This weekend in the Dyfi Forest the 2017 Atherton Academy intake enjoyed a weekend riding with the Trek Factory Racing DH team. It was wet, windy and hard work but the three young riders dug in and showed us the kind of talent and determination that earned them these coveted training places. There were smiles for miles as Mille Johnset, Luke Williamson and Jamie Cable shredded Dan Atherton’s Dyfi trails, chilled at the skatepark and collected their specially designed 2017 team strip.
Dan Hearn was on hand to capture some of the action.
The weekend started with a meet at Atherton HQ. It quickly got like Christmas as iXS protective gear, Bell helmets, and new team strip and casual wear were fitted and distributed. Team Director, Dan Brown and Dan Atherton gave a short welcome while Head Technician, Joe Krejbich made sure that set ups were optimal on the Trek Session 9.9s.
Jamie ” like Christmas morning!”
Browny leading by example.
Joe casts an expert eye over Mille’s Trek Session.
Luke and Jamie.
During Saturday night’s skate park session and Sunday’s DH shred the team were joined by Rachel and Danny Hart so the Academy had the advantage of two World Champions to follow down the trails!
Mille Johnset. (Racing Youth Year 2)
16-year-old Mille has been working with us for a couple of years now, in last year’s first full season with the Atherton Academy she took a spectacular win at Fort William BDS (16 seconds clear of the field), the Scandinavian Cup and the Norwegian National Champs – despite 10 weeks off the bike with a liver injury.
Dan in the observer seat as Mille goes on the attack!
Jamie Cable (Racing Youth Year 2)
Jamie is the least experienced racer of this year’s intake but he is a passionate and dedicated rider who has put in unbelievable hours on the bike to achieve the extremely high standard required to be invited to the Atherton Academy.
Does Jamie’s style remind you of anybody?
Luke Williamson ((Racing Youth Year 1)
At 14, Luke Williamson has seven years race experience behind him, first at the motocross track and since 2014 on a downhill bike. He has a series of local wins to his credit and in 2016 was 4th Overall in the British Downhill Series Juvenile Class (despite missing Fort William) and 2nd overall in the Pearce Cycles Series.
Luke! It’s easy to forget he is just 14 years old…
Gravity mountain bikers Timo Pritzel, Amir Kabbani and Sam Pilgrim have represented the world of TSG for many years and are the standard bearers of the new TSG apparel line S2017. They are its inspiration and driving force and have taken the TSG motto “designed by riders” to the next level!
Although very different in personality and style, Timo Pritzel, Amir Kabbani, and Sam Pilgrim make a solid team and together ride and trust TSG protection gear and clothing. TSG head designer Jonas Janssen has tailored the patterns, colours, and cuts of the new TSG apparel line S2017 to suit Sam’s positive vibes, Amir’s multifaceted skills, and Timo’s urban down-to-earthness, all of which leave distinctive marks on the three lines in the new clothing range.
TIMO PRITZEL TP1 LINE, PRO-LEVEL PERFORMANCE:
Timo Pritzel is one of the founders of gravity mountain biking in Germany, with his experience, self-confidence, and charisma capturing the imagination of consecutive generations of riders. Wild BMX races and his fast-moving urban surroundings have given the Berliner a sharp edge, while power yoga is his calming force: This yin and yang is represented in the TP1 line.
The ventilated, quick drying fabric of his red and grey TP1 Jersey LS delivers pro-level performance and is designed to feel comfortable and look rad both on and off the trails.
His black TP1 Bike Shorts are the perfect partner for muddy downhill runs and freeride adventures, thanks to the waterproof fabric and stretch panels in the back yoke and crotch, which provide a comfortable, performance driven fit for all-day downhill sessioning.
The TP1 line is the perfect union of style and functionality for fresh shredding!
AMIR KABBANI AK1 LINE, VERSATILITY IS KING:
Amir Kabbani is the new skool rider in the German pro mountain bike scene, combining traditional values with new skool trickery.
An industrious builder of parks and obstacles, he embraces freeride, Enduro and slopestyle, is at home on all bikes and is one of the most multitalented riders in the world.
This versatility is the inspiration for his AK1 Line.
The bold black and green AK1 3/4 Sleeved Jersey delivers supreme moisture-wicking, mesh panel breathability and stretch for ultimate riding comfort and regulated body temperature on warm days and intense climbs.
The AK1 Bike Short is the number one short for charging trails and digging jumps. It is made from a tough, waterproof fabric for maximum durability and adaptability, while stretch panels in the back and crotch give total comfort. An elastic waist and ratchet closure offer secure hold and perfect freedom of movement.
SAM PILGRIM SP1 LINE, URBAN STYLE WITH FUNCTIONAL DETAILS:
New skool rider and FMB World Series Champion, Sam Pilgrim rides by the motto “always happy,” combining fun, mountain bike slopestyle, and BMX tricks to explore his limits. This is the inspiration for his SP1 Line, which blends street style with pro-level performance.
The short-sleeved, grey and blue SP1 Jersey is made from a breathable, lightweight fabric for all-day comfort and protection, and features a perfect fit, 4-way stretch construction for complete freedom of movement.
Sam’s black and yellow SP1 Bike Shorts also feature cutting-edge design and riding technology, with a 4-way stretch, quick-drying back yoke providing unrestricted movement, a hardwearing crotch for durability and zonal, laser-cut perforations for perfect breathability.
TSG BLACK EDITION, PROTECTION AND STYLING FOR DOWNHILL RUNS:
TSG’s Black Edition Line combines mountain bike performance with all black street styling.
The long-sleeve BE1 Jersey is made from breathable, quick-dry, stretch fabric with vent panelling and a drop rear hem that can be worn with or without body protection. It also features an under-helmet hood to keep riders on their bikes when a chill sets in.
The race-ready BE1 DH Pant is specifically designed for serious downhill descents, offering ultimate durability, long leg protection and strategically placed 4-way stretch mesh panels for superior movement when pedalling.
TSG BIKE APPAREL, CLOTHES FOR ALL CONDITIONS:
The Bike Apparel line completes the functional TSG summer 2017 bike clothing collection and offers styles for all conditions. The 3/4 sleeve red John Jersey has loads of performance features including a relaxed fit, lightweight and quick-drying material, mesh armpits for odour and personal climate control, a ticket pocket and sunglass wipe.
The Drop Rain Jacket is an all-weather pass to the trails, made from lightweight, breathable 4-way stretch fabric that is both water resistant and ultra comfortable.
TSG APPAREL, STYLES FOR THE TIME AFTER:
TSG also makes clothes for chilling, partying and general off-bike fun.
The line provides stylish t-shirts, hoodies, caps, longsleeves, and socks.
For further information please visit www.ridetsg.com
Timo Shots: Viktor Strasse
Amir Shots: Daniel Roos
Sam Shots: Simon Nieborak
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.
MENTIONS: @solidbikes / @schwalbe / @oneal
With the help of Jordie Lunn, Strikt has designed and developed its first generation of MTB Gear. It utilizes a custom engineered polyester-based fabric that is made from 99% recycled water bottles and plastics. Direct flow 3d air mesh and coconut fiber liner for maximum comfort during long rides or races. Military grade buckles and of course, fade free sublimated graphics designed by Jordie and Craig Lunn.
The Strikt MTB Gear line is covered by a one-year manufacturer’s warranty and is now available online at striktgear.com and in select dealers spring 2017. Dealers inquiries to [email protected]
The Element FR gear is improved from one season to the next, refined over the years with input from Greg Minnaar, the racer with more World Cup wins and podiums than any other male rider, ever. Updated graphics for 2017 are still using bold colors, leaving plenty of room to add your own logos, rider name, number, etc. Either that or ride it stock for a super clean look:
||We debuted my new signature O’Neal race kit at the Vallnord WC. This is the 5th season now that I’ve been working with O’Neal and it’s great to have direct input into the development of the kit and also that what we create together with the designers is exactly what is then available to buy in the shops. We’ve got some cool stuff in the pipeline as well…watch this space…– Greg Minnaar
If the gear is good enough for Greg then most likely it’s good enough for anyone and everyone. And we pride ourselves in making exactly what Greg rides in also available to buy. Same fabrics, cut, colors and graphics. 2017 Element FR – tested and developed by the world’s best, on the toughest tracks out there. After a busy WC season, our team rider, Benoit Coulanges takes some time out, hitting his local trails wearing the new 2017 Element FR gear:
||The perfect race kit! The breathable fabric is ideally suited for World Cup Downhill as well as to ride Enduro when I’m home. The shorts even have two pockets for keys and phone, lots of DH shorts don’t have this. The new 2017 Element FR kit looks aggressive and the color choice is awesome! – Benoit Coulanges
– Lightweight and breathable
– Ideal for DH, AM, and Enduro
– Clean race blocker design
Long-sleeved jersey with mesh panels under arms for extra Ventilation and comfort.
Extra comfort while riding with fast-wicking, quick-drying, breathable and sweat-absorbing fabric.
Bold graphics available in several colors, based on Greg Minnaar’s race winning World Cup kit.
– 2 side zip pockets
– Hard wearing fabric
– Ratchet closure system
– Freedom of Movement
Pockets for lift pass, money, phone and keys.
Heavy duty, durable fabric for tear resistance.
Adjustable ratchet closure system for secure and snug fit and handy hang tab on the back of waist for drying and storage.
Stretch panels on front, seat, and in crotch area.
– Lightweight and breathable
– Simple Slip-On Design
– Minimalist supple palm
Super lightweight with great freedom-of-movement, the perfect choice for maximum feel and bike control.
Pre-curved tailoring for the best fit possible, and helps to eliminate arm pump.
Super supple Nanofront® palm material for great feel, comfort, and control while riding. For use with smart phone and tablet screens.
The Element FR Blocker Gear is in stock now. Contact your local dealer or check out our online partners while stocks last!
Find out more: www.oneal.eu
KELLYS COMES INTO 2017 SEASON WITH EXTENDED COLLECTION OF BICYCLES, ACCESSORIES AND CLOTHING. BICYCLE RANGE WITH ABSOLUTELY NEW ROAD BIKE PLATFORM, 27.5+ TRAIL HARDTAILS AND ENDURO E-BIKE AMONG THEM, REVISED SPECS OF WELL KNOWN MODELS, NEW COLOURS, NEW MATERIALS AND NEW SMART IDEAS WERE CAREFULLY PREPARED TO MAKE THE UPCOMING SEASON UNIQUE FOR THE RIDERS.
Absolutely new URC comes with new frame, specs and better performance.
Awaited new URC finally has come with absolutely innovative carbon frame and up-to-date specs available with disc or rim brakes option. The previous URC is a very successful road racing bike, valued for its lightness, precise handling and top performance in peloton. While designing new platform Kellys R&D engineers set the bar much higher to make new URC even lighter, stiffer and faster. To achieve this, they implemented Power Core Design which is based on combining material characteristics with specific shape to create strong and uniform structure while maintaining low weight. With the top grade high-modulus carbon fibres from Boeing supplier, extensive mechanical simulations and researches, Kellys engineers came up with stress-optimized shape of the frame using the same blend of carbon fibres for the whole frame, to keep the structure homogeneous, without any insertions of different fibres or materials used by other brands. One of the most advanced and time-consuming shape optimization in bicycle industry allows engineers to prevent any impurities or irregularities across the frame material, which could cause strength decrease and weight issues.
Power Core Design gives the new URC frame one of the best weight to stiffness ratio.
The Power Core represents the extended structure from head tube, through down tube and bottom bracket to chainstays and rear dropouts. Thanks to high lateral and torsional stiffness, the Core is responsible for precise handling, high speed stability and ultra-efficient power transfer, and it is lightweight. With 890g (rim brake) and 930g (disc brake) the frame of new URC is one of the lightest on the market, providing top-of-the-line weight to stiffness ratio.
Thanks to extended wheelbase and revised geometry, the new URC gained better high-speed/descending stability without sacrificing any of its predecessor’s agility and reactivity.
For best compatibility with top road equipment, the new URC uses the latest standards as full Di2 ready internal cable routing, press-fit BB, rigid thru axles with brake callipers flat mount (disc brakes), front and rear derailleur (with safe hanger) direct mount, rear rim brake calliper mounted under bottom bracket.
The new URC comes in four specs with distinctive paintings, Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain, Mavic Ksylium Elite wheelset and Ritchey WCS carbon cockpit on the top.
New URC features:
– iCAD RC carbon composite with Power Core high efficiency design,
– high modulus Toray T700 / M40JB carbon fibre composite,
– monocoque / tube to tube handcrafted,
– fully Shimano Di2 ready,
– frame-protecting rear derailleur hanger,
– flat mount disc brake callipers & thru axles (disc brake type),
– full internal cable routing with aero optimisation,
– tapered head tube & press-fit bottom bracket.
Rim brake version is equipped with Di2 drivetrain along with direct mounted brakes.
MOBSTER is introducing Kellys into new 27.5+ segment.
In 2017 season Kellys comes into the 27.5+ bicycles segment. The new Kellys MOBSTER is an all-round mountain scrambler with trail-optimized geometry and equipment. Thanks to wide 38-milimeter rims with 2.80” Schwalbe Nooby Nic Performance tyres our new 27.5+ hardtail is almost unstoppable and able to roll over almost any obstacle on its way. In addition to excellent grip, high volume tyres provide greater comfort and increase off-road abilities to absolutely new level. New MOBSTER allows you to shred the most difficult trails with ease and smoothness that cannot be beaten by any narrow-wheeled MTB.
With trail-optimized geometry new MOBSTER is an all-round mountain scrambler.
New MOBSTER’s triple-butted aluminium alloy frame with Boost thru axles is lightweight and stiff, providing efficient power transfer and precise handling. Thanks to the shortened rear and extended front triangle, spacious cockpit with the slopped top tube, the MOBSTER is nimble and confident even on the steepest descents. New frame also utilizes up-to-date standards as direct mounted derailleurs and rear brake calliper, tapered head tube and semi-internal cable routing.
For 2017 season Kellys introduces two specs of new 27.5+ bike. MOBSTER 70 with 1×11 Shimano SLX drivetrain equipped with chain guide and Rock Shox Revelation with 130mm of travel is addressed to advanced trail enthusiasts, while MOBSTER 30 with 2×10 Deore/SLX drivetrain and 120 mm Rock Shox Recon offers great all-round capabilities for better touring experience. Both models are set with effective Shimano brake system with 180mm or 160mm rotors, which make MOBSTER ready to stop in every situation.
MOBSTER 27.5+ features:
– absolutely new way of mountain cycling with great off-road capabilities, ease and comfort,
– easy rolling, high volume 2.8” tyres,
– efficient and reliable 1×11 or 2×10 drivetrain,
– lightweight and stiff frame with progressive geometry,
– effective Shimano brake system.
THRILL 27.5+ E-ENDURO
The THRILL is an fully equipped e-enduro with 27.5+ wheels.
The truly electrifying novelty in Kellys 2017 bicycle range is the THRILL, an enduro 27.5+ e-bike with plush suspension, powerful and lightweight Shimano Steps E8000 drive unit along with all the features modern enduro bicycle needs. Thanks to boosted thru axles, wide and grippy 2.80” tyres, Rock Shox suspension component with 150mm spaced Pike RC fork, virtual pivot rear end and Shimano XT drivetrain, the THRILL provides full enduro capabilities with absolutely new uphill experience.
The THRILL’s drivetrain provides top weight-to-power ratio with compact size and durability. Thanks to unique MTB-optimized design of Steps E8000 unit, the up-to-date geometry of the enduro bike stays untouched. In contrast to other drive units, the THRILL’s Q factor remained unchanged, providing cornering clearance and trail performance of the non-electrified bikes. Steps E8000 unit stays as low as possible to keep low centre of gravity for better handling and agility during cornering. Thanks to water and shock resistance, the power source of THRILL with 500Wh battery is long-lasting, robust and ready to take the most difficult mountain challenges.
To make the rider feel the real enduro THRILL, Kellys engineers’ main goal was to create the geometry and performance of the top enduro level with additional uphill capabilities. Wide and spacious cockpit, easy-rolling 2.80” tyres, efficient Shimano XT brakes and dropper seatpost make the THRILL sterling enduro unbeatable on the uphill. The THRILL is the real joy machine, able to hit the hardest and steepest trails without sweating while going to the top of them.
– Shimano Steps E8000 durable, lightweight and powerful drivetrain,
– Shimano XT derailleur and brakes for top in-mountain performance,
– non-electrified enduro bikes geometry for the best enduro experience,
– plush suspension based on the Rock Shox components for best comfort and handling,
– full enduro equipment with dropper post and wide cockpit,
– easy rolling and grippy 2.80” Schwalbe Nooby Nic tyres.
New LANE and FETCH mountain backpacks were created to fulfil every mountain biker’s needs in terms of design, capacity, carrying systems, materials and durability. Full of smart pockets to carry everything mountain bikers need: helmet (even full face), protection pads, tools, goggles/glasses, water bladder (up to 3 litres) and many, many more. Thanks to 3D foam padded back panel and shoulder straps, even fully loaded LANE is easy to wear providing excellent ventilation and support to keep rider dry and comfy during all-day riding. Made of ripstop 210D nylon fabric with hydrophobic PU coating and integrated rain cover, LANE is extremely durable, weatherproof and always ready to go.
LANE backpack is able to carry everything mountain biker needs.
For 2017 season Kellys introduces new line of gloves with comfort-oriented cut, quality materials, fashionable design and colours. HYPNO, RELIC and FLOW are airy, lightweight and ergonomically shaped with gel padding in high-pressure zones. New gloves are made of advanced synthetic materials providing ripping resistance and high thermal comfort. Clarino is one of them. It is fully washable and retains its softness when wet, unlike natural leather. Kellys designers also used the AX Suede, the polyester material designed especially for gloves. Thanks to high strength, durability and great wet adhesion abilities this material gives our new gloves the best performance possible and provides the riders full control of the bicycle. Cycling gloves are not only about comfort, but also about safety and protection: the reinforced panels and heavy duty seams make them always ready to protect rider’s hands.
Ergonomic cut gives new Kellys gloves absolutely new level of comfort.