Can there ever be a right line when creativity leaves every trail open to experimentation? From New Zealand’s Rotorua, Cardrona and Wairoa Valley to obscure island areas like Te Tihi o Tawa and Derby, Tasmania, Keegan Wright has taken us on a tour of incredible lines. Fast and dry, wet and twisted, groomed and gravity fed—each trail has given a glimpse of how incredible the riding is way down unda. The last stop on this journey takes place at Maydena Bike Park in Tasmania. Each segment Keegan has shown what a Wright Line is. See, trails and geography are only half the equation. It’s this young New Zealand native’s riding that truly brings the terra to life. The Wright Line series has spanned over two years, Keegan pinned all the while. We’ve grown fond of this one-of-a-kind Kiwi’s passion and positivity. How he blends speed and style is truly remarkable, too. His blazing fast, wickedly precise and playful lines light up each video in a way that ignites a bit of passion in all of us. Now press play. Rider: Keegan Wright Film: John Colthorpe
“A good DH rim must last at least 6 runs in World Cup!” says the Canyon Factory Team mechanic. Based on this statement, Mavic has redesigned the Deemax DH 2020 wheels with the demands of the World Cup DH circuit in mind. A new series of tests including more stringent impact tests to guarantee greater endurance and durability of the wheels. The rim is UST, therefore it has native tubeless compatibility, with an internal width of 28mm and a hooked profile for maximum grip at lower pressures and sustained speeds with large impacts. The shape is designed to minimize the risk of tire cuts. The profile has a triangular shape to increase strength and overall stiffness with an increased thickness in the intersection area between the shoulder and sidewall base.. 14 different prototypes were used in competition by the Canyon, Mondraker and Scott factory teams, before reaching the final production version of the new Deemax DH with which Brook Macdonald won the Rotorua Crankworx and with which Laurie Greenland finished third last weekend at Les Gets. The final model uses 28 double-thickness steel spokes with a J-hook for easier replacement and availability. They are laced 3 cross, for the best compromise between strength, rigidity, reactivity and absorption. Considering the prevalent use of 7-speed cassettes in DH, the hub was sized accordingly with the greatest possible distance between the flanges to improve torsional stiffness as well as vertical absorption. Mavic’s Instant Drive 360 freewheel has 40 points of engagement and a self-adjusting system for their QRM Auto bearings, both illustrated in the following video. Available in 27.5 and 29 inch Wheel set weight: 1,950 grams Price: € 799 Mavic has developed a product warranty program with a direct line between the customer and company. The product has been extended to a 3 years warranty. A crash replacement program is also offered with 40% discount on the repair when possible. Mavic
Rotorua, New Zealand, has never been short of talent. It’s literally and figuratively coming out of the woods. Whakarewarewa (Redwoods) Forest is the town’s main mountain bike park, with about 130 kilometres of trails, and some riders who live within a 10-minute pedal of it are arguably the best on the scene. Fifteen-year-old Blake Pittams is one of those riders.
Blake Pittams is the latest young ripper to come out of Rotorua.( Photos: 18 )
Maes has been stripped of his wins in Round 1 and 2 of the Enduro World Series.( Photos: 2, Comments: 8 )
Irish rider Greg Callaghan has journeyed from privateer to top contender of the Enduro World Series – an ever-growing discipline of Mountain Biking. From technical rock gardens to dusty singletrack, the MTB riders of the EWS are some of the most skilled athletes in the world! As the 2019 season begins, Greg finds himself on the starting line in Rotorua, New Zealand, 10,000km from home. Kicking off two-days of racing, icons of the sport like Sam Hill, Curtis Keene, Isabeau Courdurier, Miranda Miller and Martin Maes battle it out for the top spot!