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Added a comment to kameraguy's bike check 11/28/2014 7:32 AM

Bike of the Day November 28, 2014!

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Added a new video Cam Cole to Headline Giant NZ Gravity Team 11/28/2014 3:31 AM

We are very proud to announce our 2015 Giant NZ Gravity Team Line Up, which has been handpicked over the last 12 months leading into our 2015 Giant Bicycles season launch. We knew the 2015 season would see some big changes and highly anticipated bikes, including the Glory 27.5 and Reign 27.5, so the timing was perfect for us to put a gravity team together and highlight these models. The boys have all been competing at the highest level, both locally and internationally, but there was a big gap in NZ between local store sponsorship and global team opportunities, which is now bridged by the Giant NZ Gravity Team, giving our boys the best chance at success both locally and internationally. 

The late inclusion of international sensation Cam Cole was a big boost for not only us at Giant NZ, but also the existing Gravity Team members, who now have someone to look up to and mentor them as they build as both riders and complete athletes. Seeing Cam look so at home on the new Glory 27.5 straight away was great to see, as young gun Keegan Wright and local legend Reon Boe snapped at his heels over the two days of shooting at the 440 MTB Park.

Giant NZ Gravity Team

- Cameron Cole (Downhill)

- Reon Boe (Downhill)

- Keegan Wright (Downhill and Enduro)

- Hayden Lee (Enduro)

- Lewis Hart (Enduro)

We look forward to a strong season ahead with the boys as New Zealand emphasizes itself on the globe, with events like Crankworx Rotorua, as a riding mecca of the world.

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Added a news story Danny Hart and Emmeline Ragot Join MS-Mondraker, Will Race New Summum Carbon 11/28/2014 12:20 AM

“After the 2014 season we started to develop a new program for our team and it was clear that we needed a boost to be able to compete on our highest level again and try to win races and championships. Weneed to jump to the next level and I believe our...more

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/27/2014 3:17 PM

Here we go, it's actually official now: Danny Hart and Emmeline Ragot join the Mondraker team and will ride the new Carbon Summum - full details in our First Look feature: http://www.vitalmtb.com/product/feature/First-Look-2015-Mondraker-Summum-Carbon-Pro,286

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Added a product blog First Look: 2015 Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro 11/26/2014 3:24 AM

Mondraker has a rich racing heritage, and a distinct brand identity heavily influenced by the needs and requirements of its racers. Of course, none more so than Fabien Barel, multiple World Champion and a man not afraid to look outside the box for new solutions to help in the never-ending...more

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Added a new photo album 2015 Mondraker Summum Carbon Pro 11/27/2014 2:59 PM

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Added a new video Lemonade and Ducktape Stuffs 11/27/2014 1:03 PM

Lemonade and Ducktape Stuffs is a film series about freedom. Funding coming completely from the filmmakers and riders leaves room to break the conventional norm and showcase the individuals as they live. The culture movement is here. With appearances from: Kyle Strait, Cam Zink, Tyler McCaul, Cam McCaul, Brandon Semenuk, Andreu Lacondeguy, Jordie Lunn, Graham Agassiz, Berm Reapers C.C., Jeff Herbertson, Ryan Howard, and many more. To watch the full episode, check out the On Demand page here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lds/112973650

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Added a comment about photo Dirt Merchant 11/27/2014 7:47 AM

Daily Shot November 27, 2014!

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Added a new video Full Throttle in Seattle 11/27/2014 3:21 AM

DH Pro Kevin Littlefield gets rowdy on a piece of prime single track real estate up around Seattle. Kevin shreds the Gradient Stem and Handlebar, a 35mm or 50mm stem and a full carbon bar of either 15mm and 0mm rise for 740mm wide. Weighing in at just 172 grams for the flat bar or 211 for the riser, the Gradient bar will make your ride lighter while still standing up to what the trail will dish out. The Gradient stem retails for $89.99, while the bar is available at $229.99.

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Added a news story Norco Bicycles Sponsors Sam Blenkinsop, Harry Heath, Jack Iles and Magnus Manson on Norco Factory Racing Team 11/26/2014 1:21 PM

VANCOUVER, B.C., November 26, 2014 - Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce the creation of an all-new World Cup downhill race team in partnership with Todd Schumlick/PerformX: Norco Factory Racing. The team consists of Sam...more

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Added reply in a thread 2015 Racing Rumours - MTB Musical Chairs 11/26/2014 1:01 PM

It's official then, Sam Blenkinsop goes to the newly formed Norco Factory Racing Team. VANCOUVER, B.C. , November 26, 2014 - Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce the creation of an all-new World Cup downhill race team in partnership with Todd Schumlick/PerformX: ... more »

Added a new video As Wild As It Gets - 2014 World Cup Bangers From The Parkins 11/26/2014 12:43 PM

The UCI Downhill World Cup treated us to one of its classic seasons this year and following it every step along the way for us, bringing you all the best action from trackside were the Parkin Brothers of Orpheus Productions. They were baked, drowned, scorched and soaked intermittently all year hauling cameras all over the world's fastest DH tracks. When it came to an end of season package we decided to ask for the ultimate; no filler, all thriller! There are always one or two shots that come out of a race weekend that get everyone excited to go out and ride. Shots that demonstrate the kind of sublime skill needed to make a big bike dance on the very edge of adhesion. Whips, scrubs, gaps... It had to be the very best. The above video clip doesn't tell the story of a timed session or feature blow-by-blow tracking of one of 2014's epic battles, it's simply about all those best shots being tied together in just one place. The best of the best, the best of the Wildmen. Enjoy!

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Added a comment about photo Fall ride 11/26/2014 11:51 AM

Daily Shot November 26, 2014!

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Added a new video Full on in France - Dudes of Hazzard 2014 Dudeumentary - Part 2 11/26/2014 4:50 AM

Part 2 of the Dudes' Movie "Business as Usual" sees the boys take Joe's wagon, the Landship III, over to the Alps for some chairlift action and racing. They find some prime singletrack on their voyage around and have good success at the races along the way. Stay tuned for the following 3 weeks to see how the rest of the year has gone in Parts 3, 4 and 5.

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Added a comment to Lil_devl's bike check 11/25/2014 11:28 AM

Bike of the Day November 25, 2014!

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Added a comment about photo Woburn Sands Bike Park 11/25/2014 10:59 AM

Daily Shot November 25, 2014!

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Added a new video Red Bull Hardline - What Happens When You Give Dan Atherton a Mountain to Build On 11/25/2014 3:07 AM

Back in September of this year some of the world’s best mountain bike riders descended on a small part of the Mid-Wales countryside to ride one of the most difficult downhill mountain bike runs ever created. This is Red Bull Hardline... The course, which was designed and built by Dan Atherton, was created to stretch the limits of downhill Mountain Bike riding and challenge riders to hit what is essentially a free ride course in the fastest time possible. 2011 World Champion Danny Hart won the event, in a time of 3 minutes 39 seconds, beating Dan Atherton into second place by 3.1 seconds and Frenchman Loic Bruni into third. Current World Champion Gee Atherton, who set the fastest time in qualifying, was two seconds up at the first split but got a puncture and failed to finish the race. Speaking after his victory, Danny Hart said: “I was really happy to be a part of this awesome event, only a few selected riders were invited and I was ecstatic to be one of those! The course was incredible, scary and difficult; usually tracks of this kind have average sections linking up the jumps, but Dan did an amazing job of making the sections link together seamlessly and scaring the living daylights out of us!” Creating the course had long been a dream of the Atherton family, who were keen to design and build an event that had absolutely no restrictions. Unlike a regular UCI World Cup event, in which often more than 250 riders can take part, Red Bull Hardline is an invite only event, reserved for the best riders in the world capable of riding such a difficult line. A mixture of tough technical rock gardens, fast forest sections and huge man made and dirt jumps meant that the track was like nothing the riders had raced on before. "Riding the Red Bull Hardline course was quite intimidating, it was definitely not a track that you could just jump on and blaze down. It was a combination of how hard the sections were and how many sections were crammed in there back to back that made it so gnarly. At the same time it was totally exhilarating to have a track that challenged you so much, it definitely brought out the best in all the riders and pushed all of us more than we're used to.” - UCI Downhill World Champion, Gee Atherton “This is something that me and Gee have dreamt about for years but it was only brought to reality through the vision and support of Red Bull and the work ethic of Olly Davey who was the main builder on the project and was up on that mountain at all hours and in all weathers. To see it all come together on the day was an incredible feeling and I think it was a big step forward for mountain- biking. I can't wait for next year!" - Course designer, builder, and second placed rider, Dan Atherton Want more? Watch Dan Atherton's GoPro of the entire course here.

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Added a new video Most Intense Downhill Run Ever? Dan Atherton on Hardline 11/25/2014 5:43 AM

Dan Atherton, the creator of Red Bull Hardline, takes us for a GoPro run of the track. Fast, technical and with huge jumps - is this the most intense downhill run ever? Don't miss the full Hardline video for more action.

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