Archive for October, 2011

Bike Checks: New Build on a Cove Stiffee FR!

We will be featuring bikes that are build at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete set up!

Bike Checks on a Cove Stiffee FR!
Incredible Cove Stiffee FR frame with lots of goodies on the bike!

We do provide Race Shield protections on your bikes with additional cost on the labour charges too!

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Complete look of the finish build!

Up close on the complete build!

Front fork with Marzocchi Drop Off Comp.

The Cove Stiffee FR head tube with the skull badge and equipped with Race Face sealed headset.

Cockpit with Shimano Saint shifter, Shimano Saint brakes and on Azonic riser bar and stem. Neat!

Clean Shimano Saint shifter lying behind the brake lever.

Front drive train with Shimano Saint crankset, Prodigy Chain guide and not forgetting the Azonic pedals!

Rear drive train transmission with Shimano XT shadow rear derailleur, Shimano XT cassette and Wippermann Connex 9 speed chain.

Wheelset on DMR bikes hubs, DMR DeeVee rims.

Cove Stiffee FR with Easton tubing, super light and strong.

Cove Stiffee FR skull head bage!

Components List
Frame: Cove Stiffee FR
Fork: 2005 Marzocchi Drop Off Comp 100mm, 9mm standard QR
Headset: Race face sealed headset
Wheels: DMR bikes hubs 9mm Front and 135mm x QR Rear hubs with DMR DeeVee rims and DT swiss competition spokes
Tires: Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35 Front and Rear
Saddle: Steel rail seat
Bar: Azonic Riser Handlebar
Grip: JetBlack lock on grips
Crank: Shimano SLX Single ring crankset in 175mm
Brake: Shimano Saint Disc Brakes
Rotor: Alligator Disc, 160mm(front) and Alligator Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Azonic stem, 50mm length, 25.4mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Azonic seatpost
Pedal: Azonic pedal
Cassette: Shimano XT 11t – 34t
Shifters: Shimano Saint Shifter
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT shadow
Front derailleur: Nil
Chain Guide Device: Prodigy Chain guide
Chain: Wippermann Connex 9 speed chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new builds and bike checks!

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2011 Red Bull Final Descent at Angel Fire

2011 Red Bull Final Descent at Angel Fire with Answer DH Protapered Bars!
Think you could ride at race pace for 12 hours straight? That’s exactly what over one hundred riders tried to do this past weekend in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Here’s a brief recap of the event courtesy of Red Bull and Long Nguyen.

It was a frosty morning packed with snow as riders came out to take on the mountain at the last stop of Red Bull Final Descent at Angel Fire Resort. The event brought out 127 dedicated riders participating in categories including expert, pro, team, male and female. Racers withstood thick mud, icy ruts, and exposed roots while contending for a share of the more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.

In the end, Team Geronimo/Banshee Bikes rider Jess Pedersen took the Men’s Pro Solo Division with an amazing 32 laps completed. Jacqueline Harmony from Sedona, AZ. finished 30 laps to take home the victory in the Female Pro Division.

Other category winners included:

  • Solo Men’s Expert – Aaron Polly – 32 Laps
  • Solo Women’s Expert – Heather Baroody – 25 Laps
  • Duo Men’s Pro – Team Bike Works/Jimmy Johns/Angel Fire Bike Park – Dillon Lamar & Matson Hunter– 32 Laps
  • Duo Men’s Expert – Shennanigans – Eric Pieteryga & Ian Supple – 31 Laps
  • Team Division – Screaming Squirrels – Neal Pederson, Ben Pederson & Julian Chavez – 31 Laps

“The mud was the hardest part, especially when the ice melted,” Men’s Pro Solo Winner Jess Pedersen said. “The best 12 hours of punishment I have ever endured!” “I really am stoked,” Female Pro Solo winner Jackie Harmony said. “I love doing these events. I hope they keep happening.”

The Red Bull Final Descent Series is a 12-hour endurance race series held throughout the Rockies. The format of the event is simple—riders choose from two technical courses of varying difficulty. After twelve ruthless hours, the finisher in each category with the most laps wins. The 2011 Red Bull Final Descent included stops at Jackson Hole, WY, Winter Park, CO and Angel Fire, NM.

For info, full results and more pictures from the race, visit

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Answer’s Limited Protaper 780 DH Review at Singletracks!

I’ve gotta be honest: Answer has been my go-to downhill bar for a long time. Now Answer has a new option for you: semi-custom bars.

Answer released a limited run of 250 bars at Crankworx, and they are beautiful! If you strive to keep your ride unique, what an opportunity to do that with these stunning graphics. At the moment there are two styles available and in the coming months new graphics will follow. Answer will even consider your ideas: contact them directly for more details. (Maybe we need to petition for a Singletracks bar?

This bars are available in both the half-inch rise and the full-inch rise. Both bars share a 4° upsweep x 8° backsweep that I find perfect for my body shape. Made of 7050 alumininum just like the regular 780 DH bars, these are not a cheaper version, but rather the same great bar with a complex anodizing process used to create the graphics.

Installing them was a breeze, and just a matter of pulling off what was on my bike and swapping them over. Just remember to torque your bolts down properly (usually 6 Nm), and you’re good to go. The sweep works great for most any rider. Rotate the bar until the backsweep lines up with your arms, and you should be golden. I found that setting up my backsweep this way keeps my wrists in the most neutral position with very little stress.

Riding the slopes with these bars is a blast, just like my regular 780DH bars. The only issue I had was trying to stop myself from looking at them while riding. These bars are pretty light for the width, design, and abuse they take. Cutting them down shouldn’t be an issue if you find they are too wide for your body. These bars, like the other 780DHs, have trim marks on either end which make it easy to judge how much you want off. Just remember to measure twice and cut once!

I would like to thank Tom at Answer for sending these bars down for review.

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CRATONI helmets are on Facebook! Like em!

CRATONI helmets are proud to present their new facebook page!

“Like” their link at Cratoni and share your positive comments on their helmets on their wall!

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Transition TR250 – Reviewed @!

Located in Ferndale, Washington, Transition Bikes have evolved over the years, but the idea of creating a family among riders is still the same. That family has grown in the ten years since the company’s inception and so has the number of bikes in their lineup. One of their latest releases is known as the TR250, a machine that has been designed around the idea that versatility is key. The ultimate goal with the TR250 was to offer a slimmed down version of the famed TR450, but without losing its characteristics and abilities. The same suspension layout was utilized, incorporating adjustable travel and handling, but the finished product is slimmer and with a high fun factor designed in to it.

While the TR250 may have less travel than its big brother, the TR450, it is built to go just as big.

Transition TR250 details:

  • Intended use: freeride/downhill
  • Rear wheel travel: 160mm (6″) or 180mm (7″) (adjustable)
  • Tapered head tube
  • 12 x 150mm rear end
  • 83mm BB shell
  • ISCG 05 chainguide tabs
  • Frame weight: 8.9lbs (w/o rear shock)
  • MSRP $2499 USD (frame w/ rear shock), $4699 USD (complete as pictured)

The single pivot swingarm uses a nearly hidden linkage to activate the shock and alter the leverage curve for the bike’s intentions – riding hard.

Have it your way: All of the TR250’s sealed bearing pivots are held in place with high quality steel hardware and make use of anodized aluminum caps to help keep the elements out. The rocker arm features two different shock mounting positions, determined by rotating an insert, that allows the rider to choose between 6”(160mm) and 7”(180mm) of rear travel. Switching the setting not only changes the travel, but feel as well. Also supplied with the bike are two sets of dropout chips that allow three different head tube angles and three different bottom bracket heights, making the TR250 one of more customizable bikes out there. Looking for a poppy bike park feel? You can have that. Want to rail the corners and set new personal best times on your local track? You can have that setting too.

Beveled aluminum washers around the suspension hardware keeps everything looking neat and tidy. At first glance the TR250’s clean cable routing has you wondering if they are routed internally.

The black oval is the ”chip” (left), allowing for geometry adjustments by simply swapping it out or rotating it. The rear shift line is run internally through the swingarm, protected from the chain and the grime. The TR250 uses a tapered head tube (right) which will accept a zero stack headset to maximize compatibility.

Park ready build: The TR250 is available as a complete bike that uses the same build as out test model, or can be had as frame and rear shock for you to put together how you see fit. Suspension is taken care of by a 180mm travel Fox 36 Van RC2 in the front and a Fox DHX RC4 coil in the rear. The drivetrain uses SRAM’s X9 derailleur and shifter, 9 speed instead of 10, powered by Truvativ’s Descendent cranks. Slowing the bike is a set of Avid Elixir CR brakes, complete with 8″ rotors. Transition has used some of their own parts, beginning with the burly Revolution 32 wheelset. The stem, pedals and seat are all Transition as well. The handle bar, a Kore Torsion Race, comes in at a knuckle-busting 31.5” (800mm) wide, with 1.3” (35mm) of rise. Using bar caps brought this width to over 32”(812mm), which may be good for handling, but will have you caught up in some tight trails.

The stock build is sturdy and park friendly, complete with proper tires, platform pedals and a chainguide.

Release Date: 2011
Price: $4699
Travel: 160mm/180mm
Rear Shock: Fox Racing Shox DHX RC4
Fork: Fox Racing Shox 36 Van 180 RC2 FIT
Headset: Full Speed Ahead Gravity DX Pro
Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-26
Crankarms: Truvativ Descendent 1.1 165mm
Chainguide: e.thirteen SRS+
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Howitzer Team 83mm
Pedals: Transition Stepdown
Chain: KMC X9.93
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9 9 speed
Shifter Pods: SRAM X9 9 speed
Handlebar: Kore Torsion Race 800mm x 35mm
Stem: Transition Temple Lite
Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock-on
Brakes: Avid Elixir CR 8″
Wheelset: TBC Revolution 32 150
Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 26×2.5 3C
Seat: Traitor Diamond Stitch
Seatpost: Thomson Elite

Riding the TR250: Given the bike’s intentions as a freeride friendly downhill machine, we took it to our favorite zone for such riding. This isn’t an area to feel uncomfortable on a bike, but the TR250 was quickly being thrown off of the step downs, drops and jumps at our local haunt. The bike also spent time in the Whistler Bike Park, chasing down longer legged DH machines in the Garbanzo zone and spending copious amounts of time in the air on the local jump trails.

The TR250 loved to play and find places to leave the ground, and even the smallest of rollers could get the bike alot.

Supple suspension: As the bike takes much of its design from a DH bike, one might expect it to handle and feel like one. The is very true is some ways, but in others it is totally opposite. The TR250’s suspension has a “big bike” feel to it, even when set to the shorter 6″ position. The initial suppleness helped to tame chatter, making for a smoother ride than you would expect from a 6″ or 7″ travel steed when compared to a full-on DH sled. The rear suspension starts its stroke very active and soft to accommodate small bumps, but stays at the top of the stroke for when the travel is needed. When subjected to big drops and hard landings however, I found that my setup lacked enough bottom out resistance, and as a result the landings weren’t always as smooth as I would have liked. Turning up the high speed compression a few clicks and adding air to the shock helped out in this situation, but adding air took away some of the initial suppleness of the stroke, even in the 7″ travel setting. We’re not saying that the TR250 can’t be setup for both, but it does force you to choose one or the other. This won’t be an issue for a lot of riders, especially those who are buying the bike as a pure freeride machine and will be setting it up accordingly, but racers looking for a short travel race bike should take note.

The TR250 doesn’t need much speed to get airborne and has plenty of pop to it.

Corner worker: While most would expect a bike such as the TR250 to be designed to send booters, with cornering being a ways down on the wishlist, the blue bike loved to get its lean on. Unlike a plus sized downhill rig, the TR250 took to corners with little effort, no matter what the speed. Slower bends could easily be pumped through, coming out the other end faster than you entered, and fast turns, even in the rough, were effortlessly railed. In fact, we don’t doubt that the TR250 can get around the bends quicker than most downhill bikes, but it’s how it does it that has us so impressed: there is no need to ride the front or back of the bike in such situations, it is just plain easy to ride fast. This is likely down to how stiff the bike is as a package, along with its low slung shock position and well sorted geometry.

The short wheelbase made it easy to lift the front end over obstacles and carry speed through tight corners. Sometimes, a short wheelbase tends to make a bike harder to control over rough terrain, but I found the TR250 was light enough to lift off the ground and skip over obstacles all together. The ease of lifting the front end combined with the playful suspension, made for a very fun bike to ride.

One of the many trail features hidden amongst the mountains and trees.

A few things to note about the TR250:

  • The rebound adjustment is only accessible by a set of small fingers (really small), or by partially removing the suspension linkage. This is a big pain in the ass.
  • Although the bars seemed overly wide at first, I decided to give them a shot. The extra wide bars caused me to stop at tight spots more than a few times. With some nearly broken fingers and sore shoulders, I decided to cut the bars down. But it is much better than Transition spec’ing a bar that is far too skinny.
  • The Revolution wheels may not be the flashiest option out there, but they are quite tough. They are still near perfect to this day, after a full Summer season of shredding.
  • The SRAM drivetrain and Avid brakes have been nearly invisible during our time on the bike. No troubles and no adjustments needed.

Keeping the wheels on the ground wasn’t a problem, but the bike begged to be airborne.

Pinkbike’s take:
While we never quite got the bike’s rear suspension where we wanted it, there is no doubting that the TR250 is a capable freeride machine. It loves to session the local booters, but it also can rail corners with the best downhill bikes out there. Unlike a lot of builds, the stock spec from Transition is also fully ready to shred, with nothing needing to be swapped out before hitting the trails.

Check out the Transition website to see their entire lineup!

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Bike Checks: New Overhaul Service on a Voodoo Bizango!

We will be featuring bikes that are full overhaul service at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete assembly!

Bike Checks on a new Overhaul Service on a Voodoo Bizango!
The bike was brought to us for a wheel upgrade and overhaul of the entire bike with drive train upgrade as well. So we get it down and done with a full overhaul on it. It looks great with the new wheels install!

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The complete overhaul bike!

Upfront of the complete detail restoration and overhaul!

Front shock with Fox Float RL with seal lip cleaned and lube.

Front wheels on Hope Pro 2 and Sun Ringle Equalizer 25 rims.

Cock pit with Shimano XT shifters and Shimano XT hydraulic brakes. Mounted on Guizzo carbon low riser handlebar and Thomson Elite stem. Grips on OURY lock on.

Front drive train with Shimano SLX crankset and Shimano XT Front derailleur.

Rear drive train transmission on Shimano XTR rear derailleur, Sram PG-990 red cassette and KMC X9 silver chain.

Rear wheels on Hope Pro 2, Sun Ringle Equalizer25 rims and Wheelsmith DB14 spokes.

Details of the restoration and polish down bike in details.

Details of the restoration and polish down frame in details.

Ready to take on the rocky roads ahead!

Components List
Frame: Voodoo Bizango
Fork: 2006 Fox F-series Float 100 RL in 9mmQR
Headset: FSA Sealed headset
Wheels: Hope Pro 2 with Wheelsmith DB14 spokes and Sun Ringle Equalizer 25 rims
Tires: Panaracer Fire XC Pro 2.1 Front and Rear
Saddle: Fizik saddle
Bar: Guizzo carbon low riser handlebar
Grip: Oury Lock On grips
Crank: Shimano SLX 175mm Cranks
Brake: Shimano XT brake set
Rotor: Baradine 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(front) and Baradine 6 bolt Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Thomson Elite 110mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Thomson Elite Seatpost
Pedal: Xpedo Pedal
Cassette: Sram PG990 Red 9 speed cassette
Shifters: Shimano XT 9 speed shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR Long cage
Front derailleur: Shimano XT Top Pull
Chain Guide Device: None
Chain: KMC X9 9speed Chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new overhaul services and bike checks!

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Bike Checks: New Overhaul Service on a Wheeler Hornet40!

We will be featuring bikes that are full overhaul service at Tionghin from now and having a bike checks on the complete assembly!

Bike Checks on a new Overhaul Service on a Wheeler Hornet40!
The bike was pretty worn and damage with a broken rear derailleur hanger, disc rub and all when brought to us. So we get it down and done with a full overhaul on it. So much for all the messy gear shifting and broken hanger! Up and running like a whole new bike!

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The complete strip down of the frame!

The complete overhaul bike!

The upfront of the complete overhaul bike!

Front suspension on the bike with Suntour XCR.

Cock pit with Shimano Deore Shifters and Shimano brakes, stock Wheeler handlebar, grip and stem.

Front drive train with Shimano Crankset, Wellgo B030 pedals and Shimano Deore Front derailleur.

Rear drive train transmission with Shimano Deore rear derailleur, Shimano Deore cassette and chain.

Wheelset on Shimano center lock non-series hubs and Alexrims.

Details of the polish down and service bike.

Details of the polish down and service bike.

Restoration of the frame condition!

Components List
Frame: Wheeler Hornet40
Fork: Suntour XCR 100mm in 9mmQR
Headset: Cane Creek Non-Sealed headset
Wheels: Shimano Hub with Alexrims
Tires: Maxxis CrossMark 2.1 Front and Kenda 2.1 Rear
Saddle: Wheeler saddle
Bar: Wheeler Pro medium rise Handlebar
Grip: Wheeler Lock On grips
Crank: Shimano 175mm Cranks
Brake: Shimano brake set
Rotor: Shimano center lock Disc, 180mm(front) and Shimano center lock Disc, 160mm(rear)
Stem: Wheeler 70mm length, 31.8mm clamp diameter stem
Seatpost: Wheeler Pro Seatpost
Pedal: Wellgo B030 platform Pedal
Cassette: Shimano Deore Cassette 9 speed
Shifters: Shimano Deore 9 speed shifters
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore Long cage
Front derailleur: Shimano Deore Top Pull
Chain Guide Device: None
Chain: Shimano Deore 9 speed Chain

Stay tune for more upcoming new overhaul services and bike checks!

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