As bike fans draw closer to the off-season, the Biketember Festival from September 18th to 20th is an unmissable event for passionate bikers. More tough races, expo areas with the hottest new products and a vast side program including a whip-off contest and a party, is the perfect ending to another great year in Saalfelden Leogang.
Three racing series will be celebrating their final stages at the Biketember Festival in Saalfelden Leogang. For the first time since the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships 2012, Saalfelden will be the venue for a demanding cross-country race. In the Bürgerau district, racers will compete in the Europacup race (XCO C1). Who has the best technique and stamina to come out on top in this head-to-head competition? Standing right next to the action, spectators can really enjoy the action from up close. The youngest athletes (U17, U15, U13) will be the first on track on Saturday from 11:00 am. Then the following day, on Sunday from 10 am the juniors and elite riders will take on the course. More information about the Europa Cup can be found here: bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2015/biketember-festival-2015/cross-country-xco-2015/
The Biketember action continues on Bikepark Leogang’s “Speedster” world cup track. This high-speed track will be the venue for Europe’s fastest racers in the iXS European Downhill Cup. German rider Johannes Fischbach will be in Leogang to retain his current lead in the series standings. Eleonora Farina from Italy is leading the women’s rankings. All the racing action will take place during the Biketember Festival from September 18th to 20th. Finals start on Sunday, August 20th at 12:30 pm. You can find more details here: http://bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2015/biketember-festival-2015/ixs-downhill-cup-2015/
Even the little rippers can enjoy the Biketember Festival in Leogang. The SCOTT Junior Trophy is for kids between the age of 3 and 16 and their course leads around the beautiful alpine Ritzensee. Parents, grandparents and friends will be thrilled to watch the little nippers race on the special designed 250m / 820 ft to 6km / 3.75 mi long tracks. After the race, nothing stands in the way of a refreshing swim in the lake or a family tour through the Pinzgau. E-bikes are also available for those looking to enjoy a relaxing weekend escape. Get more details with one click here: http://bike.saalfelden-leogang.com/en/events/2015/biketember-festival-2015/scott-junior-trophy/
In between the contests there will be countless activities such as a whip contest, open to professionals and amateurs. Not long after the world’s biggest bike trade show, Eurobike, the Biketember Festival team and expo area will give visitors a sneak peak at the hottest products coming to the market. On Saturday evening, the Austrian musicians „Urban Contact“ will electrify partygoers at the Ö3 party. More information can be found here: www.biketember.com
After two years of development, the time has come: Continental is presenting the final production model of the new enduro racing tire “Der Baron 2.4 Projekt” at Eurobike. They have been designed in collaboration with top enduro athletes and trail riders. The fruits of their knowledge and experience have already been successfully tested during races. Further product highlights, athlete signing sessions and the infamous Conti Party on Thursday evening will take place at the Continental booth in hall B1 / booth 100.
The “Baron 2.4 Projekt” is an extremely grippy, agile and universal enduro race tire with high durability and puncture resistance. During the development period, Continental’s tire engineers optimized the tire tread as well as the size and the structure of the carcass. Its deep-tread, relatively exposed profile is the modification of the BlackChili compound, which has been adjusted to match the needs of enduro and freeride tracks, ensures reliable grip while not comprising the low rolling resistance, even on mud or lose ground. The 2.4″ carcass combines good rolling characteristics with inherent damping without gaining weight. An additional protection layer is incorporated around the entire carcass to reduce risks of punctures. The stable Apex inlay at the lower part of the carcass prevents it from collapsing in fast corners and helps protect the sides from slicing on sharp features in rocky or rooty sections.
In the Enduro World Series, Dan Atherton and Martin Maes from the GT Atherton Racing Team use the “Baron 2.4 Projekt“ as well as the whole BMC Factory Trailcrew and the Radon Flow Team. The Focus Trail Team landed an entire podium with the “Baron 2.4 Projekt“ tires at the 2015 German Enduro Championships. Freeride legend Richie Schley, trials artist Danny MacAskill as well as the whole Continental dirt jump elite including Martin Soderstrom, Andreu Lacondeguy and Sam Pilgrim have tested the tires under extreme conditions and were even included in the development.
In more exciting news, Conti has some hot releases for road cyclists, cyclocross enthusiasts, singlespeed racers, marathon participants and tour biking fans. The keyword is “Gravel“. These special tires for road and randonneur bikes are the new all-rounder and a must-have for anyone riding thinner, slicker tires. Road bikes can be adapted for rougher terrain and heavy commuter bikes can easily loose some fat by rolling on the Conti tires.
Come find your perfect tire at the Conti booth in hall B1 / booth 100 and while you are there, why not meet Conti’s world class athlete roster and enjoy some beer during the Conti Party on Thursday from 5pm. This year, street trials icon Danny MacAskill and his protégé Fabio Wibmer will be wielding next to slopestyle colleagues Sam Pilgrim, Martin Soderstrom, Peter Henke, Anton Thelander, Nicholi Rogatkin and Tomas Lemoine. Straight after, the beer will start to flow and visitors can catch up with the athletes.
For all further information regarding events, Continental’s athletes and mountain bike teams supported by the German tire manufacturer, please visit their Facebook page.
For additional information concerning Continental’s involvement within the bicycle industry, please go to: www.conti-online.com.
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
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 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’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:
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.
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:
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.
New forged-aluminum shock extension and stiffer dw-link rockers
Direct-mount 160mm brake caliper and Boost rear spacing.
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:
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.
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.
UCI Trials World Cup: Jack Carthy’s birthday treat
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.