Brandon Semenuk lays down his winning run in the Crankworx Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza last March. Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx
Nine-day festival brings more opportunities to explore New Zealand’s North Island riding culture; EARLY BIRD tickets on sale through October 31, 2016
With just six months to go until Crankworx unleashes nine days of mountain biking madness on Rotorua, organizers of the Crankworx World Tour can confirm the festival will run March 25 – April 2, 2017.
Two weeks later than the dates for 2016, and a full nine days in length, the festival is expected to transform the first few weeks of fall in Rotorua to make mountain biking the focal point of the season.
“Having nine days of Crankworx Rotorua in 2017 is massive. We will still have five days of ticketed operations on site at Skyline, but the extra four days of activities will allow us to spread the festival across town over a longer duration. This gives our community more opportunities to rub shoulders and ride alongside the world’s best. It’s going to be a blast,” says Tak Mutu, event organizer.
Multi-day pass ticket sales have just opened and this year’s family pass is just $180, at the early bird rates. Kids 5-14 years old are $40, and an adult can experience all nine days of the festival for just $60.
“It’s really important to keep this as affordable as possible for our fans. The Rotorua mountain bike community is so committed and so strong. It’s the ideal place for us to watch the sport grow with so many children coming out to Kidsworx and whole families gathering to watch the events,” says Darren Kinnaird, Crankworx General Manager.
Thomas Lemoine goes airborne in the Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle. Photo: Chester Boyes
Purchasing Early Bird tickets save fans $20 per pass for both the kids and adults’, and $70 for a family—a family being two adults and three children. The window for the early bird tickets will remain open until October 31, 2016, when ticket prices will rise to $80 for an adult multi-day pass, $60 for a kids’ and $250 for a family.
One lucky woman will manage the ticket for free—along with free flights, accommodation, and spending money. Amanda Chingman, from Royal Oak, Michigan, has won the Crankworx Whistler Fantasy contest and will be flying from the United States to New Zealand to take in Crankworx Rotorua.
“It’s amazing. I never thought I would get to go to New Zealand. My boyfriend rides a lot and so he got me into it a bit,” saidChingman, who enlisted his help to craft her team.
Crankworx broadcasts its core competitions live on Crankworx.com, Pinkbike.com and the Slopestyle events are all broadcast exclusively on Red Bull TV.
Date announcements for Whistler, Les Gets and Innsbruck will be out within the next two weeks. To purchase tickets for Rotorua, visit Crankworx.com.
Adrien Loron took on Mickey Haderer in the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox. He would go on to win the series with a second place in Rotorua, fourth in France and second again in Whistler. Harderer established a name for himself as the guy racing in his skivvies. Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx
Connor Mahuika came out of nowhere in the Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox to take fourth place and win his way into the hearts of the entire crowd. Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx
Jill Kintner practicing on the Mons Royale Dual Speed and Style course. Named Queen of Crankworx in August, she and Casey Brown experimented with the sport in Rotorua, a first for women in the discipline. Photo by Clint Trahan
Loic Bruni sails in for the win in the Crankworx Rotorua DH presented by iXS. He would miss out in Les Gets, where he frequently trains, due to a broken collarbone. Photo by Clint Trahan/Crankworx
• Self-serviceable dropper post with reset function
• Non-IFP design.
• 125mm and 160mm options
• 30.9mm and 31.6mm diameters
• ‘Triggy’ One-By remote or regular push button
• Weight: 470g (125mm x 30.9mm), Triggy remote 25g
• Available January 2017
• 125mm – 293€
• 160mm – 310€
• Free shipping worldwide
• Titanium saddle clamp bolts (original: stainless steel)
• Free I-Spec B or I-Spec II adapter
What if there was a dropper post that solves and not just improves reliability issues, saves cost and time, and does not let you worry about time at service centers anymore? Or how about ‘bleeding’ your seat post within a few seconds while it’s still installed in your bike?BikeYoke presents its new REVIVE dropper post featuring one of the most brilliant design features in dropper design in many years. Revive will start with 125mm and 160mm options, infinitely adjustable travel and in 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters. More than ten years of experience in dropper design went into the Revive, and the development has finally paid off. Of course, just as many other companies BikeYoke would say, that Revive is reliable, strong and smooth…
And yes, Revive is all of that, but not because we tried to improve current designs, but because we were thinking outside of the box and created a new concept, that is different from everything before.
To understand the benefits over other posts, you have to know about the problems of many current designs first. Many of the traditional current designs are based on a hydraulic lockout-system that relies on a perfectly sealing IFP (Internal Floating Piston), separating oil from air to prevent the seatpost from getting that suspension feeling. There are a lot of difficulties to overcome when using an IFP because an IFP has to maintain 100% sealing function. If air can go to the oil side, your post will start becoming springy. This happens to a lot of posts on the market already and is the main issue why they need servicing. Just to mention a few of the issues an IFP design comes with:
• An IFP design requires a perfect finished surface of ID and OD, of both, inner and outer tubes in the hydraulic circuit. There is a high defective rate during production and is also difficult to keep the quality stable. This means those tubes are very expensive to produce.
• IFP designs require perfect concentricity of those tubes to ensure the IFP can move smoothly.
• An IFP is a dynamic seal with high preload/squeeze. This causes a ‘stick-slick’ effect on many posts, which you can feel, when your seatpost gets stuck and you need to break it loose manually because only pushing the remote won’t make it start moving.
• IFP’s are usually kept as short as possible to save on build height. But this means they can tilt inside the tube more easily and cause overly extensive wear and/or leakage. Long tubes and long travel will make it worse because the IFP has to follow not a straight line inside the tube, but a bent tube, since longer seatposts will obviously have more flex.
• An IFP usually requires a complex or difficult bleeding procedure, where the IFP has to be set to a certain position. Too much or too little oil also can cause malfunction of the seatpost.
This is why BikeYoke’s Revive features a non-IFP design because we think it is too difficult – if not impossible – to make a reliable design using an IFP.
The Revive only requires two dynamic seals in the hydraulic circuit (RS Reverb, KS LEV and Fox Transfer use four dynamic seals) with those two seals being the ones that are known to cause the least problems in sealing application: The inner shaft sealing and the piston sealing for the lockout mechanism. The highly critical IFP is removed and with it the need of perfect concentricity and finish of the sealing surfaces of the tubes. The lack of an IFP also results in the smoothest action of any hydraulic drop-post on the market.
REVIVE VALVE – The Reset-Feature
Even Revive can get air somewhere where it does not belong. This can happen for example, when you actuate your seatpost for a few times, while its upside down. And here is where the patented Revive Reset Valve comes into play: The Revive valve is located underneath the seatpost-head (same as a Reverb and KS LEV for example) and serves as regular air-valve for pumping up the post. However, pushing the Revive valve opens ports between chambers and activates the Revive-function:
Insert a 4mm Hex Key into the Revive hex port, turn it and push down the post by hand. This will automatically reset your hydraulic circuit to “new.” Whenever. Wherever. This can be done within a few seconds and only by the turn of a 4mm Allen key, without even having to remove your dropper post from your bike.
We made a video to show how simple this is:
Here is the REVIVE-feature in real-life action:
One Piece Lower
Next to creating a completely resettable hydraulic system, Revive also features a one piece lower tube, whereas many posts have the upper bushing (which experiences the biggest load) installed on a separate top cap, which is threaded on top of the lower tube. Installing the upper bushing directly into the lower tube does not only increase the structural strength of the lower assembly but also provides better load displacement. Perfect concentricity with the lower tube and it’s keyways that house 6x pins to eliminate rotational play, is also an attribute that comes in hand with a one piece lower tube. Due to the extra wall thickness at the collar area, Revive is also less prone to be affected by high seat-clamp squeeze.
So, now one might already understand that:
1. No air will want to go inside the post’s hydraulic circuit since it’s charged with higher pressure than its surroundings.
2. No oil will go out (or at least very very little oil over the course of a long time) because of very stable sealing – external sealing has never been a real problem of current post design
3. The hydraulic system can be reset to “new” via the unique “Revive-valving.”
This makes the hydraulic circuit into a stable closed system and basically maintenance free. Still, there are parts that need to servicing sooner or later and when designing Revive we put a lot of attention to maximum user-friendly serviceability: Bushings and keyway pins will wear over time. Usually, the pins wear first, and you would want to replace them to reset your rotational play. Exchanging the pins and the lower bushing is simple and does not require any opening of the hydraulic system and can be done within less than 5 minutes. You can watch how to do a full service here.
Firstly a huge thank you to all our customers for the support and helping shape Nukeproof to what it is today.
It’s been a huge year for us at Nukeproof with the launch of the all-new Mega 275 and 290 which was capped last weekend with that amazing EWS victory by Sam Hill in Valberg. Here’s what we have in store for 2017:
The pinnacle of the range is the Team 275. Designed to excel on the toughest enduro tracks. A gravity focused specification; designed to descend fast, but have the efficiency to pedal and climb for all day epics. Inspired by Sam Hill’s EWS winning set up, the new team features a 170mm Rockshox Lyric RCT3 fork, Mavic’s new Deemax Pro wheelset and Sram’s Eagle X0-1 12spd drivetrain. Finished with our premium components including our award winning 780mm Carbon Warhead bars and Vector AM trail saddle.
Mega Team 275
The stealthy Mega Pro (in 275 and 290 models) gets the Rockshox Lyric upgraded to 160mm and now features a full Shimano XT 1×11 drivetrain and brakes. With Sram Rail 40’s wrapped in Schwalbe Magic Mary and Nobby Nic tyres in the Trail Star compound.
The Mega 275 and 290 Comp blends a lightweight build with a hard-hitting mentality. The trail spec Mega is designed to be a balanced between aggressive descents with an efficient pedal platform to dominate the trails.
The Mega 290 and 275 Race are designed with the same mentality as the Team build. With Rockshox’s 160mm Yari, Sram’s new NX 1×11 drivetrain, aggressive geometry it’s built as an all day pedalling platform to attack the trails ahead.
Mega 290 Race
Mega 275 Race
All new to the Nukeproof line up is the Digger. The Digger originated from wanting a do-it-all training bike for our athletes. It’s a versatile bit of kit. Designed to lap up the base miles, shred paths or get wild on the trails. A truly adaptable frame with a blend of road and mountain bike geometry whilst having the capacity for panniers and mudguards, the Digger can create an adventure out of any ride.
When Jeremy Berthier comes to visit the Commencal HQ in Andorra, there’s no getting him away from the pump track in our back yard. It’s the perfect place to test-ride the latest Ride Alpha components together with, in this case, the Absolut SX.
You only have to look at the smile on Jeremy’s face to realise that he couldn’t be happier with our products! And as the saying goes, flat pedals win medals…
Bernard Kerr won Red Bull Hardline over the weekend to wrap up his best race season to date, taking the top spot on the podium after hurtling down a brutal action-packed course. Coming in 00:02:40 seconds ahead of the next contender, Ruaridh Cunningham, Kerr made a course that scares most people just to look at, much less to ride, look like what he eats for breakfast. What an animal! Kerr finished Hardline in first place after taking 5th overall in the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for downhill where he was an eleventh-hour inclusion on the Great Britain team after Gee Atherton sustained a shoulder injury at Andorra.
Now that you’ve been home for a couple days, have you had a chance to relax and see friends and family now that the season is slowing down?
A little bit, but there’s still so much to do. I have to empty the team van, set stuff up for Interbike, write a race report and put things in storage so it doesn’t get stolen whilst I’m away.
You’ve got to be happy about your result at Worlds, especially given your last minute inclusion.
Yeah super happy with Worlds. I knew I would be a strong contender there if I had the chance and once I did I knew I had nothing to lose.
And now you’ve taken the title for Red Bull Hardline! Do those tracks compare?
The tracks couldn’t be more different…Val di Sole literally has no jumps and is super rough all the way down, whereas Hardline does have some let up in between the big jumps with smooth flowy turns, although some of them do lead into rocky chutes! They couldn’t really be further from the same thing…Hardline has a lot more flow and a lot less braking bumps!
What was your initial reaction when you walked the course for Hardline this year? People have been saying it was a big step up from previous years. How was your practice run?
Yeah, I was a little nervous for sure with the big metal ramp but the rest was actually really good. They had added a load of little ruts and catch berms that helped the course flow a lot. The first practice run was awesome with all the boys just sessioning each jump and pushing each other to hit the next big feature…the vibe was unreal!
So it’s a pretty supportive environment? You guys keep each other motivated?
Yeah it’s crazy really, all of the guys that you are normally trying to beat at World Cups are all helping each other out and towing each other into the big hits…really just feeding off of each other!
How many seasons have you been on Reynolds wheels now? Any standout attributes to the wheels over others you have been on in the past? How’d they feel on the Hardline track?
I’ve been riding on Reynolds wheels now for 3 seasons and can’t see myself going anywhere soon! I love the sound and feel of the wheels and how on the wheel you can just pump straight back up to speed after a turn or technical sections. The wheels at Hardline were one of the best things. Having stiff carbon wheels going into massive compressions up the jumps and then again when you land really help and give you the confidence to push your bike!