Commencal says that they have been working on this one for well over a year, and it’s hard to believe that photos aren’t plastered on the interweb, considering that the prototype, with its HPP high-pivot swingarm and anti-chain-growth roller guide has been on the trails since the Meta AM V4.2 and Supreme DH V4.2 were released. Commencal’s HPP rear suspension has already proven itself on the World Cup DH circuit, and now, the bomb-hole eating high-pivot configuration has been adapted to create a 180-millimeter-travel chassis that is much more gravity capable than the Andorran brand’s Meta V4 range. Commencal posts the $3,699 USD Supreme SX as an enduro machine in their “official” white paper, but then goes on a rant about how it was actually made to go as big as possible at the bike park, or sail down your local zone’s most extreme lines. Oh, and apparently, it’s a decent climber too. Check out the official press release below. – RC
The first prototypes with a high pivot point (HPP) were developed on an enduro platform with 160mm of travel. There are numerous advantages to such a system such as optimized wheel path, reduced kickback, and anti-squat for better pedaling.
Let’s start with wheel path. When the bike is not moving it’s difficult to differentiate how the HPP will affect the suspension but in action, it’s a different story. The rear wheel moves backward and what better tool is there to absorb hits?
This rearward axle path extends the chainstay length, bringing more stability and grip. It’s simple and effective. To counter the influence of the chain, there is an idler positioned near the main pivot, which eliminates harmful kickback. The suspension is then not affected by the chain at all.
We’re always fired up to see kids bikes that we wish we had when we were kids. It’s no secret that if we’d had bikes like this we’d have won several World Cups already. Guaranteed. Read on to see what Propain had to say about their new 24″-26″ convertible kids bike.
The Propain Yuma is a full-featured mountain bike for everything from enduro to downhill, and optimized for small, light riders.
For the 2018 model, we worked with the Propain Gravity Kids team to completely overhaul the frame and launch it with a new suspension concept. The option to install both 24″ and 26″ wheels has been retained, giving kids many years of fun with the bike.
Until now, the Yuma was a smaller version of its big brother, Tyee, but now it is a completely distinct bike. A single pivot rear triangle, in combination with the latest generation of shocks by Rock Shox with Trunnion Mount (side mounting point), provides a sensitive, high-progression response.
The new frame concept is especially suited for children’s bikes, as the comparatively simple construction and fewer frame bearings leads to a significantly lighter frame weight. The total weight of the Yuma is just 12.3 kg (27.1 lb).
The frame geometry has also been completely reworked. Due to a lower frame height compared to its predecessor, the jump from the 20″ Frechdax to the new Yuma is no longer as significant, and kids find the transition a lot easier. The Yuma is recommended for heights of approximately 1.30 m and upwards. Test rider and Propain Gravity Kids team member Johann Schumacher (aged 9, 1.29 m) felt immediately comfortable and was able to handle the bike right from the start.
We don’t make any compromises on specs, and offer even young riders a complete package. The chassis has 140 mm front and rear suspension travel, using the Manitou Minute suspension fork and the Rock Shox Deluxe RT shock.
The Yuma is equipped with the Sram GX groupset with 1×11 gears. This wide bandwidth means that even longer rides are no problem. The bike uses the reliable Formula Cura 2 piston brake. For components such as handlebars, stem, saddle, and wheels, we rely on our own brand, FirstRide, which specializes in lightweight and functional parts for children’s bikes.
The Yuma costs EUR 1,799 in the configuration above and can be ordered now from the Propain online shop
. The price of the 26″ kit, available separately, is EUR 249 (wheelset incl. dropouts).
After many years in the planning and approval process, crews from three different trail building companies finally broke ground on the much anticipated construction of fifteen kilometres of new trails in the Creekside Zone. After opening this zone for bike park access in 2015, the Creekside trail expansion beginning now is the most ambitious development project in the park’s history and will be a well deserved enhancement to this zone.
Video by: Good Fortune Collective & Goldstein Productions
Ready for 2018, five new trails are being built adding fifteen kilometres to the park’s trail inventory, equalling an increase of 20% more lift accessed riding. Accessed directly from the Creekside Gondola, from Garbanzo Express/Upper Whistler Village Gondola, and from Top of the World, the new trails will be a mix of machine-built freeride and hand-built technical single track suitable for the intermediate and expert level rider. The zone is being developed to ride well for both all-mountain trail bikes and DH.
Phase 1 build plan.
This mix of trail types will give the zone more diversity, allowing a larger range of riders the ability to access it while ensuring advanced riders keep coming back. All while maintaining the personality and atmosphere that makes Creekside so special.
The Dream Build Team
The new expansion will be split between three of the world’s premier trail building teams based in Whistler. The Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew will be tackling the main machine-built low intermediate trail as well as teaming up with Gravity Logic on a low footprint machine-built single track. Gravity Logic will build two additional trails including a hand-built single track and another low footprint single track trail accessed from Highway 86. Joyride Bike Parks will be taking the final trail and making it a machine-built intermediate freeride. The purpose of this all-star build team is to ensure the trails are built with individual flavours allowing for the most diversity and a fresh approach. Each will be uniquely built giving riders a new experience on each one.
Gravity Logic is well underway on their machine-built freeride trail in the lower Creekside Zone.
The start of one of the tech trails through Creekside’s ultra green forest.
A new zone allows for a lot of creativity and cutting of new lines.
Creekside is the new gold mine for some of Whistler’s best dirt.
Sections are coming together, bit by bit.
Flagging some fresh tech.
Got the feels of Blueberry Bath Tub.
It is anticipated that all five new Creekside trails will be ready to ride for next summer’s planned opening of the Creekside Gondola in June. It is also possible that some sections of the expansion will be available to ride before the end of this season but stay tuned for updates.
The new guy, Zander Geddes, helping to ride it in.
Lula cutting in the technical line.
Some impressive bridge and feature work are being built in order to link up the trails through the rugged terrain.
Lula approving of her husband’s work.
Zander getting up to race speed.
An early taste of something that will only get better.
Hopefully more of this to come later this year.
Looking even further in the future, the Master Plan for Creekside includes a total of 56km of trails that stretch from tree line to valley floor giving riders even more options when descending from Top of the World and the Garbanzo Zone. In anticipation, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew are developing several new trails within the existing park for this purpose. But for now, 15km is a great start.
Riders arriving to Whistler this season can currently access the park from the Creekside Gondola and take advantage of free, secure underground parking, delicious Dusty’s BBQ, bike repair and shopping at GBB Creekside, and fewer lift lines.
View the full album of images.
Photography by: Clint Trahan
Top of the World Update – Opening This Saturday
Thanks to Mother Nature’s warm and consistent temperatures so far this summer, along with some much needed acceleration by Trail Crew, riding from the summit of Whistler Mountain will be open this Saturday. There will still be many sections where the Top of the World trail will be covered in snow but Trail Crew has been able to remove as much as possible allowing riders to descend through the alpine. As the summer heat continues the trail will only get better and better.
To purchase your Top of the World ticket visit Guest Services or call 1-800-766-0449.
Play the next round of Crankworx Fantasy, at fantasy.crankworx.com, by selecting who you think will top the scoreboard for the Raiffeisen Club Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox.
Our second day of Crankworx Fantasy action is rolling out from Innsbruck, and we’ve got a Pike DJ from RockShox to give away to the lucky winner of the Pumptrack Daily League! Get your team together in the next 24 hours, and this sweet prize could be yours. Details below.
Pike DJ: Charge higher
Jumps are getting bigger, tricks are evolving further, and the slopestyle and dirt jumping crowd needs a fork that facilitates this progression. Enter Pike DJ: little brother to the award winning Pike, with the stout 35mm chassis, it is light enough to boost higher and stiff enough to shred berms harder, available in 100 and 140mm travel versions. The custom tuned Charger damper stands up on jump faces and the specific Solo Air system provides heaps of bottom-out progression to help butter the landings. Everything you love in Pike, but cleared for the biggest take offs.
Follow along with all the action as we go LIVE to the world for our first broadcast event of Crankworx Innsbruck.
Raiffeisen Club Pumptrack Challenge presented by RockShox
Friday, June 23, 8–10p.m. CEST
Friday, June 23, 11–1p.m. PST
Saturday, June 24, 6–8a.m. NZST
The most progressive mountain bike movie of recent times gets the paper and ink treatment.
Feel it. Read it. Own it.
The Deathgrip Book documents the twelve plus months of shredding and filming that went into the making of Clay Porter and Brendan Fairclough’s landmark movie project. From the dust-storm berm destroying in South Africa to dank woodland steeze in California to lush Madeira to moonscape Utah, and with a stop off at home in the UK, get down with Deathgrip’s outrageously stylish crew over 172 pages of the finest printed matter.
Field notes from the movie’s cast and crew give unrestricted access to the world of Deathgrip, while epic galleries from a number of the sport’s best photographers give alternative angles on the movie’s standout moments.
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is available worldwide
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Edited by James McKnight
Designed by Jon Gregory
Printed in the UK
Published by Misspent Summers
With Photography and Contributions from:
Jacob Gibbins, Ian Collins, Chris Seager, Duncan Philpott, Boris Beyer, Brandon Semenuk, Jens Staudt, Eric Palmer, Ewald Sadie, Chris Greenwood, Roo Fowler, John Asuncion, John Reynolds, Tom Bowell, Nikki Whiles, Cameron Baird, Ty Evans, Mike ‘Cow’ Rose, Kyle Jameson, Brendan Fairclough, Clay Porter, Olly Wilkins, Ryan Howard, Andrew Neethling, Nico Vink, Josh Bryceland, Sven Martin, Sam Reynolds.
Deathgrip Book—Available worldwide now!
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‘Get amongst’ at the Red Bull Joyride means 30,000 fans, a cutting-edge course, and stoke flowing as free as the riders. Photo: Scott Robarts
Stack your team for Crankworx Fantasy, and cash in on gear, merchandise and a trip to the home of Crankworx
Six months of gravity-defying action culminates in the root-riddled dustup of Crankworx Whistler this August 11–20, and Crankworx wants to bring you, and a friend, along for the ride.
Born in the gritty Whistler berms, Dual Speed and Style opens each festival pitting tricks and flare against the racers’ brash speed. August. Photo: Clint Trahan
Play Crankworx Fantasy and you could join the congregation of stoke-drenched dirt worshippers in the Boneyard for the 14th annual Whistler celebration.
Thomas Genon superstars another win after proving his mettle with a first place at Red Bull Joyride win in 2013. Photo: Clint Trahan
Sign up at Fantasy.Crankworx.com, and pick the top six names to hit the scoreboard for each live broadcast event.
The SRAM Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized shows Mathew Hunt how it earned the name ‘Crankzilla’. Photo: Scott Robarts
Then watch as all the action unfolds in Les Gets and Innsbruck and you could qualify for prizing from the biggest brands in the industry—or the five-day trip to Crankworx home base.
To win the trip, pick your top six riders in the Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle and the Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle Innsbruck presented by Kenda, and set your scoreboard. The most accurate winning lineup at the end of both events will send one lucky player to Whistler to see the last festival of the Crankworx World Tour and the crowning of the King and Queen of Crankworx.
Ryan ‘R-Dog’ Howard and Bas Van Steenbergen light up the course where Tom Van Steenbergen executed the first double backflip in Dual Speed history. Photo: Clint Trahan
A new game launches each day with opportunities to win SRAM products, Fox clothing and more after each event. Watch Pinkbike and the Crankworx Instagram Account (@Crankworx) each morning for the prize of the day.
Grease lightening. Jared Graves shows the enduro crowd whose boss after a mechanical dashed his hopes at a top finish. Redemption for 2017? Photo: Clint Trahan
Crankworx Les Gets runs June 14–18 and Crankworx Innsbruck June 21–25.
Want to know what the Top of the World feels like? Win the trip to Crankworx and you could be riding it. Photo: Sean St Denis
Watch the Crankworx action live this June:
Crankworx Les Gets Dual Speed & Style Thursday, June 15, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 15, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 16, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 16, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 16, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 17, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 17, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 18, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Les Gets Slopestyle Sunday, June 18, 3:30–6 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 18, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Monday, June 19, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Mons Royale Dual Speed & Style Innsbruck Thursday, June 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m. CEST Thursday, June 22, 8:30–10:30 a.m. PST Friday, June 23, 3:30–5:30 a.m. NZST
Raiffeisen Club Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox Friday, June 23, 8–10 p.m. CEST Friday, June 23, 11–1 p.m. PST Saturday, June 24, 6–8 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Downhill presented by iXS Saturday, June 24, 3:30–5:30 p.m. CEST Saturday, June 24, 6:30–8:30 a.m. PST Sunday, June 25, 1:30–3:30 a.m. NZST
Crankworx Innsbruck Slopestyle presented by Kenda Sunday, June 25, 3:30–6:00 p.m. CEST Sunday, June 25, 6:30–9:00 a.m. PST Monday, June 26, 1:30–4:00 a.m. NZST
Be there to watch hometown hero Jesse Melamed try to bring home his first endure win on home soil. Photo: Sean St Denis
To play, simply sign up at fantasy.crankworx.com, or log into your existing account. And watch as all the action unfolds!