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Crankworx Whistler: Distinctive bikes, pageant enjoyable and Lemoine’s huge hole!

There are at all times some cool, distinctive bikes on show at Crankworx, and enjoyable methods to get riders of all ages some promo prizes or an opportunity to fulfill their MTB heroes. This closing roundup from Crankworx 2022 options the customized painted bike seen above, a have a look at Lal Bikes’ prototype hardtail with its Supre Drive drivetrain, a mule body that Norco had on show, and a few enjoyable scenes from the pageant.

Solidair customized painted bike:

Solidair custom painted snake bike, full

This snake-inspired customized painted bike jogs my memory a whole lot of Bryn Atkinson’s Norco Vary from Crankworx just a few years in the past. I’m not too shocked multiple particular person wished snakeskin on their body, it does look fairly cool. This bike was painted by Paulo Lopez, the person behind Solidair Customized Paint. Click on the hyperlink to take a look at his Instagram web page.

Lal Bikes prototype with Supre Drive:

Lal Bikes hardtail with Supre Drive

I spent my final day of Crankworx driving in Pemberton with a particular visitor: Cedric Eveleigh, the mechanical engineer who dreamed up the Supre Drive drivetrain and based Lal Bikes. At Eurobike, Bikerumor noticed the Nicolai Nucleon 16 that shall be bought with Supre Drive, as they have been the primary model to provoke a partnership with Lal Bikes.

Lal Bikes hardtail, close up

This bike is Cedric’s private hardtail. The loafer pulley simply above the chainring tensions the chain by way of a hydraulic damper that’s positioned contained in the down tube of the body. On the again finish, a partial derailleur takes care of shifting duties solely. We rode for practically three hours and Cedric didn’t have any drivetrain points, regardless of driving a hardtail on some tough slabs and rocky terrain. I hopped on his bike and shifted just a few gears myself, and it performs – each shift was fast and exact.

Norco’s Vary mule:

Norco Range Mule frame

Take a look at the large head tube on this check mule for the most recent high-pivot model of Norco’s Vary enduro bike. Appears like they actually wished to play with attain lengths and/or head tube angles earlier than going to manufacturing! Their show reveals most people a glimpse of how a lot thought and energy goes into creating a brand new body.

POC’s foot down competitors:

POC foot down comp, Crankworx

The POC sales space had a fantastic concept for handing out some prize gear – A foot down contest! Riders went head-to-head seeing who might steadiness with out dabbing a foot longer, and POC had some first rate prizes to present away. The younger rider pictured did nice, staying on the pedals for not less than 1:30. I’m fairly positive he walked away with an open-faced helmet, however within the midst of balancing, he shouted out “How lengthy for a full face?” to the POC employees!

Autograph periods:

YT booth autograph session

There have been just a few autograph periods throughout Crankworx, and right here’s Erik Fedko and Brett Tippie (amongst others) signing stuff for the children on the YT sales space. Trek’s sales space had an enormous lineup as nicely, with about half a dozen well-known riders together with each Brandon Semenuk and Emil Johansson greeting their followers.

Thomas Lemoine’s insane hole!

Thomas Lemoine, huge gap, Crankworx 2022

If anybody missed Thomas Lemoine gapping all the finish characteristic at Joyride this 12 months, this picture ought to encourage you to seek out his runs within the video replay! Double flips and windshield wipers apart, this was the trick of the competition for a lot of. The group went nuts when he despatched it the primary time (and crashed upon touchdown), however Lemoine did it twice extra, getting slightly cleaner with every go. His third place end was nicely deserved!



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