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3/4/2017 11:00 PM

parnifel wrote:

The prototype Hyper DH bike that Zink was on has alot of similarities to a Kona Operator.
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Pretty sure everyone says that about hyper sponsored athletes. Don't sell them in nz so have no idea of the brand but they must have some coin

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3/5/2017 3:30 AM

Where can Hyper bikes be seen? Their official page only has BMX frames and 'complete bikes' that they sell at Wallmart. You can imagine the level of quality of these Wallmart bikes...

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3/5/2017 7:49 AM

Primoz wrote:

Where can Hyper bikes be seen? Their official page only has BMX frames and 'complete bikes' that they sell at Wallmart. You ...more

not sure if they're sticking w/ this design, but here's the stuff zink used to ride.
http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/2013-Sea-Otter-Classic-Pit-Bits-1st-Edition,5449/Cam-Zinks-Prototype-Hyper-Slopestyle-Bike-Sea-Otter-Classic,54001/bturman,109

http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Rampage-Pro-Bike-Cam-Zinks-Prototype-Hyper-DH,6504/Rampage-Pro-Bike-Cam-Zinks-Prototype-Hyper-DH,65123/sspomer,2

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3/5/2017 9:11 AM

I'm aware of these, but surely they are paying MTB stars to ride their prototype frames while they sell BMX frames? Isn't that a waste? Or is the connection with Walmart and the average public THAT strong?

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3/5/2017 11:20 AM

Primoz wrote:

I'm aware of these, but surely they are paying MTB stars to ride their prototype frames while they sell BMX frames? Isn't that ...more

i'd imagine it's a brand-building play for them if their focus is mass-market sales. you could look at it like tony hawk brand bikes/skateboards in big box stores. tony hawk isn't actually riding the gear, but for the average person (not serious skateboarder or bike rider in the case of hyper), they see the right photos or name association near the product and it sells them on the brand. they could be developing legit bikes though. i have no idea.

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3/5/2017 1:20 PM

new, meaty michelin? seen at fontana today. if it's not new, let me know.

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3/5/2017 1:42 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/5/2017 1:43 PM

Hyper have a more production looking bike: http://www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/INTERBIKE-2017-Downhill-Bikes,10496/Hyper-is-Back-in-the-DH-Game,110202/iceman2058,94
Don't know if it is in production though.

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3/5/2017 1:53 PM

looks like a variation on the wild am.

maybe another prototype in development?

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3/5/2017 9:28 PM

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3/6/2017 4:00 PM

CRC's Nukeproof Pulse for 2017
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Official PR from the team
We’re extremely excited to welcome iconic French brand Mavic as our joint title sponsor for 2017, with Team Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic racing at the UCI Downhill World Cup as well as the Enduro World Series and other select events.

Mavic, who have been in the business of making the best wheels and bicycle parts since 1889, have been a sponsor of the team for the last eight years and for 2017 have stepped up the sponsorship level to become joint title sponsor of our great team.

“We are very humbled and proud for a brand with as much of a racing heritage as Mavic to become our team partner. Nigel Page, Team Manager.”

This year the team have a scaled down but very talented rider roster headed up by the legendary Sam Hill, Welshman Mike Jones and young Wigan ripper Elliott Heap.

Sam Hill’s Enduro World Series focus
Sam Hill will mainly focus on the Enduro World Series for 2017 after his incredible results last year with a win in Valberg, France, two second places and two top-10 finishes.

The five-time Downhill World Champion really enjoyed the new challenge of enduro on his Nukeproof Mega and Sam’s fully focussed and ready for his first crack at the full EWS series.

Mike Jones’ downhill ambitions
Mike Jones is healthy again and hugely motivated for his assault on the UCI Downhill World Cup and British Downhill Series.

The young super-talented Welshman has already had a World Cup elite podium and has the speed to be at the very top of the sport, so it is going to be super exciting to see how he does in his third year as an elite downhill rider.

Elliott Heap makes the move to elite senior
Young Elliott Heap heads up the final position on the team moving up from the junior ranks where he achieved third in the UCI Downhill World Cup in 2016. Elliott’s main focus will be on the UCI

Downhill World Cup along with Mike Jones but will also race selected British Downhill and EWS rounds.

Elliott has the skills and drive to also get to the top level of world competition and it will be an exciting year for him and the team to see how he gets on.

World’s best sponsors continue their support
With the backing of Nukeproof who we work with constantly developing the best bikes and parts available to us, we our supported by:

Mavic
SRAM
RockShox
MRP
Schwalbe tyres (downhill)
Mavic tyres (enduro)

Mavic provide our custom race clothing, with 100% for full face helmets and goggles, 7 Protection for knee pads and armour and Muc-Off for keeping our bikes clean and lubricated and our riders clean and smelling a million dollars. Then we have High5 for sports nutrition.

The team bikes are looked after by Jacy Shumilak and Brooks Cardwell with Fraser Britton capturing the riders’ images around the world at the races.

“We have an amazing team: Three of the world’s best riders and the best sponsors we could hope for. We can’t wait for the races to start. Cheers. Nigel Page, Team Manager.”

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3/7/2017 11:26 AM

Primoz wrote:

I'm aware of these, but surely they are paying MTB stars to ride their prototype frames while they sell BMX frames? Isn't that ...more

eric carter reached on facebook to let us all know the following regarding hyper's future bikes
"Hey Spomer... Just letting you know I am back with Hyper and have been for a couple of months... I have been wanting to work quietly behind the scenes versus the last go around when we came out guns blazing talking about all we were going to do... The bikes we designed 4 years ago needed some revisions and changes to be brought up to speed with the latest trends, We are stoked to have Bas on our program and have been working closely with him on all feedback to provide him with exactly what he wants. We are looking forward to the time we can show and announce our new offerings and team riders."

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3/7/2017 3:45 PM

Anyone noticing the newest Rock Shox Deluxe DH coil shock on that Nukeproof Pulse.

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3/10/2017 4:34 AM

Rocky Mountain with a DH Team on circuit. Not a UCI team, but a great projec:

https://www.gz-racing.com/

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3/10/2017 5:10 AM

I have a quick question, not sure if ist been answered in this Forum.
Last year the Syndicate were denied UCI DH Team Status because all the riders had different kits(O Neal, Fox and Royal).
This year it seems to be the same with all 3 riders rocking different kits..any news on that front? Did Kathy clear that up with the UCI? It was quite a big thing last year.
Loris is on Fox Head, Luca on TLD and Greg O Neal...
Thanks for the replies and wish everyone a good Weekend.

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3/10/2017 5:44 AM

Wasn't that a 2015 issue that became a non-issue last year by removing that rule?

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3/10/2017 6:43 AM

Really?? Has it been 2 years already??
DAAAAYUMMMM

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3/10/2017 7:29 AM

The site is still live http://notatradeteam.com laughing

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3/10/2017 9:32 AM

parnifel wrote:

Really?? Has it been 2 years already??
DAAAAYUMMMM

I wasn't sure, it was more of a loud question to myself (yeah, to lazy to google it or anything), but it seems i had the right info in my mind. And yes, time sure does fly.

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3/12/2017 1:33 AM

New altitude ? seen at French enduro series round 1Photo

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3/12/2017 1:42 AM

jozef.gasso wrote:

New altitude ? seen at French enduro series round 1Photo

Interesting he is using a coil shock 150 (ish) bike and not the "full enduro" Slayer ...

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3/12/2017 9:32 AM

29er?
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3/12/2017 12:54 PM

Looks like it, it looks too short for a 27" bike.

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3/13/2017 10:23 AM

jozef.gasso wrote:

New altitude ? seen at French enduro series round 1Photo

gbcoke wrote:

Interesting he is using a coil shock 150 (ish) bike and not the "full enduro" Slayer ...

New instinct maybe? Wheels look Big To me...

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3/13/2017 10:32 AM

Hristo_Tanev wrote:

29er?
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That's a lot of rise on that handlebar for a 29er though...hard to tell for sure!

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3/13/2017 1:28 PM

Haha that was the Vanzacs' house. Bloody legends!

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3/13/2017 1:51 PM

Hristo_Tanev wrote:

29er?
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iceman2058 wrote:

That's a lot of rise on that handlebar for a 29er though...hard to tell for sure!

Looks like a front 27.5 and rear 29 to me, hence the high rise on the handlebar, to compensate.

All and all, armchair-engineer-wise, doesn't really make sense, should be the other way around to be an advantage.

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3/13/2017 1:54 PM

Hm, good point. And yeah, having a 29 in the front would be better. Even more so with the high pivot rear linkage design which moves away from the obstacles. But how many 29" DH forks are out there? tongue

The bike still looks short though, so i wouldn't be surprised if it's running a steeper HA for a 29" front as well.

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3/13/2017 2:21 PM

How hard would it be to put pike 29 lowers onto a boxxer and limit the travel to 180 tho?

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Where the white women at?

3/13/2017 2:29 PM

That is an interesting question, but i wouldn't be surprised if it didn't work for some reason. If nothing else the Pike or Lyrik, which i would prefer, has a 15 mm axle.

BTW, i was thinking back in the early 27,5" days that if you'd take the old Lyrik (Mission Control) and put 27" Boxxer lowers on it that you could make a 27,5" Lyrik. Since i am in no way well off enough to be able to play with things like these, that idea never got past the initial thoughts. But if successful, that would make the forst 20 mm enduro fork for 27" bikes smile

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3/13/2017 2:37 PM

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walker shaw with ohlins shock
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