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First Look: Race Face Turbine R Wheelset and Vault Hub
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Added reply in a thread Riding Solo - Love It or Hate It? 6/22/2016 3:09 PM

I like solo rides, although I rarely do it lately. For some reason, only when I'm riding solo, I'm hyper vigilant about snakes and every damn stick looks like a rattler to me.

Added a new video Welcome to the Family Vaea Verbeeck 6/22/2016 11:43 AM
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Canadian downhiller Vaea Verbeeck's long lost welcome video finally surfaces. Currently recovering from a collarbone injury sustained in Fort William, we hope to see her back on the track come Lenzerheide. In the meantime, check out this sweet shredit and interview from Rocky Mountain.

Vaea has been part of the Rocky Mountain family for a while now. We filmed this little shredit with her last year, but ran into some computer issues before we could share it. She's currently on the mend from a collarbone injury in Lourdes, but she's chomping at the bit to get racing in Lenzerheide next month.

Who are you and what are you all about?

My name is Vaea Verbeeck. I was born in Tahiti, French Polynesia, and raised in Granby, Quebec. Growing up with my mom and older sister didn't stop me from being a total tomboy. I’ve always wanted to be the best at every sport: gymnastics, dancing, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, volleyball, soccer, you name it. But after progressing and learning, I’d stall in my motivation. They just weren’t for me.

At 16 I borrowed a downhill bike at Bromont, and I was hooked. The following year I got myself a bike and it didn't take me long to register for a downhill race. A few years later I was entering World Cups and knew that I’d found my sport. After finishing school in 2012, I rushed straight to North Vancouver and have been living the mountain life dream ever since.

I’m currently working at the Lululemon Athletica head office during the off-season and pulling the plug every summer to race the World Cup circuit.

Strengths?

Not scared, strong, calm, bike park tracks (lame I know), rocks, jumps.

Weaknesses?

PEDALLINNNNNNG uphill. That shit is hard on the body and mind. I'm also pretty good at breaking bones, not gonna lie. I got my fair share over the years, it's a fine line.

What's your favourite race?

I think my favourite race was World Champs at Hafjell, Norway in 2014. I’d gone a couple of days early and just enjoyed the park there. I loved the track; good jumps, good high-speed technical woods, and good corners. Seemed to suit me well too, I got 6th—my best result so far.

Tell us about what you do off the bike. What are your off-the-bike goals?

Life without bikes exists?

I spend a lot of time working out, indoors in the winter. Plus I take full advantage of the West Coast outdoor lifestyle: hiking, snowboarding, camping, bouldering, and food. Love food. #activities

What's good?

I'm happiest at races. Over the years I’ve developed a sort of second family at the races, and rolling through the pits with your mates on the way to practice is perfect. It maybe doesn't feel that exciting when you're out there, but when I’m out with an injury I have major FOMO.

What bikes are you riding right now?

Rocky Mountain Maiden

Rocky Mountain Altitude Rally Edition

Rocky Mountain Flow

How do you set your bikes up? Anything unique?

Slack and low to plough through the rough stuff. Otherwise pretty standard.

Who's your favourite rider?

I'm scared to watch sometimes, but Brook MacDonald. Wild lad. Open throttle!

What is on your playlist right now?

Right now: ODESZA, Jupe, some Rihanna, Kilter, Tim Legend, Møme. It's all over the place.

Favourite websites?

Pinkbike

Vital MTB

Youtube (gotta watch them Supercross replays somehow)

If you were the boss of mountain biking, how would you change things?

Easy. I started racing because I loved discovering new tracks and challenges. If logistics and finances could allow it, I would love to see new race tracks every year! New places and new experiences.

Goals for 2016-2017?

I've been on the mend getting back from different serious injuries over the last few years. The goal is to stay on the bike more. Being off the bike is the last place I want to be. Setting my limits and be in the game for the next few years would be the best.

I am eyeing up another National Champion title. I always want to better myself and my results. So technically, improving on a 6th place would be a World Cup podium. However, I am going for my best performance, not a result. I'll be happy to get back to races and give it my best. It's worked for me in the past.

Shout outs?

A bunch of rad people! Rocky Mountain and Hope Tech make it happen for me. Also, Troy Lee Designs, FiveTen, Oakley, Atlas Brace, Rockwell Watches, Crankbrothers, and JFG Nutrition for making me sweat a ton.

Anything else?

Go out and play!


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Added a new video Unstoppable Life | Aaron Chase 6/22/2016 10:01 AM
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Join legendary professional freeride mountain biker Aaron Chase on his comeback journey from major back surgery as he heads deep into Vancouver Island to hit a cliff gap, proving he’s still got what it takes.

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Focus Bikes Introduces the New JAM
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6/20/2016 11:56 AM

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Added reply in a thread That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/17/2016 2:02 PM

Nah... maybe a vandoh.

Added reply in a thread That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/17/2016 11:30 AM

Ugh.... I'm buying a new rack now after reading all this.

Added a new video Brendog Rippin' the Champéry WC Track 6/17/2016 10:13 AM
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Fairclough + Champéry = Radness Brendan Fairclough and a mildly wet World Cup track in Champéry. Please keep your arms and legs in the ride at all times! If you're at Crankworx Les Gets tomorrow (18 June 2016), stop by the booth for you to have a chance to win a signed Brendog race jersey!

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Added reply in a thread That Time My Bike Flew Off The Car Rack... 6/15/2016 3:20 PM

Thankfully no real horror stories from me. Even when we do dumb shit like testing the limits of a 4-tray T2 rack and a minivan.
Added a new video Chain Reaction Cycles PayPal in Leogang 2016 6/15/2016 9:47 AM
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CRC PayPal recaps a successful week in Leogang despite Sam Hill being sidelined due to injury.

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Added a new video Local Flow with Thomas Estaque 6/14/2016 9:20 AM
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Smashing Downhill World Cup courses does not stop you from enjoying riding home spots. Traveling around the world does not take away the urge to put the wheels on the familiar ground once again. It's quite the opposite. When Thomas Estaque, the LAC BLANC COMMENCAL Team rider, offered us filming on his home spot we did not hesitate. We have really enjoyed watching his flow and natural speed. This is not about the World Cup racing, it's about the urge to ride a bike!

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Added a new video Charlie Harrison Wrecking Shop in SoCal | Locals Ep. 11 6/10/2016 1:11 PM
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11 episodes in and the fun isn't stopping! This week’s Locals is spotlighted on the blossoming young racer, Charlie Harrison. We’ve seen Chuck grow from a little moto-grom into the pinned pro racer he is today. With Charlie always looking to shave seconds and ride wide open, it was a task to keep the lens locked on his blistering pace. Living in Mission Viejo, he has a wide range of trail networks he can tap into. We chased him down his favorite off-season training grounds for this week's video.

At a mere 18-years-old, Chuck is showing poise and race maturity far beyond his years. His calm and cool nature translates beautifully into his racing. His riding is so smooth it's deceiving to watch from the side of the track. But when you hop in for a train you realize, dear lord this kid is on rails! The speed he carries from section to section, efficiently attacking every aspect of a course, is a pace that very few can hold onto for a full run without blowing up. This ability to carry speed everywhere has been putting Chucky on the top-step. Having won National Champs in both the 15-16 and 17-18 class, he’s earned his spot as one of America’s brightest up and comers. He further drove home that point by taking the Jr overall title for the Pro GRT National series. Last season he also took a crack at World Cup racing in the Jr class and ended up walking away with top 5’s at both events he attended. Apparently he has to wear sunglasses at all times cause his future's so bright. This season Charlie is taking on some more World Cups. Although he just had a crash at Fort Bill, he is looking for redemption at Lenzerheide and MSA.

Chuck’s parents did it right. They got him on two wheels super early. It's no wonder he is killing it at such young age since his first moto race was at age 5. Charlie continued to race moto for 8 years until he met Rich Houseman. For 2011 Houseman put together a powerhouse team and took the junior race scene by force. Charlie, being gone of the youngest riders on the team, had a ton of fast riders to chase and awesome mentors. He started his career at the Fontana Winter Series and has continued to race the full series every year since. This past winter was his first year in Pro and he managed to snag the overall from the multi year reigning champ. It’s awesome to see him sticking to his roots even as his speed grows and takes him all around the world.

Harrison’s work ethic is second to none. The kid trains day in and day out, grinding for his dream. He trains with Ben Clark out of the Rockwell training gym. Working out of this facility means his workout partners are the likes of Aaron Gwin and top supercross racers (not to mention some monster girls too!). Seeing bad dudes like that every time you show up to sweat definitely removes all doubt in your mind that you should be training another way or somewhere else. It’s hard to work at something if you don't believe in it 100% but with the results pumping out of the gym there's no questioning the methods.

Although race season can be extremely taxing, Charlie knows how to let loose in the off-season and put racing to the side. He takes a step away from the DH rig and gets rowdy every other way he knows how. From surfing and skim boarding to getting nasty on a 20", Chuck throws down. Harrison even spends a good amount of time at the moto track twisting throttle. Diversifying your shred keeps things fun and fresh. It’s what you gotta do to keep your passion fiery! Charlie is well on his way to being a well rounded athlete and we couldn't be more proud to be helping him along the way!

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Added a comment about feature WIN A ROCKSHOX BOXXER - Vital OTB, Leogang World Cup 6/10/2016 3:40 PM
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Added reply in a thread What Single Piece of Advice Would You Give the Aspiring Racer? 6/10/2016 3:37 PM

That's a given... they'll be riding bikes, afterall.

Added a new video Follow the Donkeys | Trail Tails Ep. 3 6/10/2016 12:10 PM
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A 400-year-old trail through the Swiss Alps... It doesn't get more epic than that. Meet the Stockalper Trail.

High mountains, deep gorges and one of the strangest trail sections of the Alps: In episode 3, we venture out to ride the Stockalper Trail, which used to be a highly profitable trade route for centuries. But instead of mules and donkeys, we brought our full suspension bikes with us...

Supported by Vaude, Giant & IXS.

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Added reply in a thread Clif Bar and Honey Stinger Recalls 6/9/2016 11:35 AM

I dunno... those Mojo bars are pretty dang good... might be worth the gamble.

Added a new video Deity: Break Loose with David McMillan 6/9/2016 9:51 AM
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If you’re going to put Motörhead in your edit, you better go nuts. Lemmy would be proud.

Style, speed, aggression, and an ability to dismantle berms in one slash... David McMillan brings his signature Australian style to the latest edit from the crew at DEITY, "Break Loose"!

Filmed/Edited by Jimmy Seaton, McLaine Media, and David McMillan

Cover Poster by RF Photographics

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Added a new video Enduro Bike Blasting | Homies Connection 6/9/2016 9:07 AM
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A 360 Flip, a massive Step Down, Hip Jump or Step Up; the guys from Homies Connection (creators of the EVO Bike Park) show us that they have just as much talent behind the handlebars of a mountain bike as when using a digger. Also, the META AM V4 is made to ride in all conditions, even the most extreme.


Director: Thomas Di Giovanni / TDG-Photography.com
Motion Design: Hugo Di Giovanni

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Updated photo album Vital Ditch Day 2016 at Snow Summit Bike Park 6/7/2016 4:56 PM
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Added a product review for FOX Transfer Dropper Seatpost 6/6/2016 4:21 PM
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Tested: FOX Transfer Dropper Post

Rating:

The Good:

The Bad:

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by Fred Robinson

FOX is back in the dropper game with their new Transfer seatpost. Designed from the ground up, the Transfer features an infinitely adjustable system, Kashima coating (Factory model only) and two new levers which do away with the dual-paddle triggers found on the D.O.S.S. dropper. Available in both external and internal cable routing, FOX employed some new key features into the design of the post.

Both the external- and internal-routed posts utilize what FOX calls the Spool Valve, which allows for modulation when extending the Transfer. This makes small, precise height adjustments possible as the return speed is regulated by how far you actuate the lever. FOX has also housed all the hydraulic internals in the upper post, claiming a lighter overall package and larger diameter hydraulic system when compared to posts that utilize a cartridge design.

What’s the benefit of larger diameter systems? FOX says the system translates to lower internal pressures, which provide better durability as well as requires lighter actuation forces at the lever to activate the post. To eliminate pressure spikes, as well as allow for automatic adjustment for thermal expansion within the system, FOX uses a pressure relief valve which automatically relieves large pressure variances across the piston. So how does all the tech translate to the trail? We put the new FOX Transfer to the test to find out.

FOX Transfer Features

  • Low lever force provides consistent actuation pressure even with saddle weighted or unweighted
  • Two remote options: Left side below bar (for 1x) or Left/Right on bar (for 2x/3x)
  • Cable-actuated with tool-free quick disconnect for easier installation and removal
  • 30.9 and 31.6 diameter options
  • Drop options: 4in (100mm), 5in (125mm), 6in (150mm)
  • Factory Series models feature Genuine Kashima Coat upper post
  • Performance Series models feature black anodized upper post
  • Weights: Factory 31.6 125mm Internal post only – 544g // Factory 30.9 125mm External post only – 533g
  • Factory post only MSRP – $314 USD
  • Performance post only MSRP - $264
  • Remote only MSRP (1x or 2x/3x) - $65

Initial Impressions

FOX sent us the new Factory Series Transfer post in the 150mm internal routing configuration. Right out of the box, the action on the new post felt pretty dang smooth. Being that our frame is setup for internal routing, installation is a bit involved, though pretty straight forward. The cable attaches to the bottom of the post using a small cable bushing which houses the cable end. After you figure out how much housing you’ll need, attaching the cable via the bushing is a painless process. From there, all you have to do is run the cable through the housing and trigger, clamping the cable with a 2mm allen and snipping the excess. Take care not to exceed the recommended 11in-lbs (1.2Nm) with this bolt, as it is tiny and likely prone to stripping if you get hammy on it. A bonus feature of the way FOX designed the cable to attach to the post is you don't need any tools to remove and reattach the cable once you get it setup. This means removal of the post and re-installation is a breeze should you ever need to remove the post.

Since our bike utilizes a 1x drivetrain, we used FOX’s left / under trigger which offered the cleanest look in our opinion. After dialing in the proper height, we did notice that despite FOX’s recommended torque setting of between 5.1 and 7.3Nm for the post clamp, if we torqued the post down any tighter than 5Nm, the post developed a distinct notch in its travel which was difficult to push through. Backing the torque off to exactly 5Nm, that notch went away. After the first ride, though, and a little break-in presumably, we were able to properly torque the seat post clamp down to the range FOX recommends without that binding feel.

For a detailed setup and installation guide, here’s FOX’s step-by-step guide. After using the barrel adjuster on the trigger to get rid of any cable slack, it was time to hit the trails.

On The Trail

What’s the first thing everyone does when they’re checking out a new dropper? The wiggle test, the yank test, and the unweighted extend test of course, and that’s exactly what we did. For the wiggle test, we did notice a little bit of side-to-side rotation in the post and oddly, there is more “wiggle” when the post is completely compressed. When the post is completely extended, the amount of wiggle is reduced by quite a bit, and in both compressed and extended positions, there really isn’t much rotation to begin with; we’d say it’s on par with a Reverb.

The Transfer passed the yank test with flying colors, and it doesn’t extend at when you pick the bike up by the saddle. For the unweighted extend test, what stood out to us was how easy the return speed of the post is controllable via modulating the lever. Barely push the lever and the post will slowly creep up. Fully mash the lever, using its entire throw, and the post will extend at full-clip.

With the Transfer fully extended and weighted, the saddle feels firmly in place and as solid as a traditional seatpost. The slight amount of rotation we mentioned in the previous paragraph goes completely unnoticed on the trail. The lever action of the Transfer doesn’t require a lot of force to actuate and is easy to modulate in regards to how fast or slow we desired the post to move. Where this feature is most handy is over varying terrain where an intermediate seatpost height is desirable. Having the post move up slowly into whatever position we wanted made finding the sweet-spot a bit easier than if the post was extended at full-speed; a nod to FOX's D.O.S.S. 3-position setup in an unrestricted package.

The trigger is keyed into the clamp, so adjusting the angle of the trigger isn’t possible. Regardless, we found the trigger position natural and comfortable. Unlike the old D.O.S.S lever, the Transfer lever is easy to actuate and doesn’t hurt your thumb, even if you’re not wearing gloves.

Things That Could Be Improved

While the return speed isn’t adjustable, being able to modulate it is quite useful. One thing we did notice is that if we let the Transfer post return to its fully extended position at max-speed, there is an audible top-out clunk. We don’t think the return speed is too fast, by any means, we just wish there was some kind of top-out bumper to prevent this from occurring. Beyond that, we’ve yet to find any flaws with the post.

Long Term Durability

We’ve only been on the FOX Transfer post for roughly four weeks, and have only used it in dusty and dry conditions. With that said, we’re can’t comment beyond saying that so far, we’ve experienced no durability issues with the post. We’ll continue to ride the Transfer and update you should any issues arise.

What’s The Bottom Line?

FOX has done a great job with the new Transfer post. Ditching the 3-position functionality of the D.O.S.S. post was a good move in our opinion and having an easy-to-control post, in terms of return speed, as well as infinite adjustability really allows users to utilize the post for a variety of terrain. At $379 retail for the Factory post and remote, and $329 for the Performance post and remote, the Transfer is competitively priced when compared to other high-end droppers, coming in at substantially less than a few of the market leaders. All things considered, the new FOX Transfer is tough to beat in terms of value, functionality, and looks (who doesn’t like gold?) and we expect it to give the competition a run for their money.

For more information, visit ridefox.com


About The Reviewer

Fred Robinson, a.k.a. "Derf," has been on two wheels since he was two years old. He picked up a mountain bike in 2004 and started racing downhill in 2006. He has seen moderate success racing CAT 1 but focuses his efforts on building, maintaining and riding his local trails. He's deceptively quick for a bigger guy and likes steep, fast trails where he can hang it off the back of the bike. As a SoCal native he mostly rides trails covered with loose, traction-less turns and sharp, immovable rocks. Besides downhill, he rides trail bikes, road, and also enjoys the occasional dirt jump session.

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