Red Bull Rampage returns to Virgin, Utah, on October 25, when 21 of the world’s greatest freeriders will return to the 2018 venue and continue to evolve their innovative descents, features and drops. Rampage fan favorites Andreau Lacondeguy and Ethan Nell top the list of returning riders this year, after taking home silver and bronze, Read More The post Rampage Dates Announced appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
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The week leading up to the Fort William mountain bike downhill world cup is full of mixed emotions for the dirt-loving British MTBers out there. There’s trepidation about whether a Brit will be crowned champion on home soil, whether the gloriously unpredictable weather is going to play its hand in the results and how brutal the midgies are going to be. No matter what happens, we’re sure it’s going to be a fantastic show full of insane action. Five things to look out for at the Fort William mountain bike downhill world cup Tour de France 2019 bikes, gear and tech Shimano XT M8100 vs Shimano SLX M7100 But as only the second downhill world cup race of the season, it marks just the beginning of things to come, with the rest of the season spread out before us. Obviously downhill racing isn’t the only sort of competition going on — last weekend saw the second round of the mountain bike XC world cup in Nové Mesto where Mathieu Van Der Poel won the men’s race just ahead of Nino Schurter and World Champion Kate Courtney won the women’s event. The mountain biker’s tarmac brethren are all getting exceptionally excited about the impending Tour de France. Until that kicks off, we’re going to be treated to some bar-to-bar action from the Critérium du Dauphiné in the French Alps and Jura region, that runs from June 9th to 16th. There’s also the mountainous Tour de Suisse, starting on the 15th of June, running to the 23rd. It’s exciting times in the road world. Alpinestars mountain biking kit Felix is one gnarly dude, looking right at home in the Alpinestars kit Alex Evans Sponsoring Aaron Gwin, who’s arguably one of the most successful downhill mountain bike racers of the modern era, gives Alpinestars a great resource to guide them on how riding kit should and should not be made. It looks like this ensemble from the Italian brand is certainly ticking quite a few boxes. Alpinestars Alps 6.0 jersey We like the simple design on the Alpinestars Alps 6.0 jersey Alex Evans The simple design and long sleeves are a winner for us. It’s also thin enough to keep body temperatures down, has mesh panels on the back and underarms, and promises to wick sweat away if you do get too hot. Price: £55 / $64.95 / AU$100.99 / €59.95 Alpinestars Aspen Pro gloves With a smooth palm and padded knuckles, the Aspen Pro gloves look like good performers Alex Evans Made from synthetic suede, these gloves should last. The palms are perfectly smooth, too, which can help to reduce soreness. The knuckles have an EVA compound foam to help protect from impacts to keep your hands looking dainty and fresh when you get gnarly. Price: £30 / $39.95 / AU$54.99 / €37.95 Alpinestars Bunny Hop shorts The thigh pockets are massive! Alex Evans Made with a 4-way stretch material, the shorts are designed to be comfortable and light and there are small perforations to help with cooling. There are also two massive pockets on the front of the thighs that could be used as ventilation. The crotch area is made from Taslon to help improve strength as well. Price: £90 / $94.95 / AU$137.48 / €84.95 Alpinestars Cascade socks The Cascade socks are regulation height Alex Evans These socks are regulation height, so, mountain bikers, wear them with impunity. Price: £15 / $18.95 / AU$N/A / €N/A Alpinestars Paragon Pro knee guards The Paragon is designed to be light and flexible, perfect for longer riders Alex Evans With a flexible, pre-shaped ergonomic design, the pads should be easy to slip on and off. They’ve got internal silicone grippers to help stop them from slipping when you shred, too. They also have a tough-wearing front panel to help them not rip if you do hit the floor. Price: £70 / $84.95 / AU$128.48 / €79.95 Mission Workshop The Faroe : Merino hoody The fit is relatively relaxed so it’s perfect as an after-ride layer to keep warm but the material isn’t thick enough to be a problem being worn under a waterproof jacket Steve Behr As a sucker for Merino wool based clothing, The Faroe from San Francisco’s Mission Workshop certainly gets my juices flowing. Made from 100% Merino wool, it’s soft enough to be worn next to your skin or as a layer. Mission Workshop’s The Faroe merino wool top is exceptionally high quality Steve Behr It’s thin enough to fit under a waterproof jacket but isn’t so tight that you can’t wear a layer beneath it. To top it off, the quality is exceptional. Price: £160 / $189 / AU$325 / €185 Buy direct from Mission Workshop Thule VeloSpace XT 3 towbar mounted bike rack The VeloSpace XT3 bike rack is sturdy and strong, but that comes with a weight penalty Andy Lloyd This towbar mounted bike rack is designed for three bikes, sitting one below Thule’s top-of-the-range EasyFold XT. It’s a weighty bit of kit, but with that weight comes a very sturdy construction. It’s possible to increase the rack’s capacity to four bikes with an additional adaptor and the rack’s tyre mounting ratchets can apparently accommodate up to 4.7″ tread. The tilt function gives you plenty of room to access whatever you’ve got in your car’s boot Andy Lloyd The rack also tilts forwards so that you can easily access your car’s boot without having to remove it and the bikes on it. Price: £575 / $N/A / AU$1,249 / €709.95 Fox Rampage Pro Carbon full face helmet The peak’s magnetically attached and should detach in an impact Alex Evans In matte black, the helmet is certainly a looker Alex Evans Fox is proud of the Fluid Inside tech and says that safety is a prime concern for them Alex Evans The lid has loads of vents to help keep you cool when you’re working hard Alex Evans The Fluid Inside technology claims to mimic your body’s cerebral spinal fluid to help manage linear and rotational impact energy Alex Evans As a firm favourite amongst mountain biking’s gnarliest creatures — the downhiller – Fox has gone to town reworking the Rampage lid. With a magnetic peak that comes off in impacts and Fluid Inside technology, Fox is confident their lid has a bias for comfort and safety. It’s got a dual-density Varizorb EPS liner and has Multi-Composite Technology in the shell that should help to manage impacts whilst retaining good strength. The size medium weighs a claimed 1230g. Price: £450 / $499.95 / AU$699.98 / €500 BMC Trailfox AMP SX eMTB Big tyres, big frame and big, long travel suspension. This thing is a bruiser! Alex Evans As the burliest electric mountain bike on offer from BMC, the Trailfox AMP SX has 150mm of rear wheel travel that’s controlled by a Fox Float DPX2 shock and is mated to an electric mountain bike-specific Fox Float 36 fork with 170mm of travel. It’s running massive Vittoria Mota DH tyres and uses Shimano’s STEPS E-8000 250-watt motor. BMC’s Trailfox AMP SX is their burliest electric mountain bike — the thickness of the downtube should give that away pretty quickly! Alex Evans The bike’s made from a carbon front end with an aluminium rear and the battery pack is integrated into the downtube. Even if you dislike electric mountain bikes, you’ve got to admit it looks pretty mean! Price: £9,999 / $7,999 / AU$N/A / €7,999 US: Buy from R&A Cycles for $7,999 3 West Design Trinity saddle The Trinity saddle’s design is interesting and should help to reduce numbness in the perineum region Alex Evans With the aim of ending saddle pain, the 3 West Design Trinity seat certainly looks unique. And if you’ve ever suffered from saddle soreness then you’ll quite happily welcome an alternative approach to whatever the status quo is. We’re excited to try this one out to see if it does help improve comfort. Price: £N/A / $155 / AU$N/A / €N/A US: Buy direct from 3 West Design Santini road cycling kit The Tono shorts and jersey make a very stylish combination Alex Evans As a company that’s been around in the road cycling world since 1965, it comes as no surprise that Santini kit is well-honed stuff. The Tono jersey and bib shorts are no exception. Santini Tono jersey Felix’s guns were perfect for showing off the body-hugging fit Alex Evans The Tono jersey is designed for hot temperatures and is extremely thin Alex Evans The jersey has three pockets and a mesh back to help keep you cool Alex Evans The Tono jersey is designed to be worn in extremely hot temperatures and is claimed to be exceptionally light and breathable thanks to the micro-mesh fabric. The bright orange colour might not be to everyone’s taste, but it went down a treat at BikeRadar towers. Price: £N/A / $110 / AU$N/A / €90 Buy direct from Santini Santini Tono bib shorts The bib shorts have very few seams and Santini claim they take comfort to new levels Alex Evans The shorts have been built with comfort in mind. Made with an elasticated finish, they feature an internal honeycomb silicone grip pattern on the leg’s hems that should help keep the shorts in place. To top it off, the shorts are made from Thunderbike Power with tatoo effect and Monica fabrics. Wow. Price: £N/A / $160 / AU$N/A / €130 Buy direct from Santini LOOK Kéo Blade Carbon Tour de France pedals With the Tour de France name emblazoned on the pedals, you know they’re going to be performance-orientated Alex Evans With the Tour de France looming — check out our coverage here — it comes as no surprise some brands are cashing in on the cycling phenomenon. LOOK’s new Kéo Blade carbon pedals are no exception, sporting the TDF moniker. LOOK claims their Keo Blade carbon pedals save 2 watts at 100rpm thanks to their redesigned oversize axles Alex Evans They’re probably worthy of the hype though and LOOK are very keen to labour their performance as a massive plus. Price: £154.99 / $N/A / AU$N/A / €N/A Garmin Edge 830 GPS cycling computer The Edge 830 is brand new from Garmin and has touch screen features Alex Evans The latest addition to Garmin’s GPS lineup is the Edge 830. It’s got a touchscreen display and has more training-related features than you’d care to dream of, including VO2 max, recovery status and training load, heat and altitude acclimation, nutrition and hydration and loads more. It’s also got the routable Garmin Cycle Map feature with popularity routing, taking you on the best and most ridden tracks on any A to B ride. It also has on-device route creation, so you don’t need your laptop to work out where to go, off-course route recalculation and loads more. The GPS has a 79g claimed weight Alex Evans The MTB bundle lets you track jump count, jump distance and hang time. It also gives you a statistic on how gnarly your ride was with Grit. This tracks how smooth your descent was, scoring you to give you a target to beat for next time. Price: £349.99 / $399.99 / AU$599 / €399.99 Specialized S-Works 7 road shoes The shoes look very smart in the all-black colourway Alex Evans Designed for speed, the S-Works 7 shoes are claimed to be the pinnacle of performance shoe design thanks to their carbon sole that should let you transfer more of your power to your pedals. Specialized claims that it’s their stiffest sole yet. The S-Works 7 are designed for performance and efficient power transfer. That’s why they’ve got a carbon sole Alex Evans Not only that, the shoes are designed to be comfy at the same time. An impressive feat, and to aid with getting the fit just right, they feature a BOA system that adjusts in 1mm increments. For a size 42, they weigh a claimed 224g/pair. The BOA dials are custom for the shoes and made from CNC alloy Alex Evans Price: £340 / $400 / AU$500 / €369 Kinesis 4S Disc road bike The 4S is Kinesis take on a speed-focused rider who’s looking for a bike that can take mudguards and will perform throughout the year in all four seasons Alex Evans The 4S stands for four seasons and Kinesis are keen to highlight that this bike is a natural evolution of their first winter training frame. It’s got disc brakes, mudguard mounts and has large tyre clearance (up to 30c) with internal cable routing. Perfect for dirty, dark and cold winter rides, then. 4S means four seasons Alex Evans It’s built from Kinesis’ SPF (no not sun cream SPF!) Super Plastic Forming alloy tubes that, they claim, lets them make lighter tubes and more intricate shapes than hydroforming. Great news. This particular build is 1-by equipped and looks ready to take on even the shi**iest of lanes. Price: £750 / $990.49 / AU$N/A / €N/A