Randoms - Sedona MTB Festival 2024

Mar 8, 2024 at 20:55
by Mike Kazimer  

Sedona MTB Festival 2024

The Sedona MTB Festival is back again for 2024, and luckily Mother Nature decided to play nice this time around. Instead of snow and unrideable trails, attendees are being treated to perfect dirt and sunny skies. It feels almost like a mini Sea Otter, with the added bonus of fun, technical riding in nearly every direction. Personally, I'd take pointy desert plants over poison oak any day.

Brands of all sizes have set up booths to show off their latest goodies, and in a short stroll it's possible to find everything from handmade bikepacking bags to a belt-driven, gearbox equipped enduro bike. There may not be as many interesting bits compared to what Dario has been unearthing at the Taipei Cycle Show, but there are still some gems to be found here in Arizona.



Sedona MTB Festival 2024
That silver bracket drops allows for the use of a shorter shock on the Reeb Steezl, dropping the travel down to 140mm from 155mm for riders who want to build up more of an aggressive trail bike.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The mount will be available as an aftermarket item in the future - Jeff Lenosky recently installed it on his pink Steezl, and had just finished his first test ride when I showed up.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Pink bike.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Reeb also had a prototype steel hardtail on display.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The details aren't finalized (it really is a prototype), but the goal is to create a versatile trail hardtail.
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Gussets.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
I really like the look of Oddity's Colorado-made titanium handlebars.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Another Oddity bar.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Rogue Panda is a small company based in Flagstaff, Arizona. They have a new handlebar bag mount in the works that will be machined in Flagstaff, and uses 3D-printed shims to adapt it to different handlebar dimensions.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
All mounted up and ready to go places.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Sedona MTB Festival 2024
As far as brand names go, this is a good one.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
It's Revel's fifth anniversary, and this golden Rascal had center stage in their booth.


Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Ergon's new GDH Team grip was developed with input from the likes of Vali Holl, Troy Brosnan, and Luca Shaw. It also feels very similar to ODI's Elite Pro grips, so if you like those you'll probably like these.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Need a gigantic custom ramp built for your backyard air bag? Rocket Ramps can do that. They also have 3, 5, and 7-foot ramp options. They're definitely not cheap (the 3-foot version is $2,275), so the ideal candidate will be quite serious about getting sweet air on their Sledgehammer.


Sedona MTB Festival 2024
RIGd's Ramble Rack is a burly, US-made hitch rack that's designed to survive actual off-road use. It's rated to hold bikes up to 150 pounds (each) for on-road use, up to 100 pounds on fire roads, moderate off-road use up to 75 lb, and up to 50-pounds for extreme off-road use, where the vehicle's wheels leave the ground.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
That silver lever releases the racheting mechanism, and allows it to slide up or down to release or secure the front wheel.
Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The rear wheel is strapped into place .


Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Oh, and that hardtail on the rack is from Neuhaus Metal Works in Novato, Californa.


Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The opposite of low key.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Obligatory photo of a gearbox bike with a belt-drive, this one a Cavalarie Anakin with a Effigear 9-speed gear box that provides a 440% gear range.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Hangover is a classic Sedona trail, so it seemed fitting that Outbound Lighting had their 1000 lumen, helmet-mounted Hangover light on display.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The Trail Evo is Outbound's flaghship offering, with 2200 lumens and a wide beam pattern designed to complement a helmet mounted light.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The Talon is a newer addition to HT's catalog, with 105 x 105 x 17mm dimensions, and a $100 price tag.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
All the colors.
Sedona MTB Festival 2024
HT Talon side profile.


Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Hunt had their 'Classified ready' wheelset on display.
Sedona MTB Festival 2024
The wheels are build with the Classified hub shell, and just need the wireless, electronic two-speed internals installed. The system works with Classified's 12-speed, 11-40 tooth cassette and has a 530% gear range.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Crankbrothers had the new Mallet Trail lace shoes. There's also a flat pedal version, the Stamp Trail Lace.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
Dharco's party shirt collection continues to grow.

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Yikes.

Sedona MTB Festival 2024
You can never have two many bells.
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Fingerless gloves at the ready, for something...

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Did I mention how good the Sedona dirt is the day after it rains?


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111 Comments
  • 195 1
 I'm sorry, over 2k usd for a kicker ramp!?!? half the fun of a kicker like that is haphazardly building it
  • 24 5
 Think it’s aimed at bike and community jump parks, little overkill for the backyard
  • 85 9
 @MattQEkBp1: fair. But if you’re building a skills park and you need to buy one of these, you probably aren’t qualified to be building a skills park.
  • 59 3
 @dglass: Many cities(at least the ones I’ve dealt with) require wood features to be engineered and plans submitted for approval before they are built. This is faster and could be less expensive than having an approved engineering firm write up the plans.
  • 11 0
 @SpeedMountain: interesting. I guess that makes a lot of sense in that case but GD that bureaucratic red tape!
  • 6 1
 Just like Progressive Bike Ramps, these are definitely made for commercial and municipality use (though nothing stopping an individual from purchasing and using). I know the folks who started this company, and they’re awesome people. The ramps are really high quality as well and work pretty amazingly. Also extremely durable in comparison to plywood construction.
  • 7 1
 Surprisingly, these ramps are priced right in line with Progressive / American Ramp Co ramps. So yeah, expensive... But aimed at the public bike park crowd. Have you priced Playground equipment lately... That will definitely open your eyes!

The guys from Rocket Ramps are pretty awesome guys and are taking chances that most are not willing to do!
  • 11 10
 @blum585: ever since I got on the sex offender list I’ve been a bit nervous to
Price playground equipment
  • 6 0
 @blum585: Since you resisted plugging yourself, I’ll plug you: Josh has an excellent episode of Trail EAffect podcast with Janker Ted and Henry from Rocket Ramps. They’ve also been on a few Nate Hills followcam Friday’s.
  • 4 5
 Even doing that - that steel and building that ramp would not cost over 300 bucks including the labor to weld it. So even if you give them the benefit of the doubt - 600 bucks is what it should be.
  • 4 0
 @SpeedMountain: That is 100% accurate. Also, in the event of a lawsuit the contractor does not have liability for the angle/radius, materials, warranty…. Liability for contractors in the US is no joke.
  • 5 0
 @MattQEkBp1: I'm involved with a community skills park project where we need 10 (3 different sizes) ramps.
I can confidently say that there is not 20k usd in the budget for ramps.
These however do look impressive
  • 4 0
 @dglass: i would prefer that level of red tape over the jumps falling into disrepair, some kid gets hurt, and then that opening up the door for the parents (or their insurance company) to sue the city and shut down the bike park.

I short, I blame the American insurance industry and medical system for the red tape.
  • 1 0
 @dglass: I agree, yet at the same time most of our city jump park builders aren't qualified haha. All the city parks don't have enough lip making it hard to actually jump. A pre-built one might help this! It also helps in maintenance as the tall ones made from dirt wear down pretty fast.
  • 1 0
 @Meettaco: how do you form the curve in the steel?
  • 2 0
 @davemays: You can bend steel to a certain radius. Look what these guys are building is awesome. But these are extremely overpriced. Their market is most likely not the standard person - they are building ramps for contests etc that need ramps they can use for a long time and can be serviced. Understanding that they go after the public playground/city etc I get it. But they are still overpriced. More power to them if they can sell them.
  • 1 0
 @Meettaco: I also think that the ramp pictured in this article and evidently displayed in Sedona is an earlier prototype and not the production model. The 3' on their website looks quite a bit different and also has the recycled plastic pieces that this one lacks:
rocketramps.com/3-ft-ramp-1
  • 2 0
 I saw the price tag and automatically dropped to the comments. LOL!
  • 1 1
 @Meettaco: It sounds like you have a ready-to-go business model then. I'm not sure how much welding labor is in your area, but your pricing is not close.
  • 6 0
 @Meettaco: Where do you get those numbers? I think you're mistaking you in your garage for an actual business.
I owned a manufacturing facility for 20 years.
Start with stamping, cutting, drilling, and machining the frame parts. 5hrs at $30/hr for a skilled laborer ($50/hr with benefits). 5X$50= $250
A good welder cost $40/hr minimum. ($70/hr with benefits). There is easily 4 hrs of welding per ramp.4X$70=$280
Now it gets painted, Add an hour at $50
Woodwork. 4 hrs to cut, varnish, and assemble. 4X$50=$200
That's approx $800 in labor cost alone. Now add material and the cost to keep the lights on, liability insurance, etc.
Oh, and those saws, grinders, drill presses, paint guns, and welders aren't free, either.
  • 1 0
 Get a polygon trid zz slope bike for less
  • 1 1
 @MattQEkBp1: This ^^^^^^ Smile Smile Smile
  • 1 0
 @nw-rhb: oh yeah. I have one and love it. Best thing ever. Sad I waited so long to get a slope bike.
  • 1 2
 @roxtar: You need to find a new welder if its taking him 4 hrs to weld that and your paying him $70 per hr. Ill come work for you any day for that. Maybe the first one but after you make fixtures it would be maybe at the most 1 hr. of actual welding if that. Cutting, drilling, and machining the frame parts outsource to a sheet metal shop, no skilled labor person or benefits, purchased in quantity much much cheaper. Outsource a powder coating company probably cost $120 for 2 of them and way more durable. Steel is super cheap maybe $100 in steel and $50 in wood max. Sorry but no where even close to your price.
  • 2 0
 @Pinkpink22: You don't know the realities of this kind of work. People look at this stuff with a "Me in my garage" mentality. 20+ years in this industry has taught me many hard lessons (ie. hidden costs) inherent in this business.

Some of the problems with your post:

#1, there's no sheet metal involved in that ramp. It's all structural steel, ala fabrication (machine) shop work (way more $ than sheet metal work), and that outside fab shop will do it for free, right? And fab shops don't use (and charge for) skilled labor?
Outsourcing this to an outside (US based) fab shop will bring the price up, not down.

#2, I've seen their ramps up close and I've quoted this kind of work for over 20 years. Yes, I'd quote it at that 4hr rate. And yes, $70/hr is what a good welder cost you when you include the cost of benefits (Hell you Cali people are paying McDonalds workers $20/hr + benefits). Yes, you'll build fixtures, which are another hidden cost.

#3, you're correct about the powdercoating but again, that brings the cost up, not down.

#4, you're correct about the material cost, you're forgetting about equipment, tooling, and consumables costs.

#5, you've also forgotten that you need a place to do this in, but shop and warehouse space is also free, right?
  • 3 0
 @Pinkpink22: Sweet. Can you build me one and ship it to me, ASAP!!!!!! I'll pay you, what $500 shipped? Please make sure it looks exactly like this one. Thank you.
  • 53 0
 Disappointed by the lack of crystal coverage
  • 14 0
 and pink jeep coverage
  • 49 2
 There’s still time. Maybe I can squeeze in a visit to the New Age Center and get my aura read.
  • 11 1
 @mikekazimer: *Aurum
  • 15 0
 Don’t worry, Crystal will be back soon — she’s just been on a 3 day peyote trip.
  • 18 0
 @mikekazimer: Just be sure to never say “vibration damping” when in Sedona — it totally kills the vibe.
  • 1 0
 @mikekazimer: that's the combo I am looking for!.. Wink
  • 2 0
 @WRCDH: hahaha you win man
  • 1 3
 @KeithShred: By the way, I saw Crystal this morning and she looks great with less coverage...I’m definitely not disappointed!
  • 17 3
 Ah man, on one hand it's awesome to see pics of new biking stuff round Sedona, on the other hand gutted not to be there this year for the first time in many years as it's one of my favourite places in the world to ride. Wife and I even got married there during the festival a few years back!
  • 20 0
 (And no, I haven't forgotten it's our wedding anniversary today!)
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: the fest was pushed back a week this year, wasn’t it?
  • 4 0
 @Roost66: well, it was definitely my wedding anniversary yesterday, and we definitely got married at the end of the festival a few years ago, so the dates align somehow!
  • 15 0
 Sweet air on their Sledgehammer - am I the only Napoleon Dynamite fan here?
  • 16 0
 Pedro got like 3 feet of air, off a much cheaper ramp
  • 4 0
 Shocks. Pegs. Lucky.
  • 11 1
 Rig'd went through all of the trouble to design a rack and then secured the rear wheels with a freaking titan strap that you have to poke through the wheel and fiddle with every time.
  • 2 0
 The design would not seem to scale to 2 or more bike racks, the way 1Up does.
  • 1 0
 @twozerosix: it can be expanded up to 3-4 bikes. I have two on mine and it’s awesome. Also @jimmy the reason it used a titan strap is so it’s easily replaceable. My ramble rack is WAY more stable than my 1up ever was
  • 1 0
 @inv3ctiv3: the strap thing is just so fiddly. You have to touch the tire and wheel and thread it. It may be replace ale and robust but that does not make it nicer to use for me
  • 3 0
 @jimmyricard: yea I mean if you’re really fussy it’s definitely not the rack for you. I just prefer racks that don’t depend on tire pressure to keep your bike on
  • 1 0
 @inv3ctiv3: yeah I can see that too..I've been fortunate with the tire style racks. Have a great week
  • 10 0
 Those green tires remind me of the old Michelin Wild Gripper. I had a pair on my first mountain bike, a Cannondale F500 back in '97.
  • 2 0
 I never had the green Michelin’s, but I’m pretty sure they made black ones that I had on a 1996 Cannondale M 900. That was my third real mountain bike. I bought it brand new and put XT V brakes, A Girvin vector 2 fork, spin wheels, and a riser bar on it. I’m on the hunt for another one, gonna build it up exactly how I had mine.
  • 9 0
 Impressive gearbox design, eliminate chain tensioner, less complexity
  • 2 5
 Unfortunatly the chain tensioner here is the back wheel. Which is a deal breaker for me, I'd much rather have a chain tensioner.
  • 1 0
 less anti squat though
  • 5 0
 @ottifant: I rode once with a guy who owns this Cavalarie Anakin. and who is 100% satisfied with that (impressive) beast which sounds so... silent Smile
  • 4 0
 I love the overall everything of this bike. The tensioning stuff gives me pause. Lots of little hardware doing a big job. But maybe I'm overthinking it and it's totally sufficient as is. Anyone ridden one of these belt drives in mud and grime?
  • 9 0
 @alexsin: me, I own one. Bought it last year. I was waiting for a high pivot gearbox bike, so when this one came out...I bought it ! Fantastic bike !! Ride mostly park with it and no problem at all, in the mud and grime. All the gears are in oil inside a sealed box. After a mud session I just hose it down, done ! I have absolutely no regret !
  • 3 7
flag sanchofula (Mar 9, 2024 at 7:10) (Below Threshold)
 That suspension design doesn’t ride so well, though it negates the need for a tensioner.

Unfortunately, Effigear is not as reliable as Pinion, and hard to get, has a significantly smaller gearing range.

Still, it’s a nice bike if you can get one.
  • 4 0
 @ottifant: I don't think so if memory serves me the gearbox output is in line with the swing arm pivot so there's no chain/ belt growth so you don't need a tensioner
  • 6 0
 @sanchofula: be more precise and quote your sources please.
  • 3 0
 @briain: you are absolutely correct. It is essentially a high pivot bike without the extra chain and idler etc...
  • 2 0
 @ibex-rider: cool. That’s what I want to hear. There’s also a chained version which really appeals to me. Plus a trigger shifter. This is the first bike that checks all the boxes except for wider range of frame sizing (xxl please).
Any issues with maintaining belt/chain tension once settled in?
  • 2 0
 @ibex-rider: yeah it's a really clever system if it's reliable. Zero chain growth is the goal for perfect suspension performance
  • 2 0
 @alexsin: not just a trigger shifter think they've used a sram shifter so parts availability should be easy
  • 4 0
 @alexsin: no problem at all after a season.
@briain : yes, they do use a sram shifter !
Cavalerie and they gearbox company "effigear" have 2 gearboxes, the one in this bike (the anakin v2) that has 9 speeds and each gear can be customized to your need and has a high pivot, and another one, the mimic that is not high pivot but has 12 gear and is compatible with a pinion frame. Also... The bikes ans gearboxes are made in France (I visited the workshop, it was wicked).
  • 1 1
 @briain: Perfect suspension performance is different for everyone so zero chain growth isn't necessarily perfect. If the upper part of the belt/chain stays in line with the main (or virtual) pivot, it will behave neutrally. But as it is now, the suspension will sink as you pedal.

I personally would also prefer a tension pulley for the lower part of the belt/chain with a fixed rear axle rather than work with a sliding rear axle. I'm also not too sure about using a belt in dirt though, seems like a chain and narrow teeth make it easier for dirt to evacuate. But that's a relatively easy modification.
  • 1 0
 @vinay: True, that zero chain growth doesn't equal perfect suspension performance . However it removes a factor the acts and affects suspension performance and allows the shock to work unaffected by chain or gear choice. Also this bike comes as standard with a chain the belt is an upgrade
  • 1 0
 @alexsin: wonder what the servicing is like for that "sealed box of gears and oil" -not hating just wondering
BTW love that Ti H/T XXL -drooled over that awhile back
  • 2 0
 @orphan: I believe Pinion recommends changing the oil every 10,000 km (6,000 miles), or once a year, so whatever happens soonest. I'm not sure about effigear's service intervals. I have heard of the seals in Pinion's gearboxes going bad and leaking, but to be honest, those boxes are like a 1UZ-FE Toyota engine. They will just keep going.
  • 1 0
 @SamuraiSlam: it's similar for Effigear, changing oil once a year.
  • 9 0
 Steeeeezl oh yeah
  • 7 0
 I love Sedona, but I'd never go during the Zoo that is a MTB festival. Its already an overcrowded town...
  • 1 0
 I'm lucky enough to live in Phoenix I can drive up on a random Wednesday and have the place to myself (kinda)
  • 2 0
 There is a zoo in town, trails are mostly empty even as Sat
  • 2 0
 I live here in the winter..:town is a mess. Trails are dead as always - just stay off HiLine and you’re fine.
  • 7 1
 Dam I need an eye test I’d swear that Revel was yellow
  • 5 0
 Forget the bikes (other than the Reeb), that opening shot is pure beauty
  • 5 1
 That Reeb color looks more like magenta than pink to me.
  • 4 0
 Can’t get the guy that welded the titanium bar to do the brazing?
  • 9 6
 Taiwan is much cooler. Are you in the penalty box Mike?
  • 50 1
 Nah, I just haven’t figured out how to be in two places at once. I love going to Taiwan, but the plus side of going to AZ is that I’m not jet lagged and I get to do way more riding.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: ... and aura cleansing. Wink
  • 1 0
 That HT pedal is Factor's renowned Bake pedal. Glad to see it live on despite their dissolution of Factor. Ask anyone in the South who knows and they ride Factor.
  • 1 0
 lol I guess I don’t know
  • 2 0
 @sophisticatedhonky: The pedals are great. Same as DMR Vaults, but overbuilt with better seals and two rows of bearings. Factor hubs are also killer. Basically the old I9 Torch, but with a superior seal design. Bulletproof. Now you know.
  • 3 0
 Club Roost bars are back!
  • 2 0
 The Cavalerie Anakin does not like being ridden in sand - it get's everywhere.
  • 2 0
 Glad to see weather is cooperating this year. Great event
  • 2 0
 Dang, I was looking into going, but the hotel rates in Sedona!! Posh....
  • 1 0
 Thanks for dropping by @mikekazimer
We'll have to do a couple laps next time!
  • 1 0
 I like that shirt. Scrolls down one pic, oh never mind.
  • 7 10
 ANNOUNCE: I am looking to come live in Sedona and establish my mtb brand/business/team here. If you have skills in the industry and you re living in the zone please get in touch with me.
  • 2 4
 *Not only skills ( not only bike industry related ) also partners and small investors.
  • 1 0
 Wish I was there....
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