Archive for February, 2008

Brian Lopes checks in

February 28, 2008


Brian got in touch about his new deal with Ibis for 2008:

“All I can say is that I am super happy and can’t wait to get all my bikes built up and start riding.  It’s like I was sponsored by Ford for all these years and I just landed a Ferrari sponsorship.  The bikes are awsome.”



Burgtec spy shots

February 27, 2008



“Here is a spy shot of the new Burgtec seatpost. As you can see its made of carbon fibre with a cnc’ed top clamp. This carbon is strong enough to withstand anything which downhill pinners can throw at it, whilst still hardly tipping the scales. Titanium bolts as standard. Release date should be early March so keep an eye on the site for more info.”

Commencal Superteam line-up

February 26, 2008


Deity/Issue 4 giveaway

February 26, 2008

To mark the upcoming release of Issue 4 of Distilled, and to give some props to a big Distilled supporter, we are giving away a free sub and a Deity t-shirt to one lucky person picked at random. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 3rd.

Send an email telling us what country you’re in with the subject line “Deity Comp” to

Sunn gear up for the new season

February 25, 2008


At SUNN even in February it’s still Christmas time ! Once again this is this time of the year when we receive all the great stuff from our team sponsors. The season is about to start and all the SUNN frames get pimped up with new products and the riders are re-dressed with cool clothing. The new bikes will be revealed this week during the official introduction of the Team SUNN Riders Society in France. Stay tuned for more info and pictures…Thanks once again to all the sponsors of the team SUNN Riders Society :SRAM, ROCKSHOX, AVID, TRUVATIV, HUTCHINSON, ADIDAS EYEWEAR, ROYAL, 661, DT SWISS, SDG, CRANK BROTHERS,  MRP, CLIPTOL
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Seeing a pattern yet?

February 25, 2008


February 24, 2008       
Fontana Winter Series #4 DH      

Chris Kovarik keeps his win streak alive by crushing the competition by over 8 seconds! This was the first time Chris was on his new Chain Reaction Blue Intense M6 with all the teams sponsors parts. The new bike seems to be even faster! Nice one Chris.
1. Chris Kovarik – 00:02:33.93
2. Jason Memmelaar – 00:02:42.07
3. Cody Warren – 00:02:43.54
4. David Klaassenvanoorschot – 00:02:44.80
5. Waylon Smith – 00:02:45.03

Nigel Page
Team Manager – ChainReactionCycles/Intense

FSA Gravity team-only wheels

February 22, 2008


The good people at Full Speed Ahead ( were kind enough to help out on the Distilled dirt jump project with a set of their Gravity wheels. What’s better is that the rear single-speed wheel they supplied is only available to sponsored Gravity riders, with the possibility of making it into a production item for next year. Issue 4 will feature a world-exclusive test of this sweet bit of trickery, and in the meantime, here is something to whet your appetite.

Diablo gearing up for the Open

February 20, 2008


Preparation is already underway at Diablo for this year’s US Open. It’s set to be bigger than ever, and will also feature a Dual Slalom format this year. Check out the webpage at and pick up a copy of Issue 4 of Distilled for an interview with Diablo founder and head honcho Shawn Orecchio.

Kovarik’s new ride

February 19, 2008


From team manager Nigel Page:

Chris Kovarik just received his new CRC/Intense M6 together with the brand new Manitou Dorado forks. Julien Camellini has also received his bike and Ruaridh and Matt will have their bikes later this week. We are really pleased how the bikes have turned out. A huge thank you to all our sponsors for getting us our parts this early.

iXS European Downhill Cup 2008

February 18, 2008


After a successful 2007 season, the iXS Downhill Series are back bigger and better for 2008. iXS Sports Division will organize in addition to the “iXS German Downhill Cup” and the “iXS Swiss Downhill Cup” a new international series. The “iXS European Downhill Cup” will fill the gap between national series und the UCI World Cup. The series grows with new venues for 2008.

1st Race            Scuol (CH)                               05/06 July 2008

2nd Race           Châtel (FRA)                            09/10 August 2008

3rd Race            Ilmenau (GER)                          23/24 August 2008

4th Race            Leogang (AUT)                         20/21 September 2008

Please note that the new iXS Downhill Cup website is now live. The new site debuts with a completely new look and feel. The navigation and most of information are available in three languages: