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3/27/2018 10:11 AM
Edited Date/Time: 3/27/2018 10:12 AM

Also good points. I suppose they will figure it out. After all, there are loads of aluminium pivot axles and bolts and not many problems. At least i didn't have any yet on my Reign.


4/1/2018 12:37 AM

29“ NS Bikes Proto (fox 49)


4/5/2018 1:27 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/5/2018 1:28 AM

No idea what Vali says but there's a bit of footage of the Losinj World Cup track. I was skeptical after that first helmet cam but now I think the track is looking like its almost worthy of a World Cup. 3 weeks to go!


4/5/2018 1:39 AM

I just find out that one of those flying frenchmen in EWS, Youn Deniaud, is still a privateer! And he doesn't have enough money to do a full season yet. That kid is only 21 but boi, he can ride his bike!

A link of his kickstarter : https://www.leetchi.com/c/cagnotte-de-youn-27221309


4/5/2018 2:55 AM

Dylan, problem is just the urban finish, everything in between is one big gnarly rock garden.
And the track will probably get blown up after the practice.
It is short but I believe there will be enormous number of destroyed rims (hopefully not riders). And if it rains its gonna be a slaughterhouse, wet limestone offers 0 grip


4/5/2018 12:12 PM

Miranda Bike Parts announced their DH Factory Team

MIRANDA, the Portuguese manufacturer of cranksets and bicycle drivetrain solutions shows its commitment to the development of the sport and takes a step into the top level of DH racing. The new Miranda Factory Team will take part in the UCI DH World Cup and at some stops of the IXS DH Cup.

After a successful 2017 as co-sponsor of the official EWS BH-Miranda Racing Team, Miranda will continue to support the enduro team although as being the title name sponsor in 2018. Alongside with enduro, boosting this new DH team makes sense for us because at Miranda we want to show our full trust in supporting racing as a way to develop the sport and help riders to progress. On the top of that, the UCI DH World Cup will serve as a premium testing field for our products.

The riders of the Miranda Factory Team will ride Trek Session bikes at the races and also Trek Slash bikes for training, all bikes equipped with Miranda cranksets, chainrings and bottom brackets.

At Miranda we are proud of our roots, so the natural path for our team was to gather the best Portuguese young DH riders. The Miranda Factory Team welcomes Vasco Bica, Tiago Ladeira, and the promising talent Gonçalo Bandeira. Vasco Bica and Tiago Ladeira already have some experience at international level, with top 40s for Vasco and some good results as Tiago placing 10th junior last season in Lourdes DH World Cup. While Vasco and Tiago will be focused on the 2018 UCI DH World Cup season, Gonçalo, being 15 y.o., enters a development program that will allow him to compete at the international IXS DH cup.

We are thrilled for the season to begin. Bring it on!
See the full press release here - https://www.vitalmtb.com/news/press-release/Miranda-Bike-Parts-releases-the-DH-Miranda-Factory-Team,2085

4/5/2018 12:20 PM

29er session?


4/5/2018 1:19 PM

freebiker wrote:

29er session?

the red ones are 27.5. i'd imagine they'd have access to the 29's if they want them though.


4/7/2018 6:04 AM


4/7/2018 8:38 AM

New 29er from Kellys Bikes (void)

4/7/2018 5:04 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/7/2018 10:10 PM

The first round of the British National series is going down at Cwmcarn this weekend, a good prelude to the first World Cup round.

It'll be Harts first race outing with the Saracen team (edit - actually the second race outing, they raced ProGRT last month. Thanks louevilcyclist for the correction) . Gee is also kicking about and after a disappointing season of injuries last year he will be raring to go. Tahnée and Rachel will be battling it out for the top step in the women as usual.

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4/7/2018 8:27 PM

Danny and the Saracen team did the ProGRT race at Windrock Bike Park last month after their fox testing.


4/7/2018 10:07 PM

louevilcyclist wrote:

Danny and the Saracen team did the ProGRT race at Windrock Bike Park last month after their fox testing.

Ah true, can't slip one past you guys


4/11/2018 9:28 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2018 9:40 AM

UNNO Factory Racing makes things official. Dig in!


Greg Williamson and Taylor Vernon will race the 2018 World Cup on the Unno Ever downhill bike

From the very first moment we started working on the bikes that today bear the UNNO name, it was clear that we wanted to race them. Racing has been our life, our passion and one of our main inspirations. With great pride, today we announce that Greg Williamson and Taylor Vernon will be competing in the 2018 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup on UNNO Ever bikes, designed and handcrafted in Barcelona.

Cesar Rojo, the mastermind behind UNNO bikes, had already raced an early prototype of the Ever to victory at the 2015 Masters World Championships, but this is an entirely new step in the journey: “Making our own bike brand, this was a dream already, but the fact that we now have a team racing the World Cups is beyond that. For sure it won’t be easy as everything is new for us and for the riders. The most important thing in our racing effort is to really push the equipment during the whole season, to make it stronger and better, and above all to learn, because you can be sure our next bike will be born at and for the World Cups…”.

Both Greg and Taylor are veterans of the World Cup circuit, but their first season with UNNO Factory Racing brings a level of excitement they have rarely experienced, as testified by their own words.

Greg: “You know the bike is something special from the first moment you see it. And it’s so different from anything else I’ve ridden: the faster you go, the smoother it is. I am very happy to be part of this project, and it had me motivated to put in a lot of extra work this winter.”

Taylor: “This year is very exciting for me, everything is new: bike, equipment, the team around me. A fresh start is always good. But it’s also great to know that I will have the privilege of debuting the UNNO Ever on the World Cup circuit. It’s a special bike for sure, it has the feeling of a Formula 1 car, everything just works so well.”

The team’s official debut will be at the first round of the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Lošinj, Croatia, on April 21st-22nd. Greg and Taylor will race the full World Cup series and selected international and national events.

Fielding a World Cup racing team is a big effort, one that wouldn’t have been possible without the support and dedication of our team’s sponsors:

"The goal of Formula is very simple but at the same time very ambitious, making the most innovative MTB suspensions out there. With this in mind, UNNO is the ideal partner for us. UNNO bikes is nothing but pursuit of perfection and performance, we share exactly the same vision. We will do our best to give to the riders everything that can make them faster between the tapes. This is the beginning of a new chapter for us and we are proud to share it with this awesome brand." Giacomo Becocci - Formula Vice President

The team will race on the Nero R fork and the Cura 4 brakes.

FOX Head
“Being involved with the UNNO team was totally natural for FOX. Firstly we are sharing the same goals on progression and high quality, but as well it made total sense as our both companies are based in Barcelona and it was obvious that great synergies could be created today and in the future”. Vincent Saccomani – FOX Head Sports Marketing Manager

Greg and Taylor will be wearing the Flexair DH kit and Rampage Pro Carbon helmet.

Crank Brothers
“Superior function through disruptive design is what drives us at Crankbrothers, and we couldn’t ask for a better or more likeminded partner than Unno. We’re thrilled to support the team with our World Championship winning Mallet DH pedals, and to have Greg and Taylor helping us test and prove our new carbon wheel prototypes at the highest levels of World Cup competition.” - Kellen Trachy - Crankbrothers Global Marketing Director

The team bikes will be equipped with Crankbrothers Prototype Carbon Wheels, with the riders clipping into Crankbrothers Mallet DH and Mallet DH 11 pedals

“It’s going to be great working with UNNO Factory Racing, where Unno bikes are fully designed, engineered and manufactured in-house as our saddles. We are proud to have signed this new partnership, as a brand we are focusing a lot in the MTB segment over the last years”. Nicolò Ildos - fi’z:k sport marketing manager

Greg and Taylor will both utilize the MTB-specific Tundra M1 saddle

“We’re super excited to be part of the new Unno team. As a new team, on a superb bike which is new to the World Cup scene and two established riders with proven race speed, we’re looking forward to see what the 2018 season will bring.” Ian Collins – Renthal Marketing Manager

The UNNO Factory Racing bikes’ cockpit will feature the Fatbar handlebar, Integra stem and Lock-On Ultra Tacky grips.

“Maxxis Tires is proud to partner with UNNO Factory Racing for the 2018 World Cup Downhill season. We are stoked to support Taylor Vernon and UK National Champ, Greg Williamson, as they compete for World Cup podium spots. We just can’t wait for the season opener in Croatia next week!”. Ryan Huang – Maxxis International Sales Manager

"All of us at e*thirteen are thrilled to be working with UNNO Factory Racing for their debut on the World Cup circuit. Not only is it a privilege to help get Greg Williamson and Taylor Vernon to the finish line, but it's really a compliment and testament to our brand to have been sought after by such a dedicated group of people. We can't wait for the season to get started for e*thirteen and UNNO." Connor Bondlow - e*thirteen Marketing Manager

UNNO Factory Racing will rely on LG1r carbon cranks and chainguide, with SL chainrings.

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4/11/2018 12:22 PM



"My GREATEST FEAR is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my watches for what I told her I paid for them."

4/11/2018 1:09 PM

Seems crazy that Unno would have such an amazing build but trust Crank Bros proto carbon wheels to make it down the hill in one piece. Maybe they finally figured out that a normal wheelbuild is the best way to go, but their track record doesn't exactly instill confidence. First round at Boulder Island should be the perfect trial by fire!


4/11/2018 4:56 PM


4/11/2018 5:24 PM

Boooooom !!'


4/11/2018 6:59 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/11/2018 7:00 PM

TBrimmer wrote:

I saw that and immediately sent it to a MTB needs group chat. Some said it was photoshopped, others say its real, kinda like bigfoot. The front triangle looks legit, but something is off with the rear end. Looks like they took a canyon sender chain stay and dropout and photoshopped it to a SI system.


2018 Specialized Enduro Elite frame with custom components
2016 Haro FLC pro 29 featherweight

4/11/2018 10:21 PM

I say shopped. The rest triangle looks weird. And the shock would bolt right through the seat tube (you also need to put a link somewhere in there).


4/11/2018 10:54 PM


4/12/2018 12:38 AM

It IS a Photoshop, coming from the FB page "Downhill memes". Aaron just likes to troll all of us ^^



4/12/2018 10:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/12/2018 10:48 AM

Poooooof !!?


4/12/2018 11:21 AM

Greg Minnaar Prototype shock?


4/12/2018 12:47 PM

Looks like a normal DHX2 to me - or not?


4/12/2018 4:04 PM


4/12/2018 5:07 PM

It almost look like a push industries body.


2018 Specialized Enduro Elite frame with custom components
2016 Haro FLC pro 29 featherweight

4/12/2018 5:54 PM

Pretty sure the rude post is a photoshop...

And if you look at greg's vid you'll see at the end that it's very likely a standard DX2 coated with mud/sand.


4/12/2018 7:13 PM

Looks like a Push to me.. Like Camber said.


4/12/2018 10:11 PM

Seems like the reservoir is covered in mud, yeah. The shocks also get hot, so they dry out all the muck quickly, which makes it lighter brown then.