FOX sent over details of their new video series that will be showcased during the 2019 World Cup season. Details inside from FOX. Behind every podium is the multi-faceted story of grit, preparation and support. Beginning April 22nd, FOX will take viewers behind the scenes of the 2019 UCI World Cup race series, providing an insider’s view on what it takes to support a team of world class athletes. The Dialed series will be creating daily content in the week leading up to each race and will be present for all DH events and select XC stops: Date Event Venue Apr 21–28 DH Maribor, Slovenia May 26 – June 2 DH Fort William, Scotland June 3-10 DH Leogang, Austria July 1-8 DH/XC Vallnord, Andorra July 9-15 DH/XC Les Gets, France July 28 – Aug 5 DH/XC Val di Sole, Italy Aug 5-12 DH/XC Lenzerheide, Switzerland Aug 25 – Sept 1 World Champs Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada Sept 1-8 DH/XC Snowshoe, United States When the margins of World Cup victories are often measured within hundredths of seconds, the perfect suspension tune can be the difference between a career-defining result and mid-pack disappointment. Dialed will follow seasoned FOX Factory Race Tech Jordi Cortes from stop to stop as he helps dial in athletes’ suspensions while handling the potential pressure of his work having a direct impact on the make or break of their races. As FOX supports many factory teams and elite athletes, there’s a unique psychological relationship between Jordi, the athletes he works with, and between teammates themselves. Dialed offers a window into these relationships, as well as pulls back the curtain on the tips and techniques used to tune suspension for various riders and terrain. Dialed will be hosted on FOX’s new MTB-specific Instagram channel: @RideFoxBike, with the first episode dropping on April 22nd from Maribor, Slovenia.
Canadian outfit OneUP Components has always been known for its ‘think outside the square’ parts and accessories, as well as well designed and reliable components. OneUP was built on the principle of building gear that its staffers wanted on their own bikes, and the latest releases from the former RaceFace engineers exemplifies this ethos. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you OneUp EDC puts tools in your steerer tube Droppers, droppers and more droppers OneUP claims its post offers the lowest stack on the market We were surprised when we first read that OneUp was releasing its first dropper post, but it was a surprise to nobody that it was pretty good. Now on the second iteration, the brand says its dropper offers the shortest stack height and the shortest total length of any dropper post with the same travel. Introducing the Dropper Post by OneUp Components For example, in a 150mm post, the total length with the actuator is 420mm, and the stack height is 183mm. For reference, a RockShox Reverb in the same travel is 440mm total length with a stack of 200mm Available in 120mm, 150mm, 180mm and 210mm lengths, the cable actuated post can be shimmed down in travel by up to 20mm. For 2019 the post also sees a new upper DU Bushing in the collar for increased durability, and 20g has been shaved off on the scales. There are lengths to suit riders of all sizes OneUp has also given its front shift-style lever an update too with a claimed-to-be more durable aluminum body, which is available in 22.2, I-Spec EV, I-Spec II and MMX clamp options. Prices start a $199 in the 120mm and 150mm lengths and jump up 10-bucks for the 180mm and 210mm lengths. OneUp EDC Stem When OneUp launched the steerer EDC tool, basically every mountain biker I know was ready to put in an order until they read about the installation. Because it’s stored inside the steerer tube, it required the use of a special top cap, so you had to cut a thread into the steerer itself to allow for headset adjustment. The OneUp Stem eliminates the need for a star nut and simplifies the install of its EDC steerer tool So, to solve the problem, OneUp made a stem with an integrated preload system, so you no longer need a star nut, and it’s compatible with carbon, alloy and steel steerers. Inside the bottom edge of the stem there is an adjustable compression ring, which interfaces with a tapered collar that sits on top of your spacers or headset cap. The set up seems pretty straightforward; whack the stem on your steerer, make sure it’s straight, tighten the pinch bolts and then adjust the bearing preload by tightening the compression collar using a third bold on the stem to remove any play — just like you would with a star nut and top cap. OneUp bars and grips To complete its 2019 launch, OneUp has also launched a new carbon handlebar and lock-on grips. The bars measure 800mm wide with a 35mm clamp diameter and are available in 20mm rise, 35mm rise and six colours What’s clever about these bars is the oval profile, which OneUp claims gives you the comfort of a 21.8mm bar but also the stiffness you get in a 35mm. OneUp’s bar options OneUp points out that most bars on the market follow the simple tapered profile that you seen in aluminum bars, but with carbon you can create more complex shapes to allow for flex in one plane but not another. The OneUp bar profile has a small 35mm clamping area in the middle, which quickly changes to a flattened, oval shape and then to a standard 22.2mm clamp diameter for grips. The brand claims it’s benchmarked its bar against popular carbon bars on the market and foam-filled aluminum bars, and found on average, a 21 percent increase in vertical compliance coupled with a 28 percent increase in steering stiffness. Grips are extremely personal, but OneUp thinks you’ll like these At the end of the bars, grips are something that can make or break your ride experience, with everyone swearing by something different. Available in six colours, OneUp says it designed its grips to reduce arm pump and hand numbness. The outer sleeve is made using a diamond knurled texture, with sawtooth finger ramps and a super tacky 20A compound to provide more purchase. In theory, more traction means less death-grip and therefore less arm pump, though this will vary from rider to rider. The grips also feature a single lock profile, which is claimed to reduce hand numbness because there is soft, tacky rubber to cushion the heel of your hand where the outside hardware would be on a double lock-on. Set to retail for $25, the OneUp Grips come in six colors.
The Bontrager Bat Cage has been around since 1997, and the simple injection moulded bottle holder has proven simple yet effective over the years. Now, the brand has announced the re-release of this steward water bottle cradle, but it will be made from discarded and end-of-life fishing nets that could otherwise end up back in the ocean. Giro goes green with Renew Collection How green is mountain biking? This comes shortly after Giro announced it would also be producing a large percentage of its clothing using textiles made from fishing nets — hopefully, more brands will follow suit. The ‘green’ Bat Cage has been made possible via Trek‘s partnership with Bureo, a company that specialises in collecting and recycling end of life fishing nets through its membership in NextWave, a cross-industry coalition of companies working to reduce the plastics plaguing the environment. Trek is a founding member of the group, which also includes Dell, General Motors, Ikea and more. Once Bureo has processed the fishing nets, the tiny pellets this produces can be used for injection moulded plastic on products such as the Bat Cage, as well as things like sunglasses and skateboards. “Bat Cage may be a small product, but it’s the little hinge that swings a big door,” said Justin Henkel, Trek’s director of product for saddles and essentials. “This year alone, it will put 44,000 square feet (3,850 pounds) of discarded fishing nets to good use. That’s making a real difference, and Bat Cage is just the beginning.” The new ‘green’ Bat Cage is available now at retails for £9.99 / $15 / AU$20 Buy now from Trek