Learn about Will Longden's own riding career, his time with Madison Saracen, and what it takes to run one of the top teams on the circuit, with riders like Danny Hart, Matt Walker and Alex Marin.( Photos: 1 )
[Press Release] – With the introduction of I9’s 101 hub, pricing for ENVE M Series mountain bike wheels will now start at US $2100. The 101 hub is offered for M525, M630, 635, 640 and M730 and 735 build options with boost 15×110 / 12/148 spacing. The 101 hubs are machined, anodized and assembled in the U.S. at Industry Nine’s Asheville, N.C. HQ. The hub features 90 points of engagement (with 4° between engagements), and 6 pawls arranged in a dual phase setup (3+3). 101 hub are machined, anodized, and assembled in Industry Nine’s Asheville, NC headquarters and manufacturing facility. Our ability to source hubs from another US brand streamlines our supply chain and eliminates costly import duties, ensuring more performance for the dollar to you. High engagement hubs in an innovative package The all new I9 101 hub features leading engagement and durability without compromising quality and long term reliability. Details 90 Points of Engagement with 4 Degrees of Engagement 6 Pawl, Dual Phase 2-YearManufacturer Warranty 101 hubs are covered under Industry Nine’s Alloy Product Warranty Hole Counts: 24, 28, and 32 Hole Axle Spacing: 15 x 110 and 12 x 148 Only Freehub Options: HG, Micro Spline, XD1 Brake Rotor Compatibility: ISO 6 Bolt or Center Lock Color: Black Only Pricing Configuration/Compatibility Notes I9 101 Available in Boost 15×110/12×148 ONLY! M525: 24 Hole, Center Lock Only M630, 635, 640: 28 Hole, Center Lock Only M730, M735: 32 Hole, 6 Bolt Only There are no Super Boost or DH axle configurations from I9 in 101 at this time Micro Spline is available for all configurations www.enve.com
Vali Holl and the Sram TLD Racing team take on the slopes of Leogang for round three of the 2019 downhill World Cup.
Though the World Cup race circuit is popular as ever to watch and follow, it seems that these days, less people are actually riding downhill bikes. In a time where long travel bikes out at your local trails are far and few in between, we felt is was time to give the dual crown ‘Freeride’ bike some time under the spotlight. We set out to build up a visually intriguing machine, that in our eyes, is the ultimate freeride, bikepark, and all around playful downhill bicycle. Details 27.5″ wheels Size Medium 200mm travel front / 200mm travel rear Single Pivot suspension platform Metric shock spacing 33 pounds without pedals The build started with a black Commencal Furious frame, and some matte black vinyl to help achieve our dream of an 100% stealthy bike. We chose the Furious after enjoying its playful ride quality after reviewing the bike last year. Paying homage to one of the first brands to support the early Freeride movement, and keen to mount up a fork that was all black, we opted for the new Marzzochi Bomber 58 fork. With a Fit Grip2 Damper, and similar chassis to the Fox 40, it was an obvious choice. A Bomber CR in the back features simple low-speed compression and rebound damping, it matches the fork, and we felt it would provide everything we’d need for a park bike. We are playing around between a 400 and 450 lb spring. The Hope Tech 3 V4 downhill brakes feature lovely machining and anodized anodizing, 4 pistons for lots of stopping power, and a heat dissipating floating rotor. They are definitely a dream choice for us. Not only run by our good friends Cam Zink and Ray Syron, but just a dang good grip, we decided on Sensus Lites. In need of some more black, we reached out to Squamish B.C. based OneUp Components, who were kind to get us set up with their new top chainguide w/ bashguard. The system is has plenty of adjustment, accounting for chainring sizing, and chainline path. The guys also set us up with a 36t narrow wide chainring to keep things in place in the rowdy terrain. We found the Spank Vibrocore technology to be an asset on rough trails after we reviewed their Spike 350 wheel set last year. Spank sent us their newest DH tech: the Tuned 350/359 wheelset. The new wheels feature their ‘foam filled’ Vibrocore rims, and unique front and rear rim profiles/widths reducing weight in the front, and providing durability in the rear. Included black tubeless valves, and anodized valve caps were just the cherry on top. Spank Spike Vibrocore 30mm x 800mm handlebars, and an adjustable 25-30mm Spike stem round out the cockpit of the bike. We’ve yet to experience the Vibrocore technology in a handlebar, so we’re excited to try them out. A Chris King top cap boasts the smooth spinning headset hiding below, and an obligatory Ride or Die decal keeps the fiery passion that is riding bikes burning. If there’s a higher quality, more drool worthy headset for a dream bike, we’re not aware of it. With a ten year warranty and legendary made in house bearings, King was the obvious choice. The subtle details of the Furious frame added to our reasoning for choosing it. Moto foam under the upper shock mount keeps mud and dirt out of your frame, while soft foam tubing encases the brake line and shifter cable while they transition from the downtube to the chainstays. Apologies for the repetition of product, but if this shot of Hope’s precision machined brake caliper doesn’t make you feel a bit warm and fuzzy, do you you even ride mountain bikes? We wouldn’t want to come face to face with this weapon if we were another bicycle…. Thanks for following our dream DH build, we hope you like the stealth and utilitarian look as much as we do, stay tuned for a video aboard the bike.