4X (Four Cross)

New Race Series Kicking Off…

ROUND 1 of the new Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend with the 2nd round of the SuperEnduro in Punta Ala, Italy (the new World Series incorporates existing races into it’s schedule)

And check this for a list of international mountain biking heavyweights.  Conformed riders include; Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!

Here’s the little French enduro specialist and 2011 Trans-Provence winner Jerome Clementz explaining what we’re likely to see at the weekend…

Superenduro 2013 | ITW Jerome Clementz from Superenduro TV on Vimeo.

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First Custom Build – Part #5 (the first ride)…

Aprés-ride

So – took the Urban Dirt Bomber out on her first proper ride.  About 7km of tarmac to the BMX & Dirt Jump tracks on the other side of Villeneuve.  It turns out the only wet & muddy mountain bike trails in Serre Chevalier are on the BMX track and the dirt jumps!

More like claggy clay than mud

I was a bit worried that the treads on the Schwalbe Table Top tyres would get clogged up with this muck but they shed the sh1t remarkably well.  The bike was awesome on the BMX/pump track but as it’s a Four Cross (4X)  frame this wasn’t really a surprise.  I’m no dirt jumper that’s for sure but I had go, hitting the small and medium sized jumps and again the bike felt light and poppy off the jumps but also stable on the landings..some grippier pedals might be in order though.

Rode the 7-8km of fast, flowy singletrack back through the woods and again the bike was great.  The frame seems to soak up the bumps and bigger hits amazingly well (well better than my other hardtail).  And the tyres are basically fine for the usually dry or at worst only damp trails ’round here.  They provide plenty of grip for climbing too…which was obviously hard work and an out-of-the-seat affair given the 34t single ring configuration.  In fact I wonder with a 2×9 set-up and some playing around with stem & handlebar combinations what this little bike couldn’t do.

                    

All in all – it was about a 20km loop covering a load of different terrain and riding styles.   With a more suitable fork – maybe a 120mm DJ fork I’d be tempted to hit some downhill trails with this next summer…think it could be fun 😉

All shiny again

Click here for Part #1

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UCI World Championships 2012…

UCI World Championships 2012 @ Leogang, Austria – this weekend (image courtesy of RedBull.tv)

 

Well, it’s come ’round again already…doesn’t seem like a year ago the Danny Hart had everyone on the edge of their seats with that amazing run in the Champery (Swiss Alps) mud to take the 2011 Downhill title back to the UK.  In fact it’s worth another watch to get us all in the mood for this weekend…

 

 

Just awesome!…the bad news is, Danny is out with a shoulder injury so can’t defend his crown this year 😦  but do we think Gee & Rachel Atherton can pull off a brother-sister double for Great Britain?…it’s definitely possible.  We’ll just have to wait and see what Sunday brings and keep an eye on the weather, as I think that could prove to be the deciding factor…

 

Red Bull are showing LIVE covereage of the 4X (Saturday 1st Sept) and Downhill (Sunday 2nd Sept) mens & womans finals this weekend with the Cross Country (Saturday 8th Sept) and Cross Country Eliminator (Sunday 9th Sept) events next weekend

 

Watch it all LIVE here!  🙂

 

The 4X and especially the DH will be worth a watch for sure…it’s just insane how fast these guys & girls go!  Here’s Peaty doing a head-cam run of the Leogang course they’ll be riding the weekend;

 

All the info you need is on the Leogang 2012 website;

http://www.saalfeldenleogang2012.at/en/homepage/

 

Steve Peat’s 2012 World Champs kit & bike
Photo by Jacob Gibbons http://www.facebook.com/JacobGibbinsPhotography

Greg Minnar’s 2012 World Champs kit & bike
http://www.facebook.com/santacruzbicycles

 

Thanks to Downhill Freeriders for the images.  Find them @  http://www.facebook.com/DownhillFreeriders  & https://twitter.com/DHFreeriders

Categories: 4X (Four Cross), DH Mountain Biking, Downhill, Downhill Freeriders, Events / Races, hardware, Mountain Biking, Red Bull, Streaming, Street Trials, TV, UCI World Championships, UCI World Cup, Video, XC Mountain Biking | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mega Freestyle BMX Race…

This will be worth watching!!…

Mike Day will be competing @ the Red Bull R.Evolution 2012 event in Berlin

Red Bull R. Evolution Berlin 2012

“Forty-eight top BMX racers will take part in this next-level race at Berlin’s Mellowpark on a track inspired by super-cross and featuring bonkers obstacles, trail sections and a massive finish-line jump. The idea is to break rules and start a revolution.”

Get Ready for R.Evolution – Photo – Video | Red Bull Bike.

Get Ready for R.Evolution

By Amah-Rose Abrams on 17 August 2012 in BMX Race

Check out our teaser clip for Red Bull R.Evolution later next week.

Red Bull R.Evolution hits Berlin’s Mellowpark on August 24 Red Bull presents an all-new SX event concept for international and German BMXers integrating numerous freestyle elements into a race track with absolute flow.

The concept behind the competition take BMX back to its roots and get away from the rules and regulations of the rest of the competition scene. The track will go up in Mellowpark, Berlin and will stay there making it the most varied and biggest training facility in Germany.

In the 48-strong field, competition riders will race eight at a time down the ten-metre starting ramp with the four fastest riders progressing to the next round and on the eve on August 24 will battle it out for the winning spot. The 3 judges Paul de Jong (NED), Tobias Wicke (GER), and Steve Spencer (USA) will judge the best trick in every heat according to difficulty, execution, and style. The rider with the most style points will win extra prize money.

www.redbull.de/revolution

Programme on Friday, August 24, 2012:
7.00 – 8.30 pm1/8 Finals (3 rounds)
8.30 – 9.20 pm1/4 Finals
9.20 – 9.45 pm1/2 Finals
9:45 – 10.00 pmFinal

Watch it live here;

http://live.redbull.tv/events/116/red-bull-revolution/

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First Custom Build – Part #4…

Nukeproof Snap Urban Dirt Bomber

Fully built and ready to ride :

Nukeproof Snap Urban Dirt Bomber!

Ready to roll (and stop)…SLX brakes turned up for the Rockhopper so the Snap build finally got its hand-me-downs in the form of a set of 2006 Shimano Deore M-525’s along with a 180mm rotor on the front with a new set of Superstar Kevlar pads and a 160mm on the back with a new set of Superstar Organics they’ll have more than enough stopping power for the local streets, carparks, stairs, riverside trails and BMX & Dirt Jump tracks.

                    

Swapped out the lightweight Carbon Matrix stem (that was fitted in the previous post) for the more substantial & solid looking Kona BO unit.  Don’t know whether the Kona stem is actually stronger but it looks the part and gives the impression it is.  In my experience, bike riding is mainly down to confidence in yourself and in your bike and when you’ve got a nagging doubt in the back of your mind that a certain component could fail – that’s when mistakes happen

  

Fitted the new Schwalbe Table Top Timo Pritzel Series tyres and they are seriously grippy!  They’re rated to go upto 65 PSI – I’ve got the front at 40 and the rear at 44 PSI and they were easily holding onto the dry, loose, stoney trails down by the river.  They’re advertised as a dirt/street/BMX tyre so should be perfect for the job in hand…

                     

Also – just found out the local DJ track that was built for a comp last month is staying and free from next month.  It’s right next to the BMX track so when the lifts close and the local DH season ends at the beginning of next month I know where I’ll be playing 😉

                    

There are still are few more blingy bits that will be going on but probably not for a while.  And then there’s the long term plans of upgrading forks & wheels to more suitable components for the type of riding the bike will be doing but for now…

  

…WE ARE DONE!!

See?
NukeProof Snap ‘Urban Dirt Bomber’

Frame:  2011 NukeProof Snap (Regular, Yellow) @ £200 from Bike-MailOrder.de

Fork :  2006 Marzocchi MX Comp (Air, 105mm)  –spares-

Tyres :  – Schwalbe Table Tops (2.25”) @ £40 from Bike-MailOrder.de

Wheels : Sun-Ringle DS2-XC (23mm, 32-hole, 6061 Alloy)  –spares

BrakesShimano Deore M525  -spares-

CranksetTruvativ Hussefelt 1.1 (Ltd. White Edition) @ £40 from Bike-MailOrder.de

Bottom BracketTruvativ Howitzer XR M12 @ £30 from Bike-MailOrder.de

34T RingBlackspire Mono Veloce @ £30 from CRC

Chain Device :   Plasma Chain Device @ £50 from Superstar

Rear Mech : 9sp Shimano Deore LX  –spares- (new jockey wheels @ £15)

StemKona B.O (2008) @ £20 from CRC

HandlebarEaston EA50 Monkey Bar 25.4x685mm  –spares-

HeadsetNukeProof Warhead 44IISS @ £40 from CRC

QR CollarSpecialized (Black)  –spares

QR SkewersShimano (Black)  –spares

180mm Front RotorSuperstar ‘Vibe’  spares-

160mm Rear Rotor :  Shimano  -spares-

9sp Cassette :  Deore 11-34 –spares-

PedalsWellgo B0-87spares

GripsNukeProof Element Half Waffle Lock-On (yellow) @ £15 from CRC

Chainstay ProtectorNukeProof Logo Chainstay Protector @ £10 from CRC

Cable Outer :  Goodridge (white) 2m @ £5 from CRC

TOTAL COST : £495.00

Click here for Part #5 (the first ride)

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First Custom Build – Part #3…

NukeProof Snap Urban Dirt Bomber – driveside.  Skull seat

We’re getting there now 🙂   Handlebars, grips and shifter fitted…

Front end

…as well as bottom bracket, full drive train, pedals, chain device and chainstay protector

            

Also got the decals (nearly straight) on the forks 😉  and the seat, post & Q/R clamp installed

            

Also have a couple of upgrades/changes to make before the bike is even fully built!

…a pretty very heavy but much more substantial Kona B.O Stem to replace the eXotic Carbon Matrix unit that’s fitted now.  And another set of (new) Schwalbe tyres to replace the (used) Schwalbe tyres that are currently fitted.  Found very good deals on both the new stem and street/dirt Schwalbe Table Top tyres so will have these fitted by the next instalment…

            

I have ridden the bike and it seems to ride great although it’s impossible to really test it without any brakes!…I’ve found out that a solid pair of skate shoes and exactly 3 bottles of Heineken give the best combination of performance and stupidity when testing a bike with no brakes 😉

Brakes will be fitted in a couple of weeks as well as the new stem and tyres shown above.  Got a brand spanking set of Kevlar brake pads ready to give the old Deore’s a bit of a new lease of life when they are fitted…

            

Apart from that, Project Urban Dirt Bomber should be shreddin’ the BMX track, dirt jumps, streets & trails de la vallée de Serre Chevalier within a couple of weeks…happy days   🙂

NukeProof Snap Urban Dirt Bomber – non-driveside.  No brakes…yet

 

Click here for Part #4

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