The BCBR Experience: Day One – Cumberland – Video

The BCBR Experience: Day One – Cumberland – Video

The BCBR Experience

With the countdown to the BC Bike Race on, it’s time for us to release the first of our seven-part video series showcasing the communities we visit. Through these edits we will share the unique culture and history of each, as well as, the 2017 course maps for our daily stages! These short stories will touch on the evolution of mountain biking here in BC and what has catapulted our province to a top destination for mountain biking globally.

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The front line of the 2015 BC Bike Race.
Day 1 race start in Cumberland.

This project was made possible with a grant through British Columbia’s new Marketing Co-Op program. With the province’s support, we are thrilled to have the platform with which to share these communities, which have been such a big part of our success as an event, with the world.

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Just a few highlights of our course in Cumberland.

In each segment, we will talk to some of the colourful characters who have had a role in the continuing development of mountain biking in their towns. From our Cumberland course designer and owner of the Riding Fool Hostel, Jeremy Grasby, to Dream Wizards and legendary trail builder, Ted Tempany, and even the Godfather of Freeride himself, Wade Simmons, we have a wide array of stories to share about what makes mountain biking happen in our backyard.

BC Bike Race is Ready to Roll

In just 22 days, racers from 33 countries will arrive in North Vancouver for the BC Bike Race! The action will kick off on July 7 with the first stage in Cumberland before continuing to Powell River, Sechelt, North Vancouver, Squamish, and Whistler!

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Cory Wallace celebrating his win at BC Bike Race last year.

Last year’s winner and the new 24-hour World Champion, Cory Wallace, is back to defend his title! After going home with third last year, Stephen Ettinger is also returning with his sights set on the top step. The field gets even stronger with competition and includes; Olympian and Canadian legend, Geoff Kabush; mountain bike and cyclocross racer Troy Wells; cyclocross racer, Tim Johnson; American Olympian, Sam Shultz; and returning 2016 French Marathon Champion Frederic Gombert. Also, throwing their hats in the ring are enduro racers, Jesse Melamed and Chris Johnson. Will Jesse’s cross-country background and home field advantage in Whistler give him an edge?

Katarina Nash celebrates a well earned victory.
Katerina Nash crosses the finish line and celebrates a well-earned victory in 2015.

We also have Olympian and past BC Bike Race winner, Katerina Nash, back! And while we would have loved to see her and our 2016 winner, Kelli Emmet, battle it out, we will instead have to keep an eye on the local talent, Cary Mark, and new school racers like Olympian Kristen Sweetland and Dutch Marathon Champion Hielke Elferinke.

This year we are also thrilled to be hosting local trail builders Rob Pheonix, Penny Deck, and Martin Newman for the race—for all that you do, we salute you!

So follow along for the next few weeks as we share our communities and course with you. And then stay tuned to watch the story unfold and virtually cheer on our racers as we share live updates, daily photos, and race reports throughout our seven days on the road!

The BCBR Experience Day One - Cumberland
Tune in and follow along!

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Truvativ Introduces New Descendant and Stylo Cranks

Truvativ Introduces New Descendant and Stylo Cranks

Truvativ has new aluminum and carbon cranks on the way that are scheduled to hit shelves this July. The Descendant line is aimed at the gravity crowd, while the Stylo line is geared more towards XC and trail riders. Take a look at the details and pricing below.

PRESS RELEASE

Truvativ
Descendant Carbon Crankset
The svelte strength of carbon fiber with the swagger of heavy metal. The Descendant carbon crankset uses a proprietary Truvativ carbon construction process that delivers a crankset light enough for XC, yet bold and badass enough for enduro. Style and substance — Descendant. MSRP: $225 – $245 USD.

Truvativ
Descendant 6K Aluminum Crankset
The Descendant 6K crankset delivers consistent performance every time out. Featuring SRAM’s X-SYNC 2 tooth profile chainring, the Descendant crankset is engineered for complete chain control. Each tooth’s thickness is precisely toleranced and controlled to work seamlessly with the SRAM chain’s inner and outer links. Weight: 622-657 grams. MSRP: $100 – $125 USD.

Truvativ
Stylo Carbon Crankset
We designed the new Stylo Carbon crankset for riders who feel most at home when riding endless single track. This is a completely new crankset, employing our proprietary layup technology. Built tough, to handle lines through rock gardens and trail, the new Stylo Carbon is strong, stiff and light. Combined with the new SRAM Eagle direct mount chainrings, and as a compatible crankset to the Eagle drivetrain. Weight: 568-600 grams. MSRP: $225 – $245 USD.

Truvativ

Stylo 6K Aluminum Crankset
The Stylo 6K crankset delivers consistent performance every time out. Featuring SRAM’s X-SYNC 2 tooth profile chainring, the Stylo crankset is engineered for complete chain control. Each tooth’s thickness is precisely toleranced and controlled to work seamlessly with the SRAM chain’s inner and outer links. Weight: 622-657 grams. MSRP: $100 – $125 USD.

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Peaty’s Tubeless Sealant

Peaty’s Tubeless Sealant

Press Release

Mountain bike legend, Steve Peat may have retired from racing Downhill World Cups in 2016 but he certainly hasn’t taken his foot off the gas when it comes to pushing the limits of the sport. Peaty has been working closely with a team of scientists and product developers over the past two years to develop a revolutionary tubeless tyre sealant that will not dry out or ‘ball up’ within the tyre unlike most tubeless sealants currently available on the market.

Peaty - Peatys Tubeless Sealant

The non-hazardous, non-toxic and completely biodegradable formula has been tried and tested by Peaty and a motley crew of the world’s best Downhill and Enduro mountain bike racers on the UCI Downhill World Cup, British Downhill and the Enduro World Series circuits.The biodegradable ‘nano-platelets’ in Peaty’s Tubeless Sealant perform like platelets do in the blood and assist with the repair of larger holes and tears in the internal tyre. The ‘nano-platelets’ are completely biodegradable but look like blue glitter so if you do happen to blow a tyre off the rim, it looks spectacular!

It didn t take Greg long to get back to the top after the Lourdes nightmare.

Peaty’s Tubeless Sealant Workshop Bottle in Greg Minnaar’s corner.

Peaty’s Tubeless Sealant will soon be available in the refillable 120mrl ‘Trail Pouch’, which can be chucked in the bottom of your bag or toolbox until needed. One litre ‘workshop bottles’ will also be available too.

Peaty s Tubeless Sealant crown

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Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

Adventure At Your Fingertips – Commencal Meta HT Power

At the end of the day or during a lunch break, no matter where you are or the time of day, you’ll never have any excuse not to ride again.

The Meta HT Power will be your perfect adventure companion. Climbing actually becomes a pleasure and the engine feels invisible on descents, resulting in maximum comfort throughout the whole ride. To illustrate this we wanted to share our experience of this bike so far by exploring the wilderness in the mountains surrounding our office in Andorra, at the end of a working day.

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COMMENCAL META HT Power
COMMENCAL META HT Power
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COMMENCAL META HT Power
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AVAILABLE IN EUROPE NOW:
COMMENCAL META HT Power

META HT POWER RACE 650B+ 2017

Frame
2017 META HT POWER 650b+
Engine
SHIMANO E8000
Battery
SHIMANO E8010, 500Wh
Fork
ROCKSHOX LYRIK RC Boost Standard, 150mm, Compression, Rebound
Brakes
SHIMANO XT, 203mm / 203mm
Rear Mech
SHIMANO XT, 1X11 speed
Cranks
SHIMANO E8050, 170 mm on S/M and 175 mm on L/XL
Cassette
SHIMANO XT, 11-46T, 11 speed
Rims
WTB ASYM, i35 TCS, 32 holes, tubeless ready, 35mm inner
Weight
20,3 kg
Sizes
S/M/L/XL
Price
3999€

The range, (prices starting from 3499€) is available on our online store.


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Unite Components – Made in Wales

Unite Components – Made in Wales

UNITE COMPONENTS – MADE IN WALES

Unite Components are a fresh new company who have a genuine passion for mountain biking. They produce quality precision machined mountain bike parts on an international scale–with their base being one rural welsh border workshop.

They’ve constantly been working to design and produce high end, quality products which will stand the test of time–and the trail! The focus has been on providing quality via the materials and manufacturing process, which is kept as local as possible. They know you can’t polish a turd and that’s why they don’t start with one! Unlike some of the brands out there, they have spent time finding the right suppliers to guarantee consistently high-end raw materials; you can be sure no stone is left unturned. After all, pride and reputation matter and they sure don’t want to let you down.

Since the initial launch in 2016, Unite Components have continued to update the roster. We recently caught up with company owner Andrew Cooper to introduce the complete product range.

ISCG-05 Top Guide
Chain Guide

• Back plate precision CNC machined from 6082 Aluminium
• Slider CNC machined from engineering plastic with hard wearing, low friction properties and good resistance against chemical attack.
• Light and simple design
• Suitable for oval chain rings
• No need to remove cranks for installation
• Includes stainless steel hardware
• Compatible with 30T to 36T chain rings
• Weight – E-mount: 42g ISCG-05: 50g
• RRP – £50

Our chain guide was released at the same time as our chain ring. The Compact Guide is a light, simple guide that offers excellent chain security and mud clearance with silent retention. The back plate is CNC machined from 6082 aluminium and the slider has been designed to offer the perfect balance between weight, chain retention and durability. The open design offers excellent mud clearance and is also suitable for oval chain rings.
The slider itself is CNC machined from a high-tech engineering plastic, which is not only incredibly strong but also offers excellent chemical resistance from bike cleaners/polishes and chain lubes. The use of two fitment points not only saves weight but also makes it possible to fit the chain-guide without removing the cranks. Because of the large array of different chain lines, we have designed our e-mount guide to include the use of spacers so that it will align perfectly with the chain. Stainless hardware and spacers are included as standard with both ISCG-05 and e-mount versions available.

Unites Grip Ring come in a good selection of sizes amp BCD s
Chain Rings

• Narrow/wide chain profile prevents chain drop
• Wide tooth profile for extra retention
• Recessed for improved mud clearance and improved chain ring life
• CNC machined from hard wearing 7075-T6 Aluminium
• Hard anodized for increased durability
• Available sizes: 32T, 34T, 36T
• Compatible with 9, 10, 11 Speed Chains and 104 BCD cranks
• Weight: 30T-40g 32T-42g 34T-52g 36T-60g

Our range of chain rings were our first products to hit the market and we wanted to make sure they can stand the test of time. They offer excellent chain retention, great mud clearance and longevity with a very high quality finish. Grip rings are CNC machined from 7075 aluminium (one of the hardest grades of aluminium available) and are then hard-anodised to create an even tougher, more durable finish. This’ll mean you don’t have to worry about rock strikes!
A large amount of wear occurs on the front face of chain rings due to the extreme chain-line caused by 1x set ups. The extra wide alternating tooth profile on ours improves both durability and retention. As chains begin to stretch they start to bind in certain places, damaging the chain and ring; our grip rings have specially machined recesses which help to prevent this damage, increasing the longevity of the chain ring and chain. The rear face carries very little of the wear from the chain ring and so has been heavily recessed to clear mud in some of the worst conditions.

Unite headset spacers come in 5 anodised colours.
Headset Spacers

• Fitment – 1″1/8 steerer (straight and tapered)
• Spacer thickness – 2 x 5mm, 1 x 10mm, 1 x 15mm

Our headset spacers are available in five different colours to spruce up your headset and stem. They add the extra bling factor and will keep your trusty steed looking fresh. We also offer matching top caps.

Santa Cruz Top Link Bolts are easy to fit and finish off that dream build.
Santa Cruz Upper Linkage Bolts

• 2 Bolts included (pair)
• CNC machined from 7075 Aluminium
• Colour anodised
• Weight – 20g
• Fitment – Nomad 2015 onwards, Bronson carbon and Alu, Solo Carbon and Aluminium, Hightower.
• Colours: Blue, red, purple and orange

A recent addition to the product range. Our linkage bolts are available in a range of four colours (which are designed to complement our headset spacers). With tough anodising, they’re guaranteed to spruce up your Santa Cruz and last through the elements.

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Compact Bash Guide

• Back plate precision CNC machined from 6082 Aluminium
• Slider CNC machined from engineering plastic with hard wearing, low friction properties and good resistance against chemical attack.
• Light and simple design
• Suitable for oval chain rings
• No need to remove cranks for installation
• Includes stainless steel hardware
• Compatible with 28T to 36T chain rings
• Bash Sizes – 38T to 34T and 34T to 28T
• Weight – From 50g

The compact bash guide is newly developed and follows on from our initial chain guide. The specifications are the same, however, it also has an integrated bash plate designed to absorb all the hits on the trail. We now also offer the option of the stand-alone bash guard, too.

Feel free to visit www.unitecomponents.com if you fancy more of an insight into the company and the products on offer. If you fancy seeing their products in person, don’t forget to check out their dealership page to find your local stockist. Unite are also looking for worldwide distributors, so please get in touch if you think you can help.

To keep up with Unite’s latest products, you can follow them on social media:
Instagram: @unitecomponents
Twitter: @unitecomponents
Facebook: Unite Components

The man with the plan - Andrew Cooper
Andrew Cooper – The man with the plan.
Rose, Canyon, Trek: Factory Team Battle at 26Trix

Rose, Canyon, Trek: Factory Team Battle at 26Trix

The three factory teams battling for the crown on the FMB World Tour will be competing for vital points this weekend at 26TRIX in Leogang. After the first FMB Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze events have taken place, it is time to take a look at how the ROSE Rad Squad (2732 Points), Trek C3 Project (1766 Points) and Canyon Factory Freeride Team (1504 Points) are faring in the FMB Factory Team Ranking.

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This year’s competition for the FMB Factory Team Title seems to be shaping up to be a close one! A factory team must consist of at least two athletes competing on the FMB World Tour and the six best results during the course of the season count towards the ranking. One rider can however only submit a maximum of three scores; the three other scores must come from their teammates.

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After missing the podium last season as “Rose Gravity” the newly founded ROSE Rad Squad has to be taken as a serious title contender this season. Together with the new additions of Antoine Bizet (FRA) and Anthony Messere (CAN), the ROSE Rad Squad, got off to a flying start; Especially thanks to Torquato Testa’s really strong showing at Crankworx Rotorua and Swatch Rocket Air, where he took second place at both contests. With Jakub Vencl (CZE), Lukas Knopf (GER) and Tobi Wrobl (GER) also in their line up, the ROSE team can look to many more opportunities to stock up the points in order to take home all the glory.

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Emil Johansson (SWE) had an astonishing start to his season for the Trek C3 Project securing a third place at his first Crankworx contest of his career. The young Swede confirmed his riding level with a great win at FISE Montpellier, which was also his first ever career win. Emil’s points will be vital in future weeks.

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Swatch Rocket Air also saw the return of Brett Rheeder (CAN) to the FMB World Tour stage. The Canadian showed glimpses of grandeur and it was great to see him back on the bike competing. Even though he didn’t get the result he probably had hoped for, he and Emil will be a force to be reckoned with this year, even though they post the smallest factory team of the year with only two members.

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The Canyon Factory Freeride Team, reigning FMB Factory Team Champion, is in third position at the moment. The team had to take a blow to begin the season, losing Thomas Genon (BEL) at Crankworx Rotorua due to a broken foot. The Belgian is however on the mend and will be back for 26TRIX at Leogang (June 10).

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His fellow colleagues were able to put on a solid performance at Crankworx Rotorua; Tomas Lemoine (FRA) came in 5th whereas Anton Thelander (SWE) just came in shy of the Top 10. Lemoine and Thelander weren’t quite able to live up to the expectations at Swatch Rocket Air in Thun, but at least Lemoine was able to get a win under his belt at the FMB Bronze Event “Outdoor Mix Festival” in his home country and add some more points to the total.

FMB Wildcard Update
Two FMB Wildcards are up for grabs this weekend at 26TRIX. The two best ranked riders at the upcoming FMB Gold Event in Austria, who have not yet qualified for the FMB Diamond Event at Crankworx Innsbruck (June 25), will be awarded with a spot each for the third Diamond Series Event of the season. Thanks to a great performance at FISE Montpellier, Paul Couderc (FRA) and Reed Boggs (USA) will be heading to the next FMB Diamond Series Event at Crankworx Les Gets, June 18.

Keep your eyes peeled for further information about live webcasts and calendar updates on www.fmbworldtour.com or stay informed and sign up for the FMB World Tour Newsletter.

And do not forget that all the action from the FMB Diamond Series is broadcasted live on www.redbull.tv. Get the latest on everything bike-related at the Red Bull Bike Channel: redbull.tv/bike.

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