Introducing the 2018 Bird Zero AM

Introducing the 2018 Bird Zero AM

Bird Zero AM

BIRD ZERO AM
Built for the mountains

Today Bird launches the new 2018 Boost AM. 

The direct descendent of the bike that started Bird is back and better than ever. Revised geometry and new CNC detailing makes the definitive aluminium hardcore hardtail tougher than ever.

Bird Zero AM
 The original acid yellow and hot pink AM. Also available in stealth black, and joined by the new atomic yellow and orange colour scheme
Features of the new 2018 Zero AM Boost:

• Still running either 150mm or 160mm front suspension for maximum trail hooliganism.
• Now updated to run a boost 148×12 rear wheel to increase tyre clearance
• Roomier ETT & reach sizing to match the Aeris range – 630mm ETT on the ML size with 451mm reach
• Still sporting super short chainstays for a playful ride
• Slacker head angle – 64.1 degrees static with a 160mm fork gives a confident ride in all terrain
• 27.5? x 2.8? tyre clearance
• One piece machined brake mount and dropout assembly for maximum precision and minimum squeal
• ISCG05 chain guide mount with boost/non-boost adaptor
• We’re sticking with external cable routing for easy maintenance, continuous outer gear cables for maximum cable longevity and a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket
• Stealth dropper seat post routing
• Tubeless set up out of the box

Bird Zero AM
Bird Zero AM
Bird Zero AM
Acid yellow and Atomic Blue Zero AM

Build Options

With full customisation, you can get the right bike at the right price. Choose from:

• Rockshox Revelation, Yari, Pike and Lyrik forks
• SRAM NX, GX Eagle, X01 and XX1 or Shimano Deore, SLX and XT drive options
• Wheels by DT Swiss and Hope
• A range of finishing parts from RaceFace, Hope and Bird

Pricing

Custom Builds start from £1374:

• Bird Zero AM Frame in a choice of colours
• DT Swiss M1900 wheels (30mm Internal)
• 2018 RockShox Revelation RC fork
• SRAM 11 speed NX Groupset
• SRAM Level T brakes
• RaceFace Ride seat post, bars and stem & Half Nelson Grips
• Fabric Scoop Saddle
• Cane Creek 40 headset
• Choice of Maxxis Tyres, shipped tubeless set up

Bird Zero AM
Bird Zero AM
Our Thoughts:

“With the Zero AM boost update we’ve brought in additional quality and refinements to the already popular design, without compromising it. The new boost spacing and revised geo brings it up to date with our Aeris full suspension bikes but doesn’t loose any of the easy to live with, great to ride characteristics of the original.

I think for sometime its been our signature hardtail, racking up multiple wins and series victories in enduro races across the UK. We’d even go as far as to say it’s possibly the winning-est enduro hard tail the UK ever has seen. Fans of the original will be happy to see the lineage continue, only even better. Dave liked the 2nd generation prototype of this new version so much he’s kept it as his own and has been riding it round our local trails for months. So much for keeping things under wraps!”

Questions?

Please email [email protected] or call 0118 996 0382 if you have any questions.

Bird Zero AM
Bird Zero AM

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Commencal Supreme SX – 180mm All-Mountain Bike With HPP Suspension System

Commencal Supreme SX – 180mm All-Mountain Bike With HPP Suspension System

Commencal Supreme SX
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 

bigquotes In a world where performance and competition often take over, at Commencal we still believe in fun!

We love climbing on our bikes but what we really want is to send it big on the way down. We’re not talking about race lines here, we’re talking about big lines, the ones that require “balls” as we like to say!

For those who want to ride harder and also for those who think that having fun is more important than a fast time, the Supreme SX is for you, it is for us.”Yoann Barelli

HPP System

Commencal Supreme SX
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.

Commencal Supreme SX

Geometry

Commencal Supreme SX
Commencal Supreme SX

The Range

Commencal Supreme SX
Commencal Supreme SX
Supreme SX Black 
Travel: 180mm
Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 180mm
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 230 x 65
Crank: SRAM Descendant 32t
Rear Mech: SRAM GX 11-speed
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200mm/200mm

Prices:
Europe – 3,699 €

United States – $3,699

Canada – $4,799

Commencal Supreme SX
Commencal Supreme SX
Supreme SX Orange 
Travel: 180mm
Fork: RockShox Lyrik RCT3 180mm
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe RC3 230 x 65
Crank: SRAM Descendant 32t
Rear Mech: SRAM GX 11-speed
Brakes: SRAM Guide RE 200mm/200mm

Prices:
Europe – 3,699 €

United States – $3,699

Canada – $4,799


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Propain Releases New Full Suspension Kids Bike With Multiple Wheel Size Options

Propain Releases New Full Suspension Kids Bike With Multiple Wheel Size Options

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.


Press Release

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
The Propain Yuma is a full-featured mountain bike for everything from enduro to downhill, and optimized for small, light riders.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
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.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
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.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
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).

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
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.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Specifications

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.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
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.

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Propain Yuma Kid 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).

Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Propain Yuma Kid Bikes
Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

At the end of the day or during a lunch break, no matter where you are or the time of day, you’ll never have any excuse not to ride again.

The Meta HT Power will be your perfect adventure companion. Climbing actually becomes a pleasure and the engine feels invisible on descents, resulting in maximum comfort throughout the whole ride. To illustrate this we wanted to share our experience of this bike so far by exploring the wilderness in the mountains surrounding our office in Andorra, at the end of a working day.

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COMMENCAL META HT Power
COMMENCAL META HT Power
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Images for Commencal Meta HT Power
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COMMENCAL META HT Power
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Images for Commencal Meta HT Power
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AVAILABLE IN EUROPE NOW:
COMMENCAL META HT Power

META HT POWER RACE 650B+ 2017

Frame
2017 META HT POWER 650b+
Engine
SHIMANO E8000
Battery
SHIMANO E8010, 500Wh
Fork
ROCKSHOX LYRIK RC Boost Standard, 150mm, Compression, Rebound
Brakes
SHIMANO XT, 203mm / 203mm
Rear Mech
SHIMANO XT, 1X11 speed
Cranks
SHIMANO E8050, 170 mm on S/M and 175 mm on L/XL
Cassette
SHIMANO XT, 11-46T, 11 speed
Rims
WTB ASYM, i35 TCS, 32 holes, tubeless ready, 35mm inner
Weight
20,3 kg
Sizes
S/M/L/XL
Price
3999€

The range, (prices starting from 3499€) is available on our online store.


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Nigel Page’s Custom Nukeproof Mega

Nigel Page’s Custom Nukeproof Mega

Barry Sheene; a true legend. A unique character with a huge personality. He has inspired a generation and was a hugely influential beyond the motorcycle racing scene. The British two-time world champion was more like a rockstar with his antics on and off the track made him a hero around the world. It’s easy to understand how a young impressionable two wheel fanatic from Wigan could not help but idolize Barry Sheene growing up. With No. 7 strapped to his bike, just like his hero, a youthful Nigel Page was shredding the BMX tracks. From BMX came a successful career racing mountain bikes, and now he is the manager of the Nukeproof powered Team CRC-Mavic.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Better than Christmas?
Barry Sheene Tribute bike

The discussions for this bike started last year, we just failed to mention to Pager that we had sorted it and surprised him at EWS Ireland, think he was a little stoked. The frame is a Large Nukeproof mega 275, with team partners Mavic helping out with a set of Gold painted Deemax Pro wheels and Barry Sheene leather replica custom race kit. Not 100% arranged a Barry Sheene replica Aircraft Helmet.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Personal details using the retro Texaco and Champion logos.
Barry Sheene Tribute bike
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Tribute to his hero
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Tribute to Stevie #longlivechainsaw
Despite his many years of racing, Nige has never had a custom lid! we sent Herve from 100% an idea and the OCD knocked it out the park with the custom painted Aircraft lid. Definitely worth the wait.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Nukeproof CRC
bigquotes It was a very special weekend for myself as Rob from Nukeproof surprised me with a very special custom Nukeproof Mega 275 frame. We had discussed some ‘hero’ bike designs over a year ago and Rob had been working hard to get me a custom painted Barry Sheene replica bike done (my childhood hero) and to top it off Mavic had custom painted my Deemax Pro wheels gold like Barry’s and made me some custom pants and jersey to replicate Barry Sheene’s racing leathers.

Then the icing on the cake: 100% had custom painted me an aircraft helmet – again, a replica of Barry Sheene’s helmet. I was like a big kid at Christmas, what an amazing gift thanks so much to Rob and everyone involved I am very grateful, I definitely won the coolest bike and gear award for the weekend!

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Looks stunning all together with the Nukeproof Horizon components, Gold Mavic Deemax and powered by the gold SRAM Eagle
As with any bike they are made to be used! Despite his reservations of getting it dirty, it wasn’t long before it was ready to shred the trails in Wicklow.

Tribute to Barry Sheene
Barry Sheene would have been proud! 2nd master home
Nukeproof CRC
Team Trio of Nukeproof podiums with Elliott 1st in I21 and Sam 2nd overall
Tribute to Barry Sheene
Embracing the spirit of Barry Sheene (Not Barry White, Sam..)

Massive thank you to all that made this possible, Scott and Alexis at Mavic, Herve at 100% and OCD. Enrique our graphic designer for helping the vision come to life and a special thanks to Johnny at Elite Refinishing/ Refurb My Bike Belfast who knocked it out the park again!

Ibis Cycles EWS Team Holds Down Number One – Ireland Race Report

Ibis Cycles EWS Team Holds Down Number One – Ireland Race Report

Photo by Dave Trumpore

EWS IRELAND
The new Ibis Mojo HD4 delivers
The race in Wicklow Ireland is a classic in the Enduro World Series and promised to be a spectacular one with thousands of spectators lining the tracks. The short but demanding stages on the 46-kilometer course—with 1,500 meters of vertical—has it all from steep rock sections to pumptrack like parts in the lower sections. It was set to be a great race and the Ibis Team couldn’t wait to get out there aboard their new secret weapon, the brand new Ibis Mojo HD4 bike. This was to be the first official reveal of the bike, and the team was buzzing to give it a proper baptism.

Ahead of the six stages on race day we had two full days of practice, and the conditions for the two days could not have been more different. The first day greeted us with the best weather Ireland could’ve offered. Sunshine, dry trails and warm weather—what else do you need? Even though the trails are on the mellower side, compared to other EWS venues, you had to watch out for the sharp, sniper rocks that littered the tracks everywhere. A few flat tires in practice made reminded us all to stay on alert for them come race day…

Photo by Dave Trumpore
Photo by Dave Trumpore
A bit of rain was forecast in the morning for Saturday’s practice session, so no one was in a rush to start riding too early, but the torrential downpour wouldn’t stop and “waiting it out“ in the pit area didn’t help. We just had to “man up” at some point and get it started! Big puddles and deep ruts were the order of the day, compared to Fridays dry, even dusty at times practice.

Photo by Dave Trumpore

Sunday – Race Day

Fortunately, it stayed dry for the race on Sunday, but this didn’t make the conditions any easier. The saturated ground was very difficult to read. Between good grip to black ice, there was everything. The first rider from our team to leave the pits was our young American kid, Dillon Santos, who had joined us for his first EWS race this year, and indeed his first race in the open category, as prior to this race, Dillon had only competed in the U21 category. We sent him off with a big cheer and got ourselves ready!

Prior to the race, Dillon visited his friend and former team mate Gary Forrest in Scotland to prepare himself for the Euro mud races. It helped him to adapt to the trails we had to race in Ireland, and boosted his confidence to attack the wet and slick conditions. By the end of the day, he found himself on a solid 62nd place and is eager to build on that.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes This was my EWS of the year with the team, as well as my first race overseas. The week consisted of tons of fun riding, walking, and practicing the iconic tracks of Wicklow Mountain. Saturday’s practice threw everybody a curve ball with lots of rain, which made for a wild and slippery race day. Having not ridden a ton in the wet, I made it my goal to give it my best, but more importantly finish the race. So at the end of the day, I’m healthy and really eager to get to some more of these races and sharpen my race craft.Dillon Santos
Photo by Dave Trumpore
Our other youngster, Zaharias Blom Johansen, was loving the trails in Ireland and it showed in his riding. He was able to pull consistent stage results throughout the whole day and was rewarded with his first ever Top 10 EWS result, way to go Zakka!

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes Stoked, emotional and relieved are the words I would use to describe this race weekend. Something just clicked for me this time. I was riding relaxed and with confidence, all weekend and couldn’t be happier leaving Ireland with my first ever Top 10 EWS finish! Proud of the whole team for putting in some solid work this weekend that ended with us continuing to lead in the overall team standings. Thanks to everyone that supports the team and make it possible for us to do this.Zakarias Blom Johansen
Photo by Dave Trumpore
The Gehrig Twins were looking to snag a podium spot in Ireland. They knew it was one of this year’s races that would best suit their strengths. So the battle was on! Unfortunately, both sisters started were a bit off the pace in the first stages, but they were able to turn it up towards the second half of the day. Anita’s 4th was off the podium by a mere 0.5 seconds, and with several impressive stage results who knows what would have happened if Caro would listen to her ‘older’ sister’s advice about line choices on Stage 3! In the end, she settled for a solid 5th place.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes It was my third time in Wicklow and it’s definitely one of my favorites. It is an intense race with short stages where mistakes are costly. All the crazy Irish fans lining the track is always an extra boost for me. I had a really good race and I’m happy with how I rode. The conditions were very tough. It was my goal to deliver a consistent race without big crashes and mistakes. In the end, I missed the podium with less than half a second, which of course disappoints me, but this keeps me hungry and motivated to keep on charging the new bike.Anita Gehrig
Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes With a crash in the first stage I did not have an ideal start to the race, but after that, I improved steadily and had some really good stages. A bad line choice at the start of Stage 3 buried my podium ambitions. My sister Anita advised me to not jump on the rock just after the start cause I suck at trials. I didn’t listen to her. So I found myself upside down even before I even had my front wheel on the rock… She’s definitely the smarter racer out of us. Stoked on a 5th place and some sick stage results! The speed is here, but I need to hold it together better for a full race to be able to step it up in Millau!Caro Gehrig
Photo by Dave Trumpore
After Robin’s mechanical in Madeira at the previous race but still a Top 10 result, he was more than eager to pull it together in Ireland to show his true ability. He was riding at his very best the whole day and truly made an impressive mark in the front row of the pack with this career-best 6th place.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
bigquotes Racing in front of the Irish crowds was just amazing! Last year I DNF’d in this race. So I just really really wanted to pull through and get the full experience this time! Small hill racing is usually not my strong suit. So I am super happy that I was again fighting for a Top 5 placing at the midpoint of the race. After a crash on Stage 3, I lost my momentum a little and had a bit of a hard time after that. I “kept it lit” like the Irish would say, and am more then happy to hold onto my best EWS result to date.

I have been riding with a bit of an injury for a while that is looking forward to a bit of a break so I feel confident that I can recover and do my homework for the second part of the season and start fighting for a podium! I am so happy to see my brother from another mother Zakka making it into his first Top 10 ever with some amazing riding!! Thanks to all our friends, sponsors and everyone that came out to cheer for us this weekend you guys rock!Robin Wallner

Photo by Dave Trumpore
Photo by Dave Trumpore
The Irish fans made the race to an unforgettable experience and we came back home with a huge smile, four Top 10 results in the women’s and men’s races, and 2nd in the team competition for the Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team. With that, we are still holding onto the number one overall ranking in the Enduro World Series Team competition! Way to introduce the new race bike!

Now we’re stoked to have a few weeks at home now to get ready for the second half of the season. It’s crazy that we are already at the halfway point by now.

Photo by Dave Trumpore
Thanks to all our team sponsors and mechanics Mats and Tassilo for the amazing support, we all can’t wait to see what we can do in Millau at the beginning of July.


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