We are proud to announce three new partnerships for the 2017 season. GT Bicycles has come aboard as the official supplier of frames for all bikes including rental, retail and programs. Spank Industries is now the official bar, stem, and pedal supplier. And just recently, E*thirteen is on as the Official Chainguide Supplier.
Quit dreaming, the mean looking GT Fury will be the weapon of choice for your sleepless summer. Close to 400 of these in the fleet.
“The opportunity to join forces with GT, a brand that has such deep roots in the mountain bike community, is an honour and we are thrilled to see where the relationship takes us in the future”, said Rob McSkimming, VP of Business Development at Whistler Blackcomb. “GT’s reputation as a race and freeride-driven organization will bring new energy to the Bike Park allowing our guests to hit the trails on the best bikes possible. We are stoked to roll out this season’s line up which consists of the Fury as the DH sled and the Sanction as the All-Mountain/Enduro option”.
Crabapple Hits has been the long time home of the Crankworx Official Whip-Off World Championships presented by Spank, and Spank Industries this year deepens its commitment to Whistler by providing the parts to keep the bikes under control. The entire GT fleet is equipped with Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars, Spank stems, special edition seat posts, and Spike and Oozy platform pedals will provide the reliability you need to bag lap after lap on your favourite trails.
The big rig has been proven on the World Cup circuit; we are excited to let it loose in the Bike Park.
Spank’s innovative Vibrocore bars dampen the harmful vibrational frequencies that cause hand / arm fatigue over hours of repetitive riding. A perfect solution to optimize hours of comfortable riding in the Bike Park.
Sink your shoes into these and you will feel like you’re clipped in
For those looking for a more nimble machine, the GT Sanction is capable of handling all of the dreamy tech and flow you get get your hands on.
Can you hear Top of the World calling your name?
Thanks to the guys at Fluid Function the bikes are running well and looking mint.
Dreaming season if just about over, it’s almost time to throw a leg over these beauties and go wild.
Returning to the program for the 2017 season are our friends at SRAM, Maxxis, ODI, DT Swiss, IXS, GMC, Clif, Pinkbike, Monster, Oakley, GoPro, Dakine and Kokanee – thanks for making it all happen.
To celebrate the new partnership, GT will be giving away a trip for two to opening weekend of the Bike Park where GT will also be on site. Be sure to stay tuned to @gtbicycles and stop by their booth at Sea Otter to see the custom built bikes!
While winter is still very much underway on the West Coast of Canada, our dreams are no less filled with the sound of tires ripping through dirt and air whizzing through our helmets. Start prepping, tuning and polishing; the Bike Park opens May 19.
ABOUT GT BICYCLES
GT is a premium brand of Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries’ (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) Dorel Sports segment, encompassing several powerhouse cycling brands, including Cannondale, Schwinn, Charge, Fabric, GURU, SUGOI and Sombrio. Dorel Industries Inc. has annual sales of US$2.7 billion and employs approximately 10,000 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide. For more than 40 years, GT has provided riders of all abilities with a trustworthy, rock-solid bike they need to push their limits. GT’s legacy is instilled in every design, be it a BMX, mountain, road, or pavement bike. For more information, visit www.gtbicycles.com.
For the last 10 years, the AB Devinci team has represented the pinnacle of Italian downhill racing and the team will continue their successful relationship with Formula on the 2017 international downhill racing circuit. In 2017 the AB Devinci team will be the main representative of the Canadian manufacturer on the international race circuit. The team will focus on the UCI World Cup, IXS European Cup, and the Italian circuit Gravitalia aboard bikes equipped with Formula Cura brakes. The professionalism of the AB Devinci team combined with the expertise of Formula engineers will make for a great season of downhill racing.
Thanks to an excellent roster, the team is very motivated to accomplish their 2017 goals. Loris Revelli (19), who was the fastest junior at Val di Sole in 2015 and established himself among the main players at the IXS European Cup, is aiming for top 20 consistency in the World Cup elite ranks. Andrea Bianciotto ( 18 ) qualified as the fastest junior at Val di Sole in 2016 and has the potential to become one of the top junior riders in 2017. Francesco Colombo (21) achieved 38th place at Fort William in 2016 and is ready to make the next step after taking 8th place overall in the IXS European Cup. Gianluca Vernassa (21) and Carlo Caire (22) are already team veterans and seek to strengthen their positions in the top 40 UCI ranking.
“I have always tried to provide my athletes the best you can find, this is an essential condition for being able to fight at the highest level,” said Roberto Vernassa, AB Devinci Team Manager. “We’ve been racing with Fromula brakes for more than ten years now and we’re happy as the first day. I’m so excited to share another season with this amazing brand.”
“2017 is probably going to be the most important seasons of my career to date,” said Loris Revelli. “We’ve set important goals with the team and we will work hard to try to achieve them as we do every year. The support of Formula on race field is one of the key ingredients to be where we want to be.”
“I’ve been racing with Formula brakes for two years now and I’ve always been very satisfied,” said Andrea Bianciotto. “With the Cura Formula pushed the performance to the next level in terms of sensitivity and reliability. The feeling is fantastic and the power is more than what we need. Being able to trust your brakes mean you can push your limits during your race run.”
“I am personally very happy to continue working with Formula,” said Francesco Colombo. “I’ve always had a good feeling with their brakes and the new Cura are exactly what I need for racing.”
“With the new Formula Cura I found everything I was looking for a downhill brake: power, consistency in braking and amazing feeling all the way down my race run,” said Gianluca Vernassa. “On top of that the Cura has an aggressive and modern design that gives a nice touch to my Devinci Wilson.”
“I am stoked to continue the partnership with Formula, a very professional brand focused on quality, and the new Cura proves it,” said Carlo Caire. “In addition to that I’m proud to collaborate with an Italian brand that has always been at the top in the mountain bike industry”.
MENTIONS: @rideformula / @devinci
Steele Industries was founded in 2011 by Harry Steele with the help and support from like minded riders in the UK. We participate and compete in a range of disciplines, from dirt jumping to downhill racing which helps us understand and push our prototypes and potential new products to breaking point to ensure the quality and durability of the components we sell.
After a year of developing a new pedal design we are finally able to release the PO30 platform pedal.
Our design offers a robust body and axle turning on a large 61802 2RS sealed bearing and IGUS bushing. The body has a 2mm concave that cradles your foot and sinks the 11 pins into your sole for superior traction that does not hinder you from being able to make micro adjustments to your foot position during a ride.
The PO30 makes use of a large platform, with it measuring out at 110 x 107mm. Total weight for the pair is 405 grams.
Each rider has a personal preference when it comes to the amount of grip their pedals offer which is why the PO30 is supplied with two sets of pins, extra long and standard size with the option to add grub screw pins to the centre of the pedal body for maximum traction.
• Extruded and machined from Steele Industries molds and 6061 T6 aluminium
• 110mm x 107mm footprint
• Concave 2mm deep pedal profile per side
• 13mm thin at the centre
• Symmetrical pedal profile for added foot support and stability
• 11 extra long pins per side
• Includes extra set of standard size pins
• Large 61802 2RS sealed bearing and IGUS bushing internals
• Heat treated Cr-Mo Spindle that is compatible with 8mm allen key
• Available in black anodised finish
• 405 grams
• Lifetime Warranty
• MSRP of £59.99
Arriving April 2017 – Pre-orders available via our website with 40% off the list price.
Shimano’s latest press release reminds us that, as much as we would all like to own a ten thousand dollar trail bike, many avid riders, and some first-time mountain bikers will be hitting the trails this season aboard far more modest steeds. The new M6000-level Deore component ensemble is targeted at the entry-level enthusiasts and cash strapped shredders who would much prefer XTR, but have not yet purchased a winning lottery ticket.
Clutch-type rear derailleur in long and mid-cage options.
Highlights of the new group are a clutch type Shadow plus rear derailleur, a four-arm XTR style crank spider, Centerlock brake rotors and hubs, and while the Servo-Wave brake levers and ICE-compatible calipers are modeled very close to the ergonomically pleasant XT and XTR stoppers, you’ll have to pony up for the finned brake pads, because they are not standard fare.
Mid-length levers and servo-wave actuation.
The 6000 calipers accept XTR finned brake pads.
Choose a two or three-ring crankset with XTR styling.
Equally newsworthy was what was not included in the press release: No eleven speed for M6000, so it won’t be cross-compatible with its pricier siblings. The basic Deore will remain a ten-speed transmission, and there is no mention of a one-by (single chainring) option. Instead, M6000 customers can choose from a number of two and three-chainring cranksets (no surprise there) paired with a new wide-range 11 by 42-tooth cassette, or Shimano’s longstanding 11 by 32, 34, or 36-tooth cassettes. To assist OEM customers, Shimano will offer front changers with every possible cable and clamping arrangement.
Side-swing front mech for the entry level Deore group.
SLX One-By and a Wide-Range Cassette
On the heels of the M6000 Deore ensemble, came the announcement that an SLX-level one-by drivetrain has finally been approved for production, and with an eleven–speed, 11 x 46-tooth, wide-range cassette – both of which will be released this Spring. The affordable one-by transmission, big-boy cassette and the concurrent release of XT-level wheelsets with Boost axle spacing reflect a large-scale adjustment in the Japanese parts maker’s range, presumably, to pull alongside SRAM in the OEM market and to ensure that those customers have the proper tools to outfit mid-priced performance mountain bikes with tip-to-toe Shimano componentry.
Entry Level Trail Pedal
Shimano also added an SPD Trail pedal to its range that is reportedly priced to match the M6000 ensemble. The PDED500 pedal once again, puts one of Shimano’s most-wanted products into the hands of entry-level riders. Expect to see the 500-level pedals on demo fleets world wide. No price was available at the time of the press release.
Wheels have gradually become a staple product for Shimano and, while wide rims are still on the horizon, to keep in step, their wheel range is now available in Boost-width as well as standard-width axles. Two new 29” and 27.5” Deore XT wheelsets have wider axle options – a 110x15mm e-thru front- and a 148x12mm rear-axle spacing. Shimano says that the new wheelsets increase stiffness. Also new are rear thru axle hubs (AX-MT700 and AX-MT500) with smaller housings and lighter weights that feature greater clearance for frames and brake calipers.
Bicycle component maker Shimano and downhill mountain biking team MS Mondraker, home to downhill World Champion Danny Hart, today announce their partnership for the next two years. MS Mondraker will ride with Shimano Saint drivetrain components at the highest level of mountain biking in the next two seasons.
The team not only features current and two-time World Champion Danny Hart but also Downhill sensation Laurie Greenland, who comes back to the component brand he used to win 2015’s World Junior title. Hart and Greenland are prolific mountain bikers who, at the ages of 25 and 19, already have three Elite World Championship titles between them. Moreover, as the World’s best Downhill mountain bikers they gives Shimano engineers the best case study for product development.
Hart and Greenland are joined by two other riders familiar with the top step of the podium, and former European champion Markus Pekoll.
MS Mondraker team manager Markus Stöckl: “When we first dreamt of creating a downhill team we set our sights at the highest level: to have world champions pushing the development of the sport. Together now with Shimano we are able to further realise that dream.”
Hart, Greenland, and Pekoll will find Shimano Saint components adorning their full carbon downhill Mondraker Summum 27.5 Stealth frames. As well as World Cup level braking featuring Shimano’s Ice Technology heat management rotors and caliper set up, Saint also features a Duraluminium single chain ring crankset available in three sizes (34T, 36T or 38T) and a Saint Shadow+ 10-speed rear derailleur featuring a chain stabilizing clutch mechanism.
Shimano sports marketing manager Rudy Bouwmeester: “Shimano is thrilled to partner up with one of the strongest downhill teams, MS Mondraker and is committed to supporting the team’s ambitions on the World Cup circuit. We look forward to working with all MS Mondraker athletes and mechanics to continue developing world-class components.”
MS Mondraker kick off their Downhill World Cup season on April 29-30 in Lourdes, France, although team riders will compete in domestic warm-up events including the British Downhill Series in the build-up.
In 2011 the RUX was born to enter the DH suspension world. Its test pilots, Garett Buehler and James Doerfling, were dropping big lines in British Columbia in preparation for their first big show at Rampage 2012. The RUX chassis was solid and dependable, but refinement was needed. For three years the WERX team refined the details, and in 2015 things were changing with a Women’s Junior World Championship under Marine Cabirou and a Rampage win under Kurt Sorge.
Last season saw the addition of our R2C2 PCS (piston compensator system) damper earning a bronze medal under Frenchman Florent Payet at World Championships, another Rampage podium, and Best Trick under Carson Storch.
With solid products, we turned to build our WERX support team to match the needs of a growing world-class family, and the Polygon UR team was a great test of it all. A few laps in Whistler and some pre-season testing at Bailey Mountain, North Carolina, with Mick Hannah showed what the RUX could do. After these tests sessions, the Polygon UR team made a comment, “Wow, it’s surprisingly good.” Most companies would not share this, but we are not them.
We know what the RUX can do, and it’s about to change people’s perception of what SR SUNTOUR is doing. We would like to thank the Polygon UR team for their support, trust, and commitment to us. We welcome you to the family, and good things shall come.
||I’m excited to develop a new relationship with SR Suntour! So far the performance has been very impressive! It has a good balance between comfort and support, and I love how tunable it is which means we can have a great setup on any course. – Mick Hannah
||I am so excited to be partnering up with SR Suntour for the upcoming season. The fork is very comfortable, and from the first run I felt at home; I believe the partnership compliments my goals for this season and I can’t wait to start racing. – Tracey Hannah
||The team is really stoked to partner with SR Suntour for the coming years! When the team decided to work with SR Suntour we didn’t judge by the reputation, nationality or the size of any company. We are taking the decisions on real facts with the goal of working with the right people to develop the best products that will make us ride faster in the long run. – Polygon UR Team
||Looking at the SR Suntour background, you wouldn’t think they would be the first choice for a World Cup team. But the reality is when you put together hard work, motivation, and humble people and you give them the means to achieve their goals good things will happen! – Fabien Cousinie, Team Manager Polygon UR)
||This is exactly what happened with SR Suntour over the last few years, and the podium at World Champs from our good friend Florent Payet is unquestionable proof of performance, especially on a track like Val di sole. – Polygon UR Team
||This is where SR Suntour is at now, and haters are going to hate but we believe that adding the suspension experience of the team, and with more hard work with an awesome group of people, we will hopefully have more podiums but for sure more fun. – Polygon UR team