torsdag 24 juli 2014

Bike check: Niklas Wallners Specialized stumpjumper fsr elite 29"

PartsBrandModelAdditional info
FrameSpecializedstumpjumper elite
Rear ShockÖhlinsTTX
ForkFox34 Float 29130 mm travel
HandlebarSpankSpike 800cut to 760mm
Brake LeversShimanoSLX
Front DerailleurSRAMX-7
Rear DerailleurShimanoXTR
CranksSRAMX.9 10-Speed Crankset
Chainrings / SprocketMRPPodium 36T
Bottom BracketSRAMBB30 PressFit 30 BB
Cassette / Rear CogShimanoSLX 11-34
Front RimSpankOozy
Rear RimSpankOozy
HubsOtherTune MK skyline
SpokesSapimCX Ray
Front TireMaxxisArdent
Rear TireMaxxisardent
SeatpostSpecializedCommand Post
Seatpost ClampOtherSpecialized
General Info
Model Year2014
Riding TypeTrail / All-Mountain
Weight32 lb 6.5 oz (14700 g)

Bike check: Robin Wallners Specialized Demo 8

PartsBrandModelAdditional info
FrameSpecializeds-works Demo 8
Rear ShockÖhlinsTTX
ForkRockShoxBoxxer RaceÖhlins TTX internals
HeadsetOtherSpecializedoff-set cups
HandlebarSpankSpike 800cut to 770mm
StemSpankspike director stem
Brake LeversShimanoSAINT
ShiftersShimano2014 Saint
Rear DerailleurShimanoSaint
Chainrings / SprocketMRPPodium
Bottom BracketShimanoSaint
ChainShimanoUltegra 10spd
Cassette / Rear CogShimanoUltegra 11-23 10spd
PedalsShimanoDX SPD
Front RimSpankSpike Race 28 EVO
Rear RimSpankSpike Race 28 EVO
HubsOtherTune King/Kong
Front TireMaxxisMinion 2.5
Rear TireMaxxisHigh Roller 2.5
SeatpostSpecializedpro 2 alloy
Seatpost ClampOtherspecialized seat collar
General Info
Model Year2014
Riding TypeDownhill
Weight37 lb 7.7 oz (17000 g)

måndag 21 juli 2014

European cup #5 Spicak race report

It´s been a dry and dusty race weekend for us with some very tight racing.

The track here in Spicak was pretty technical in the upper parts with some tight corners and a lot of rocks, towards the end of the track it changed a bit and got more flat out and fast.

The dusty and dry conditions did not really play in our favor but all three still had a good feeling and felt motivated to do well.

Marcus was first out on sunday and he felt that he had good chance improving his 32nd place from qualifying. Marcus came down with a solid time and ended up in 44th place. It was not what he was looking for and he said he felt stiff on the bike and tried to over ride it to go faster but he ended up going slower.

 - I tried to push to much so I lost the fun in my riding and ended up going slower. It´s a bummer since I really like the track.

Next up was Niklas and after a messy qualifying with a nosebleed halfway down Niklas knew that he had a good chance on improving his time in the final.
Niklas did improve on his time from qualifying but was not able to gain any position, he ended up in 17th position 5,2 sec behind the winner.

- Some part of the track I felt really good and some sections I was way to cautious, I feel that my riding is getting better and my hand is stronger so now I´m really looking forward to go to Canada and ride one of my favorite tracks on the world cup.

Robin was looking to defend his win here from last year and after qualifying it was clear that he was going to be one of the guys to battle for the win having set the fastest split time and then cruised in to 7th place. In the finals however it all went wrong for him with the second fastest split time 0.2 off he then made a little misstake which resulted in a crash and a mechanical for him.
He was able to roll down finishing in a very disappointing 126th place.

-I feel like i am on form and a bit healthier then i was a few weeks ago so that makes it even more of a bummer when i let it slip away like this on raceday. Looking forward to racing in Mt. St Anne again and give it another go there.

Full results:,p285,212/Ergebnis-Finale-Spicak

The whole crew is flying out to the U.S rounds of the world cup already on the 26th so stay tuned for updates from the road.

tisdag 15 juli 2014

söndag 6 juli 2014

Åre Swedish Enduro cup

We had a couple of weekends without any downhill races so we headed up to Åre to get some training in. Åre bike festival took place this week where Robin and Niklas also hosted a riding-clinic on thursday and did all the mini-races during the week. The big final and end of the festival was the Swedish Enduro Cup race. The track consisted of 4 stages making for over 34 minutes of racing.

The race day started early with first start 08:00 from the top of Åreskutan. The first stage covered pretty much the whole mountain and the top to bottom run took just over 13 minutes. Robin and Niklas rode well and took a 1-2 finish.

The rest of the stages was shorter with winning times of around, 9, 4 and 8 minutes respectively. The guys kept on riding strong and finished first and second on every stage. In the end Niklas got 2nd place and Robin took the overall win.

"This is pretty much the only proper enduro race we have in Sweden, the stages are long and hard. I had a lot of fun and I'm really happy to take second place."-Niklas

"I was pretty motivated to try hard today as this is by far the best race in Sweden and the stages where super-fun but pretty gnarly on the little bike. I had a good feeling all day and i am pretty keen on trying a few bigger races now.

We are spending this coming week in Åre preparing for the second half of the season. Next race will be the European cup in Špičák in two weeks but watch out for some photo and video action.

måndag 30 juni 2014

Val di Sole European cup #3, Final

We woke up this morning and realized it had started raining during the night. The rain never really stopped and the track took quite a beating. All the guys did 3 practice runs, although you can argue if the last one counts at all. The track became very difficult as practice went on and red flags were waving all over the place with people on the ground left and right.

Marcus started a couple of hours after the practice session had ended, with all the rain and a couple hundred riders before him all he could be sure of was that the track wouldn't look the same. He managed to overcome that fact and put in a solid run with a small crash in the last turn. He ended up in 29th place and fastest junior, a result he was satisfied with.

"Well, after helping our friend Hampus to get in an ambulance with head trauma the last practice run I was not so exited to go racing, but I'm happy I did, was a pretty messy and slow run but I'm looking forward to get a couple of weeks of training in Åre and get up to speed again."- Niklas

"to be honest i was not very happy with the rain poring down on sunday. this track is already sketchy and dangerous from start and the rain just made it like a pinball-race. I got through the first technical section good but looked a bit far ahead to early and got sent of track. Lucky enough i landed in some soft dirt and got going again but i sort of just rode down the rest trying not to crash."- Robin commented.

Full results: Here 

Now we head back to Sweden where Åre bike festival is on the schedule. Check back in for updates, we will be taking part in the Swedish enduro cup race this coming weekend, and after that we hit up round #4 of the IXS european cup in Czech Republic two weeks later.

lördag 28 juni 2014

Val di Sole European cup #3, Qualifying

We arrived here in Val di Sole Wednesday evening and had a little camping session and slept in the bus. On Thursday we checked into the hotel and set up camp, after that we walked the track. They have made an all new top section that later connects with the old track. The new bits has made the track a bit longer and the guys thought it looked alright. Yesterday was a pretty unspectacular day of training which pretty much consisted of getting the lines dialed on the ever changing track. 

Today was qualifying, but before that more practice. We had some rain last evening which didn't really do much to the super dry track. Marcus headed out first and did a couple of laps. He had a few minor problems and didn't find much flow at all. He made an error at the start but managed to snap out of his bad flow as he got into his qualifying run. Later in the run he found himself on the ground after a small tip over. Marcus summarized his run as: "A pretty messy run, with a lack of focus from my part. At least I started enjoying myself this run and feel better for tomorrow.".

Niklas also struggled to get up to pace in practice and a recovering wrist injury doesn't exactly help on a track like this. The objective for him is to use these races and the coming time off to get ready for the second half of the season.

Robin who's body is starting to feel a bit better had a pretty unspectacular day. The practice session went well and he was calm and collected before his qualifying run. The qualifying run continued in the same fashion and a pretty standard run resulted in 5th place, 1.6s back. Robin feels it's a good place to be in and looks to turn up the heat for tomorrows final.

You can follow the race tomorrow from IXS Live timing, Marcus starts at 14:39, Niklas at 14:49 and Robin at 15:29. Check back after the race for an update.