TRACTIVE Valve Tuning System
Chapter 1: Rockshox Monarch Plus
“Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen Covey
In 2011, before the company even officially existed, Vorsprung founder Steve Mathews had begun work on what went on to become the Tractive Valve Tuning System. Rather than being a single physical part or mechanism, Tractive encompasses the single most comprehensive and consistent method of damper tuning ever seen in the mountain bike world. Working with engineers from one of the world’s foremost mathematical computing companies, we have developed a truly one-of-a-kind system – and this particular kit is only the beginning. Big claims, we know. What sets Tractive apart?
Tractive is a process, not just a part.
Example 3D plots of vertical wheel output vs displacement vs velocity from our first generation calculation software. Two different frames with two different dampers are shown.
The process begins with the end result that we are trying to achieve with a particular damper curve – it must provide sufficient, but not excessive
resistance to compression and extension, in proportion to the rider’s demands.
How do we define and measure this correct amount? It needs to be measured at the wheel – the only place that matters. But direct measurement of forces and velocities at the rear wheel are very difficult to make – especially when the leverage ratio between the axle and the shock is constantly changing. And is the rider a timid 45kg (100lbs) woman, or a hard-charging 140kg (300lbs) hulk of a man, or someone more “average” in stature?
Tractive Valve installed in the Monarch Plus, custom tuned for rider demands
Our Elite Partner Tuning Centres
around the world now have access to our proprietary, cloud-based Tractive Valve Tuning System calculation software. This software lets the tuner observe the true response at the wheel when considering the rider’s weight, the bike’s leverage rate and the damper curve generated by a specific tune.
Unprecedented Tuning Advantages:
• Direct comparisons can be visualised between any riders, on any bikes, with suitable benchmarks established and repeatably matched – an industry first.
• Our ever-growing database and the ability to directly compare two scenarios like this gives us an unparalleled ability to analyse and summarise feedback over time.
• Benchmarks are able to shift locally to reflect the different terrain demands in different parts of the world
• The combined experience of your local suspension tuner and Vorsprung’s own expertise can be leveraged to get you the best out of your shock
Proprietary cloud-based tune calculation software enables elite level tuners around the world direct access to our database for comparison of different scenarios.
, you directly benefit not just from Vorsprung’s knowledge, but from the collective experience of all of our partners around the world
Tractive Valve Tuning Systems are built with the following approach:
– Damper architecture weaknesses and problems identified and improved upon with upgrade parts
– Damper tunes selected to be the most suitable custom valving for the rider, frame and terrain
– Damper adjustment ranges and modes altered if necessary
The first shock to receive the Tractive treatment is the Rockshox Monarch Plus.
Upgraded triple circuit compression base valve assembly
Features and Benefits:
– Improved support
– Superior stability and predictability
– Improved compliance
– Improved grip
– Upgrade compression base valve assembly with triple circuit technology
– More usable 3-position compression adjuster with evenly spaced settings
– Pressure-balanced valving to provide sensitivity and support without cavitation
– Low friction Acetal IFP to replace the stock metal IFP which scores the reservoir bore
– Custom Tractive Valve Tuning System tune selection for each rider based on frame, weight, terrain, aggression and preference
– Customised rebound valving to replace the stock non-functional rebound shim stack
– Over 140 possible valving combinations for this shock alone
– Nitrogen charged via low-profile reservoir end cap
– All upgrade parts developed, tested and machined by Vorsprung in Whistler
– Internal alterations to reduce the typical knocking during direction changes
– Recommendations on spring pressure and volume spacer alterations if necessary.
Who is the Tractive Valve Tuning System for the Monarch Plus NOT suited for:
– Riders who already exceed the maximum rated air pressure of their shock. You need a different shock, sorry!
– Riders who want a firmer-than-stock lockout. The Tractive system offers a firm compression mode rather than a lockout for climbing traction, but if a lockout is non-negotiable, you’ll want to look elsewhere
– Riders who want to service their damper at home. The Tractive kit for Monarch Plus is not available for self-install or self-service as it requires both a vacuum bleeder and a nitrogen charging system to install.
– Riders who are using the Monarch Plus on a frame that is excessively progressive or otherwise completely unsuited to air shocks. These will work better with a coil shock.
Tractive Valve for Rockshox Monarch Plus – $320CAD including full service and installation.
Making a Monarch Plus a Tractive
The Tractive kit for the Monarch Plus is not available for self-install, so you’ll need to send your shock in to Vorsprung in Whistler, or to one of our Elite Partner Tuning Centres.
Vorsprung is actively seeking elite-level partners around the world, as well as dealers for user-installable parts – if you’d like to work with us, get in touch.
More tuning systems for shocks and forks. Here’s a little teaser of some Fit4 kits which will be available mid January.
Fit4 Tractive Valve Kit available January 2018
Fox 34/36 Evol & 34NA2 & Rockshox Pike Debonair 2018+
When we launched the Luftkappe for the Pike, Lyrik and Yari 12 months ago, we were floored by the response – the entire first run sold out within 48 hours of release, and we’ve battled just to make enough of them over the past 12 months. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we got, along with customer demand, pushed us to offer the same kind of upgrade for other forks. We now have four new Luftkappes on offer, all of which are available for self-install. As always, the goal for these was simple: the biggest improvement in how much fun your bike is, per dollar spent.
Luftkappe options now also available for 34 Evol, 34NA2, 36 Evol and the 2018 Pike.
The New Kits:
36 Float Evol (2018+)
: includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx).
34 Float Evol (2018+)
: includes Luftkappe piston assembly. MSRP $105CAD ($83USD approx).
34 Float NA2 (2016-17)
: includes Luftkappe piston assembly as well as new low-friction, low-profile sealhead. MSRP $130CAD.
Shipping as of December 15th:
Pike Debonair (2018+): includes Luftkappe A1 piston assembly + adaptor for 2018 Pike forks (except 29+ wheel size). MSRP $100CAD ($79USD approx). Referred to as A2 variant. Available for pre-order immediately.
Pike/Lyrik/Yari A1 version: fits 2014-17 Pike Solo Air, 2018 Pike 29+ Solo Air, Lyrik/Yari 2016-18+ Solo Air and Debonair
Optional tools are also available for self-install.
Unfortunately, we do not currently offer a Luftkappe for the 2015-17 36 Float NA.
The dramatic reduction the Luftkappe offers in initial spring rate substantially improves compliance, whilst simultaneously providing more support and predictability in the mid and late stroke.
What The Luftkappe Offers:
– Softer initial stroke
– Larger negative air chamber
– Increased sag without the associated diving
– Coil-like initial and mid-stroke spring rate without the excessive bottoming of a truly linear spring
– Increased sensitivity
– Improved mid stroke support and control
– Superior bump compliance and traction
– Reduced hand fatigue
– Reduces required compression damping
– Retains volume spacer compatibility
How it works
It enlarges the negative air chamber to reduce the initial spring rate and increase the mid-stroke rate. This also lets you run slightly higher air pressure for more support, whilst maintaining improved sensitivity in the start of the stroke.
Compatiblity with MRP’s Ramp Control cartridge
As of December 6, 2017, we are working with MRP to ascertain this. For the time being, we have to say no.
Who is this NOT suited for
The Luftkappe is outright superior to the stock air spring for nearly everyone, however there are a few cases where it might not be for you:
– If you run your 36 at 180mm, it will be quite progressive. At 170mm and below, it should be fine. Likewise, a Yari at 170+mm, Pike at 160mm or Lyrik at 180mm will be quite progressive, and while the overall ride quality improves,you may also find it hard to use the last 5-10mm of travel – if this would bother you then have a think about it first.
– If you like running absurdly low sag for some reason. The Luftkappe runs more sag than the stock fork, but is firmer in the mid stroke – similar to a coil fork, but with ending-stroke ramp up to prevent harsh bottoming. If you’re the kind of person who wants the fork to run 5% sag, this isn’t for you. We could point out that a setup like that possibly indicates that your handlebars are set too low and you’re compensating with oversprung suspension, but we aren’t here to judge you, so maybe just don’t buy it.
– If you’re anal about your fork having an exact (but rounded-to-the-nearest-10mm-increment) amount of travel (it doesn’t ever, anyway, but let’s pretend it does). Because the Luftkappe balances forces at a pneumatic topout, the force right around topout is very low (literally zero other than friction), meaning the weight of the bike alone will cause it to sag a few millimetres. Your car’s suspension sags under the vehicle’s own weight, and realistically so should your bike – unless it was so sticky, overly stiff or over-preloaded that 10kg of bike weight wasn’t enough to cause your suspension to move at all, of course. If the idea of only having an apparent 148mm out of a 150mm fork bothers you, stick with the stock fork.
Using the Luftkappe on Rockshox’s 2018 Debonair spring system
For 2018, the Pike’s Solo Air spring was updated to be more similar to the Lyrik/Yari, which previously had a larger negative chamber than the Pike. Lyrik/Yari were essentially unchanged except the shape of the topout bumper. All of them were given the “Debonair” name even though only one of them changed substantially. 2018 Pikes, Lyriks and Yaris benefit every bit as much from the Luftkappe as the previous generations, and the end result is better to boot.
Why we’re able to do this
We can’t speak for the original manufacturers, but we have a lot less constraints than them. We can say “well at 180mm some people will find it too progressive” – that isn’t a luxury that large OEM manufacturers have. We can also spend months and months optimising the piston design alone. If we made public just how much time goes into developing these, a lot of people would simply think we were lying. In the meantime though, we didn’t have to design the whole rest of the fork.
Negative air chamber size
As negative chamber size increases, the initial rate drops, but space and pressure constraints go up immensely beyond a certain point. We’d happily build negative chambers far bigger than their current size, but you’d also need stanchions that were a metre long (that’s 0.00497 furlongs for those still using imperial measurements) to get enough positive volume in there.
We don’t sponsor anyone, but without violating anyone’s sponsorship obligations, let’s just say that the Luftkappe/Lyrik proved to be a winning combination in the EWS this year.
With our brand-new Vertic Trail, Sixpack presents its first clipless pedal: a great deal of time was put into its development, optimizing the strengths and eliminating the weaknesses of existing systems. Alongside our own expertise, they placed great value on feedback from team riders, such as Marcus Klausmann. The goal here was clear: Sixpack wanted to build a high-end clipless pedal at an affordable price. According to German downhill legend Marcus Klausmann, we more than achieved this!
Pedals are an important point of contact between the biker and the bike, so you do not want to make any compromises there. Sixpack is known for high-quality flat pedals, but the clipless pedal rider’s large fan base will now also be attended to with high-end pedals from Sixpack. And Sixpack scores points immediately here as well with a sophisticated design:
– An open pedal body for excellent self-cleaning
– A fixed stand with two pins on the front side
– Flattened design for easy engaging
– One of the lightest trail clipless pedals thanks to the weight-optimized design (354 g)
The Vertic Trail pedal was designed for trail, all-mountain, and enduro use. It has a very defined freedom of movement of 8° (+/- 4° from the neutral position) and a large contact surface for perfect control. The release force can be easily adjusted thanks to a scale. The binding mechanism is SPD®-compatible and has been tested and optimized for many pedal shoe combinations.
Another special feature of the Vertic Trail pedal is the selectable Q-factor (distance from the center of the pedal to the thread) of 52.5 mm of 58.5 mm. A larger Q-factor provides more space so you don’t, for example, rub the beautiful paint on the chainstays and also provides advantages in curves thanks to the wider frame. However, the Q-factor should match your own anatomy to prevent knee pain.
Sixpack can draw on many years of expertise when it comes to the pedal body and bearing. The main goals were durability and reliability, along with a low weight. That is why only high-quality materials and components are used. The pedal body is made from 6061T6 CNC-milled aluminum. Hardened coated CrMo steel is used for the axles and the bearing consists of a sealed industrial bearings and IGUS bushings.
The Vertic Trail clipless pedal is available now in the colors of Stealth Black, Racing Red, Vivid Blue, and Electric Green at specialist retail stores or in the Sixpack online shop
Application: Enduro, Trail, All-mountain
Release angle: 4°
Release force: Adjustable (max./min. scale)
Dimensions: 94 mm x 68 mm x 16 mm
Q-factor: selectable, 52.5 mm or 58.5 mm
Weight: 354 g (without cleats)
Pedal body: CNC milled, 6061T6 aluminum
Bearing: Sealed industrial bearings, IGUS bushings
Axle: CrMo steel axis (hardened, coated, weight-optimized)
Colors: Stealth Black, Racing Red, Vivid Blue, Electric Green
Price: EUR 109.50
Note: SPD® is a registered trademark of Shimano and is in no way related to Sixpack Racing.
Zemery Foster – B.C. Cup Overall Winner – Jr. Sport. Photo by Rob McNicol
After 10 years of coaching riders and training instructors in Whistler, B.C., 2017 saw ZEP MTB Campsestablish its first race team. ZEP Racing has just completed its inaugural season on the BC Downhill series. Lead by Head Coach Rhys Ellis, the team made its presence known in the downhill community. With constant laughs and banter from the pits, paired with a consistent podium presence the first season was one to remember.
“I think we have made our mark on the BC Cup series as a fun and focused team in 2017. The goal for 2018 is to build on that success by continuing to add motivated riders to our teams, focus on the process of improvement and have a ton of fun while we do it.” – Rhys Ellis, ZEP Race Team Head Coach
ZEP Racing is now looking for new recruits for the 2018 season.The goal of ZEP Racing is to create an environment where riders can thrive through camaraderie, hard work and ultimately, a lot of fun. If you are a rider committed to developing your racing and would like to do so in a positive fun environment this could be the place for you.
Dakota Boyer – In the Zone. Photo by Kaz Yamamura
ZEP offers two different training programs for athletes looking to join the ZEP Race Team, the Performance program and the Development program. Each program is designed for athletes looking to join a fun, yet hardworking and professional, downhill race team.
The Performance Program is for an athlete who has experienced racing the B.C. Cups and wants to take their skills and progression to the next level. This program is a season-long commitment and is a great opportunity to build friendships and camaraderie with a tight-knit team of riders. The team will meet for three spring training camps and 9 riding days to focus on technical and tactical development, leading up to the race season.
The Performance Program also includes on track coaching and pit support at all B.C. Cup races, Crankworx. The coaching shifts from technical development in the pre-season to technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in race season.
Three Spring Training Camps and Ride Days:
Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp
North Shore Camp
Ride Days throughout May and June
Port Angeles NW Cup
B.C. Cup Series
National Championships & select Canada Cup events
• Total of 48 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
• Team race kit
• Pro deals available on ZEP Brand Partners
• Pit support at B.C. Cup race series
Rhys Ellis – ZEP Racing Head Coach – 10th National Championships. Photo by Kaz Yamamura
The Development Program is for riders who have tried a few downhill races and would like to get more involved in racing. This is a great option for someone looking to increase their skills on the bike and develop their abilities as a racer but is not quite ready or able to commit to a full season. In the pre-season, the team will meet for one spring training camp and ride days leading up to the race season. These sessions focus on technical skill development to prepare for the season.
The Development Program includes on track coaching and pit support at four B.C. Cup races and Crankworx. This phase of coaching focuses on technical application, tactical development and psychological coaching in the race season.
Two Spring Training Camps:
Sunshine Coast Spring Break Camp: 3 days pedal – 2 days CGP
Whistler Bike Park Opening Weekend Camp: 3 days Whistler Bike Park
4 B.C. Cup Series Races
• 20 coaching sessions
• Nutrition and Sport Psychology Sessions – Nutrition and Sport Psychology will be continually integrated into the day-to-day team activities.
•Pro deal ZEP Brand Partners
Stephanie Denroche – B.C. Cup 2nd Overall Pro Women. Photo by Rob McNicol
Junior Race Team
This program is for the young shredders, ages 10-12, looking to join their first, fun, mountain bike race team. The goal for this team is to have fun while building the skills of these youngsters, to develop safer, happier, stronger riders.
The ZEP Junior Race Team will work with the same coach Wednesdays and Saturdays, throughout the bike park season. This allows the coach to get to know your athlete and develop those advanced skills that require more time and practice. They will combine bike park sessions and trail ride sessions to work on all aspects of mountain biking, to develop a well-rounded rider and foster passion for all aspects of the sport.
ZEP Coaches always maximize lessons for safety, risk management and skill progression, so your little tykes can build the skills without the spills! This program also includes race-coaching and support at select Kidsworx and Phat Kidz races,
Dates: May 19th – September 1st, 2018.
• ZEP Junior Race Team Jersey
• 30 sessions
• High fives and fun times
• Kidsworx & Phat Kids Race Support
• Progress Reports Mid & End Of Season
Rhys is 100% hands-on, training and competing with the athletes, guiding them through every track walk, practice lap and race run! Photo by Kaz Yamamura
In addition to our Race Team Programs, ZEP is offering Junior Race Camps and Private Coaching for riders wanting to learn more about racing or simply wanting to push their skills further. To apply for a place on the team or for more information, please visit us at www.zepracing.com or email [email protected]
Troy Lee Designs
| Matt Hunter and his son Robbie enjoying some laps on the pumptrack at the Bike Ranch in Kamloops.
is a child-seat system that allows children to experience off-road riding at a younger age while developing skills that they will be able to transfer to their own bikes. Mounted to the steerer and seat post and running along the top tube, it places your child in front of you and allows them to place their hands directly on the handlebars. The stirrups give them the experience of pedals and allow them to stand up over bumps. “With Mac Ride, as it’s built for off-road use, we can head out on more adventurous outings with single track trails and swooshy berms, which keeps the cycling more interesting for our eldest, Savannah,” explains Mac Ride Co-Creator, Ashley Howard. “When our son, Mackinley, was 3 and started enjoying cruising trails on his run bike, we would take both his run bike and Mac Ride with us. It meant that we could stay out all day, swapping between the two – Mac Riding up the hills, and cruising down them as a family.” This innovative product is a fun new way to get the whole family out on the trails sooner!
Glen Dobson – father, mountain biker, and engineer – designed Mac Ride when he couldn’t find a viable solution that would allow him to take his young son out on the trails. He and Ashley quickly realized that while there were plenty of child bike seats on the market, there wasn’t a product that met their specific needs. The existing models offered bulky, hard plastic, molded seats that transferred the bumps from the trail to the child, harnesses that keep the child strapped to the bike even in the event of a fall, and hard plastic or steel foot protectors that prevent the child from standing up in anticipation of rougher terrain. The biggest deterrent they found with conventional rear-mounted child bike seats is that the child will often lean out causing balance issues and the rider had to take their eyes off the trail or road to check on them. When Glen and Ashley researched other front mounted seats they found they were all quickly outgrown and for much younger children than their kids at the time.
Understanding what they didn’t want was the first step for Glen in creating Mac Ride. It was important to put the child in front to give them the same view of the trail as the rider and allow them to chat and interact. From there he positioned them with their hands on the handlebars to feel the steering and to balance themselves and added the stirrups to allow them to stand up and lean in the corners. The seat is a non-slip silicon design similar to a horse saddle that uses a pommel for comfort and security going both up and downhill. The seat is designed to support kids from ages 2 to 5 and with the lack of bulkiness, it provides a richer, closer interaction between the rider and passenger. It also takes advantage of the bike’s existing suspension and allows for a more comfortable ride. Lastly, Mac Ride positions the child on the bike without seat belts or straps, allowing them to find their own balance within the safety of their parents’ protective arms, if a fall occurred, the child would come away from the bike with the rider, rather than being strapped to the bike.
The attention to detail for safety, usability, and longevity of Mac Ride are the result of many years in the testing and designing phase. Mac Ride is built with forged aircraft grade aluminum making is lightweight but also strong and stiff. The seat uses high-quality silicon rubber for comfort – and durability. The unique mounting system replaces a spacer on your steerer tube with a custom one that allows Mac Ride front clamp to attach around it. The rear clamp uses a quick release bolt to tighten it around your seat post – this is compatible with dropper posts as well. The headset spacer is the only item that is left on your bike when the seat is removed, meaning that it can quickly be taken on and off your bike between solo rides and family rides or swapped between bikes – it takes less than 1 minute to put it on or take it off a bike. With a variety of front mount spacers available Mac Ride fits a wide range of bikes from old commuters to the newest carbon mountain bikes. It is important to note that there is no damage to or adverse effects on the bike frame; the weight of the child mimics that of the rider and is evenly distributed on two very strong points that are intended for heavy loads. Not only does this make the seat safe for even carbon frames, but also easier to maneuver than other similar child seats on the market.
| Myla, shown here with her dad three years ago, still enjoys using Mac Ride with her family.
Designed to adapt four different ways, Mac Ride easily grows with your child. The seat position can be moved forward and back, while the stirrups and foot strap length can be adjusted. Most importantly to your child’s comfort is that the stirrups can be pivoted both back and forth as well as up and down to allow for the best positioning.
Mac Ride has been tested to the highest standards – the equivalent of thousands of hours of use – in an independent SGS testing lab. As Mac Ride was designed with Glen and Ashley’s own children in mind, safety was at the forefront of their design and testing. Currently, there is no safety certification for front-mounted child bike seats, but the seat does conform, with the exception of not having a strap, to an EU safety standard for child bike seats (EN 14344).
At the end of the day, Mac Ride’s most proven quality is that the kids who use it, have fun! “Our kids love it,” says Glen. “Now that our son is on a pedal bike, we explain to him where we’re going and offer him a choice of transport: his bike, a trailer bike, or Mac Ride. He’s able to gauge the distance, how his legs are feeling, and whether he’s craving that bonding time up front on Mac Ride before letting us know how he’s going to travel. His favorite time for Mac Riding right now is after school. I think he’s pretty knacked by 3 o’clock and loves to chill with me up front and chat about his day. Which is great for me too!”
For more information about Mac Ride, check out their website!
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The newly released TR S carbon rim wheels from Reynolds combine the flawless ride quality they’re known for and the durability you’ve come to expect. No matter your budget, wheels will still be the most important upgrade you make to your bike.
Reynolds ambassador Eric Porter and product manager Todd Tanner spent time ride testing the new TR S wheels on their home trails in Utah. Porter has earnest ted a reputation for himself as a mountain biker for a number of years and is a rider most will recognize, but Tanner will likely slip under the radar of the younger crowd.
Tanner is a former downhill racer from the early years of the World Cup circuit, and it shows. He definitely knows how to handle a bike, and moreover knows how they should perform. Now he puts his years of race driven product testing experience to good use refining the ride feel and overall ride performance of Reynolds mountain wheels, including the new TR S wheels.
The asymmetric carbon rims even out spoke tension for a more durable and predictable ride. The 30mm internal rim width provides excellent tire fit and provides additional air volume for superior ride quality and traction.
The TR 309 S is the 29er version and the TR 307 S is the 27.5 version. Both are offered in a range of colors to match your bike and come with both a 30-day customer satisfaction guarantee and a lifetime warranty.
Other features include Reynolds’ new TR6 100% CNC’d center lock disc mountain hub with 6-pawl construction and 5 degree engagement. Both versions are laced with 28 straight-pull spokes front and rear lending to the wheels’ quick acceleration and snap out of corners. The TR 309 S weighs in at 1635 grams while the TR 307 S tips the scales at just 1560 grams.
For more information, visit the Reynolds website.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Mercedes-Benz Vans are delighted to announce
a partnership, which will see the German manufacturer become the top-tier partner of the Mountain Bike discipline.
For three years, beginning in 2018, Mercedes-Benz will be presenting sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and title sponsor of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup.
In addition, the German brand will work alongside the organisers of every UCI World Championships and every round of the UCI World Cup series by providing a fleet of the latest additions to its range of X-Class pickups to help with the course preparation, as well as V-Class MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) to provide shuttle services.
In order to support the global launch of the X-Class, Mercedes-Benz Vans had been looking to increase its presence within outdoor sports and in particular within Mountain Bike, which has a very active community and competitions held all across the world.
This partnership with the Stuttgart-based manufacturer provides further confirmation of the gr a owing interest in cycling amongst major brands and media partners. Following the Swiss watchmaker Tissot, (subsidiary of Swatch Group) with track cycling, and the media group Telenet (a subsidiary of the American Liberty Global group) with cyclo-cross, Mercedes-Benz Vans becomes the third title sponsor of a UCI World Cup.
Why we called this product – Eighty8?
You may be confused at the first time, but the explanation is simple. From the beginning of Shovel story, we are trying to produce high-end and lightweight products at the same time. First Eighty8 was also lightweight chain guide with only 88 grams of weight. The official name comes from that time, but the main difference today is that Eighty8 is only 70 grams, because we improved Eighty8 up to the highest level of chain guides.
There are many questions, how Shovel can produce products with that quality level and ultra lightweight at the same time? The answer is not simple, but we will try to explain the production process, design, materials and the philosophy of Shovel. Optimal design, and high-end materials, such as aluminium 7075-T651, Ti (Grade V) bolts, weight, tough plastics make this Eighty8 chain guide one of the best and most reliable products on the market.
With aluminum and titanium, important parts of finish product are top guide and taco. Taco and top guide are made of durable-polyamid plastics. The top guide is specially designed to be tough, but also lightweight and small in proportions, and absorbs all kind of abuse from chain exceptionally well.
Shovel Eighty8 chain guide made from just best and finest materials, like all others Shovel components. Backplate is made from indestructible Aluminum 7075-T651, with 4mm thickness.
Titanium Grade 5 bolts are used for connections between backplate, taco, top guide and mount process and they are playing a big role in whole Shovel story. Titanium bolts are corrosion resistant, participate in quality and philosophy of light-weight products at the end.
Each step of the production process is made in-house.
Shovel CNC manufacturing is based on our personal programming skills in CAD Solidworks. The preliminary process, from purchasing materials, design, software programming, CNC manufacturing and almost the whole product treatment is happening in Shovel Components factory. When a CNC system is activated, the desired cuts are programmed into the software and dictated to corresponding tools and machinery, which carry out the dimensional tasks as specified. In Shovel factory, we push our machines to finish the hardest of tasks, to make all of our products look and feel perfect, straight from the machine.
The last stage of the production process is anodizing. Anodizing is nothing less important process. The main point of Shovel Components anodizing process is the highest quality of aluminum surface, strong thickness and durable color, and this is only possible with hard anodizing,(type II). Customers satisfaction is always on top of our priorities as Shovel Components are made by riders, for riders, and there must not be compromises. That’s the reason why you can find so many product colors in our shop: black, red, blue, green and titanium.
Eighty8 chain guides are the result of smart and efficient design, and as such, from weight, materials, mounting time, toughness, this is the best enduro chain guide on the market.
Why to choose Eighty8 ?
We hope that you convinced yourself that we are talking about a high-end product with excellent performance at the sane price, which makes it the BEST enduro chain guide on the market.
At the end of this review, we want to repeat the benefits and reasons why to choose Shovel Eighty8 chain guide.
– Complete in-house production
– Made of high-end materials: Aluminum 7075-T651, titanium and tough plastics
– Reverse C design
– Easy mount system
– Available in several colors
– Light-weight product with 70 grams
– Compatible with oval chainrings
– Sliding top guide
– Designed to shred
Thank you for your time and keep on shredding!
Today Bird launches the new 2018 Boost AM.
The direct descendent of the bike that started Bird is back and better than ever. Revised geometry and new CNC detailing makes the definitive aluminium hardcore hardtail tougher than ever.
The original acid yellow and hot pink AM. Also available in stealth black, and joined by the new atomic yellow and orange colour scheme
Features of the new 2018 Zero AM Boost
• Still running either 150mm or 160mm front suspension for maximum trail hooliganism.
• Now updated to run a boost 148×12 rear wheel to increase tyre clearance
• Roomier ETT & reach sizing to match the Aeris range – 630mm ETT on the ML size with 451mm reach
• Still sporting super short chainstays for a playful ride
• Slacker head angle – 64.1 degrees static with a 160mm fork gives a confident ride in all terrain
• 27.5? x 2.8? tyre clearance
• One piece machined brake mount and dropout assembly for maximum precision and minimum squeal
• ISCG05 chain guide mount with boost/non-boost adaptor
• We’re sticking with external cable routing for easy maintenance, continuous outer gear cables for maximum cable longevity and a BSA threaded 73mm bottom bracket
• Stealth dropper seat post routing
• Tubeless set up out of the box
Acid yellow and Atomic Blue Zero AM
With full customisation, you can get the right bike at the right price. Choose from:
• Rockshox Revelation, Yari, Pike and Lyrik forks
• SRAM NX, GX Eagle, X01 and XX1 or Shimano Deore, SLX and XT drive options
• Wheels by DT Swiss and Hope
• A range of finishing parts from RaceFace, Hope and Bird
Custom Builds start from £1374:
• Bird Zero AM Frame in a choice of colours
• DT Swiss M1900 wheels (30mm Internal)
• 2018 RockShox Revelation RC fork
• SRAM 11 speed NX Groupset
• SRAM Level T brakes
• RaceFace Ride seat post, bars and stem & Half Nelson Grips
• Fabric Scoop Saddle
• Cane Creek 40 headset
• Choice of Maxxis Tyres, shipped tubeless set up
“With the Zero AM boost update we’ve brought in additional quality and refinements to the already popular design, without compromising it. The new boost spacing and revised geo brings it up to date with our Aeris full suspension bikes but doesn’t loose any of the easy to live with, great to ride characteristics of the original.
I think for sometime its been our signature hardtail, racking up multiple wins and series victories in enduro races across the UK. We’d even go as far as to say it’s possibly the winning-est enduro hard tail the UK ever has seen. Fans of the original will be happy to see the lineage continue, only even better. Dave liked the 2nd generation prototype of this new version so much he’s kept it as his own and has been riding it round our local trails for months. So much for keeping things under wraps!”
Please email [email protected] or call 0118 996 0382 if you have any questions.
Looking for an alpine biking holiday next summer? We have most excellent news for you!
Following the demise of one of the biggest MTB holiday providers in the area last year, the options for guided chalet holidays in Les Arcs had slimmed down considerably. Well, The Inside Line MTB is stepping it up a notch for 2018 to help fill the void. French-qualified mountain bike guide Emily Horridge is the brains behind The Inside Line, and is super-excited to be able to put this together for next summer with a sweet chalet including a massive garage for all the bikes, a garden to chill in with a beer, a trail to the door and a lift 30 seconds from it.
“Since setting up The Inside Line MTB, I’ve had so many enquiries asking about accommodation with food and guiding that offering chalet holidays just seemed like the obvious thing to do. We have so many amazing trails here and I love getting to know people over a whole week as well, so I’m really looking forward to having some great fun out riding with my guests next summer!”
Building on over 10 years of guiding and chalet hosting knowledge, Emily and her team know exactly how to put together a fantastic week to give you an unforgettable holiday experience that’ll leave you wanting to come back for more.
For more information check out The Inside Line MTB website and Facebook.