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Wednesday
Jan072015

GSTAAD-SCOTT Welcomes Neko Mulally

Neko Mulally has joined Brendan Fairclough to form the new Gstaad-SCOTT, and while you are reading this the two are already working on the new bike setup together with SCOTT and FOX. Both will be riding the 2015 SCOTT Gambler 710 with FOX as the Suspension Sponsor and components from Schwalbe, DT Swiss, Shimano, Syncros, E*Thirteen.


This is what team manager Claudio Caluori has to say, “Working with Neko has been amazing right from the start. I couldn’t believe how clear, straight forward and target-oriented this young fellow is, and how easily he has made things happen to get going with the bike testing. I can’t wait to go to the World Cups with Brendan and Neko, and to see them chase each other down the mountain.”


Sports director Cyril Lagneau also feels the positive vibes heading into the new season, stating that, “Neko is surprisingly professional at his young age. We are making big progress with regards to the product development since he has come on board as he gives us very specific feedback on what we can improve.”


Neko, coming off a great season last year has been quite eager to share the news. “I am so stoked to finally announce my new ride! I have put in the hours on this bike, and I really feel like it suits my riding style very well. Continuing on with FOX and many other sponsors that I am familiar with, along with great communication between SCOTT, the team, and myself has made the transition easy. Riding alongside Brendan will be sick- I think we are both going to have a great time and kick some ass this year!”  


Brendan is also looking forward to having Neko on board. “It’s great to have another top rider on the team. We have already had a great time riding and hanging out in France during preseason together and are looking forward to a great race season ahead. Neko has a good relationship with FOX and an extremely professional attitude towards racing- hoping that can help us both get the results we want and make this bike and team the fastest on the circuit." 


We’ve re-structured the team in order to increase the efficiency within the team and also to intensify the cooperation with our existing partners in order to get the maximum out of the relationships and to provide the best environment possible for athletes and sponsors.


Emilie Siegenthaler, Patrick Thome and Noel Niederberger have gone in different directions in 2015 and we wish them nothing but the best. 


Many thanks for the growing support from all of our partners:GSTAAD, SCOTT, FOX, Velosolutions, Schwalbe, DT Swiss, Shimano, Syncros, E*Thirteen!

Let’s get this season started!  

Monday
Dec222014

New Team COMMENCAL VALLNORD Enduro

Following our COMMENCAL DH team (Riding Addiction), COMMENCAL officially goes into Enduro!
 
The COMMENCAL Enduro team comes to life, with the couple Cécile and Cédric RAVANEL in charge of it!

Max COMMENCAL :
 
« We’ve been loving enduro for more than 20 years! It started with the first MEGAVALANCHE in the 90’s, we were partners with Georges EDWARDS, the famous organizer. It is a real story of passion that binds us with this sport.
 
With the Enduro World Series, this sport definitely got more professional, so it was important to us to be present through a perfectly organized structure.
 
We were naturally attracted to Cécile and Cédric team, because they are looking for a long-term partnership, and so do we.
 
I also really appreciated Cécile’s victory at the Whistler Enduro World Series. It is a place I love, and winning there is a sign of true talent!
 
There is also the fact that Cécile and Cédric are really close to Nico QUERE (They coach him). Together, they will form a great team.
 
I am really happy about this new partnership, which is already planned for 3 years. »

Cécile et Cédric RAVANEL :
 
«We’ve liked COMMENCAL’s brand for years, and Max’s project is very interesting. What they did with the DH Team Riding Addiction is an example to follow, and trying to do the same thing in enduro is definitely tempting. It is a very exciting project!
 
We also gave a try to the META AM V4 after seeing Nico QUERE riding it at the end of the season. Nico is impressive! After the first wheel turns, you feel really confident. It is a comfy bike, you feel like playing with it, not touching the brakes. It is playful, you feel good on it, a perfect weapon for our sport! »


The structure will consist of:
- Cécile RAVANEL, winner in Whistler and 3rd at the EWS 2014 general ranking (Elites Women)
- Cédric RAVANEL, Team manager 35th at EWS 2014 general ranking
- Nico QUERE, 4th at MEGAVALANCHE de l’Alpe d’Huez and 2nd of the mega in l’Ile de la Réunion, Vallnord Enduro Winner
- Gatien PERNET, 3rd at Whistler EWS (Juniors)
- Mathieu RUFFRAY, Enduro Roc Enduro winner (Juniors)

Other partners: American Classic, Marzocchi, Hutchinson, KS, Kenny, Urge, Northwave, Tioga, E13, T9 Boeshield

Technical partners: Effetto Mariposa, Formula, Pulse Session, Clif Bar, HT, G-Form, A2Z, Aerozine, SB3, Progrip

Tuesday
Dec162014

2015 European Bike Park Season

Munich, December 16, 2014 - Off-Season all mountain bike enthusiasts in full swing. Time to look forward to the upcoming season and with the size aV ity card ever to solve the ticket for thousands Bike Park meter in half of Europe. With the two new additions Lenzerheide and Jasna the flat-rate ticket worth even more in the coming season. Besides its own pleasure Bike enthusiasts can at Christmas but of course also think of their loved ones - the Gra ity V-Card is the perfect gift for those who want to take full advantage of the season. Even now, the anticipation is rising for the upcoming season and no later than at Christmas it tingles back into the legs. The perfect time to reward yourself with the Gra V ity Card, a season ticket for the bike park lovers, for the long wait and already planning next year. And just in time to start the season on 18 April shred Frequent again until 1 November (subject to the respective opening times of the parks) the routes of 13 parks across half of Europe - and all without limitations, for half a year.

Together biking is of course even more fun. Then there is the Gra V ity card as an ideal Christmas gift, because together with the entry into the excellent bike park there is a season full of action-packed adventure with friends, virtually in the flat rate. This includes, of course, nor the numerous events in the individual parks. The most important dates for the coming season are to be found further in the Mandarin below.

In the new season, the card is worth all the more so since it launched two new bike parks Gra V ity card family. For the first time, a Swiss flagship park with lots of flow a member of the community. From 15 May have bike fans with the flat-rate ticket in his pocket, five new lines in the Bike Park Lenzerheide to choose from. From beginner trail up to the professional route with North Shore and large open Drops Scharmoin and the base station Rothorn is something for every taste between Central Station. Who wants to practice really big jumps, also can be in the Skill Centre can easily fall into the Big Air Bag or let off steam at the dirt jumps of the Grisons parks. For more information about the Bike Park Lenzerheide is here: lenzerheide.com .

In Slovakia have your bike with the Rocky Mountain Bike World Jasna future a large selection of trails. The new addition to the Low Tatras mountain offers from next summer on 9 routes from family-friendly to technically demanding everything a mountain biker's heart desires. This is ensured by addition of varied terrain, numerous downhill sizes as Filip Polc who have lost their creativity in the design of the bike park run wild. On the same 3 new routes can convince in the 2015 season. Details for Bike Park Jasna can be found here: http://www.jasna.sk/rocky-mountain-bike-world-jasna/

The 396 euro (315 euro teens, children € 198; Price 2015) pay for frequent travelers quickly and are soon "purely driven". For this price bikers have free entry to the best parks in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia and Slovenia with top always maintained roads, excellent infrastructure and a huge selection of tracks. With a ticket bikers be able to meet some of the best locations from the Central Europe has to offer without having to make further thought - except about it, they try out which of the many trails members parks next.

Lots of rider and bike park enthusiasts save the Gra V ity card not only money, they can stand in line at the ticket offices of the parks safely hang on a nail. Because with the flat-rate ticket they rise from the car without the hassle of it directly to the trails to, slopestyle Areas, Bagjumps, pump tracks or practice course.

The Gra V ity Card is available as again this year quite easily on the Internet or at participating bike parks.

More information on: http://www.gravity-card.com/

 

Friday
Dec122014

Pivot Cycles Unveils New Mach 429SL

Pivot Cycles unveils the new half-pound lighter Mach 429SL Carbon with Shimano Di2 compatibility.

Mach 429SL Carbon Features

  • 100mm travel dw-link® rear suspension with race and trail tuning
  • 1/2lb (226g) weight savings: Frame weight from 5.3lbs (2.4Kg) and Sub 23lb (10.4kg) complete
  • Full carbon frame featuring proprietary hollow core internal molding technology
  • 29 inch wheels for the fastest laps and best rollover
  • Full length internal cable routing and Shimano Di2 integration via Pivot’s exclusive, easy-to-maintain Cable Port System
  • Full internal dropper post compatible routing
  • Cold forged alloy linkages with Enduro Max Cartridge Bearings
  • Fox Float Kashima Factory shock, performance tuned for the Mach 429SL
  • Highly durable rubberized leather downtube and swingarm protection
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    The half pound lighter Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon is the bike that you need when the course tests both your engine size and your handling skills. Dominate in any event with the newest version of our award winning 100mm 29er – a perfect combination of incredible racing efficiency and trail-worthy technical prowess. The space age chassis drops over 1/2lb (226g) via the use of leading-edge carbon fiber and our proprietary hollow-core, internal-mandrel process. This coveted production technology enables us to create best-in-class frames with the “lighter, stiffer, stronger” qualities that put the Mach 429SL Carbon at the top of the list. To achieve a huge reduction in weight and an increase in frame stiffness, our engineers looked for every possible advantage via optimizing the composite materials and lay-up structure in the 429’s huge, box-section downtube and bottom bracket area. From the tapered head tube to the highly-specific oversize rear triangle tube sections, nothing was left untouched when we made the Mach 429SL Carbon frame the lightest 29er chassis – with the best power transfer – available today.

    For those seeking the top of the line in components and compatibility, the Pivot Mach 429SL Carbon is only the second production mountain bike in the world to be fully Di2 integrated (the Pivot Mach 4 Carbon being the first). Featuring Pivot’s Cable Port System, internal routing for any component is easy to install and maintain via large, easy to access ports and interchangeable covers. Riders have the ability to switch between a variety of cable routing options, allowing for the cleanest possible installation of wires, batteries and cables. Rest easy knowing that no matter what components or gearing you choose, now or in the future, we have you covered. Our race-winning, trail-slaying Mach 429SL Carbon geometry is tried, tested and confidence-inspiring. On the uphill, you benefit from the latest in dw-link® suspension design with a Fox Float Kashima Factory shock, performance-tuned specifically for the Mach 429SL Carbon.

    You can expect World Cup level efficiency provided by dw-link®’s anti-squat characteristics, instant acceleration and unparalleled climbing traction. Downhill, the 100mm of dw-link® suspension performs like a longer travel bike – an incredibly capable ride in technical terrain and ready for record-setting descents, enhanced by the precise feel of 12 x 142mm rear spacing and the rollover qualities of the 29 inch wheel. The Mach 4SL Carbon is designed to work with 100 to 120mm forks, allowing for perfect rider optimization – shorter for your cross country weapon, longer for the ultimate in trail-handling.

    Our mountain bikes feature the PF92 bottom bracket. Collaboratively developed by our engineers and Shimano, this allows for wider pivots and better bearing support, both of which contribute to increased frame stiffness and strength. Other essential details include post mount disc brake mounts for easy set up and weight savings, direct mount front derailleur for perfect shifting, stealth dropper compatibility and Enduro Max cartridge bearings throughout. Our 429SL frame will accommodate two water bottles of any size and boasts updated graphics for a sleek, race-inspired look. We take quality and workmanship seriously at Pivot, and know that the details are what make a great rider experience. Every Pivot Cycles frame undergoes a 28 step assembly and quality control check to ensure that the only thing you need to think about is the ride.

    PIVOT MACH 29SL

    Friday
    Dec052014

    Bike Odyssey An Epic MTB Race In The Mountains Of Greece

    Pindos, the largest mountain range in Greece, will host for the third consecutive year the toughest mtb race in Greece, “Bike Odyssey 2015”. From the village of Laista in Zagorohoria up to the historical city of Amfiklia, this race will be a cycling odyssey for the riders! 

     

    The race

    The route has a total length of 600 km., 25,000 elevation gains and passes through 57 villages in mountainous Greece of unrivaled natural beauty and historical significance crossing thePindos Mountains. There are few sections covered with asphalt, several paths while the largest proportion of the race route is covered by soil.


    The race consists of seven stages and a prologue and has eight villages-stations. The prologue is a circuit race and has as start and finish at the square of the first village-station. At next stages the race starts from the square of one village-station and ends to the square of the next village-station.

    «Bike Odyssey» is a team race and open to all (adult) ages provided they know mountain biking and have very good physical condition. Participants must form teams of two members and must ride with their team partner at all times and must not separate more than the allowable limit of 2 minutes. The valid time for a team will be the time of the last of the two team members.

    Each and every rider must wear an appropriate helmet throughout the whole race. Helmets must be constructed according to safety standards. Each Participant «Bike Odyssey» is expected to be equipped according to the requirements of an 8-day mountain bike race. Appropriate attire for any kind of weather and first aid kits are minimum necessary. We recommend that you take with you additional tools and spare parts. E-Bike (power assisted) is not allowed.


    During race of mountain biking has predicted from the organization to be three water supply points for athletes at each stage but each athlete is required to carry the necessary food and water that will ensure the completion of the race. 

    Parallel Races

    "Bike Odyssey" comes in three other versions for those who want to taste a little of magic of the 8-day version. There will be a three-day team race, «3-Day Odyssey», alongside the last 3 stages of 8-day Bike Odyssey. In addition the following one day races will take place: “Laista Circuit”, race in circuit form which will be held along with the prologue in Laista and daylong «1-Day Odyssey» to be held in parallel with the last stage. In the case of one day races, athletes can register as a unit.

     

    Registrations 
    Open from 20/11/2014 to 31/12/2014. For registrations from 01/12/14-15/12/14 you get up to 20% discount depending the participation package. Register for 8-Day Bike Odyssey or 3-Day Bike Odyssey.

     


    More information about the whole event in race’s official webpage:
    http://www.bikeodyssey.eu/en/

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike-Odyssey/164291513617269

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