup with second in South Africa, backing it up with a third at the world championships in Leogang.
On her sway to her first elite podium in South Africa.
Regular appearances on the box followed in 2013, with four-second places at the world cup series and third the overall standings.
But it was a first world cup win at Pietermaritzburg in 2014 that set Carpenter up for the series title by way of victories in Leogang and Mt. St. Anne.
Not content with being crowned the most consistent rider of the season, Manon claimed a second rainbow jersey on her Myst, winning the world championships in Hafjell, Norway.
A spectacular 2015 showed Manon’s character to keep fighting against adversity and won her many more admirers.
Getting up to complete her run after a huge crash in Fort William showed physical bravery, while her mental strength was underlined when she came back from disqualification the following week in Leogang, to take three-consecutive second-places.
This was enough to take second overall in the world cup – a result she would replicate in 2016.
Images by Matthew Delorme, Dave Trumpore, Saracen Bikes, and Victor Lucas.
Whether you’re the lucky new owner of a SRAM XX1 or X01 Eagle drivetrain, or one of the talented wrench turners at that lucky new Eagle owner’s local bike shop, the task of working with new technology always requires a bit of “new” education. Not to worry. The following Eagle install video will bring you up to speed in just under 10 minutes. [Or about 20 minutes if you want to watch both the English and German versions.] This Eagle install video quickly walks you through the tools you’ll need, the proper install process, and how to properly use the included Eagle™ B-Gap Adjustment tool.
Don’t need to know how to install an Eagle drivetrain just yet? No worries. We have plenty more SRAM Tech videos online. Be sure to check out —and subscribe to—the SRAM Tech channel on YouTube to stay informed about the best installation, adjustment and service procedures for SRAM and RockShox bicycle components.
Trek issues voluntary nationwide recall of select 2014 and 2015 Farley models
Owners of MY14 Farley and MY15 Farley 6 urged to bring their bikes to authorized retailer for new parts, $100 coupon. 2016 and 2017 Farleys are not affected.
In a coordinated effort with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trek is issuing a voluntary recall of the 2014 Farley and 2015 Farley 6, as well as the framesets of both models. 2016 and 2017 models are not included. This recall is prompted by a pattern of five warranty requests outlining consumer comments of noise and looseness in the headset area of the affected models. An abnormality in the connection between the fork and steerer tube of these select Farley models has the potential to cause a separation at the base of the steerer tube. To date, no injuries involving the affected models have been reported. Upon discovery, the company immediately contacted the CPSC to begin the process of the recall action it is announcing today. The recall affects 4,635 bikes globally, 2,665 of which are located in the United States.
Trek is taking proactive measures to bring attention to this issue by contacting registered owners of the affected models, as well as by reaching out through its global network of authorized retailers. As part of this voluntary recall notice, Trek will provide through its authorized local retailers a free replacement fork, including installation. To incentivize owners of the affected bikes to bring their bikes in for the necessary replacement parts, Trek will be issuing a $100 coupon good towards any Trek or Bontrager product for every bike returned for service.
Authorized Trek retailers have been notified of the issue, and replacement parts are currently available to shops across the globe. Owners of the affected models can expect fast service and replacement parts. Trek urges all riders to have their bikes inspected annually and always maintained by a certified mechanic.
With the help of Jordie Lunn, Strikt has designed and developed its first generation of MTB Gear. It utilizes a custom engineered polyester-based fabric that is made from 99% recycled water bottles and plastics. Direct flow 3d air mesh and coconut fiber liner for maximum comfort during long rides or races. Military grade buckles and of course, fade free sublimated graphics designed by Jordie and Craig Lunn.
The Strikt MTB Gear line is covered by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and is now available online at striktgear.com and in select dealers spring 2017. Dealers inquiries to [email protected]
Get ready folks! Entries open this Thursday November 3rd for Mavic Trans-Provence 2017.
What was the World’s first point-to-point Enduro stage event has, over the years, opened up a new frontier to gravity-fuelled excitement and wild, on-sight racing. This, the 9th edition promises to be no exception: 24 stages of natural singletrack descent (a total of almost 20,000m descending in total) through big mountains and hugely varied terrain from Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes to Menton on the Côte d’Azur.
For those who would like to join 2017’s epic journey, 65 publicly available race places will be up for grabs from 00:00:00 CET at the start of this Thursday, November 3rd, 2016. Information on how to apply for entry can be found here: trans-provence.com
Unite Components is a young business, born in Wales close to the Shropshire border. We are a rider-owned company, fueled by passion and an obsession to create some of the highest quality products the bike industry has seen; all available at a reasonable price. All of Unite’s products are proudly designed and manufactured in the UK. We put a large focus on simple, well-designed products. You won’t find Unite over-complicating products to charge customers more. The latest CAD software and FEA analysis help us to get our designs perfect before going through prototyping and rigorous testing
Unite’s new Grip Rings offer excellent chain retention, great mud clearance and longevity, with a very high quality finish. Grip Rings are CNC-machined from 7075 aluminum, one of the hardest grades of aluminum available. They are then hard-anodized to create an even tougher, more durable finish.
• Alternating chain profile prevents chain drop
• Wide tooth profile for extra retention
• Recessed for improved mud clearance and improved chainring life
• CNC machined from hard wearing 7075-T6 Aluminum
• Hard anodized for increased durability
• Weight – from 40g
• Available sizes: 30T, 32T, 34T, 36T
• Fitments available: 104 bcd, 94/96 bcd (SRAM), XTM8000, XTRM9000 (replaces stock tabs with specially manufactured chainring bolts).
• RRP – from £40
A large amount of wear occurs on the front face of chainrings, due to the extreme chain-line caused by 1x set ups. Our extra wide alternating tooth profile improves both durability and retention for a longer period. As chains begin to stretch, they start to bind in certain places, damaging the chain and ring. Grip Rings have specially machined recesses which help to prevent this damage, increasing the longevity of the chainring and chain.The rear face carries very little of the wear from the chainring and so has been heavily recessed to clear mud in some of the worst conditions. Grip Rings utilise a stiff and light design that is efficient, and offers excellent protection from rock strikes.
The Compact Guide is a light, simple chain-guide, that offers excellent chain security and mud clearance with silent retention. The slider has been designed to offer the perfect balance between weight, chain retention and durability. The open design offers excellent mud clearance and is also suitable for oval chainrings. The slider is CNC-machined from a high-tech engineering plastic, which is not only incredibly strong, but also offers excellent chemical resistance from bike cleaners/polishes and chain lubes.
• Back plate precision CNC machined from 6082 Aluminum
• Slider CNC machined from engineering plastic with hard wearing, low friction properties and good resistance against chemical attack.
• Light and simple design
• Suitable for oval chain rings
• No need to remove cranks for installation
• Includes stainless steel hardware
• One piece shims to space out the back plate
• Compatible with 30T to 36T chainrings
• Weight – E-mount: 42g ISCG-05: 50g
• RRP – £50
The back plate is CNC-machined from 6082 aluminum. The use of two fitment points not only saves weight, but also makes it possible to fit the chain-guide without removing the cranks. Because of the large array of different chain lines, we have designed our e-mount guide to include the use of spacers, so that perfect alignment with the chain can be obtained. Stainless hardware and spacers are included as standard with both ISCG-05 and E-mount versions.
The Compact Guide and E Guide (shown here) come with specially made, one-piece shims that make spacing out the back plate a breeze. No more fiddling around with washers.
One of Unite’s biggest accolades is quality. We go to great lengths to ensure our products are machined accurately and consistently to produce the best finish obtainable. We use leading CNC machines with sophisticated machining methods and manufacturing systems. Unite are at the forefront of CNC machining, using all the latest technology to provide high-quality components at a lower price-point than the competition.
Unite’s components are now available in bike shops throughout the U.K, or directly through our website. Unite are here to stay, with a large number of different products in the pipeline, each with different lengths of a development cycle. Expect a full range of high-performing and innovative products soon.
With two UCI World Champions and three silver medallists, Germany finished the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, as the best ranked nation.
The UCI Road World Championships’ Ranking by Nations rewards countries that demonstrate consistency and depth of talent, with points distributed among the top 25 riders in each individual event – time trial and road race, Men and Women from Junior up to Elite.
Introduced at last year’s UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, USA, it encourages a team spirit, with athletes who do not make the podium still earning points for their country.
While Germany’s time trial UCI World Champions Tony Martin (Men Elite) and Marco Mathis (Men U23) certainly earned their nation considerable points, the fact that Germany also had three silver medallists and a total of 16 riders achieving top-25 results across the ten events contributed to the country’s win.
In total, Germany amassed 970 points during the eight days of racing in Doha. The winners were strongly challenged by the USA, which took over the lead of the ranking after the second day of time trials thanks to Amber Neben’s victory in the Women Elite and the gold / bronze double of Brandon McNulty and Ian Garrison in the Men Junior. However, the USA finally succumbed to Germany’s superiority and finished second in the Ranking by Nation with 674 points.
Last year’s Best Nation, the Netherlands, was third in Doha with 642 points.
The BMX Supercross track at the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) is currently swarming with talented young athletes from all over the world.
The aim is to detect young riders who have the potential to follow in the footsteps of the UCI WCC’s successful trainees such as Rio 2016 bronze medallist Stefany Hernandez.
For two weeks, 26 athletes from 16 countries are training at the centre in Aigle, Switzerland, under the watchful eye of UCI WCC Coach Thomas Allier and New Zealander Matt Cameron, himself a former UCI WCC trainee who also coaches in New Zealand. The most promising will be invited to join the centre’s high-level training group next year.
“This is a first full-scale BMX talent identification camp held at the WCC for a long time and it is very exciting,” said the centre’s High Performance Manager Belinda Tarling. “We are observing the athletes very closely, not only their sporting abilities but also their behaviour.
“We have to ask ourselves if they are ready to be coached at a high level.”
As well as being put through their paces on the BMX Supercross track, they are being tested in the UCI WCC Laboratory of Sport and Physiology which enables the centre’s experts to analyse each athlete’s morphology, physiological dispositions, technical ability and strength.
Some of the athletes, who are aged between 16 and 21, were nominated for the talent ID camp by their National Federations. Others had already come to Allier’s notice at international competitions.
“We are seeing athletes from all levels,” confirms the UCI WCC coach. “After one week you can already tell which of them could go on to succeed at international level. Physical fitness can be trained up, but if they do not already have the technical ability and aptitude at Junior level, then it is too late,” he said.
“We are also observing their psychological approach and their motivation. We are looking for athletes with a fighting spirit who don’t just give up when things get tough.”
And it is definitely a tough two weeks for the 26 hopefuls, who have been propelled into an intensive routine of two training sessions a day, unheard of until now for the majority.
Despite the differences in their levels, aspirations and backgrounds, the riders are making the most of the camp and forging friendships.
“Some of them were a bit overwhelmed when they arrived and others were more relaxed. But very quickly there was a team spirit which is something I have always observed in my six years coaching at the UCI WCC. The athletes are always united.”
While Allier already has a firm idea of who will be invited to train at the UCI WCC, he will not look too far into the future:
“We will fix immediate goals for those who train here, such as the UCI World Cup and UCI World Championships,” says Allier before adding:
“But any athlete who is selected to join our trainees will no doubt have Tokyo 2020 in the corner of their minds…”
The UCI WCC’s drive to continue the growth of BMX does not stop there: three participants from South Africa, Singapore and Chile are currently on a four-week BMX-specific coaching course.
The presence of raw talent at the UCI World Cycling Centre is giving them the perfect opportunity, guided by our Allier and Cameron, to put their skills into practice
Graham Agassiz has been chasing the top step at Red Bull Rampage for years. The steep and loose Utah desert terrain suits Aggy’s big mountain style, and in addition to the FEST series jams, Rampage has been a big focus for him for the past few seasons.
In 2013 Aggy qualified in 1st place and nearly stomped a finals run that would have surely been a contender for first. In 2014 he repeated the qualifying performance, yet again solidifying his position as one of the riders to watch at this event, but a knee injury during practice kept him from the finals. In 2015 he was the top qualifier for the third year in a row and strung together a run that landed him in 3rd place in the finals. Close, but not quite. And so the chase continued.
Aggy’s run began with this massive chute.
Rampage, as you might gather, is a fickle event. Every athlete who is invited to Rampage is riding a fine line between the run of their life and waiting until next year. After a week of hard labor prepping their line, every single element of a rider’s run is calculated, and those who stand on the top of the box link together a clean top to bottom run with style and amplitude. On those last two, Aggy’s got it.
With his performance in 2015, Aggy would have been pre-qualified for this year’s event, skipping the extra competition runs that he’d been forced to do the past three years. As it turns out, Red Bull changed the structure, and the rider list was invite-only. Of course, Aggy was on that list.
Arguably the most stylish rider at Rampage, and a fan favorite because of it.
Last Friday, Graham Agassiz was on the run that very well would have taken him to his first victory at Rampage when he went down hard on a huge 360 stepdown. He was taken to hospital in St. George, Utah, and diagnosed with a broken pelvis and six-to-eight weeks’ recovery. From there he transferred to Kamloops hospital, where we caught up with Aggy for a first-hand account of the crash. Here are his words:
My run was feeling really good, though I was getting blown once I got to the mid-ridge section of the line and at that point was almost on autopilot just trying to hang on and get down the mountain.
As soon as I initiated the spin, off of the lip it felt like it was going to come around perfect, I remember thinking to myself “I can’t believe I’m about to stomp the biggest move of my life!” But, as soon as I got to 270 degrees in my rotation I could see my landing strip and I could tell right away that I was slightly off of my mark.
The actual drop that took Aggy out. Nobody, not even his fellow competitors, was expecting him to 360 this.
By the time I completed the spin it was too late, I clipped the overhanging rock shelf only two feet to the right of the top of the landing. This then immediately ejected my bike from beneath me, where all I could see was this big boulder protruding from the right side of the landing where all my momentum was being thrown into.
The initial impact was beyond aggressive, as the right side of my torso then slammed and wrapped around this rock, and then I continued to get tossed down the rest of the landing, ragdolling to the bottom. The rush of pain that flooded my body was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I quickly checked to make sure my legs were still working which was a huge relief, but once that wave washed over me I knew it was bad.
Aggy was thankful for the on-site treatment provided by Red Bull and H5 Events.
The pressure of competition definitely played a role in this incident. Looking back I went against all of my knowledge and experience of what I know can happen in these scenarios with the wind. On any other day, I wouldn’t have dropped in. – Aggy
The anticipation of watching from thousands of miles away, of knowing our rider was capable of laying down a winning run and seeing him go down was gut-wrenching. We wish Aggy a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on the bike soon.
All images by Ale di Lullo.
All of the staff at Pinkbike would like to wish Aggy a very speedy recovery!
The Element FR gear is improved from one season to the next, refined over the years with input from Greg Minnaar, the racer with more World Cup wins and podiums than any other male rider, ever. Updated graphics for 2017 are still using bold colors, leaving plenty of room to add your own logos, rider name, number, etc. Either that or ride it stock for a super clean look:
We debuted my new signature O’Neal race kit at the Vallnord WC. This is the 5th season now that I’ve been working with O’Neal and it’s great to have direct input into the development of the kit and also that what we create together with the designers is exactly what is then available to buy in the shops. We’ve got some cool stuff in the pipeline as well…watch this space…– Greg Minnaar
If the gear is good enough for Greg then most likely it’s good enough for anyone and everyone. And we pride ourselves in making exactly what Greg rides in also available to buy. Same fabrics, cut, colors and graphics. 2017 Element FR – tested and developed by the world’s best, on the toughest tracks out there. After a busy WC season, our team rider, Benoit Coulanges takes some time out, hitting his local trails wearing the new 2017 Element FR gear:
The perfect race kit! The breathable fabric is ideally suited for World Cup Downhill as well as to ride Enduro when I’m home. The shorts even have two pockets for keys and phone, lots of DH shorts don’t have this. The new 2017 Element FR kit looks aggressive and the color choice is awesome! – Benoit Coulanges
– Lightweight and breathable
– Ideal for DH, AM, and Enduro
– Clean race blocker design
Long-sleeved jersey with mesh panels under arms for extra Ventilation and comfort.
Extra comfort while riding with fast-wicking, quick-drying, breathable and sweat-absorbing fabric.
Bold graphics available in several colors, based on Greg Minnaar’s race winning World Cup kit.
– 2 side zip pockets
– Hard wearing fabric
– Ratchet closure system
– Freedom of Movement
Pockets for lift pass, money, phone and keys.
Heavy duty, durable fabric for tear resistance.
Adjustable ratchet closure system for secure and snug fit and handy hang tab on the back of waist for drying and storage.
Stretch panels on front, seat, and in crotch area.