More Tech Randoms - NotARace Test Session 2021

Jun 4, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
Another day of testing in Schladming meant another day of interesting kit to take a look at. Today we got a closer look at the new Blackbox suspension from RockShox and compared some telemetry set ups too. Here are all the highlights from the pits.

Photos: Ben Hofmann and Seb Gruber




IXS Notarace 2021
There were plenty of telemetry kits out on the mountain once again. This is a mounting point on Brook Macdonald's shock.

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Vali Höll's BYB kit features this instrument that measures the amount of braking she does.

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Nina Hoffmann was also on the BYB system and was testing her suspension setup with the fork sensor.

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We got a closer look at the Blackbox suspension components today. This was the coil version of the new shock on Charlie Harrison's Session.

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While Vali Höll ran the air version that looks to be unchanged from the version we spotted back in March. On both shocks, the compression dial seems to be on the side now instead of the top.

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Vali was also running the new Boxxer and you can see the new HSC and LSC dials here.

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The Continental Atherton team were continuing to run the prototype Continental tire.

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Most recently we've seen a version of this rocker with a flip-chip in it but it was one setting only for Andreas Kolb this weekend. A full bike check of his new bike is coming soon.

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Minnaar is always puzzling. At least the grips should fit him well as they're his signature model from Burgtec.

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Car park clicks for Wyn. Check out his custom Kiwi/Wyn Tv themed helmet too.

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Joe Breeden watching back his runs on a GoPro, he clearly found some speed somewhere as he was the fastest man on the mountain today.



54 Comments

  • 21 3
 woah check out the zerk fitting on that fox shock. must be for British mud :p
  • 17 0
 Grease zerks should be a thing on any mtb pivot point. Keep stuff running smooth and would be a good way to push out dirt and moisture. All without taking a bike apart.
  • 7 0
 @cougar797: Sure it would help grease the pivot axles maybe, but your bearings are still gonna go bad, so the bike is coming apart anyway whether you clean and re-pack them, or replace them.
  • 2 0
 I dont think it is a zerk fitting, if we are talking about the purple bolt on the coil prototype. It is too low under the eye, most likely it is a new dial, shimstack preload I bet.
  • 8 1
 The one on Brook McDonald bike literally says its a mounting point for the telemetry system.
  • 1 0
 Why? All the bearings are sealed @cougar797:
  • 6 1
 @freeridejerk888: Sealed bearings aren’t 100% sealed. Plus I’d try some not sealed if a grease fitting was an option.
  • 4 0
 @cougar797: Santa cruz have one down in the vpp link. Its really great. It doesn't replace a good bearing replacement, but its really freshens it up, and gets stuff feeling smoother. Its one of the features I miss the most from my megatower, but I love my enduro.
  • 1 0
 @cougar797: Yeah, I'm hoping that the technology from fishing reels with magnetic oil on the bearings comes through to bikes before long. Unfortunatly it's not on the Shimano reels, just top end Daiwas.
  • 5 0
 @cougar797: Rumour was all the problems with the yeti infinity links were due to crap stuck in the zerks being flushed through against the little stanchions, would imagine the same would happen with bearings. I totally agree with you, they're needed, but they also need to be better thought out than they have been so far.
  • 2 1
 @pbuser2299: this is precisely why they would suck on bikes. We had problems at work with linear bearings in a dusty environment, and the maintenance guys decided to grease more frequently, which only compounded the problem. The problem was solved by a redesign of that part of the system. Very costly but downtime due to this particular issue was eliminated.
  • 2 0
 @cougar797: Have you seen a bearing lately? You're not getting grease in there unless you take a pick and pry off the seal. Zerk isn't gonna help you out bud.
  • 1 0
 Pretty funny, I think your sarcasm was missed on a few people. And there seems to be a misunderstanding of the where and why for zerk fittings, and the environments that they work best in. Be good to one another
  • 2 0
 @krashDH85: Yea it’d take not sealed cartridge bearings. They are a thing.
  • 1 0
 @cougar797: Santa Cruz used them on some of their linkages
  • 2 0
 Thats not a zerk fitting lol
  • 1 0
 @bigpeaches: Lol I know Smile
  • 2 0
 @bigpeaches: whoosh!
  • 20 1
 Anybody else hear Borat’s voice while reading that tire?
  • 8 0
 Currently there is no telemetry in mountain biking, only DAQ.
  • 3 0
 It would be amazing if Pinkbike would test on the same track like a different set of tyres, carbon vs aluminium rims etc. A bit like GMBN style but with more data etc. Compare different downhill bikes which one is the fastest one etc but with the same component. Previously selected from the previous test.
  • 1 0
 Didn't all the dh bikes get tested on Champerys WC Track for dh week? I know what you mean though. Like Dirt mags old 1.04 track
  • 6 0
 I really hope the new Rockshox rear shocks have high speed adjustment
  • 2 0
 High speed what?
  • 4 0
 @Mondbiker: oops meant to say high speed compression adjustment
  • 3 0
 @Fullsend2-13: well, you are going to be pleased then.
  • 16 0
 I want high speed adjustment on my bike. Turn that thing all the way to closed so I don't go too fast and scare myself.
  • 1 0
 @Fullsend2-13: will be, but only about 3 clicks from what i've seen.
  • 1 0
 I saw plenty of "First Ride" prototype Magic Marys (you can see the blue font on the 3rd pic) over the weekend in Schladming and Leogang, but only on the front, usually with regular ultra soft MMs on the rear. Didn't get a chance to ask anybody what's different about them, as the tread pattern looked identical...
  • 4 0
 Looks like alien space technology to me.
  • 19 16
 Telemetry or data acquisition?

Not the same thing.
  • 4 0
 What is the difference?
  • 16 6
 “te·lem·e·try
/təˈlemətrē/
noun
the process of recording and transmitting the readings of an instrument.”

Sure sounds like another way of saying “acquiring data” to me.
  • 11 1
 @lefthandohvhater: one is transmitting data, the other one record it.
  • 15 2
 @ninjatarian: Telemetry implies live, and from a distance. From the Greek tele, meaniing "remote", and metron, meaning "measure".
  • 5 2
 @FatTonyNJ: To get really pedantic I don't think it implies live. You can remotely record something and then transmit it after the fact when you get down to the pits via a cable.
  • 1 0
 @lefthandohvhater: what's the point?
  • 16 0
 @fracasnoxteam: To get really pedantic.
  • 7 0
 @lefthandohvhater: here is the definition per Wiki

Telemetry is the in situ collection of measurements or other data at remote points and their automatic transmission to receiving equipment (telecommunication) for monitoring.[1]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemetry

Definition of Telemetering from Websters

: an electrical apparatus for measuring a quantity (such as pressure, speed, or temperature) and transmitting the result especially by radio to a distant station

Which reads into the definition of telemetry

1: the science or process of telemetering data
2: data transmitted by telemetry

In other words telemetry is by definition remote and transferring data to a station wirelessly. The real world use of the word does imply real time data acquisition now though vs just standard data acquisition. F1 has telemetry, NASCAR has data acquisition.
  • 3 0
 its DAQ for sure.
  • 2 0
 @englertracing: Telephonetry
  • 2 0
 Telemetry just sounds much cooler. Kind of like using “aerospace” to describe things.
  • 1 0
 Telemetry sounds much cooler than sensor logging.
  • 2 0
 Is that a new carbon Summum hiding in plain sight in the first photo?
  • 2 0
 Wooooo. Go Breeden!
  • 2 0
 Great telemetry pb!
  • 1 0
 Why, are you asking for advice?
  • 1 0
 But,
What ,does it all mean?
  • 1 0
 Wonderful photos, thank you!
  • 1 0
 Anybody noticed the Summum carbon frame??? thats new!
  • 1 0
 very curious what the purple adjuster on that blackbox super deluxe does
  • 1 0
 great coverage!
  • 10 11
 You guys ever get laid?
  • 8 0
 Only when your mom comes over, and spreads it like peanut butter.

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