Archive for January, 2009

More Fontucky News

January 30, 2009




Just Reid Signs UK’s Adam Brayton

January 28, 2009



Reverse Components Extra Wide Flat Bar

January 28, 2009


Germany’s Solid Bikes also have a sweet line of components under the brand “Reverse”. They sent over a shot of their xxl, flat downhill bar. At 760mm and weighing in at 312g, is this the first extra-wide, zero-rise downhill bar on the market?

Distilled Digital – Worldwide Freeride

January 27, 2009

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Hope V2

January 22, 2009


More English manufacturing news, this time from the boys in Barnoldswick, Hope Technology.  Perhaps the most interesting features are found on the new “Tech” lever, which is replete with external, on-the-fly, bite-point and reach adjustment dials, a new lever linkage to eliminate freeplay and bearing lever pivots for a smooth action. The one-piece caliper is machined from a solid billet of aluminum and the unique vented disc serves to dissipate heat more effectively than a traditional rotor.


Orange “Blood”

January 21, 2009


The folks at Orange sent over these pics of their new all-mtn/freeride rig, the “Blood”, being put through its paces. Departing from their signature single-pivot in favor of a linkage design, this looks to be one of their best models yet, and perfect for some playtime in the woods. Rider: Rowan Sorrell. Pics: Victor Lucas:

Marcus Klausmann

January 15, 2009

Check out World Cup racing legend Marcus Klausmann ripping this awesome downhill trail in his native Germany.

Shimano Winter DH Series News

January 15, 2009

Check it out here:


KHS factory rider Logan Binggeli. (Photo: Terry Martin)

Brooklyn Machine Works “Shorty 8”

January 8, 2009


We were lucky enough to get Brooklyn Machine Works’ brand new downhill rig for testing. Dubbed the Shorty 8, it is a simpler, lighter BMW than previous models, and from the short time we’ve had on it so far, it’s a lot of fun to ride. Look out for this world exclusive bike test soon in Distilled Digital.

Tignes Airwaves

January 7, 2009


This just in from Sunn: Romain SALADINI and Rémi “Mitch” THIRION were invited to the first race of the season during the alternative sport event Tignes Airwaves.
The format : A one minute 4X race on the snow !
All the european 4X specialists were attending the first race of the season : Saladini, Deldycke, Tschugg, Tatarkovick, Giordanengo,…

Romain is of course one of the favorites but the competition is hard with Aurélien Giordanengo winning the qualification in front of him. On his side, Mitch is crashing during his qualification run and is at the bottom of the ranking.

In the ¼ final Mitch is fighting hard with Fischbar, Tschugg and Tatarkovick but he manages to go trough the next round. Romain wins his race and he’s in the other semi final. In the semi same situation, after a strong confrontation, both riders are qualified for the final !

Despite a temperature of -15° celcius and the wind, everyone can feel the pressure before the gate falls. Romain is doing the holeshot ! Mitch is not a gate specialist and he’s hoping for an opportunity during the run. Aurelien GIORDANENGO is attempting to pass Romain but he crashes, Romain is leading alone, Mitch is trying to keep his 2nd place but cannot avoid Deldycke return in mid race. Romain wins the race in front Deldycke and a really nice 3rd place for a 4X non specialist goes to Mitch !