“It’s finally time to present the feel-good documentary Connection. Get an insight into the Swedish mountainbike scene and the personalities that shaped it into what it is today. From the generation that led the way to the youngsters who just started their journey. This is their stories, why this sport means so much to them and what it actually takes to pursue a career as a professional cyclist. Starring: Martin Söderström, Robin Wallner, Max Fredriksson, Emil Johansson, Simon Johansson & Zakarias Blom Johansen.”
Kasper Woolley is a 20 year old enduro racer from Squamish, BC. Last season he finished on the podium in 3 of the 8 rounds of the Enduro World Series in U21, with a 2nd in Zermatt, 3rd in Tasmania and 3rd in Northstar. OneUp is excited to continue supporting Kasper for the 2020 EWS season as he moves up to race in Open men. www.oneupcomponents.com
Around the time that the new Enduro rolled out, Specialized also announced an update to their Butcher tire with a new Grid Trail casing. This thicker casing sees beefed up support throughout, and is said to have “increased its pinch flat protection by 15% and puncture protection by 30%”. The tread pattern and compound have also been updated compared to the original Butcher from a few years ago. Roughly speaking, in terms of duty, this new revision falls between the previous “Grid” casing and the more rugged “Black Diamond” casing – meaning it should be better suited to modern trail riding. Details 29 x 2.3 “, psi 25-50, approximate weight 900g (994g, our scale) 29 x 2.6 “, psi 20-40, approximate weight 960g (1032g, our scale) Additional casing support over past models Tubeless ready Foldable, butyl wrapped bead $ 60.00 USD Originally designed by Sam Hill way back in the day, the Butcher’s current layout hasn’t strayed far from its original tread pattern. In the last update a couple years ago, the knobs received some tweaks to their shape – namely the “sawtooth” inside edge on the corner knobs as well as on the outside edge of every other center row. While the widths didn’t quite stack up to be perfectly accurate, it’s worth expanding on more that what’s revealed in the photo above. The 2.6 came in at just over 2.4 “, and the 2.3” came in at 2.34 “. While that might suggest that there is hardly a difference in size due to their closeness in width, that isn’t quite the case. The 2.6” had quite a bit more volume, was taller and had a rounder shape. Personally I prefer a slightly rounder tire up front and a slightly more squared off tire out back, so no gripes from me. Speaking of inaccuracies – it’s worth noting that these did come in at 166 grams over their claimed weight for a pair, which is substantial enough that it warrants mentioning. A big part of the story here is the new “Grid Trail” casing – as mentioned earlier, it sits between the old Grid casing and the Blk Dmnd carcass. By adding new layers of reinforcement, this brings the Butcher to a very usable, middle of the road weight and thickness that will appeal to most trail riders. For longer travel applications in extra rocky areas, some riders will still want to consider the Blk Dmnd – at least out back anyway. On the trail Out of the gate I was able to run the new Butchers at lower pressures than I had been able to before – and not just two to increased confidence that I wouldn’t pinch flat … There is also the issue of sidewall support in the corners. Right away it was apparent that the new casing lands right where it should in terms of duty and I couldn’t definitely feel the increased support on trail, mainly in snappy corners and on flat landings. Personally, I’m not one to mess with low pressures, but for what it’s worth these felt just right at around 23PSI front and 25PSI rear. Considering how aggressive the knobs are, and how soft the rubber is, the Butcher actually rolls along pretty quickly, without too much fuss. With absolutely no science to back this up, Braking and cornering are both standouts with this tread pattern, as you can really feel the tire dig in nicely in a wide range of conditions, from hardpack to loose to deep loam. If there was one complaint with the tire, it wouldn’t be that the rubber compound isn’t soft enough, but rather that it isn’t slow enough. Generally, when a rubber compound doesn’t have something in it to slow down the rebound, it can be a little pingy and slightly unpredictable – particularly in loose over hardpack type conditions. While I think the rubber compound does strike a pretty good overall balance between traction, durability and frequency absorption, I think the ride quality would improve if the knobs didn’t snap back as quickly and the tires would be less nervous in hairball situations. As far as clearing mud goes, the Butcher did seem to pack up in mucky conditions a bit more than its slightly spikier competitors like a Schwalbe Magic Mary, but with rows of 4 knobs across and broad channels for clearance, it was pretty darn good overall and rolls faster than Magics. Lastly, on the topic of size and volume, I personally wouldn’t run a 2.6 “front and rear, and most likely wouldn’t go 2.6 out back with any tire. But the combination of 2.6 up front and 2.3 out back was nice – suitable for modern trail riding. Added volume up front provided a bit more give and float up front, making it easier to confidently weight the front end. Out back, the lower profile and more squared off tire didn’t fold as easily under heavy weight, and was easy to punch into ruts and catch berms. If I remember correctly, the last 2.6 ” Butcher was a bit bigger than this. Riders who aren’t really a fan of “plus” size and high volume tires should not shrug off the new 2.6 “- the volume isnot overblown, but rather, it is right on the mark. Overall In the grand scheme of things, the big story here is the “just right” casing. In the past, the lighter duty version of this tire was a bit flimsy, but now it has received the beefing up that it deserves. It also sees a few other small, but worthy refinements … The Butcher is a classic tread pattern that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and rightly so. It’s a great all around tire that zips along pretty quickly despite its aggressive looking tread. While I think most riders in most situations will appreciate the soft compound, I can’t help but wonder if the tire would be that much better if it remained just as soft, but had more of a slow rebound feel. In any case, one thing is certain – at just $ 60 per tire and pretty darn good long term durability, Specialized is offering far better value than just about all of the competition – that’s for sure. www.specialized.com
. With the parody of the signing of a big time soccer player, Commençal announces they’ve hired one of the world’s best freeriders – Catalan Andreu Lacondeguy.
While most riders spent September of 2019 prepping for Red Bull Rampage, Brandon Semenuk gathered his crew and tripped to Hakuba Valley and Hakuba Iwatake Mountain Resort to film. For this installment from Revel Co for Red Bull, Clay Porter joined the crew alongside visionary Rupert Walker to shoot the project while Evan Intern, Dan Fleury and Kane Boyce got to work on the shovels and machines to shape the Japanese dirt into Semenuk’s vision. Photos: Toby Cowley
2019 From Nico Vink’s point of view. Hop on board with the humble Belgian for a year of high speed manuals, huge jumps and hitting epic freeriding spots all over the planet.
“We’ve been quiet on new footage because we’ve been working on our new film, more on that soon. For now here is a bit of Loose back on a dh bike after a few years off.” – 50:01
“The DBNC News team catch up with the Darkfest Crew in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Things are really kicking off on site and we have our best journalists on the job to document the progress. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for more updates.”
Perhaps you have yet to hear of Joystick Components, but if you’re a fan of Loic Bruni, or Finn Iles, chances are you’ve seen them accomplishing feats such as winning World Champs aboard a Joystick cockpit. Curiosity about the product led us to get our hands on a full cockpit for Winter testing. Read on for out thoughts on the Analog bar, Binary stem, & Imprint grips from Joystick Components. Specs – Analog Bar 31.8 (Tested) & 35mm clamp sizes Width – 800mm Rise – 20mm (tested), 30mm Bend – 9th Upsweep – ° 6 Weight – 223 g – 20mm, 212 g – 30mm Full Carbon $ 165 USD, £ 129.99 The bars use Joystick’s signature ‘Analog Carbon’ meaning they’re based off a mold and design unique to Joystick, that’s designed to enhance ride control and dampen vibration from trail feedback. Clean and distinct lines on the handlebars help massively with stem alignment, both horizontally and vertically. A clean but unique aesthetic seems to be Joystick’s MO as all their products are in black color-ways, something we’re a huge fan of. Specs – Binary Stem 31.8 (Tested) & 35mm clamp sizes 35 (Tested) & 50mm lengths Weight – 125 g (35mm) 0 ° laughed 40mm Stack Height $ 119 USD, £ 89.99 The Binary stem has a large clamp / bar interface, and a clean zero gap design for the top two bolts. The Binary stem is fully CNC’d and uses Joystick’s ‘8-Bit Alloy’ a blend of alloys that supposedly combined, creates the strongest and best feeling stem. Specs – Imprint Grips 132mm long 31.8 single locking clamp closed bar ends $ 25 USD £ 19.99 The Imprint grips are made from a durable yet tacky compound that we found to be soft on the hands. The single clamp is carbon friendly and easy to install. On The Trail We were immediately impressed with the ride quality the Joystick cockpit offers. The Analog bar’s 31.8 clamp makes for a stiff, but responsive feel, and seemed to dissipate vibration greater than an alloy equivalent. We cut the Analog bar down to 790mm, and felt that was the best length for our local trails. Weight falls right in at that of the competition, and the up / backsweep numbers are fairly neutral. The Binary stem served to be a good match for the Analog bars, setup and fitment was very easy. The short 35mm length worked well for our larger bike to keep a nimble front end. Well done CNC work, and precise bolt locations made for a worry free stem that never moved from it’s place, or loosened up. A great weight to strength ratio makes the Binary stem a top choice. The Imprint grips, made a, well made an imprint on us! After the first few rides, we grew to really enjoy the grips. Typically we’ve got a select few favorite grips (Sensus mostly), that seem to find their way onto all of our bikes. Most grips have an ‘off the shelf’ design, and usually don’t bring anything new to the table, but the Imprint grips on the other hand, have some thought behind the ribbed, single clamp design. The rubber compound falls right in the sweet spot of not overly dense, but not soft and sponge-like, while the small ribs are the perfect depth for hanging on to. Overall After some time riding the Joystick cockpit as a whole, we found the parts are clearly designed by riders, and are made with an attention to quality. Sure athletes and teams need a paycheck, but the likes of Loic Bruni simply don’t put up with parts lacking a high level of performance. If you’re looking to spruce up your front end with some stealthy and attractive parts, Joystick components are certainly worth your consideration. More at: Joystick
KOBLENZ, 17 JANUARY 2020 — Whatever we do, whatever makes us tick, one thing’s always true: it’s better to do it with people who share our passion. Seeking community, likeminded people, friends – it’s part of what makes us human. We’re all looking for our own collective. With the launch of [ C L L C T V ], Canyon is uniting mountain bikers from around the world under a single banner: irrespective of whether you ride trail, bikepark, freeride, slopestyle, or dirt. No matter what language you speak, how old you are, how long you’ve been riding: everyone’s welcome in the Canyon Collective. The [ C L L C T V ] is not just an exclusive club reserved for the pros – but that doesn’t mean that some of the world’s top stars aren’t already all-in. Troy Brosnan and Tahnée Seagrave are two of the hottest names in the downhill scene, and Ines Thoma is one of the finest riders in the world of enduro. Or if you get your kicks clocking up huge airtime and nailing insane tricks, then names like Thomas Genon, Tomas Lemoine and Fabio Wibmer aren’t bad company to be keeping. In the Collective, all riders are equal – from World Cup-level pros to YouTube stars to weekend trail warriors. Because we all share that same passion for riding: regardless of what we do, and regardless of how we do it. So, what drives the Collective? The commitment to inspire and connect mountain bikers from around the planet. At World Cup races, at test events, at parties, online and offline, in digital and on the dirt. All year round, in every country, at every opportunity. And because every community needs a backbone, these Canyon pro riders are already on board: Braydon Bringhurst (YouTube) | Dimitri Tordo (Slopestyle) | Fabien Barel (Mentor) | Fabio Wibmer (YouTube) | Ines Thoma (Enduro) | Kaos Seagrave (Downhill) | Kye A‘Hern (Downhill) | Mark Wallace (Downhill) | Owen Marks (Slopestyle) | Tahnée Seagrave (Downhill) | Thomas Genon (Slopestyle) | Tomas Lemoine (Slopestyle) | Troy Brosnan (Downhill) Don’t go it alone. Join us. Join the [ C L L C T V ].