FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

FMBA Makes Changes to the FMB World Tour

by Domink Bosshard
PRESS RELEASE: FMB World Tour

The FMB World Tour is heading into its ninth season and we are looking forward to tight competition this year. The instalment of the Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship (SWC) has also brought a couple of additional changes to the FMB World Tour. Apart from introducing the first preliminary calendar of the new season and the FMB Wildcard Events for the SWC, other changes have also been made.

Preliminary Calendar
The FMBA anticipates that over 35 events will be a part of the FMB World Tour this year. Event organizers have already been signing up and we are stoked to see some events return to the tour and others premiere this year. If you have an event on the cards for 2018 and would like to sign-up to be a part of the tour, then go to the FMBA website to send off your application to the FMBA. If you are an athlete and just want to get out there and ride, then check out the preliminary calendar for the 2018 season below to see which events are still coming up or head to the FMBA website where the calendar will consistently be updated in the coming days and weeks with new events, that will be joining.

March 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Rotorua Slopestyle in Memory of McGazza, NZL
March 24, FMB Bronze Event, Diverse Night of the Jumps Tauron, Krakow, POL
April 28, FMB Gold Event, Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI
May 5, FMB Silver Event, FMB Big Rise, Shenzhen, CHN
May 6, FMB Silver Event, Bike Days, Solothurn, SUI
May 12, FMB Gold Event, FISE Montpellier 2018, FRA
May 20, FMB Bronze Event, Outdoormix Festival, Embrun, FRA
May 26, FMB Bronze Event, Birell BikeFest 2018, Kalnica, SVK
June 16, SWC Event, Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda, AUT
June 24, SWC Event, Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle, FRA
July 7, FMB Gold Event, Big White Invitational Slopestyle hosted by Tom van Steenbergen, Kelowna, CAN
July 8, FMB Bronze Event, Big White Amateur Contest, Kelowna, CAN
July 14, FMB Gold Event, GlemmRide Slopestyle, Saalbach, AUT
July 14, FMB Bronze Event, Dirtpark Belsen Contest Vol. 7, GER
August 12, FMB Gold Event, OMarisquino, Vigo, ESP
August 18, SWC Event, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN
November 4, FMB Gold Event, FISE Chengdu, CHN

by Richkphotography
FMB Wildcards for Slopestle World Championship Events
FMB athletes will be keeping a close eye on the select FMB Gold Events, where FMB Wildcards will be awarded a place at the SWC this season. These events will offer at least one FMB Wildcard at their contest, which will be awarded to the best-placed athlete that is not yet qualified for the following SWC event. The FMB Wildcard winners will be communicated after the respective cut off date of the SWC Event, which is six weeks prior.

Overview of FMB Wildcard Events 2018

1. Crankworx Innsbruck, AUT, June 16:
2 FMB Wildcards at Swatch Rocket Air, Thun, SUI, April 28

2. Crankworx Les Gets, FRA, June 24:
2 FMB Wildcards at FISE Montpellier, FRA, May 12

3. Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, CAN, August 18:
1 FMB Wildcard at Big White Invitational, Kelowna, CAN, July 7 & 1 FMB Wildcard at GlemmRide, Saalbach, AUT, July 14

by Richkphotography
License structure
The FMBA has made it even easier to be a member and get to know what it is like to be part of the FMB World Tour:

1. FMB World Tour License
The FMB World Tour License makes it possible for athletes to compete at all FMB World Tour Events if they are qualified for the respective event level. Every athlete with this license will be listed in the FMB World Ranking. The FMBA has also reduced the cost by 50 Euros, offering the ticket to the FMB World Tour Ranking for 100 Euros this season. If you want to compete at Gold and Silver Events this season and get your hands on vital points in order to climb the ladder, then this is the license you will need to reach your goals.

1. FMB Free Amateur License
For athletes, who just want to compete at Bronze Level Events this year, the FMB is offering a free sign-up. Coming with no cost whatsoever, an athlete who registers for this license will be listed in the global amateur ranking. The best amateur at the end of the season will receive his FMB World Tour License for the following year so he can take the next step to compete and collect points for the FMB World Ranking.

Sign up for your license here: https://fmba.memberpro.net/main/body.cfm?menu=register 

by Cedric De Rodot
Points Structure
From this year onwards there will be 14 riders qualifying for SWC events. To ensure that young and proven talent still has a fair chance of moving up the FMB World Ranking, the FMBA has adjusted the points breakdown at FMB Gold and Silver Events. Gold Events will play an even bigger role in the future, as riders will be able to shake up rankings considerably by competing at these contests and taking away more points than previously. From this season onwards a win at Gold events will be rewarded with 100 points more than in the past and will be the equivalent of a sixth place at an SWC Event. The FMB World Tour Ranking already reflects these changes for the past 52 weeks. We are sure that young and talented athletes will take advantage of this and are super excited to see who will be the next to break into the elite of Slopestyle mountain biking.

Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com

Photos by Richkphotography, Dominik Bosshard, Cédric De Rodot

New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite

New Renthal Fatbar and Fatbar Lite

PRESS RELEASE: Renthal

We are pleased to announce the following three new product groups;
– Updated Fatbar, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Updated Fatbar Lite, in AluGold or Black Hard Anodised Finish
– Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 in Black Hard Anodised Finish


Fatbar
This updated version of the Fatbar has undergone a full structural re-design. In keeping with the demand for wider, gravity oriented handlebars, we have increased the width to 800mm. Our proven high grade 7050 T6 aluminium, variable gauge, taper wall tubing is the key ingredient of the Fatbar. With careful and efficient use of material, we have massively reduced the weight to a trail-worthy 315g. At the same time, performance levels retain the same legendary DH strength and durability and match the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar.

The new Fatbar is available in our market-leading choice of rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar®
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 315g
• Width: 800mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar Lite
The ever-popular Fatbar Lite has been given some structural tweaks to bring it bang up to date, with the increased width at 760mm. With efficient use of high grade 7050 T6, variable gauge, taper wall tubing aluminium, we have kept the same market-leading weight of 270g. The new Fatbar Lite achieves all of this whilst retaining the same high level of strength and durability and matching the flex characteristics of the original Fatbar Lite.

The new Fatbar Lite is available in our market-leading choice rise options; 10, 20 30 and 40mm. And we have now added a colour option; either the iconic Renthal AluGold hard anodised or the all-new black hard anodised finish.

Renthal Fatbar® Lite
• Material: 7050 T6 Aluminium
• Weight: 270g
• Width: 760mm
• Colours: AluGold or Black
• Rises: 10, 20, 30, 40mm
• MSRP: $84.95 / £69.95

Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35
Black Hard Anodised Option

To co-ordinate with the launch of the version 2 Fatbar and Fatbar Lite, we have now added a black hard anodised option to the Fatbar 35 and Fatbar Lite 35 range.

In addition to our iconic AluGold hard anodised finish, this new colour option offers the same super durable finish.

Check out all the new products over on our website.

Rockshox Releases Updated Budget-Friendly Forks

Rockshox Releases Updated Budget-Friendly Forks

PRESS RELEASE: SRAM / RockShox

There is a difference between “I could” and “I did.” At RockShox we are doers. Over 25 years ago, we forever changed mountain biking by introducing suspension. And since then, we kept doing, innovating and bringing the most exciting suspension products to mountain bikers of all disciplines. Because only ACTION moves us forward.

Action is Everything is more than our tagline, too—we keep pushing the envelope of innovation, up and down our product lineup, so that every RockShox product can keep up with the evolution of the sport. From 30 to Sektor, Pike DJ to Bluto, new technology, new chassis designs and fresh new looks are guaranteed to inspire mountain bikers to action.

ACTION IS EVERYTHING.

Rockshox Sektor RL

With aluminum uppers, outstanding stiffness-to-weight and DebonAir™, new Sektor offers more than ever before. Tire clearance and axle to crown measurements match Pike and Revelation. The chassis takes styling cues from BoXXer for integration with oversize frames. And new controls and graphics cement Sektor’s place among the RockShox greats and on today’s bikes.

Rockshox Sektor RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
New DebonAir™ air spring is highly responsive and helps maintain traction in a wide range of conditions
Motion Control™ RL damper provides low speed compression adjustment to lockout
New BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
32mm aluminum Fast Black upper tubes
Can accept Bottomless Tokens for air spring tuning
OneLoc™ remote compatibility

MSRP: $429-499 | €479-549* | £429-499* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Reba RL

Reba has always signified RockShox quality and performance. Even more so now, with chassis options that allow Reba to be a frontrunner in any role, from XC to trail riding. With technologies developed on SID, Reba and Revelation, Reba is the one-stop solution to everyone looking for the unmistakable RockShox performance in a proven package.

Rockshox Reba RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $499-569 | €549-629* | £499-569* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Recon RL

The RockShox Recon sets a new benchmark for value-based performance. Recon represents a perfect partnership between 32mm Revelation’s crowns and lower legs, and bombproof RockShox new steel Fast Black upper tubes. Adopting this proven chassis allows for shorter upper tubes, which means Recon just went on a serious weight-loss program. With the addition of its now-standard Motion Control™ damper, the re-invented Recon is the new silver standard for fun.

Rockshox Recon RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
New Fast Black finish for steel upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
New cable-remote spool compatible with OneLoc™ remote
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $249-319 | €279-349* | £249-319* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Judy Gold

Who says entry-level bikes can’t get all the latest features and performance? Judy is built around a brand new chassis, designed with the same philosophy of the award winning Pike for the demands of modern mountain biking: stiff, yet very light. BOOST™ means also room for Plus tires, up to 2.8″ in both the 27.5″ and 29″ models, while Torque Caps compatibility adds additional stiffness and control to the fork/wheel ensemble. Judy Gold also sports a Motion Control™ RL damper, compatible with OneLoc™ remote and Fast Black upper tubes for an unmistakable RockShox look and performance.

Rockshox Judy Gold

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
Fast Black aluminum upper tubes
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
New compression knob and air top cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $379-449 | €419-499* | £379-449* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox Judy Silver

Who says entry-level bikes can’t get all the latest features and performance? Judy is built around a bold chassis designed with the same philosophy of the award-winning Pike for the demands of modern mountain biking: stiff, yet very light. BOOST™ allows extra room for Plus tires, up to 2.8″ in both the 27.5″ and 29″ models, while Torque Cap compatibility adds additional stiffness and control to the fork/wheel combo. Judy Silver features a new Fast Black finish for steel upper tubes and RockShox’s proven TK damper.

Rockshox Judy Silver

FEATURES / BENEFITS
TurnKey™ lockout compatible with PopLoc™ remote
BOOST™-specific chassis, light yet stiff
New Fast Black steel upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $299-329 | €329-369* | £299-329* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox 30 Gold

Light (actually, very light)? Check. Easy to set up? Check. RockShox ride quality? Check. Too good to be true? Not if you are referring to the RockShox 30 Gold, featuring Motion Control™ damping.

Rockshox 30 Gold

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
Fast Black aluminum upper tubes
New compression knob and air cap
New cable-remote spool compatible with OneLoc™ remote
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $349-439 | €389-489* | £349-439* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox 30 Silver

A day of slicing through sweet ribbons of singletrack on a bike sporting our 30 Silver will leave you smiling – all the way to the bank. Lightweight and packed full of legendary RockShox technology, the 30 Silver is sure to strengthen the level of your riding without breaking your wallet in the process.

Rockshox 30 Silver

FEATURES / BENEFITS
TurnKey™ lockout compatible with PopLoc™ remote
External rebound adjustment
Updated compression knob and air top cap
Updated graphic package to complement the entire RockShox lineup

MSRP: $169-209 | €189-229* | £169-209* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: MARCH 2018

Rockshox PIKE DJ

Just like a DJ spins sweet tunes, Pike DJ spins… off jumps and drops. Jumps are getting bigger, tricks are becoming crazier, and the slope style and dirt-jumping crowd needs a fork that facilitates the progression. Enter Pike DJ: little brother to the award winning Pike; a stout 35mm chassis, light enough to boost higher and stiff enough to shred berms. The custom tuned Charger™ damper and specific Solo Air™ system provides for heaps of bottom-out progression to help butter the landing. Everything you love in Pike, but cleared for the biggest take offs.

Rockshox Pike DJ

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Charger™ Damper with specific Dirt Jumping/Slopestyle tune (extra-firm compression)
Specific Solo Air™ top cap for extra bottom out progression (tunable with Bottomless Tokens)
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $849 | €939* | £839* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Bluto RCT3

You’ve probably observed more and more riders are on bikes that look “different” on your trails. Bikes that have wheels and tires of gigantic proportion – and we’re not talking about 29ers here. The thing is, even though fat bikes were created to float on top of snow, they’re just too damn fun not to ride on dirt. So how do you amplify your fat bike adventures even further? With a supercharged, ultra-efficient, first-of-its-kind fat suspension fork called Bluto. We started with the features you’ve come to love from RockShox: Fast Black aluminum upper tubes, stout 15mm Maxle™, remote or crown adjustable damping, tapered steer tube, and the infinitely tunable Solo Air™ spring. Then, the chassis got the fat treatment by re-engineering it to meet the unique needs of fat tires and wheels. Everything from crown, to arch, to axle has been optimized to tackle the increased torsional loads of its wide stance. With more traction and control than ever before, you’ll never be happier you went fat.

Rockshox Bluto RCT3
FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring 3-position compression adjustment (open/pedal/lock)
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $689 | €769* | £689* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018

Rockshox Bluto RL

You’ve probably observed more and more riders are on bikes that look “different” on your trails. Bikes that have wheels and tires of gigantic proportion – and we’re not talking about 29ers here. The thing is, even though fat bikes were created to float on top of snow, they’re just too damn fun not to ride on dirt. So how do you amplify your fat bike adventures even further? With a supercharged, ultra-efficient, first-of-its-kind fat suspension fork called Bluto. We started with the features you’ve come to love from RockShox: Fast Black aluminum upper tubes, stout 15mm Maxle™, remote or crown adjustable damping, tapered steer tube, and the infinitely tunable Solo Air™ spring. Then, the chassis got the fat treatment by re-engineering it to meet the unique needs of fat tires and wheels. Everything from crown, to arch, to axle has been optimized to tackle the increased torsional loads of its wide stance. With more traction and control than ever before, you’ll never be happier you went fat.

Rockshox Bluto RL

FEATURES / BENEFITS
Motion Control™ damping featuring low speed compression adjustment to lockout
OneLoc™ remote compatibility
Updated graphic package to complement the RockShox lineup

MSRP: $719 | €799* | £719* (*Includes VAT)
RETAIL: APRIL 2018


MENTIONS: @SramMedia

Limited Numbers of Intense’s M29 FRO Now Available

Limited Numbers of Intense’s M29 FRO Now Available

Intense M29 FRO
PRESS RELEASE: Intense Cycles

bigquotes Racing, we believe, is our true north. It’s where our company was born and our brand was built. By using the world’s best riders under the fiercest conditions, we are able to develop world-class products.Jeff Steber, CEO/Creative Director

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.

Intense M29 FRO
This year we will launch the M29 to market. We will release a very limited batch of FRO (For Racing Only) models in early Summer. This limited batch of 15 M29 FROs will be exact replicas of the Intense Factory Racing team bikes. Each bike will be hand-assembled at our Headquarters in Temecula, CA by Factory Racing Tech Chappy Fiene.

Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Intense M29 FRO
Full spec and pricing will be available April 17th.

For more information on the M29 please visit: http://intenseforlife.com/m29


MENTIONS: @intensecyclesusa

Shred! 2 MTB Video Game – Coming Soon

Shred! 2 MTB Video Game – Coming Soon

Shred! 2 is the epitome of “indie” development.The game is a 100% self-funded project produced entirely by one man in a bedroom (well actually it’s now a landing due to having a baby), who is totally and utterly hellbent on creating a video game worthy of our beloved sport.

bigquotes I was super stoked when Sam Pilgrim agreed to be involved in the project. With no riding style off limits and a rowdy bag of tricks equal only in size to his infectious enthusiasm, I knew he was a perfect figurehead for the game. So big shout out to Sam for being super responsive and using his connections to help support the cause!Alex Johnson
ASBO Interactive HQ
Ghetto game development
Ride as Sam Pilgrim in over 50 relentlessly paced levels.
The action takes place in environments inspired by classic video scenes, Mountainbike culture and personal riding experience.
Save your thumbs! The mobile version supports Bluetooth gamepads
Sam Pilgrim’s digital doppelganger
Choose a Haibike hardtail or trail bike and go “Shred!”.
An intense 1st person POV (with nausea-inducing VR support) will be available on PC!
Providing things go according to plan, the game is due to be released in spring 2018 on Android and iOS, for a very affordable price. A graphically superior and VR enabled PC / Xbox / PS4 version is due to follow later in the year.The Pinkbike community was instrumental in getting the first game off the ground and I hope the sequel will prove to be a fun riding substitute for those times where it’s not possible to get out on the trails!

Sun, Snow, and Fog at White Style 2018

Sun, Snow, and Fog at White Style 2018

image by Christoph Laue
 Alex Cahill extending his backflip superman.
PRESS RELEASE: Saalfelden Leogang

Saalfelden Leogang, Austria, January 26, 2018 – Once again the FMB World Tour season started in front of the backdrop of Leogang’s ‘Steinberge’. Now in its 13th year, White Style once again attracted a field of 20 elite slopestyle riders from 6 nations. For the first time in White Style history, the 16 athletes who made it through qualification had to battle each other in a head-to-head elimination format, with the loser of each match-up being knocked out of the contest.

During training, the 20 invited riders already showed that the level of riding continues to rise with each edition. As a result, the crowd at the Schantailift was already treated to several Double-Flips and 720s during qualification. One of the early highlights was an unbelievably clean Backflip-Superman-Seatgrab by Spanish young gun Marcel Durbau.

Training and qualification were held in perfect bluebird conditions. As the sun set and the lights turned on, the elimination rounds started with the Round of 16. Unfortunately, a developing bank of fog led to decreasing visibility for the riders, and as a result, the contest was eventually cancelled after the quarterfinals without a fair ranking.

image by Christoph Laue
 Bienvendio Alba’s 360-whip.
image by Christoph Laue
 Jonny Kielhorn with a 360-unturndown.
image by Christoph Laue
 Marcel Durbau with a stylish 360-whip.
image by Christoph Laue
 Remy Carra with a flip-bar into the fog.
image by Christoph Laue
 Lukas Schaefer throwing a smooth 360-table.
image by Christoph Laue
 Tom Cardy throwing a smooth 360 into the fog.
All images by Christoph Laue.

More info on the Facebook Event page and website. More information about Saalfelden Leogang can be found at saalfelden-leogang.com and facebook.com/SaalfeldenLeogang.