Watch Singletrack Newsdesk | Lyrik Ultimate, Cannondale DH Bike, Good-bye Charge and more

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Andi takes us through the latest, most breaking news of the week in our first ever broadcast of Singletrack Newsdesk.

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Cécile Ravanel Crashes During Training


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Hi everyone 👋 I just wanted to let you know you I had a pretty bad crash last Thursday during a training session in one of my favorite track. To be quick, I broke my cervical vertebrae C5 and C6, got a compaction at my dorsal vertebrae D4 and D5 and had a concussion. I had a surgery in Nice Hospital the same day. I’ll have to wear a corset and a neck brace for several weeks and I can’t estimate my return on the bike yet but I know I was lucky and that’s the most important thing. Thanks to @peferry and @gaetan_vige, who helped me after my crash and thanks to Cedric to bring my mother’s homemade compote every day to the hospital. Ride for me and see you on a bike in a few months ✌️ — Salut tout le monde, Je souhaite simplement vous avertir que j’ai lourdement chuté jeudi dernier en m’entraînant près de chez moi. Je me suis fracturée les cervicales C5 et C6 en plus d’avoir eu un tassement des vertèbres D4 et D5 et de me faire une commotion cérébrale. J’ai rapidement été transportée à Nice pour me faire opérer et je démarre une longue convalescence. Je vais devoir porter un corset ainsi qu’une minerve pour plusieurs semaines donc je ne peux pas estimer mon retour sur le vélo pour le moment mais je sais que j’ai été chanceuse. Merci à @peferry et @gaetan_vige qui étaient présents pour me secourir et à Cédric pour m’apporter la compote fait maison de ma mère tous les jours à l’hôpital. Roulez pour moi et à dans quelques mois sur un vélo 🚲 #coupdurdanslavilla #racinglife #vivelacompote

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Commencal EWS racer Cécile Ravenel had had a major accident during training. She has already undergone surgery in Nice, but has broken her C5 and C6 cervical vertebrae and has compacted her dorsal D4 and D5 vertebrae. At the time of writing, we don’t know how long Cécile will be off the bike for, but we hope she heals up soon.

Anne Caroline Chausson Back On The Bike After Surgery


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OMG… so good to be able to ride my mountain bike 🤩3 months after surgery. That will help me so much to stay strong . Tomotherapy is finish and Chemo starts in one week🥴 @commencalbikes @srammtb @lesorresbikepark #ride #provence #girlrider #fuckcancer #recovery #Noubagoesfasterthanme 🐶

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Commencal rider Anne Caroline Chausson is back on the bike 3 months after surgery for cancer. The next stage is chemotherapy but we hope to see her out on the bike again very soon.

Aaron Gwin wins at Southridge


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Good times being back on the clock this weekend with the new bike! Love racin out here with the boys. Stoked to start the race build for World Cup #1 in a few months. Life is good! ✊🏼💨 @southridge_usa #fontucky @intensecycles @intensefactoryracing

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Intense Factory Racing superstar, Aaron Gwin has already collected a podium on his M29 downhill bike before the WC season even starts. He took the win at Southridge DH race in the U.S on an M29 with custom shock links. Expect to see more podiums for him and the rest of the IFR team in 2019.

Intense Teases new Tracer


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Intense UK spent most of last evening posting screenshots from a video that appears to be of an updated Intense Tracer enduro bike. The screenshots don’t give much away but we guess the new Tracer will see a major change in geometry to bring it in line with the Tazer e-MTB.

Yoann Barelli accidentally shows us the Lyrik Ultimate


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After a little technical problem yesterday (i didn’t post a picture of myself naked… so I don’t really understand🤔) I’m reposting this Beauty 😊!! My @commencalbikes meta 29 @srammtb edition is 🤪😍😍. AXS wireless dropper works like a jewelry and I can’t wait to get the all drivetrain as well 🔥🔥!! On one week I’ll be heading to Tennessee for a training and tuning camp with @srammtb @rockshox 🤘. Can’t wait 😊 📸 @barelligraphy . . . . . #fullgaz #meta29 #sendit #behappy #befree #bebarelli

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The original Instagram post has been removed, but Commencal rider Yoann Barelli accidentally posted photos of his new bike fitted with a RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork fitted. We can still see the fork in the post above, and just make out where the ‘Ultimate’ sticker is but there isn’t much more online than this. We believe that the RockShox Lyrik Ultimate will be a coil version of the current Lyrik, but we could be wrong. What do you think?

Matt Simmonds testing Cannondale’s DH Bike


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It’s no secret that Cannondale is working on a new DH bike, and the U.S brand has been very coy about the development only letting a few teasers appear online from time to time. In the image above we can just make out a downhill bike with dual crown forks that we think is the new Cannondale DH bike. We’ll have to wait and see what this looks like in the flesh but keep your eyes peeled for more #cannondalecomeback photos on social media for more clues.

Cedric Gracia is reinventing himself


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Yeah I am a timber and I love to chop wood ! Remember all of you have the chance to become a self-made man , just be fearless and strong and of course sexy as Fu*k 😂 #CG2.0#bikelife#mountainbike#cycling#motivation #timber

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We’ve already posted news that Cedric Gracia has left Santa Cruz, but what we don’t know is what he is working on. It’s clear from his social media posts that CG plans a new business venture, and we know whatever bike he is riding this year will still sport Production Privee bars and stem, it just won’t be a PP frame. Could CG be working with another big name sponsor on something? Perhaps Probike Shop? Only time will tell.

Airdrop Edit v3 announced


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Yes it’s an Edit. It’s alloy. It’s got 27.5” wheels. And it’s the best bike we’ve ever made. – Live on the site right now and open for preorders. Frames are on their way. – Thanks for your patience. We hope you like it as much as we do. – #airdropbikes #airdropedit #airdropeditv3 #newbike #bikeporn #mtb #enduromtb #singletrack #nota29er #notcarbon #makebikesnotmoney

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At 10 am this morning, Sheffield based Airdrop bikes announced the 3rd version of the popular Edit full-suspension bike. The new Edit has an updated tube set, cleaner design and mounting for a metric shock. The Edit v3 will work with either an air or coil shock and will be in stock from March. More details here.

Rocky Mountain Growler Powerplay

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Try not to smile when you say the name.

Rocky Mountain expands its range of e-MTB models with the new Growler Powerplay hardtail. The bike comes with the same Dyname 3.0 motor and internal battery as the full-sus models we’ve already seen but both models are only available in Canada or the U.S. More details here.

Mojo Racing

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Chris carries a ‘travel guitar’ with him.

Chris Porter has set up a race series where adults and children can race together. The series will be held at Bike Park Wales on 28th April and is open to children aged 6+. Full details here.

Vitus Substance CRX carbon gravel bike

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Vitus launches a carbon CX bike.

Vitus has just unveiled a carbon version of the popular Substance CRX gravel bike. The new model has a 1×11 Apex drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes and costs just £1799. If you prefer steel then you’ll be happy to know that the original Substance is still available for just £949.99.

Unconfirmed: Charge Bikes no longer making bikes? (Spoiler, they still are – see the response below…)

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No more Charge Bikes, at least that’s the rumour.

According to Singletrack Forum member, Funkmasterp, Charge Bikes is no longer producing bikes and don’t plan to for the near future. The revelation comes after an email exchange with the company asking when the new Cleaver would be available, the answer seems to be “it won’t”. We’re waiting to hear back from Charge Bikes for the official response.

Update! We’ve just heard back from Nick at Charge Bikes. He says that, contrary to forum speculation, they’ve not stopped making bikes – though some models might not be available at the moment. And while they have had a bit of a quiet year this year, there are some exciting plans lined up for the future.

And that’s it for the first edition of Singletrack Newsdesk, tune in next week for more breaking news.

Andi is a gadget guru and mountain biker who has lived and ridden bikes in China and Spain before settling down in the Peak District to become Singletrack's social media expert. He is definitely more big travel fun than XC sufferer but his bike collection does include some rare hardtails - He's a collector and curator as well as a rider. Theory and practice in perfect balance with his inner chi, or something. As well as living life based on what he last read in a fortune cookie Andi likes nothing better than riding big travel bikes.

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