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  1. Hi Gents, I am about to take the plunge into a new MTB to replace my aging Silverback Saturn . I have narrowed my options to 2 bikes, both offered by my LBS. Scott Spark RC 900 Team (2018): https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-spark-rc-900-team-bike VS. Giant Anthem Adv Pro 1 (2018): https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/anthem-advanced-pro--29er--1-2018 Which is the better bike? does anyone have any experience on these? Thanks in advance
  2. Nino seems to be battling a little. Or has everyone just stepped up their game? https://www.pinkbike.com/news/results-jolanda-neff-and-mathias-flueckiger-are-the-2021-swiss-xc-national-champions.html
  3. So I've been wondering if you could buy your dream SA built bike, but being realistic in terms of price.... Titan Racing Pyga Signal Momsen Silverback - Thanks for the suggestions Mecer - Thanks for the suggestions What would it be? Mine would be the PYGA Stage Max GX set. Which has a great all round setup, great 130mm for a good pop, it allows for relative "easy" climbs, great session down the trails and can also be used in some marathon events even. Would be really interested to hear what other hubbers think or WISH. Cheers
  4. Hi was just wondering what size tyres pyga stage owners have been able to fit on their frames. I know spec sheet states 2.35. Im running 2.25's at the moment and it looks like there is alot of room left in the rear. Would like to try 2.4 if thats possible. However i know all tyres are different..
  5. Hi all. I’m looking for some advice on buying a 29 dual suspension XC/marathon bike. I currently have a Scott scale 960 (2017) and want to upgrade. I plan on doing some stage races like sani2c. Mostly want to compete for the enjoyment and experience but tend to get quite competitive. Looking to spend around 40k and happy to go second hand. Any advice would be helpful and please can you be specific in terms of year and components etc. thanks so much!
  6. What are the opinions of using a Rook One or Scout on trails? https://rookcycles.com/
  7. https://m.pinkbike.com/contest/fantasy/ Select a Fantasy League to join. Build your team and for each round of the season, your team will score points depending on how your riders performed. You can edit your team after each round and win prizes throughout the year.
  8. I am currently working on a project to map South African trails I will be including strava segments as well as google maps coordinates to make them easier to find. Let me know if you have any suggestions of where to ride next! Let's map as much as we can and get more people on the trails!
  9. Hi Gents, About to take the plunge and get myself a good Dual-sus XC bike. I cant seem to decide between Giant and Merida's 2018 carbon models. I have narrowed down to the below: Giant Anthem Adv Pro 1 (2018): Got a deal for about R55k, retailing for R61k-R65k Merida 96 9 7000 (2018): there's a special for R49k, and retails for about R60k-R68k. Spec links below: Giant: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/anthem-advanced-pro--29er--1-2018 Merida: https://www.merida-bikes.com/en_int/bikes/full-suspension/cross-country-marathon/2018/ninety-six-7000-8895.html Given that the Merida is at least R5000 cheaper at the moment, will this be the better deal? Or would the Giant be that much more worth it? Any other spec differences to consider? Thanks, Simba
  10. Looking for a few more opinions / experiences with wider rims on XC specific bikes. I have a 29er hardtail: 2014 ZASKAR 9R ELITE & I've been wanting to upgrade my wheelset for a while now, specifically the width of my rims for more control and less tetchy handling downhill. I'm not riding anything extreme. Mostly jeep track with steep sections and loose gravel. My stock standard wheelset is Jalco XCD22, Double Wall, 32H. I believe the internal rim width is 19mm. I currently run Maxis Ikon 2.2 on the rear & Ardent 2.25 on the front. I've felt the handling benefits of wider rims but don't have enough cash to go for a more trail oriented dual suspension bike right now. So I'm trying to see if I can make some changes to help keep my chin on my face for the time being. That said, my bike isn't designed for wider rims and space is tight, especially on the rear. My LBS told me there isn't really any point in buying, for example, a Stans ZTR Arch wheelset with 25mm inner width because A) it's too tight and B) it's not what the bike is built for. I've attached some pics, which might help. What do you guys think?
  11. So the name says enough! I'm Still building my Lux CF and will post as soon as the Shimano XT 2 x 11 is fitted Here is my frame
  12. Hey Everyone, So the usual I'm sure.. which one to purchase. Background: I'm 28, 78kg. Started out cycling again not so long ago. Previously iv ridden BMX when i was in way younger, then road for a year or so on an old Trek budget MTB. Recently started doing a bit of road, cycle track (gravel) and jeep tracks off road routes. Nothing downhill/single track yet but would like something capable of handling some easier single tracks and off-road routes too. I did own a Scott full suspension bike a few years ago but was sold it thinking a could ride a bit on road to gym and also hit trails, it felt incredibly slow and the suspension sucked up pretty much all the power going forward. (Probably also due to incorrect settings and so on). What i'm looking for: I need a bike that I can put some sort of slick tires on. Im using 26x1.50 cheap ones for my old Trek now for on-road and they make a massive difference compared to the stock MTB ones. I would like to do the Argus (for the first time) next year (wont be racing against the clock) but have mates doing it too that are looking at cheap road bikes, perhaps something that can keep up. I have read lots over the years and do realize the differences in angles and components, being more upright, gearing and so on. I don't expect to stay with them the entire way but the more capable the better. Not sure if I should be looking at 29er's or 650B's. I really like the components and everything I have read when it comes to the Silverback 15 Sola 1 (R23,394). Giant XTC Advanced (R20,750) but read that the above Sola 1 would be better? with better components. Trek Superfly 9.6 Carbon (R24.500) 27.5/29 Scott Scale 950 (R21,900) I'm thinking the Trek or Silverback one being Carbon the other not. Both Rockshox Reba RL front suspension. Silverback mostly Shimano XT/SLX Trek Deore XT Sram7. The XC / Cross Country bikes I think would suit me better than trail for what I'm looking for and Hardtail seems to be a good option for my price range (the extra saved on rear suspension going towards frame wheels and components) I plan on running off road tires tubeless eventually and getting a spare set of wheels and slicks for on road use. I would like advice on any other bikes in that range and on wheel sizes 27.5/29. Also on gearing for road use, Don't want to do any serious mods besides wheels and tires. Thanks very much Sean
  13. You were riding UP the trail known as DH2 at about 4h15 / 4h30 this afternoon, on your Bianchi Methanol (kick-ass bike, btw) and myself and Marko35s confronted you and informed you that the trail in question was categorised as a mono-directional trail, and as such it was against the rules of the trail system (and by extension TMNP) to ride up said trails. Despite at various points trying to explain that it was both dangerous and against the rules to be riding up a Downhill Only trail, you continued to raise your voice and accuse us of being "gods of the mountain" and "downhillers" and accuse us of creating an "us and them" environment whereby only downhillers needs are seen to. Unfortunately, your instant reaction upon being confronted was one of righteous indignation, arrogance, entitlement and shock at being told that you cannot ride up a trail designated as Downhill only. Your instant attitude was one of aggression, repeatedly telling us that you were "not afraid of us", "don't care how big we are", "do this all the time" and "just want us to all work together" Despite your protestations and attempts at justification (which were numerous) the fact remains that you were riding up a trail that people descend without the expectation of having someone in their way, coming in the opposite direction. The average speed of the majority of riders that come down there does hit 50 plus KPH (the top rider does that entire trail in just 20 seconds) and if you were to encounter someone coming down said trail, there is no way in hell you would hear and / or see them in time in order to react and pull out the trail (despite how experienced you say you are) Now, I know you took none of what Mark & I said to heart, as your opinion of yourself was entirely too inflated in order to accept that you were doing something wrong and were at fault. Despite that, what you are is a typical case study in why this country is going to the dogs. A blatant disregard for the rules of the trail that you (may not, come to think of it) pay to ride, as well as an increasing level of self entitlement which causes you to think that you can do anything without being confronted, as long as you have the louder voice and can try to justify your actions to a level that you think that your actions are okay. The excuses which we were given were, amongst others: I always do it It's the best trail to test your ascending technical skills You're experienced, and can move out the way in time for those coming down You ride without music, so can hear people coming It's god's country, and we should all be able to enjoy it I (as in me) am a downhiller, so I'm only looking out for Downhillers (I'm not a downhiller, btw - I just ride) Who makes up the rules? I didn't sign up for them (you did, actually, when you paid for your annual pass - which I'm assuming you have, btw) It's quiet I paid to ride here You're 57 and you don't care what the rules are (followed by "I just want us all to get along") You ride where you want to... We're doing more damage by pushing our bikes up the trails (we weren't, btw - we pushed up the jeep track as it's much easier. We push up NEXT to the trail when we go to the top of a downhill section) Etc etc. See, the thing is (whatever your name is) - what we tried to say (repeatedly, and every time we said it your voice just got louder and you interrupted us more often) is that you can NOT ride up a trail designated as Downhill Only. End of story. Directionality is one of the few things that maintains order in trail systems, and is shown on the Tokai MTB website, the entry board to the park (designated as highly technical downhill trails) and in signposts on the mountain itself. In your own words, you've previously come up against folks like us who have told you that what you are doing is wrong. Despite that, you continued to do it. Ignorance is not a justification, as by your own words you have been riding there for more than 4 years. The reason you cannot ride up a downhill only trail is that it is dangerous. Not from a technical perspective, but for one single reason. Riders do not expect you to be coming in the opposite direction. As such, they are not looking out for riders ascending, and when they come down at 30 / 40 / 50 kph they will have to take drastic avoiding action and by all likelihood end up injuring not only themselves, but also you in the process. It's the same reason that driving the wrong way down a 1-way street is in no way justifiable. I do hope this gets to you, and that you calm your horses (and sense of entitlement - the force is strong on that one) However - I do regret my profanity - at the time, that was the only way that I could get you to shut up and let me speak, besides just talking louder than you. Whatever your name is, know this. You are not only endangering other riders, you are endangering the access to the park itself. If we (as mountain bikers) cannot adhere to the rules of the park, our attempts to better our relationship with the park and lobby for additional trail (yes, the committee is lobbying for a dedicated climbing trail with suitable technicality, linking up all the trails, but you didn't let us get to that, did you) and all the work over the past year is for naught. But, at the end. I hope you do not continue to ride up the trails designated as down only. If only to prevent somebody from ploughing into you (on bike or fist) in the very near future...
  14. We have just received another shipment of FUNN MTB parts. We have the new 2015 35mm Fatboy bars and stems. The BOB (Bored of Black) Chameleon range (must see). We have also got the full range of FUNN MTB saddles. And good stocks of all the popular stuff. Go check it out at http://www.performancebikes.co.za/c8/FUNN-MTB.aspx
  15. Hi hubbers, I've recently gotten into the MTB scene. My 1st event was a very wet and muddy Gravel Travel, but I loved every second of it! I currently ride a large 09 S-Works Stumpjumper. I love the bike, but I'm looking to get something newer before the value of this 26er depreciates completely. There are also days when I don't feel as if the bike is "mine" as I bought it second hand and it hasn't been set up to my spec as of yet. Being 191cm and 103kg I also feel the large frame isn't as comfortable as an XL. So here's my question. I'm looking for something that I can ride XC races on as well as the odd gravity enduro. I do a lot of riding in Jonkershoek, Eden and G-spot seeing as I study in Stellies. Factoring that in obviously means I'm on a student budget. I've thought about it a lot and when describing a good climbing bike that is also a decent descender, one tends to revert straight back to the stumpy. It is the benchmark, but for some reason I just want something different. I've looked at various options and the ones that stand out are the Giant Trance 650b and the Santa Cruz heckler. I love the sound of the heckler, but just curious as to availability within South Africa. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Regards, Gareth
  16. RSA-Web's Renay Groustra will be hoping to impress in front of a home crowd when he tackles' Sunday's elite men's cross country race at the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, which takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. The testing weather conditions added to the challenge facing some of the riders faced as they came to terms with the new XCO course, with even the likes of elite women stars Maja Wloszczowska and her Liv Pro X team mate Jolandé Neff coming unstuck in the notorious Tree House rock garden. South African’s Cherie Vale and Hayley Bell suffered a similar fate through the new Red Lipped Herald section. However all four riders were able to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and carry on going without much more than a bruised ego. Cannondale Factory Racing's Anton Cooper flies through training at the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, which takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Junior men’s downhillers Innes Graham (MS Mondraker), Gregg Brown of South Africa and Kona Factory Team’s Andrew Crimmins however weren’t quite so lucky as they were forced out of their Friday afternoon qualifying round, and hence the rest of the competition, after suffering injuries in training. Brown dislocated his shoulder after getting his line wrong in the reworked Cloud 9 stretch whilst Crimmins fractured his patella after getting the Moneymaker hip-jump wrong. Marco Fontana from Cannondale Factory Racing puts in a few hot laps ahead of the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, which takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. With the heat of the day and the reshuffle of this year’s programme which sees the cross country clashes shifting from their usual Saturday slot to Sunday afternoon and the downhill now Saturday’s focus, some of the elite men’s top performers – including defending World Champ and pre-race favourite Nino Schurter of SCOTT-Odlo MTB Racing – were notable absentees for the duration of the day’s training. Liv Pro XC's Maja Wloszczowska came a little unstuck through the Tree House rock garden during Friday's training of the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, which takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. Meanwhile Schurter’s nearest rival, world number two Julien Absalon of BMC MTB Racing, was spotted charging through the more technical sections of the course with the French national champ repeatedly visiting the Tree House rock garden. With Saturday’s focus being firmly on the downhill finals action, in which Pietermaritzburg’s hometown hero Greg Minnaar will be out to once again conquer both ‘the hill’ and the rest of his fellow title rivals, the cross country stars will quietly go about their final preparations before Sunday’s racing. Tseko Shelile of ACE-The Sufferfest Lesotho MTB Team is head over heels about the new cross country course at the 2014 UCI World Cup, presented by Shimano, which takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg. The UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 11-13 April 2014. More information can be found at www.mtbworldcupsa.co.za
  17. The globe’s top cross country mountain biking stars continued their preparations for the opening leg of the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup, presented by Shimano, at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg in energy-sapping hot and dry conditions. Click here to view the article
  18. Image credit: http://live.redbull.tv/ The World Cup at Hafjell, Norway has already been kicked off with the final race of the year for the Eliminator series, but the Cross Country and Downhill races have yet to begin. This last race of the Eliminator series turned out to be a rather exciting one with lead changes in every race. The course was varied, including steep climbs, rock gardens and even BMX style jumps. The winner of the women's race was Jenny Rissveds, winner of round two at Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. She did not go on to win the overall standings, however. That went to Alexandra Engen of the Ghost Factory Team, with Kathrin Stirnemann taking second and Jenny Rissveds finishing off the top three. In the Men's Eliminator, Daniel Federspiel of Otztal Scott took the overall win of the year during the first race when he gained the necessary point to secure it. He didn't, however, go on to win the day. Simon Gegenheimer and Mathias Wengelin took to battling each other for the final win of the day with Gegenheimer pushing to the win. While it may not be to the wire, there is still a chance for the top women's XC standings to change. Tanja Zakelj of Unior Tools currently leads, but only with 85 points ahead of Katerina Nash of Luna. Contending third place are Maja Wloszczowska and Eva Lechner. On the men's side of things, Nino Schurter of Scott-Swisspower looks untouchable at the front, keeping a commanding lead in the standings. Julien Absalon of BMC looks like the only one who could disrupt it, but has said that he will not be participating because of a broken rib he got during the World Championships. So this actually makes Schurter the overall winner. Second and third have yet to be established, however, and Absalon will surely be nervous to find out if Daniel McConnell of Trek Factory Racing or Ondrej Cink of Multivan Merida will take his place in second. For full racing coverage and a list of all the weekend's events head over to Red Bull TV Live. Cross Country Women's Elite - 14 September 2013 11:18 am - 1:15 pm (SAST) Cross Country Men's Elite - 14 September 2013 1:48 pm - 3:45 pm (SAST)
  19. The total purse for the seven-day South African mountain bike stage race now stands at R314 000 (US $31 400). Khombisa Media, an airport billboard advertising company, has added R30 000 to the purse, specifically for the women’s categories, with R25 000 added to the first women’s team overall and R5 000 to the first solo female. “I love the Cape Pioneer Trek, from the way it’s managed to the community involvement, to the amazing route. This year I will be competing in my fourth. But I felt that the top women needed a better financial reward so we have contributed specifically to the women’s prize purse,” said Theresa Horn, owner of Khombisa Media. “Obviously all the top riders prepare very well for this race but it’s usually harder for the women to prepare, especially if they have a family. So this is our way of recognising their sacrifice and efforts,” added Horn. Bridge, the title sponsor, has also boosted the prize pool by adding R12 000 (US $1 200) to the highly anticipated Stage 2, which finishes at the summit of the Swartberg Pass. The total purse just for this stage now stands at R112 000 (US $11 200), the richest stage in any mountain bike stage race. “Every participant is important to us and we want them all to leave the race with a sense of satisfaction,” said race director, Henco Rademeyer. Even though the bulk of the participants will not have podium contention ability, we feel that the top riders at the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek deserve to be rewarded appropriately. Next year the prize money will get even more of a boost in line with the event becoming an International Cycling Union (UCI) graded race,” added Rademeyer. Another innovation, which will be in place this year is the free transportation of participants’ bicycles to and from the start and finish of the Cape Pioneer Trek. This has been made possible by logistics partner, Aramex and bicycle partner, Giant. Participants can drop off their pre-packed bikes at one of eight Giant retail stores around the country and Aramex will have them transported to the start and back to that store after the completion of the event. The participating stores are: Morningside Cycles (Johannesburg), Linden Cycles (Johannesburg), Bruce Reyneke Cycles (Pretoria), Cycle Sphere (Durban), Recycles CT (Cape Town), Olympic Cycles (Cape Town), Action Cycling (Port Elizabeth), Cyclotech (Bloemfontein). For a full list of contact details, visit www.capepioneer.co.za. Limited entries are still available for the 2013 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Entries will officially close on 15 September. Image credit: Karin Schermbrucker
  20. Slovenian Tanja Žakelj comes to South Africa for a third time hoping to collect her first UCI World MTB and Trials World Championship when she takes to the Cascades MTB Cross country course. Photo: Supplied/Gameplan Media The Unior Tools Team rider has had a stellar season with two wins from the four UCI MTB World Cup events that have been staged so far in the season with a still solid fifth position in the last leg in Andorra being her worst result of the year thus far. “So far my season has gone amazingly well,” the 24-year-old said. “In the first World Cup in Albstadt I managed to finish fourth - that was my first podium in the World Cup. “Then the event at Nové Mesto was even better because I won my first World Cup and in Val di Sole I managed to defend the World Cup leader’s jersey with another win so I’ve been very happy so far.” To add to her two World Cup wins, the Slovenian went one better by grabbing the continental title in Switzerland. “I also managed to take the European Championship in Bern this year. “These results have been fantastic for me and I want to continue to carry my form through to the World Champs.” Being world champion is not a foreign concept to the Slovenian; she has a couple of age group world championship crowns, but is still in hot pursuit of that special elite crown. “I have won the world championship twice – once as a junior in 2006 and then in the U23 category in 2008. My biggest wish is to win the rainbow jersey in the elite cross country category though and I’ll have the opportunity to try do that in Pietermaritzburg so I’m very excited,” mentioned Žakelj. The World Championships will be the pinnacle of the mountain biking calendar for the year and being at the top of her game will be imperative for Žakelj with a number of equally inspired girls coming to Pietermaritzburg with the same goal in mind. “There are a number of highly motivated girls and a lot of them have the ability to take the title. “One can’t count out defending champion Julie Bresset as well as experienced Gunn-Rita Dahle, Maja Wloszczowska and Eva Lechner,” the European national champion mentioned. Having been involved in two previous events at the Cascades MTB Park, Žakelj should have an idea of what to expect from the course as well as have a good idea of the lay out of the track. “I have been to Pietermaritzburg twice – in 2011 and 2012 – and I really enjoyed myself. “It is a fantastic course to ride with good organisation and delicious food! “Having such friendly people around me made my stay in South Africa very comfortable on both occasions. “I do expect the track to be fast and technically demanding with some drops and doubles to jump and other obstacles as it also was for the World Cups in previous years,” she said. The current European champion heads into the World Championships with a number of titles under her belt already this year and will be one of the riders to watch when the show comes to town at the end of August. Being able to embrace the surrounding environment and use it in one’s favour will be important for all the riders but Žakelj feels she can handle this. “It is an interesting course with a good crowd and the loud and enthusiastic spectators always give me a special feeling. “To compete in a race with that kind of atmosphere makes it much easier to race past your limits.” The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from21 to 25 August. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za
  21. Current women’s cross country world number one Tanja Žakelj has her eyes firmly set on claiming a maiden rainbow striped jersey at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park starting on 26 August in Pietermaritzburg. Click here to view the article
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