Wednesday, 20 January 2016

THE IXS XULT WINS DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD 2016





























Xult The Almighty



THE XULT WINS DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD 2016

We are happy to announce that after the successfull introduction of the award winning Trail RS helmet now our latest introduction to the market - The XULT crossover full face helmet has won the globally noticed award for Design & Innovation - The Design & Innovation Award 2016.

The iXS XULT helmet is engineered from FRP (fibre reinforced polymer) rather than the more commonly used carbon fibre, offering a more environmentally friendly option. Meeting all the full face standards, the XULT offers more ventilation than most DH-orientated helmets, making it an excellent choice for enduro racing. The XULT is bristling with safety features such as the EPR emergency release system, but it’s the impact-absorbing Xmatter inserts at key impact zones that impress the most, helping to minimize rotational injuries. All this technology is combined in a very compact and stylish shell. (Source: design-innovation-award.com)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

TEST: TREK SLASH 8 27,5 - 2016



Slash is the Enduro dedicated model from the American bike company Trek.
The bike has being one of the first Enduro Specific platforms on the market in 2010, with 160mm travel front and rear and gravity geometry dedicated to this "new" mtb discipline. The 65 Head Angle is adjustable to 65.5 to less aggressive riders, but I kept it "slack" since I come from a Downhill background and I want to test the bike at his best descending potentials.




Rock Shox fork and shock ( Pike dual air RS 130mm/160mm travel and Monarch RL DebonAir ) are a great choice since at the moment are the best on the market , Shimano SLX brakes I know are good and  strong even if not a top of the line brake,  wile the new SRAM GX1 11 speed drivetrain is something I never tested before but looks compact and clean. KS seatpost is also part of this kit with the eThirty Integra model.


Uphill

 The bike is very light and made my life easy pedaling uphill even if the 17,5 size for test is too small for me. The Trek Full Floater suspension system is not showing to much bobbing and I actually manage to set my new record on the local tarmac uphill to the trails.  Climbing technical terrain is not easy like doing it on a bike with steeper head angle but the possibility to lower the fork and the light weight helps a lot.
The SRAM GX1 11 speed gears are precise and quick, I loved also the choice or 32T ring in front and 10-42 rear cassette.

 



Downhill

 As we all can imagine the Slash does his best downhill. The ABP ( Active Braking Pivot ) is a great design that allows the rear suspension to work  also under braking ( not happening in most of suspension design )  and you can feel the difference in tight rocky turns like the one we have here in Greece.
 The quality that impressed me the most is the agility of this bike, yes is a size smaller for me, but I was able to jump around and bunny-hop obstacles like few other bikes so long (117.9 wheel base ) can do. The bike is agile and stable at the same time thanks to those great RS suspension even of the roughest Greek terrain. 
 Again I loved the GX1 that manage to keep my chain in place without any chain device.

















Overall


What to say? I hardly can see a defect on the Trek Slash 8 2016 from the ride point of view, its really one of the best I tested so far. So... what's the problem?
Well is the Price that Trek decided to apply for this model in Europe: 4500 euro.
This price for a bike with this specs and not carbon fiber is really not competitive and will make it hard to be sold even if so good.  All cross country mtb from Trek are cheaper in Europe compare with US, why they didn't do the same with this model ( 3.999$ in US ) ? Can I talk with the Marketing manager ahahah ? 


Anyway if you have the money..., but before go and test it.  And maybe the guys at Cyclist.gr can see what to do with that price ;)

ciao !!!

A.Toninelli

ENDURO SEMINARY with SAM FLOCKHART


 After few test races in the Enduro World Series last year the Young Scottish Sam Flockhart is coming for training in Greece, looking for good weather and dry terrain in order to be ready for his 2016 full racing season as a CUBE FACTORY PILOT around the World.

 We are going to have the great opportunity to have a Seminary about Enduro racing technics with him on SUNDAY January 10th at Ymmitos.

 All Riders of MEDIUM LEVEL and higher are welcome.

 MAX NUMBER OF RIDERS 20 10:30 meeting at "Pirofilakeio Kessariani" - Mount Ymmitos - Athens - Greece

 for more details and Prices please contact us: momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com +30 6956444887 that's all for now !!

 about Sam:
 Scottish champion
European Champion
Overall Maxxis European cup series champion
15th position Maxxis cup series overall
Rode for Junior GB world championship team 2010
Podium results at junior World cup races
Podium at National events and British champs
Cyclocross podium position
TCL trained
PVG Disclosure
NC certificate in sporting performance
HNC in Sports coaching and development
Former SCIS member First Aid Trained In Sporting Injuries

 2013 1st place Greek Open Downhill championship...

Monday, 7 December 2015

XMAS Enduro / DH Lesson / technical trails Level 2 - Ymmitos ( with presents :) )


MOMENTUM MTB ACADEMY SINCE 2011 - THE FIRST MTB SCHOOL IN GREECE.

 Riders boost up your skills !!!!
 RIDE SAFER AND FASTER ON ANY TRAIL SUNDAY 20 - 12 - 2015 !!!

 - technical tails level 2 - improving skills wile riding different trails. There will be no basic technic, only few tips.
 Improve your skills in : Rock gardens, Turning, Jumping, Drops, Technical terrain.... and more

 Helmet and Knee guards mandatory.

 WE ARE GOING TO HAVE XMAS PRESENTS FROM OUR SPONSORS !!!! HO HO HO

 Meeting at Kessariani, Ymmitos Firemen post. 11:30 AM lesson will finish at 15:30 +

 booking and details: Alessio Toninelli 6956444887 Marios BigPapa 6981768406

prices on our site SPECIAL PRICES FOR DECEMBER !!

για την κράτηση: στείλετε ένα e-mail με το όνομά σας, ηλικία, το ποδήλατό σας, το κινητό τηλέφωνο. momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Enduro - DH LESSON / technical trails - Ymmitos ( 5-12-2015 )


MOMENTUM MTB ACADEMY SINCE 2011 - THE FIRST MTB SCHOOL IN GREECE.

Riders boost up your skills !!!!
RIDE SAFER AND FASTER ON ANY TRAIL

SATURDAY 5 - 12 - 2015 !!!

Improve your skills in :
Turning , Braking, Jumping, Drops, Technical terrain.... and more

Helmet and Knee guards mandatory.

Meeting at Kessariani, Ymmitos Firemen post. 11:30 AM
lesson will finish at 15:30 +

booking and details:
Alessio Toninelli 6956444887
Marios BigPapa 6981768406
prices on our site

για την κράτηση: στείλετε ένα e-mail με το όνομά σας, ηλικία, το ποδήλατό σας, το κινητό τηλέφωνο. momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com




Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Ξερεις τι ειναι το downhill; (gTV)

....Υπάρχουν κάποιοι άνθρωποι που ανεβαίνουν τα βουνά της Ελλάδας, για να τα κατέβουν με μία… ορθοπεταλιά! Η Χριστίνα Βραχάλη και η κάμερα του gTV σάς παρουσιάζουν έναν απ’ αυτούς, τον δικό μας  Μάριο Παπασημακόπουλο



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

unReal for FREE for one day !


UnREal, one of the most waited movie of 2015 will be visible for free for 24 hours FRIDAY 6-11-2015  from 10am to 9:59 of SATURDAY 7-11-2015 ( Greek time ) on Trek bikes site ( USA ) Ready to see : Brett Rheeder, Tom van Steenbergen, Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul, Brook MacDonald and more? 






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