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MTB News & Racing Round-up, June 16, 2010

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June 16, 2010, 1:00 BST
  • SRAM debuts trick PinDome cassette for X.0 family

    Like on XX's X-Dome cassette, the upcoming XG-1080 PinDome cassette uses an aluminum innermost cog to transfer load to the freehub body.
    Article published:
    June 15, 2010, 2:19 BST
    James Huang

    XG-1080 quieter and cheaper

    SRAM's new X.0 'family' will include a previously unannounced surprise: the clever XG-1080 'PinDome' cassette that mimics XX's incredibly light and trick X-Dome machined construction but at a far lower price point.

    Like XX, the XG-1080 cassette uses a skeletonized dome-like construction but instead of being milled from a single chunk of chromoly steel (a precise but very expensive process), each cog is individually stamped in conventional fashion then pressed together with its adjacent neighbors with a varying number of short high-strength steel pins.

    As a result, XG-1080 is still impressively light with a target weight of just 235g – just 11g more than Shimano XTR, which currently has one fewer cog and uses lighter but faster-wearing titanium. More critically, though, each cog is fully supported around its full circumference, reducing cog flex to virtually nil for faster and more reliable shifting and virtually eliminating the possibility of bent gears.

    Like XX, torque is transferred to the freehub body via an aluminum innermost cog and the smallest cog will remain a separate bit. Planned gear ratios include 11-32T and 11-36T options.

    Consumers won't be able to buy an XG-1080 cassette until around August but once they're available, pricing will be quite reasonable all things considered: just US$200 as compared to the only marginally lighter XX, which goes for nearly US$350. In addition, XG-1080's stamped cogs are expected to run more quietly, too.

  • IMBA conference coming to the United Kingdom

    Lush green singletrack in Scotland
    Article published:
    June 15, 2010, 16:00 BST
    Cycling News

    7stanes region to host September event

    The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) will host a United Kingdom conference from Thursday, September 9 to Saturday, September 11 in the heart of 7stanes country in southern Scotland.

    The theme of the conferenc eis "From the roots to the shoots" and it will look at emerging trends within the sphere of UK-based off-road cycling.

    The programme will be chaired in the morning by Mike Van Abel the Chief Executive Officer of IMBA US, and will feature input from Scottish Enterprise, who together with the 7stanes team will be looking at biking in the South of Scotland and its importance to the Regional Economy.

    Malcolm Bell, the head of Tourism in the South West of England, will bring attendees up to date with the massive £4 million 1SW project.

    Other topics on the agenda will be organizing and motivating volunteers and how they contribute to the success of sustainable mountain bike based projects and trails.

    Finally, Dr. Charlie Foster, a senior research fellow at Oxford University, will discuss his work on the importance of cycling in encouraging fitness and countering the rise in childhood obesity.

    IMBA UK is hosting the conference at the Macdonald Cardona Hotel.

    Contact Marian Silvester, IMBA UK Coordinator, at for more details or to register.

  • Spitz proves comeback successful

    Sabine Spitz en route to victory in a muddy women's race.
    Article published:
    June 15, 2010, 16:05 BST
    Cycling News

    Olympic Champion wins in Albstadt at Bundesliga round

    Sabine Spitz (Central Pro) won her third race back after returning to racing following surgery and eight months out of competition. The German and her teammate Lisi Osl went one-two at the International Mountain Bike Bundesliga round in Albstadt, Germany, on Sunday.  The win came at the HC-categorized Gonso Albstadt MTB Classic.

    Spitz, the 2008 Olympic cross country Champion, overcame heavy rain and extremely muddy and difficult conditions to take the win ahead of Osl and Annika Langvad.

    "It's sensational that I could win here in Albstadt again if you knew the history of my season thus far," said Spitz.

    "I had a few problems initially, but then I found my rhythm. This victory gives me new confidence for the remainder of the season," she said.

    Spitz admitted she was helped by a bit of bad luck for her teammate, Osl, who was sharing the lead with her, but then flatted.

    The German returned to elite, international racing at the Offenburg World Cup in Germany in May.

    See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Gonso Albstadt MTB Classic.

  • Beti Bike Bash rescheduled for August

    Womens start led out by Georgia Gould and Kelli Emmett.
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    June 15, 2010, 16:07 BST
    Cycling News

    Inclement weather, poor trail conditions postpone women's only race

    The inaugural Beti Bike Bash is postponed until Sunday, August 1 after inclement weather and impassable trail conditions on its originally scheduled date of Saturday, June 12. The call was made at 6:00 am on Saturday morning by the park supervisor of Bear Creek Lake Park and team Yeti Beti.

    "Bear Creek Lake Park's trails tend to turn to clay when they get saturated. We made this call so the race would not damage the trails," said Sarah Rawley of Bigfoot Productions public relations. "We also want this experience to be fun and encouraging for all racers and those conditions surely would not have been."

    Online registration will reopen by Friday, June 18 through and and remain open until Friday, July 30 at 6:00 am. Pre-registration and packet pick-up will remain at Golden Bike Shop and on-site at Bear Creek Lake Park on Sunday, August 1.

    "We are excited that we have nearly 180 women signed up for the event. We hope that we will be able to get more women to join us on the new race day to break the 200 mark," Rawley said. "The turn-out so far has been more than impressive. We are sure this event will make its mark, especially as the bigger, better, Beti Bike Bash in August."

    For more information, visit

  • Schalk predicts tight race at Lumberjack 100

    Top contenders in the men's race battle it out at the 2009 Lumberjack 100.
    Article published:
    June 15, 2010, 19:52 BST
    Garth Prosser

    Sornson, Musto, Shogren to battle in women's round of NUE series

    The third installment of the 2010 National Ultra Endurance (NUE) 100-miler mountain bike series will happen at the "New and Improved" Founders Brewing Lumberjack 100, in Wellston, Michigan. This year's race will feature all of the trails from the first five years, plus three to four miles of the surrounding forest roads and some new singletrack switching from the original four-lap format to three. The Lumberjack has proved to be one of the most popular stops in the series selling out every year since the first. In 2010, it sold its 300 spots in less than 12 hours.

    So far, the NUE series has been a mud fest. Many riders are finding it necessary to replace entire drive trains after each race. The Lumberjack has seen this type of racing in the past; many will recall the 2008 race in which racers forded what seemed like a mile of knee-deep waters on the trail each lap.

    The race also endured the sweltering of 2006, when temperatures reached the high 90s and forced a record number of drops. Only time will tell, but a quick perusal of says it should be nothing outrageous, and local racer and elite women's contender Danielle Musto said, "I'm not racing for second."

    On recon missions, Musto has found the trails to be riding "wicked fast", and no matter what happens weatherwise, the one thing racers CAN count on is the monstrous mosquitos and biting black flies. Locals advise racers to fast or lose massive amounts of blood to these guys!

    Last year's singlespeed winner Gerry Pflug (Salsa/SPK/Pro Bikes) has different goals than most singlespeeders. He wants to score another top five overall as he did in 2009. "Out of all the NUE Series Races, I think the Lumberjack is the most singlespeed friendly. The combination of the race being almost all singletrack in the woods and the lack of any serious climbs makes it a fast singlespeed course."

    "It will be interesting to see if the new course design of doing three laps...