Canada Cup XC Champ Evan Guthrie isn’t your typical spandex and salads weight weenie cross country racer. He races in baggies, can send it harder than most, has finished on the podium at BC Enduro Series events and hit top step on the Downtime at Singletrack6. Offered a spot on the Canadian National Team to race XC World Championships this year, he turned that down to go race the EWS Finale instead. With limited time on his “big” bike he went top 10 in a stage against the best dedicated EWS pros in the world in Italy. Nobody talked about it, but it was definitely more fun than doing six laps of a fifteen minute Worlds course down under.
Regardless of if you’re doing specific intervals or pacing yourself over an epic ride or enduro day, having accurate and instant power data is useful and valuable information. Evan eagerly signed on as one of the Cinch Power Meter testers and has been counting watts all year from the Sea Otter Short Track to the Italian singletrack. His data files helped Race Face refine our algorithms to speed up and improve accuracy and well as optimize the data for mountain bike applications. Big impacts and sudden changes in traction aren’t common in road and a road power meter plugged into a mountain bike often contains power spikes and other inaccurate data. The Race Face Cinch Power Meter is made for mountain biking, of all types, just like Evan. Spandex and salad not required.
Guthrie’s RF Next equipped Pivot LES rocking a Team Edition FOX 32 is his go-to choice for training rips.
not so secret training.
The Cinch Power Meter helps athletes track the ride: efforts on the climbs and recovery on the send.
The Cinch system allows for a power meter crankset to be swapped between bike builds with an 8mm Allen key and adjustment of the preload collar. But if Evan is changing riding styles, the power meter spindle can be easily swapped from his Next SL crank arms into Next R crank arms and back with a crank puller tool that is included in the box with the Cinch Power Meter
Enduro may be getting more technical, but the climbs can still make or break a race run.
Guthrie’s Pivot Firebird is loaded with Next R carbon wheels, cranks, and cockpit, steering a FOX 36.
Pedal churning with the Cinch Power Meter puts the information at your fingertips on Bluetooth and ANT head unit.
The Race Face Cinch Power Meter is shipping now to dealers near you!
The Cinch Power Meter gives you the tool to train for the Enduro and XC glory you truly deserve. Protected in your BB Shell, the Cinch Power Meter not only gives you the advantage you need to gauge your training and push your boundaries, but it does it with the compatibility and performance you have come to expect from Cinch. Thanks to the adaptable spindle, you can pick your poison from NEXT SL G4 to our Turbine R cranks, and with our Cinch App and both ANT+™ and Bluetooth®, you can hook it up to your favorite head unit and be on your way to the wattage cottage in no time.
• Power Accuracy +/- 2%.
• Cadence & pedal efficiency data.
• Dual Bluetooth low energy technology / ANT+ for head unit compatibility.
• Battery life over 400h & USB rechargeable.
• Utilizing CINCH for 1x or 2x configurations.
• Cinch Power Meter App for iPhone or Android.
• 134mm Spindle swaps onto 30mm Race Face Cinch capable Next SL G4, Next G3, Next R, Turbine.
Cinch Power Meter Spindle MSRP: $599.99 USD
Next SL G4 Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD
Next R Crankarms MSRP: $479.99 USD
White Style, the only mountain bike Slopestyle contest on snow, returns to the slopes of Leogang for the opening round of the FMB World Tour 2018 on January 26. This year, Saalfelden Leogang has a surprise in store for both riders and spectators: a new mountain bike head-to-head format! For the first time ever, 20 of the best slopestyle heavy hitters will step into the ring and fight for the championship belt. Can’t wait for the new format? Then check out the teaser:
White Style 2018 judging will be a new challenge as for the first time, the event will see an all new and thrilling format: In qualifying, 20 athletes will send their best tricks and raddest combos in order to reach the finals. The 16 qualified riders will then battle each other in elimination rounds. The fight is expected to be especially fierce, as the top athletes will have to put down not just one, but several top runs. In order to win the championship belt, a rider will have to take out their opponents in each round all the way to the grand final, similar to what you would expect in a speed & style event. Despite the new format, the event will remain its FMB Silver status and give the riders the chance to collect first points for the FMB World Tour 2018. The only question remaining is: which slopestyle heavyweight will make the most out of the new format to claim the win?
As of right now, the exact list of the top riders following the wake-up call from hibernation is not complete, but one thing is for certain: Rocky Balboa would nod in approval eyeballing up the massive piles of snow that are going to be sculpted into perfectly shaped take-offs, jumps and landings, in short – what the dreams of some of the best slopestyle athletes in the world are made of during the wintertime. Since its inauguration the snow jumps at White Style have proven themselves as the perfect stomping ground for all sorts of slopestyle craziness. Let it be style in its purest form by the likes of 2017 winner and heavy hitter Torquato ‘Toto’ Testa (ITA) or Frenchman Simon Pagès who amazed the judges with a sick combo and placed second in January.
Another top contender is White Style veteran Sam Pilgrim (GBR), who won the unique event on snow in 2010 and 2011. Will the Brit step in the ring with Adrian Tell? The Norwegian, who will also be back in Leogang in January, loves flatspins and stoked the mountain bike world in 2016 by successfully pulling a world-first backflip-manual-frontflip.Be part of the action and check out the new format! The qualifying will start on January 26 at 4pm at the Schanteilift in Leogang, the finals including the People’s Choice Best Trick will kick off at 7:30pm. Let your voice be heard by your favorite riders and make sure they get the cheers they deserve.
Everybody who wants to show how fast they can go on snow, can join the Scott Snow Downhill Race which will take place at 6.30pm. The Scott Snow Downhill Race will be one of the races of the ‘LINES Schneefräsn Cup’, more information is availablehere. Just sign up by writing an email to [email protected] and you will be added to the starting line-up.The Saalfelden Leogang region is situated in the heart of the Salzburger Land and offers a wide range of activities. Skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 270 kilometers / 168 miles of slopes in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn as well as 150 kilometers of trails. In summer, beginners and pros alike enjoy either Bikepark Leogang or the numerous trails of the Saalfelden Leogang region.
More information about White Style 2018 can be found on the Facebook eventpage or the website.Photos: Saalfelden Leogang Touristik GmbH/Christoph Laue
PUSH Industries is expanding its range of high performance suspension components, and is pleased to announce some new flavors of its tastiest goods.
As a result of the rising popularity of trunnion-mount shocks, PUSH is now offering its Elevensix in a trunnion design to meet the demands of riders seeking the ultimate performance from their bikes using the new wider shock mount design. The new trunnion-mount shock is available in metric sizes comparable to the eye-to-eye lengths of standard Elevensix shocks. In addition, being more compact than eye-to-eye shocks, the new design allows certain shorter-travel bikes to take advantage of the Elevensix’s Dual Valve System. One such example is Evil’s Calling, which will be available with an Elevensix upgrade in the new Liquid Black color.
Liquid Black? Yep, all Elevensix shocks are now also available in a black anodized finish, in addition to the original clear anodizing. In order to ease the concerns of those suffering from extreme colormatch FOMO, PUSH is offering an upgrade/rehab/12-step recovery program. It won’t cost as much as a new kidney, but it’ll be a color change that demands commitment. Riders who already haveElevensix shocks that they wish were black should reach out to PUSH at [email protected]
ACS3 Available for All RockShox Riders
The PUSH ACS3 coil system was released earlier this year as an upgrade for Fox 36 forks, and is now available to order for RockShox Pike, Yari, and Lyrik models. Replacing the stock air spring with PUSH’s proprietary coil and air-assist kit provides a dramatic enhancement in front suspension throughout the travel, enabling supple small bump response as well as greater mid-stroke control and superior bottom out resistance. For Pike riders looking to upgrade to ACS3 performance, there are three options — 140, 150, 160mm. Lyrik and Yari riders have four travel options ranging from 140 to 170mm.
RockShox ACS3 kits are available in seven different spring rates. The Made in the USA ACS3 is an easy install for home mechanics, with convenient step-by-step how-to videos available on Vimeo and the PUSH website.
Earlier this year, to celebrate the release of DEATHGRIP, Brendan Fairclough announced the #DEATHGRIPULTIMATEROOST competition and the chance to win an incredible prize package worth over $10,000 USD, including a SCOTT-Sports Gambler 710 complete bike.With over 500 entries, Fairclough had his work cut out selecting a winner:
“The level of entries was insane, I was humbled to see how many people were inspired to get out there and put forward their best roost photo or video. When it came to judging I just went with my heart, the winner was the video that put the biggest smile on my face and that was George Minty” — Brendan Fairclough
George Minty, from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, is now the proud owner of an unbelievable prize package including:
• SCOTT-Sports Gambler 710 complete bike
• GoPro Hero 5
• SCOTT-Sports signature DEATHGRIP Prospect goggles
• Monster Energy x DMR DEATHGRIP’s
• LifeProof iPhone 7 case
• Yakima Dr Tray hitch rack
• DMR Brendog Vault pedals
• Deity bar and stem combo
• Troy Lee Designs D3 carbon MIPS helmet
On hearing the news that he had won the #DEATHGRIPULTIMATEROOST Competition, George was overwhelmed:
“Holy [email protected] Balls! That’s madness, thanks so much guys, I am buzzing my tits off”
With so many impressive entries to choose from, Brendan selected an additional 8 winners of the ‘Honourable Mention’ category who walked away with a selection of prizes from the DEATHGRIP partners.
Honourable Mention Winners:
Finn Hawkesby – Browne
Photo Credit: Eric Palmer Rider: Theo Erlangsen
“I just want to thank everyone who went out there and put together an entry for this competition, it was incredible to see how many exciting and talented riders there are shredding all over the world. I wish everyone could have been a winner.” Brendan Fairclough
DEATHGRIP is available to purchase worldwide on iTunes
TRACTIVE Valve Tuning System
Chapter 1: Rockshox Monarch Plus
“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey
In 2011, before the company even officially existed, Vorsprung founder Steve Mathews had begun work on what went on to become the Tractive Valve Tuning System. Rather than being a single physical part or mechanism, Tractive encompasses the single most comprehensive and consistent method of damper tuning ever seen in the mountain bike world. Working with engineers from one of the world’s foremost mathematical computing companies, we have developed a truly one-of-a-kind system – and this particular kit is only the beginning. Big claims, we know. What sets Tractive apart?
Tractive is a process, not just a part.
Example 3D plots of vertical wheel output vs displacement vs velocity from our first generation calculation software. Two different frames with two different dampers are shown.
The process begins with the end result that we are trying to achieve with a particular damper curve – it must provide sufficient, but not excessive resistance to compression and extension, in proportion to the rider’s demands.
How do we define and measure this correct amount? It needs to be measured at the wheel – the only place that matters. But direct measurement of forces and velocities at the rear wheel are very difficult to make – especially when the leverage ratio between the axle and the shock is constantly changing. And is the rider a timid 45kg (100lbs) woman, or a hard-charging 140kg (300lbs) hulk of a man, or someone more “average” in stature?
Tractive Valve installed in the Monarch Plus, custom tuned for rider demands
Our Elite Partner Tuning Centres around the world now have access to our proprietary, cloud-based Tractive Valve Tuning System calculation software. This software lets the tuner observe the true response at the wheel when considering the rider’s weight, the bike’s leverage rate and the damper curve generated by a specific tune.
Unprecedented Tuning Advantages:
• Direct comparisons can be visualised between any riders, on any bikes, with suitable benchmarks established and repeatably matched – an industry first.
• Our ever-growing database and the ability to directly compare two scenarios like this gives us an unparalleled ability to analyse and summarise feedback over time.
• Benchmarks are able to shift locally to reflect the different terrain demands in different parts of the world
• The combined experience of your local suspension tuner and Vorsprung’s own expertise can be leveraged to get you the best out of your shock
Proprietary cloud-based tune calculation software enables elite level tuners around the world direct access to our database for comparison of different scenarios.
Tractive Valve Tuning Systems are built with the following approach:
– Damper architecture weaknesses and problems identified and improved upon with upgrade parts
– Damper tunes selected to be the most suitable custom valving for the rider, frame and terrain
– Damper adjustment ranges and modes altered if necessary
The first shock to receive the Tractive treatment is the Rockshox Monarch Plus.
Upgraded triple circuit compression base valve assembly
Features and Benefits:
– Improved support
– Superior stability and predictability
– Improved compliance
– Improved grip
– Upgrade compression base valve assembly with triple circuit technology
– More usable 3-position compression adjuster with evenly spaced settings
– Pressure-balanced valving to provide sensitivity and support without cavitation
– Low friction Acetal IFP to replace the stock metal IFP which scores the reservoir bore
– Custom Tractive Valve Tuning System tune selection for each rider based on frame, weight, terrain, aggression and preference
– Customised rebound valving to replace the stock non-functional rebound shim stack
– Over 140 possible valving combinations for this shock alone
– Nitrogen charged via low-profile reservoir end cap
– All upgrade parts developed, tested and machined by Vorsprung in Whistler
– Internal alterations to reduce the typical knocking during direction changes
– Recommendations on spring pressure and volume spacer alterations if necessary.
Who is the Tractive Valve Tuning System for the Monarch Plus NOT suited for:
– Riders who already exceed the maximum rated air pressure of their shock. You need a different shock, sorry!
– Riders who want a firmer-than-stock lockout. The Tractive system offers a firm compression mode rather than a lockout for climbing traction, but if a lockout is non-negotiable, you’ll want to look elsewhere
– Riders who want to service their damper at home. The Tractive kit for Monarch Plus is not available for self-install or self-service as it requires both a vacuum bleeder and a nitrogen charging system to install.
– Riders who are using the Monarch Plus on a frame that is excessively progressive or otherwise completely unsuited to air shocks. These will work better with a coil shock.
Making a Monarch Plus a Tractive
The Tractive kit for the Monarch Plus is not available for self-install, so you’ll need to send your shock in to Vorsprung in Whistler, or to one of our Elite Partner Tuning Centres.
Vorsprung is actively seeking elite-level partners around the world, as well as dealers for user-installable parts – if you’d like to work with us, get in touch.
More tuning systems for shocks and forks. Here’s a little teaser of some Fit4 kits which will be available mid January.
When we launched the Luftkappe for the Pike, Lyrik and Yari 12 months ago, we were floored by the response – the entire first run sold out within 48 hours of release, and we’ve battled just to make enough of them over the past 12 months. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we got, along with customer demand, pushed us to offer the same kind of upgrade for other forks. We now have four new Luftkappes on offer, all of which are available for self-install. As always, the goal for these was simple: the biggest improvement in how much fun your bike is, per dollar spent.
Luftkappe options now also available for 34 Evol, 34NA2, 36 Evol and the 2018 Pike.
The New Kits: Shipping immediately: 36 Float Evol (2018+): includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx). 34 Float Evol (2018+): includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx). 34 Float NA2 (2016-17): includes Luftkappe piston assembly as well as new low-friction, low-profile sealhead. MSRP $130CAD.
Shipping as of December 15th: Pike Debonair (2018+): includes Luftkappe A1 piston assembly + adaptor for 2018 Pike forks (except 29+ wheel size). MSRP $100CAD ($79USD approx). Referred to as A2 variant. Available for pre-order immediately.
Continuing Kits: Pike/Lyrik/Yari A1 version: fits 2014-17 Pike Solo Air, 2018 Pike 29+ Solo Air, Lyrik/Yari 2016-18+ Solo Air and Debonair
Optional tools are also available for self-install.
Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a Luftkappe for the 2015-17 36 Float NA.
The dramatic reduction the Luftkappe offers in initial spring rate substantially improves compliance, whilst simultaneously providing more support and predictability in the mid and late stroke.
What The Luftkappe Offers:
– Softer initial stroke
– Larger negative air chamber
– Increased sag without the associated diving
– Coil-like initial and mid-stroke spring rate without the excessive bottoming of a truly linear spring
– Increased sensitivity
– Improved mid stroke support and control
– Superior bump compliance and traction
– Reduced hand fatigue
– Reduces required compression damping
– Retains volume spacer compatibility
How it works
It enlarges the negative air chamber to reduce the initial spring rate and increase the mid-stroke rate. This also lets you run slightly higher air pressure for more support, whilst maintaining improved sensitivity in the start of the stroke.
Compatiblity with MRP’s Ramp Control cartridge
As of December 6, 2017, we are working with MRP to ascertain this. For the time being, we have to say no.
Who is this NOT suited for
The Luftkappe is outright superior to the stock air spring for nearly everyone, however there are a few cases where it might not be for you:
– If you run your 36 at 180mm, it will be quite progressive. At 170mm and below, it should be fine. Likewise, a Yari at 170+mm, Pike at 160mm or Lyrik at 180mm will be quite progressive, and while the overall ride quality improves,you may also find it hard to use the last 5-10mm of travel – if this would bother you then have a think about it first.
– If you like running absurdly low sag for some reason. The Luftkappe runs more sag than the stock fork, but is firmer in the mid stroke – similar to a coil fork, but with ending-stroke ramp up to prevent harsh bottoming. If you’re the kind of person who wants the fork to run 5% sag, this isn’t for you. We could point out that a setup like that possibly indicates that your handlebars are set too low and you’re compensating with oversprung suspension, but we aren’t here to judge you, so maybe just don’t buy it.
– If you’re anal about your fork having an exact (but rounded-to-the-nearest-10mm-increment) amount of travel (it doesn’t ever, anyway, but let’s pretend it does). Because the Luftkappe balances forces at a pneumatic topout, the force right around topout is very low (literally zero other than friction), meaning the weight of the bike alone will cause it to sag a few millimetres. Your car’s suspension sags under the vehicle’s own weight, and realistically so should your bike – unless it was so sticky, overly stiff or over-preloaded that 10kg of bike weight wasn’t enough to cause your suspension to move at all, of course. If the idea of only having an apparent 148mm out of a 150mm fork bothers you, stick with the stock fork.
Using the Luftkappe on Rockshox’s 2018 Debonair spring system
For 2018, the Pike’s Solo Air spring was updated to be more similar to the Lyrik/Yari, which previously had a larger negative chamber than the Pike. Lyrik/Yari were essentially unchanged except the shape of the topout bumper. All of them were given the “Debonair” name even though only one of them changed substantially. 2018 Pikes, Lyriks and Yaris benefit every bit as much from the Luftkappe as the previous generations, and the end result is better to boot.
Why we’re able to do this
We can’t speak for the original manufacturers, but we have a lot less constraints than them. We can say “well at 180mm some people will find it too progressive” – that isn’t a luxury that large OEM manufacturers have. We can also spend months and months optimising the piston design alone. If we made public just how much time goes into developing these, a lot of people would simply think we were lying. In the meantime though, we didn’t have to design the whole rest of the fork.
Negative air chamber size
As negative chamber size increases, the initial rate drops, but space and pressure constraints go up immensely beyond a certain point. We’d happily build negative chambers far bigger than their current size, but you’d also need stanchions that were a metre long (that’s 0.00497 furlongs for those still using imperial measurements) to get enough positive volume in there.
We don’t sponsor anyone, but without violating anyone’s sponsorship obligations, let’s just say that the Luftkappe/Lyrik proved to be a winning combination in the EWS this year.