Ragley’s 2016 Models – Get Wild

Ragley’s 2016 Models – Get Wild

The best way to get faster is to ride a hardtail – FACT. It teaches proper trail manners; demanding that you ride clean and smooth, reading the trail ahead, picking the best lines and carrying speed everywhere you can. As you are directly connected to the trail underneath, there is better feedback and it is more natural. It is also just more fun!

Ragley bikes are a UK based, trail focused hardtail brand. Ran by riders for riders, we design products that we love to ride and we think you will love them too!

After many, many late nights and a lot of blood, sweat and tears, tt is a great pleasure to release our new 2016 Ragley range of bikes and frames. Our new range is made up of 5 models which cover a variety of styles, materials, wheel sizes and fork lengths depending on the type of rider you are and what you want to ride. Each model is available as a frame only or as a complete bike: ready for action straight out of the box. One thing that they all have in common is that they are long, low and slack which translates to a confidence inspiring ride and loads of fun out on the trails!

Group photo

Geometry – Updated Ragley Trail Geometry explained:
Geometry is taken very seriously at Ragley. We believe it is the most important part of any bike’s personality. It defines the bike and ultimately dictates the way a bike will interact with you and the trail.

Our updated trail geometry has been designed long, low and slack to inspire confidence whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider.
• Better control and a more forgiving ride for beginners
• Improved stability and control to Inspire confidence for advanced riders

The main changes are:
• Longer front triangles and shorter stems:
• Give the rider more room to move around, stay in control and makes it much harder to go over the handlebars.
• It lengthens the wheelbase to increase stability at speed and over technical terrain.
• Moves rider weight forward to load the front wheel giving better traction in corners and helps to keep the front wheel on the ground when climbing steeper sections.
• Slack static head angles:
• Designed to mimic the characteristics of a modern full suspension bike with a rider on board but obviously without the sag at the rear. This is why our bikes seem slack when static. However, once the rider is on the bike, the front suspension will sag, steepening the head angle by the desired amount.

2016 Ragley Geometry Diagram

See below for range highlights:

Bluepig 27.5”

2016 Ragley Bluepig

Introducing the new and improved Ragley Bluepig: Designed as an All Mountain/Enduro Race friendly bike, our top of the range 27.5” wheeled Bluepig is built for those who want to go faster and play harder.

Building on the success of the original, we wanted the new Blue Pig to keep the soul of the old frame by retaining as many of the original features as possible: It is still made from custom triple butted 4130 Chromoly Steel and features classic Ragley attributes such as; 44mm head tube, 3 Finger Bridge, Taperlite seat tube and chain stay mounted disc brake calliper. To bring the frame right up to date, we have added a whole host of new features such as 27.5” wheels, a stiffer bolt through rear end using exchangeable dropouts which will allow you to run 142x12m or QR, better tyre & stand-over clearance and stealth dropper compatibility.

Key Features:
• Custom triple butted 4130 Chromo steel
• Optimised for a 150mm fork
• 44mm Headtube
• Head Angle: 64?Static (66? Sagged at 25%)
• 27.5” wheels
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• 142x12mm Through Axle
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• 5 Year Warranty and lifetime crash replacement

Ragley s in action

The new Bluepig is a blend of DH stability and uphill tenacity. It will descend and climb with such contradiction that you will be left scratching your head.


Piglet 27.5”

2016 Ragley Piglet

The new 2016 Ragley Piglet has been updated to use 27.5” wheels. Designed as a ‘more normal’ Trail friendly bike with All Mountain capabilities, the Piglet is created for exploration, adventure and play. It is for people that ride with their saddle up as much as their saddle down.

Key Features:
• Custom triple butted 4130 Chromo steel
• Optimised for a 130mm fork
• 44mm Headtube
• Head Angle: 65.5?Static (67? Sagged at 25%)
• 27.5” wheels
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• 135mm QR
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• 5 Year Warranty and lifetime crash replacement

Ragley s in action

The new Piglet should see you climbing up, going along and flying down faster than ever before!


Mmmbop 27.5”

2016 Ragley Mmmbop

The original Alloy hardcore hardtail is back! In case you are not familiar with the Ragley range: the Mmmbop is the Alloy version of the Steel Bluepig. First launched back in 2008, the original Mmmbop defined what a modern All Mountain Alloy hardtail frame should be: Strong, light, stiff, adaptable, agile and huge fun to ride!

Key Features:
• Custom butted 6061-T6 Heat treated aluminium tubing
• Optimised for a 150mm fork
• 44/56mm Tapered Headtube
• Head Angle: 64?Static (66? Sagged at 25%)
• 27.5” wheels
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• 142x12mm Through Axle
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• 5 Year Warranty and lifetime crash replacement

Ragley s in action

The Mmmbop frameset features ISCG 05 tabs, a 44/56mm tapered head tube to keep the front low, a stiffer bolt through rear end using exchangeable dropouts which will allow you to run whichever standard you desire(142x12m or QR) and stealth dropper compatibility. It is engineered from custom butted aircraft grade 6061-T6 Aluminium tubing resulting in a frame that is at home on any terrain but happiest when ridden hard, roosting turns and hammering the descents!


Marley 27.5”

2016 Ragley Marley

Introducing the next generation Ragley Marley; updated with 27.5” wheels. The Marley is our entry level frame and the Alloy version of the Steel Piglet. The new Marley is faster and smoother over rough terrain, more fun to ride, packed with more features than ever before and best of all; we have reduced the price tag! The new Marley offers a lot more bang for your buck!

Key Features:
• Custom butted 6061-T6 Heat treated aluminium tubing
• Optimised for a 130mm fork
• 44/56mm Tapered Headtube
• Head Angle: 65.5?Static (67? Sagged at 25%)
• 27.5” wheels
• 135mm QR
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• 5 Year Warranty and lifetime crash replacement

Ragley s in action

The Marley is at home on any terrain: from tearing up your local singletrack, back country adventures in the middle of nowhere or smashing out runs in the Alps; it will go wherever you want to take it and have you coming back for more!


Bigwig 29”

2016 Ragley Bigwig

The Big Wig is our top of the range Steel 29er frame. Designed as a Trail/All Mountain/Enduro Race friendly bike, the Bigwig is built for those who want a versatile, go anywhere and ride everything flat-out kind of bike.

Key Features:
• Custom triple butted 4130 Chromo steel
• Optimised for a 130mm fork
• 44mm Headtube
• Head Angle: 65?Static (66.5? Sagged at 25%)
• Frame designed for 29” or 27.5+” wheels
• Stealth dropper cable routing
• 142x12mm Through Axle
• ISCG 05 Tabs
• 5 Year Warranty and lifetime crash replacement

Ragley s in action

The Bigwig will help you push your limits on any terrain, letting you ride further, faster and all whilst having more fun!

Here is what our Brand Manager; Steven Jamison had to say about the new range:

The Hardtail market is a fairly saturated one these days so in order to make sure that ours stood out from the crowd we decided to focus our attention on the details; producing trail focused frames with well thought out features and modern, aggressive geometry to inspire you to get wild out on the trails! If you aren’t having fun on a Ragley then you’re doing it wrong!

For full details on our new 2016 range, please visit the Ragley website / @ragley-bikes

FMB Diamond Series: The Final Round – Red Bull Rampage 2015

FMB Diamond Series: The Final Round – Red Bull Rampage 2015

FMBA

The riders are in the desert and digging their ultimate line for the notorious Red Bull Rampage with Thomas Genon, Brett Rheeder and Nicholi Rogatkin all neck and neck in the FMB Diamond Series standings. Without doubt, the Red Bull Rampage is the gnarliest freeride event of them all and when the dust has settled, will crown one of them the 2015 FMB World Champion. Due to predicted thunderstorms at the weekend, the finals have been moved forward 24 hours – tune in LIVE on Red Bull TV this Friday, October 16th from 6:30pm CEST to be first to find out who claims the win!

By Ale di Lullo photography

Three hundred – that is how many points separate the top three riders in the FMB Diamond Series after a year of progressive and rad slopestyle contests. But out in the Utah desert, Brett Rheeder, Thomas Genon and Nicholi Rogatkin have swapped their slopestyle rigs in favour of their big bikes and we all know things are going to get wild!

Six– the numbers of days the athletes have to dig, shape and ride their lines before qualifying on Thursday 15th October. Not very long considering this desert environment in Utah, the gnarliest terrain known to mountain bikers. The madness began last weekend and only now are the first riders testing their lines and dialing in the details. Follow the build on redbull.com/rampage.

One – at the end of it all, only one rider can claim the series and become the 2015 FMB World Champion. Brett Rheeder has been reeling in the title for years but Genon and Nicholi have been on Rheeder’s rear wheel all season! Thomas Genon will drop in at Red Bull Rampage with just a slither of advantage over Rheeder (20pts).

By Ale di Lullo photography

While the 2015 FMB Diamond Series is in their grasp, all three athletes and every other contender at Red Bull Rampage will be happy to nail the run they want and show the world that they can ride this iconic mountain with style. On Friday, millions of fans from around the world will be rooting for their favorite riders and enjoying what is gearing up to be the maddest show in Rampage history. Make sure you tune in live for the final battle of the FMB Diamond Series exclusively on Red Bull TV on October 16th at 10:30am MDT / 6:30pm CEST.

By Ale di Lullo photography

Red Bull Rampage global viewing times:

Friday, October 16th – 10:30am MDT
Friday, October 16th – 6:30 pm CEST
Friday, October 16th – 4:30 pm GMT
Friday, October 16th – 1:30 pm CLT
Friday, October 16th – 9:30 am PDT
Friday, October 16th – 12:30 pm EST
Saturday, October 17th – 2:30 am AEST

For all the behind the scenes stories and a look back at photos and videos from the last nine events, go toRedBull.com/Rampage!

We will see you the desert!

More information about the FMB Diamond Series can be found on the FMB World Tour website: www.fmbworldtour.com

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Video: ABSA Cape Epic 2016 Route Launched

Video: ABSA Cape Epic 2016 Route Launched

The 2016 Absa Cape Epic route has been revealed and will contain more singletrack than ever before in the race’s 12-year-history. A total of 110km of the 647km route will be made up of singletrack trails as the eight-days of riding takes riders from Table Mountain to Tulbagh, Wellington, Stellenbosch and Durbanville.

Although the 647km is shorter than previous years it includes more climbing per each of those kilometres than ever before. In 2016 riders will climb 14950m during the Prologue and seven stages.
That means riders will be ascending 23,1m per kilometre, even more than this year’s 21.4m per km.

Race director Kati Csak, who rode the entire route on the official trial ride in August and September, said riders would be making a mistake if they were to read too much into the shorter distance.

There is a lot of climbing, a lot of singletrack that will require skill and concentration, and some unstable and difficult surfaces,” she said. “It will test the skills of riders as much as any of the 12 previous races.”

The 2016 race will also introduce the daily Land Rover Technical Terrain sections, where riders’ skills, capability and composure will be tested on tricky descents or challenging singletrack.

The world’s premier mountain bike stage race returns to the iconic slopes of Table Mountain on March 13 for the 21km prologue, which again starts and finishes at the University of Cape Town.

They will then transfer to Tulbagh and lots of exhilarating new singletrack on Stages 1 and 2. Stage 3 runs south from Tulbagh to Wellington and the next day’s Stage 4 will be spent on the legendary trails of Welvanpas. Stage 5 includes five rugged climbs between Wellington and the new race village at Boschendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. Stage 6 will introduce riders to the mountain biking delights of Stellenbosch before Stage 7 takes those still left in the race to the Grand Finale at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville… and the well-deserved status of Absa Cape Epic finisher.

The Prologue
Table Mountain (University of Cape Town)
21km, 650m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

Back to the Mountain
The 2016 Absa Cape Epic Prologue returns to the slopes of Table Mountain, once again starting and finishing at the University of Cape Town. This year it includes more of UCT’s cross country course and an extra singletrack section on the mountain. But there’s still that climb – the one locals have given an unprintable, expletive-laden name – and then the testing ascent up to Dead Man’s Tree before riders sweep home along the Tafelberg Road and down the steep Epic singletrackon to Plum Pudding Hill. A final and fun section of singletrack down near the university should ensure most riders finish their first day of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic and their time spent in Table Mountain National Park with a smile.

Stage 1
Saronsberg, Tulbagh – Saronsberg, Tulbagh
106km, 2 300m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

Sweet (and sour)
Over its 300 years Tulbagh has built a reputation for excellent wine. Now the town nestled in a beautiful, lush valley is beginning to earn a name for great mountain biking, thanks to the efforts of local enthusiasts. From the race village at Saronsberg Wine Estate, Stage 1 loops around the town in the Tulbagh bowl with more than a few trips up the slopes of its surrounding mountains. It will introduce riders to many of the new tracks in the area with the action starting on the day’s Landrover Technical Terrain, the Bone Trail, which snakes upwards across the mountainside. Then it’s downhill on The Labyrinth’s zigzag singletrack descent. Riders will also cross Confucius’s Bridge and enjoy the Fairy Loop. After some early climbing most of the cool sections are between the 45km to 70km marks, but include some rugged ascents – the profile for that section looks like a set of shark’s teeth.

Stage 2
Saronsberg, Tulbagh – Saronsberg, Tulbagh
93km, 2 200m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

EPIC100
The 100th stage in the 13-year existence of the Absa Cape Epic will be a memorable one for more than just its place in history. Directly east of Tulbagh lies the old wagon trail over the Witzenberg mountain range which veterans of the 2010 and 2013 Absa Cape Epics will remember well. On Stage 2 riders will traverse it twice – going up the steep side with portage sections on the way into the Witzenberg Valley and then on the way back the thrilling Land Rover Technical Terrain descent into Tulbagh towards the finish. In-between those testing bits of trail they will experience the unique geology of the Witzenberg Valley as they loop through its distinctive sandstone formations on trails carved out by local farmers and mountain bikers. There’s a couple of testing climbs in there too.

Stage 3
Saronsberg, Tulbagh – CPUT, Wellington
103km, 2 150m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

Into the valley
A transition stage – linking one stage location to another – with a difference. After the rugged climb on the remote tracks of the Waterval climb riders will cross the Zuurvlakte – a pan fringed by mountains that looks like it belongs in a Western movie. The Zuurvlakte reserve has only just been opened again after devastating fires (but which did have the effect of regenerating the fynbos and Proteas) and this sandy and rocky section will include the day’s Land Rover Technical Terrain. A little while later it’s on to the tar and the long climb up the Bain’s Kloof Pass, a national monument, before a twirl around the highly-regarded Welvanpas trails near Wellington. Riders new to the Welvanpas network will get a rude introduction to the WTF? climb and some sharp ascents, but will also get to enjoy weaving descents such as the breathtaking Super G.

Stage 4
CPUT,Wellington – CPUT, Wellington
73km, 1 850m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

Trails and tribulations
The day will be spent almost exclusively on the Welvanpas trail network. Not long after the start the legs will be tested on thePatatskloof climb, then it’s down Cool Runnings Too, up the Aap Duez (with a mere 29 switchbacks) and down Route 66. The loop also includes the Welvanpas White Route, filled with interesting singletrack and one notoriously bumpy section called the Cheese Grater – the stage’s Land Rover Technical Terrain section. A day for the purist mountain biker perhaps, but there are a lot of testing climbs – including three tough ones shortly before the finish. Riders will have to work for their reward.

Stage 5CPUT, Wellington – Boschendal, Stellenbosch
93km, 2 500m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

The Big Five
No, not the famous wildlife that roams Africa’s plains: five big climbs dotted across the day’s riding. Being a transition stage there are some forest roads to negotiate, but soon after the start the route turns upwards on the Slangrivier climb. Then it’s on to Patatskloof again – but a different route to Stage 4 – and Beulah, which leads into Hawequa (if you’ve got the time, look out for the great view of the Paarl Rock), and then the Protea climb. As you get close to the Drakenstein Prison – formerly Victor Verster, where the father of South Africa’s democracy, Nelson Mandela, took his first steps after being freed in 1990 – you will be greeted by the rugged Freedom Struggle climb and Bone Rattler descent, Stage 5’s Land Rover Technical Terrain section. All of which might make this the toughest day of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic.

Stage 6
Boschendal, Stellenbosch – Boschendal, Stellenbosch
74km, 2 100m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

Bacchus’s Garden
Welcome to the delights of Stellenbosch and surrounds. Not long after the start, and the rare opportunity to ride through the Simonsberg Conservancy, riders will get a stunning view back across the vineyards to Stellenbosch and False Bay, with Table Mountain in the distance. But Stellenbosch is also about great mountain biking: look out for the Tunnel of Love trail through wattle trees, the Murati loop and the series of great singletrack sections that follow it. The renowned Skyfall singletrack descent is appropriately the Land Rover Technical Terrain section of the day. But there is a whole lot more too, once again including some testing climbs. The ride back to Boschendal treats riders to a passage through the Banhoek Conservancy and then some quite tricky singletrack.

Stage 7
Boschendal, Stellenbosch – Meerendal, Durbanville
84km, 1 200m climbing

Absa Cape Epic 2016

A grand Grand Finale
The numbers speak for themselves: not too much climbing for the weary as they make their way to the finish at Meerendal Wine Estate. There is some early ascending in the first 25km as the route hugs the Simonsberg mountain before some district roads take riders on a tour of the local farms and some vineyards. Then it’s into the Tygerberg network’s legendary Hoogekraal and Meerendal trails, which includes a great Land Rover Technical Terrain section. In Meerendal riders will get a striking view of Table Mountain to remind them of the beginning of their journey a week earlier. As they get to hear the strains of the PA and cheering crowds from the Grand Finale finish they will be introduced to Meerendal’s Stairway to Heaven climb for one last test of the legs before turning on to its fun bermed sections on the way down to the well-deserved status of Absa Cape Epic finisher.

* The 2016 Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race takes place from 13 to 20 March and the much anticipated route can be viewed here. The 2016 race will host the 100th stage in the history of the event – the EPIC100 – on Tuesday 15 March.

Whyte Bikes Available via Direct Sales in the USA

Whyte Bikes Available via Direct Sales in the USA

Whyte Bikes

The Whyte Bikes brand was started in 2000 as a collaboration between Jon Whyte, former Benetton F-1 engineer, and ATB Sales who were the UK distributor for Marin Bikes, Manitou and Pearl Izumi at the time. Having been a design and engineering house for innovative and history making full suspension designs under the Marin brand name in the late 1990’s, and with a growing and evolving British bicycling consumer market, the Whyte Bikes brand was launched to push mountain bike technology, both in terms of performance and in manufacturing technology, in new directions.

Since its beginning as a technology developer and market innovator Whyte Bikes has received multiple bike of the Year awards from WMB and MBUK Magazines, and produced numerous test winning bikes in an increasingly crowded fields of global brands.

Whyte Bikes USA are initially going to be bringing in 11 different models, from a Cyclocross bikes, to 130mm carbon and aluminum trail bikes and enduro / gravity bikes, with prices starting at $1000 USD and ranging to $5,499 plus free shipping and a money-back guaranteed.

T-130 Carbon Works / $5499.00

The T-130 C works features our new single ring specific Carbon frame, a full-width main pivot that increases torsional stiffness, extends bearing life and maximizes suspension performance The T130 is designed to be a full suspension version of our award winning 900 series hardtails. 130mm travel front and rear and a long and low geometry will give you full trail control.

T-130 Carbon Works Retail 5 499.00 Spec Fox Shimano XT http www.whyteusa.bike collections trail products t-130-c

Whyte T-129RS / $3349.00

The Works SCR features our single ring specific frame with mega stiff symmetrical chainstays, a full width main pivot for extended bearing life and maximised suspension performance. SCR frame with symmetrical chainstays for increased stiffness / Shimano XT 1 by 11 drivetrain /Fox Float 34 with FIT4 Damper with the all new Float DPS double chamber rear shock and Reverb Stealth seat post.

T-129rs Price 3 349.00 Spec Shimano XT http www.whyteusa.bike collections trail products t-129-rs

Whyte G-160 Works / $4499.00

This is the bike our Gravity Enduro Team race on, and as such, it’s got the best of everything, from SRAM, Easton, Hope, RaceFace, Maxxis, and of course, Whyte.

G-160 Works Retail 4 499.00 Spec Sram Pike http www.whyteusa.bike collections enduro products g-160-works

Whyte Saxon Cross Team / $2099.00

A truly groundbreaking cross bike with MTB-inspired geometry, tubeless wheels, hydraulic disc brakes and SRAM’s innovative Force CX groupset, this bike is ready for anything.SRAM Force CX 1x11spd drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes / Easton EA90 XD UST wheelset / Easton EC-90 full carbon disc fork. Even has internal routing for a dropper post!

Saxon Team Retail 2 099.00 Spec Sram Force 1 http www.whyteusa.bike collections cyclocross products saxon-cross-team

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Commencal is Hiring

Commencal is Hiring

This new position is based in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, and you will be working closely with the Commencal USA Manager and European Managers.

Commencal

COMPANY OVERVIEW

The company COMESPORT SA was founded in 2000 in Andorra. It is responsible for the development and distribution of the Andorran mountain bike brand COMMENCAL in Europe and around the world, directly from its online platformcommencal.com/ and via specific retailers and distributors. Since the beginning, we have grown a strong brand identity and the driving line is always maintained – enjoy the ride, performance and unique design. After a successful opening of our branch in California (COMMENCAL USA), we will be opening a second branch in British Columbia, (COMMENCAL Canada).

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

• Strategize, prospect and cultivate new partnerships with businesses to help develop brand awareness.
• Plan and manage E-Marketing and Communication operations.
• Measure and report the impact of the commercial and marketing actions.
• Coordinate the processes of sales and shipping with the concerned interlocutors.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and QUALITIES REQUIRED:

• Previous experience in cycling industry preferred.
• Customer service skills necessary.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Frequent travelling a must.
• Available as soon as possible.

If that sounds like you, please send your resume and cover letter to: [email protected]


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