Launched back in 2009, the original Santa Cruz Tallboy arrived in the lineup as the brand’s very first 29er mountain bike. Equipped with the dual-link VPP suspension design, 100mm of rear travel and a 100mm travel fork, the Tallboy soon found favour with XC riders and marathon racers all around the globe, who praised it for its efficiency and fast-rolling demeanour. It also happened to be a ripping bike to ride on technical singletrack too, at a time where a lot of 29ers were pure garbage. Even with its 71° (!) head angle, the Tallboy will always be remembered as being one of the first 29ers on the market that was actually fun to ride. A Tallboy History Lesson As 29in wheels gained in popularity over the next few years, so too did the Tallboy. So popular in fact, that it eventually killed off Santa Cruz’ own 26in Blur. Well, at least for a while anyway… Building on the success of the original, Santa Cruz then rolled out the 2nd generation Tallboy in 2013, which kept a fairly similar recipe, but added in a 142x12mm thru-axle and gently reworked geometry. That rework included kicking the head angle back a whole 0.8° to make it 70.2° – how very slack! The OG Tallboy from back in 2009. The Tallboy was revised in 2013 with a 142x12mm back end. 2016 saw the Tallboy 3.0 with 27.5+ compatibility. Three years later, as plus tyres became all the rage, Santa Cruz brought out Tallboy 3.0. Using Boost hub spacing and a clever flip-chip in the lower shock mount, the Tallboy introduced the ability to accommodate 27.5+ wheels for those who wanted chubby rubber. It also bumped up in travel a touch to 110mm on the rear, and offered the option to run a bigger 120-130mm fork. It was still fast and efficient, and you could still set it up as a long-haul speedster, but its slackened and lengthened geometry pushed its technical capabilities far beyond what riders had come to expect from previous iterations. And that brings us along nicely to this new bike; the 4th generation Tallboy. It says ‘Tallboy’ on the tin, but this one looks nothing like the last one. So The Santa Cruz Tallboy 4.0 – What’s Changed? Err, well, everything! Just look at it – it is absolutely nothing like the old one! Really, aside from the name, this Tallboy has very little in common with its predecessors. Much of this is because of the Blur – the 100mm travel 29er race bike that Santa Cruz re-launched last year. With the Blur snatching back its mantle as the XC/marathon speedster of the range, the Tallboy has been freed up to stretch its legs and wade deeper into the trail bike pool. It hasn’t just waded in though – the Tallboy has performed an all-mighty cannonball! Internal cable routing ports up at the head tube. The Tallboy goes 1x specific with a rigid one-piece swingarm. Note the adjustable dropouts and textured anti-slap chainstay guard. Less Tallboy, More Minitower Visually speaking, the new Tallboy bears a striking resemblance to its bigger 29er siblings; the Hightower and Megatower. Structurally speaking, the new frame is chunkier, lower and more aggressive in its stance. The Tallboy kisses goodbye 2x compatibility, with the rigid one-piece swingarm adding a vertical upright in place of where the front mech would have sat, which boosts back-end stiffness. Geometry pushes well into the future with a significantly longer front centre, a reduced fork offset, a pretty-steep 76° seat angle, and a very-slack-for-its-category 65.5° head angle. Bear in mind that’s the same head angle that the Hightower has, and only half a degree steeper than 160/160mm travel Megatower. Pwoar! There’s been a slight increase in suspension travel to 120mm on the rear, though Santa Cruz is still spec’ing the Tallboy with a 130mm travel fork. The Tallboy also sticks with 29in wheels, but it is no longer compatible with 27.5+ rubber. As with the Hightower and Megatower models, Tallboy is now 29er only, perhaps signposting that the plus tyre craze has come to an end – at least on full suspension bikes anyway. The Tallboy carries over the VPP dual-link suspension system, but the orientation is very different. The shock is now driven by the lower VPP link, and sits much lower in the frame where it anchors onto the downtube. VPP Gravity Linkage The suspension system is still a dual-link VPP design, but the shock position has changed to sit much lower down in the frame. We’ve seen this lower link-mounted shock design used on other Santa Cruz models like the Nomad, Bronson, Megatower and Hightower, but the 120mm travel Tallboy is the shortest travel frame yet to receive this new-school ‘VPP Gravity Link’ system. Instead of being mounted underneath the top tube like the old Tallboy, the shock is now anchored to the downtube, where it’s driven by the lower VPP link. This helps to lower the bike’s centre of gravity, but according to Santa Cruz it also provides a more consistent leverage ratio between the rear wheel and the shock, with a steadily progressive rate from start to finish. Speaking of leverage ratios, the Tallboy has been designed to be run specifically with an air shock, so no coils allowed here. You can fit a piggyback shock though – as long as it’s not one of those enormous Fox X2 or Cane Creek bangers. For those worried about the vulnerability of the shock position, Santa Cruz has added a neat mudguard to shield the stanchion from rear tyre spray. The world’s cutest mudguard shields the shock stanchion from rear tyre spray. The lower shock mount also encompasses a geometry flip-chip. Adjustable Geo Like the Megatower, the Tallboy offers two-way adjustable geometry. There’s a flip-chip in the lower shock mount, and that gives you both High and Low geometry settings. In the High position, the head angle sharpens to 65.7°, the seat angle steepens to 76.2°, and the BB height lifts by 3mm. Santa Cruz recommends running the bike in High first, and trying out the Low position if you’re riding particularly steep descents where pedal clearance is less of an issue. You can also adjust the chainstay length via a neat flip-chip in the rear dropout, which allows you to set the rear centre length at 430mm or 440mm. Aside from tweaking weight distribution and handling, Santa Cruz says this is useful for taller riders on bigger frames, who are able to run the longer chainstay position to provide a better balance between the front and rear wheels. The longer 440mm setting also gives a you a touch more tyre clearance, with room for up to a 29×2.6in tyre. A separate brake adapter and derailleur hanger come supplied with the frame for when you want to change the dropout position. There’s a secondary dropout flip-chip for altering the chainstay length. Other noteworthy changes in the Tallboy’s geometry include a dramatic shortening of the seat tube lengths. On a Medium size for example, the seat tube shrinks from 420mm to 405mm, which gives you an extra 15mm of clearance to run a longer dropper post. Reach has also increased substantially, with an extra 20mm or so across the size range. Speaking of sizes, the new Tallboy is available in six frame sizes from the humongous XXL, all the way down to a brand new itty-bitty XS size. That’s actually a big deal, because this new Tallboy is the first 29er that Santa Cruz has ever made in an XS size. This has mostly been made possible because of the new suspension layout, which provides more flexibility with lowering the top tube for the smaller frame sizes. Oh, and of course we’ll also see this XS size in the Juliana equivalent – the Joplin. Santa Cruz Tallboy CC 4.0 frame geometry. Are There Frame Options? Yes there are! Santa Cruz will be producing the Tallboy frameset in both CC and C carbon options. As with other Santa Cruz models, the CC version is made from a higher quality carbon fibre and so offers the same strength and stiffness as the cheaper C carbon frame, albeit with a weight drop of somewhere around 150-200g. The cheaper complete bikes will come with the C frame, and the more expensive builds will come with the CC frame. There will also be alloy frames too. They have exactly the same shape and suspension design as the carbon Tallboys, and you also get the same lifetime warranty. However, the metal Tallboys do miss out on the adjustable chainstays, and the size range is capped at S-XL. As of right now we don’t have Aussie pricing or availability on the alloy Tallboys, but we’ll be sure to update this story once that info comes through. There are both C and CC carbon frame options for the Tallboy. Alloy frames will be on offer too. What Tallboys Are Travelling To Oz? Lusty Industries, the Australian importer for Santa Cruz Bicycles, will be bringing in four complete Tallboy models that are due to arrive in mid-October. As mentioned above, there’ll only be carbon Tallboys to begin with, but we can’t imagine the metal bikes will be that much further away. The range will start with the $8,099 Tallboy C S, and end with the $14,999 Tallboy CC XX1 AXS RSV – a model we predict will be very popular with riders who hate vowels. All models get 130mm travel forks, a 2.3in Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II tyre combo, and RockShox Reverb dropper posts. Extra picky? You’ll also be able to get the Tallboy CC frameset on its own with a Kashima-coated Fox Float Factory DPS shock for the not-inconsiderable sum of $5,499. Custom-built perfection don’t come cheap. We’ll be seeing the Tallboy C come into Australia with this SRAM GX Eagle kit. At ninety nine bucks over $8k, this is your ‘entry level’ Tallboy. Santa Cruz Tallboy C S GX Frame | Carbon C, 120mm Travel Headset | Cane Creek 40 IS Fork | Fox 34 Float, Performance Series, 130mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPS, Performance Series, 190x45mm Wheels | DT Swiss 370 Hubs & Race Face AR Offset 27 Rims Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 3C 2.3in Front & Minion DHR II EXO 2.3in Rear Drivetrain | SRAM GX Eagle 1×12 w/Stylo 7K Crankset Brakes | SRAM Guide R w/180mm Rotors Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm, 1X Lever Cockpit | Race Face Ride Bars, Aeffect Stem & WTB Silverado Pro Saddle RRP | $8,099 Don’t want to fool around with spiders? The X01 kit rolls on Santa Cruz’ carbon Reserve wheels and is built upon the lighter weight CC frameset. Trick. Santa Cruz Tallboy CC X01 Frame | Carbon CC, 120mm Travel Headset | Cane Creek 40 IS Fork | RockShox Pike Select+, 130mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPS, Performance Elite, 190x45mm Wheels | DT Swiss 350 Hubs & Race Face ARC Offset 27 Rims Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 3C 2.3in Front & Minion DHR II EXO 2.3in Rear Drivetrain | SRAM X01 Eagle 1×12 w/X1 Carbon Crankset Brakes | SRAM G2 RSC w/180mm Rotors Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm, 1X Lever Cockpit | Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, Race Face Aeffect R Stem & WTB Silverado Team Saddle RRP | $10,949 For the Shimano fans, Santa Cruz will have one solitary XTR-equipped Tallboy model coming into Australia. A RockShox Pike Ultimate fork, Chris King headset and Reserve wheels are invited to the party too. Santa Cruz Tallboy CC XTR RSV Frame | Carbon CC, 120mm Travel Headset | Chris King DropSet 3 Fork | RockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPS, Factory Series, 190x45mm Wheels | Industry Nine Hydra Hubs & Santa Cruz Reserve 27 Rims Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 3C 2.3in Front & Minion DHR II EXO 2.3in Rear Drivetrain | Shimano XTR 1×12 w/E*13 TRSr Carbon Crankset Brakes | Shimano XTR M9120 w/180mm Ice Tech Centerlock Rotors Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm, 1X Lever Cockpit | Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, i9 A35 Stem & WTB Silverado Team Saddle RRP | $14,349 If one gear cable is too much for you, consider the XX1 Eagle AXS build kit, which gets a wireless rear derailleur, among other niceties like SRAM G2 RSC brakes, carbon bars and Industry Nine hubs. All for less than $15k too. Bargain! Santa Cruz Tallboy CC XX1 AXS RSV Frame | Carbon CC, 120mm Travel Headset | Chris King DropSet 3 Fork | RockShox Pike Ultimate, 130mm Travel Shock | Fox Float DPS, Factory Series, 190x45mm Wheels | Industry Nine Hydra Hubs & Santa Cruz Reserve 27 Rims Tyres | Maxxis Minion DHF EXO 3C 2.3in Front & Minion DHR II EXO 2.3in Rear Drivetrain | SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS 1×12 w/XX1 Eagle Carbon Crankset Brakes | Shimano XTR M9120 w/180mm Ice Tech Centerlock Rotors Seatpost | RockShox Reverb Stealth, 31.6mm, 1X Lever Cockpit | Santa Cruz AM Carbon Bars, i9 A35 Stem & WTB Silverado Team Saddle RRP | $14,999 Low-slung and stretched out – the new Tallboy is taking its 29in wheels well into the future. We’ll be getting our paws on the new Tallboy in the near future, so stay tuned for our first impressions of this newly radicalised 29er. In the meantime, you can get more info via the Santa Cruz Bicycles website. Given all the changes, what do you think of the new 4th generation Tallboy? Does it look like it’s swung in the direction you’d hoped? Or is this one too far removed from the Tallboy we’ve previously loved so much? As always, tell us your thoughts in the comments section below! The post First Look | The New Santa Cruz Tallboy Is Basically A Minitower! appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
woom OFF Mountian Bikes are Here! woom OFF: woom’s Ultralight Mountain Bike for Kids Has Arrived woom Expands Leading Kid-Specific Bike Line Onto the Trails With the OFF Austin, TX August 19, 2019 – woom, the leading high-quality, lightweight kids bike brand in Europe and North America today announces their latest innovation, the woom OFF. For two years, woom’s acclaimed team in Vienna, Austria has worked to develop the ideal bike for trail adventures with the family, whether young riders are taking on rocky terrain in the mountains and forests, or jumping curbs on the city streets. In sleek, elegant matte black and silver the OFF line honors woom’s trademark kid-specific design with features like child-friendly brakes and shifters, an ultra-lightweight frame, and bigger high-quality tires with low rolling resistance making riding easier and enjoyable. Compared to other kids mountain bikes on the market, the woom OFF is exceptionally lightweight and durable. Designed for children between 6 and 14 years old, the woom OFF helps kids explore their passion for cycling on any terrain. “What starts as a natural urge to move develops over the course of childhood into a love of sport,” shared Christian Bezdeka, woom Europe CEO and Co-Founder. “For this important development phase we have designed, and are excited to offer, adventurous riders the woom OFF.” photo-woom bikes A distinguished feature of the woom OFF is the specially developed carbon fork weighing only 330 grams (11.6 oz.). Strong, carbon-fiber construction ensures maximum load capacity when steering and braking, as well as smooth riding even on the roughest descents. The lightweight aluminum frame is manufactured through a process known as hydroforming, shaping the material resulting in high precision and mechanical strength, as well as seamless construction. The woom OFF also features easily adjusted hydraulic disc brakes and a specialized chainring that reliably prevents the chain from falling off. The custom-designed stem offers a clever reversible system: it can also be mounted upside-down, allowing for easy adjustment of the handlebars. photo- woom bikes The high-quality tires on the woom OFF have been carefully selected from the leading tire manufacturer Schwalbe. Thanks to the unique ADDIX SPEED rubber compound, they offer an optimal combination of low rolling resistance and maximum grip with good cushioning and longer durability. Shifting is easy with the kid-friendly trigger lever, operated with the thumb and forefinger. Together with the SRAM X5 rear derailleur, the lever ensures precise and reliable shifting, even in mud and on rocky terrain. “The development of the OFF line embodies the woom brand’s kid-specific design and quality philosophy, while giving our community a mountain bike that will match their evolving skills,” added Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA CEO and Owner. “We are seeing momentum in youth mountain biking in the U.S., and the woom OFF is perfect for riding your local bike park to racing the trails at events across the country.” To allow kids to personalize their bikes, each woom OFF comes with a set of stickers in four different colors. The rims and top tube can be custom designed or simply left in the matte look. The woom OFF comes in three sizes, 20”, 24”, and 26”, priced at $669, $679, and $699 respectively. The full line will be available for pre-orders on woom bikes USA starting August 19th with bikes shipping late October. In the spring of 2020, a version of the woom OFF will be offered with an air suspension fork. photo- woom bikes woom OFF Mountain Bike Specifications - Lightweight frame made of high-quality aluminum with butted and hydroformed tubes - Superlight carbon fork with multidirectional carbon fibers for maximum torsional strength - Hydraulic disc brakes with excellent modulation and child-friendly brake levers - Stem with clever flip-flop system: flip it over to change the height of the handlebars - Special chainring stops the chain from slipping even on rough terrain - High-quality mountain bike tires from Schwalbe with special rubber compound for low rolling resistance, maximum grip, optimal shock absorption and solid durability - SRAM X5 groupset with easy-to-use SRAM trigger shifter for precise and smooth shifting even in mud and on rough terrain - Comes complete with a set of stickers in four colors to personalize the bike Available in the following sizes: woom OFF 4: wheel size 20″, weight (without pedals) 17.2 lbs., $669.00 woom OFF 5: wheel size 24″, weight (without pedals) 18.9 lbs., $679.00 woom OFF 6: wheel size 26″, weight (without pedals) 20.5 lbs., $699.00 About woom woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Built with meticulous attention to detail, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. Models range in size from balance bikes designed for the smallest of riders to pedal bikes for young teens. woom bikes, often half the weight of kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, make riding easy to learn and easy to enjoy. Our aim is to inspire as many children as possible to love riding their bike. Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014 to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019 woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America ranked #256. woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 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Last weekend the second ever Reef to Reef event took over Cairns in the heart of Tropical North Queensland for four days of brilliant mountain bike racing. As a sister event to the Cape to Cape and Port to Port, the Reef to Reef attracts a wide variety of riders and racers from all over the country, and beyond, who predominantly race in pairs. Starting at the classic Smithfield MTB Park just up the road from Cairns town centre, the Reef to Reef encompasses four separate stages that saw riders enjoy singletrack through Davies Creek and Mount Molloy, before riding down the historic Bump Track on the final day to finish on Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas. That fourth day also encompasses the iconic Triple R – the longest running point-to-point race in Australia. With hundreds of competitors signing up for the 2019 event, both in the pairs and solo categories, there was a huge variety in both riders and the bikes they were on. Here’s a look at some of the bikes and gear we spotted at this year’s Reef to Reef! Stage 1 began at the Smithfield MTB Park just outside of Cairns. Tasman Nankervis threading his way down Jacob’s Ladder as the leader in the Men’s Solo category. Tas only decided to race the 2019 Reef to Reef two days before the event, but it turned out to be a winning decision. Here’s Tas with his race bike – a Merida Ninety Six Team, which unsurprisingly features 96mm of rear wheel travel. Note the single-position dropper post – old school! Tas’ bike is rolling on a set of custom wheels with Acros Nineteen XC hubs, which have a claimed weight of 104g for the front and 209g for the rear – wowsers! Duke carbon rims aren’t exactly common Down Under, but you might have already seen them under several World Cup riders, including Julien Absalon. These ones are claimed to weigh just 360g per rim, making them an exceptionally light choice for Tas’ race bike. Speedy Michelin race tyres for Tas. How he rides the technical stuff so fast with such minimalist tyre treads we have no idea! The RockShox XLoc hydraulic lockout for the rear shock shares the same clamp as the Level Ultimate brake lever. Tidy. Each stage kicked off with a fast-paced sprint out of the start chute. Lockouts locked and top-gear engaged for the fast legs at the point end. Izzy Flint is a young gun on the rise, having already been crowned National Enduro Champion in 2018, as well as achieving notable success in XC, road and track. Izzy paired up with Jacob Langham for the Reef to Reef, and unlike most of her competitors, chose to race a hardtail – a Merida Big Nine. The hardtail didn’t seem to hold Izzy back – she was absolutely flying during the first two stages, but unfortunately had to pull out of the race having fallen ill before the start of Stage Three. While the singletrack wasn’t too brutal on bikes, there were a few flat tyres rolling around. This guy got a huge cheer as he crossed the finish line having spent a considerable amount of time running his bike through the jungles of Smithfield – what a legend! The Van der Ploeg team of Neil & Paul were looking strong during Stage One, but a rear punny on Neil’s bike caused some dramas down one of the rockier descents. Paul van der Ploeg was making his comeback at the 2019 Reef to Reef, having broken his leg earlier this year while in New Zealand. We’re stoked to see Big Paulie back with a race plate on and a massive grin on his dial! Most XC racers like to go as minimalist as possible. Paulie likes to run the I.C.E pump. Spare chain links on the handlebar. Some of the routes at the Reef to Reef take riders well out in the sticks, so being able to perform a repair is crucial to being able to finish each stage. Big legs call for a big(ish) 36t chainring on Paul’s Giant Anthem race bike. Paul’s running a custom wheelset using Giant TRX 0 carbon rims, blue anodised alloy nipples and Shimano XTR hubs. Just a single remote lockout for Paul’s race bike, which allows him to instantly firm up the Fox 32 Step-Cast fork at the flick of a lever. Emma Viotto of the Shimano Pushy’s Cannondale team was racing her Scalpel Si race bike. Along with the Specialized Epic and Canyon Lux, this is one of the few full sussers on the market that’ll take two water bottles inside the mainframe. The Lefty Ocho fork is new for 2019, and uses a single-piece carbon fibre structure for both the crown and outer tube. It still looks absolutely bonkers though! Em’s race bike is equipped with 12-speed Shimano XTR, and she’s elected to run the tighter 10-45t cassette instead of the bigger 10-51t option. We spotted a load of Pro’s snub-nosed Stealth saddle, which is proving equally popular with male and female riders. Being a SRAM-sponsored athlete, Holly Harris was one of the lucky few to receive some wireless AXS goodies, including this Reverb dropper post that had been put through a mud bath during Stage 3. No cables to worry about in the mud here with the SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle derailleur on Holly’s bike. Unlike a lot of XC racers, Holly prefers to leave her suspension unlocked for the entirety of the race. Jon Odams of the Giant Australia Off-Road Team, brought just a little pizazz to the Smithfield race course – how’s this booter! Odams was racing alongside Brendan Johnson, but had a very different setup on his Giant Anthem race bike. Fresh off the back of the BC Bike Race, Odams had a 120mm travel Fox 34 Step-Cast fork to lift up the front end of his Anthem. Shimano XTR 12-speed groupset along with that smaller 10-45t cassette. Note the lockout cable for the rear shock – Odams prefers to leave the fork unlocked, but still have the option to disengage the rear suspension. Odams has fitted a party post to his Anthem – not an easy feat given the 27.2mm seat tube diameter. He chose a carbon fibre KS LEV Ci post, which has a 65mm stroke and a sub-400g claimed weight. Odams has an unusual arrangement for his dropper and rear shock lockout levers, which is due to… OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? Most of the top-level racers seem to be on custom wheels – Odams has gone for DT Swiss 240 hubs with sub-400g Curve carbon rims. Another difference between Odams and Trekky’s bikes were the tyres – Odams has gone for higher volume 2.35in Maxxis Ikons front and rear. Heavier? Yes. More comfortable for a 4-day stage race? Absolutely. XC bikes lifted with slightly longer travel forks seemed to be a popular choice amongst Reefer to Reefers – like this dashing Norco Revolver. Plenty of Specialized Epics – both young and old – were spotted throughout the field. And Scott Sparks too. If you were wondering who’s still buying short travel XC duallies, go to a 4-day stage race – they’re everywhere! When the load is just a little more expensive than the vehicle. These fellas came all the way from Singapore to race the Reef to Reef, and may have brought all of the high-end mountain bikes with them! Santa Cruz’ latest Blur made numerous appearances at the Reef to Reef. Another Merida Ninety Six scooting down the very fast, and very dusty Bump Truck on the fourth and final day of the race. This guy was well prepared for the Four Mile Beach section. Turns out it wasn’t the only bike he’d brought along… The paint job instantly grabbed our attention – what kind of mountain biker wouldn’t recognise that colour combo? Look a little closer though, and all isn’t quite what it seems… Back to normal programming, and Briony Mattock’s gorgeous Specialized Epic race bike. And teammate Anna Beck’s stealthy Santa Cruz Blur. Schwing! Custom fork decals to match. Oil slick bottle cage? Yes please! ‘The Fox & Raccoon’ team had the best costumes of the whole field by a country mile. Though this chap does win an award for impeccable matching skills. The question we want to know though is; did the bike or the shoes come first? Steel singlespeeds weren’t exactly a common sight at the Reef to Reef. Our calves are quivering at the thought. This guy probably wished he’d brought a singlespeed. Game over on day two. #sadface ‘His & Hers’ Scott Genii getting ready for the Bump Track. Couples who race together stay together. Right? Jessica Simpson of the Giant Wollongong team raced to a top-5 finish in the Open Mixed category aboard a rather special race bike that features a paint job you probably haven’t seen before… That’s because she’s actually racing a Giant Anthem 29 that’s been custom painted in Liv colours. Why the custom paint job? Simpson is on the Anthem chassis purely because of frame and wheel sizing – the current Liv Pique is a 27.5in bike and she prefers to roll on 29in hoops. Simpson has also chosen to plug in a dropper post into her race bike, again choosing the skinny KS LEV 27.2 dropper. It’s linked up to this lovely Wolf Tooth ReMote that nestles in underneath the Shimano brake lever clamp for a very tidy setup. More custom details on Simpson’s race bike, with a standard eye-to-eye Fox iRD shock sitting in place of the Anthem’s usual trunnion-mount rear shock. The electronic lockout is used for the fork too. Custom hardware has been used to make the standard shock fit where a trunnion eyelet would go. The setup is mirrored on Simpson’s teammates bike. The iRD lockout controller is super low profile and requires very little effort to switch on and off. Ryan ‘Ryno’ Lennox has a few other neat details on his Anthem race bike, including these Extralite thru-axles. They’re super low profile and help to save a few grams. As the weight weenies always say ‘grams make kilograms’! Not everyone at the Reef to Reef was worried about grams though – especially the Cairns locals who turned up for the Triple-R race on the fourth and final day of the event. Can’t say we’ve seen many Pole Evolinks at Aussie races! This guy’s front wheel would have crossed the finish line minutes before his rear wheel did. Aaaand that’s a wrap from the 2019 Reef to Reef! A big thumb’s up to all the riders who completed the four days of racing, we had a blast! The post Bikes Of The 2019 Reef To Reef appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
The Canadian Open DH presented by iXS course is a one run take-down of Whistler’s rooty single-track.( Photos: 1 )
WHISTLER, B.C. August 17, 2019 – In what might have been one of the most emotional moments in Slopestyle mountain bike history, Emil Johansson (SWE) stepped up to the top of the podium today at the biggest contest is the discipline, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler. “Honestly, I can’t,” he said of trying to put his feelings to words, his voice shaking as he fought back tears. “It’s been rough. If you had told me two years ago, when stuff was really rough, that this day was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.” Two years ago, the 20-year-old got his first taste of Red Bull Joyride success, finishing off his breakout season with a second place finish. But soon after, the unexpected struck. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, was unable to ride, and had no assurance he would be able to compete again. With some successful treatment and care, he was able to officially return to competition at Crankworx Innsbruck in June. He finished his day in second, proving to himself and the world he was back. If any doubt lingered, it was extinguished today. “It’s a dream come true,” said the Swede, “and it just shows that all the hard work I put in paid off.” Johansson’s winning run was his first of two for the day on a course that he described as “gnarly but fun.” Dropping in eighth amidst the pack of 14 riders, he was flawless, throwing down huge tricks like a three-whip tuck turn. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx 2019 “Getting all the tricks together was really hard,” he said of his 95.75 scoring run. “I was standing on top before my second run and I was so nervous. If anyone would have beat my run I would have needed to improve my run I already did, and I don’t even know if I could get all these combos in a row again, since it was so hard to get them all together.” His score would remain unbeaten, and he was able to take his second run as a victory lap. After Johansson and his family, who tearfully greeted him before the podium, probably the next most excited person for him was the man who came in second. “To see Emil be up in first place – one of my biggest competitors, and my friend – to see him up at the top of the podium so early in his career, that’s so awesome for him,” said Brett Rheeder (CAN). “It’s good for the sport and it’s good for him and it’s good for our mutual sponsors. So I’m pretty happy.” On top of his happiness for his friend, the Canadian said he was happy with how his day rolled out. “I’m normally not stoked on coming in second but, man, I was going to do a run that was far less than what I did,” said Rheeder of his second run. He stumbled on his first and was sitting in 10th heading into the second runs. “It was five minutes before my run I changed my mind. At least 50% of the tricks I did on course I didn’t practice at all. So I was scared. I didn’t practice them and I didn’t know if they were going to work.” Wind had hampered practice, limiting the time riders had on the course before finals. “Five minutes before the run, I decided. Everyone was sending it and landing their runs and it stoked me. I was just like ‘I’m here, right now, and I’ve come all this way. The Triple Crown is there. It takes a year to get, and I’ve already been in this position. If there’s any time to just buck up and try to get a good run, it’s right now.’ And I just went for it.” Rheeder threw down a flawless second run, bringing in the loudest cheers of the day from the 30,000+ crowd that descended on Whistler to watch it all go down. He would score a 94.5, just shy of first. The Canadian, a 10-year veteran of the sport, came into the contest with the weight of the mountain bike world on his shoulders. The 26-year-old was undefeated coming in to Whistler, and was on track to take the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, a prize awarded to a rider who can win all three Slopestyle events at Crankworx in a season. And while the Triple Crown evaded him this year, Rheeder does walk away with the overall Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship title from the points he amassed over the course of the season. This is the fourth time he’s won the Crankworx overall. In third place, a rider who blasted onto the scene in Innsbruck. Dawid Godziek (POL) crossed over from the BMX worls to Slopestyle mountain biking without missing a beat. He came third at Crankworx’s Austrian stop, and pulled off the same today with a 91.75. “It feels incredible. I would never have thought I could come here and make it on the podium. It’s a crazy feeling.” FULL RESULTS: Red Bull Joyride