Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “Focus Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA) and many more for the week-long supersession, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.
Extended Course With New Elements
Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.
“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”
Freeride Sponsorship and Wildcards
Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the ‘Focus Become a Knight’ online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, Focus Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite Freeride category submission featuring a talented non-bike sponsored rider with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the open category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.
Submission deadline is the 22nd of August 2017. For more detailed information head to www.nineknightsmtb.com.
Public Contest Day
The culmination of the week’s film and photo sessions; the public contest day, will take place on Saturday the 9th of September and feature some of the biggest MTB tricks ever displayed. Pack up your sunscreen and join us at Reschenpass, South Tyrol, Italy for the final showdown.
The bike and holiday region Saalfelden Leogang, Salzburger Land, Austria, has plenty in store: Demanding freeride trails, long bike tours with or without your family, a relaxed e-bike tour or adrenaline-pumping downhill action in Bikepark Leogang – everybody will get his or her money’s worth in Saalfelden Leogang.
Versatile Routes and Expert Service
No matter if you prefer short and easy or long and difficult tours, tricky singletrack and flow trails or the adrenaline-fueled downhill runs – the bike region Saalfelden Leogang is perfect for advanced cyclists as well as for beginners. The Pinzgau region offers 720 kilometers of mountain bike trails for all skill levels and 480 kilometers of valley cycling paths – simply a paradise for bikers.
“As a multi-faced cycling region, we’re eager to inspire not only the professional riders but also the beginner to explore the area on two wheels,” says Marco Pointner, CEO of the Saalfelden Leogang Tourism Bureau.
The Schoenleiten trail… Simply stunning!
Hot Spot for World Mountain Bike Champions
Whether downhiller, freerider or dirt jumper – everyone who’s into biking should visit Europe’s largest and most prestigious bike park in Saalfelden Leogang. The Pinzgau bike hot spot also serves as the venue for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup – the only Mountain Bike World Cup in Austria. The bike park hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships (the biggest mountain bike event in the world) in 2012. By the way, the countdown is on, because Saalfelden Leogang will welcome the World Championships in 2020 once again. So after a break of eight years, the downhill medal-winners will be crowned again in the Pinzgau region.
A Variety of Trails for Professionals and Beginners
“Hot Shots” is the name of the 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) long flow trail, which leads from the top station to the middle station of the local mountain, the Asitz. Following the latest trends, this trail has been adapted to the needs of GoPro users: the two-meter-wide trail not only passes through the forest and stunning natural scenery, but also provides for easier stretches of tables, rolls and feeder jumps, making action-packed GoPro videos possible.
Since the beginning of June, the new 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) long single trail “Matzalm-Trail” has opened. The beautiful trail with rooty sections and several narrow turns leads past the Matzalm and Embachalm and guarantees a stunning view.
Hot Shots – for that special flowy feeling!
For those who are looking to test their skills, the Big-5 Challenge is just the thing: on an XXL-tour that connects a total of five ski lifts and the five mountains surrounding Leogang and Saalbach Hinterglemm, biking enthusiasts can find the ultimate fulfillment – and can blow off all the steam they want.
The famous Saalfelden, Leogang also has easy and challenging routes in store for passionate road cyclists: be it Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, on the Kaiser Tour; or, if you prefer, you can opt for the leisurely Steinberg Tour at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the Lofer and Leogang Mountains.
Fun for Beginners
But of course, Saalfelden Leogang has a thing or two up its sleeve for beginners, as well: In the 10,000 square meter riders playground, beginners can push themselves to their personal limits. A total of eight wooden and fifteen dirt features – none higher than 50 centimeters – provide a convenient obstacle course for those who still want to practice a bit before taking on Bike Park. In addition, beginners – young and old alike – have the opportunity to try out the various aspects of the sport – and develop a passion for it – on the pumptrack and the practice trail. It’s also possible to capture daredevil bike stunts on video with a GoPro on the GoPro bag jump. A large airbag cushions the long downward jump but offers enough resistance to continue the ride. In the new GoPro Lounge at the Asitz base station, hikers and bikers can also inform themselves about the newest GoPro offers while relaxing after a strenuous ride.
The GoPro bag jump is ideal for training.
Biking Fun That Electrifies
Saalfelden Leogang is part of the largest e-bike region in the world and is the ideal place for long bike rides for every age group. You can cover a distance of 70 kilometers with one battery. The battery can be recharged or replaced anytime at nearby gas stations, partner hotels, sporting goods stores or mountain chalets, while you take a break. E-biking is the perfect alternative for those who still need to work on their endurance, but don’t want to miss those bike rides.
Images by Klemens Koenig
The greatest mountain bike happening of the year will be going down, as the fifth edition of Red Bull District Ride showcases the greatest talents and biggest tricks in Nuremberg on September 1–2. The gnarliest urban slopestyle event hopes to break the spectator record which lies at 70,000 and the old town of the German city will set the stage for trick combinations, which have never been seen before. The legendary event has become one of the most iconic in the world of mountain biking and went through a sensational development since its premiere in 2005.
Andreu Lacondeguy sends it for the crowd at Red Bull District Ride 2014. Image by Markus Greber
Back in 2005, the simplest tailwhip was enough to wow the crowd and judges. Nowadays, the athletes would get nowhere near the start tower of any FMB Diamond Event with tricks like that. Today, Tsunami-Backflips, triple-tailwhips, and twisters decide who becomes the king of the court. Back then, you would come across names of mountain bike pros, which you would never associate with slopestyle contests today. Gee Atherton and Cedric Gracia are two examples. It would be unthinkable to see downhill aces like Aaron Gwin, Danny Hart or Greg Minnaar standing at the top of the historic Kaiserburg and going through the motions before dropping in. The trick level has reached new heights and only specialists are able to dial up the big tricks needed in order to have a chance at competing for the title.
Cedric Gracia dropping into the 2005 edition. Image by Ian Hylands
Gee Atherton, Wallride during the 2006 edition. Image by Stefan Hunziker
Three icons of the sport who are closely associated with the past and present of Red Bull District Ride give their account on the development of slopestyle and the event that will be returning to the heart of the 950-year-old city: Cam McCaul, Aaron Chase, and Tarek Rasouli.
Cam McCaul is the voice of slopestyle during live broadcasts on Red Bull TV. The 31-year-old American belongs to the Freeride Hall of Fame and won Red Bull District Ride back in 2006. All the action from the finals will be available on Red Bull TV on September 2 with his commentary.
Cam McCaul on the top of the podium at Red Bull District Ride 2006. Image by Markus Greber
Aaron Chase wrote history in 2005 when he became the first athlete to win Red Bull District Ride. Since then, he has been a course designer for the track that meanders through the old town of Nuremberg and can also look back on years of judging experience.
Aaron Chase at Red Bull District Ride 2006. Image by Markus Greber
Sam Pilgrim launching a backflip no-hander above the crowd in 2011. Image by Flo Hagena
Tarek Rasouli, the mastermind behind Red Bull District Ride has been involved in the organization of the event since day one. Although an accident shortened his professional mountain bike career, the former freeride pro never lost the love for the sport of mountain biking.
Tarek Rasouli at Red Bull District Ride 2005. Image by Markus Greber
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Geoff Gulevich with a superman-seatgrab at Red Bull District Ride 2005. Image by Yorrick Carroux
Commencal says that they have been working on this one for well over a year, and it’s hard to believe that photos aren’t plastered on the interweb, considering that the prototype, with its HPP high-pivot swingarm and anti-chain-growth roller guide has been on the trails since the Meta AM V4.2 and Supreme DH V4.2 were released. Commencal’s HPP rear suspension has already proven itself on the World Cup DH circuit, and now, the bomb-hole eating high-pivot configuration has been adapted to create a 180-millimeter-travel chassis that is much more gravity capable than the Andorran brand’s Meta V4 range. Commencal posts the $3,699 USD Supreme SX as an enduro machine in their “official” white paper, but then goes on a rant about how it was actually made to go as big as possible at the bike park, or sail down your local zone’s most extreme lines. Oh, and apparently, it’s a decent climber too. Check out the official press release below. – RC
The first prototypes with a high pivot point (HPP) were developed on an enduro platform with 160mm of travel. There are numerous advantages to such a system such as optimized wheel path, reduced kickback, and anti-squat for better pedaling.
Let’s start with wheel path. When the bike is not moving it’s difficult to differentiate how the HPP will affect the suspension but in action, it’s a different story. The rear wheel moves backward and what better tool is there to absorb hits?
This rearward axle path extends the chainstay length, bringing more stability and grip. It’s simple and effective. To counter the influence of the chain, there is an idler positioned near the main pivot, which eliminates harmful kickback. The suspension is then not affected by the chain at all.
We’re always fired up to see kids bikes that we wish we had when we were kids. It’s no secret that if we’d had bikes like this we’d have won several World Cups already. Guaranteed. Read on to see what Propain had to say about their new 24″-26″ convertible kids bike.
The Propain Yuma is a full-featured mountain bike for everything from enduro to downhill, and optimized for small, light riders.
For the 2018 model, we worked with the Propain Gravity Kids team to completely overhaul the frame and launch it with a new suspension concept. The option to install both 24″ and 26″ wheels has been retained, giving kids many years of fun with the bike.
Until now, the Yuma was a smaller version of its big brother, Tyee, but now it is a completely distinct bike. A single pivot rear triangle, in combination with the latest generation of shocks by Rock Shox with Trunnion Mount (side mounting point), provides a sensitive, high-progression response.
The new frame concept is especially suited for children’s bikes, as the comparatively simple construction and fewer frame bearings leads to a significantly lighter frame weight. The total weight of the Yuma is just 12.3 kg (27.1 lb).
The frame geometry has also been completely reworked. Due to a lower frame height compared to its predecessor, the jump from the 20″ Frechdax to the new Yuma is no longer as significant, and kids find the transition a lot easier. The Yuma is recommended for heights of approximately 1.30 m and upwards. Test rider and Propain Gravity Kids team member Johann Schumacher (aged 9, 1.29 m) felt immediately comfortable and was able to handle the bike right from the start.
We don’t make any compromises on specs, and offer even young riders a complete package. The chassis has 140 mm front and rear suspension travel, using the Manitou Minute suspension fork and the Rock Shox Deluxe RT shock.
The Yuma is equipped with the Sram GX groupset with 1×11 gears. This wide bandwidth means that even longer rides are no problem. The bike uses the reliable Formula Cura 2 piston brake. For components such as handlebars, stem, saddle, and wheels, we rely on our own brand, FirstRide, which specializes in lightweight and functional parts for children’s bikes.
The Yuma costs EUR 1,799 in the configuration above and can be ordered now from the Propain online shop
. The price of the 26″ kit, available separately, is EUR 249 (wheelset incl. dropouts).