Last year at Fort William, we unveiled and raced our P3 (Prototype #3) M29. After many months of testing, adjusting, and planning this would be the first real-world test on the main stage. Jack Moir piloted the P3 M29 to a 2nd place finish, his best finish in a World Cup.
“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”.
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.
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Like all of our frames, the paint job is chosen with pride at Production Privee. We will release it in March, but be sure SHAN Nº5 will take inspiration from iconic cars like our previous bikes…
This video will hopefully allow you to imagine yourselves by our sides during the last few months of the project.
As good news never comes alone, we are also launching our brand new website at the same time:
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.|
|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.|
|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.
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.
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.
The Downhill World Champs would not be the same if bike manufacturers didn’t give their designers the green light to go ahead and create unique frames for this special event of the season. The big show in Val Di Sole is YT’s first time at the World Champs and of course they want to celebrate this with a very own Special Edition World Champ TUES.
YT’s creative heads didn’t waste any time and started with the first sketches right away. After all, a special project far off from mass production triggers any designer’s artistic ambitions. The guys wanted to create something that sparks interest and happiness by just simply looking at it; a true collector’s item for fans and the riders.
The designers of Aaron Gwin’s World Champs bike definitely achieved just that. The focus was put into a subtle Stars & Stripes theme. No kitsch, no candy. Instead, fine details of the US flag can be found on the bike. The colors used are in a perfect harmony and the matte finish gives the bike a touch of understatement.
• e*thirteen LG1 Carbon Cranks
• e*thirteen LG1 Carbon DH Wheelsets and Cassette
• e*thirteen LG1 Carbon Chainguide
• Onza Ibex DHC Tires, 27.5 x 2.40
• TRP Quadiem SL Brakes
• Renthal Fatbar Carbon Handlebars and Integra Stem
• Fox 40 RC2 Kashima Forks and DHX2 10.5 x 3.5 Shock
• SDG I-Fly 2.0 Seat and Micro Carbon I-Beam Seat Post
• HT X2 Pedals
• ODI Grips
• Cane Creek 40 Headsets
• SRAM X01 Derailleur and XX1 Chain
• Lubricated and cleaned with Motorex products
Vintage Western Gold whiskey, Sam’s ‘Apple Jacks’ cocktail and the stunning views of Dolceaqua, Italy were the backdrop for this projects gestation. After a day riding some of Italy’s finest trails, Sam was explaining how his eldest son had found a new obsession – Grave Digger. Grave Digger is the world famous Monster truck conceived in 1982 by Dennis Anderson. Bam, following in his dad’s love for all things Green and Purple (If you look at Sam’s Leatt helmet earlier this year it was custom painted in black, green and purple.), had discovered the truck and was quickly obsessed with it and his model of Grave Digger. Sam had recently taken Bam to meet the real life truck at a Monster Truck meet in his native city of Perth.
Bam meets Gravedigger earlier this year – Thanks to Sam’s long-term sponsors: Monster Energy.
With Sam killing it in his last two Enduro World Series Rounds (Wicklow and La Thuile), alongside his downhill day job, we thought it was appropriate to do something a little special as a surprise present. Here is the photo story caught by Fraser Britton.
Surprise! – Sam is welcomed to Canada with a little care package from us.
|Legends, this is by far the coolest bike I’ve ever had. Thanks so much, I’m pumped on it! – Sam Hill, shortly after getting the new frame.|
Working late in the man cave, Sam’s friend and mechanic, Jacy building the new beast for the EWS.
Constant testing, Sam trying a coil shock with the new Nukeproof Superlight Steel spring.
Hopefully Bam Approves – 60 hours of skilled airbrushing went into the frame from Johnny at Elite Refinish.
Nukeproof would like to thank Elite Refinish (@refurbmybike), Belfast, for turning this project around in a short timescale. The finishing touch is a call out to friend and fellow rider, Stevie Smith #longlivechainsaw
Photos by Fraser Britton