32 - 14/09/2019 07:17:24

Check out some of the behind the scenes goings-on from the world's most difficult downhill race.( Photos: 1, Comments: 1 )

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Pinkbike
17 - 14/09/2019 03:34:24

It's on. Hardline is kicking off with a bang in the sun soaked Welsh Valleys. Here are twelve of the bikes taking a beating.( Photos: 21 )

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Pinkbike
14 - 13/09/2019 19:51:37

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.

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MTB-Mag
13 - 13/09/2019 13:17:27

The SCOTT Genius eRIDE has been thoroughly redesigned for the 2020 season. It now features a Bosch Performance CX motor with a battery capacity of up to whopping 1,125 Wh and is also available with a carbon fibre frame. We took the Genius eRIDE 910 on an alpine test ride. Read on to find out how it performed! SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 | Bosch Performance CX/625 Wh PowerTube | 150/150 mm (f/r) | 23.35 kg (manufacturers specs) | € 6,199 googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); You won’t immediately see what’s changed on the new SCOTT Genius eRIDE, but as soon as you take a closer look, you’ll realise that the Shimano E8000 motor has been replaced by a new 2020 Bosch Performance CX motor. The down tube containing the 625 Wh PowerTube battery has become a lot slimmer and you also have the option of expanding the battery capacity to a whopping 1,125 Wh with an external PowerPack. A lot of the finer details have been revised as well, with changes to the suspension, further refined integration and updated componentry. Bosch instead of Shimano – for 2020, the Genius eRIDE will be powered by the new Performance CX motor The down tube has been slimmed down and now contains a 625 Wh battery The SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 comes specced with the Bosch Purion display With the help of an optional rail … … you can mount an additional 500 Wh PowerPack in the front triangle. Set up this way, the Genius eRIDE has a whopping 1,125 Wh battery capacity The SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 in detail The key points of the SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 can be summarised as follows: 150 mm travel, 29″ wheels front and rear, Bosch Performance CX 2020 motor and 625 Wh battery. But there is more to it than that. The Genius eRIDE also features SCOTT’s proprietary Twinloc system allowing you to stiffen up the front and rear suspension in two stages. For everyday use, the Genius eRIDE has mounting points for a stand and mudguards. A new chainstay protector promises to make the bike even quieter. A steering limiter in the headset stops the handlebar and fork from damaging the frame. The Genius eRIDE is supplied with 29″ wheels as standard, but thanks to a flip-chip, it remains compatible with 27.5″ wheels. As with its predecessor, the magnet for the speed sensor is securely integrated into the brake rotor. As before, the shock is positioned behind the seat tube and offers 150 mm travel The Genius eRIDE features SCOTT’s Twinloc system The lever for the dropper post is located on the right Without the additional battery pack, there is enough room in the front triangle for a large water bottle A new chainstay protector makes the bike even quieter, effectively dampening chain-slap As on the predecessor, the spoke magnet is securely integrated into the brake rotor. Besides the mounting point for a bicycle stand… … you also have the option of fitting a rack or mudguard. There is a steering limiter in the headset to protect the frame, but it can interfere when trying to load or maneuver the bike. You can adjust the geometry of the bike via a Flip-Chip, giving you the option of running either 29″ or 27.5″ wheels The chunky 2.6″ Schwalbe Magic Mary tire up front should provide massive traction The Shimano BR-MT520 four-piston brakes don’t scream high-end, but they’ve proven themselves several times, offering reliable braking power The geometry of the 2020 SCOTT Genius eRIDE As with the silhouette of the new Genius eRIDE, the geometry also differs only marginally compared to the previous model. While the reach, stack, seat tube length, head and seat tube angles have changed only by a tenth, the biggest change is that the chainstays have grown by six millimetres, from 459 to 465 mm. Like its predecessor, the new Genius eRIDE is available in four sizes from S-XL. Here’s an overview of the data: Size S M L XL Seat tube 410 mm 440 mm 490 mm 540 mm Top tube 585 mm 605 mm 635 mm 665 mm Head tube 120 mm 125 mm 135 mm 145 mm Head angle 64.8° 64.8 65° 65° Seat angle 75.4° 75.4° 74.8° 74.8° Chainstay 465 mm 465 mm 465 mm 465 mm BB Height 347 mm 347 mm 347 mm 347 mm Wheelbase 1215 mm 1236 mm 1258 mm 1290 mm Reach 421 mm 440 mm 460 mm 488 mm Stack 627 mm 631 mm 641 mm 650 mm The model range of the 2020 SCOTT Genius eRIDE SCOTT are offering five Genius eRIDe models ranging from € 4,299–7,799. This also includes a Contessa (women’s) version. The flagship Genius eRIDE 900 Tuned comes with a carbon fibre frame while all the other models feature an aluminium frame. All models at a glance: Genius eRIDE 930 Genius eRIDE 920 Genius eRIDE 910 Genius eRIDE 900 TUNED CONTESSA Genius eRIDE 910 Motor Bosch Performance CX Battery 500Wh PowerTube 625Wh PowerTube Fork RockShox 35 Gold RL DebonAir 150 mm FOX 36 Rhythm 150 mm FOX FLOAT FACTORY 36 FIT4 150 mm FOX 36 Rhythm 150mm Shock X-Fusion NUDE 150 mm FOX Float EVOL 150 mm FOX NUDE T EVOL 150 mm FOX Nude TR EVOL 150mm FOX Float EVOL 150mm Brakes Shimano BR-MT420 4 Piston 203 mm rotors Shimano BR-MT520 4 Piston 203 mm rotors Shimano XT M8120 4 Piston 203 mm rotors Shimano BR-MT420 4 Piston 203 mm rotors Drivetrain SRAM SX Eagle SRAM NX/GX Eagle SRAM X01/GX Eagle SRAM SX Eagle Wheelset Syncros X-30S Syncros Revelstoke-E 1.5 C Syncros X-30S Tires Schwalbe Magic Mary Snake Skin/Addix Soft 29×2.6″ (f) Hans Dampf Snake Skin/Addix Speedgrip29x2.6″ (r) Seatpost Syncros Duncan Dropper FOX Transfer Dropper Syncros Duncan Dropper Price € 4,299 € 5,199 € 6,199 € 7,799 € 5,199 Calm and composed – the new Genius eRIDE on the trail The new SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 immediately feels very familiar. If you’ve ever ridden a SCOTT eMTB you’ll feel right at home – and even if not, everything feels right. The riding position is upright and very comfortable. Although the cockpit seems quite cluttered with the additional Twinloc system, all the levers are easy to reach and using them quickly becomes intuitive without having to take your eyes off the trail. The assistance from new Bosch Performance CX offers plenty of power as soon as you get on the pedals and it’s very easy to control, especially in eMTB mode. At the end of our ride, which was about 40 km long with 1,125 m of climbing, our 85 kg rider had 2 out of 5 bars and our 72 kg driver had 3 out of 5 bars of the 625 Wh battery remaining. Thanks to the comfortable riding position and large battery, the Genius eRIDE is an excellent companion for long days in the saddle With a height of 180 cm, we opted for the size L Genius eRIDE, and it fit perfectly The TwinLoc system is great for increasing the efficiency of non-motorised full-suspension bikes, but this factor is negligible on an eMTB thanks to the powerful motor. Nevertheless, the system still offers an advantage: thanks to the reduced suspension travel, it reduces the SAG, which increases the ground clearance and centres the rider’s point of gravity. We completely locked out the suspension on smooth paths and we kept it in Traction mode on the more technical climbs. This offers a good compromise between traction, pedalling position and ground clearance. On steep climbs, the front wheel remained on the ground and only started lifting when things got very, very steep. Our only criticism with regards to climbing is the very hard and uncomfortable Tofino saddle since it doesn’t quite suit the riding position, but that’s a matter of preference. The Genius eRIDE easily conquers technical climbs. In Traction mode, the raised bottom bracket offers increased ground clearance – no words needed! Plum pie always tastes good – no matter if you got to the hut with or without e-support googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-1'); }); Going downhill, you’ll quickly realise that the rear suspension is more sensitive compared to its predecessor, more readily absorbing small bumps. The bike is very plush, staying on the ground and swallowing up hits with ease. However, what you’ll also notice is that the Genius was designed primarily to offer stability and composure. If you’re looking for a playful bike, look elsewhere. Due to the long chainstays, the handling is very balanced and you have plenty of grip on both wheels in the corners. In very tight situations or when trying to get the bike airborne, you have to put a lot of effort in to get the Genius going in the desired direction. When the trail gets fast and rough, the bike calmly stays on course and the suspension definitely feels like it offers more than 150mm travel. In steep terrain, we would have liked a little more than 150 mm travel on the dropper post. However, the options are limited because of the length of the seat tube. In rough, technical terrain, the plush suspension and balanced geometry of the new Genius eRIDE instils you with confidence Our first test ride didn’t reveal any weak points on the componentry. The powerful Shimano BR-MT520 four-piston brakes and the big range SRAM Eagle drivetrain performed just as well as the grippy 2.6″ Schwalbe Magic Mary tire up front or the 780 mm wide handlebar. On winding trails, the bike requires a lot of input from the rider Our first impression of the 2020 SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 The new SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 does everything better than its predecessor and makes for an excellent companion on long rides. The handling is very comfortable, stable and predictable and the spec is great too. The new Bosch motor with the large 625 Wh battery and the optional 500 Wh PowerPack suit the bike perfectly. However, if you’re looking for an agile, fun bike, for rowdy trail action this is unlikely to be the bike for you. Tops comfortable and defined suspension stable and predictable handling variable battery concept for maximum range practical mounting points for a stand and mudguards Flops a bit cumbersome on the trail long seat tube Evolution instead of revolution: The new Genius eRIDE can do anything better than its predecessor and proves to be a faithful companion for long rides. For more info head to scott-sports.com Der Beitrag First ride review: 2020 SCOTT Genius eRIDE 910 – Bosch Performance CX, more battery and lots of small improvements erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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E-Mountainbike Magazine
48 - 12/09/2019 16:17:38

Having successfully launched the Sight VLT last year (a bike that earned plenty of high praise in our review), Norco is set to up the ante this season with a new longer travel addition to its electric mountain bike range; the 2020 Norco Range VLT. But this ain’t just a longer travel version of the Sight – no siree! Norco has pushed the geometry envelope way out with the new Range VLT, added in the option of a range-extending battery pack, and curated a gravity rider’s component wish list to produce a self-shuttling e-MTB that’s designed to ride the nastiest, steepest, and fastest downhill trails around. Time to sell the downhill bike? Norco Goes Biiiiig With The Range VLT! Compared to the Sight VLT’s 160/150mm travel, the Range VLT pumps that up to 180mm on the front, and 170mm on the rear. The four-bar suspension design carries through, though, like the naturally-aspirated Range, Norco is spec’ing a coil shock for the Range VLT too. The coil is actually twisted 90° to offset the piggyback reservoir to the non-drive side of the bike. The reason? It provides more clearance in the mainframe so you can fit a water bottle or a spare battery pack. More on that last point in just a minute. The shock has been rotated 90 degrees to allow more space for a water bottle. Or a range extender. The Range VLT is rolling on 27.5in wheels, and the complete bikes come fitted with burly 2.5WT Maxxis Assegai tyres, with a Double Defence casing on the rear. There is clearance to run up to a 2.6in tyre in the back though if you’re looking for a bit more traction again. Geometry is about as futuristic and gravity-oriented as we’ve seen from Norco. The head angle is a DH-worthy 63.5°, and that’s paired to a reduced offset fork to keep the bike feeling more planted at higher speeds. Likewise, the front centre is humongous, with long reach measurements across the board. Looking to make the most of the motor assist on technical climbs, the seat angle is a very steep 77-78°. The Range VLT uses a smooth carbon fibre frame that’s locked and loaded with the Shimano STEPS drive system. What’s Powering It? There will be three Range VLT models on offer for 2020. The top two models come fitted with a Shimano STEPS E8000 drive system and a huge 630Wh battery that sits inside the downtube. While that means the battery isn’t easily removable, it does allow Norco to build the Range VLT frame with a straight and fully enclosed downtube, rather than having to hollow out part of the tube for a clip-on style battery pack. Only the base-level Range VLT C3 comes with the slightly-less-powerful Shimano STEPS E7000 motor (60nM) and a smaller 500Wh battery. However, Norco will be offering a separate range-extending 360Wh battery pack. This battery is designed to sit on top of the downtube, in place of where you’d fit a water bottle. For those doing the math, adding the range extender to either of the top two Range VLT models means you’ll have as much as 900Wh available. That’s a lot of juice! There’ll be a separate 360Wh battery pack that riders can purchase separately to extend the range of the…err…Range. How Much Is This Bad Boy? Starting at $7,499 for the C3, there will be three 2020 Norco Range VLT models coming into the country later this year. All three bikes will be based around the same carbon fibre frame with the In-Tube battery system and Shimano STEPS drive system. All bikes come with 4-piston brakes, SRAM 1×12 shifting, Maxxis Assegai tyres, a coil shock and a 180mm travel single-crown fork. It is worth pointing out that the Range VLT will only be coming in three sizes though: Medium, Large and X-Large. The seat tubes have been deliberately kept quite short though, so it’s likely that there’s a degree of flexibility with up and down-sizing available with the Range VLT. The top-dog Range VLT C1 model comes with high-spec RockShox suspension front and rear, along with DT Swiss wheels and the slick BikeYoke Revive dropper post. 2020 Norco Range VLT C1 27.5 Frame | Carbon Fibre, 170mm Travel Motor | Shimano STEPS E8000 Battery | Shimano In-Tube Battery, 630Wh Fork | RockShox Lyrik Ultimate RC2, Charger 2 Damper, 37mm Offset, 180mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate DH Wheels | DT Swiss E 1700 Hybrid, 30mm Inner Rim Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai 2.5in 3C Maxx Terra EXO+ Front & Maxx Grip Double Defence Rear Drivetrain | SRAM NX/GX Eagle 1×12 w/Shimano Deore XT 34t Crankset Brakes | SRAM Code RSC w/200mm Rotors Seatpost | BikeYoke Revive Dropper Post w/Triggy lever, Travel: 160mm (M/L), 185mm (XL) RRP | $9,499 It uses the carbon frame, same 630Wh battery pack and Shimano STEPS E8000 drive system, but the Range VLT C2 makes a few component changes to bring the price down by nearly a grand. 2020 Norco Range VLT C2 27.5 Frame | Carbon Fibre, 170mm Travel Motor | Shimano STEPS E8000 Battery | Shimano In-Tube Battery, 630Wh Fork | Fox 36 Float, Performance Elite, GRIP2 Damper, 37mm Offset, 180mm Travel Shock | Fox DHX2, Performance Elite Wheels | Novatec Front & DT Swiss H370 Rear Hubs w/E*13 LG1 DH Rims, 30mm Inner Rim Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai 2.5in 3C Maxx Terra EXO+ Front & Maxx Grip Double Defence Rear Drivetrain | SRAM NX Eagle 1×12 w/Shimano E8000 34t Crankset Brakes | SRAM Code R w/200mm Rotors Seatpost | JD TransX YSP-39JL Dropper Post, Travel: 150mm (M), 170mm (L/XL) RRP | $8,699 As the entry-point into the Range VLT lineup, the C3 runs a smaller and lighter battery pack but gets the same radical geometry and carbon frame as the pricier models. 2020 Norco Range VLT C3 27.5 Frame | Carbon Fibre, 170mm Travel Motor | Shimano STEPS E7000 Battery | Shimano In-Tube Battery, 500Wh Fork | RockShox Yari RC, Motion Control Damper, 37mm Offset, 180mm Travel Shock | RockShox Super Deluxe Coil Select R Wheels | Shimano Deore Front & DT Swiss H370 Rear Hubs w/E*13 LG1 DH Rims, 30mm Inner Rim Width Tyres | Maxxis Assegai 2.5in 3C Maxx Terra EXO+ Front & Maxx Grip Double Defence Rear Drivetrain | SRAM SX Eagle 1×12 w/Shimano E8000 34t Crankset Brakes | Shimano MT520 w/203mm Rotors Seatpost | JD TransX YSP-39JL Dropper Post, Travel: 150mm (M), 170mm (L/XL) RRP | $7,499 Boost! So what do you folks think of the new Range VLT? Is this the e-MTB that’ll convince you to sell the downhill/park bike in favour of a self-shuttling approach? Certainly, on paper, this looks like one helluva gravity rig. With all that travel and that slack ‘n’ long geometry, Norco is definitely targeting the Range VLT at riders who’d rather pedal up instead of using a chairlift. Alongside bikes like the newly released Giant Reign E+, we’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these long-travel e-MTBs coming in the near future… The post First Look | The 2020 Norco Range VLT is an electric mountain bike built for mayhem appeared first on Flow Mountain Bike.

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FlowMountainBike
20 - 12/09/2019 15:51:36

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.

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MTB-Mag
16 - 12/09/2019 15:34:34

Nukeproof is a bike and component brand born in 1990, best known for the boutique quality of their components and the use of exotic materials given the time, such as the famous aluminum and carbon hubs. In 2004 when Michael Cowan acquired the rights to Nukeproof that had been inactive for several years, he did so to revive a brand he admired, trying to honor the vision of its founder John Muenzemeyer. Today, Nukeproof presents a bike that wants to be a tribute to the first MTB model made by the brand, the 1990 Reactor with components largely produced by Nukeproof themselves. The new Reactor is a trail bike with a frame available in carbon or aluminum, in both cases with high carbon fiber rear ends. Available in two wheel sizes, 27.5 or 29 inches, the former version with 140mm rear travel combined with a 150mm fork and the latter version with 130mm rear travel and a 140mm fork. The suspension system is a four bar with a Horst joint, with a rear shock anchored to the top tube which leaves plenty of space for a bottle cage that can accommodate water bottles up to 750ml in capacity. The compression curve is designed to be slightly regressive in the initial part of the the and then become progressive to offer pedaling stability and a behavior suitable for aggressive downhill riding. The geometry can be adjusted via flip-chip between two positions called Trail and Rail, the first higher and with less aggressive angles and the second more downhill oriented, with 6mm lower in height at the bottom bracket and half a degree slacker head angle. The frame is equipped with internal cable routing and protections on the down tube and on the rear end on the transmission side. The rear end, by the way offers space for 2.6″ wide tires on both the 27.5 and 29″ models. Geometry On the trail [Marco Toniolo] I was able to try the new Reactor on the trails of the Paganella during the Summer Bike Connection. More precisely, I rode the Giada Line four times in a row starting from Cima Paganella. This trail in particular: It was the 27.5″ RockShox model in size Large. I would have gladly tried the 29, but during the event, in June, it was not yet available. As you can see the trail is very battered, with so many rocks stuck in the ground that in some cases it requires good momentum in order to avoid getting stuck and falling. This was the main reason why I would have preferred the 29″, but I wasn’t disappointed by 27.5″ by any means. In fact what I noticed right away is the quality of the Reactor rear suspension and its high sensitivity to small bumps. A really rear end, with a good progressivity at the end of the travel that helped avoid several bottom outs. I knew the new Rock Shox Ultimate suspension from before, so I can say that part of this high sensitivity is due to their quality, in particular to the fork. I appreciated how agile and manage the bike felt, a typical characteristic of 27.5″ wheels – sporty and playful. It is therefore difficult to categorize the Reactor 275, perhaps the definition that seems most appropriate to me is that of a “mini-enduro”. I didn’t try it uphill, I was too busy having fun on the downhills. Things likely change a bit with the 29 model, since it has 140mm of travel in front and 130mm out back, and likely climbs even better, leaning more toward the trail bike segment. Specs and prices Reactor RS – €5.399,99 Reactor Factory – €4.899,99 Reactor Pro – €4.399,99 Reactor Elite – €3.799,99 Reactor Expert – €3.099,99 Reactor Comp – €2.749,99 Nukeproof

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MTB-Mag
31 - 12/09/2019 14:34:26

The 2020 Trek Rail is the successor to the popular Trek Powerfly LT eMTB. Although the new Rail looks very similar to the Powerfly LT, a lot has changed, which the American brand has aimed to emphasise with the change in name. We had the exclusive opportunity to test ride the bike in Italy. Pull the curtains back: the new Trek Rail 9.8 | Bosch Performance CX Gen 4/Bosch PowerTube 625 Wh | Weight 22.1 kg (size M) | € 7,199 googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-0'); }); “Let’s go railing”: with the 2020 Trek Rail, the name says it all. The frame of the new Rail is based on the Slash enduro bike and its modern geometry promises to offer maximum fun on the trail. It relies on many of Trek’s proven technologies and, of course, the new Bosch Performance CX motor with a removable, 625 Wh internal Bosch Powertube battery. The new Rail is available either with an aluminium or carbon frame (from the Rail 9.7 and up), featuring 150 mm rear travel, a 160 mm fork, and going against the mixed wheel size trend, it rolls on big 29×2.6″ tires front and rear. The prices range from € 4,499 for the Rail 5 to € 11,999 for the Rail 9.9. Geometry, suspension, design, integration and wheel sizes – what’s new about the 2020 Trek Rail? By changing the name to “Rail” Trek are emphasising the re-alignment of the successor to Powerfly LT. True to the motto “Ride Bikes. Have fun. Feel good.” the American brand promises improved trail performance, more range, more power and an integrated design with clever details. The previous Powerfly LT was the long-travel (LT) version of the Powerfly, which was aimed more towards XC or backcountry riding. Accordingly, it could never completely hide its tame character. The design of the new, 2020 Trek Rail is based on the Trek Slash, completely revamping its geometry and making it more capable and aggressive. The chainstays were shortened by 27 mm (to 448 mm), the reach grew by 11 to 27 mm depending on the frame size, the head angle has become 1.5° slacker (64.5°) and the bottom bracket has been dropped by 19 mm. This is with the Mino Link geometry adjustment in the low position, which lets you adjust the Rail’s geometry slightly. The Mino Link on the rear linkage allows you to adjust the geometry, making it either more downhill or uphill oriented. The head and seat tube angles change by about 0.5°. By default the link is set to “High”, but of course we changed it to “Low” for more downhill performance! Big clearance: the 2020 Trek Rail can fit up to 29″x2.6″ tires. The 19 mm increased BB drop compared to the Powerfly LT incidentally also has to do with the larger 29×2.6″ tires, since the previous Powerfly LT came with 27.5+ tires. For the suspension, Trek have changed the position of the main pivot point to improve the pedalling performance and also to make the suspension’s leverage ratio more progressive for more aggressive riding. Also, Trek now spec their RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv shock with Thru-Shaft technology on the Rail 9 (but not the 9.7), 9.8 and 9.9, promising maximum control and traction in rough terrain. Whereas the oil usually gets pressurised in an internal chamber to compensate for the decreased volume caused by the compression of the shock piston, Thru Shaft technology allows the piston to move through the shock. With the reduction in pressure, the breakaway force is reduced and allows the shock to respond more sensitively. Of course, the Rail also features Trek’s ABP (Active Braking Pivot), making the suspension remain active under braking The ABP (Active Braking Pivot) is a classic feature on Trek’s full suspension bikes and ensures that the rear triangle remains active during braking and doesn’t jack. “R.I.B.” – Removable Integrated Battery – is what Trek call their unique solution to integrating the battery, as first presented on the 2019 Powerfly LT. The R.I.B. performed just as convincingly on the new Rail, offering a high-quality, tactile feel, ease of use and a convenient carry-handle. You can remove the battery without tools from the side of the down tube where it is much less exposed to mud. This also leaves enough room in the front triangle to fit a bottle cage. The battery cover and the Bosch PowerTube battery are one unit, but they can easily be screwed apart and Trek sell colour-matching battery covers if you want to use a second battery. Trek have done a neat job of integrating the motor into the frame. By now you hopefully know everything about the new Bosch Performance CX motor. If not, you should check out our big review! Beautifully integrated with a high-quality finish: the charging socket for the Bosch motor in the seat tube The bash guard is nicely integrated and protects the motor while allowing air to pass through and cool it. Safe and sound: Trek integrate the speed sensor into the dropout – all you can see of it is the black cable peeking out above the ABP logo. The magnet is integrated into the brake rotor. Another highlight is the very orderly and easily accessible internal cable routing, which should make servicing the bike much easier To keep the proportions of the frame and fork similar, German brand BULLS opted to use a 1.8” steerer tube standard on their new Sonic Evo AM 6 Carbon 2020. Trek took a much simpler but equally effective approach: instead of changing the size of the steerer tube they simply had the size of the fork crown increased, which achieved the same effect visually. Technically, this solution is said to be more than stiff enough. The integrated Knock Block ensures that the fork crown or shifter don’t damage the top or down tube in the case of a crash. The thru-axle lever can be removed and used as a 5 mm Allen key An overview of the 2020 Trek Rail range: spec, sizes, availability and our recommendations The pricing of the Trek Rail range starts at € 4,499 for the Rail 5 and tops out at € 11,999 for the flagship Rail 9.9. The Trek Rail comes specced with RockShox suspension across the range, as well as four-piston brakes for precise and reliable braking performance, and 12-speed drivetrains with 11-50t or 10-50t wide-range cassettes. Apart from the flagship Rail 9.9, all models come with a Bosch Purion display. The flagship model features a Bosch Kiox display mounted on the top tube. The Bosch Kiox display is mounted on the top tube of the Rail 9.9 … …all other Rail models come with the Bosch Purion display. Only selected models feature the best in terms of tires and rear suspension: the Trek Rail 9 (not the 9.7), 9.8 and 9.9 come with the new rear shock featuring Thru-Shaft technology. The same applies to the robust and grippy Bontrager SE5 Team Issue TLR enduro tires. The € 6,499 Trek Rail 9.7 is the most affordable carbon-framed option and costs the same as the Rail 9. The Rail 9 has an aluminium frame but comes with better, more performance-oriented components. The advantages of the aluminium Rail are obvious: apart from small differences in cockpit, saddle and grips, it has the same high-end components as the carbon 9.8 model we tested. If you must have a carbon frame, you could buy the 9.7 – but we would recommend the much better specced Rail 9.8. The extra € 700 is worth the gain in performance. Another fact that speaks for the Rail 9 or 9.8 is that unlike the 9.7 (and the Rail 5) it comes with a 625 Wh battery instead of a 500 Wh battery. Trek Rail 9.9 Frame material: Carbon Motor/Battery/Display Bosch Performance CX, 625 Wh, Kiox Fork: RockShox Lyrik Ultimate, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle AXS wireless, 12-speed Brakes: Shimano XT M8120 4-piston hydraulic disc, 180 mm rotor Seatpost: RockShox Reverb AXS Wheelset: Bontrager Line Carbon 30 Tires: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 11,999 Trek Rail 9.8 Frame material: Carbon Motor/battery/Display: Bosch Performance CX, 625 Wh, Purion Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Plus, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle single-click, 12-speed Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston hydraulic disc, 180 mm rotor Seatpost: Bontrager Line Elite Dropper Wheelset: Bontrager Line Comp 30 Tires: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 7,199 Trek Rail 9.7 Frame material: Carbon Motor/battery/Display: Bosch Performance CX, 500 Wh, Purion Fork: RockShox Yari RC, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle single-click, 12-speed Brakes: Shimano MT520 4-piston hydraulic disc Seatpost: Bontrager Line Dropper Wheelset: Bontrager Line Comp 30 Tires: Bontrager XR5 Team Issue 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 6,499 Trek Rail 9 Frame material: Aluminium Motor/battery/Display: Bosch Performance CX, 625 Wh, Purion Fork: RockShox Lyrik Select Plus, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RT3 RE:aktiv Thru Shaft Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle single-click, 12-speed Brakes: Shimano SLX M7120 4-piston hydraulic disc, 180 mm rotor Seatpost: Bontrager Line Elite Dropper Wheelset: Bontrager Line Comp 30 Tires: Bontrager SE5 Team Issue 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 6,499 Trek Rail 7 Frame material: Aluminium Motor/battery/Display: Bosch Performance CX, 625 Wh, Purion Fork: RockShox Yari RC, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL Drivetrain: Shimano SLX M7100, 12-speed Brakes: Shimano MT520 4-piston hydraulic disc Seatpost: TranzX JD-YSP18 Wheelset: Bontrager Line Comp 30 Tires: Bontrager XR5 Team Issue 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 5,499 Trek Rail 5 Frame material: Aluminium Motor/battery/Display: Bosch Performance CX, 500 Wh, Purion Fork: RockShox 35 Gold RL, 160 mm Shock: RockShox Deluxe RL Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle single-click, 12-speed Brakes: Tektro HD-M745 4-piston hydraulic disc Seatpost: TranzX JD-YSP18 Wheelset: Bontrager Naben mit Alex MD35 Felgen Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 29 x 2.60″ Price: € 4,499 Size (Low BB) S M L XL Seat tube 410 mm 420 mm 450 mm 500 mm Top tube 588 mm 613 mm 634 mm 666 mm Head tube 105 mm 105 mm 110 mm 120 mm Head angle 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° 64.5° Seat angle 75° 75° 75° 75° Chainstay 448 mm 448 mm 448 mm 448 mm BB Height 339 mm 339 mm 339 mm 339 mm Wheelbase 1196 mm 1221 mm 1243 mm 1277 mm Reach 420 mm 445 mm 465 mm 495 mm Stack 626 mm 626 mm 630 mm 639 mm The Trek Rail is available now in sizes S-M-L-XL, each in two colours options. An absolute highlight for individualists: the Rail will be the first eMTB ever to be available in Trek’s customisation project “Project One” by the end of the year. The 2020 Trek Rail 9.8 on the trail As part of the exclusive Trek launch in Italy, we had the opportunity to be one of the first to ride the new Trek Rail. The Rail 9.8 we reviewed costs € 7,199 and weighs 22.1 kg in size M. This makes it one of the lightest full-suspension eMTBs featuring the new Bosch motor and 625 Wh battery that we’ve ever ridden. Precise, experienced and reliable not only describes the way our Italian waiter prepared our lunch, but also the new Trek Rail 9.8 on the trail: “It rides as if on rails” describes the Rail to a tee. Thus, the new bike feels unfazed and rather inconspicuous no matter how wild the trails get, mastering every kind of terrain. Composure is the name of the game. The Rail impresses with its very calm, well-balanced handling and plush suspension. If you’re looking for a bike to ride rough and high-speed trails, you’ll find what you’re looking for here – the Rail swallows up all irregularities on the trail and instils you with the confidence to charge on, especially if you’ve got more of a passive riding style. If you’ve got an active riding style and like tight corners, the new Trek Rail will require a little more energy and body language to throw around despite its light weight. The fact that Trek rely on large 29×2.6″ tires rather than mixed wheel sizes (as most manufacturers currently do) can be felt in the slightly sluggish and cumbersome handling. The benefits? Better rollover characteristics in the rough. The Bontrager SE5 Team Issue tires are good on hard-packed trails, but on loose surfaces, they reach their limits. As we found in our review of the Bosch Performance CX motor, it makes a kind of rattling noise that sounds like chain-slap. Besides this, the distance between the chain and the chainstay on the Trek Rail is minimal – it would have been nice if they could have dropped the chainstay some more and stuck on a modern, ribbed chainstay protector. Have you ever seen a steam train fly? True to its name, the Rail prefers staying on the ground: it rides as if on rails and delivers a lot of power. If you do manage to get it airborne, it’s easy to control. The defined feeling of the suspension keeps everything nice and predictable. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1408638783102-1'); }); Compared to the previous Powerfly LT, the new Rail has become more precise and confidence-inspiring on the descents thanks to the more progressive suspension, the 2.6″ tires and new geometry. The climbing performance is equally impressive thanks to the central riding position and the 75° seat tube angle. The Rail transfers every bit of the very natural feeling power delivered by the new Bosch motor onto the trail, the front wheel sticks to the ground no matter how steep the incline – thanks to the longish 448 mm chainstays and the central riding position! The R.I.B. battery integration not only looks very stylish, but it also feels very secure and makes a high-quality impression as you remove it. We’re yet to see a better solution for integrating the battery on a Bosch equipped bike! The same applies to the cap of the charging port in the seat tube. At € 7,199 the Trek Rail 8.9 isn’t a bargain, but we think the price is fair considering the sensible and excellently performing spec. It should be noted that our test bike had Shimano-Saint brakes instead of the four-piston Shimano SLX brakes it comes with as standard, as the latter weren’t available at the time of testing. Conclusion The name says it all! With the new Rail, Trek have created a high-quality, versatile and good-natured eMTB for those who like to point and shoot! The handling is very calm and composed but less active. Technical features such as the battery integration and the finer details are very convincing, testifying to the bike’s quality and the level of thought that the American brand has put into it! And with the new Rail, Trek are finally offering an eMTB in their Project One program. We’re curious to see how it performs against the 2020 competition and are looking forward to some more thorough testing! For more info head to trekbikes.com Der Beitrag First ride review: 2020 Trek Rail 9.8 – the lightest Bosch equipped full-sus eMTB? erschien zuerst auf E-MOUNTAINBIKE Magazine.

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The 2019 UCI World Cup downhill series is now over. The battle for the overall title in the Men’s and Women’s categories were on the line. Two men and two women who could take the overall title and Snowshoe decided who would come out on top. Loic Bruni took the title for the men. Tacey Hannah took the title for the women. Danny Hart had an incredible run and took the win at Snowshoe. Intense Factory Racing WynTV You can watch the replay at https://www.redbull.com/int-en/events/uci-mtb-world-cup-snowshoe-live-stream/live/AP-1XH4Y6ZQS1W11

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12/09/2019