woom OFF Mountian Bikes are Here! woom OFF: woom’s Ultralight Mountain Bike for Kids Has Arrived woom Expands Leading Kid-Specific Bike Line Onto the Trails With the OFF Austin, TX August 19, 2019 – woom, the leading high-quality, lightweight kids bike brand in Europe and North America today announces their latest innovation, the woom OFF. For two years, woom’s acclaimed team in Vienna, Austria has worked to develop the ideal bike for trail adventures with the family, whether young riders are taking on rocky terrain in the mountains and forests, or jumping curbs on the city streets. In sleek, elegant matte black and silver the OFF line honors woom’s trademark kid-specific design with features like child-friendly brakes and shifters, an ultra-lightweight frame, and bigger high-quality tires with low rolling resistance making riding easier and enjoyable. Compared to other kids mountain bikes on the market, the woom OFF is exceptionally lightweight and durable. Designed for children between 6 and 14 years old, the woom OFF helps kids explore their passion for cycling on any terrain. “What starts as a natural urge to move develops over the course of childhood into a love of sport,” shared Christian Bezdeka, woom Europe CEO and Co-Founder. “For this important development phase we have designed, and are excited to offer, adventurous riders the woom OFF.” photo-woom bikes A distinguished feature of the woom OFF is the specially developed carbon fork weighing only 330 grams (11.6 oz.). Strong, carbon-fiber construction ensures maximum load capacity when steering and braking, as well as smooth riding even on the roughest descents. The lightweight aluminum frame is manufactured through a process known as hydroforming, shaping the material resulting in high precision and mechanical strength, as well as seamless construction. The woom OFF also features easily adjusted hydraulic disc brakes and a specialized chainring that reliably prevents the chain from falling off. The custom-designed stem offers a clever reversible system: it can also be mounted upside-down, allowing for easy adjustment of the handlebars. photo- woom bikes The high-quality tires on the woom OFF have been carefully selected from the leading tire manufacturer Schwalbe. Thanks to the unique ADDIX SPEED rubber compound, they offer an optimal combination of low rolling resistance and maximum grip with good cushioning and longer durability. Shifting is easy with the kid-friendly trigger lever, operated with the thumb and forefinger. Together with the SRAM X5 rear derailleur, the lever ensures precise and reliable shifting, even in mud and on rocky terrain. “The development of the OFF line embodies the woom brand’s kid-specific design and quality philosophy, while giving our community a mountain bike that will match their evolving skills,” added Mathias Ihlenfeld, woom USA CEO and Owner. “We are seeing momentum in youth mountain biking in the U.S., and the woom OFF is perfect for riding your local bike park to racing the trails at events across the country.” To allow kids to personalize their bikes, each woom OFF comes with a set of stickers in four different colors. The rims and top tube can be custom designed or simply left in the matte look. The woom OFF comes in three sizes, 20”, 24”, and 26”, priced at $669, $679, and $699 respectively. The full line will be available for pre-orders on woom bikes USA starting August 19th with bikes shipping late October. In the spring of 2020, a version of the woom OFF will be offered with an air suspension fork. photo- woom bikes woom OFF Mountain Bike Specifications - Lightweight frame made of high-quality aluminum with butted and hydroformed tubes - Superlight carbon fork with multidirectional carbon fibers for maximum torsional strength - Hydraulic disc brakes with excellent modulation and child-friendly brake levers - Stem with clever flip-flop system: flip it over to change the height of the handlebars - Special chainring stops the chain from slipping even on rough terrain - High-quality mountain bike tires from Schwalbe with special rubber compound for low rolling resistance, maximum grip, optimal shock absorption and solid durability - SRAM X5 groupset with easy-to-use SRAM trigger shifter for precise and smooth shifting even in mud and on rough terrain - Comes complete with a set of stickers in four colors to personalize the bike Available in the following sizes: woom OFF 4: wheel size 20″, weight (without pedals) 17.2 lbs., $669.00 woom OFF 5: wheel size 24″, weight (without pedals) 18.9 lbs., $679.00 woom OFF 6: wheel size 26″, weight (without pedals) 20.5 lbs., $699.00 About woom woom designs high-quality, lightweight bikes for children of all ages. Built with meticulous attention to detail, our bikes are tailor-made for a child’s anatomy and needs. Models range in size from balance bikes designed for the smallest of riders to pedal bikes for young teens. woom bikes, often half the weight of kids’ bikes found at traditional retail stores, make riding easy to learn and easy to enjoy. Our aim is to inspire as many children as possible to love riding their bike. Family owned and operated, woom was founded in Vienna, Austria, with the mission to create the ideal kids’ bike. woom USA began operating at our headquarters in Austin, Texas, in 2014 to bring the same unparalleled European design and love of riding to families across North America. In 2019 woom USA was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America ranked #256. woom ships directly to customers, and assembly is quick and simple. For more information, visit us at us.woombikes.com or call 855-966-6872. 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VINTAGE ELECTRIC Vintage Electric was started by Andrew Davidge in the early 2010s. Like many great things, the company started in his parents’ garage. Andrew took a few of the early bikes to a prestigious vintage car show in Monterey, California, and that weekend, he segued the Vintage Electric vision into a business. Those first bikes were proof of concept that a vintage-inspired, battery-assisted pedal bike should be a thing and that other people shared the team’s vision. Their vintage motorcycle look immediately caught on, and we took notice. The bikes are truly stunning, and every time we have a chance to ride one, we jump! TECH BEGINNINGS The business is based in Santa Clara, California, right in Silicon Valley, which provides the perfect backdrop for a high-tech, cutting-edge product with a beautiful, old-school look. Originally, the bikes were made in the U.S., but up until recently, as demand has increased, they found that this wasn’t economically feasible. Manufacturing has now been moved to Taiwan, which is now scalable. Another thing has changed. Whereas the battery cases, purposely made to look like a V-twin motor, had been sand-cast aluminum, they’ve switched to a die-cast process, which allows thinner cases that make them lighter and dissipate heat much better—actually, about 40-percent better. They moved the MOSFETs for the controller higher inside the case to take advantage of the improved cooling. Classic chrome rat-trap pedals are a nice detail on the bikes. Speaking of aluminum, since some of the frames are aluminum, they’ve added stainless steel inserts in the rear dropouts to be able to handle all the torque from their powerful motors, reducing wear and tear on the frame. Also new are the torque sensors in the bottom bracket on all the bikes. Previously, they were throttle-powered only. The Crystalyte direct-drive rear hub motors offer tremendous power. On the Tracker and Scrambler models, they can offer up to 3000 watts, but that requires a special race key and is for private land use only. Without the key, all of the bikes are 750 watts and cut off at 20 mph. We had an exclusive chance to ride all three bikes, and to say that the Tracker and Scrambler S with the race key are thrilling is an understatement. We had ear-to-ear smiles the whole time. Simply, the power was intoxicating! We were told that Bluetooth connectivity is coming soon with the ability to monitor system performance, including aiding Vintage Electric to remotely connect, diagnose, then send out the correct personnel to fix any problems. THE CAFE The Cafe is priced at $3995, and is available in either Skyline Bronze or Golden Gate Red. It’s the smallest and lightest of the three bikes. The battery is smaller and removable to take inside for easy charging, and charges fully in only two hours. It offers pedal assist using a torque sensor at the bottom bracket, or a thumb throttle on the bars. Its 1×10 system isn’t a huge range of gears, but it’s plenty with the power. A powerful, compact 6-volt LED Supernova headlight and integrated taillight provide ample lighting, even for night rides. This is the one bike that stays street-legal, limiting the motor to 750 watts. No regeneration is available on the Cafe. THE TRACKER The Tracker sits in the middle of the line at $4995. It has a single-speed setup for simplicity, as most riders will use the pedal-assist or throttle more than gearing, and it keeps the look cleaner. Without the race key, this is a stylish Class 2 bike, as it cuts off at 20 mph. Insert the race key and it’s a different story. It’s an absolutely thrilling ride, maxing out at 36 mph. We had a blast taking this on some roads we had all to ourselves! Vintage uses powerful Crystalyte motors, up to 3000 watts each, and all are direct drive to allow for regenerative braking. The Tracker also gets a new Graphite Blue color option. It is gorgeous and matches a Porsche color, and Davidge says there’s a direct correlation between Vintage Electric bikes and Porsche ownership. A larger battery offers longer range, up to 50 miles depending on use, but only bumps the charge time by a half hour to 2.5 hours. The battery isn’t readily removable like the Cafe’s. THE SCRAMBLER S This is the brand’s new big daddy. With a satin black finish, a rally-esque yellow LED motorcycle-style headlamp with a steel mesh protector, this is the bad boy your mother warned you about. It looks mean just sitting there. An inverted fork with 60mm of travel enhances the motorcycle look. Again, this has pedal assist and a throttle, as well as regenerative braking that actually slows the bike nicely going downhill or just in reducing the amount of braking you have to do to bring this 86-pound juggernaut to a stop. Like the Tracker, there’s only one gear, and this bike doesn’t seem to need more than that. If you like pedaling, you might tweak the gearing, as we ran out of gears fairly often on the Scrambler S. “We had ear-to-ear smiles the whole time, and the power was intoxicating!” It also offers the optional race key to bump it from a Class 2 bike on road to a 36-mph thrill ride for private land. Schwalbe Black Jack knobbies let you take it on unpaved roads, too. We just felt like Peter Fonda riding around on it! The largest battery of the trio, it offers 45–75 miles of range and a 4.5-hour recharge time. That’s on par with most batteries on the market for charge time, but few come near the capacity. The price makes sense with the big battery, style and performance, coming in at $6995. Founder Andrew Davidge opens the taps on the Tracker. UPGRADES For a current Vintage Electric owner, the company offers upgrades to their new die-cast battery packs with all-new controllers, etc., essentially future-proofing their bikes. No need to buy a new bike to get the latest technology. We definitely think that is a great way to show loyalty to owners. They’ve partnered with Velofix to work with them on the upgrades at the consumers’ homes. We won’t call these bikes pure style, because that would sell them short. They are beautiful, but they also perform extremely well and have excellent build quality. From style to substance, the Vintage bikes check all the boxes and at a price that seems positively affordable for what you’re getting. SPECS VINTAGE ELECTRIC CAFE Price: $3995 Motor: Crystalyte 750W direct-drive rear hub Battery: 48V 10.4 Ah Charge time: 2 hours Top speed: 28 mph (with assist) Range: 20–50 miles Drive: Shimano SLX, 10-speed Brakes: Shimano M365 hydraulic disc brakes Controls: Vintage Electric Fork: Aluminum Frame: Chromoly Tires: Schwalbe Fat Frank, 29×2.0”, Kevlar guard Color choices: Skyline Bronze or Golden Gate Red Sizes: S/M/L VINTAGE ELECTRIC TRACKER Price: $4995 Motor: Crystalyte 750W (3000W in Race Mode) direct drive rear hub Battery: 48V, 15 Ah Charge time: 2.5 hours Top Speed: 36 mph Range: 25–50 miles Drive: FSA/KMC Brakes: Promax Lucid hydraulic disc brakes Controls: Vintage Electric Fork: Chromoly Frame: Hydroformed aluminum Tires: Schwalbe Fat Frank, 26×2.35”, Kevlar guard Color choices: Red or Graphite Blue Weight: 79 lb. Sizes: One size VINTAGE ELECTRIC SCRAMBLER S Price: $6995 Motor: Crystalyte 750W (3000W in Race Mode) direct-drive rear hub Battery: 48V, 23.4 Ah Charge time: 4.5 hours Top speed: 36 mph Range: 40-75 miles Drive: FSA/KMC Brakes: Promax Lucid hydraulic disc brakes Controls: Vintage Electric Fork: MRP inverted fork with 60mm of travel Frame: Hydroformed aluminum Tires: Schwalbe Black Jack knobby, 26×2.35” Color Choices: Satin Black Weight: 86 lb. Sizes: One size www.vintageelectricbikes.com THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post VINTAGE ELECTRIC appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
If you are a regular to spin classes and indoor cycling you might have been wishing for an indoor-specific cycling shoe, particularly if you notice your feet getting very hot when the temperature’s turned up on a long, stationary bike ride. This also might never have occurred to you as being a problem but, either way, Shimano has the answer with its new Indoor Cycling (IC) footwear. Shimano S-Phyre RC9 review Best smart turbo trainers for indoor training Shimano’s IC5 and IC3 indoor cycling shoes are claimed to be designed for maximum ventilation while remaining practical and comfortable. This makes them just the ticket for spin classes and winter turbo trainer sessions. Each of the two new models has a distinct style and purpose. The 292g (claimed, per shoe) IC5 is closer to a typical cycling shoe styling and features an airy mesh upper with a reasonably flexible sole (“rated 5/12 for stiffness” according to Shimano). Meanwhile the 326g (claimed, per shoe) IC3 has a sports-shoe look and is constructed from “sections of breathable leather and mesh”, with the sole aimed squarely at comfort with its 2/12 stiffness rating. Flexible soles should make the IC3 (pictured) and IC5 indoor cycling shoes easier to walk in than most cycling shoes. Shimano In other words, these aren’t all-out performance shoes, but probably just right for less-frequent cyclists looking to benefit from clipping-in during an indoors workout. The shoes are aimed at female cyclists and spin class enthusiasts. Shimano Both models have been developed with female riders in mind, which is reflected in the size range of 36 to 44 (European sizing). They also both feature Boa closure dials to help quickly get in and out of the shoes. Finally, and quite importantly, they are made for SPD cleats and pedals (as opposed to SPD-SL, which are more commonly found on road shoes), which sit in a recess in the sole, because Shimano says SPD pedals are more likely to be found on spin bikes. If you are looking ahead to a long season of spin, it’s worth noting that Shimano isn’t the only brand making indoor-specific bike kit. Velocio and Madison both sell clothing designed to be light and extra-capable when it comes to dealing with sweat. Shimano IC5 indoor cycling shoes Shimano’s IC5 indoor cycling shoe. Shimano Sizes: 36–44 Colours: Black, White, Navy with Pink Price: £99.99 / €119.95 Shimano IC3 indoor cycling shoes Shimano’s IC3 indoor cycling shoe. Shimano Sizes: 36–44 Colours: Black, White, Green Price: €119.95
Last weekend the second ever Reef to Reef event took over Cairns in the heart of Tropical North Queensland for four days of brilliant mountain bike racing. As a sister event to the Cape to Cape and Port to Port, the Reef to Reef attracts a wide variety of riders and racers from all over the country, and beyond, who predominantly race in pairs. Starting at the classic Smithfield MTB Park just up the road from Cairns town centre, the Reef to Reef encompasses four separate stages that saw riders enjoy singletrack through Davies Creek and Mount Molloy, before riding down the historic Bump Track on the final day to finish on Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas. That fourth day also encompasses the iconic Triple R – the longest running point-to-point race in Australia. With hundreds of competitors signing up for the 2019 event, both in the pairs and solo categories, there was a huge variety in both riders and the bikes they were on. Here’s a look at some of the bikes and gear we spotted at this year’s Reef to Reef! Stage 1 began at the Smithfield MTB Park just outside of Cairns. Tasman Nankervis threading his way down Jacob’s Ladder as the leader in the Men’s Solo category. Tas only decided to race the 2019 Reef to Reef two days before the event, but it turned out to be a winning decision. Here’s Tas with his race bike – a Merida Ninety Six Team, which unsurprisingly features 96mm of rear wheel travel. Note the single-position dropper post – old school! Tas’ bike is rolling on a set of custom wheels with Acros Nineteen XC hubs, which have a claimed weight of 104g for the front and 209g for the rear – wowsers! Duke carbon rims aren’t exactly common Down Under, but you might have already seen them under several World Cup riders, including Julien Absalon. These ones are claimed to weigh just 360g per rim, making them an exceptionally light choice for Tas’ race bike. Speedy Michelin race tyres for Tas. How he rides the technical stuff so fast with such minimalist tyre treads we have no idea! The RockShox XLoc hydraulic lockout for the rear shock shares the same clamp as the Level Ultimate brake lever. Tidy. Each stage kicked off with a fast-paced sprint out of the start chute. Lockouts locked and top-gear engaged for the fast legs at the point end. Izzy Flint is a young gun on the rise, having already been crowned National Enduro Champion in 2018, as well as achieving notable success in XC, road and track. Izzy paired up with Jacob Langham for the Reef to Reef, and unlike most of her competitors, chose to race a hardtail – a Merida Big Nine. The hardtail didn’t seem to hold Izzy back – she was absolutely flying during the first two stages, but unfortunately had to pull out of the race having fallen ill before the start of Stage Three. While the singletrack wasn’t too brutal on bikes, there were a few flat tyres rolling around. This guy got a huge cheer as he crossed the finish line having spent a considerable amount of time running his bike through the jungles of Smithfield – what a legend! The Van der Ploeg team of Neil & Paul were looking strong during Stage One, but a rear punny on Neil’s bike caused some dramas down one of the rockier descents. Paul van der Ploeg was making his comeback at the 2019 Reef to Reef, having broken his leg earlier this year while in New Zealand. We’re stoked to see Big Paulie back with a race plate on and a massive grin on his dial! Most XC racers like to go as minimalist as possible. Paulie likes to run the I.C.E pump. Spare chain links on the handlebar. Some of the routes at the Reef to Reef take riders well out in the sticks, so being able to perform a repair is crucial to being able to finish each stage. Big legs call for a big(ish) 36t chainring on Paul’s Giant Anthem race bike. Paul’s running a custom wheelset using Giant TRX 0 carbon rims, blue anodised alloy nipples and Shimano XTR hubs. Just a single remote lockout for Paul’s race bike, which allows him to instantly firm up the Fox 32 Step-Cast fork at the flick of a lever. Emma Viotto of the Shimano Pushy’s Cannondale team was racing her Scalpel Si race bike. Along with the Specialized Epic and Canyon Lux, this is one of the few full sussers on the market that’ll take two water bottles inside the mainframe. The Lefty Ocho fork is new for 2019, and uses a single-piece carbon fibre structure for both the crown and outer tube. It still looks absolutely bonkers though! Em’s race bike is equipped with 12-speed Shimano XTR, and she’s elected to run the tighter 10-45t cassette instead of the bigger 10-51t option. We spotted a load of Pro’s snub-nosed Stealth saddle, which is proving equally popular with male and female riders. Being a SRAM-sponsored athlete, Holly Harris was one of the lucky few to receive some wireless AXS goodies, including this Reverb dropper post that had been put through a mud bath during Stage 3. No cables to worry about in the mud here with the SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle derailleur on Holly’s bike. Unlike a lot of XC racers, Holly prefers to leave her suspension unlocked for the entirety of the race. Jon Odams of the Giant Australia Off-Road Team, brought just a little pizazz to the Smithfield race course – how’s this booter! Odams was racing alongside Brendan Johnson, but had a very different setup on his Giant Anthem race bike. Fresh off the back of the BC Bike Race, Odams had a 120mm travel Fox 34 Step-Cast fork to lift up the front end of his Anthem. Shimano XTR 12-speed groupset along with that smaller 10-45t cassette. Note the lockout cable for the rear shock – Odams prefers to leave the fork unlocked, but still have the option to disengage the rear suspension. Odams has fitted a party post to his Anthem – not an easy feat given the 27.2mm seat tube diameter. He chose a carbon fibre KS LEV Ci post, which has a 65mm stroke and a sub-400g claimed weight. Odams has an unusual arrangement for his dropper and rear shock lockout levers, which is due to… OH MY GOD WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? Most of the top-level racers seem to be on custom wheels – Odams has gone for DT Swiss 240 hubs with sub-400g Curve carbon rims. Another difference between Odams and Trekky’s bikes were the tyres – Odams has gone for higher volume 2.35in Maxxis Ikons front and rear. Heavier? Yes. More comfortable for a 4-day stage race? Absolutely. XC bikes lifted with slightly longer travel forks seemed to be a popular choice amongst Reefer to Reefers – like this dashing Norco Revolver. Plenty of Specialized Epics – both young and old – were spotted throughout the field. And Scott Sparks too. If you were wondering who’s still buying short travel XC duallies, go to a 4-day stage race – they’re everywhere! When the load is just a little more expensive than the vehicle. These fellas came all the way from Singapore to race the Reef to Reef, and may have brought all of the high-end mountain bikes with them! Santa Cruz’ latest Blur made numerous appearances at the Reef to Reef. Another Merida Ninety Six scooting down the very fast, and very dusty Bump Truck on the fourth and final day of the race. This guy was well prepared for the Four Mile Beach section. Turns out it wasn’t the only bike he’d brought along… The paint job instantly grabbed our attention – what kind of mountain biker wouldn’t recognise that colour combo? Look a little closer though, and all isn’t quite what it seems… Back to normal programming, and Briony Mattock’s gorgeous Specialized Epic race bike. And teammate Anna Beck’s stealthy Santa Cruz Blur. Schwing! Custom fork decals to match. Oil slick bottle cage? Yes please! ‘The Fox & Raccoon’ team had the best costumes of the whole field by a country mile. Though this chap does win an award for impeccable matching skills. The question we want to know though is; did the bike or the shoes come first? Steel singlespeeds weren’t exactly a common sight at the Reef to Reef. Our calves are quivering at the thought. This guy probably wished he’d brought a singlespeed. Game over on day two. #sadface ‘His & Hers’ Scott Genii getting ready for the Bump Track. Couples who race together stay together. Right? Jessica Simpson of the Giant Wollongong team raced to a top-5 finish in the Open Mixed category aboard a rather special race bike that features a paint job you probably haven’t seen before… That’s because she’s actually racing a Giant Anthem 29 that’s been custom painted in Liv colours. Why the custom paint job? Simpson is on the Anthem chassis purely because of frame and wheel sizing – the current Liv Pique is a 27.5in bike and she prefers to roll on 29in hoops. Simpson has also chosen to plug in a dropper post into her race bike, again choosing the skinny KS LEV 27.2 dropper. It’s linked up to this lovely Wolf Tooth ReMote that nestles in underneath the Shimano brake lever clamp for a very tidy setup. More custom details on Simpson’s race bike, with a standard eye-to-eye Fox iRD shock sitting in place of the Anthem’s usual trunnion-mount rear shock. The electronic lockout is used for the fork too. Custom hardware has been used to make the standard shock fit where a trunnion eyelet would go. The setup is mirrored on Simpson’s teammates bike. The iRD lockout controller is super low profile and requires very little effort to switch on and off. Ryan ‘Ryno’ Lennox has a few other neat details on his Anthem race bike, including these Extralite thru-axles. They’re super low profile and help to save a few grams. As the weight weenies always say ‘grams make kilograms’! Not everyone at the Reef to Reef was worried about grams though – especially the Cairns locals who turned up for the Triple-R race on the fourth and final day of the event. Can’t say we’ve seen many Pole Evolinks at Aussie races! This guy’s front wheel would have crossed the finish line minutes before his rear wheel did. Aaaand that’s a wrap from the 2019 Reef to Reef! A big thumb’s up to all the riders who completed the four days of racing, we had a blast! The post Bikes Of The 2019 Reef To Reef appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.
WHISTLER, B.C. August 17, 2019 – In what might have been one of the most emotional moments in Slopestyle mountain bike history, Emil Johansson (SWE) stepped up to the top of the podium today at the biggest contest is the discipline, Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler. “Honestly, I can’t,” he said of trying to put his feelings to words, his voice shaking as he fought back tears. “It’s been rough. If you had told me two years ago, when stuff was really rough, that this day was going to happen, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.” Two years ago, the 20-year-old got his first taste of Red Bull Joyride success, finishing off his breakout season with a second place finish. But soon after, the unexpected struck. He was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, was unable to ride, and had no assurance he would be able to compete again. With some successful treatment and care, he was able to officially return to competition at Crankworx Innsbruck in June. He finished his day in second, proving to himself and the world he was back. If any doubt lingered, it was extinguished today. “It’s a dream come true,” said the Swede, “and it just shows that all the hard work I put in paid off.” Johansson’s winning run was his first of two for the day on a course that he described as “gnarly but fun.” Dropping in eighth amidst the pack of 14 riders, he was flawless, throwing down huge tricks like a three-whip tuck turn. Credit: Fraser Britton / Crankworx 2019 “Getting all the tricks together was really hard,” he said of his 95.75 scoring run. “I was standing on top before my second run and I was so nervous. If anyone would have beat my run I would have needed to improve my run I already did, and I don’t even know if I could get all these combos in a row again, since it was so hard to get them all together.” His score would remain unbeaten, and he was able to take his second run as a victory lap. After Johansson and his family, who tearfully greeted him before the podium, probably the next most excited person for him was the man who came in second. “To see Emil be up in first place – one of my biggest competitors, and my friend – to see him up at the top of the podium so early in his career, that’s so awesome for him,” said Brett Rheeder (CAN). “It’s good for the sport and it’s good for him and it’s good for our mutual sponsors. So I’m pretty happy.” On top of his happiness for his friend, the Canadian said he was happy with how his day rolled out. “I’m normally not stoked on coming in second but, man, I was going to do a run that was far less than what I did,” said Rheeder of his second run. He stumbled on his first and was sitting in 10th heading into the second runs. “It was five minutes before my run I changed my mind. At least 50% of the tricks I did on course I didn’t practice at all. So I was scared. I didn’t practice them and I didn’t know if they were going to work.” Wind had hampered practice, limiting the time riders had on the course before finals. “Five minutes before the run, I decided. Everyone was sending it and landing their runs and it stoked me. I was just like ‘I’m here, right now, and I’ve come all this way. The Triple Crown is there. It takes a year to get, and I’ve already been in this position. If there’s any time to just buck up and try to get a good run, it’s right now.’ And I just went for it.” Rheeder threw down a flawless second run, bringing in the loudest cheers of the day from the 30,000+ crowd that descended on Whistler to watch it all go down. He would score a 94.5, just shy of first. The Canadian, a 10-year veteran of the sport, came into the contest with the weight of the mountain bike world on his shoulders. The 26-year-old was undefeated coming in to Whistler, and was on track to take the Triple Crown of Slopestyle, a prize awarded to a rider who can win all three Slopestyle events at Crankworx in a season. And while the Triple Crown evaded him this year, Rheeder does walk away with the overall Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship title from the points he amassed over the course of the season. This is the fourth time he’s won the Crankworx overall. In third place, a rider who blasted onto the scene in Innsbruck. Dawid Godziek (POL) crossed over from the BMX worls to Slopestyle mountain biking without missing a beat. He came third at Crankworx’s Austrian stop, and pulled off the same today with a 91.75. “It feels incredible. I would never have thought I could come here and make it on the podium. It’s a crazy feeling.” FULL RESULTS: Red Bull Joyride
E-BIKES AS A SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING TOOL Josh Carlson is a top enduro-class racer. For the uninitiated, enduro is a mountain bike racing discipline where the downhills are timed but the ascents are not, usually doing multiple laps, and the races last for hours, making them grueling physical tests for the riders.v Carlson’s coach suggested he try an e-bike to shorten the time spent climbing so he could get in more descending time. Lucky for Josh, his bike sponsor happens to be Giant Bicycles, and they set him up on a Trance E+ as similarly as possible to his race bike, a Giant Reign. “Even before this project came to fruition, I’ve always been pro e-bike. Now that I’ve ridden one, it just brings the fun back! The whole goal of it was to get more descending time in and less effort pedaling on the climbs. The final goal was that I wanted it to replicate my race bike as much as possible. “I’ve got 160-140mm of travel, which is a little less than the 180/160mm of travel on my race bike, but the geometry of it is pretty similar. I think the extra weight of the e-bike is definitely helping my riding on my normal bike. “I’m not getting fatigued climbing back up the hill; I’m getting fatigued from doing so many downhill runs.” “My normal Reign in race setup weighs about 15 kilograms [33 pounds], with big tires, big suspension, and the 180mm travel fork and coil-over shock. This thing weighs about 10 kilos [22 pounds] more, and when I get back onto my Reign after riding this bike, it makes it feel so light and nimble. You can just slap it into turns, and it dances underneath you through rough sections. “You get to go twice as fast up climbs and twice as fast through stuff with all this extra weight. When you get back on your normal race bike, your mind is used to going that little bit quicker; you just feel like a superhero! “One of my little training zones that I train on (at home) in Wollongong, Australia, there’s about a 15–20-minute climb back up the hill. Pretty solid, like I’m using a granny gear or a couple of gears down. Usually, in like an hour and a half or two hours, I’ll do maybe six laps. That’s a pretty solid day on my Reign. On this bike, I can pretty easily bust out 8 to 10, sometimes 12 laps. I just get way more downhill time in with way less effort, so I’ll pedal back up the hill at 100 beats a minute. I’ll pretty much just roll straight in, because I’m already rested and recovered, do the exact same downhill, just as aggressive, if not harder because the bike’s heavier and it’s hard to slow down. I get to the bottom and put the power on full gas and just burn back up the hill in like seven minutes, straight back up to the top and do it again! I’m not getting fatigued climbing back up the hill; I’m getting fatigued from doing so many downhill runs. For me, that level of training is ideal. “I think e-bikes are a perfect training tool for Enduro World Series riders, and for an enduro rider, it will probably become more beneficial than a road bike. Hopefully (my competition) won’t work that out sooner rather than later! With a bit of luck I can keep that to myself a little while.” THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO GET ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION In print, from the Apple newsstand, or on your Android device, from Google. Available from the Apple Newsstand for reading on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Subscribe Here For more subscription information contact (800) 767-0345 Got something on your mind? Let us know at hi-torque.com The post E-BIKES AS A SPORT-SPECIFIC TRAINING TOOL appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
“the Super Bowl of the mountain biking world.” The season-defining conclusion of the Crankworx 2019 FMBA Slopestyle World Championship and the Triple Crown of Slopestyle MTB. Bringing together over 25,000 fans on the ground, and millions more around the world, Red Bull Joyride is the biggest stage in the sport. Steeped in 15+ years of tradition, this is the most challenging event on the circuit. Staged in the “Boneyard,” the dirt stadium at the base of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Joyride offers the best slopestyle mountain bikers on the planet two runs – that’s two chances for glory, two opportunities to throw down high-scoring tricks and move up the leader board, and two moments in time to leave their mark on the history of the sport. The 14 best riders in the world bring their A-game to this invitational showcase, interpreting a custom-built course and giving it their all. Can Nicholi Rogatkin make a comeback or will Brett Rheeder secure the Triple Crown? It’s all on the line in Whistler!
“Raw rivalry is the name of the game in Dual Slalom. This old-school race format pits two competitors against one another in a side-by-side battle against the clock’s cruel hand, battling to avoid elimination. Dual Slalom is unique in that it brings together racers from all backgrounds. Enduro experts, downhill champions, freeride legends, and masters of style – they all line up at the Slalom start gate to see who can bring together the most explosive run through tight turns, jumps and rhythm sections. Riders take one run down each side of the course, with the fastest combined time taking the win. Whistler’s race has now expanded into a Crankworx World Championship discipline, with races staged at each stop on the Crankworx World Tour.”