Crankworx Returns to Rotorua With New Events

Crankworx Returns to Rotorua With New Events

Loic Bruni will be looking for another downhill victory after winning the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS. Photo Clint Trahan Crankworx Loic Bruni will be looking for another downhill victory after winning the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS. (Photo: Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

A strong contingent of elite athletes, a new downhill race, the Deep Summer photography showcase, and more Kidsworx events will see Crankworx Rotorua expand for 2016 as New Zealand welcomes the international mountain biking community.

Fans can join the King and Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, Bernard Kerr (GBR) and Anneke Beerten (NED), Aussie downhillers, Mick and Tracey Hannah, last year’s Crankworx Slopestyle Champion, Brett Rheeder (CAN), and elite riders like Casey Brown (CAN), Martin Soderstrom (SWE) and Loic Bruni (FRA) for the launch of the Crankworx World Tour’s second season. This year marks a chance at redemption, or proof the 2015 climb to supremacy was a true testament of a rider’s skill—and the riders are ready to roll.

“I know, from last season, it takes a lot of energy and determination to win the Queen of the Crankworx World Tour, but I’m feeling fit and can’t wait to race all the different disciplines again,” says Beerten, inaugural Queen of the Crankworx World Tour.

Rheeder will be back to make another play for the Triple Crown of Slopestyle on the course where his 2015 back-to-back winning streak began. And Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), author of the first 720-cork-360 (dubbed “The Twister”) at Masters of Dirt this month, will step up the competition, along with Thomas Genon. Genon quietly delivered a hat-trick of third place finishes for a strong 2015 Crankworx season and finished at the top of the FMB rankings, 324 points ahead of Rheeder, in second, with Rogatkin third.

Thomas Genon was flying high at the end of the 2015 season placing first in the FMB rankings and third at all three Crankworx tour stops. Photo Clint Trahan Crankworx Thomas Genon was flying high at the end of the 2015 season, placing first in the FMB rankings and third at all three Crankworx tour stops. (Photo: Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

In the downhill, Crankworx veteran champion Jill Kintner (USA) and Emilie Siegenthaler (SUI), third in the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, will face Hannah, 2015 Crankworx DH Champion, Beerten and Brown. And in the men’s field, Crankworx DH Champion, Sam Blenkinsop (NZ) comes off a strong year to challenge last year’s Rotorua winner, Bruni, and top enduro racer, Fabien Barel (FRA). After years at the top of the Enduro World Series, Barel retired from professional racing in the fall, but has committed to doing the Crankworx Downhill Championships as part of a new product development role.

“Crankworx is the only international DH series that brings us to meet very different riding communities,” Barel says. This could mean racing the new Crankworx tour stop alongside the same French and British fans who watched him deliver one of the sport’s great moments: his bare-knuckle 2005 UCI World Championships win in Les Gets.

Riding alongside heroes of the sport is one of the truly unique aspects of every Crankworx festival, and four of the eight Crankworx Rotorua events are open to the public, including the Crankworx Rotorua Air Downhill, the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, the Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by Spank, for which members of the public must qualify, and GIANT Toa Enduro. The events have a way of propelling new or up-and-coming riders onto the world stage, as both New Zealand’s, Wyn Masters and Raewyn Morrison can attest.

As the first stop of the Enduro World Series in 2015, the Giant Toa Enduro proved a huge boost for Masters, who pulled in for third, eventually securing a top 25 spot in the series. Morrison’s eleventh place finish launched an incredible year for the Kiwi; she finished ninth in the 2015 EWS rankings. “There’s something about racing at home in front of a crowd that’s special and, for sure, a great way to start the international race season,” says Masters.

This year’s enduro is not an EWS round, so it offers a taste of world-class riding without the demands of world series racing. Local athletes can expect to join Josh Carlson (AUS), Aaron Bradford (USA), Fabien Cousinie (FRA) and Michal Prokop (CZE) on course with a strong New Zealand pro presence – Blenkinsop, Rupert Chapman, Cameron Cole, Matt Walker, Keegan Wright, and the Masters brothers, Ed and Wyn.

Back for another crack at the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style, meanwhile, Söderström will be trying to best Kerr, who won the Crankworx Dual Speed & Style Championships, and riders like Adrien LORON (FRA), who place second. “I have said it before and I will say it again, Speed and Style is the perfect sport. Tight racing combined with big tricks is a crowd and rider favourite,” says Söderström.

Martin Soderstrom returns to the scene of this Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style victory hoping to make the event a building block en route to King of the Crankworx World Tour. Photo Clint Trahan Crankworx Martin Soderstrom returns to the scene of this Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style victory, hoping to make the event a building block en route to King of the Crankworx World Tour. (Photo: Clint Trahan/Crankworx)

Crankworx includes eight competitions and four live broadcasts, all to be shown on Crankworx.com, with the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle also live on Red Bull TV. For this year’s enduro, Crankworx will run a live blog on its website with video and picture integration, and the latest information from the forest as the seven-stage race unfolds.

Crankworx runs from March 9-13, 2016. Events include the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox, Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS, Crankworx Rotorua Air Downhill, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle, Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style, Official Oceania Whip-Off Championships presented by SPANK and the Giant Toa Enduro. There will also be an expo at the Skyline Gravity Park, food and entertainment.

Crankworx is broadcast live from Crankworx.com, Pinkbike.com and the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle is live on Red Bull TV.

Broadcast schedule:

Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style: Thursday, Mar. 10, 5-7 p.m. NZDT; Wednesday, Mar. 9 8-10 p.m. PST; Thursday, Mar. 10 5-7 a.m. CET
Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox: Friday, Mar. 11, 7-9 p.m. NZDT; Thursday, Mar. 10-midnight PST; Friday, Mar. 11 7-9 a.m. CET
Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle: Saturday, Mar.12 3-5:30 p.m. NZDT; Friday, Mar. 11, 6-8:30 p.m. PST; Saturday, March 12 3-5:30 a.m. CET
Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS: Sunday, Mar. 13 2:30-5:30 p.m. NZDT; Saturday, Mar. 12 5:30-8:30 p.m. PST; Sunday, Mar. 13 2:30-5:30 a.m. CET

WHAT’S NEW:

Crankworx Rotorua Air DH: Designed as a participatory event, this race will bring the NZ bike community out to ride with the pros. The Air DH is set on Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park’s Mr. Black, and has 32 jumpable features, including tables, step downs, step ups, shark fins, doubles and a wall-ride. Find out more and register today on Crankworx.com.

Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge: Four talented photographers and three iconic locations. Experience Rotorua’s riding culture like you’ve never seen it before – through the eyes of another’s lens. The inaugural Deep Summer Rotorua Photo Challenge will be held immediately after Saturday’s Slopestyle event and anyone from around the world will be able to vote for their favourite presentation online at Crankworx.com for 24 hours following the conclusion.

– Live blog: Coverage of the GIANT Toa Enduro will include a live blog on Crankworx.com with photos, interviews and video. Be sure to tune in and follow the Periscope coverage of Stages 6 and 7. The GIANT Toa opens the festival on Wednesday, Mar. 9 NZDT. Blog coverage will start at approximately 10 a.m. NZDT; Tuesday, Mar. 8, 1 p.m. PST on the West Coast of North America; Tuesday, Mar. 8, 10 p.m. CET in Europe

Kidsworx: A new race has been added to the line-up for 2016. The Skyline Warrior DH Race is run on a Grade 4 difficulty trail, Sprint Warrior, and is a step up from the Spawn Cycles Hipster DH. Racers 6-9 years-old must be accompanied by an adult. Find out more and register online at com. Also new: Kids’ pump track, built by Empire of Dirt, the same team building the main pump track for the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox; VIP parking for kids bikes, so the groms don’t have to cart a bike around all day; and Spawn Cycles and GIANT demo bikes on site for kids to test.

Official Oceania Whip-Off presented by Spank: This year’s whip-off is a multi-air affair with a new jump designed to take the event to the next level – along the lines of Whistler’s Crabapple Hits. Don’t miss the highlights on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Periscope on Wednesday, Mar. 9 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NZDT; Tuesday, Mar. 8 3:30-4:30 p.m. PST; Wednesday, Mar. 9 6:30-7:30 a.m. CET.

– Expo & Demo expansion: Over 50 exhibitors will be joining the expo and demo area this year with new brands including ilabb, Camelbak and Powasol to name a few. Try a bike from one of seven demo bike companies on Skyline Gravity Park’s bike track.

Registration is still open for the GIANT Toa Enduro, the Crankworx Rotorua Downhill presented by iXS and the Crankworx Rotorua Air DH. Sign up now on Crankworx.com. Tickets for all events are on sale now through Crankworx.com.


MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx

SRAM’s Roam 60 Carbon Wheels Go Wide

SRAM’s Roam 60 Carbon Wheels Go Wide

SRAM Roam 60 wheels
Roam 60

Fast climbs and fast descents—from sunup till sundown. Truly made for the modern mountain biker, Roam wheels use a special balance of low-inertia design, weight and strength to excel on a wide variety of terrain. They’re durable enough for hours in the saddle, yet light enough for race day.

The new Roam 60’s careful combination of shape, width, design, and materials yields a new carbon wheelset that gives bikers the speed-enabling features they want—and the critical reliability they need. Lightweight, high-strength 30-mm carbon rims increase control and confidence in any terrain.

The precision engagement of Double Time hubs ensure quick, consistent power delivery from the pedals, and a durable, smooth-rolling feel. The new Roam 60 is the wheel for riders who want everything and don’t like to compromise.

Light and strong carbon rim designed for more speed, more control and more reliability. 30mm wide profile, hookless, tubeless ready, carbon rim, smooth, quick engagement with durable Double Time hubs, stealthy new graphics and a customizable sticker pack.

Details:
Use: trail, enduro
Size: 27.5”
Rim construction: carbon – hookless
Rim inside width: 30mm
Cassette compatibility: SRAM XD, non-XD
Axle type (wheels)—regular:
Front: includes decal pack, quick release, 15x100mm and 20x110mm thru axle caps
Rear: includes decal pack, quick release and 12x142mm thru axle caps
Axle type (wheels)—Boost:
Front: includes decal pack, 21mm standard and 31mm RockShox Torque thru-axle caps
Rear: includes decal pack, 12×148 thru axle caps
Driver Mechanism: Double Time – four pawls
24 steel bladed spokes – black, double-butted 2.0 to 1.8
Bearings: sealed cartridge
Rim section: asymmetrical
Spoke pattern: 2 cross
Weight: front 750g – rear 875g (weights are in the lightest configuration)
MSRP (front/rear): $900/1000 | €939/1043 | £720/800
SRAM Roam 60 wheels

SRAM 900 hub
SRAM 900 hub
900 Hubs
Whether the goal is a finish line, epic adventure or simply getting back home again, our new 900 hubs are ready for the challenge. On the inside, our smooth and durable Double Time drive mechanism ensures rapid engagement for quick and confident pedal responsiveness. This straight-aligned, 4-pawl design turns the 26-tooth ratchet ring into 52 points of contact. The result: smooth 6.9-degree engagement without reducing tooth size or offsetting internal geometry—which means serious long-term durability.

Speedball bearings provide smooth, long-lasting rotation performance. Multiple spoke-count and cassette-capability options, as well as interchangeable end caps make the 900 hubs a perfect choice for any disc-equipped road, gravel, cyclocross, cross country, trail, or enduro bike.

Versatile driver body can accept road or MTB drivetraina, full spline or XD cassettes
Fully convertible with tool free end caps
Boost variants
24, 28 or 32 spoke holes
Usage: road, CX, TT, gravel,XC, trail, enduro
Axle options:
Front: QR 100 CAPS (DIA. 19mm), TA 12×100, TA 15×100, TA 15×110, TA 15×110 TORQUE CAPS (DIA. 31mm), TA 20×110
Rear: QR 135, TA 12×142, TA 12×148
Spoke holes: 24, 28, 32
Driver mechanism: Double Time – four pawls
MSRP (front/rear): $79/199 | €82/208 | £63/159
Weight: front: 150g, rear: 275g

www.sram.com

10th Annual Geoff Gulevich Garage Sale

10th Annual Geoff Gulevich Garage Sale

March 6th marks The Tenth Annual Geoff Gulevich Garage Sale! The sale will begin at 11 AM sharp! (Don’t bother coming early, we won’t be set up yet.)

Vendors will include:
– Geoff Gulevich
– Thomas Vanderham
– Micayla Gatto
– Reece Wallace
– Eric Lawrenuk
– Noah Brousseau
– Kurt Sorge
– Graham Agassiz
– Brett Tippie

Items for sale will include all gear from last season, such as:
– Front and rear suspension
– Freeride, DH, Trail and SS bikes
– Jerseys, shorts, pants, Tshirts etc.
– Basically anything mountain bike related you can imagine!

Black Tusk Jerky will also be present with samples and Jerky to purchase!

Same location as always, 824 Esquimalt. West Vancouver BC. Canada.

Directions: Southbound down Taylor Way. Right on Keith. Take the first exit of the roundabout, up Esquimalt. Second driveway on the left.

Come on by for a fun day with the Pros. Grab your biking needs while this biking season shapes up!

Image for Gully s Garage Sale

 


MENTIONS: @Gulevich87 / @tvanderham / @micaylagatto / @reecewallace / @lornny / @noahbbrousseau / @kurt-rider /@aggy / @bretttippie

The Making of a Nukeproof Horizon Flat Pedal – Video

The Making of a Nukeproof Horizon Flat Pedal – Video

The Nukeproof Horizon pedal is arguably the best flat pedal on the market – developed in conjunction with the world’s most famous flat pedal rider, Sam Hill, it recently received 10/10 from MBR magazine.

Nukeproof Horizon pedal

We (Chain Reaction Cycles) spoke to the guys at Nukeproof to see what it takes to make a pedal fit for a downhill legend.

Initial step: Design brief
The key requirements for the design (form and function) are set out and drawn from previous model testing, customer feedback and Team Chain Reaction PayPal riders Sam Hill, Mike Jones, Joe Smith and Elliott Heap.

The initial sketch

Nukeproof Horizon pedal

Nukeproof’s creative designer sketches his vision of what the new pedal should look like, with input from the Nukeproof design team.

Computer modelling
Next, the paper-and-pen drawing is handed to Nukeproof’s Design Engineer who works his magic and translates the sketch into reality, using Solidworks to create a production part drawing meeting the initial brief.

3D printing

Nukeproof Horizon pedal

Once agreed, the Solidworks version of the Horizon pedal is brought to life on Nukeproof’s own 3D printer. The 3D printed version of the pedal is fitted with all the parts of the final version, including the axle and pins.

Forging

Nukeproof Horizon flat pedal

Once the team are happy with the 3D printed version, an alloy forging of the pedal is produced, which becomes the unfinished ‘blank’ of the production pedal.

CNC machining

Nukeproof Horizon pedal

The raw forged alloy is then machined to production specification, finished in black ano with a polished face and black height adjustable pins.

Nukeproof Horizon pedal

MENTIONS: @ChainReactionCycles / @Nukeproof-Bicycles

Bulls Bikes USA Unveils 2016 Mountain Bike Models

Bulls Bikes USA Unveils 2016 Mountain Bike Models

Bulls Bikes USA, a German-born bike company that launched in the U.S. April 2015, is unveiling eight models this spring 2016. Available online only through Bulls’ website are four new mountain bikes, two new road bikes and two new cyclocross bikes, on top of the company’s existing 27 models.

We’re incredibly excited to bring in new models that will add to the already successful launch of the brand in the U.S.,” said Sharon Yu, general manager of Bulls Bikes USA. “We’re offering truly unbeatable quality bikes at groundbreakingly low prices. What has been most rewarding is that consumers are using our customized and interactive sizing charts to dial in their bike choices and make purchasing decisions. It’s definitely been a proof of concept.”

In the mountain bike lineup, Bulls is expanding on its four-bike fleet of Copperhead models that will retail as low as the $1,299.00 Copperhead supreme 29 +, to $1,999.00 for the Copperhead 3 RSi and Copperhead 29 RSi models. Two of the Copperhead models, the Copperhead 3 RSi and the Copperhead 29 RSi, will be ready to shred with FOX 32 Float and 100mm forks. Bulls will also build on the Wild Cup all-mountain series with the Wild Cup 3, a lavishly-specced and lightweight all-mountain hammer.

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead 3 RSi $1,999

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead 29 RSi $1,999

Bulls Copperhead

Copperhead supreme 29 + $1,299

Wild Cup

Wild Cup 3 $2,399

ABOUT BULLS
Founded in Germany in 1994, Bulls offers a diverse selection of bicycles including mountain bikes, road bikes, e-bikes, children’s bikes, hybrids, commuters and urban models. The brand has enjoyed notable success and widespread popularity as a staple bike manufacturer throughout Europe and launched in the U.S. market in 2015. To learn more about Bulls Bikes USA, please visit www.BullsBikesUSA.com