Words from Real Rider – Sasha Perry

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If you are a newcomer to Cyclocross, you probably have a million and one questions on how to train, what kind of bike to buy, what to expect and is it really as easy as it looks?

As the Official Social Media Partner of the SoCal Cyclocross Prestige series, we want to create a community of riders who can learn and engage with each other about all things Cyclocross.

We went out to the Kick-Off Rally Cross event at LA Historic State park this weekend and we met Sasha Perry. Sasha became a regular at Cyclocross events after going to one race to film a web-series on Vegan athletes. Here is the story.

 

TL – What was is about Cyclocross that drew you to it?

SP – The first time I saw Cyclocross was at a UCI race in Griffith Park in LA. I was there to film for a web-series on vegan athletes, I didn’t know much about the sport at the time. I showed up with a camera and couldn’t get over how fun and ridiculous and hard it all looked. The next season I rented a bike from the SoCalCross organizer and did my first race. It was less fun and far more excruciating than it looked and I fell in love immediately. At one point I found myself riding through a sand pit  next to a child’s swing set while an 8 year old pointed and laughed at me. What’s not to love? I wasn’t a bike racer or even an athlete when I did that first race, and now it takes up more of my life than I care to admit or think about. There’s something about destroying myself at a race and the feeling it brings when you cross the finish line that I haven’t found in any other bike event and I’ve become addicted to it.

 

TL – What’s is your training routine?

SP – I’m on my bike anywhere between 15-25 hours a week depending on my race and work schedule. I’ve also recently started weight lifting and throw in some easy runs now and then to keep my legs happy. The riding varies from short rides with hard interval efforts to long tempo rides on the weekend when I can spend 4 or 5 hours on the saddle. I am incredibly fortunate to have an amazing coach and supporter Jeff Lawler  (Pioneer Coaching) who has put a lot of time into helping me get speed and skills; two things I never thought I could have.

 

TL – What is the best piece of training advice you have been given?

SP – I have a very hard time seeing progress, and it sometimes lends itself to thoughts of quitting.  I was told by my friend recently that being hard on yourself is good–it’s how you improve–but not too hard. The sweetest victories have nothing to do with overall results. Getting to the top of a hill a little faster than last time, finishing with a pack instead of getting dropped, doing something you thought physically impossible. All these things keep you coming back. I was crashed in my first Pro 1/2/3 race this year, got back up and finished the race in 13th. I was absolutely destroyed, and it absolutely felt like winning. There are no small victories.

 

TL – What is one piece of advice you would you give someone who is interested in CX?

SP – I think I’d give the same advice to anyone regardless of gender that wants to get into CX, and it’s nothing profound. Just remember that everyone was a beginner at some point. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy bikes that cost more than your car, don’t be afraid of wearing spandex in public, (no one looks good in it and we all just accept that). Just go out and try it. Pushing your body and mind to do something uncomfortable will change your life if you let it, and in the meantime your friends get to throw things at you and hand you dollar bills.

 

Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Marla Streb – On her Induction, Her Legacy and the Craziest Thing She’s Done on a Bike.

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                              Photo courtesy of  John Ker of Mountain Bike Action

 

What more could a classical pianist, acclaimed author, biologist and national mountain bike champion want? To be inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. In case you haven’t figured it out, we are talking about the legend herself, Marla Streb.

The nine-time NORBA national downhill winner, mother of two took a few minutes to chat with The Link about her induction, the lessons she’s learned as a rider and some of the wildest moments she’s lived through on her bike.

 

TL- How did you find out you were being inducted in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame?

MS - I was in Costa Rica and received an email from Sal Ruibal. It was exciting because I had been nominated before and didn’t get it.

 

TL- If you could relive one moment in your career which would it be?

MS – It would be my first downhill race at Big Bear. I was under-prepared, and didn’t know what I was doing. I just showed up in a pair of long johns and went for it.

 

TL - Which moment would you strike from your career?  

MS - The moment I decided to hit a double jump in the slalom race at Mammoth Mountain in 1996, while riding my long-stemmed, Marin cross country bike with seat fully elevated.

 

TL – What is the craziest thing you have done on a bike?

MS – I rode my Cyclocross bike down the ski run on a Saturday afternoon, in the dead of Winter. I had no disk brakes and obviously Cyclocross tires aren’t made for that. I’m sure it looked pretty wild because I got arrested at the bottom of the mountain once I finished. No one had ever done that before and they didn’t know what to do.

 

TL - What makes you the strongest? Gives you the drive to suffer through pain?

MS – My drive is fueled by the need I feel to be the best in the world, at one thing (even if for a day). Suffering is easy; I endured 12 years of Catholic school.

 

TL – What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?  

MS - I love how ants organize their communities.

 

TL – What is your legacy?

MS - Being transparent and approachable. One should not fear getting naked for the whole world to see.

 

TL – What piece of advice do you have for young riders who want to become professional cyclists one day?

MS – The key is to set yourself a part. You have to create your own brand. You should ask yourself why a company would want to sponsor you or do business with you. Just about anyone can train and win races, your presence should be about more than just being a person that can win. There will always be new winners. But there can never be another you.

 

TL – What is the one thing you want to accomplish before you retire?

MS - Two things, I want to get Downhill Mountain Biking in the Olympics, and I want to compete. I’ll be the 60-year-old lady trying to qualify if it happens in my lifetime.

NEWS – Price Point to Partner with SoCal Cyclocross Prestige Series Through First Ever Social Media Sponsorship

For Immediate Release

Rancho Dominquez, CA - Price Point Inc. is pleased to announce its support of the Southern California Cyclocross Prestige Series, SoCal Cross, as the Official Social Media Partner of the SoCalCross Prestige Series and the Official Online Bike Shop Sponsor of the CXLA UCI event weekend.

As the social media sponsor of Southern California Cyclocross Prestige Series, Price Point will host a social media lounge at select races during the 14 weekend series. Participants and event spectators will have the ability to participate in contests, videos and interviews in the lounge, while content and updates are posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during the event.

This sponsorship is part of Price Point’s ongoing commitment to provide support to athletes, teams and events, and to create a social community where cycling enthusiasts can engage with each other both online and in person.

About Southern California Cyclocross

Southern California Cyclocross (known as SoCalCross) was formed in 2006 by a group of cycling clubs eager to grow the sport and motivated to become the premier cyclocross race series in Southern California and nationwide! Since then the Series has grown 500 percent, boasts over 100 races to date from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The Prestige Series lasts 14 weekends will host four UCI Internationally sanctioned elite men and women’s and Junior Men’s races bringing the best cyclocross racers from across the world to Southern California.

About Price Point Inc.

Southern California based Price Point Inc. is a global ecommerce company that specializes in bikes, parts, clothing and accessories for cycling enthusiasts. Price Point serves millions of guests annually at pricepoint.com and has provided cycling enthusiasts with the finest components and gear, from the best brands, at the lowest possible prices since 1995. Additional information about Price Point can be found by visiting www.pricepoint.com/pages/about-us/, on Facebook at facebook.com/pricepoint and on Twitter at twitter.com/price_point.

10 Minutes with Pro CX Racers Ben Berden and Nicole Duke – Part 1 Ben Berden

                                      Photo Courtesy of  Phil Beckman of PB Creative

 

What do you get when you combine a bunch of out of season mountain bikers and roadies with colder weather, mud and cowbells? You get the 14-week  SoCal Prestige Cyclocross Series …. and of course, there will be beer.

As the Official Social Media Partner of the series we are going to keep you dialed in to exclusive content from the series right here on our blog, on Facebook, Instagram and on our website, www.pricepoint.com.

With the start of the series just days away, we caught up with pro-cyclocrossers Ben Berden and Nicole Duke for a quick chat about why they ride, what they are looking forward to this season and to find out what advice they would give to anyone looking to try Cyclocross. We asked them both 10 questions. Here is part 1 of the interview.

TL-What is it about Cyclocross that drew you to it?

BB-I have been doing since I was 15, so for 22 years now I have been involved with it. In Belgium everyone does it; you grow up with it, you see it on television. So that is why I started doing it.

 

TL-What is the best thing about being Ben Berden?

BB-I’m very persistent, and I love riding my bike. I think the combination of the two is what made it easy for me to become a professional cyclist.

 

TL-What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned as an athlete?

BB-Not to dope.  Cyclocross in Belgium is such a big thing. There is so much pressure and so many things that are involved. There it is about more than cycling, it’s a business and for the best people it is a career. I wasn’t happy with always being second or third. I wanted to win and I wanted to be faster. I met the wrong people at the wrong time and they convinced me to dope. I gave in and I ended up getting busted and suspended for three years. But now I know and trust my abilities. If I am the top athlete then that is good, but if not, that is fine too. Now it is more about pleasure and just getting a good result.

 

TL-What is the best piece of advice you’d give to someone training for Cyclocross?

BB-You have to really enjoy riding your bike. If you think training is a task then you have the wrong mindset and you will not make it.

 

TL-What is something that you never thought you’d be able to do that you have now accomplished?

BB-When I was younger everyone said it would be impossible making money by riding a bike.  But it’s 20 years later and I’m still doing it so I’m blessed.

 

TL-When you aren’t riding what do you do?

BB-I travel with my girlfriend, or go out with the kids. Usually you are so tired from training it’s hard to do much else.  

 

TL-What is your most memorable moment in your career?

BB-Winning my first World cup.

 

TL-What is your favorite Place to ride?

BB-The forest. I love riding in green environments.

 

TL-If someone were to play you in a movie who would it be?

BB-George Clooney.

 

TL-What do you have to accomplish before you retire?

BB-To give all of the knowledge I have about cycling to younger riders. Young riders don’t know how to live a cyclists’ lifestyle.  It’s about how to train and how to eat too, its not just about how hard you train.

 

How It’s Made – INTENSE BIKES

Hidden down a small road just off of the Winchester exit on the 15 Freeway, the Intense Factory is neatly tucked in a small business park in Temecula California. In fact, if you didn’t have an address or know where you were going, it is likely that you would miss the company with over 23k friends on Facebook, a nationwide tour and with a CEO that designs guitars in his spare time.

But despite it’s modest appearance from the outside, this factory houses several large mills for component production, a photo shoot lab and about 30 employees who are all die hard mountain bikers, and who are passionate about their role in masterfully creating  some of the most innovative and highest quality bikes available on the market. With Jeff Steber leading this small, tight-knit and focused team of mountain bike enthusiasts, it’s no wonder Intense is able to unveil the  951 Evo, Carbine 29,  Spider 29,  Carbine 275  and the Tracer 275, just within the first 7 months of the year.  And with Interbike just around the corner , the world is waiting to see if they unveil another bike this year and how it will compare to the line-up of bikes that have already be shown at Eurobike last week.

Well, since so many of us just couldn’t wait until the end of September to find out, we decided to take a trip out to their factory to find out what they are currently working on and how they make their bikes, just so damn Intense.

1. Every bike that comes from the Intense Factory starts here at aluminum station.

2. The aluminum tubes go to the Bandsaw where they are cut into billets or shorter bars and tubes.

 

Their  Haas CNC machines to produce different parts for each of their different frames. Everything from pivot bolts and dropouts to thru-axles and suspension links.

3. After the billets are cut down to the desired component, they are inspected before heading to the parts store.

4. Once an order is assigned to a bin, someone will pull all of the necessary parts from the store and place them, in a holding area where each bin is matched up to a frame that is set on an assembly jig and prepped for the welders.

5. Next comes the heat treatment. Frames are heated for about an hour to allow the frames to soften so that they can be malleated and set to fit the correct geometry for each respective frame specifications. After this process, they are sent back into the machine for cooling before they are sent down the street for anodizing  and powder coating.

6. Upon there return, each frame is thoroughly inspected for quality before they head to the assembly department.

This is the last station each bike goes through; here they are built up and boxed for shipment before they make their debut online at www.pricepoint.com.

Watch the video footage.

 

 

The Tour Divide I Price Point Rider Markley Anderson Finishes 11th

Markley Anderson

The Link recently caught up with Price Point rider Markley Anderson after his 11th place finish at the Tour Divide. The grueling 2,745 mile, fixed-course, off-pavement cycling race, stretched from Banff, Alberta, Canada, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Anderson, who was projected to finish the race in about 20 days, beat expectations, finishing the race in 18 days with an overall average of 155 miles per day on his Price Point sponsored Sette Razzo bike. He held on to a top ten position for the first several days despite a pulled quad.

“I was so exhausted. I kept three of the racers off for awhile, but I just couldn’t climb with the left leg alone,” said Anderson. ”I went through a lot while I was out there. I just rode and rode until I couldn’t ride anymore.”

Markley Anderson

During the 18 day ride he faced a number of difficulties and hardships. He was unsupported during the race and did what he could to manage the weather and exhaustion. “I ate everything I could find.  I slept in ditches and open fields. It’s a commitment to be out there. You just go until you can’t,” said Anderson.

Markley Anderson

“I got caught in a lightning storm and had to hide out and sleep in an outhouse in New Mexico. When you are at six to seven thousand feet of elevation there is no cover. You just go where you have to go and do what you have to do.”

Anderson is currently taking a break from extreme ultra racing, but he is scheduled to ride in the “Fight for Freedom” race on July 27, 2013 in Williamsburg, VA and in a 24-hour race at Great Glen, New Hampshire in the beginning of August.

GOPRO MOUNTAIN GAMES | Mike Montgomery Places 2nd

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Price Point rider Mike Montgomery walked away from the slopestyle portion of the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO, in 2nd place on Sunday, June 9.

“Colorado was good to me,” Montgomery told The Link after returning from a 10-day stint in the state. “In those 10 days I grabbed a win at the Outlaws of Dirt event in Lyons, Colorado, and a 2nd at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado!”

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Montgomery went huge on the above transfer, throwing in a tailwhip on his final run—click here to see the Vital MTB video and skip to 3:42 to see Montgomery’s tailwhip transfer motion. The move was enough to tie him for 1st with Brayden Barret-Hay in points standing, but FMB World Tour rules don’t allow for a tie-breaker and Barret-Hay won by judges’ decision.

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

Photo courtesy Dave Trumpore / Pinkbike

“Thanks everyone for keeping me in the right mind,” Montgomery told his sponsors. “This year is going to be a good year especially coming back from my thumb injury.”

It already has been a good year for Montgomery, riding strong with several wins under his belt despite recovering from a shattered thumb that required multiple surgeries and led to an infection in 2012.

by Don Stefanovich

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OUTLAWS OF DIRT | Mike Montgomery Wins First Stop

Mike Montgomery collects a check in Lyons, CO, at the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series. Photo by Rich Vossler

Mike Montgomery collects a check in Lyons, CO, at the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series. Photo by Rich Vossler

Price Point rider Mike Montgomery made a stop in Lyons, CO, to compete in the first stop of the PSBMX.com Outlaws of Dirt series.

“The jumps were small, but I tried to work my magic,” Montgomery told The Link. “It ended up working out very well, coming out with the win!”

Check out the video to see Montgomery’s point of view from his winning run.

Montgomery’s next stop will be competing in the slopestyle portion of the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO, June 6 through 9.

“Pumped to carry the momentum into GoPro Games this coming weekend!” said Montgomery.

by Don Stefanovich

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VIDEO | Opening Day Edit: Snow Summit Bike Park

Last weekend Snow Summit opened its first official bike park trail, Miracle Mile, thanks to a new deal with park builders Gravity Logic of Whistler fame. Price Point rider Aaron Hodgkin was there.

    “It was finally here: the morning I had been waiting for, for a very long time—nine years to be exact. After moving down to Murrieta, I could only dream about the day Snow Summit would once again allow gravity to run its natural course on the mountain. It was not until my good friend and multi-FMX gold-medalist, Ronnie Renner, casually mentioned the opening of Snow Summit’s bike park that I realized it was a reality. It felt like a record scratching in the background as the news made its way to my ears. I was in complete disbelief and had him repeat this beautiful bit of news. He probably thought I was crazy for getting so excited, but he also probably had no idea that Snow Summit was one of the biggest reasons for my turning pro.
    “What made this even more exciting is the fact that Snow Summit provided me with some of the greatest memories of my life. As the grand-opening day finally arrived, I had slept very little due to my anticipation. The alarm clock finally went off and I got the call from Kevin and Sean Heidorn that they were outside and ready to go. Way too excited to pay attention to the time, loading up the bikes took longer than expected, mainly because I could not stop telling stories about how Snow Summit used to be 10 years ago! These memories bring me back to when I ran through the streets of Big Bear and dove into a rose bush in front of a Denny’s restaurant, while all the late night eaters watched. Now that is one long story to tell—maybe next time! After story telling hour, we found some better entertainment watching my air freshener swing back and forth on the windy mountain road and giggling like little girls at the sound of my bald tires squealing around every corner.
    “We made it, finally! We unloaded the sleds and soon we were headed up the chairlift for our first run. Again, I crammed stories that were 10 years old into Sean and Kevin’s ears, pointing at every line that use to exist. I wondered how the new stuff would be. Would they bring back some of the original lines? Would I remember them? Man, I almost couldn’t wait for what seemed to be the longest chair ride ever!
    “The Gravity Logic guys did an outstanding job coming in and making an attempt at mocking up a Whistler style feel to Snow Summit mountain. Limited to two lift lines, things got a little backed up, but that was expected, being it was the opening weekend for what might be the best gravity-riding spot in SoCal, which had been closed for a decade. The new trail, named Miracle Mile, was pretty awesome! It tied in some sections from some of the older trails from back in the day, but they mainly created an entirely new trail with massive berms for some serious flow all the way down the mountain. Snow Summit offers an array of diversity meant to accommodate beginner riders all the way to experienced pros. It is a wonderful opportunity to go out in nature and do what you love to do. I recommend everyone get a piece of the experience and get out there and ride!” -Aaron Hodgkin
 
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IN THE RED | Magura Unleashes eLECT ‘Smart’ Lockout and Long-Travel 29er Forks in Sedona

Magura's Brent Winebarger puts the 2014 TS8 through its paces.

Magura’s Brent Winebarger puts the 2014 TS8 through its paces. Photo by Don Stefanovich

Magura Direct (aka Magura USA) recently debuted new forks and technology at its 9th annual Press Camp in Sedona, AZ, and The Link was along for the ride. The Magura crew set “campers” up on a fleet of Specialized test steeds comprised of 29er versions of the Camber and Stumpjumper EVO, then led us to some of Sedona’s finest singletrack—from fast and flowy, to tight and technical—to use and abuse the new gear.

eLECT Automatic Electronic Lockout

The eLECT system can be retrofitted to existing TS forks and features a Bluetooth remote and USB port for charging and data retrieval.

The eLECT system can be retrofitted to existing TS forks and features a Bluetooth remote and USB port for charging and—eventually—data retrieval. Photo by Don Stefanovich

Undoubtedly the star of the show in Sedona, the eLECT system marks Magura‘s entrance into the electronic arena when it comes to suspension. Inside the damping cartridge is a 3D accelerometer—just like the one in your smartphone—capable of sensing speed, direction, angle and inertia. The eLECT replaces the Albert Select damper, and the idea behind the accelerometer is that the fork locks out via an internal servo whenever the unit is angled beyond a certain preset pitch—i.e., climbing. The rider is capable of calibrating the pitch simply by setting the bike at the desired angle of lockout, whether it be flat ground or propping the front wheel up the nearest rock or resting woodland creature.

It works. Several campers took it for a spin and Magura claims that in testing, a racer who manually locked his fork out 25 times on average during the course of a 1-hour cross-country loop ran the eLECT, which recorded (more on that later) over 200 automatic lockouts—and each one happens in 0.2 seconds. That’s fine and dandy for strictly cross-country applications on smooth climbs and fireroads, but on the ledgy redrock of Sedona singletrack, an active fork during climbing is a good thing, no matter what kind of bike you ride. Lucky then, the system is able to be “disarmed” via a wireless Bluetooth remote mounted to the handlebar.

The Bluetooth Wireless remote keeps the system lightweight and tidy.

The Bluetooth wireless remote keeps the system lightweight and tidy. Photo by Don Stefanovich

The eLECT features an impact “blow-off” feature—essentially high-threshold damping—just in case you do encounter a larger hit, and a “free fall” feature that fully opens the system should you find yourself with any substantial air between your tires and the trail. When not in motion the system goes to sleep with five minutes of inactivity to save battery life. The first impact will awake it in five seconds—but Magura claims it can tell the difference between a trail impact, and traveling, whether on an airplane or your roof rack. It also comes in over 20 grams lighter than the existing DLO2 cartridge, and is just about right on par with the new DLO3 (more on that later).

The system operates on a standard watch battery, rechargeable via a USB port, which is apparently how Magura retrieved data during testing. While nothing is confirmed, software to do the same may later be available to consumers. Water and grit are kept at bay by a screw-on cap, which you can still see rotating as the servo locks the fork out. There is a master on/off switch under the cap as well. Run time is said to be 40 hours in automatic mode, and up to 60 hours in manual mode. If the battery dies while you are riding, the default setting for the damper is fully open. A full charge is said to be reached in a “few” hours.

eLECT would be welcome on some grueling climbs in Sedona, but the new DLO3 functioned well on varied terrain.

eLECT would be welcome on some grueling climbs in Sedona, but the new DLO3 functioned well on the varied—and often technical—terrain. Photo by Don Stefanovich

While there are obvious benefits for the most competitive and obsessive of cross-country racers in this initial offering, we see greater potential for the technology. A similar system linked to travel adjust rather than lockout on a longer-travel all-mountain/enduro fork intrigues us, and with any luck, will intrigue Magura in the near future.

 

2014 TS Forks and DLO3

The 2014 TS8 29 comes ashore in 140-millimeter mode, but is internally adjustable to 150 millimeters.

The 2014 TS8 29 comes ashore in 140-millimeter mode, but is internally adjustable to 150 millimeters. Photo by Don Stefanovich

We spent the majority of our time in Sedona aboard the 29-inch incarnation of the new DLO3-equipped TS8 fork. Both the TS8 and TS6 will come ashore with 140 millimeters of travel—which is rather substantial in the wagon-wheel world—but will be internally adjustable to 150 millimeters; impressive, considering just last year 29-inch travel topped out at 120 millimeters in the Magura line.

All TS (Team Suspension) forks will feature Magura‘s proprietary M15 through-axle system, dropout bumper protectors (handy for standing the bike without a front wheel in place) and come set for 180-millimeter rotors, and will readily accept up to 203-millimeter stoppers—but there is no going back to 160 on the new TS.

The 29-inch TS8 comes in at only 1,775 grams, and 27.5 (650b) and 26-inch versions are expected in the fall. MSRP is expected to be about $850.

For a trail fork, the TS8 makes fine landing gear.

For a trail fork, the TS8 makes fine landing gear. Photo by Don Stefanovich

Although admittedly initially skeptical at 140-millimeter travel 29ers being the right tool for the job, we never once wished for more travel, not matter how fast, steep or technical the trail turned. The TS8 felt plenty plush and bottomless over ledges, roots, undulating slickrock and small drops. Magura‘s new DLO3—the latest incarnation of its Dynamic Lock Out— features a fully open, firm and close (lockout with blow-off) setting similar to the FOX CTD system. We opted to leave the the DLO3 fully open for most of the trails in Sedona, where even the climbs feature plenty of uphill obstacles. With air pressure at the recommended setting, unwanted brake dive was never noticeable when fully open, but the fork offered plenty of small-bump sensitivity and did a fine job of smoothing things out even when hack line choices took us through rather than around the chunk. With Magura‘s dual-arch design (DAD), even the 32-millimeter stanchions never seemed to flinch.

Still dual-arch design, DLO3 controls, M15 through-axle and dropout bumpers make the TS8 a well-though out trail fork.

Stiff dual-arch design, DLO3 controls, M15 through-axle and dropout bumpers make the TS8 a well-thought out trail fork. Photo by Don Stefanovich

The DLO3 comes as part of an upgrade Magura is calling the “Performance Package,” which will be standard fare on 2014 TS forks. Food-grade silicone grease—already employed in the lowers on previous forks—now replaces oil in the upper air chambers. Teflon-infused aluminum bushings replace plastic as well. Adding or removing internal spacers allows for an adjustable spring rate, and is done easily thanks to a removable top cap. Other finishing touches include a removable T-25 Torx that does double duty as a leverage pin for removing the M15 axle and adjusting brakes and other components requiring the increasingly popular fitment. The rebound knob also sees a redesign making it more ergonomic.

 

The TS8 made short work of the trail, from the rough to the buff.

The TS8 made short work of the trail, from the rough to the buff. Photo by Don Stefanovich

Even with an admitted bias against 29-inch wheels and slim stanchions, the TS8 was a downright impressive trail fork, even on the often steep and technical Sedona trails—territory we would normally peg as decidedly all-mountain, and opt for a 34 if not 36-stanchioned fork if given a choice. The details and simplicity show that someone thought this fork through, and we wouldn’t hesitate to run it on any trail bike. Although, we must admit, the impressive combination of light weight, stiffness and long-travel performance in a 29er fork makes us wonder what Magura could bring to the table should it decide to return to the 160-millimeter all-mountain/enduro market.

by Don Stefanovich

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