Manon Carpenter Announces Departure from Madison Saracen

Manon Carpenter Announces Departure from Madison Saracen

Manon Carpenter has the number two plate and has been strong in Andorra in the past but she will have a fight in Tahnee Seagrave and Tracey Hannah.

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.

Healing vibes for Manon Carpenter as well as a plethora of other riders who went down hard today.

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 Carpenter gets ready to drop in on her first run of the day.

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!

Madison Saracen at the 2014 World Championships

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.

Manon Carpenter on her way to her first Elite World Cup PodiumOn 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.

Madison Saracen at the 2014 World Championships

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.

Madison Saracen at the 2014 World Championships


MENTIONS: @SaracenBikes

SRAM Tech: Eagle Installation Video

SRAM Tech: Eagle Installation Video

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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.

More SRAM Tech videos:

SRAM Guide RSC, RS, R, and DB5 (Model Year 2016 and Earlier) Hydraulic Brake Bleed
SRAM Guide Series, Level Ultimate, and Level TLM Hydraulic Brake Bleed
SRAM X01 DH Installation
SRAM X0 Hub Spoke Installation
SRAM Wheels Rim Tape Installation

RockShox Tech Pills – Debon Air and Solo Air Rear Shock Sag Setup
RockShox Tech Pills – Bottomless Tokens Explained
RockShox Reverb and Reverb Stealth Remote System Bleed
RockShox Reverb Stealth B1 Model 50 Hour Service
RockShox Reverb B1 Model 50 Hour Service
RockShox Reverb Stealth Hose Replacement and Shortening
RockShox Reverb Hose Replacement and Shortening / @SramMedia

Trek Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select 2014 and 2015 Farley Models

Trek Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Select 2014 and 2015 Farley Models

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Trek Farley 2014
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.


Three Days in Golden with Jordie Lunn – Video

Three Days in Golden with Jordie Lunn – Video

With the help of Jordie Lunn, Strikt has designed and developed its first generation of MTB Gear. It utilizes a custom engineered polyester-based fabric that is made from 99% recycled water bottles and plastics. Direct flow 3d air mesh and coconut fiber liner for maximum comfort during long rides or races. Military grade buckles and of course, fade free sublimated graphics designed by Jordie and Craig Lunn.

Jordie Lunn
Jordie Lunn
Jordie Lunn

The Strikt MTB Gear line is covered by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and is now available online at and in select dealers spring 2017. Dealers inquiries to [email protected]

MENTIONS: @jorg-tron

Entries For Mavic Trans-Provence 2017 Open This Thursday

Entries For Mavic Trans-Provence 2017 Open This Thursday

Get ready folks! Entries open this Thursday November 3rd for Mavic Trans-Provence 2017.

What was the World’s first point-to-point Enduro stage event has, over the years, opened up a new frontier to gravity-fuelled excitement and wild, on-sight racing. This, the 9th edition promises to be no exception: 24 stages of natural singletrack descent (a total of almost 20,000m descending in total) through big mountains and hugely varied terrain from Embrun in the Hautes-Alpes to Menton on the Côte d’Azur.

For those who would like to join 2017’s epic journey, 65 publicly available race places will be up for grabs from 00:00:00 CET at the start of this Thursday, November 3rd, 2016. Information on how to apply for entry can be found here:

images from The First Four Days - Trans-Provence 2016 article


Francois Bailley-Maitre took the win in day four and is now at just 18 seconds from Nico Lau who crashed in day four.




MENTIONS: @mavic / @ikeizer