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First Look: RockShox debuts an all-new SID


The SID fork has been around for a long time now, and has always been RockShox’s premiere cross-country fork. It even dabbled in the early trail bike fork arena with a double-crown model that had a whopping (for the time) four inches of travel and more recently with 120 mm models for lightweight trail bikes.

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Now that short-travel trail bikes are using Pikes or Revelations, this leaves SID room to focus on its original intent: Superlight Integrated Design. That means a full redesign and some trickle-down trail bike tech.

All four SIDs now max-out at 100 mm of travel, letting RockShox optimize for stiffness and weight, including shorter air shafts and upper tubes. The magnesium lowers have a full redesign, including Torque Cap compatibility, which promises increased torsional stiffness when used with a Torque Cap hub, but you can still run any 15 mm hub.

The Solo air spring is more linear, but can be tuned with Bottomless Token spacers for heavier and/or harder charging riders. A Jounce bottom-out bumper (from the RS-1) helps to prevent harsh bottoming, and updated seals lower friction and improve cold weather performance.

Probably the biggest news is the addition of the excellent Charger damper in the World Cup and RLC models. The Charger damper, which is used in the Pike, Lyric and Boxxer is well-loved for its performance and easy set-up.  In the SID, the Charger has only Open and Lock positions, with a compression adjuster for the Open position.

The SID XX and RL keep the older (but still quite serviceable) Motion Control damper, but rest of the upgrades remain the same. All forks come in either 27.5 or 29 inch options, 80 or 100 mm of travel, 42, 46 or 51 mm offset and 110×15 Boost or 100×15 spacing.

All forks will be available June 2016.

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SID World Cup
Carbon steerer and crown, Charger damper
1366g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$1,150-1,225

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SID RLC
Aluminum steerer and crown, Charger damper
1530g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$845-915

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SID XX
Aluminum steerer and crown, Motion Control, XLoc remote
1572g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$825-905

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SID RL
Aluminum steerer and crown, Motion Control, XLoc remote
1523g
27.5 or 29
80 mm, 100 mm
$825-905

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Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 5


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A healthy Rat is a fast Rat! After getting up close and personal with a tree in Ft. William, and dislocating his finger in Lenzerheide, Josh was on the hunt for his first World Cup win since WIndham, last year. Despite dry weather earlier in the week, the rain got turned on just before qualifiers, and hung around for race time, making the rough and rocky track all the more challenging.

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The racing was incredibly tight, with Josh beating Loic Bruni by just two-tenths of a second, and Troy Brosnan by a quarter-second — super close, and even closer for a track as long as Mont-Sainte-Anne. Greg Minnaar finished just behind Brosnan for fourth place, which nets him some valuable World Cup points. Greg’s sitting in third overall, just 70 points behind Aaron Gwin, heading in to next week’s race in Windham, followed by Val Di Sole to close out the season.

Watch this week’s episode to see Josh singing on the podium, maple syrup tasting, and Greg’s dreamy steaks. And don’t miss Josh’s helmet cam video of the Mont St Anne track either.

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Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 4


The World Cup’s first trip to Lenzerheide, Switzerland, was a smashing success. Making it look easy on the Steve Peat-designed track, Greg Minnaar stepped to the top of the box once again, taking his record-setting 18th World Cup win! Greg’s won two of the four World Cups so far this season, and sits in third overall, just 12 points behind Loic Bruni. Josh Bryceland continued his string of injuries with a dislocated ring finger sustained during practice, and got the finger re-located just hours before qualifiers. He put down a strong run in the finals and finished 12th, which moved him up to 7th overall. Watch the fourth episode of The Syndicate to see how the weekend unfolded behind the scenes, including Josh’s dining-table finger relocation!

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Video: Summertime shredding with Pivot Cycles


Emilie and Bernard have been a man down with Eliot doing some important rehab after his big spring crash, but he’s coming back this weekend and they are stoked to be all together again at the Swiss world cup of Lenzerheide. In the meantime, the crew has been carving berms in the awesome Austrian mountains, things don’t go as planned at the crazy urban downhill race in Bratislava and Emilie is getting her style dialed.

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Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 3


Riding high after Greg Minnaar’s victory at the Ft. William World Cup, the Santa Cruz Syndicate heads to the second of back-to-back races in Leogang, Austria.

 

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What’s it like to go warp speed? Check out Josh Bryceland’s helmet cam from his race run.

 

Keep watching

Catch up on all the episodes of ‘The Syndicate’ here.

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Video: ‘The Syndicate’ – Episode 2


While Aaron Gwin is getting all the headlines this week about his jaw-dropping chainless win, the weekend prior there was some big news as well, as Greg Minnaar matched his Santa Cruz Syndicate teammate Steve Peat for the most all-time World Cup wins with number 17 coming at Fort William, Scotland. In the meantime, Peaty and Josh Bryceland are on the mend after some recent injuries.

Catch up with the team in Episode 2 of The Syndicate.

 

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UCI releases 2015 World Cup racing calendar


The UCI released the 2015 schedule today and it includes six cross-country events, seven downhill events and zero cross-country eliminator events.

The season will kick off on April 11-12 with round one of downhill in the new venue of Lourdes (France). Although new to the World Cup calendar, Lourdes has already hosted the French Cup, and will present riders with a 2.5km long course that descends 600 meters in altitude.

The other first-time destination next year is Lenzerheide, Switzerland, which will organise a double event (downhill and XC) on July 4-5. This will be the first of three consecutive rounds (2015-2017) in the Swiss resort as it prepares to host the World Championships in 2018.

See the full schedule here.

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