Feb 15, 2013 at 5:45Feb 15, 2013
Exclusive Interview - Fabien Barel Signs for Canyon
Fantastic news for Enduro as a whole - Fabien's well regarded as an engineer and R&D specialist - if he helps Canyon chase down Mondraker, we could end up with a fantastic "arms race" just like with Shimano and SRAM, where we see accelerated trickle down from top bikes to mid-range, which has to be good for the sport! :-)
Jan 23, 2013 at 10:28Jan 23, 2013
Doping: Crime and Punishment?
As an Enduro racer I can say 100% you ABSOLUTELY need to be physically fit and strong with loads of stamina, endurance and recovery capability. Doing 5 times DH runs (often of up to 8 minutes in Europe), linked up by up to 50k of XC riding with 30 minute + climbs is a tough ask. Doing it on a 30lb 6-7" travel bike with a Camelbak and a full face lid on your back as well tests the body to it's limit. For an organiser to make such a stupid comment that doping to boost physical capability has no benefit in our discipline is nothing short of a joke. If fitness had no advantage, why the hell do we see guys like Atherton, Barel, Clementz, Absolon, Gracia etc all in fantastic physical shape and training hard on strength and fitness? We need an open and honest system. Otherwise we too will be tainted like road racing and then no future achievements will be looked on as simply world class performances, questions will always be asked.
Jan 23, 2013 at 10:09Jan 23, 2013
Shimano Zee Rear Mech Review
So true about the toughness of this mech - mine got a few good whacks racing at SuperEnduro in Finale - I saw LOADS of torn off mechs that weekend. Mine has scuffs and gouges, but still shifts perfectly. And in an Enduro race, getting to the end, even if not 100% perfect, is absolutely critical. I wouldn't even consider running anything else now. Got Zee on both my Enduro bikes and am about to fit it on my 1x10 hardtail as well. Huge kudos to Shimano for making a groupset that just works. No stupid materials or crazy made up anacronyms, no flash machining for the sake of it, just functional, reliable and bombproof kit that p*sses on the competition.
Sep 11, 2012 at 10:22Sep 11, 2012
UK Loses Gravity Enduro Series for 2013
Such bad timing, just as Enduro is properly kicking off here in the UK. Hopefully with SRAM being so supportive of the scene in Europe, they can replicate that here, all we need then is some top notch logistical/organisation type stuff. I reckon Enrico and the Italians behind SuperEnduro have set the standard there........
May 8, 2012 at 1:16May 8, 2012
Bike Check: Mark Weir's Carbon Jekyll
That's a serious bike. Been experimenting with setup on my enduro bike for this season - running 150 at the rear, 160 up front, short stem and WTB Moto (F) and Weirwolf (R) tyres. 1 x 10 with 11-36 cassette and a 36 front. Absolutely the way forwards........
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Oct 19, 2011 at 3:16Oct 19, 2011
Oct 19, 2011 at 3:15Oct 19, 2011
Due to a bit of a tyre kicker messing me around on eBay with my Edison frameset, and a growing build list for the new 2012 model, I'm now selling my Bionicon Edison Ltd as a complete bike in size large, suitable for riders 5'8" to around 6'2" (I'm 5'9" and it fits me brilliantly). This is an absolute monster of a full suspension machine, designed for Alpine and true All Mountain style riding, and has variable geometry & travel to ensure it climbs as well as it descends. I'm only selling this bike to make way for a new 2012 Bionicon model, it's a phenomenal machine that has served me very well. Bionicon are the pioneers of adjustable travel & geometry - the fork and rear shock adapter are linked by airlines and a button on the handlebars allows you to adjust front travel from 150mm down to 70mm for climbing, and vice versa, without reducing rear travel or locking out the shock. The result is a bike that stays fully active all the time. Forks can be serviced with just a 5mm Allen key - no need to send them off for servicing, unlike Fox, Rock Shox etc! Front fork travel is 70-150mm, air shock, oil damped with upgraded cartridge. Rear travel is 140mm, air shock, oil damped. I'm selling this a complete bike, comprising the following: - Bionicon Edison Frame (Large - approx 19") - Bionicon Double Agent dual crown air fork (70-150mm adjustable travel) - X-Fusion O2RL rear shock - Upgraded retrofit Bionicon fork damper cartridge (RRP £130.00) - Hope Pro 2 / WTB Speed Disc wheels - WTB Prowler AM 2.3 tyres - SRAM X0 rear mech - SRAM 9 speed 11-34 cassette - SRAM X9 gripshift - Clarks S2 hydraulic brakes with braided hoses - Bionicon aluminium layback seatpost (300mm) - eXotic carbon fibre inline seatpost (300mm) - Velo Bioflex titanium/carbon saddle - Bionicon integrated and adjustable stem - Bionicon 680mm riser bar - Aerozine aluminium bottom bracket - Hope seatclamp - Superstar Plasma chain device with spare guides - Truvativ Firex cranks with Blackspire 34t chainring - Hope Grip Doctor bar end plugs - Spare pivot bearings & mounting hardware, spare shock eyelet DU bushes, spare pivot bearings You can see more about the Bionicon Edison Ltd here: http://www.bionicon.com/bikes/edison-ltd The bike has been regularly and lovingly serviced - it's been a fantastic machine and a total joy to own. As you would expect from a proper All Mountain bike, it carries some scars - cosmetic paint damage in the form of chips and wear patches, but the framekit is in perfect working order. I was looking at powdercoating options before deciding on buying a new model - you'd only be looking at £70-100 to powder coat the bike if you really desperately wanted to! I'm looking for a quick sale now to make space for the new bike and not be messed around again - bearing in mind this bike would cost upwards of £2500+ new, I'm looking for £800 OVNO (delivered by courier) or a sensible near offer. Please feel free to message me with questions etc. Someone's going to love this bike!