Following the launch of the Hail Advanced, the industry’s first women’s-specific 160mm travel trail bike, Liv has furthered its commitment to Enduro racing at the highest-level with the addition of up-and-coming New Zealander Rae Morrison as she prepares for the 2017 Enduro World Series. Signing a two-year contract, Morrison will lead the brand’s foray into a dedicated EWS race campaign. A relative newcomer to enduro competition, Rae’s varied racing background—from downhill to cross-county—has helped her develop the blend of technical skills and physical fitness demanded of the discipline.
New Zealand’s Rae Morrison has become a consistent top-ten finisher after merely two seasons of racing the Enduro World Series.
Her break-out year came in 2015 as she made her EWS debut—earning two top-five finishes at the final rounds of the season—while also becoming New Zealand’s top-ranked enduro racer. First established in 2014, Liv is the first and only cycling brand completely dedicated to women. With an upbeat personality paired with the drive and confidence to take on the toughest race tracks, Rae not only values Liv’s mission but also embodies it. “I like that Liv is a brand dedicated to women of all levels—from those just starting out, to competitive racers—with women’s-specific bikes, gear and apparel that performs and looks amazing,” Rae said.Leveraging Liv’s affiliate brand Giant, Morrison will receive complete support from the well-established Giant Factory Off-Road Team and anticipates a newfound confidence when the 2017 Enduro World Series kicks-off in March in Rotorua, New Zealand. “Having the best support, the best equipment, the best bike will make a world of difference. It takes away a lot of the pressure and saves energy for me to just focus on the race,” said Morrison who is looking to further improve on the success of her first two seasons.
Rae draws from both her downhill and cross-country mountain bike racing experience to excel on the technically challenging and physically demanding race tracks found on the EWS.
Featuring aggressive geometry and the latest in Maestro suspension technology, the Hail Advanced will be Rae’s bike of choice for racing when the Enduro World Series begins in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Rae will have a quiver of Liv bicycles to utilize during training and competition but will rely on the Hail Advanced come race day. “It ticks all of the boxes: stable, yet playful and very confidence inspiring. I love it,” said Morrison after getting acquainted with her new Hail. For her training, Rae will also utilize the new 120mm travel, Pique Advanced trail bike. Both models are designed using Liv’s 3F design philosophy and are handcrafted with a women’s-specific Advanced-grade composite lay-up while featuring the latest in Maestro suspensiontechnology. In addition to Liv bicycles and select rider gear, Morrison will rely on SRAM components, RockShox suspension, Schwalbe tires and 100% eyewear, racewear and full-face helmets.Find more info about Rae here.
Compared to the vast array of flat pedals, choice in the clipless pedal market is restricted, even though the range of clippy compatible shoes massively outnumbers flat pedal sneakers. Shimano’s classic SPD system, Crankbrothers, Time and more recently HT have been your suppliers of choice, with aggressive options using a large platform or cage with pins for traction being very rare. Nukeproof have stepped into this niche with a duo of platforms for you to get your cleats into. Will 2017 be the year of Sam Hill clipping in to accelerate him to Enduro World Series glory? We have a pair in the post for testing, but for now you can read the press release below. – Paul Aston
Since our inception, Nukeproof has been synonymous with high-quality innovative components. Components blending high-quality materials like titanium and Carbon, with products like Bombshell hubs and Carbon bars. These values are as true today as they were in 1990 creating components that we want to ride.
In 2015 we released our Horizon Pro and Comp pedal range – a project jointly developed with Sam Hill. The aim; to provide the ultimate flat pedal platform. This was our starting point for Horizon, using our experienced athlete and development team to create class leading products. Horizon has no boundaries, Horizon will allow you to perform to your potential and chase the edge of performance.
Introducing the latest addition to the Horizon range: Horizon CL and Horizon CS.
Designed and developed in-house to meet our exacting standards, taking input and influence from our elite athletes including; Matti Lehikoinen and Mike Jones. The New CL and CS take inspiration from our ultra successful Horizon Pro pedal. Developed featuring our unique platform, offering confidence inspiring feel with a secure, easy engagement mechanism.
The CL is the larger of the two platforms designed as a more gravity focused pedal, with the smaller caged CS model designed towards the trail customer.
Both Horizon CL and CS use our proven axle system utilizing a combination of sealed cartridge bearings and DU bushes to provide a super durable and easily serviceable assembly.
PROVEN AXLE SYSTEM
As with the Horizon Pro we produced the 6061 Aluminium body using a cold forged process which equips the pedal with high strength Vs weight characteristics due to its optimized grain structure. This is not achievable with more common cast or machined pedal chassis. The Q factor (55mm) of the pedals will not change between the CS and CL and is designed to be compatible with 142mm/148mm/150mm rear axles.
The 6061 Aluminium chassis has been cleverly engineered and designed to accommodate a multitude of shoe profiles (Black outline is the CL and Green the CS). The sloping toe edge prevents obstruction during engagement, reduces weight and protects the bindings and mechanism from strikes with rocks and obstacles.
LOW PROFILE CONTOURED CHASSIS
The Horizon CL and CS have a large pedal to shoe contact area either side of the mechanism. This is designed to add stability when engaged, maximizes power transfer and provides a flat pedal feel inspiring confidence for riders of all abilities.
SIDE SUPPORT PLATFORM
Riders can tailor the traction pins to offer varying levels of grip depending on preference by simple adjustment of the pin heights or removing pins completely through removal of the washers supplied. (6 pins on the CL model/ 4 Pins on the CS model).
OPTIMISED LEADING EDGE
Our unique chassis profile and clever placement of the pins and have led the way for a contoured leading edge to help deflect rock strikes and obstacle impacts away from the mechanism and riders foot.
DUAL ENGAGEMENT CLEAT
The Nukeproof cleat is profiled with front and rear ramped edges offers a seamless engagement with the mechanism in all riding conditions. Spring-loaded front and rear bindings enable the rider to engage from all directions (forwards, backwards and above). Spring tension can be adjusted via a 3mm hex key offering varying levels disengagement force.
There will be two versions of the cleat available with a varying degree of float form +4 (supplied with pedal) to +8 degrees. This cleat system is unique to Nukeproof, but does support SPD devices.
All Pedals will be available in 4 colors: Black, Red, Blue and Copper
At 22 years old, Richie Rude already has three world championships under his belt. One for DH Junior World Champ, and two for EWS World Champion. The rumors about Richie joining Red Bull can finally be put to rest thanks to an interview released on redbull.com/bike.
Richie is pictured riding near his home on the snowy slopes of Thunder Mountain Bike Park. In an interview with Matthew Delorme, he talks about his experience coming up as a rider, and his plans for 2017.
Of his goals for 2017 Richie said “I’d like to get a clean sweep on an EWS weekend, win every stage. Certainly, I want another title. I really want to promote the sport and help it grow.”
We expect to see more great things from Rude come race season.
After a successful three years on the World Cup Circuit, Solid Reverse Factory Racing sees some exciting changes for 2017, continuing their commitment to developing and supporting talented riders who are breaking into the World Cup scene.
Bad Wildbad, a notorious Downhill track in the heart of the Black Forest, brings Solid Reverse Factory racing back to where it all started. Three riders, all from within two hours of the Solid / Reverse Headquarters – form the DH racing team that will compete in German national rounds, iXS Cup and World Cup events. We welcome O’Neal onboard as a new sponsor for 2017 along with Solid Bikes, Reverse Components, Magura, BOS, SAPIM, and Schwalbe.
Julian Steiner – Elite
2016 was the first year for me riding on the Strike for the Solid national squad. Looking forward to spending nothing but good times with my teammates Joshua Barth and our junior rider, Jan Flor at the races all over in Europe. At the moment I’m living in New Zealand getting ready for the new season I never prepared better for a season than this year. So I can’t wait to get out there with the team and see what we can do at the races.
Joshua Barth – Elite
2017 will be my 5th year with Solid Bikes and Reverse Components! For me it’s great to be on a team with two guys I know so well and enjoy riding with. I’m looking forward to helping push each other to ride faster this year.
Jan Flor – Junior
It’s amazing to be part of SRF! Since I was a young boy one of my dreams was to ride for a big team. Solid Reverse Factory Racing have made my dreams come true. I’m very excited for the upcoming session and racing around the world with best friends and the Solid Reverse Factory Team.
Solid Bikes will be providing framesets, with their newly designed Strike EVO, an incredible mix of durability, strength, and stiffness.
SRF will be running a Reverse Components cockpit, drivetrain and finishing kit setup, including wheelsets complete with SAPIM spokes.
BOS Suspension will be continuing to provide their high-performance dampers for 2017. The team will be running the BOS Idylle Rare FCV fork aboard the Strike EVO.
O’Neal will be providing all clothing and protective equipment for the riders, including their new Element Fr Blocker kit which will also be worn in 2017 by fellow O’Neal World Cup rider, Greg Minnaar.
Magura will be providing stopping power in the form of the awesome MT7 Carbon brakes and Schwalbe will be the official tire sponsor.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support for the 2017 race season and we’re looking forward to seeing our riders on podiums across Europe and beyond.
For this year, the Jeffsy, Capra, and Tues will all be available in the very exclusive CF Pro Race version. Thanks to the new flagship “Liquid Metal” paintjob these high-end bikes will certainly turn some heads on the trail, while the killer builds and highly adjustable components will be high on every racer’s or pro-rider’s wish list. Another highlight of the new range is the introduction of an XL size for both the Capra CF and the Tues CF – welcome news for any rider who enjoys a bike with longer reach. In general, the new range offers everything that YT has built its name on: from entry-level race rigs for Young Talents to the most exclusive premium builds, there is something here for every budget and every riding style.
When it was released in 2016, Jeffsy dropped like a bomb. 2017 promises more of the same: YT’s aggressive 29er trail bike will for this year also be available in a CF Pro Race version, sporting a rad new paint job and the very finest components. With Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension, SRAM Guide Ultimate brakes, Renthal carbon handlebars, a carbon crank and wide range cassette from e*thirteen, this exclusive bike inspires maximum performance – and not only on the race track. Meanwhile, the Jeffsy CF Pro confidently holds its own line, with FOX suspension that casually smooths out the most uneven of trail surfaces. For those looking for a wider selection of gears, the Jeffsy CF Two and AL Two with their SRAM 2x drivetrains have plenty in reserve. And last but not least, the AL One is a perfect entry-level machine that scores extra bonus points thanks to reliable components and an unbeatable price.
The carbon version of this enduro legend is available with three different builds for 2017: CF Pro Race, CF Pro, and CF. The CF Pro Race is the flagship offering of the enduro range, once again ready to go into battle sporting Kashima coated FOX Factory suspension components. All new for 2017 are the e*thirteen carbon wheels on the CF Pro Race, as well as the Race Face and e*thirteen dropper posts that appear for the first time on the CF Pro and CF models. Those who prefer aluminum will find what they seek with the AL Comp or the AL. Both aluminum models come equipped with RockShox suspension components: the highly acclaimed Lyrik fork pairs up nicely with the Monarch+ RC3 and Monarch+ R, respectively. For ultimate shifting performance, all CAPRA models run SRAM 1×11 drivetrains this year.
Aaron Gwin successfully proved last year that the Tues is not only a World Cup worthy downhill bike, but that it has the pedigree to claim the top spot of the podium. Reason enough for us to build a CF Pro Race version! FOX’s 40 Float Factory fork and Float X2 Factory shock deliver World Cup vibes in the suspension department. Freshly introduced to the downhill game by Gwin himself, the TRP Quadiem G-Spec brakes are on stopper duty for the first time this year. Carbon wheels and cranks from e*thirteen and the carbon handlebar from Renthal help keep the weight down and the reliability high – just as you would expect on a purebred race machine.
At YT, it’s not only the flagship model that belongs on the racetrack. The Tues CF Pro and Tues CF were also born to compete: the CF Pro with its noble FOX suspension, or the CF with its easy-to-tune RockShox BoXXer Team and Vivid RC2 shock. Finally, the Tues AL is a fun and affordable way to get into the sport of downhill – offering outstanding components for smaller budgets.
Two giants of the cycling world will form the high-powered Merida Factory Racing team to leave their mark on the 2017 ABSA Cape Epic. José Antonio Hermida and Joaquim Rodríguez (Purito) have shared many training miles over the years so now that both riders have stepped back from the world of UCI World Cup Racing and the professional road racing world respectively, new challenges have been bubbling away in the back of their minds.
Former Mountain Bike World Champion, José Antonio Hermida, is no stranger to the ABSA Cape Epic and has been a prominent figure in the world’s biggest stage race. José has managed to secure a number of stage wins and top positions in the grueling event and belongs to the prestigious ‘Amabubesi’ (translated: pride of lions) finisher club. Only riders who have finished the Cape Epic at least three times can call themselves members of the ‘Amabubesi’.
With an endless list of wins in some of the most prestigious and demanding road racing events in the world, paired with a natural ability to suffer just that little bit more, and his renown bike handling skills, Joaquim Rodríguez is the ideal partner for José in this new adventure. Joaquim finished the 2016 Tour de France in 7th position, demonstrating impressive strength even in the later part of his career.
Joaquim Rodríguez, although officially retired from the world of road racing, has taken on an active role in sharing his experience and knowledge with the younger and less experienced riders of the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team and will accompany the team to most of the races of the 2017 season while still keeping his fitness at the highest level.
The Spanish pair have been training partners for years and the combination of their physical ability, their friendship, and the undeniable fighting spirit should make them an interesting pairing to watch over the duration of the Cape Epic.
The team will be wearing a unique design of the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team jersey and will be equipped with one of the most capable stage racing bikes of today. Both riders will tackle the event aboard the superlight and hugely capable full carbon Ninety-Six Team. The lightning fast full suspension bike will offer the perfect combination of agility, comfort, and traction and will be specced with the latest equipment.
“This year the ABSA Cape Epic will be a particularly exciting event for me and for Purito as my team mate,” says José Antonio Hermida. “We have another high profile team in the event in George Hincapie and Cadel Evans. It will be my job to attack Cadel, while Purito will concentrate on keeping George under control,” José comments laughingly. He continues, “I, in particular, am very excited to be back after having a break for a coupe of years. The event itself, the organization, the other riders and the general spirit of the event have always treated me well and I am looking forward to going back. Especially after my retirement from the realm of World Cup cross country racing, I can put more effort into racing marathon and stage races. However, joining a new team setup (with Purito on my side) where I have to ‘guide’ a rider who has not yet been part of this event, will be an extra challenge. We have high expectations and are highly motivated—even without having any specific targets, we hope that we can leave our mark on this great event.”
Joaquim Rodríguez contributes, “I have had a fantastic start working with the Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team and I am looking forward to getting involved in one of the biggest mountain bike events in the world. I am highly motivated and appreciate the opportunity to team up and learn from José, one of the top mountain bike racers in the world. Our goal is to perform at the highest possible level, and our recent physical shape should put us in a very competitive position. But above all, we want to have fun and enjoy this new adventure.”
We’re getting hammered with snow here on British Columbia’s coast, so it’s perfect timing to share our new carbon fat bike with you.
We designed the Suzi Q’s lightweight carbon frame and narrow Q-factor to be more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes. Short chainstays and extended reach make for a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile. From local singletrack loops to fat bike racing and everything in between, it’s FA(S)T.
• Full carbon and aluminum models available.
• 192mm Q-factor is 20mm narrower than standard fat bikes to improve pedaling performance and comfort.
• 27.5×3.8 tires for improved rollover and lower rotating weight.
• Fits up to 27.5×4.2 tires (when available, with safe clearance from 770mm x 104mm).
• Next generation fat bike geometry is longer, slacker, and more agile.
• Integrated chainstay protector and downtube protector.
• Di2 electronics-compatible with internal stealth battery port.
• Full carbon monocoque fork on the -90°, -70°, and -50° models.
• Lightweight bolt-on axles save 100g per bike compared to a Maxle.
• Suspension compatible. A 100mm Bluto at 20% sag maintains the ideal stock geometry.
• Two bottle cages on the fork, plus two in the front triangle.
• Front triangle rivnuts for custom, bolt-on frame bags (not included).
• 1x specific.
• Stealth dropper post compatible.
• Internal cable housing.
• PressFit BB107 bottom bracket, ZS44|56 headset, 177mm real axle spacing.
• Sizing: S/M/L/XL.
• Weight: 25.3lb (Suzi Q -90° RSL, size Large, tubeless, no pedals).
The Suzi Q has a stable and balanced ride that still feels agile, thanks to super short chainstays and a lengthened reach. During the bike’s design and testing phases we evaluated a wide variety of geometry and offset combinations to hone its steering dynamics. The result is a bike without any of the “autosteer” instability that plagues other fat bikes.
We worked with Maxxis to design a high performance 27.5×3.8 tire and wheel system. Compared to a traditional 26×4 “race fat” system, our 27.5×3.8 tires have a larger outer diameter. That means better rollover performance and plenty of traction, without the added weight and rolling resistance of 26×5 systems. In ski terms, 26×4 tires are traditional camber skis, and the larger diameter 27.5×3.8 tires are early rise tips. No, 27.5×3.8 tires won’t let you carve turns in waist-deep powder, but they do roll up over soft snow more easily.
Designed specifically to have a narrow Q-factor, pedaling the Suzi Q is more efficient and comfortable than traditional fat bikes. Whether you’re racing the 1,000-mile Alaskan Iditarod Trail Invitational or going for a quick rip on your local single track, the result is a more natural feel with less fatigue and knee strain.
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.