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.
This partnership provides an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate the development of Mountain Bike, one of our flagship disciplines. Our events will benefit from the brand’s global reputation and knowledge. That a manufacturer of the calibre of Mercedes-Benz has chosen to invest in cycling is evidence that our sport is attractive to major economic players, who select our events to launch their new products. We are delighted with the trust shown by Mercedes-Benz in our Federation, our discipline, and our major events.—UCI President David Lappartient
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.
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
Registration for the 2018 BC Bike Ride North opens today at 9am – there are only 50 seats available for this unique mountain bike vacation that will take place August 4 – 12, 2018. Visit www.bcbikeride.com for more information and to sign up!
• 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!”
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.
Truvativ have long been proponents of the 31.8mm clamping diameter for their handlebars, but the times are changing, and after releasing a 35mm carbon DH bar earlier this year they’ve now announced even more 35mm diameter handlebars and a stem to go with them. But don’t worry, those 31.8mm options aren’t going anywhere — the new sizes are additions, not replacements, at least for the time being. Keep on scrolling for images, prices, and specs of the new products, which will be available in January 2018.
Earlier today British Cycling announced the dates the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series and HSBC UK National Downhill Championships, which will take place in Glencoe from July 21-22.
Jonathan Day, British Cycling’s head of sport, said: “We’re delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 HSBC UK National Downhill Series after a fantastic series in 2017, and it’s great that we’re able to bring the HSBC UK National Downhill Championships to Glencoe for the first time.” Read the full story on British Cycling here.
There’s a wealth of carbon wheels currently on the market, which means that it often comes down to the little details when deciding what to buy. For that reason, we’re seeing more companies offering impressive guarantees and warranties that make it a little easier to justify ponying up for a set of fancy carbon hoops.
Race Face are no exception, and they recently announced a two year guarantee for their carbon wheels that covers damage of any kind, including moments of user error, like backing over your wheel as you drive away from the trails. Read on for more details from Race Face, as well as a visual representation of exactly what that guarantee covers.
It’s clear that people love to abuse their bikes. And coming up on 25 years of building industry leading bicycle components, we’ve seen just about every story of JRA imaginable. From botched gaps to bikes on roof racks meeting garage entrances, the tragic stories of components lost before their time get shared amongst riders like folklore. And while these can be fun for wrenches filling in some #bikeshopbingo, we want to ensure our customers are getting the full lifetime of their product, especially when it comes to an investment in ride quality like Next R carbon wheels.
Race Face believes that our carbon wheels are top of their class; they are so durable we are offering the following 2 year, no fault, guarantee to the original retail purchaser with proof of purchase. At the discretion of Race Face we will, within 2 years of your original purchase, repair or replace your carbon wheel regardless of how the damage occurred or what the damage is. This guarantee covers your complete carbon wheel, including the rim, spokes, and hub with bearings to ensure you have a fully functioning, ride-ready wheel.
Following a standout first year at Reschenpass, Italy, the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB returns to South Tyrol with a fresh take on last year’s impressive course. The “Focus Become a Knight” video contest launches a search for new talent to join Sam Reynolds (GBR) Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Szymon Godziek (POL), Antoine Bizet (FRA) and many more for the week-long supersession, running from the 4th to the 9th of September, 2017.
Extended Course With New Elements
Brit Sam Reynolds yet again teamed up with Austrians Andi Brewi and Clemens Kaudela from Balzamico Trail Design to continue building on last year’s success. The versatile course for 2017 combines flowy lines with progressive freestyle elements offering multiple opportunities to link together longer runs with bigger tricks. Built along the avalanche mound at Haideralm in the Venosta Valley, the course includes a longer flow line, a new big bike jump line, and four different kicker options to take mountainbiking to new heights.
“The Reschenpass venue was incredible for the Suzuki Nine Knights MTB 2016,” course designer Sam Reynolds says. “Now that we have a solid foundation to build on, our massive new set-up will open the door to some world first tricks and even more creative lines. I can’t wait to get building!”
Freeride Sponsorship and Wildcards
Two amateur or pro riders can win wildcards to join invited athletes thanks to the ‘Focus Become a Knight’ online video contest. In addition to the wildcard, Focus Bikes is offering a one-year sponsorship for their favourite Freeride category submission featuring a talented non-bike sponsored rider with killer freeride and big bike skills. Meanwhile, the open category entries can highlight dirt jumps, slopestyle tricks, as well as freeride skills.
The culmination of the week’s film and photo sessions; the public contest day, will take place on Saturday the 9th of September and feature some of the biggest MTB tricks ever displayed. Pack up your sunscreen and join us at Reschenpass, South Tyrol, Italy for the final showdown.
The bike and holiday region Saalfelden Leogang, Salzburger Land, Austria, has plenty in store: Demanding freeride trails, long bike tours with or without your family, a relaxed e-bike tour or adrenaline-pumping downhill action in Bikepark Leogang – everybody will get his or her money’s worth in Saalfelden Leogang.
The early bird…
Versatile Routes and Expert Service
No matter if you prefer short and easy or long and difficult tours, tricky singletrack and flow trails or the adrenaline-fueled downhill runs – the bike region Saalfelden Leogang is perfect for advanced cyclists as well as for beginners. The Pinzgau region offers 720 kilometers of mountain bike trails for all skill levels and 480 kilometers of valley cycling paths – simply a paradise for bikers.
“As a multi-faced cycling region, we’re eager to inspire not only the professional riders but also the beginner to explore the area on two wheels,” says Marco Pointner, CEO of the Saalfelden Leogang Tourism Bureau.
The Schoenleiten trail… Simply stunning!
Hot Spot for World Mountain Bike Champions
Whether downhiller, freerider or dirt jumper – everyone who’s into biking should visit Europe’s largest and most prestigious bike park in Saalfelden Leogang. The Pinzgau bike hot spot also serves as the venue for the UCI Mountain Bike Downhill World Cup – the only Mountain Bike World Cup in Austria. The bike park hosted the UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships (the biggest mountain bike event in the world) in 2012. By the way, the countdown is on, because Saalfelden Leogang will welcome the World Championships in 2020 once again. So after a break of eight years, the downhill medal-winners will be crowned again in the Pinzgau region.
A Variety of Trails for Professionals and Beginners
“Hot Shots” is the name of the 3.5 kilometers (2.17 miles) long flow trail, which leads from the top station to the middle station of the local mountain, the Asitz. Following the latest trends, this trail has been adapted to the needs of GoPro users: the two-meter-wide trail not only passes through the forest and stunning natural scenery, but also provides for easier stretches of tables, rolls and feeder jumps, making action-packed GoPro videos possible.
Since the beginning of June, the new 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) long single trail “Matzalm-Trail” has opened. The beautiful trail with rooty sections and several narrow turns leads past the Matzalm and Embachalm and guarantees a stunning view.
Hot Shots – for that special flowy feeling!
For those who are looking to test their skills, the Big-5 Challenge is just the thing: on an XXL-tour that connects a total of five ski lifts and the five mountains surrounding Leogang and Saalbach Hinterglemm, biking enthusiasts can find the ultimate fulfillment – and can blow off all the steam they want.
The famous Saalfelden, Leogang also has easy and challenging routes in store for passionate road cyclists: be it Austria’s highest mountain, the Grossglockner, on the Kaiser Tour; or, if you prefer, you can opt for the leisurely Steinberg Tour at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery around the Lofer and Leogang Mountains.
Fun for Beginners
But of course, Saalfelden Leogang has a thing or two up its sleeve for beginners, as well: In the 10,000 square meter riders playground, beginners can push themselves to their personal limits. A total of eight wooden and fifteen dirt features – none higher than 50 centimeters – provide a convenient obstacle course for those who still want to practice a bit before taking on Bike Park. In addition, beginners – young and old alike – have the opportunity to try out the various aspects of the sport – and develop a passion for it – on the pumptrack and the practice trail. It’s also possible to capture daredevil bike stunts on video with a GoPro on the GoPro bag jump. A large airbag cushions the long downward jump but offers enough resistance to continue the ride. In the new GoPro Lounge at the Asitz base station, hikers and bikers can also inform themselves about the newest GoPro offers while relaxing after a strenuous ride.
The GoPro bag jump is ideal for training.
Biking Fun That Electrifies
Saalfelden Leogang is part of the largest e-bike region in the world and is the ideal place for long bike rides for every age group. You can cover a distance of 70 kilometers with one battery. The battery can be recharged or replaced anytime at nearby gas stations, partner hotels, sporting goods stores or mountain chalets, while you take a break. E-biking is the perfect alternative for those who still need to work on their endurance, but don’t want to miss those bike rides.