Rainbows and Radness – Meet the 2017 7iDP Team

Rainbows and Radness – Meet the 2017 7iDP Team

Rainbows and Radness
The hills are calling and this season 7iDP have brought together some of the greatest riders to have ever raced mountain bikes. In the company of these legends are the fastest and most
stylish names of the present and future.

4 World Champions in the shape of Steve Peat, Sam Hill, Nico Vouilloz and Fabien Barel are joined by Chris Akrigg, Adam Brayton, Craig Evans, Neko Mulally, Joe Barnes, Florian Nicolai and Mark Weir plus a host of others.

Our family of riders mixes rainbow stripe speed with the style and attitude that embodies 7iDP The season has kicked off and the podiums have started rolling in, from the Enduro World Series to British Downhill 7iDP riders are primed for their best season yet.

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Rainbows and Radness
Neko Mulally tops off his recent move to the YT Mob joining the 7iDP family for the coming season. Back with Aaron Gwin the pair were last on a team together with Trek World Racing when the first 7iDP knee pads were in development.

Legend of the downhill race scene, Steve Peat will be out on his big bike and helping us develop new products for SeveniDP. Sam Hill may be concentrating on the EWS but his downhill experience will flow to teammates Mike Jones and Elliot Heap racing the full World Cup Downhill series.

Keswick Kestrel Adam Brayton will continue to fly the flag for 7iDP off the back of his best season to date in 2016. A winter of training everything from moto to cyclocross sets him up for another cracking season that he kicked off with a win at the first SDA race a few weeks back. Craig Evans joined 7iDP last season and with a new season, he’s ready to mix things up across the downhill race scene. Marcelo Gutiérrez, Eliot Jackson, and Jacob Dickson will all be riding 7iDP as part of the Giant Factory Off-road Team.

Rainbows and Radness
The Enduro World Series has exploded in recent years and we’ve joined up with some of the best talent for 2017. Both the Canyon Factory Enduro and Rocky Mountain Urge bp teams have been Team World Champions and they go into 2017 as strong as ever.

Storming into the EWS for 2017 Sam Hill leads out the Chain Reaction Cycles | Mavic team with Elliot Heap down for some enduro racing this year along with team manager Nigel Page. Flat pedals won a race last year and with full focus on enduro for 2017 all eyes are on Sam.

Justin Leov, Ines Thoma and Dude of Hazzard Joe Barnes make up the 2017 Canyon team and after two wild races in New Zealand and Tasmania Ines Thoma is currently 2nd in the series. Joe and Justin have battled hard and are clearly loving their racing this year and we’ve no doubt the rest of the season will give them the results they crave.

2016 Team Champions Rocky Mountain Urge bp carry on their winning group from 2016.
Florian Nicolai, Jesse Melamed, Remi Gauvin, Andreane Lanthier Nadeau and Sebastien Claquin will all be pushing for more top level results in 2017.

Headed up by 10 time World Champion Nico Vouilloz the Lapierre team will also be working with 7iDP in 2017. Adrien Dailly winner of the Tasmanian EWS race is joined by Remy Quillevere and Chloe Gallean for 2017.

The Giant Factory Off-road Team rounds off our enduro teams for 2017. Josh Carlson and Rae Morrison are joined by young pinner McKay Vezina with their eyes set firmly on racing consistency. We wish all our teams the best of luck this year.

Rainbows and Radness
Yep, we’ve got RADNESS too! Racers are going against the clock for glory in 2017 but a lot of our guys are getting out there, exploring new places and finding their own limits, often with a lens pointed in their direction.

Taking on everything from the EWS to UK downhill, Craig Evans was part of the crew that helped Tommy Wilkinson take the Crankworx Deep Summer challenge in 2016. Style for many, many miles Craig will be ripping it up with the 50:01 crew all year long.

The legend that is Chris Akrigg is back in Seven Protection for 2017 no doubt blowing our minds with his videos again. After shoulder surgery in the winter, Chris is back on his bike and has some amazing plans up his sleeve for this year.

Ben Deakin comes to the 7iDP family for 2017 and will be keeping us entertained though the whole season. He started his year off in New Zealand and will be all over the UK and Europe with videos dropping into your screens all year long.

Spreading their wheels far and wide the Trippin’ Fellaz will be keeping us entertained throughout the season with travels to far away riding spots. Their most recent release is from Nepal where they went in search of the Thorong La Pass set at 5400m above sea level, well worth checking out.

The Dudes of Hazzard will also be running protection from 7iDP this season, Joe Barnes and new addition Lachlan Blair will be rocking 7iDP protection and coming up with video gold like their latest Dudementary.

That’s us! If you want to follow all of our riders through the season and beyond then check out our social media links on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and our brand new website with all our latest products. See you on the trails!

Rainbows and Radness

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Dirt Factory to Host Weekend of Indoor Bike Action in Manchester

Dirt Factory to Host Weekend of Indoor Bike Action in Manchester


For one weekend only on 29th and 30th April, Dirt Factory will host a pop-up event at the iconic Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester city centre. The Urban Action Weekend promises an indoor pump track, air bag, demo bikes from Evans Cycles, competitions, giveaways and much more.

Whether you’re a mountain biker, BMXer, road rider, or cycle commuter, experience the thrill of the pump track, hone your jump skills on an air bag or race against the clock for your chance to bag some prizes from leading bike brands.

After their successful crowd fund last year, the Dirt Factory team are working to secure a permanent base for their large-scale indoor bike park project. Alongside their search for premises Dirt Factory will be popping up at events and schools throughout 2017 to give people a taste of their bike park experience.


Dan Makin, one of the founders and Directors of Dirt Factory, said: “We’re delighted for Dirt Factory to be returning to its roots with a collaborative and fun weekend of action at the Great Northern.

“Urban Action Weekend is all about having fun, getting active and meeting up with fellow riders from the city and beyond. We thought it would be great to give the people of Manchester a flavour of what we’re about ahead of us securing a permanent space to operate in.”

The Urban Action Weekend at Great Northern will also include a chance to demo Swifty Scooters, an industrial fitness and strength challenge run by Test Your Steel, DJs, food and drink stalls.

Mark Schofield, Great Northern’s Centre Director, said: “We’re delighted to host Dirt Factory and their exciting programme of events to Great Northern – they’ve wowed us with their big thinking ideas and we know they will be a huge hit with our visitors.”

The Urban Action Weekend will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 20 April from 10 am to 5 pm on both days.

For more information about the Dirt Factory Urban Action Weekend, visit: dirtfactory.org/urbanaction

WPL Announces Partnership with Rémy Métailler

WPL Announces Partnership with Rémy Métailler

We are proud to announce a new partnership with Rémy Métailler. He has come on board to help us promote the WPL brand, and participate in extensive product testing and development in the Whistler Bike Park.

Rémy had this to say,

“Very happy to partner this year with WPL. It is great to work closely with a local company and help with the development of the products. Mountain biking is not the cleanest sport, so any little details that can protect the planet is great and that’s also why I wanted to work with WPL. Their products are 100% bio, and that allows me to be a bit more respectful of nature without any loss of performance.”

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Rémy has been living in Whistler for 4 years in between summer and some winter seasons. He has also been a contender in many of Whistler’s world-famous biking events like Phat Wednesdays, Crankworx, and Whip Off World Championships. Additionally, Rémy travels internationally to attend events in Norway, France, Mexico, Argentina, and his most famous performance in Utah, USA: Redbull Rampage.

As a WPL athlete, Rémy will work with us on several product development-related projects, including controlled testing and documenting of the performance and thermal stability of our suspension oil in the bike park.

Suspension Oils
We are in the process of developing motorsport oils that will remain 100% bio-based, biodegradable and non-toxic. Rémy is already using this oil in his motocross bike and will continue to provide testing and feedback as new products are created.

WPL is a high-tech biolubricants company delivering high performance bio-based bicycle lubricants and maintenance products, rider owned from Whistler, Canada. We aim to deliver premium bio-based bicycle lubricants with superior performance to cyclists around the globe. By combining advanced materials science expertise with feedback from some of the best riders and mechanics in the industry we have created a complete line of unique products. The formulas are blends of bio-based, renewable materials such as plant oils, microbial oils, and oleochemicals. They are non-toxic, petroleum-free, and biodegradable. Every product has been tested under the toughest racing conditions imaginable and carefully engineered to provide unmatched performance for riders.

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Evoc Offers Free Crash Replacement

Evoc Offers Free Crash Replacement

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We all know that you have to replace bike helmets once they’ve gone through a fall affecting the head because protection capability could be significantly reduced in the next fall. This is no different for a back protector. Our Liteshield Protector technology complies with the standard for personal protection equipment (CE 1621-2). All protectors in this category, whether it’s from our protector backpacks or protection wear, should be replaced after a serious fall.

As we feel very strongly about the safety of our customers, we offer this service free of charge as part of our crash replacement.


So how do I replace my broken back protector?

1. If you have a broken or permanently deformed Evoc Liteshield (air) back protector, register on our website.

2. The request is directed to our customer service, who will then contact the customer.

3. The customer sends the protector to Evoc, we then check the protector and send the customer a new Evoc Liteshield (air) back protector in the appropriate size, where necessary. And all at no extra charge!

For customers outside of the EU, our Evoc distributor will handle the processing. Ride on!

Replacement form in the warranty-section on www.evocsports.com – or click here:
Free Liteshield protector replacement

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Northern Grip Bike Festival Returns for 2017

Northern Grip Bike Festival Returns for 2017

Northern Grip is an annual celebration of mountain bike culture, following on from the hugely successful inaugural event in Ramsbottom last year it returns on 8-9 July and moves over the valley to Lee Quarry.

Northern Grip

Northern Grip organiser, David Agnew says, “Last year’s event was amazing with our audience loving the combination of trail activity, new bike demos, music, food, and beer. Lee Quarry is a fantastic venue for Northern Grip to shine a spotlight on this year and we’ll be building a festival hub to bring all the comforts and culture which people loved last year – and much more. A bigger, better and bolder Northern grip will include big and little bike brands announced in the coming weeks offering an opportunity to make the most of two days around Lee Quarry and the Rossendale Fells.”

How much bigger will it be? The festival hub is aiming to be double in size for this year. The organisers are hoping to at least double the amount of attendees this year too. More food, more drink, more trade stands, more demo bikes, more music, more surprises and more trails. The whole festival will be very moreish.

More trails? Oh yes indeed. Lee Quarry and neighbouring Cragg Quarry are just the start of the riding on offer at this year’s Grip. The relocation of the festival to Rossendale allows for an unprecedented amount of varied riding. Wild riding, mild riding, singletrack, gravel, rocks, roots, 30km monsters, 3km pootles… you name it. We’ve even got some climb-free options if you want cruise and views. All mapped out and way marked on the day for your convenience.

Northern Grip a Festival of MTB 2016

As with the 2016 festival, there’ll be some surprises out there on the hills too. The epic sausage rolls and the acid-brass band surprises of last year’s Grip will be hard to top but top them we shall. You won’t want to miss this year’s show.

Northern Grip

Northern Grip will celebrate the majestic mountain bike and what it can bring to people’s lives. Northern Grip 2017 is sponsored by Leisure Lakes, with partners Alpkit, Dirt Factory and Team JMC, with the support of Rossendale Council, The Whitaker, PMBA, the National Trust and Sustrans.

Northern Grip 2017
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Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team 2017

Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team 2017


You have hopefully seen on social media that Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Gaëtan and Thibaut Ruffin chose Portugal to concentrate and refine their training before the opening round of the UCI World Cup in Lourdes (France) next month. George Brannigan, the team’s Kiwi contingent, is making his international comeback this week at Crankworx in Rotorua (NZ). Therefore, it’s time for the Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team to give you all of our 2017 news and the schedule for the coming season!


Our Partners

Commencal and Vallnord remain the title sponsors of the team.The whole team will ride the Supreme DH V4.2 frame and continue to work closely with the Andorran brand’s RandD department. Vallnord’s support remains a real bonus because, in addition to offering the riders a prime training ground, it reinforces the Andorran identity of the team.

The partnership is expanding with Spank since, in addition to wheels, the bikes will be equipped with a combo of bars and stems from the Spike Race range and its famous vibrocore technology which will be a real asset on the most difficult tracks.

The team is very happy to continue with SRAM for transmissions and brakes as well as Rockshox for suspension. The X01 DH and the Boxxer have already proven themselves, the super deluxe and super deluxe coil rear shocks, new in 2017, immediately impressed the riders during testing.

iXS is one of the big changes of the off-season. The riders will wear the complete kit which includes helmets, protections, and clothing. Come to Lourdes to check out the new look!

For tires, the contract with Hutchinson extends to the delight of the riders who will continue to mix between the Toro and DZO from the DH range!

In addition, the team is proud to welcome Oakley (eyewear) and Lizard Skins (grips) and continues to have the support of Prologo (saddles), E13 (chains-guides) and CN Spoke (spokes). Also, after having benefited from Axxios (anti-vibration sensors) throughout last season, the partnership with the Swiss company becomes official for 2017.

Thanks also to Unior Tools, Five Ten, Rynopower, Finishline, GoPro, HT, Thomson, Feedback Sports, Works Components, Crankbrothers, Huck Norris, Forbike, and Super alloy springs. What a great list of sponsors to have!

The 2017 program

It’s no surprise that the UCI World Cup DH rounds and the UCI World Championships are among the main goals of the year. Parts of the Crankworx Series, the National Championships as well as some National races, are also on the program.


The Staff

Let’s finish by focusing on who makes the team tick! The bro-duo Thibaut and Gaëtan Ruffin continue to manage the Riding Addiction structure. Damien Bideau begins his third year as Head Mechanic, and he works alongside Ryan Thom and Maxime Auguin.

The media department creates its beautiful stories with Kéno Derleyn in charge of photography, and we’re pleased to see the return of Jean Rémy Céron for videography. Bérengère Boës joins the team to manage the PR. The physiotherapist, Brieuc Duplessis-Kergomard has the task of optimizing everyone’s performance! Finally, Marilyne and Jean-Pierre Ruffin pursue with their passion for the management of the logistics, transportation and cooking side of things.


See you soon at the first events and thank you for your continued support,
The Commencal Vallnord DH Racing Team.

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