Tech Randoms - Crankworx Innsbruck 2019

Jun 14, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Kathi Kuyper's Trek Ticket

Kathi Kuypers may not be a name familiar to many but she's been the only female competitor at many FMB rounds and Crankworx Speed and Style events for four years. To celebrate the fact that she would once again be the only woman competing in speed and style, Trek designed her a bike based on World War 2 fighter planes, complete with a pin up portrait of Kathi on the seat tube.

In World War 2, fighter pilots would paint their sweethearts on the side of their planes to keep them safe. It worked for Kathi although she lost out in her heat and didn't make it onto the live stream.

The look is complete with a Mustang shark mouth

It was chains off for pump track practice yesterday, Kathi does normally run one for those wondering.

Magped's new enduro pedal

Released a month and a half ago, the MagPed Enduro is an update on the pedal we first saw in Whistler last year. While that pedal had only one magnet and was aimed at more casual cyclists, the Enduro has twice the magnets, twice the power, better seals, a reinforced axle and can supposedly be used by all mountain bikers.

So why would you want a magnetic pedal? Well MagPed's reasoning is that it allows you to disengage from the pedal in any direction like on a flat pedal, which can help when you really need to get your feet off fast, but you can also pull upwards in the pedal stroke like on a clipless pedal - think of it as a halfway house between clips and flats. MagPed also claim that your foot is more engaged with the body of the pedal using magnets.

The magnetic 'cleats' that come with each set of pedals.

The Magped Enduro pedal produces a 15kg vertical attraction, which MagPed claim is strong enough to keep your feet in place during a pedal stroke but not so much that you can't disengage vertically if you need to. They have a claimed weight of 530 grams and will cost €149. MagPed are also working on a more lightweight version with a titanium spindle

A MagPed after a season of abuse.

More info.

Push Components

Push Components (not to be confused with Push Industries) had a number of products on display for riders that like big days in the alpine. First up was this Hookabike backpack attachment that allows for hands-free hike-a-biking. The clip attaches to your backpack's straps with velcro while another velcro srapr attaches to the bottom of your downtube. As you flip the bike up onto your back, you can line up the metal knob with the channel in the back pack attachment and then you are free to hike, climb and even jump with your bike held in place. Although if my experience is anything to go by, it will be a two person job until you get the hang of it. The Hookabike costs $49.99.

Next up was the Dropafork, a simple way to limit the travel of your fork without changing the internals. The product is anchored inside the steered tube and then hooks to a bit of material around the bridge of your forks and the length of the strap can be set to prevent your forks reaching their full travel. To engage it, you compress your forks, hook the two pieces together and when they become taught, your fork cannot extend any further. When not in use, the cap fits below the steerer tube, out of the way. The one drawback is that this can't be done on the move and you'll probably have to get off to decrease/release your forks, so it's more for winch and plummet riders than long trail rides. The Dropafork costs $44.99.

More info.

Troy Lee Designs

Troy's hand-painted custom lid celebrates Crankworx Innsbruck and a giveaway competition was being held in the Troy Lee Designs booth to give it away to one lucky attendee.

Melon Optics

Melon's new Diablo goggles are coming in July and are designed to fit wider helmets.

Loose Riders

Great minds think alike...

MENTIONS: @officialcrankworx


  • 68 4
 Several things:

@WAKIdesigns invtented the strap-travel-adjuster years ago with his DownDuro.

My buddy invented magnetic pedals and patented it (in the USA) literally ten years ago:

Thank you, that is all.
  • 17 10
 I demand one for testing!
  • 13 4
 Your buddy should pull a Specialized a sue their a** Big Grin
  • 7 1
 I like the aesthetics and design of the magped pedals more, but the maglock demo program is kewl. We need a head to head test review
  • 84 5
 man you guys are gonna, like, miss out on 2 maybe 3 hundred bucks worth of sales...
  • 14 0
 @Staktup: The magped are just generic pedals from a catalog with a magnet added. People complain about the spindles bending.

My buddy has found that the maglock is amazing for adaptive cyclists (amputees and other people handicapped). He actually engineers custom prosthetics for a living, but he invented this long before that when we were in college.
  • 3 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I'll see what I can do.
  • 6 0
 @hamncheez: I looked at maglocks as I have drop foot (spaz foot) and cant always guarantee my foot lands on the pedal where I want it to so a magnet seems a good idea to kinda suck my foot into the right spot. Doing ok on regular flats though at present.
  • 6 3
 Thanks for mentioning your friends company... I actually like it better and might be placing an order. Makes for a good BMX pedal for people coming off of flats with less commitment but still engaged... You should ask your friend to make a discount code for those purchasing because of this mention...
  • 4 0
 The thing I really like about Maglock vs this newer edition is that it works with a more rearward position on the pedal with your foot. The magped design looks like it pushes the pedal spindle position more to the toe.
I haven’t tried either, but I have moved my foot position with the spindle under more center of the foot. I couldn’t see trying the Magped for the reason I prefer the spindle closer to my arch now, especially as I’ve gone back to flats on my trail/enduro bike.
  • 2 0
 I feel like we saw these during the pinkbike engineering competition all those years ago.
  • 3 1
 Waki has lade a drawing but I ‘ve seen guys doing that 10 years ago or more on their big freeride forks. Who remembers the Totem?
  • 1 0
 @whambat: if you actually look at it, it doesn’t. What dictates the foot position for clipless is the shoe for the most part. I did some shopping and Giro chamber 2 is the only shoe the pushes the clear behind the ball.

But yes, I too have come from a mindset of “flats for life.” However, I can’t shit talk clipless pedal without trying them. Well in my case I’ll be trying out magpeds. I also notice there are zero English speaking reviews on these pedals. They are all from the EU.
  • 4 1
 @Happypanda1337: time to learn a foreign language? Wink
  • 2 0
 @Happypanda1337: unless I’m looking at it wrong, with the magnet behind the axle, it essentially makes the foot slide back to engage, putting the axle further forward on the shoe (about the distance of the normal adjustment range on most clip less shoes).
I’ve been running clip-less pedals for the most part since the original 737s in ‘91, with the exception of some bmx bikes and a trials bike or some winter riding, until last year. I’ll probably go back to clip-less at some point on the bigger bike, but I’ve really liked moving the spindle behind the foot more as you can only really do these days with flats. I have been keeping my eye on the Chamber shoes. Let me know if you try the magpeds and your thoughts. If I’m wrong about the position I’d like to see it in use to understand it.
  • 2 1
 @whambat: the cleat slot is often too much forward I agree as ex-flat pedals rider. But you can always extend this a little bit with a drill, a cutter and a file.
  • 1 4
 No one invented shit! it's called a TOE CLIP STRAP or A VOILE SKI STRAP. This shit happened 20 years ago! Use your brain!
  • 3 0
 So did @wakidesigns grow up motorcycle drag racing because strapping the front down has been around since Adam was a child.. Nothing is new
  • 5 2
 @latheboy: I invented a question sign
  • 1 0
 @whambat: don’t get the pedals. If you do get stronger magnets off of McMaster-Carr. For for flow trails (berms, drops, jumps) it’s great. It feels like flats but will a grippier connection.

The problem arises on rock gardens. I hit up miracle mile at snow summit and the techie sections, the vibration is too great for the magnet. I also proceeded with “going green” thinking maybe it was just me. Nope, even on an easy trail. I’m 220 lb so I got the 20 N. I need a 40 N just to fight the chunk.

“Magging in” is nice. It just snaps in. You can get quite close to the flat pedal position but for max connection (you were right by the way) the mag force you to the ball of your foot.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: the maglock has like 50 pounds of attractive force
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: yea that’s not enough then. I have a feeling it’ll need to be 50% of your weight with gear to counter the turbulence of chunk. Oh checked my receive I got the 200 N mags. Pretty worthless when it comes to rock gardens.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: thanks for the follow up review!
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: I did, like I said. On chunk these are not so great. I definitely love them for flow trails. Bunny hop form for jumps (preload scoop). But you have that fear of one f*ck up and a shinner could happen (it does happen).

But man the feeling of floating on pedal with zero grip, it’s fun.

Kinda sucks, I went in full faith this would work. Not only do I have the enduro pedals but I also purchased all the accessories (green pins, the extra set of magnets, extra shims, and extra isolater pads).

There could also be a case that I’m outside of the weight class. So if anyone is in SoCal that’s wants to DEMO and finds out they like them, totally willing to part ways at a much lower price than I paid for everything.
  • 1 0
 *don’t have that fear*...
  • 52 3
 The shark mouth is typically associated with the P-40 Warhawk, not the P-51.
  • 19 1
 I came here to be pedantic but you beat me to it! Big Grin
  • 1 15
flag garrisond5 (Jun 14, 2019 at 17:29) (Below Threshold)
 @number44: ????
  • 2 0
 I came here to be even more pedantic! Seems that the "shark mouth" nose art was orogibally
  • 12 0
 Sorry, I can't even be proper pedantic thanks to my potatoe phone. Anyway, the shark mouth nose art apparently originated from the Jerrys on the Bf 110, and then was adopted to the P40s.

Christ, I need to get a life...
  • 24 0
 @jackalope: This is why I stopped checking into
  • 9 0
 @Hand-of-Midas: How many of us will click on the link out of curiosity
  • 7 0
 @mmfood: and how many daren't click on it. I've learnt my lesson after being pointed towards for a quality ballpoint
  • 1 0
 @nordland071285: you really need to Google , docking.
Your welcome Smile
  • 27 1
 No one is carrying that heavy ass Sentinel on their back up any "hike a bike"
  • 2 1
 I thought the same thing! The Alu Sentinels are pretty damn heavy. Though they did shave weight but not using a dropper!
  • 4 2
 If I'm going somewhere steep enough to justify carrying a bike up, said bike better not be too light! I'll happily carry an extra 5lbs to make the ride down actual fun
  • 25 8
 I'd rather see laser kitties on a bike frame than one trying to look like a WW2 airplane. Some paint jobs just don't translate well from one shape to another. Space Kitties look great anywhere.
  • 1 0
 It would need to work on both the top/down tube. I had a sharks mouth painted on a spesh full suspension and it looked pretty good.
  • 1 0
 Or just stick a KFC sticker and caption [insert name] is a big fan of chicken.
  • 3 0
 Why not both?
Laser space kitty sharkmouth pinups.
  • 5 0
 Sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads.
  • 18 0
 Dropafork looks like some of the crap around in the early/mid '90's, normally advertised in MBA.
  • 10 0
 FUCKING LAZER CATS! That is all I needed to see.
  • 10 0
 That TLD helmet is SOoooo sic
  • 1 0
 The Gloss Black with the gold/silver/white is just such a clean look.
Wish they would bring those simple combos back as a pinstripe like previous.
  • 2 0
 @Drawn: We did an A2 last year, gloss black with gold pinstripe, did not sell well.
2020 we are doing some more black and gold-because, we love it.
  • 8 4
 $45 for the Dropafork strap? I can buy 2 steel cables, covered in a similar 1” wide webbing strap that has 2 integrated locks and keys to secure my kayaks on my roof rack for $30 more and get like 15 feet more material. Nutz
  • 1 0
 My buddy does this with a cam lock strap he probably found in a job site dumpster or something.
  • 8 0
 42 bux gets you a debonair air spring.
  • 4 0
 Issue with the mag pedals for me is having to use cleat shoes. That way you aren't really getting the best of both as the shoes won't be amazing on the pins so you arent getting the benefit of a fully grippy sole on a pinny flat pedal nor the support of a proper SPD system. I don't know how doable it is but a 'hidden' magnet within a sole of a specific flat pedal shoe would look like it would be better and even if the magnet isn't as strong it'll still be as good as most flat setups anyway.
  • 7 1
 Turn your enduro to downcountry with one whack strap.
  • 7 0
 Going out on a limb to say their slogan is "climb like an xc bike and descend like a dh bike"
  • 3 0
 this one has to be a joke
  • 3 2
 I actually quite like the idea of that fork travel limiter, but it's simplicity makes me wonder if it's safe... can any engineers or physicists or whatever on here forsee any issues with it?

I. E. Reducing my 180mm fork to 130mm (no need to highlight the obvious and probably horrendous geometry changes that would make)
  • 76 6
 Speaking as an engineer who studied for 4 years at university and then got a grad degree from a top 10 school, and who has worked in my profession for the past 15 years, and studies bike force and geometry for three hours every day, and has designed my own bike suspension, what was the question?
  • 31 1
 @oscartheballer: Weird flex but okay
  • 13 0
 @oscartheballer: actually made me laugh out load, spot on.
  • 10 0
 @oscartheballer: sorry, I lost track of your resume. I was looking at myself in the mirror.
  • 1 1
 The more I think about the geo changes the more it seems to make sense for climbing on a long travel bike. Instead of sinking further into the rear travel due to the angle of the hill pitching you back, with the strap lowering the front I would assume your weight would be better balanced front to back and the front wheel would wonder less. If only used when climbing up, I really cannot see a reason it would be problematic. The fork is rated to handle repeat full compressions so keeping it half cocked probably would be fine.
  • 7 3
 The bridge on the lowers might not have been designed to take so much force from a strap on it.
  • 2 1
 @unusual-bread: It limits the maximum rather than minimum stroke so the greatest static load it will see is whatever spring pressure remains at the limited stroke when the bike is lifted off the ground. Dynamic loadings will be determined by the rebound speed. When the suspension compresses in use, the strap slackens and exerts no force on the bridge.
  • 8 0
 @unusual-bread: you might be surprised how much force a strap on can take.
  • 5 0
 Does nobody remember this being a before? We used to use webbing straps with a slip/click connection, just like on all your backpacks. Just compress the fork and set desired reduction. Make your own for less than £3
  • 5 1
 @dirtyburger: probably shouldn’t be reading pinkbike with a load in your mouth
  • 1 0
 DT Swiss used to do a reduced travel lockout on their their forks for climbing, I thought is was a brilliant idea rather than just locking out the forks at full travel. The Dual travel forks however from Fox and Rockshox where a shit idea.
  • 1 0
 What about the air leaking into negative air chamber as the fork is compressed for extended amount of time, meaning it stays in the reduced travel position after you release the strap. Had this happen on my boxxers with a uplift that utilises handlebar straps. Left me riding the downhill bike with 160mm of travel until I could take the things apart to release the air.
  • 2 1
 @wobbem: And Marzocchi also did a similar thing, where rather than a "lock out" they had a sort of "lock down", which would lock out the rebound circuit, so the fork would compress but then not come back up.
  • 2 0
 @oscartheballer: being an engineer I find it necessary to explain I'm an engineer . Now back to the explanation. What was the question ?
  • 1 0
 I’m sceptical about the megpeg does it have a float. I’m sure 99% of people don’t pedal at 90 degrees. That’s why I use crank brothers because of the float that it allowed on the pedal.

Also not sure if they would last in bc
  • 3 0
 @coregrind if you’re in Whistler anytime check out McCoo’s, they’re an exclusive Loose Riders dealer and have the laser cats in stock
  • 1 0
 Thanks for looking out. I'll see what I can make happen. I mean, I'll tell my friend. HA!
  • 5 1
 The crest on that helmet looks AMAZING! Mad props!
  • 1 0
 depending on how that strap works, it could be something similar to a holeshot device on a dirtbike, where a big enough hit will unlatch it. just looking at it I don't really know if it would work that way in reality...
  • 2 0
 I am under the impression that this strap device is intended for long climbs to help improve the geometry of the bike. Kind of like a DIY to make your bike ride like the steeper seat tube angle "new school" geometry bikes.

Fun fact for you though, is that Fox actually made a prototype "holeshot" device for their bike forks, that as you say, would lock the fork down until the first bump was hit. Brian Lopes used it in 4x racing, and you can probably find some pics of it still online.
  • 4 0
 I think you mean "taut", not "taught".
  • 9 0
 I think you mean toight, like a toiger.
  • 4 0
 nice to know they named their strap after their predicted sales curve...
  • 2 0
 Hey Loose Riders! When will items with laser kittens be available for purchase? Asking for a friend.
  • 3 0
 I saw the Laser Kittens for sale in Whistler last weekend! tell your friend.
  • 2 0
 @BalfaGuy: Passport expired. HA! Not on but I found them at their site. Problem solved.
  • 1 0
 What are those little tabs on goggle lenses for? My Smith Squad MTB goggles also have something like those and i can't figure out what they do
  • 6 0
 I believe you stack peel off lenses. So when it gets muddy and your goggles are covered, you just peel away the top layer
  • 5 0
 Yeah, those are for attaching tear offs to the lenses.
  • 2 0
 @barefootdan @rsbromley: thanks guys! makes a lot of sense now
  • 2 0
 speaking of new products, what happened to one ups 200 or 210.dropper? no longer listed on their page...bummer
  • 1 0
 I'd like a closer look at peter kaiser's ticket S from speed and style. Love the retro paint job
  • 4 2
 I hate cats.
  • 14 1
 Have you tried adding some garlic?
  • 8 0
 @boozed: have you tried adding lasers?
  • 2 2
 @boozed: that's funny Smile
  • 2 0
 That's because you are a big tough guy.
  • 1 0
 That Trek is off the chain.
  • 1 0
 The loose riders clothing- the cats pyjamas
  • 2 1
 Ticket, not Ticket S.
  • 1 1
 Lmao magnetic pedals for $149 lol

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