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Joyride will complete Ryan’s first season in MTB Slopestyle. The dual-sport Haro Bikes athlete notes that this particular event was his ultimate goal for the year in MTB.
“I’m beyond excited about accomplishing my goal of qualifying into Joyride this year. I’ve worked hard to get used to riding MTB and getting comfortable doing the tricks that I know I can do,” stated Nyquist. “I’m still not one-hundred percent where I want to be, but I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made, and I’m excited to see where I can take my riding in the Slopestyle scene.”
While Ryan will compete at this event in his first year as an MTB rider, the road to qualification for Joyride is no easy feat. Many athletes that were presumed to compete—like BMX rider Drew Bezanson—were unsuccessful.
Ryan participated in select MTB events in 2015 when his interest was piqued by both the similarities and differences between dirt jumping and BMX. He began competing officially in both sports in April of 2016 and experienced near-immediate success—placing 2nd in his first event at “AT’s Showdown”, 6th at Swatch Rocket Air, and 2nd at FISE Montpellier. Nyquist will continue to compete in both BMX and MTB in 2017.
“Every event, I’ve had to step outside my comfort zone a little bit to ride the course the way I want to ride, and while that’s a bit scary at times, it’s constantly helping me grow into a better rider, and to appreciate what all the amazing athletes I’m riding with have accomplished over the years” said Ryan. “MTB Slopestyle is truly an incredible sport, and I’m so happy that I’m able to be a part of the biggest event they have.”
A household name in both BMX dirt and park, Ryan Nyquist started riding at the age of three and competed in his first BMX freestyle competition when he was 16. Competing in his first X Games at the age of 18, Nyquist has been a BMX legend ever since. By 2003, he had won every major dirt competition – X Games, Gravity Games, Vans Triple Crown, and the King of Dirt. This year marks Ryan’s 20th year with Haro BMX and his first with Haro MTB. He will compete at Joyride on August 21st riding his Haro MTB Steel Reserve 1.3.
Haro Bikes has been world renowned as a leader in the BMX market for more than 35 years. Haro entered the mountain bike market in 1986 and has begun to make a significant name for itself in the industry—often employing disruptive tactics to do so. Haro MTB maintains that mountain biking should be done for the sport, rather than for the status, and aims to offer products that allow its consumers to do so without overspending.
The Nukeproof Horizon pedal is arguably the best flat pedal on the market – developed in conjunction with the world’s most famous flat pedal rider, Sam Hill, it recently received 10/10 from MBR magazine.
We (Chain Reaction Cycles) spoke to the guys at Nukeproof to see what it takes to make a pedal fit for a downhill legend.
Initial step: Design brief
The key requirements for the design (form and function) are set out and drawn from previous model testing, customer feedback and Team Chain Reaction PayPal riders Sam Hill, Mike Jones, Joe Smith and Elliott Heap.
The initial sketch
Nukeproof’s creative designer sketches his vision of what the new pedal should look like, with input from the Nukeproof design team.
Next, the paper-and-pen drawing is handed to Nukeproof’s Design Engineer who works his magic and translates the sketch into reality, using Solidworks to create a production part drawing meeting the initial brief.
Once agreed, the Solidworks version of the Horizon pedal is brought to life on Nukeproof’s own 3D printer. The 3D printed version of the pedal is fitted with all the parts of the final version, including the axle and pins.
Once the team are happy with the 3D printed version, an alloy forging of the pedal is produced, which becomes the unfinished ‘blank’ of the production pedal.
The raw forged alloy is then machined to production specification, finished in black ano with a polished face and black height adjustable pins.
SRAM have announced the details of their new NX drivetrain, which lowers the cost of upgrading to a 1×11 setup to previously unprecedented levels. The complete group – chain, cassette, cranks, shifter and derailleur – retails for $310 USD. To put that into perspective, the cassette alone from SRAM’s highest end XX1 group goes for $416.
One of the noteworthy features of the new group is the 11-42 tooth cassette. Rather than requiring that riders use an XD driver, the cassette will fit on a standard freehub body. It’s not exactly light, weighing in at a claimed 538 grams, but the $79 retail price will likely make those extra grams easier to overlook. The rest of the group shares a similar look to SRAM’s higher end drivetrains, but less expensive materials and construction techniques have been used in order to keep the price down.
The bottom line? Expect to see 1×11 drivetrains popping up on more bikes than ever, and for front derailleurs to become increasingly rare. Read on for the details of the new group as provided by SRAM.
Super wide gear range — a perfect fit for any ride
Optimized gear steps across entire range
Compatible with non-XD driver body
Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x drivetrains
The SRAM NX crankset provides high performance at the right price. Featuring the SRAM engineered X-SYNC chainring, the NX crankset is engineered for complete chain control. Each tooth’s thickness is CNC machined to work seamlessly with the chain’s inner and outer links. Personalize your gearing with seven available chainrings (28t, 30t, 32t, 34t, 36t, 38t, 40t).
• 6000 series aluminum arms
• Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains
• Most affordable fully featured 1x crank in the industry
• BB compatibility: BB30/PF30-68/73mm, GXP 100mm/ PF GXP 121mm, GXP PF GXP 68/ 73mm
• Weight: 680-780g
Designed from a long line of dependable, lightweight chains that are built for toughness, the recommended chain for NX, PC-1110. Designed with SRAM’s trusted XX1 geometry, the PC-1110 features solid pin construction, 11-speed PowerLock® and smooth, efficient shifting that you can count on every time out. Weight: 232-273g. MSRP: $14 | €14 | £11
11-Speed X-Actuation Trigger Shifter
SRAM NX trigger shifter with X-Actuation technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX trigger shifter brings industry changing technology to everyone. Fully compatible with all SRAM 1x™ drivetrains. Weight: 142 grams. MSRP: $27 | €28 | £22
11-Speed X-Actuation Grip Shift
SRAM NX Grip Shift with X-Actuation technology gives you sharp, dependable shifting. Built for precise and swift shifting across our wide range 11-speed cassette, the NX Grip Shift brings industry changing technology to everyone. MSRP: $33 | €35 | £26
• SRAM 1x X-Actuation for precise and dependable 11-speed performance
• Speed Metal shift indexing
• Rolling Thunder ball bearing technology
• Jaws lock-on grip technology
• Most affordable fully featured 1x grip shifter in the industry
NX 1×11 X-Horizon Rear Derailleur
The SRAM NX X-Horizon rear derailleur provides the same smooth, reliable shifting action as XX1—from the larger upper pulley offset to the 12-tooth X-Sync pulley wheels.
By eliminating unwanted chain movement, X-Horizon shifts faster, puts an end to ghost shifting and reduces shift force and chain slap. And with Cage Lock technology, wheel removal and installation are easier than ever. Weight: 322 grams. MSRP: $74 | €76 | £58
“When we launched Stages Cycling in 2012, we brought this goal of being the ‘power meter for every rider’, including mountain bikers. We see supporting events like the Trans BC as supporting this founding goal,” said Matt Pacocha, Stages Cycling’s marketing manager. “Enduro is a great highlight of how Stages can help racers perform better on both fronts, from helping them pace and conserve on the climbs, to training their power output for sprints during the special stages.”
Photo Credit // Stages Cycling
The Trans BC powered by Stages Cycling will showcase the best singletrack of loam, forest, roots, and alpine in British Columbia over the course of six days and approximately 30 timed special stages. This sold out event indicates the rise in popularity of enduro racing, and specifically this format of racing “blind” in the backcountry.
“Riders from around the world are gravitating towards this style of riding and racing, as it’s a way to explore the world and new trails with everything organized for them. All they have to do is book their plane ticket. Most don’t even treat it as a race but merely to challenge themselves, explore outside their comfort zone, and beat their mates,” said Megan Rose, founder and race director of the Trans BC.
Photo Credit // Stages Cycling
Stages Cycling’s commitment to the enduro discipline of racing has spawned over the past few years by working with pro riders and teams who understand how training power could make their performance better, as well as supporting the TrailAddiction’s Enduro2 race in France last year.
“Some of our most passionate ‘Stages” rides have been mountain bike pros who have never had a good power solution for their mountain bikes before Stages Power— riders like Tracy Moseley and Jared Graves. They get it, they want it, now it’s more about letting more mountain bike racers, from XC to DH, know how it can help them too,” Pacocha said.
Photo Credit // Matt Delorme/Trek Bicycles
For participants who like to train and race with power, be on the watch for friendly “power” competitions within the Trans BC race where you can test your mettle against some of the top pros.
Volunteer positions are still available for the event, July 4-9, 2016. All meals, transportation and accommodations will be provided. Depending on your role, most volunteers will be out on course and race some of the event. For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.transbcenduro.com. You can also find Trans BC on Facebook for the latest details.
Photo Credit // BC Enduro Series
ABOUT MEGAN ROSE — Megan has been riding and racing bikes all over the world for 13 years and organizing bike events for the past six years. She splits her time between British Columbia, Canada and New Zealand, running the BC Enduro Series and the new Trans BC for 2016, and running the Trans NZ race. Over the past two years Megan has personally races in over 24 enduro races, timed over 58 days worth of enduro races, and personally organized 22 enduro races. Megan and her team look forward to bringing you the best of the best from all of these perspectives.
ABOUT STAGES CYCLING — Stages Cycling LLC, based in Boulder, CO, launched the Stages Power meter at Interbike in September 2012. The new Stages Power meter immediately made waves for the power measurement category in all disciplines of cycling, including enduro, where the sport’s top pros collect and trust its data for training and racing. Since the brand has expanded into the commercial and home fitness category with the SC3 commercial indoor cycling bike, with groundbreaking features including: CarbonGlyde featuring Gates CarbonDrive, SprintShift, FitLoc, RoadBar and, of course, the Stages Power meter. More information at stagescycling.com
Born from a simple insight, the Catalyst Pedal from Pedaling Innovations is looking to change the way we look at powering our bikes. By looking first at how the foot and lower leg optimally move and then applying that to the bike, the Catalyst Pedal provides the type of platform your foot was designed to thrive on.Up until this point every pedal has been designed based on the outdated view that you had to push through the ball of the foot. However, this is only the case when your foot breaks contact with what it is on. So when you walk, run or jump then you do need to push through the ball of the foot.
But we now know that when the foot stays in contact with what it is on – like it does during the pedal stroke – that it wants to stay balanced between the front and back of the foot and push through the mid-foot. This creates a strong, stable arch and foot and balances the forces being applied by the foot.
We also know that you don’t need to use your ankle and calf muscles to push and pull for power. This study (J.R. Van Sickle Jr, M.L Hull/ Journal of Biomechanics 2007) showed no difference in power or economy between the ball of the foot and the mid-foot position…which means that the ball of the foot isn’t “better” or it would have won. At worst you won’t lose anything by using the mid-foot position.
However, it did show an important difference in how that power was produced. They found that driving through the ball of the foot placed more stress on the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, while the mid-foot placement took that stress and put it on the hips.
This is interesting when you consider that the hips – and not the quads – have been shown to be the major drivers of the pedal stroke (ELMER, S. J., P. R. BARRATT, T. KORFF, and J. C. MARTIN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2011).
Taken together, all of this points to a pedaling platform that stabilizes the foot by supporting both ends of the arch and optimizes the mid-foot placement to better recruit the hips, which are the main drivers of the pedal stroke.
And this is exactly what we did with the Catalyst Pedal.
To accomplish this it gives you the longest platform available – 5 inches/ 128 mm. While some oversized flat pedals come close to this length, through testing we found that there is a “critical mass” that is reached with the Catalyst Pedal which allows it to connect both ends of the arch of the foot.
The Catalyst Pedal is also no wider than a normal flat pedal – 3.75 inches/ 95 mm. This means that it is narrower than any other oversized flat pedal, disappearing underfoot and not exposing any extra pedal body to rock strikes.
Tested over the last 8 months on a variety of trails in the Fruita/ Grand Junction CO and Moab UT areas, the result is a patent pending design that supports your foot the same way the ground does. This creates a strong, stable platform for your foot that is not available with any other pedal.
This improved foot position and support has 3 main benefits:
1) POWER – By supporting both ends of the arch of the foot you naturally support the arch itself, which gets rid of flex in the arch. An arch that is only supported on one side is weak and flexible while one that is supported on both sides is strong and stable. By supporting the arch with the pedal body itself you get rid of the foot flex you usually need stiff soled shoes for. This improves power transfer since the pedal body itself is far stiffer than even the stiffest soled shoes, which means every bit of power your legs produce go straight into the crank arms.
2) EFFICIENCY – The mid-foot placement of the axle balances the foot, which takes stress off of the ankle joint and allows for better recruitment of the hips.As mentioned earlier, the hips have been shown to be the major muscles used when pedaling, not your quads (ELMER, S. J., P. R. BARRATT, T. KORFF, and J. C. MARTIN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2011). The mid-foot position has been shown to shift the stress from the ankles to the hips (J.R. Van Sickle Jr, M.L Hull/ Journal of Biomechanics 2007). This means that optimizing the mid-foot position allows your body to better recruit the main muscles powering the pedal stroke.
3) COMFORT & STABILITY – The more balanced foot position achieved from this pedal design will result in a more balanced application of force into the pedals.Instead of pushing forward into the pedal through the ball of the foot you will push straight down through the entire foot. This will result in less stress on the feet since you aren’t pushing them into the toe box of your shoes with every pedal stroke, plus your feet won’t push over the top and come off during hard sprints on the trail.
All of this adds up to an improved experience for your foot on the bike. And since your foot is one of the major contact points with your bike this can have a dramatic impact on your riding.
In fact, we are so confident in this pedal design that we back it up with a money-back guarantee – if it doesn’t improve your power, stability and comfort then we’ll be happy to refund your investment.
Right now we are working hard to bring the Catalyst Pedal to the market by the end of the year. We have teamed up with VP Components – makers of VP Pedals – to handle our manufacturing and the first order is placed so it is just a matter of getting them made and delivered.
You can learn more about the story, science and logic behind the Catalyst Pedal Right by visitingwww.pedalinginnovations.com. You can also pre-order your pair at a special pre-sale discount now through Saturday October 10th.
With over 400 pairs sold so far around the world, we are looking forward to bringing the evolution of the pedal to riders everywhere.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Catalyst Pedal Q: Don’t I need my ankles to help smooth out bumps on the trail/ act as extra suspension?
A: I’m not going to argue about someone’s personal riding style and preference. However, as a strength coach I know that a more stable foot allows the rest of the body to relax and move better which will more than make up for a few lost inches of movement out of your ankles. Your body needs a certain amount of stability and if you destabilize the foot then it tries to make up for it with stiffness in other areas of the body.
I mean, try it for yourself – get up and balance on the balls of you feet while trying to get down into a mock Attack Position like you are on your bike. Now try to do it with your heels down and your foot balanced. There is a huge difference in how smoothly you can move and while you may not realize it, this is happening to you on the bike to some degree when you balance on the balls of your feet.
Using your ankles as extra suspension can also result in an ankle getting snapped back and sprained (I’ve been there before myself). I’d also like to point out that most pedals are set up for you to be on the ball of the foot and so it is hard to say what someone’s preference would be on pedals that changed the platform and balance points. If you feel that it works for you and you are not interested in trying something new that could be better then that is fine but that technique certainly isn’t “right” and there are some arguments against it.
————————————————————– Q: Don’t you need a concave design and/ or more pins in the middle?
A: Not with this design. When you are on the ball of the foot then your pressure points on the pedal are more in the middle of the pedal body and pushing forward. This requires a lot of pins and/ or a concave design to combat.
However, the Catalyst Pedal balanced the weight on your foot and puts the pressure at the front and back edge of the pedal body. This means that you don’t need as many pins on the middle or a concave design since your pressure points have changed and you are not fighting the forward weight shift that comes from being on the ball of your foot.
————————————————————– Q: Don’t I need to use my ankles for leverage when pedaling/ Won’t pushing with my ankle help me add power to the pedal stroke compared to just letting the calf muscle do nothing?
A: This study (J.R. Van Sickle Jr, M.L Hull/ Journal of Biomechanics 2007) showed now difference between the ball of the foot or the mid-foot position in power or economy. It also showed that the mid-foot position placed less stress on the calf and Achilles tendon and instead suggested that the stress was placed on the hips instead.
This means that the mid foot position better recruits the hips and that the ball of the foot isn’t “better”. If it was it would have won, not just tied. In fact, from a functional movement standpoint taking the stress off of the smaller ankle joint and putting it at the stronger, bigger hip joint is how the body is meant to move. Your calf needs to act as a stabilizer for the ankle so it can help transfer the power from the hips and when you try to move it to “add” to the power you decrease that power transfer and place extra stress on a more sensitive joint.
And if you look at kids or people in 3rd world countries ride their bikes they are almost always mid-foot on the pedals – this is the natural riding position and unless someone at some point told you that you needed to push through the ball of the foot odds are you wouldn’t have learned it.
Again, I can’t argue with your success and if the ball of the foot works for you and you don’t want to try something that could be better then that is fine. My point is simply that using your ankle for leverage isn’t “right” and in fact I could argue goes against how your body is built to optimally move.
————————————————————– Q: Don’t you need to pull up on the backstroke?
A: The short answer is no. The Korff (et al. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007; 39:991-995) and Mornieux (et al. Int J Sports Med 2008; 29:817-822) Cycling Efficiency Studies clearly show that pulling up on the backstroke produces less power and burns more energy than simply driving hard on the downstroke and letting the trail leg come up just hard enough to get ready for the next hard downstroke push.
In all my years of looking I have found no studies or evidence that supports the theory that you need to pull up on the backstroke and I have an open challenge to anyone who can show me some. This was just a theory that sounded great but now that we can actually look at what is happening during the pedal stroke the evidence clearly shows that pulling up on the backstroke is not the “right” way to pedal. Follow us here on Pinkbike at @PedalingInnovations