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  1. The four day long event consisted of multiple disciplines spread out over the weekend, catering to all kinds of riding and bikes. One of the main attractions of the event is the use of the ski lift, allowing riders to ascend the main climb without a single pedal stroke. With the altitude meter peeking at 3222m above sea level, this is an absolutely vital factor as even the most basic task puts you (especially living by the coast) out of breath. It also allows for multiple runs in a short span of time, putting the stoke at an all-time high. From the top of the ski lift, riders have the option of three enduro stages and four downhill lines, each with their own flavour, and varying technical challenges. Next level scenery and a rather eventful drive in to Lesotho. Thanks for the lift Mikey! Thursday evening saw the night time dual slalom race take place under floodlights. Standard rules applied with two riders racing to the bottom, with the slower of the two getting knocked out. The icy night-time temperatures, off-camber turns and sometimes extremely dimly lit corners made for some interesting riding, but everybody miraculously kept things rubber side down. Theo Erlangsen dropped the hammer from the start and kept the winning runs coming all the way to the end to take the top spot. Second place was claimed by Roman Kumpers, followed by Matt Minter in third. Left: Jasper Barrett winning juniors. Right: Beanie Thies 1st and Nikki Alvin 2nd. Theo Erlangsen 1st, Roman Kumpers 2nd and Matt Minter looking up in awe of his mountain biking heroes in 3rd. Friday’s racing consisted of two disciplines. First off was the XCO eliminator, with lycra-clad riders racing around a very steep and short 400m long gravel track. The track weaved it’s way around the dam and between buildings with the top two of each heat progressing. Wessel Botha took the honours with Armand du Toit and Albert Moffat in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The women's XCO saw Marli van Eeden take top spot with Henike Wielputz and Yolandi Steyn in 2nd and 3rd. The much anticipated Enduro kicked off at 2 pm and 40 odd riders made their way to the top of the slope to race in arguably one of the best Enduro events of the year. Three super fun and very well built trails faced the riders, with the last stage finishing down by the river for a pop-up party with ice cold beers, Red Bulls, and some boerie rolls. The day belonged to Theo Erlangsen as he put in three flawless runs in a total time of 12:23, making it two for two. The fastest female down the hill was Beanie Thies with a total time of 15:09. The men’s podium was rounded off by Martin Zietsman and Robert Frost, with Louise Kotze and Sonja Engelbrecht taking 2nd and 3rd in the women’s race. Travis Hesom on the mic all weekend doing a stellar job as MC. Enduro briefing underway. Really, really cool to be able to go to a country I’ve never been before. It was so cool to have everybody together in that little Afriski Valley, and just be able to ride with your mates the whole day, using the ski lift. It’s not often that we get that opportunity in South Africa. Generally a very fun atmosphere, especially staying with all your mates and just ride with them all day. I was really surprised about how good the Enduro was - probably one of the best I’ve ever raced. All of the trails were really good, which was also surprising as I didn’t know anyone in Lesotho even did mountain biking. Overall, a really nice atmosphere and well-run event. Theo Erlangsen | 1st Enduro Luke Meyer sending it down SS3. Thanks for hooking me up with some wheels for the weekend! The event organisation was really good. The trails were good. So was the restaurant and the food. The lift really got the job done so you could get a lot of runs in. The dual slalom was really good, except that I got Theo first round and got eliminated. The downhill format is a nice idea and more exciting for spectators than a timed race, but they need to rethink it a bit to make it fairer. The enduro was definitely my favourite event. All three trails were really fun, which is like the first enduro that’s ever happened to me. And minimal pedalling to get there, which was pretty good as well. Stages were a decent length, not too much pedalling, and nice technical sections as well. Overall, a really good weekend. Niko Velasco Riders lining up at the start of SS3. The weekend was incredibly amazing. It was so much fun, and everybody loved it. A big thanks has to go to Max for getting me there, and also to the sponsors for all the prizes. Then to my friends that made it such a fun and enjoyable weekend. The trails were fantastic and a big shout out has to go the crew at Afriski for making it so amazing. Beanie Thies | 1st Enduro female Justin Novella showering Theo Erlangsen with some beer and getting thing started for the evening. Jasper Barrett 1st, Kyle Brand 2nd and Ike Klaasen (absent) 3rd. Beani Thies 1st, Louise Kotze 2nd and Sonja Engelbrecht 3rd. Theo Erlangsen 1st, Martin Zietsman 2nd and Robert Frost 3rd. The final event of the weekend saw a slightly adapted version of the usual Downhill format. Four riders would start simultaneously on 4 different DH lines, and the first across the line would take it. No timing or seeding runs as per the usual case. As to be expected with 4 different tracks though, there were differences that affected the duration and outcome per line. This did spark the debate of accuracy, but with the nature of the Crank Chaos event a more relaxed and less serious one, everyone got on with it. Riders drew names from a hat that determined the lines on which they raced, and the top two from each heat progressed to the next. In the end, Frank Meyer claimed top spot with Martin Zietsman and Barry Futter in 2nd and 3rd respectively. The women’s podium consisted of Beani Thies followed by Nikki Alvin and Louise Kotze. The juniors podium consisted Jasper Barrett in 1st, Ike Klaassen in 2nd and Kyle Brand in 3rd. Ski lift for the win! Drawing names from a hat to see which rider races which line. I’m totally stoked about this event and I will definitely go again. The fact that you can get uplifts and uplifts is definitely special, and something that I’ve missed. The trails are awesome and its super scenic and the event overall is super social and interactive. It’s not like racing were there is usually very serious vibe. I loved the jumps and I’m really stoked that I could ride them all! Simone Futter One more lift to the top as ominous thunder clouds gather in the background. Left: Jasper Barrett 1st, Ike Klaassen 2nd and Kyle Brand 3rd. Right: Beani Thies 1st, Nikki Alvin 2nd and Louise Kotze 3rd. Frank Meyer 1st, Martin Zietsman 2nd and Barry Futter 3rd. Crank Chaos 2017 was a huge success, from a rider as well as an organiser’s perspective. Everyone was very happy with the event, and we definitely saw an increase in numbers from last year for the riders as well as the spectators, which is great to see. The riding this year was of a very high standard, although it is more of a fun event. Some serious racing on the downhill eliminator with some bar bashing and guys going big - I think it was definitely one of the favourites this year. We’re going to just build on it for next year, and try to make it bigger and better, get more riders involved and try to get more international riders at the event. Peter Peyper Party time as Crank Chaos 2017 draws to a close. | Full race gallery can be found here. Be sure to get your photo! A massive thank you must go out to all the sponsors involved with the 2017 Crank Chaos. A whopping R80 000 worth of prizes and goodies from FOX, International Trade, Skull Candy, Motorex, Evoc, Pure Nutrition, Oakley, Csixx, and Ogio were up for grabs. Without sponsors like these, this event would not have been possible. We hope to see you again next year. Let's get the numbers up and make this event bigger and better!
  2. The Zula LT's single pivot suspension is good for 130 mm of rear wheel travel up from 100 mm on the previous Zula. Morewood have designed the Zula LT with a more progressive suspension curve to better suit modern trail riding. The Zula LT is designed to be used with a 140 mm fork. The Zula LT will use a Cane Creek C-Quent shock. Sam is currently using Cane Creek's highly adjustable DB-Inline shock to set the bike's tune on the prototype. Once Morewood have that dialled, they will send the tune to Cane Creek to setup the C-Quent for the bike. On the prototype frame, Morewood have reduced the head angle of the Zula LT to 68 degrees. While many modern bikes are going slacker, Morewood want the Zula LT to remain playful and poppy with good trail feedback. Morewood see it as a versatile local trail bike with which you can still go out and do loads of miles. The top tube is also a bit lower down while the spacing in the rear triangle is a bit wider to fit a burlier tyre. A few more geometry numbers: the effective top tube length is 620 mm; the seat tube angle is 71.23 degrees; chainstay length is 430 mm; and reach on a large frame is 445 with a wheelbase of 1154 mm. The Zula LT keeps things simple: there is no boost spacing and the bottom bracket is threaded. There is internal routing in the seatpost for a dropper post but the remainder of the cable runs externally on the underside of the down tube and chainstays. The Zula LT is a 1x exclusive affair with no mount for a front derailleur.Pricing has yet to be confirmed but Morewood have indicated that they are hoping to make the Zula LT competitively priced.
  3. After a bit of time lost in the wilderness, Morewood Bikes is back. The first new model they will be releasing is the Zula LT. The original Zula was a trail capable marathon racer which many riders ended up riding as a local trail bike. The new Zula LT keeps the 27.5" wheel platform but comes with more travel and a greater focus on trail riding. We chatted to Sam Bull at Crank Chaos about the prototype Zula LT. Click here to view the article
  4. Other than being one of the world's greatest downhill racers, Greg Minnaar is also a co-founder of the Crank Chaos mountain bike festival. Like a good host, Greg spent most of the event on his bike ensuring that all the riders were having a great time. Craig Kolesky managed to catch up with Greg in the Lesotho mountains for a closer look at his Santa Cruz V10 CC downhill bike. Click here to view the article
  5. Greg apparently rode this bike at the Lordes World Cup. It suffered some minor damage during that race weekend and, as a result, has been relegated to off-season duty in South Africa. The V10 CC frame is an extra extra large which Greg and Steve Peat have found to be a good fit. The Syndicate team are sponsored by Fox suspension who kit the team out with their top of the range Factory series equipment. Fitted to Greg's bike is a Fox 40 fork and DHX2 coil shock. Greg's mechanic at The Syndicate, Jason Marsh, started the Marsh Guard fender brand a few years ago and the team has been racing with them since. The bike is fitted with Shimano's Saint downhill brakes and drivetrain parts. The modified cassette, however, is from Shimano's road cycling catalogue. The pedals are Crank Brothers Mallet DH while the bash guard is from Gamut. The carbon handlebar is Greg's signature model by ENVE Composites with a Gamut stem. He uses a prototype Chris King Buzzworks headset to offset the steerer and gain an extra few millimeters in the top tube length. The wheelset features a set of Chris King hubs laced to ENVE M90 rims wrapped in Maxxis Minion DHR II tyres. Full specification: FrameSanta Cruz V10cc XXLForkFox 40 FactoryShockFox DHX2 FactoryHeadsetChris King BuzzworksCranksetShimano SaintBottom BracketShimanoRear DerailleurShimano SaintShiftersShimano SaintCassettecustom Shimano road clusterChainringShimano 36TChainShimanoBash guardGamut P20sBrakesShimano Saint with Ice-TechRimsEnve M90HubsChris King DHTyresMaxxis Minion DHR IIStemGamut Cillos Direct MountHandlebarEnve Minnaar DownhillSeatpostEnve carbonSaddleWTB SilveradoPedalsCrank Brothers MalletGripsErgon GA2Mud guardMarsh Guard
  6. The Contego Segment Hunter crew went international with the filming of a special edition during Crank Chaos at Afriski in Lesotho. Watch as Greg Minnaar chases grom Ike Klaassen at 3,200 metres above sea level. Click here to view the article
  7. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. Riders and exhibitors from across Lesotho and South Africa headed to the northern section of the country to test their skill and equipment on a range of courses. Situated at 3222m of altitude, this 3-day festival was not for the faint-hearted. Proceedings kicked off with a hotly contested cross-country eliminator, which saw Lesotho Olympian Pheteso Monese edging out fellow countryman in the lactic acid inducing 650m sprint. After lunch at Sky restaurant, highest restaurant in Africa at 3010m, riders hit the slopestyle course to dial in their lines ahead of Saturday’s slopestyle final. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The day’s main event saw riders effortlessly reach the trail heads with the help of the 1000m long T-Bar giving them 200m of free altitude. Three-time downhill world champion, Greg Minnaar, claimed overall victory, winning stages 1 and 2 but was out pedaled on stage 3 by Olivier Munnik. In the female and junior categories, Nikki Alvin and Kayle Seaward earned themselves the win in their respective categories. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. XCO Eliminator Results Men: 1st: Pheteso Monese 2nd: Teboho Khantsi 3rd: Tumelo Makae Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Phia Vermeulen 3rd: Danni Coleman Enduro Results: Elite: 1st-: Greg Minnaar 2nd: Christopher Pearton 3rd: Olivier Munnik Female: 1st: Nikki Alvin 2nd: Larise Venter 3rd: Phia van der Meulen Juniors: 1st: Kayle Seaward 2nd: Sharjah Jonson 3rd: Jason Du Toit The weekend was outstanding. A great atmosphere, being able to hang out and socialize with the mountain bike community. Watching guys and ladies drop off the big barrel and it was the first time they had done something like that, they were so stoked. It was cool to see. The racing was fun but as soon as we were done we were back on the trails having a good time. Then everyone got to rip it up at the Halloween party. We had so many stories on the drive back. It was good! Greg Minnaar Day two of Crank Chaos kicked off with a 38km Marathon Race and outride to the escarpment overlooking South Africa 1600m below. In a brave move, Pheteso Monese attacked early and spent the day in a lone breakaway that saw him winning the Marathon.While the marathon riders experienced the beauty of the escarpment, slopestyle Riders were prepping themselves, dialing in their tricks. As the morning progressed, high wind speeds unfortunately forced organizers to cancel the slopestyle event as rider safety would have been comprised. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. A silver lining emerged as the Trails Crew from Cape Town set to the course, building an epic dirt jump which escaped the wrath of the wind. Riders and spectators alike were entertained by the Crew’s incredible tricks and 360’s. After lunch, riders took to the hill for Crank Chaos’ main event, the Downhill Eliminator. The eliminator pits four riders against each other, with each rider railing down a separate track. In the first round a total eight heats of four riders provided some close racing with all four tracks taking a similar amount of time to complete. By the time the semi-finals arrived, track conditions were perfect and riders were getting to know where and when they could push on the different tracks. In his semi-final, Greg Minnaar was beaten by mere miliimetres by Kayle Seaward in what was arguably the closest battle of the event. Photo credit: Craig Kolesky. The final proved to be a tight battle between two stalwart families of gravity racing in South Africa, the Seawards and Philogenes. Philogene brothers Chris and Jono proved their mettle taking 1st and 3rd respectively while Craig Seaward did his clan proud by taking silver. DH Eliminator Results: Men: 1st: Chris Philogene 2nd: Craig Seaward 3rd: Jonothan Philogene Ladies: 1st: Larise Venter 2nd: Nikki Alvin 3rd: Phia Vermeulen Kids: 1st: Ike Klaasen 2nd: Nate Hall 3rd: Liam Hall Marathon Results Elite: 1st: Phetetso Monese 2nd: Frans Nel 3rd: Tumelo Makae Riders were all dressed up in their outrageous costumes for the Halloween Party at Gondola Café and were entertained by Jasper Dan’s Southern Rock live performance. The inaugural Crank Chaos was a resounding success and riders are planning their involvement at next years’ Crank Chaos event. A big thank you to all exhibitors and sponsors, without them this event would not have been possible. Highligths video: Exhibitors:Santa Cruz Maxxis Banshee Transition Lappierre Yeti Action Gear Sponsors: Bike Hub Dirt Merchant Oakley Redbull Skullcandy Ogio International Bike Trade G-Form Revolution Fit CrankChaos Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/283245545362373/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resort.afriski/ Website: http://www.crankchaos.com/ Afriski Website: http://www.afriski.net/
  8. The inaugural Crank Chaos Mountain Bike Festival launched over the weekend, with a fantastic turnout under crystal blue Maluti skies at Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho. Click here to view the article
  9. Your level of stoke is about to be cranked up as you watch this OFFICIAL EVENT CLIP from CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival. Click here to view the article
  10. From enduro to downhill to cross-country, everything is here for every kind of rider... Craig Kolesky (Professional Photographer) CrankChaos 2016 - done and dusted... See you back in 2017. Put it in your calendar - it's going to be MASSIVE!
  11. Afriski is giving away a weekend for two at CrankChaos in the Maluti mountains of Lesotho. Click here to view the article
  12. Up for grabs Two Rider Packages for CrankChaos valued at R10,000. This includes all trail fees, three days accommodation, meals (from Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast), live entertainment, mountain bike demos, and event entry fees with goodie bag.More information available on the CrankChaos website: http://www.crankchaos.com/ Winner: Congratulations to Tim Kilshaw. He is the winner of the weekend for two at Crank Chaos at Afriski.A big thanks to everyone who entered.
  13. Competition: Win a weekend for two at Afriski for CrankChaos. Enter here. Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be at the first mountain bike festival of its kind We are very excited to announce that Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be joining us at this year's festival, alongside Yeti Cycles.Santa Cruz, Transition and Banshee will be exhibiting their bikes to true mountain bike enthusiasts, offering demo rides and will have their expert staff on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on their entire bike range. Santa Cruz "We are very excited to share this experience with avid trail riders, give them a chance to test our bikes and see for themselves why World Champions choose Santa Cruz", says Stephen Moss from Santa Cruz. Transition and Banshee "Come experience our demo fleet and celebrate this event with us", says Phia Van de Meulen form A-line Mountain Bike & Outdoor. Dirt Merchant has been confirmed as an event partner and will be offering bike support Your bike’s heart will be in our mechanic’s hands at this year’s Crank Chaos. Johannesburg based, trail and all-mountain specific shop- Dirt Merchant bicycle co, has handpicked Mike for his passion and knowledge of more than 20 years’ experience in the industry; and yes he also rides a DH rig. He truly believes ‘a bike has a soul’, and it is his passion to look after yours.Our mobile Dirt Merchant workshop at Crank Chaos will offer you repairs free of charge. Sit down, relax and have that beer! Visit Dirt Merchant in Johannesburg and submerge yourself in all that is mountain biking. Our carefully selected product range reflects our philosophy of fun on and off your bike. Some of the best trail and all mountain brands are represented in our store, and we are always on hand to help you make that important decision, be it a new bike, or a new jersey. Jasper Dan will be performing at Crank Chaos, entertaining you with Southern Rock music Jasper Dan is a hard working band with an infectious sound. The road to where they are now pays tribute to that with some very honoured and memorable highlights the band has achieved over the past few months. Jasper Dan was the OPENING BAND for the Raven Age and IRON MAIDEN after winning the BATTLE FOR IRON MAIDEN. A performance driven competition held over 3 months which included 30 of South Africa’s Hard Rock and Metal Acts held by BIG CONCERTS. Yeti Cycles will be at Crank Chaos As we gear up for the CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike festival in just a month, we are very excited to announce that Yeti Cycles will be joining us at this year's festival. Yeti, will be exhibiting their bikes to true mountain bike enthusiasts, offering demo rides and will have their expert staff on hand to answer any questions and offer advice on their entire bike range. "We are very excited to be a part of this one of a kind mountain bike festival and look forward to interacting with true mountain bike enthusiasts in a real mountain bike environment," says Jared Cave from Yeti Cycles South Africa. Oakley has been confirmed as a prize sponsor for Crank Chaos We are very excited to announce that Oakley has been confirmed as a prize sponsor for #CrankChaos. We are thrilled to have partnered with this amazing brand for this unique mountain bike festival in the Mountain Kingdom.
  14. The magnificent AFRiSKi Mountain Resort in Lesotho in the Maluti Mountains, has launched a new 3-night mountain biking festival weekend from the 27th to 30th October called CrankChaos Maluti Mountain Bike Festival. Click here to view the article
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