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”.
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.
The team is always open to any products and companies independently of their size or background. With Trickstuff we are making a partnership with them because we are impressed by their handmade products.
Even though Trickstuff is a very small company with a small production, their brakes along with the Galfer rotors and pads have reached a level of performance the riders had never seen before.
At the end of the 2016 season after having seen they won some tests for the most powerful brakes, we were curious about it and asked them to ship us a set. From there even Mick Hannah chose them to ride at world champs in Val Di Sole.
“At Trickstuff we are very proud that our brakes are chosen by Polygon UR one of the best teams in the world as we believe our precision engineered products are meant to race at the highest level.” – Klaus Liedler, Trickstuff CEO
The braking power and very little effort required to work the lever to brake, along with the consistency are key points that make the brakes better.
We are setting this partnership to further the level of performance and redefine some details. We are pretty sure things coming will set the benchmark.
We hope now everyone will make good use of those beautiful pieces and hopefully Sam Reynolds can recover from his first testing session.
Located in Freiburg, Germany the company’s workforce is six people, all are passionate riders, three of them are engineers. The main products are the brakes, The DIRETTISSIMA is the world’s most powerful brake, the PICCOLA is the lightweight world record holder. Every brake is handmade in the company’s workshop, according to the customer’s wishes and needs choosing between nine anodizing colours and two hose types.
After a successful three years on the World Cup Circuit, Solid Reverse Factory Racing sees some exciting changes for 2017, continuing their commitment to developing and supporting talented riders who are breaking into the World Cup scene.
Bad Wildbad, a notorious Downhill track in the heart of the Black Forest, brings Solid Reverse Factory racing back to where it all started. Three riders, all from within two hours of the Solid / Reverse Headquarters – form the DH racing team that will compete in German national rounds, iXS Cup and World Cup events. We welcome O’Neal onboard as a new sponsor for 2017 along with Solid Bikes, Reverse Components, Magura, BOS, SAPIM, and Schwalbe.
Julian Steiner – Elite
2016 was the first year for me riding on the Strike for the Solid national squad. Looking forward to spending nothing but good times with my teammates Joshua Barth and our junior rider, Jan Flor at the races all over in Europe. At the moment I’m living in New Zealand getting ready for the new season I never prepared better for a season than this year. So I can’t wait to get out there with the team and see what we can do at the races.
Joshua Barth – Elite
2017 will be my 5th year with Solid Bikes and Reverse Components! For me it’s great to be on a team with two guys I know so well and enjoy riding with. I’m looking forward to helping push each other to ride faster this year.
Jan Flor – Junior
It’s amazing to be part of SRF! Since I was a young boy one of my dreams was to ride for a big team. Solid Reverse Factory Racing have made my dreams come true. I’m very excited for the upcoming session and racing around the world with best friends and the Solid Reverse Factory Team.
Solid Bikes will be providing framesets, with their newly designed Strike EVO, an incredible mix of durability, strength, and stiffness.
SRF will be running a Reverse Components cockpit, drivetrain and finishing kit setup, including wheelsets complete with SAPIM spokes.
BOS Suspension will be continuing to provide their high-performance dampers for 2017. The team will be running the BOS Idylle Rare FCV fork aboard the Strike EVO.
O’Neal will be providing all clothing and protective equipment for the riders, including their new Element Fr Blocker kit which will also be worn in 2017 by fellow O’Neal World Cup rider, Greg Minnaar.
Magura will be providing stopping power in the form of the awesome MT7 Carbon brakes and Schwalbe will be the official tire sponsor.
We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support for the 2017 race season and we’re looking forward to seeing our riders on podiums across Europe and beyond.