Bernard Kerr battled through heavy mist to become the first person to ever win the world’s toughest mountain bike downhill race for the second time. Gee Atherton and Joe Smith completed an all-British podium. Here is all you need to know: – Built by local legend Dan Atherton in Wales, the course combines tricky technical downhill features with huge freeride-style jumps including the breathtaking final fly off which sees riders fly 65ft towards the finish line. – Saturday’s qualifying for the sixth edition of the gruelling race took place on a near perfect track in bright sunshine amongst the hills of Dyfi Valley. – Kerr, one of the best all-round riders in the world, dominated qualifying with a time of 2m50s as Atherton showed he was also in form just two seconds behind. – Sunday’s weather, though, turned in front of a sold-out crowd of 3,000 as heavy mist and tricky wind peppered the track to make life difficult for the riders. – Former world junior champion Kade Edwards, Charlie Hatton and Kaos Seagrave all suffered in the conditions before Welshman Smith’s incredible run was marred by a rear tyre puncture that forced him to go round the final jump – losing three vital seconds in the process. – Reigning champion Atherton’s run was messy, however it was fast and enough to take the lead by 2.5s with Kerr then looking to repeat his 2016 triumph. – He attacked the course with clean lines and made up speed on the open sections, where other riders crashed, to power into the final section where he held his nerve. – Kerr revealed: “It was a tough day with all the weather, but I tried to carve new lines. I found it easy to focus today. Winning twice is unreal. I broke my hand a few weeks ago, so I missed half the season. It makes me feel really good, after missing races and knowing I was going quick this year, to come back and win it.” – Two-time world downhill champion Atherton added: “The rain rolled in, the mist rolled in and we went back to classic Red Bull Hardline with dark, Welsh conditions which always makes for a tough race. I enjoyed it. I had a few slips on the run, but it wasn’t a bad run.” 2019 Red Bull Hardline course features Rock drop: 13ft drop Cannon: 57ft travelled Step Up: 40mph speed required to clear jump Dirty Ferns: 45ft travelled Road Gap: 55ft trajectory Out of the woods: 45ft travelled The Final Fly Off: 65ft travelled – biggest jump ever at Red Bull Hardline
“You see me babbling on the microphone during the Crankworx webcasts all season, but what does my week really look like during Crankworx Whistler? Between production meetings, poster signings, 5 broadcasts and trying to squeeze in as much riding as possible, it’s a week of organized chaos. Take a peak behind the curtain to see what goes on outside of the webcasts as seen through the lens of Taylor Sage as he follows me around, plus goes on his own aimless journeys throughout the week. Candid moments galore and of course a bit of bike riding.”
Virgin, Utah (July 12, 2019) – The full rider list for the 2019 Red Bull Rampage has been set and additional tickets for this year’s event will be released on September 15th and October 15th. For the first time, riders from around the world were given the chance to compete for a coveted spot at Red Bull Rampage. The Marzocchi Proving Grounds challenged riders to a large format slopestyle course and after the dust had settled on the inaugural event, Reed Boggs, Juan Salido and DJ Brandt stood atop the podium and earned their ticket to the biggest event in freeride. 2019 Red Bull Rampage Rider List Brett Rheeder (CAN) Andreu Lacondeguy (SPA) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom van Steenbergen (CAN) Thomas Genon (BEL) Tyler McCaul (USA) Kyle Strait (USA) Szymon Godziek (POL) Kurt Sorge (CAN) Brendan Fairclough (UK) Brandon Semenuk (CAN) Cam Zink (USA) Carson Storch (USA) Antoine Bizet (FRA) Graham Agassiz (CAN) Reece Wallace (CAN) Vincent Tupin (FRA) Gee Atherton (UK) Reed Boggs (USA) Juan Salido (MEX) DJ Brandt (USA) In light of the full rider list being announced, additional tickets for this year’s Red Bull Rampage will be released on September 15th and October 15th at Noon MST. Attendees have two options to choose from, traditional General Admission, and Rampage Experience. General Admission requires bike-in access, includes a bike valet, and unbelievable views of the competition. The Rampage Experience package offers a guided hike to the Rampage course start, the day before the event, shuttles to and from the event site, and a bike valet. Lunch voucher for both days; Preferred viewing during finals; Seven-day Zion National Park pass; Signature Rampage merchandise item. MINORS PERMITTED ONLY IF 16+ AND ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. Tickets will be released on Sunday, Sept 15th at Noon MST at and October 15th at Noon MST: https://win.gs/2lNVKIF TICKETING PACKAGE DETAILS GENERAL ADMISSION – $65 PLUS TAXES AND FEES Friday event access; Bike valet. RAMPAGE EXPERIENCE TICKET – $500 PLUS TAXES AND FEES Red Bull Rampage is supported by BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission, Maverick, GoPro and Five Ten. More information on Red Bull Rampage can be found here: redbull.com/us-en/events/rampage SPECTATOR ADVISORY Red Bull Rampage features the world’s greatest riders tackling the most intense terrain of any contest on the planet – no novices here. The same applies for spectators; this event is not for casual observers. The new Red Bull Rampage venue was chosen for its ability to challenge the riders and push their limits, so it is remote, hot, unforgiving and dangerous. No transportation from the parking lot to the venue will be provided. From the lot, it is four miles to the contest venue over uneven desert terrain that you will either have to hike or pedal. If you ride it, you’ll need to check your bike at the on-site bike valet once you reach the contest venue, no exceptions. The good news is that both ticket options offer free bike valet! Spectators will be required to stay within the designated viewing areas at the base of the course near the finish line. No pets allowed, and non-adult spectators are not recommended. All on-site rules and requirements are necessary to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. If you decide to attend, pack plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, extra layers of clothing, basic first-aid gear, and a flashlight/headlamp as no provisions will be available on-site. In other words, treat it like an unsupported weekend ride with your buddies. Just think ahead, be smart, and come prepared to have an amazing time. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online at www.redbull.tv. ABOUT RED BULL TV Red Bull TV features beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web at www.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox consoles. ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION: The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com
Red Bull Hardline isn’t an event for the fainthearted. Hailed as one of the toughest downhill mountain bike races in the world, the event returns to the hills of Dyfi Valley in the north of Wales for its sixth edition. The 2018 edition saw home favourite Gee Atherton taking home the trophy for the first time after a nail-biting final in front 3,000 spectators. Bernard Kerr came in second with Charlie Hatton in third. Red Bull Hardline 2019 is bigger than ever before. With the worlds best DH riders coming from all corners of the world, expect to see some wild riding in the valleys of Dyfi this weekend. Qualifying will be live streamed on Saturday September 14 here, followed by finals on Sunday September 15.
Racing in Leogang was always a pleasure for Andrew Neethling. It is a great, all-around track and the event has a relaxed atmosphere. This time around, however, he wasn’t here to race. he came to create memories that had nothing to do with racing.
Over the years, more than a couple of my bikes had legendary Chris King headsets gracing their front ends, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally got to test out their bottom bracket. In the grand scheme of the 43 years the Portland based company has existed, it took them a relatively long time to come around to bottom brackets, but these days they have options for just about everything. With the widely welcomed re-emergence of threaded bottom bracket shells, the Threadfit 30 found its way onto my Evil Offering… Details Engineered, manufactured and assembled in Portland, Oregon USA King Lifetime Warranty Made-in-house bearings Available in 11 colors User serviceable bearings Ceramic bearing upgrade available Conversion kits for easy fitment with various cranksets 94 grams $176 USD You’ll need a special tool from either Chris King, or Park Tool. The installation is a pretty straight forward process. After all, isn’t that one of the big reasons why we love threaded BBs? Rather than manufacture a plethora of different bottom brackets for fitment with all of the various cranksets in the cycling world, Chris King brilliantly makes a few different BB units and leaves the rest of it to their conversion kits consisting of sleeves, spacers, etc. Shown above is the spacer that fits the bottom bracket to the 30mm spindle on Cane Creek’s eeWings Titanium cranks. The spacers are made from “Delrin”, a dense and high precision plastic. Chris King’s bearings need no introduction, but if you’re unfamiliar they are completely made in house at their Portland Oregon factory to ultra high precision tolerances. This means super low drag, and speaking of drag…there is a ceramic bearing upgrade option if you’re feeling spendy. It’s worth mentioning that the bearings are user serviceable via King’s injection tool. Your bottom bracket will arrive with spacers for chainline and spacing depending on your bike’s BB shell, hub width and whether or not you’re using a chainguide. Lastly, not shown is a Delrin spacer which separates the two cups inside the frame. On the trail After an installation that was so smooth and simple, it was almost unsettling, I’ve enjoyed silky pedaling and haven’t heard a peep from the center of my bike. The fact that it’s a threaded bottom bracket helps, as they never garnered a bad reputation for making noise in the first place. With that said, I have a hunch that King’s Press Fit 30 BB’s are likely very quiet as well. Anyhow, much like their hub bearings, you can expect is a break in period. Initially, there is a tiny bit of drag that’s undetectable on trail, but after a few rides the bearings take on a burnished feel and spin freely. Overall There’s only so much to talk about regarding how a bottom bracket performs on trail, but rather, the discussion mainly pertains to its design, durability and how well it keeps quiet. In all of those realms, the Threadfit 30 scores the highest conceivable marks, which is unsurprising as Chris King truly has no equivalent. Lastly, there is the topic of value – $176 is admittedly a lot of money to spend on a bottom bracket. If it weren’t for the fact that King offers a vast array of conversion kits to work with a wide variety of cranks on the market, there’d be more reason to be apprehensive about investing in one of these units. This is less so due to skepticism of the part itself, which now boasts a lifetime warranty by the way, and more due to the understandable concern over the bike industry’s fickle nature when it comes to ever changing standards. With all of that in mind, I have a strong hunch that threaded bottom brackets are back here to stay for a while. If you’re a buy it once and get it over with type person, the Threadfit 30 has your name written all over it. www.chrisking.com
Blasting through the forest with Heiko Krause on his home trails in Smithers, BC. #followcamfriday hanging on by a thread as we shuttle laps on the local DH tracks. Keep your eye on this kid. All of the natural talent and speed in the world!
The Audi Nines MTB 2019: Bangers ‘n Mash A remote stone quarry in Germany, sculpted into a mountain biker’s wet dream. Nearly 30 top riders from around the world. Freeride & slopestyle lines, satellites and skate parks, a big air jump and a monumental hip. Got you feeling hungry? Then get your fill of this healthy serving of bangers n’ mash, courtesy of the Audi Nines MTB 2019. Featuring Jackson Goldstone, Sam Reynolds, Clemens Kaudela, Daniel Ruso, Peter Kaiser, Erik Fedko, Szymon Godziek and many more.
“Owen Marks is an absolute beast on the trails and a great guy to boot and so we’re excited to announce the launch of HaroMTB ’s newest partnership with Owen Marks. And as fate would have it, we welcomed him into the Haro family at the exact same time that Haro is launching the highly anticipated, Thread Slope! And so with that, buckle in and enjoy as Owen drops in on some beautiful trails and lets loose on the all new Haro Thread Slope. The Thread Slope is available now and ready to shred some trails near you!”
12. September 2019 – Forchheim, Germany: After the roaring success of the limited-edition CAPRA 27 AL in 2018 German direct brand YT Industries has released another limited edition – this time it is the big brother. The CAPRA 29 AL comes with high-performance specs, a “raw” aluminum finish and is 100% carbon free. Only 400 units are available now in Europe (200 pcs) and the US (200 pcs) via www.yt-industries.com. Pure power downhill and a nimble climber One year removed from the launch of a limited-edition CAPRA 27 AL YT Industries is releasing a limited batch of the CAPRA 29 AL. This metal beast is 100 % carbon free and again features the unique ‘raw’ aluminum finish. This goat eats dirt, rocks and roots for breakfast thanks to high-end components and 170 mm of suspension travel. The modern CAPRA 29 AL geometry, progressive V4L rear suspension linkage and premium lightweight and durable alloy components make this beast a well-rounded animal that delivers powerful enduro vibes on the roughest trails and in the most challenging bike parks. True to the nature of the goat though, the CAPRA is also neat and nimble when it comes to getting back up the mountain. The 29’’ wheels and the 76° seat angle come in handy when pedaling uphill. The only catch: This CAPRA 29 and its ‘raw’ frame coating is limited to 400 pieces worldwide – 200 bikes are available in Europe and 200 in the US. “The response to last year’s limited edition was resounding. The CAPRA is a beast on the trails and delivers the goods in both worlds when racing downhill and climbing back up the mountain to drop back into the trail.” – Markus Flossmann, CEO YT Industries GEOMETRY Outstanding uphill capabilities and maximum downhill performance are no longer mutually exclusive, thanks to the unique geometry of the CAPRA 29. This goat kills two birds with one stone and lets riders enjoy both worlds. With long reach and a slack head angle, the modern geometry of the CAPRA 29 interprets the enduro segment in a YT’s characteristically adrenaline-loving way. The CAPRA 29 is an efficient climber, thanks to a seat tube angle that provides a balanced seated position on the bike optimizing the output on the trail. Additionally, the big wheels provide plenty of traction which translates to more drive for power-intensive uphill sections as well as extra confidence and control on faster downhill parts. For even more versatility, the Flip Chip lets riders adjust the BB height as well as the head angle and seat tube angle by 0.5 degrees. The short seat tube makes it possible to choose the frame size according to personal taste. The decision between M, L, XL or XXL no longer depends on body dimensions but rather on riding style. Bike park, enduro racing or trail riding: the CAPRA 29 tackles any terrain. SPECS With 170 mm of super smooth travel, the FOX 36 Float Factory fork provides “GOAT-like” traction and keeps you on track in the roughest of conditions. The heavy-duty FOX DHX2 Factory shock with its lightweight SLS steel spring combines maximum performance with a wide range of adjustment enabling to deal with any terrain. For better efficiency on the way back up the hill, the shock can also be locked out with a simple flick of a switch. With its massive gear range and the robustness to match it, the 1×11 XTR drivetrain by Shimano is ready to deal with any conditions. E*thirteen’s 9-46 tooth cassette is the first choice when it comes to aggressive trail riding and tough racing. SRAM’s Code RSC brakes with adjustable reach and bite point provide optimal modulation, and with 200 mm Centerline rotors both front and back you’ll never find yourself lacking the power to stop. The Kashima-coated FOX Transfer Factory dropper post offers infinite travel adjustment so that you can be sure to always put your saddle exactly where you need it.