With a crazy conclusion to the EWS title today, it's safe to say that we're in the midst of yet another golden age of racing.( Photos: 51, Comments: 3 )
The final practice of the final EWS of the season has concluded. Check out the scene from Zermatt.( Photos: 43, Comments: 23 )
Insta360 sent us their $ 399 USD (for stand alone camera) ‘ONE X’ Room to try out this Summer and document our rides. After a lot of travel, and with the Camera, we are here to share our thoughts. specs 360 ° Video Capture In Room ‘FlowState’ Stabilization Wifi preview and transfer 5.7K 30fps, 4K 50fps, 3K 100fps iPhone or Android app Photo resolution: 18 MP The camera comes as a stand-alone item, or as a ‘Get-Set’ kit including a selfie stick and 32gb memory card for $ 415. Five other configurations based on what you are using. Both an ‘adventure case’ and ‘dive case’ are sold as well, to protect the camera from, both light and moisture, to 30m waterproofing. The One X uses a tripod threaded mount, which serves as the interface for selfie sticks, ‘gopro’ style mounts, and various other accessories. We liked the threaded style, due to the fact that plastic mount often break, or wear out, but you can always count on the camera body itself staying durable. The camera seems physically an odd shape at first, especially for mounting on top of a helmet, or using a chest mount, but the shape didn’t prove to be an issue for us. The cool thing about having 360° worth of footage is that camera angle is essentially not a concern, due to being able to choose the perspective later on in the editing process. The soft case with lanyard we received was a welcome addition to our kit, always protecting the camera, and providing an easy mode of transportation. The kit we tested did not feature an adventure case, so we were careful about avoiding moisture, and scratching the lenses. The camera’s 5.7k resolution is impressive, though the camera’s auto exposure was a bit of an issue for us when passing from brightly lit sunny sections of trail, back into the shade. The transition was distinct, and compensating for one lighting scenario, threw off the other. We enjoyed using the Insta 360 iPhone app, and found it to be very self explanatory and easy to use. To import content, the camera can be connected via Wifi or cable, we found both to work equally well. The app filters, photos from videos, and allows trimming of each video clip prior to importing for further editing. Once the desired clip is imported, finalizing the perspective can be done through an auto track feature, setting individual focus points, or our favorite feature, which allows you to ‘record’ the desired perspective by physically moving and tilting your phone. The ability for any choice of perspective, combined with the FlowState stabilization make for engaging clips that can be viewed and used more than once due to the multiple points of view. Overall After the experience with various 360 ° cameras on the market, we would conclude that for action sports like mountain biking, the Insta360 One X is an incredible choice. The unparalleled in-camera stabilization, ease of use, fantastic app, and extensive accessory list More info at: Insta360
Wheels are something that take a beating and Roval has announced a lifetime warranty and crash replacement policy to keep you rolling. Rider: Fabio Wibmer Photo: Harookz Morgan Hill, CA (Sept. 17, 2019)— Roval Components is proud to announce the Roval Warranty and Crash Replacement Policy. All Roval products come with lifetime coverage against defects in material and workmanship for the original owner and two years of coverage for subsequent owners. In addition, all of the brand’s products include no-fault two-year crash replacement for riders in the USA. “Roval wheels have been engineered to exceed the performance requirements of today’s best riders. Our wheels stand up to top riders including Peter Sagan, Fabio Wibmer and Alison Tetrick, so we’re confident in offering our new Lifetime Warranty and “**it Happens” no-fault crash replacement to everyone aboard Roval wheels,” says Ben Capron of Roval. Lifetime Warranty The warranty outlines that Roval wheels are warrantied to the original purchaser for as long as they own them. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship when used normally in accordance with Roval’s published guidelines. Roval will even provide warranty coverage for two years from the date of the original retail purchase to the second, third, or even later owners. There are other important details and terms related to this warranty, find the full Warranty Policy here. “**it Happens” No-Fault Crash Replacement Policy If a Roval product is damaged while riding within the first two years of ownership and it’s not covered under warranty, Roval will still replace or repair it for free†. This policy applies to all Roval product purchased in the USA, whether it came stock on a bike or was purchased aftermarket. Crash replacement/repair is serviced through a rider’s local Roval Dealer. Terms and conditions apply, see full details at Roval’s warranty page:https://rovalcomponents.com/pages/warranty.
New E-Ticket Bike by Foes Racing Photo: Pat Carrigan From the day Disneyland first opened their doors in 1955, millions of attendees gained entry first with an admission fee before purchasing a separate book of tickets that actually got them on the rides. These tickets were distinguished in alphabetical order—the A-tickets were for the slowest, dullest rides; B-tickets brought some added excitement; and both the C- and D-tickets upped the level of wonder and fun. It was only four years after they first opened when enough new rides had been completed that the E ticket was added to the booklet. Ah, yes, for those old enough to remember, the E-ticket was the gold standard for all that was the most thrilling and memorable. Over time, the word “E-ticket” became synonymous with an experience unlike any other. Enter the Foes E-Ticket. REMEMBER THE MATTERHORN? There’s a reason that Brent Foes is in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, and it has nothing to do with his talent on a bike. It does, however, have a lot to do with his talent to make a bike. For over three decades Brent Foes has proven himself a master craftsman with a remarkable sense of foresight for mechanical necessity, which helped usher mountain biking into a new realm of long-travel suspension. That was when back in 1991 he designed and built his first bicycle with 6 inches of travel—an unheard-of amount of suspension at the time. Foes has continued to cultivate an unparalleled artisanship in his chosen medium—6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum—ever since. Foes Racing bicycles are known for their resiliency and ability to be ridden aggressively. A hallmark of the brand is to produce each model—from trail and enduro bikes to fat bikes and World Cup-winning downhill racers—in low quantities with high quality. With this one-of-a-kind Foes, the company is considering a short run of limited-edition power-assist bikes. We got our hands on Brent’s first attempt at making an e-bike to see what could be possible from Foes in the pedal-assist category. THE BIKE The same visually perfect welds that he became famous for stitch together this unique machine. “This bike is a mix between our Mixer Enduro bike and the Mixer Hydro downhill bike. It really is its own creature,” says Foes sales manager Bobby Acuna. The term “mix” has been part of Foes’ design parlance since 2014 when they began adapting the mixed wheel-size combo that matches a 29-inch front wheel with a 27.5-inch rear wheel. Two test mules were created before arriving at this final geometry iteration that will come in two sizes: medium and large. Unique from Foes’ other frames, the bike has a hydro-formed top tube and down tube that adds to its robustly awesome, industrial look as it wraps into the externally mounted battery. Another show of bulletproof engineering is this motor guard. THE MOTOR With its American headquarters located just a lunch drive away, choosing Shimano as the engine and drive component supplier for their first electric chassis was an easy decision. Foes selected the 250-watt STEPS E8000 motor, owing to its reliable reputation to its celebrated response for out-of-the-saddle pedaling. THE PARTS Paying a retail price of $10,000 will get you a complete bike with your choice of fork, shock and custom color. You could also go the made-to-order route and get a frame only for $6700 that would come with all the drive parts, including a motor, battery, shock and rear axle. Our test bike came complete with a suite of Fox hydraulics—36 fork with Fit GRIP2 damper, Float X2 rear shock and Transfer dropper post—rolling on Stan’s Arch MK3 enduro wheels with Schwalbe tires (29×2.5 inches up front and 27.5×2.4 inches in the rear). The cockpit on this bike is wide and clean. The STEPS display looks even tinier here. Controls in the cockpit were mounted to a 50mm Answer ATAC AME stem and 800mm-wide by 20mm rise Thomson Downhill handlebar with 9 degrees of backsweep and 5 degrees of upsweep, which would be able to leverage the bike in the desired direction once motoring on the trail. WHO IT’S MADE FOR If you’re the type of consumer who likes to pick a familiar, ordinary product from the eye-level shelf, keep shopping. The Foes e-bike is for the aficionado who can truly appreciate its rarity and brand legacy. This top-shelf item may be out of reach for most, but if exclusivity is an attraction, consider the e-bike your perfect north. THE RIDE The demeanor of the Foes is true to its bloodline—born and bred to rip and shred. The 2.4:1 suspension ratio provides a supple feel at the beginning of its travel and allows small trail chatter to be easily absorbed. The bike stays planted well through the middle of the shock stroke, while its slight rising rate in the suspension curve encourages aggression from the rider of this 160mm-travel bike. If you back down from a gap, drop or line, it certainly won’t be at the bike’s dissuasion. We found ourselves riding harder and charging deeper into turns and jumps, producing only smiles from each confidence-inspired test rider. One thing you can always expect from Foes is incredible welds and build quality. The Shimano motor’s power delivery encouraged riding the Foes with a similar mindset as you would ride a traditional bicycle; it complemented heavy torque inputs better than some other engines on the market that are able to assist power, but only seem to be most effective at a specific pedaling cadence. And the larger range of gears on the 11-46T rear cluster could easily be utilized thanks to the Shimano XT shifter’s capability to change two gears at a time when moving down the cassette, which encouraged quick and accurate acceleration, thanks to the electric assistance from the Shimano unit. The front end is forgiving, both in the slack head angle and the long-travel Fox 36 Performance fork. The bike’s handling left us feeling extremely well-centered over the wheels. Foes absolutely nailed the weight distribution and balance of the motor and battery placement on the chassis. Railing turns without worry of the front wheel washing out made us fall in love with the control of this bike—all carve with no push in the turns. It jumped well, and while its hefty weight of 50.635 pounds was certainly noticed when loading and unloading the bike, it seemed to become an unnoticed characteristic in the dirt. THE VERDICT Want to break out of the plastic mold of owning a run-of-the-mill carbon bike, literally? The Foes delivers one heck of a good time in an unparalleled package of metal artisanship that will most likely outlive the 1000 recharge cycles of an ordinary lithium-ion battery and produce long-term fun that’s worth the investment. SPECS Foes Racing E-Bike Price: $10,000 Motor: Shimano STEPS E8000 250W Battery: Shimano 504 Wh Charge time: 5 hours Top speed: 20 mph (with assist) Range: 31–62 miles Drive: Shimano XT, 11-speed, 11-46T Brakes: Shimano XT Controls: Shimano XT Fork: Fox 36 FiT GRIP, 160mm Frame: 6061 T6 aluminum Shock: Fox Float x2 Tires: Schwalbe 29×2.4” Eddy Current (f)/27.5×2.5” Nobby Nick (r) Weight: 50.625 lb. Color choice: 11 options Sizes: M, L www.foesracing.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. 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BikeRadar‘s Tech Talk podcast series is back and in Episode 5, technical editor Tom and technical writer Seb dig deep into the ever-changing and never-ending debate on what diameter wheel you mountain bike ‘should’ have and how wide the tyres mounted to your wheels might be. Debates over wheel size in mountain biking are seemingly endless. First, there were 26in wheels, then 29er stormed on to the scene and the larger diameter found fans in the cross-country world, but older geometries just didn’t work out when travel numbers grew. Then, out of nowhere, the 650b wheel arrived and killed off 26in almost instantly. The Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tyres look plenty beefy enough for a trail bike. Trek In the background, 29ers started working nicely in longer travel bikes, while plus-sized and fat tyres also entered the market. Eventually, things settled down, with wider 29in wheels dominating bikes designed to go fast, while 650b retained its place in the ‘fun’ trail and enduro bike market, and shared the honours in downhill. Then, in 2019, the Mullet truly arrived: 29in at the front, 650b at the back. Why? Let Seb and Tom talk you through the what/why/how of the latest mountain bike wheel size drama. Tom’s long-term test bike, his Santa Cruz Chameleon, is being run as a mullet bike. Steve Behr The links you need How does wheel size really affect performance What’s the fastest tyre size for mountain biking? Are 27.5+ bikes faster than 29ers? We’ve got a new series – Bike Shorts! While Tech Talks is a six-part series (another episode in four weeks time!), and our BikeRadar Podcast comes out every two weeks, we now have a very brief, weekly news-based podcast called Bike Shorts. Be sure to try and catch 10 to 15 minutes of the latest and greatest news with views every Friday. Download via Spotify or iTunes We want your feedback We’ve created a very simple, very short, totally anonymous survey, so that we can learn more about what you do and don’t like about our podcasts. We’d love to hear your thoughts. How to listen to the BikeRadar Podcast If you want to download the BikeRadar Podcast to your iPhone, you can find it on iTunes, alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services. Previous BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast episodes BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 1: Fork Offset — all you need to know BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 2: Mountain bike suspension dampers BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep 3: Mountain bike geometry BikeRadar Tech Talk Podcast Ep4: Linkage forks Previous BikeRadar Podcast episodes Episode 1 – Cycling Plus‘ Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 2 – MBUK‘s Trail Bike of the Year Special (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 3 – The BikeRadar Podcast | How do £10k bikes even exist? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 4 – The BikeRadar Podcast | SRAM versus Shimano, and more! (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 5 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Why do all bikes look the same? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 6 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Is it time to ditch ‘The Rules’? (Spotify/iTunes) Episode 7 – The BikeRadar Podcast | Road tubeless – the what, why and how (Spotify/iTunes)
It’s fair to say that this year’s event was something extremely special Featured Image: Syo van Vliet Bangers. Wall to wall bangers. Nothing but bangers. Bang tidy bangers. Bang, bang, you’re dead bangers. Cillit Bang(ers). Audi Nine MTB 2019 bangers. Bangers ‘n’ Mash. So many bangers Nearly 4,000 spectators went to the Ellweiler stone quarry near Birkenfield to watch the conclusion of The Audi Nines MTB 2019. And boy, oh boy, were they treated to a spectacle. 28 of the world’s greatest mountain bikers, at an event put on in collaboration with Bikepark Idarkopf, gathered together with the aim of progressing their sport to brave new heights (sometimes literally). The invited riders, a hand-selected group of absolute rippers, wowed the crowd with sessions on the spot’s Big Air Jump, Freeride, Slopestyle lines, and the iconic “Perfect Hip” at the quarry’s bottom. “The level we saw today was just crazy” Germany’s Nico Schloze and Erik Fedko took the wins in the Big Air (DH Bike) and Best Line (Slopestyle) respectively while American Nicholi Rogatkin placed first in Big Air (Hardtail) and Spaniard Bienvenido Aguado Alba claimed top spot in the Big Line (Freeride). The day’s excitement ended with a crowd-wowing session on the site’s gargantuan hip, with riders soaring to jaw-dropping heights. “This was the best public display we’ve done in 25 events,” said Audi Nines creator Nico Zacek. “Usually it’s more about the video and photo shoots for us. But the energy from thousands of cheering fans is amazing for the athletes. It gave them extra motivation to perform their best, and the level we saw today was just crazy.” Video Highlights From The Audi Nines MTB 2019 Banger’s ‘n’ Mash Edit Nicholi Rogatkin, Twister No Hander Bienvenido Aguado, Tsunami Front Flip Jackson Goldstone, Double Backflip Tom Isted, Double Barrel Roll Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer Credit: Klaus Polzer You May Also Like Raw 100 V5 | 100 Seconds Of Brandon Semenuk In Utah Mountain Biking In Nepal | Riding The Gosainkunda Trail In The Himalayas The post The Audi Nines MTB 2019 | Highlights appeared first on Mpora.