May / June Round Up
We've been so excited by sight of the sun we missed a May round-up, so here's a bumper round-up of everything hot that has landed in Summerbridge this May and June...
Fox have dropped their 2019 suspension range and it's already topping podiums around the world. All new for 2019 is the Stepcast 34 fork - incredibly lightweight without sacrificing stiffness - available in 120mm travel. The 36 and 40 ranges, firm favourite of big hitters and huckers, get a brand new GRIP2 damper with 4-way adjustability (LSC, HSC, HSR, LSR) all new Variable Valve Control Hign Speed Rebound Circuit and a heap of tweaks to reduce friction overall - adding up to a buttery smooth performance that floats over the trail. There's finally a production run of 29" 40's too, the 49 - as seen propping up the Santa Cruz Syndicate on the worlds rowdiest downhill World Cup tracks
Hot on the heels of the new Fox line-up is the 2019 Rockshox Lyrik, with up to 180mm of super plush travel. The new for 2019 DebonAir Spring reduces friction across every moving part for incredible small bump sensitivity and has 42% more negative air volume for support throughout the stroke, without an aggressive ramp-up towards the bottom of the travel. Early reviews have been exceptional for the Lyrik, it's looking like it could be the fork to beat this year. Oh, and the new 'Boxxer Red' colour looks amazing!
Focus JAM² Carbon Pro Plus E-BIKE
A longtime favourite of Stif Staffers, the Jam² was the bike that converted the E-Bike nay-sayers into full-blown E-Bike lovers. Agile, Playful and with confidence-inspiring stability and traction the Jam² has always been lethal on the descents and thanks to the way the Shimano E8000 motor gently matches your power, the uphills became a whole new type of fun. The Jam² C delivers more of the same, in a lighter package. Progressive geometry and a well-thought-out spec mean that you'll forget you're on an E-Bike until you realise you've done twice the laps in half the time.
Santa Cruz Reserve x Chris King Wheelsets
Our favourite rims just got married to our favourite hubs. You could have heard a pin drop when these landed in our warehouse and everyone gathered around to catch their first glimpse. If you've ridden with Chris King hubs before, you'll know its a special feeling accompanied by a special noise as 72 points of simultaneous engagement buzz like a swarm of bees chasing you down the trail.
Fox Vue Goggles
The eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted some of Fox's top-level pro athletes like Laurie Greenland and Anthony Messere sporting these new goggles from Fox. In conjunction with legend Ken Roczen, these moto-inspired goggles have been designed from the ground up for the ultimate in performance and comfort. As well as the incredible field of vision thanks to the pre-curved lens that sits close to the temples, the vue goggle makes changing lenses easier than with any other goggle we've come across. An innovative quick release system means that you can simply twist the strap away from the body of the goggle and pop the lens straight off the frame.
In 1997 the Marzocchi Bomber Z1 burst onto the scene, an instant icon, taking down everything that had come before it. Oil, coils and huge stanchions - the Z1 was the fork of our teenage dreams and it's finally back!
The 2019 Bomber Z1 doesn't disappoint, with 36mm stanchions and the GRIP damping system first seen on the 2018 Fox range that was such a hit with everyone from pros to weekend warriors that they optimised it for their 2019 Factory Series. If that wasn't enough, the Marzocchi comes in a sick gloss red finish that'll make it stand out on the trails.
The go-to flat pedal for many-a Stif Staffer, the vaults have been updated with new colours for 2018. There was certainly nothing wrong with the original Vault, and we're grateful to see the large, slim and concave platform and adjustable pins that we've been so fond of for years remains unchanged, but is now available in a whole new range of killer colourways!
See you on the trails!
Title Image: Our lad Jack launching his Hightower LT into the fresh loam at Stainburn Trail Center, snapped by @owenbrewster