Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Downhill Lesson + Downhill Ride 22.05.2016

MOMENTUM MTB ACADEMY SINCE 2011 - THE FIRST MTB SCHOOL IN GREECE.
 Riders boost up your skills !!!!

 SUNDAY 22 - 5 - 2016 !!!

 DOWNHILL / ENDURO - improving skills wile riding different trails.

There will be no basic technic, only few tips.

 Improve your skills in : Rock gardens, Turning, Jumping, Drops, Technical terrain.... and more 

DOWNHILL RIDE WITH UPLIFT AFTER LESSON

 Helmet and Knee guards mandatory.

 Meeting at Kessariani, Ymmitos Firemen post. 11:00 AM lesson will finish at 15:30 +

 booking and details: Alessio Toninelli 6956444887  Marios BigPapa 6981768406

 prices on our site SPECIAL PRICES FOR 2016 !!

 για την κράτηση: στείλετε ένα e-mail με το όνομά σας, ηλικία, το ποδήλατό σας, το κινητό τηλέφωνο. momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com

Monday, 16 May 2016

TEST : Endura MT500 Enduro Backpack

MOMENTUM Long term review.....
Endura MT500 Enduro Backpack


It's not another enduro backpack, you can carry life in it.....






The MT500 is the new 15lt backpack from endura. With attention to the detail it features a level 2 Koroyd  back protector (with CE 1621 certification) with great fit and design similar to a "hive" whitch provides great breathability and safety. The construction of the backpack is super lightweight, yet really durable with splash proof and water repellent fabric where is needed. The zippers are waterproof and the straps for the helmet carrier and for the "extra" stuff at the bottom of the backpack feature a metal hook instead of the classic plastic clips  that makes your life easier been really easy to realease and yet  keeping the "bombproof"  character of the bag. The backpack has 2 main big pockets with the big one featuring the case for the hydrapack and the second one with some inner pockets for the pump and some tools providing an extra, small, removable pack for the tools.

 It features also another small pocket on the top of the bag for sunglasses or phone and 2 easy to access pockets on the  really good vented adjustable stretch waist belt. The bag is almost pre shaped but yet adjustable in order to achieve great fit and excellent weight distribution. All the parts of the bag that are in contact with the rider are really well designed providing great comfort and ventilation through a 3D design of the special foam inside the net.

Been using the backpack for 4 months now in every single mountain bike ride and everyday commute , during long hours hiking excursions  and even in snowboarding both for it's great comfort and protection I've noticed no sign of ware out nether  on the fabric nor on the elastic bands or anything else. Even in rainy rides or snowy conditions after snowboarding for the whole day my stuff kept dry. But it's not only about the specs and the quality, what cannot be described unless you test it yourself is the feeling of the bag, with it's exceptional design and fit distributes the weight in a way you don't bother no matter what activity you do and it doesn't let it move giving you great manoeuvrability. Also being confident with the quality and the fit of the Koroyd protector MT500 can be ideal also for the "bikepark slayers" who need to combine good back protection, comfort and the ability to carry at least some water and tools for the "day-till-noon shread".





Marios Big Papa

Sunday, 1 May 2016

After Easter Enduro lesson ! 15 MAY 2016

MOMENTUM MTB ACADEMY SINCE 2011 - THE FIRST MTB SCHOOL IN GREECE.

 Riders boost up your skills !!!!
 SUNDAY 15 - 5 - 2016 !!!

 ENDURO - technical tails level 2 - improving skills wile riding different trails. There will be no basic technic, only few tips.

 Improve your skills in : Rock gardens, Turning, Jumping, Drops, Technical terrain.... and more 

Helmet and Knee guards mandatory.

 Meeting at Kessariani, Ymmitos Firemen post. 11:30 AM lesson will finish at 15:30 +

 booking and details: Alessio Toninelli 6956444887
Marios BigPapa 6981768406

 prices on our site SPECIAL PRICES FOR 2016 !!

 για την κράτηση: στείλετε ένα e-mail με το όνομά σας, ηλικία, το ποδήλατό σας, το κινητό τηλέφωνο. momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

THE IXS XULT WINS DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD 2016





























Xult The Almighty



THE XULT WINS DESIGN & INNOVATION AWARD 2016

We are happy to announce that after the successfull introduction of the award winning Trail RS helmet now our latest introduction to the market - The XULT crossover full face helmet has won the globally noticed award for Design & Innovation - The Design & Innovation Award 2016.

The iXS XULT helmet is engineered from FRP (fibre reinforced polymer) rather than the more commonly used carbon fibre, offering a more environmentally friendly option. Meeting all the full face standards, the XULT offers more ventilation than most DH-orientated helmets, making it an excellent choice for enduro racing. The XULT is bristling with safety features such as the EPR emergency release system, but it’s the impact-absorbing Xmatter inserts at key impact zones that impress the most, helping to minimize rotational injuries. All this technology is combined in a very compact and stylish shell. (Source: design-innovation-award.com)

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

TEST: TREK SLASH 8 27,5 - 2016



Slash is the Enduro dedicated model from the American bike company Trek.
The bike has being one of the first Enduro Specific platforms on the market in 2010, with 160mm travel front and rear and gravity geometry dedicated to this "new" mtb discipline. The 65 Head Angle is adjustable to 65.5 to less aggressive riders, but I kept it "slack" since I come from a Downhill background and I want to test the bike at his best descending potentials.




Rock Shox fork and shock ( Pike dual air RS 130mm/160mm travel and Monarch RL DebonAir ) are a great choice since at the moment are the best on the market , Shimano SLX brakes I know are good and  strong even if not a top of the line brake,  wile the new SRAM GX1 11 speed drivetrain is something I never tested before but looks compact and clean. KS seatpost is also part of this kit with the eThirty Integra model.


Uphill

 The bike is very light and made my life easy pedaling uphill even if the 17,5 size for test is too small for me. The Trek Full Floater suspension system is not showing to much bobbing and I actually manage to set my new record on the local tarmac uphill to the trails.  Climbing technical terrain is not easy like doing it on a bike with steeper head angle but the possibility to lower the fork and the light weight helps a lot.
The SRAM GX1 11 speed gears are precise and quick, I loved also the choice or 32T ring in front and 10-42 rear cassette.

 



Downhill

 As we all can imagine the Slash does his best downhill. The ABP ( Active Braking Pivot ) is a great design that allows the rear suspension to work  also under braking ( not happening in most of suspension design )  and you can feel the difference in tight rocky turns like the one we have here in Greece.
 The quality that impressed me the most is the agility of this bike, yes is a size smaller for me, but I was able to jump around and bunny-hop obstacles like few other bikes so long (117.9 wheel base ) can do. The bike is agile and stable at the same time thanks to those great RS suspension even of the roughest Greek terrain. 
 Again I loved the GX1 that manage to keep my chain in place without any chain device.

















Overall


What to say? I hardly can see a defect on the Trek Slash 8 2016 from the ride point of view, its really one of the best I tested so far. So... what's the problem?
Well is the Price that Trek decided to apply for this model in Europe: 4500 euro.
This price for a bike with this specs and not carbon fiber is really not competitive and will make it hard to be sold even if so good.  All cross country mtb from Trek are cheaper in Europe compare with US, why they didn't do the same with this model ( 3.999$ in US ) ? Can I talk with the Marketing manager ahahah ? 


Anyway if you have the money..., but before go and test it.  And maybe the guys at Cyclist.gr can see what to do with that price ;)

ciao !!!

A.Toninelli

ENDURO SEMINARY with SAM FLOCKHART


 After few test races in the Enduro World Series last year the Young Scottish Sam Flockhart is coming for training in Greece, looking for good weather and dry terrain in order to be ready for his 2016 full racing season as a CUBE FACTORY PILOT around the World.

 We are going to have the great opportunity to have a Seminary about Enduro racing technics with him on SUNDAY January 10th at Ymmitos.

 All Riders of MEDIUM LEVEL and higher are welcome.

 MAX NUMBER OF RIDERS 20 10:30 meeting at "Pirofilakeio Kessariani" - Mount Ymmitos - Athens - Greece

 for more details and Prices please contact us: momentum.mtb.academy@hotmail.com +30 6956444887 that's all for now !!

 about Sam:
 Scottish champion
European Champion
Overall Maxxis European cup series champion
15th position Maxxis cup series overall
Rode for Junior GB world championship team 2010
Podium results at junior World cup races
Podium at National events and British champs
Cyclocross podium position
TCL trained
PVG Disclosure
NC certificate in sporting performance
HNC in Sports coaching and development
Former SCIS member First Aid Trained In Sporting Injuries

 2013 1st place Greek Open Downhill championship...