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Greg Minnaar Injury Update - Interview & Photos 3

Greg Minnaar ripped the tendon off his thumb during a crash at Crankworx Rotorua. He's already undergone a successful surgery and is on the mend for the first World Cup. Greg discusses the injury and operation inside.

Posted by sspomer on 3/29/2015 3:19 PM

#spankwhipoff Photo Contest 1

Last call for #spankwhipoff photo entrants on Instagram!

Posted by sspomer on 3/20/2015 8:44 AM

No Fate But What We Make | Adolfo Almarza 2

Adolfo Almarza had a life changing accident, but rather than hang his head, he turned around and made it all change for the better. Watching Adolfo rip his bike makes you realize that everything is possible!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/29/2015 7:26 AM

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Who Is the Best Luger at Crankworx?

It's not all serious business at Crankworx, although as this edit demonstrates, the elbows are out even when it comes to a little on-the-side luge action. There's no such thing as friendly racing!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/28/2015 12:47 PM

Bike of the Day: Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally Ed. 1 2

The custom decal era is well and truly upon us.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/29/2015 8:59 AM

Rotorua EWS Stage 7 with Josh Carlson 2

Join Giant's Josh Carlson for his race run on the final stage of the Enduro World Series Crankworx Rotorua. Not hard to see why Sam Hill took the win on this stage - it's basically a DH track disguised as an EWS stage.

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/28/2015 11:41 PM

UPDATED Crankworx PIT BITS: Prototype Components and More 91

The new goods just keep on coming. We've found new suspension products from X-Fusion and FOX, what might be new SRAM Brakes, several prototype tires, a new DH bike for Sam Hill and much more.

Posted by sspomer on 3/25/2015 1:26 PM

Back to Business with Jerome Clementz

Well, so much for not knowing how fast Jerome Clementz would be on his return to top level racing. Faster than everybody else, as usual!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/29/2015 12:17 AM

7 Stages in 1 Day - Race Action from the Enduro World Series, Crankworx Rotorua 5

When we say Sven, Joe and crew were in the trenches, we mean it. The ruts on race day at the EWS in Rotorua were swallowing humans, silverbacks and riders left and right. The deepest slideshow goods from a heavy day of racing in New Zealand.

Posted by sspomer on 3/29/2015 12:35 PM

Vital RAW - EWS Crankworx Rotorua Race Action 3

Hide your pizzas, hide your beers.

Posted by sspomer on 3/29/2015 9:46 AM

Flat in Fontana - Daily Shot 1

Sending it sideways in the famous winter series.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/28/2015 1:57 PM

Bike of the Day: Pivot Mach 6 1 2

Custom ano valve cap on the shock, personalization done right!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/28/2015 7:54 AM

Bienvenido's Epic Double Frontflip POV

During last years Martin Söderström, Bienvenido Aguado Alba takes a beating, gets back up and goes for broke. Woah.

Posted by 970biking on 3/27/2015 2:57 PM

Easy or Impossible? Off-Camber Carnage at EWS 3

From the makers of Corner Carnage (the Original) comes Off-Camber, Carnage 2. Slickness from the Hatu Patu trail of the Enduro World Series at Crankworx Rotorua. 100% circus-music free.

Posted by sspomer on 3/27/2015 1:04 PM

A Day out With Jon Bokranz 1

Spend the day with Jon Bokranz as he visits his hometown of Sundsvall, Sweden. With a variety of trails and terrain visiting never gets old.

Posted by 970biking on 3/27/2015 11:10 AM

GAME ON! Enduro World Series Day 3 Slideshow 1

There's not much more that can be said about the scenic beauty and incredible trail quality that encompasses the final training day of the Enduro World Series in Rotorua. Riders have their lines down and the clock is about to start for the first race of 2015. Sven Martin brings the greenery-filled goods of last-minute preparation.

Posted by sspomer on 3/27/2015 2:59 PM

A Bug's-eye View - Daily Shot 1

This drop is 300 ant-feet.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/27/2015 12:10 PM

The Swede with Speed and Style - Martin Söderström's Big Comeback Win 2

Martin Söderström has struggled with injuries recently, but the big Swede seems to be pretty much back to his best. He took down some big names to walk away with the Speed and Style win - we're stoked to see what he has for us in Slopestyle, coming up on Sunday. WOOT!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/27/2015 2:06 AM

Bike of the Day: Transition TR500 1 9

Nice custom touches and a sweet build.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/27/2015 1:36 AM

Crankworx Rotorua Downhill Slideshow 3

A downhill race as good as a World Cup. All the excitement of early season action, a course that riders couldn't stay away from and a field of Top 10 talent meant the Downhill at Crankworx Rotorua was going to deliver. And it did.

Posted by sspomer on 3/27/2015 10:19 AM

Enduro World Series Ripping - Day 3 Quicky 3

Stage 6 of the Enduro World Series at Crankworx looks more entertaining than a barrel of half-witted monkeys! Throw in some pumptrack and this video is as good as a kick from your morning espresso.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 10:01 AM

PHOTO BLAST - Crankworx Rotorua - DH, Speed and Style, Pumptrack 2

Too much radness for one hand. Enjoy some spill over from the action in Rotorua yesterday.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 10:44 AM

Winter Farewell - Daily Shot 1

Celebrating the end of winter with a rad powder ride.

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/26/2015 12:46 PM

Steve Peat to Have Knee Surgery

The Santa Cruz website is reporting that Steve Peat is about to undergo knee surgery to repair his ACL which was injured while on a moto. Click to see the details. We wish the King of Downhill a speedy recovery.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 9:33 AM

When Your Whip-Off Goes Wrong 6

The beauty of Crankworx and the fact that anyone can register for a chance at the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 7:42 AM

Verbier Snowpark 1

Yesterday was the MTB pow edit, today we're taking it to the park! High speed, big jumps and no carpet laid down for traction - sketchy!<

Posted by 970biking on 3/26/2015 11:05 AM

Slideshow - EWS Crankworx Rotorua Day 2 2

Let's just quote Old Milwaukee and say it doesn't get any better than this. Hero dirt, steeps, jumps, drops, berms, roots and more greenery than a Grateful Dead concert. Enjoy the 2nd day of training at the Enduro World Series Rotorua. Sven Martin and Steel City Media take you into the unknown.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 11:34 AM

Bike of the Day: Devinci Wilson 9 15

The best looking Wilson out there?

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/26/2015 2:19 AM

ONE LAP - Iago Garay, EWS Rotorua Stage 6 4

SO FUN! The race that keeps on giving. Iago Garay makes us wonder why we're at our desk and not in New Zealand sampling the stupendous soil of the Enduro World Series opener at Crankworx Rotorua.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 8:08 AM

Whip-Off Slideshow from Crankworx Rotorua

Punting perpendicular, horiztonal hucking, flying flat. Witness some wild, wayward whipping from New Zealand.

Posted by sspomer on 3/26/2015 9:26 AM

Easy or Impossible? EWS Corner Carnage 46

Is this a difficult corner or an easy corner? It just depends on who hits it.

Posted by sspomer on 3/25/2015 8:59 AM

Slideshow - EWS Crankworx Rotorua Day 1 3

The riders of the Enduro World Series get to know the lay of the land on this 7-stage event. Twisty, steep jungle trails that blend into wide open DH runs are keeping riders on their toes and in the ER.

Posted by sspomer on 3/25/2015 3:00 PM

Vital RAW - Crankworx Rotorua DH 2 3

Short, sweet and making us want more. Some rock smashing, some wood skidding, some loam roosting and off-camber crushing from Rotorua.

Posted by sspomer on 3/25/2015 4:35 PM

R-Dog is Top Dog - Crankworx Whip-Off Win

That's it folks, the sickest part of Crankworx is already over. The sideways senders have duked it out for glory and gold, and a certain 'Dog walked away with the big win. BOOSH!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/25/2015 1:13 PM

Blasting in Black n' White - Daily Shot 1

To the moon!

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Posted by iceman2058 on 3/25/2015 1:44 PM

Ain't No Trails Like Home - Brendan Fairclough

You may be a superstar traveling the world from one rad place to the next - there's still something about coming home to the trails you know and love. Brendog agrees!

Posted by iceman2058 on 3/25/2015 10:20 AM