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There’s always a lot going on in the bike world, even if everything seems to pass us by so quickly. Here’s a look back at the past few days and what’s been going on.

Crankworx Innsbruck Announces Slopestyle Riders

With a few weeks until Crankworx kicks off in Innsbruck, the event organisers have announced who will be competing in the Slopestyle event. From 16 to 20 June there will be a variety of MTB events taking place in Austria. On 19 June, Slopestyle riders will be hitting the course to compete.

Invited Riders:

  • Alex Alanko (SWE)
  • Paul Couderc (FRA)
  • Erik Fedko (GER)
  • Max Fredriksson (SWE)
  • Thomas Genon (FRA)
  • David Godziek (POL)
  • Lucas Huppert (SUI)
  • Emil Johansson (SWE)
  • Lukas Knopf (GER)
  • Tomas Lemoine (FRA)
  • David Lieb (USA)
  • Garret Mechem (USA)
  • Nicholi Rogatkin (USA)
  • Torquato Testa (ITA)
  • Jakub Vencl (CZE)

Timothé Bringer (FRA)& Tom Isted (GBR) are both on the alternate rider list.

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The slopestyle course has been reshaped for 2021.

The world will be watching the Swedish phenom who’s won the last three Crankworx Slopestyle contests. And while Emil Johansson has now won every Crankworx Slopestyle contest there is to win, the full roster of competitors was not in Innsbruck to challenge him in 2020, most notably two-time event winner Nicholi Rogatkin. Due to the travel restrictions in place at the time the event was sanctioned as a gold-level event, instead of the usual diamond-level associated with SWC events. A win in Innsbruck this year would bring the Red Bull rider the full pull of diamond-level Crankworx Slopestyle wins.


For more on Crankworx, head to their website.

Endura Launch MT500 Smok’n Prints Line

Atherton's and Endura MT500 Smok'n prints

Embrace the new riding season with bold psychedelic prints and a kaleidoscope of colour. A trance sequence of head to toe outfitting for him and her. With a reputation for dialled style on and off the track, the Athertons will showcase this unashamed fashion campaign. Inject flare and energy back into MTB with MT500 Smok’n Prints.


See the new Endura line here.

Niner Bikes Release New JET 9 RDO Trail Bike

Niner bikes say they have completely reimagined the Jet 9 RDO for 2021. Calling it their most popular, most versatile, and most agile trail bike. The Jet 9 RDO has ‘hyper-capable frame geometry and 120mm of suspension travel.’


  • 120mm of tuned CVA rear suspension paired with 130mm fork travel.
  • Clearance for contemporary 29×2.6” tires
  • Modern trail geometry with flip chips for lower, slacker, more cowbell.
  • Smooth, straight full-sleeve internal cable routing for superior shifting performance.
  • The frame features like UDH and bottle cage mount inside the front triangle.
  • Double row Enduro MAX Black Oxide rocker link bearings add stiffness.
  • Trunnion shock mount for smooth articulation and added stiffness.
  • Refined suspension curve for supportive pedalling and bottomless descending.

There are limited Niner retailers in the UK, but you can find them on the ZyroFisher website. See more details here.

Commencal Launch New Customer Care

Included in your bike purchase Commencal now offer a greater level of service to those who shop online. Offering peace of mind if you have an issue with your bike. Commencal Care is there to help with technical questions, setting up, maintenance, warranty and more.

Commencal Meta

In the event that you don’t have the necessary technical skills or tools, after validation from our customer service, you can choose the shop of your choice to help. Commencal Care will then cover the costs incurred.


For more information on Commencal Care, head to the Commencal website.

Dropping in: Short Stuff You Should Know

2020 Crowns 2 New World Champs in Leogang!

Leogang Bikepark Celebrates its 20th Birthday

Leogang bikepark opened in 2001 thanks to investments from 33 shareholders. When it first opened there were only four lines. Fast forward today and it’s a staple in the World Cup circuit, has hosted 26 Trix, a World Champs and so much more.

Photo: Moritz Ablinger

It was a very courageous step at the beginning and everyone was curious to see the outcome. We were in the fortunate situation that we were able to launch the project with the help of 33 shareholders from Leogang. 50% of the investment was made by the mountain railroads. The first years weren’t easy, but from 2006 onwards the number of visitors increased year by year, and especially within the last five years it has become a completely different dimension again.

Kornel Grundner, Managing Director of Leoganger Bergbahnen

On 11-13 June the top DH and XC riders will head to Leogang for the UCI mountain bike world cup. This year a limited number of spectators are also allowed to spectate. For tickets, visit the Out of Bounds Festival site.

Fox Release New Bike Park Collection

Fox Racing has released their new Bike Park collection. The new collection offers new colours in both Defend and Ranger gear for Men and Women.

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See the new collection on the Fox website.


British Cycling recently announced the riders who will represent Great Britain in the UCI BMX Freestyle World Champs on 4-8 June 2021.

Photo: British Cycling

GBCT for the UCI BMX Freestyle World Championships:

Elite Men

Declan Brooks

Alex Coleborn

James Jones

Ben Wallace

Elite Women

Charlotte Worthington

Great Britain Cycling Team’s BMX Freestylers have gone from strength to strength since they became part of our World Class Programme, and the progression we have seen from the riders as they take advantage of the support we are able to provide is impressive. This is the first international BMX Freestyle event since November 2019, and it will give the riders a chance to see where they are at against the competitors we can expect to see at the Olympics. The team have had a productive preparation period for this event, spending time in the USA on some world-class BMX ramps with their coach Jamie Bestwick.

Stephen Park, Performance Director for British Cycling

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