BRANDS – Riding Culture launches its own downhill collection

Riding Culture is looking to add to its legitimacy in bike parks. The young Swiss brand, known for its extremely abrasion-resistant pants for two-wheelers, is expanding its range with the new Sender collection. The line is dedicated to all downhill-oriented MTB disciplines. The collection is aimed at bike park aficionados but will also work great for enduro and all-mountain riders who want to shred the mountain and get all the functions while looking super stylish in their gear. Riding Culture belongs to “THE ROKKER COMPANY,” which has made a name for itself with slopestyle, freeride, and BMX riders, including Lucas Huppert, Gabriel Wibmer, and Nikita Ducarroz.

With the new collection, Riding Culture expands its portfolio in the direction of downhill and enduro. The Sender collection includes two functional pants and three long sleeves. With its typical logo and slogan – Think less, ride more – the gear appeals to passionate mountain bikers. “With the Sender collection, we now cover all disciplines that are part of our DNA: Urban Commuting, Slopestyle, Freeride, BMX, and now Downhill and Enduro,” says co-founder Kai Glatt, who is a passionate snowboarder and downhill mountain biker.

Among team riders and general mountain bikers, Riding Culture has been most revered for its incomparably rugged jeans and pants. The Riding Pants are made from a special fabric (denim combined with high-strength polyiamide fibers) and produced sustainably. This makes them virtually indestructible, extremely durable, and uncompromising in terms of comfort, breathability, and lightness.

Sender Pants – Details

Rugged MTB pants with reinforced knee inserts in a unique camo design.

– Breathable interlock jersey and reinforced ripstop knee inserts
– Optimal moisture management
– 4-way stretch material
– Ergonomic fit with narrow leg
– Reinforced double seams for maximum durability
– Ratchet closure for individual adjustment even while riding
– Elastic waistband with non-slip print on the back
– Strategically placed laser perforated vents
– Two large zippered front pockets for your essentials
– Full coverage camouflage pattern with logo on front and legs

Sender Shirt – Details
– Breathable interlock jersey
– Optimal moisture management
– 4-way stretch material
– Straight cut (regular fit), longer at the back
– “Seamless welded” hem for ergonomic and comfortable fit
– All-over camouflage pattern with logo on front, back and sleeves

While the brand had previously focused on the markets of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, and the Benelux countries, they are not going to rest with only those markets. Currently, Riding Culture is working to solidify brand awareness on an international level. The website, which was previously only available in English and German, was expanded in June to include French and Italian. Spanish and other languages are currently being worked on.

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ATHLETES – How BMX saved Nikita Ducarroz’s life

Nikita Ducarroz will compete in the BMX Freestyle World Championships in less than a month in Abu Dhabi (UAE). While the Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist is considered a medal hope, her story of mental health gives hope to others.

The daughter of a Swiss father and an American mother, Ducarroz enjoyed the benefits of dual citizenship and grew up in Northern California while spending summers with her grandparents in Geneva, Switzerland.

At the age of thirteen, Ducarroz began suffering from severe anxiety attacks, which led her to isolation within her own home.

“BMX helped me to overcome my fears”

It wasn’t until she found a BMX video on YouTube that she began to break free from the isolation she felt. At first, she saved up for a bike and practiced in her driveway. Day by day, trick by trick, her love for the sport grew. Eventually, the sport led her to do something that scared her to death: she took the plunge and went to ride at her neighborhood skate park. By doing this, she took a step toward overcoming her anxiety and began her BMX career.

Nikita continued to work hard and build her skills. It wasn’t long before she won competitions – first at the local level, then at the national level, and finally on the world stage as one of the best BMX riders.

She says that she owes her life to BMX: “The bike made me get out of the house, go to the skate park, and eventually get on a plane. It pushed me and gave me a reason to overcome all my fears.”

Ready for the World Championships?

In early 2020, before the Olympics, Nikita realized she needed to improve her skills to be among the world’s elite. She began riding at a park in North Carolina, where she trained with the best riders in the world, which proved to be the key to her success. She decided to move to North Carolina full-time. Her commitment paid off with a bronze medal at the games.

Her hard work will truly come to show at this year’s season highlight, The Urban Cycling World Championships in Abu Dhabi, where the 26-year-old will compete in the freestyle discipline.

With several podium finishes at World Cup events since 2016, a second place at the 2021 World Championships, and a third at the Olympics, the Swiss-American Ducarroz is undoubtedly a favorite for the top spot.

Nikita is often asked at major events whether she is still struggling with health problems. “Yes, my panic attacks are not a thing of the past. But they have improved a lot over the years,” she comments confidently.

Her MindTricks platform

Just as Ducarroz found many years ago, a video helped her overcome her mental health challenges. She now wants to help others do the same. With this in mind, she and her friend Patrick Kelly created the Instagram account MindTricks.

MindTricks is aimed at athletes from the world of action sports and beyond and is a judgment-free platform meant to discuss mental health challenges.

Nikita hopes that her story and the discussion on the posts will encourage others to share their own mental health struggles while being inspired and connected to other athletes going through tough times. The ultimate goal is for individuals to realize that they are not alone and can overcome anything.



ATHLETES – Gabriel Wibmer releases groundbreaking new MTB Edit: The Grind

Gabriel Wibmer, part of the next generation of mountain biking’s Trials and Freeride scene, has pulled out all the stops in his latest edit. ‘The Grind’ sees the young Austrian lift his creativity to another level, hitting the streets of Hamburg with a new perspective on what obstacles can be ridden, and how he can ride them.

Already known for his incredible ability to blend Trials and Freeride disciplines into mind bending edits, Gabriel has added inspiration from BMX street and flatland into the mix to create this truly unique piece of content. Gabriel approached bike sponsor Canyon, with an idea to produce grind pegs which would work on his full-suspension Spectral AL trail bike. Machined from scratch, these custom-made BMX style pegs were the first step on Gabriel’s journey towards producing this all new edit.

From rail grinds to flat land spins, Gabriel unlocked a whole bag of new tricks while getting to grips with the grind pegs and goes on to explore what’s possible on this one-of-a-kind MTB setup.

“Our idea was to combine MTB with BMX and for this we watched several BMX edits and one thing became clear to us very quickly – we would definitely need Grind Pegs!
With the help of Canyon, this idea was very quickly implemented, so within 2 weeks I had an absolute dream bike with a custom made axle and Grind Pegs. Of course, we did not know at the time, whether this could work at all, but that’s exactly why the whole project was so exciting for us.
After some initial difficulties, we went to Hamburg for 14 days to realize the whole project. Of course, not everything went according to plan, but I’m definitely stoked that we were able to bring the whole idea to life and implement a piece of BMX into the MTB scene.” – Gabriel Wibmer

What does the future hold for MTB grinds? Only time will tell. But this pioneering new edit is now live and available to view.

What’s with the cliff-hanger? The Grind isn’t the only thing Gabriel has been working on this year. Stay tuned for even more jibs, sends and tricks coming soon.

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If you’ve ever been to Whistler Bikepark, you’ve probably been overtaken by a golden-haired rider – her name is Amy Ertel. She has just joined the RASOULUTION team to get support in her professional career, giving Amy the opportunity to focus on riding.

Born and raised in the heart of the mountain bike capital, Whistler, BC (CAN). Amy discovered mountain biking at an early age through her father who she still rides with today.

“With more and more girls and women shredding bike parks and taking on freeriding, it is exciting to watch the progression of female mountain biking. We want to be a part of it of course, as the development of the sport has always been one of RASOULUTION’s key targets. Having Amy Ertel join our athlete roster is awesome, she comes from Whistler and can shred the motherland of bike parks every day. Amy is really positive and dedicated to mountain biking, so she shares our passion and values.” – Tarek Rasouli, founder of RASOULUTION.

Improving her level gradually, Amy started to take an interest in competitions to the point that today she has several good results to her name.

In the 2021 season Amy achieved a second place in the Stevie Smith Memorial Race – BC/CAN Downhill Cup and a fourth place in the prestigious Crankworx Series – Air DH in BC. So far in the 2022 season the 20-year-old has placed second and third in the BC DH Cup, a finalist at the Crankworx Whistler Whipoff and has participated in the Darkhorse events in Revelstoke (CAN), and Bellingham (USA).

“Stoked to hear Amy is joining the team, I’m good friends with her myself and whenever I’m in Whistler we go shredding together. Super cool girl, mega talented and super steezy.” – Erik Fedko.

“I’ve been following Amy’s riding on social media for a while and met her in Canada 2022 for the first time. She’s one of the kindest people I know, and I really like her creative and sweet personality. I’m a big fan of her style, especially on the big bike. Personally, it’s very inspiring to see her shred and I’m excited to follow her journey.” – Alma Wiggberg.

With all this, Amy’s dreams have only become bigger. She is compassionate and enthusiastic about achieving her goal of becoming one of the best CWX riders and freeriders in the world. Amy has set her sights on competing on the entire CWX World Tour, The Nines and Red Bull Formation by 2023.

“I am extremely excited to be working with RASOULUTION for the upcoming years. They represent some of the biggest athletes in the sport and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.” – Amy Ertel

But you can’t ride a bike 24 hours a day. The young rider works as a nurse at Squamish General Hospital and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing and playing pickleball.

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BRANDS – ABUS CliffHanger – The Brand-New High-End Enduro Helmet

The CliffHanger enduro helmet is the new premium open face model from ABUS. Developed and designed from scratch in close cooperation with team riders such as freeride legend Richie Schley, the helmet addresses the needs of ambitious mountain bikers who have high demands and expectations when it comes to material and equipment. Regardless of whether you are shuttling in Tuscany, shredding single tracks in Slovenia or taking an after-work e-MTB ride – the CliffHanger is a safe companion, both in function and look.

Few years ago, the product development team at ABUS started the task of developing a worthy successor to the successful MonTrailer performance model. The goal: to develop an open face helmet for enduro riders and ambitious singletrack fans as well as a specific small group with the highest demands – their own gravity team. The result is a lightweight but robust helmet with a plus in safety.

Safety has always been crucial to the experts at ABUS. In order to increase it even more, the CliffHanger’s shell has been significantly deepened at the back of the head when compared to the previous model, ensuring extra coverage. For additional stability, the proven Acti-Cage structural reinforcement is integrated into the EPS core.

A helmet with an optimal fit is essential when you are going downhill fast and dynamic: this is ensured by the Zoom-Ace adjustment system, which can be perfectly tailored for individual adjustment. One practical feature carries over from previous models: long hair or a pigtail find their place in the Ponytail Outlet, a gap between the adjustment system and the lower edge of the helmet. The chin strap can be individually adjusted, too, using the newly developed TriVider and is quickly closed thanks to the Fidlock mechanism. Eight ventilation inlets on the front and six outlets on the back provide refreshing air circulation. The helmet’s visor is height adjustable and provides plenty of room for your goggle when in upward position.

Team rider Richie Schley, who was involved in the development of the top model from the start, has plenty of praise for the new helmet: “We have been working on the development of the CliffHanger helmet for three years now and I am totally stoked on how awesome it came out. Looks cool, super lightweight, great airflow and very comfortable. I think we totally nailed it with the colours as well.”

Nine colour options are QUIN ready, so they can be easily updated with the QUIN system. Six further models also feature the well-known MIPS system. Two models are directly equipped with QUIN sensors for crash detection.

The brand new ABUS CliffHanger will be available in stores as of now.

Technical details:

– Certifications: CPSC, DIN EN 1078
– Sizes: S (51 – 55 cm), M (54 – 58 cm), L (57 – 61 cm)
– Weight: 360 g (S), 380 g (M), 410 g (L) (+5 g for QUIN models, + 30 g for MIPS models)
– Nine colours: midnight blue, concrete grey, iced mint, pined green, shiny white, velvet black, chalk grey, wildberry red, Ti silver
– Six colours – MIPS models: concrete grey, velvet black, metallic copper, pine green, shiny white, iced mint
– Two colours – QUIN models: velvet black, shiny white





BRANDS – fizik launches its first shoes with GORE-TEX

fizik is expanding its footwear to offer two models with the GORE-TEX Koala membrane. This addition will be ideal for winter and cold mountain biking. The TERRA ARTICA GTX shoes will be the ideal companion for MTB riders who are not afraid of the cold. The new model, with a revised design, is full of technical details that will allow for sporty outings, even in the harsh conditions of the off-season.

fizik is pleased to present its first two models of shoes equipped with GORE-TEX. After two years of work, the brand of the Italian company, Selle Royal Group, now offers a durable option for training in rougher conditions.

Out of the two models, one is dedicated to the road, the TEMPO ARTICA GTX, and the other is dedicated to the mountains, the TERRA ARTICA GTX.

The TERRA ARTICA GTX is suitable for all types of mountain biking, with enduro, cross-country, and gravel as the main disciplines. This durable mountain bike shoe lives under the motto of “for good rides in bad weather”. The TERRA ARTICA GTX shoe takes away all excuses to let poor weather get in the way of a ride. “It depends on the region of the world and personal preferences, but we had to expand our line with a real model for fall and winter rides,” says Alex Locatelli, fizik’s product manager.

While keeping the brand’s style, fizik worked on a special three-layer construction. The GORE-TEX Koala membrane is paired with an inner fleece lining to keep the feet warm and an outer layer of synthetic leather for a better look. The membrane is completely waterproof. It is impermeable to the outside elements (rain, snow, moisture, etc.) and allows ideal ventilation, allowing the shoe to breathe while keeping in your warmth. “These versatile models allow you to ride your bike while keeping your feet completely dry. The sole has also been redesigned for winter use”, says Giovanni Fogal, brand manager at fizik. More versatile than ever, the X5 outsole was redesigned for a better grip and more traction in slippery winter conditions.

In addition to the materials, the ARTICA GTX shoes are equipped with the BOA® closure system. This intelligent and patented system allows you to quickly put on and take off your shoes while keeping your gloves on. The classic laces are replaced by a stainless-steel wire that is connected to a mechanical knob that allows you to tighten, lock and loosen the laces.

This combination of the GORE-TEX membrane and the BOA system, along with a revised design, makes the TERRA ARTICA GTX models unique on the market.

The new model is offered in two unisex colors (grape and black), with sizes ranging from 36 to 48.


– GORE-TEX insulated Koala membrane
– Fleece lining
– High density PU upper + Ripstop fabric
– L6 BOA® dial D adjustment system
– X5 nylon outsole with rubber treads, 5″ stiffness rating
– Weight: 432 g
– Sizes: 36-48 (37 to 47 also in half sizes)
– TERRA : All-terrain series, designed to take you beyond your limits
– OFF-ROAD – Designed and built for off-road performance,from singletrack to gravel roads and everything in between

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In addition to spectacular slopestyle action, an unbelievable 120,000 spectators and a firework display of world’s firsts, the Red Bull District Ride 2022 also had one more novelty: For the first time in the history of the Nuremberg-based urban freeride event, five women were giving their everything on the breathtaking course between Kaiserburg and Hauptmarkt. The Red Bull TV video “Women’s Progression Session” tells their story.

Caroline Buchanan (AUS), Gemma Corbera (ESP), Patricia Druwen (GER), Kathi Kuypers (GER) and Ellie Chew (NZL) made up the quintet that was allowed to practice on an FMB Diamond mountain bike slopestyle course for the first time in history. As part of the official training sessions, the five female riders had the opportunity to prove their skills on what is probably the most spectacular slopestyle course in the world, to train with the best male riders in the world and to improve their own riding through mutual exchange. During the three days on site, they were able to tackle the various obstacles and try out what is possible at their own pace and without the pressure of competition.

Kathi Kuypers and Caroline Buchanan are seen during Red Bull District Ride 2022 in Nuremberg, Germany on September 1, 2022 // Wayne Reiche / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202209010885 // Usage for editorial use only //

The highlight for the five women was definitely the actual attendance in the Best Trick Contest of the Red Bull District Ride 2022 on Nuremberg’s packed main market. After several thrilling runs on the Big Air Jump, with Suicide No Handers, Caroline attempting a frontflip or Ellie attempting a Backflip Nac Nac, it was Gemma Corbera, who finally decided the contest with a backflip.

“Being part of the Red Bull District Ride was great. The best thing was being able to train with the guys again and have these insane jumps that I don’t have at home. The atmosphere between the riders was good as always and it was an incredible experience to ride in front of such a big crowd. I really enjoyed tackling the big jumps and I truly hope there will be more slopestyle events for women soon.” – Patricia Druwen

“The atmosphere during the Red Bull District Ride was great between us. I love riding with the girls and hanging out together, we were supporting each other and pushing each other’s levels the whole time. I’ve been dreaming about this event my whole life, and it’s made me realize that I have to keep chasing my dreams. I hope for more events like this!” – Gemma Corbera

About Red Bull District Ride

The Red Bull District Ride is the biggest urban Mountain Bike slopestyle event in the world, taking place in the old city center of Nuremberg, Germany. Highlights of the Red Bull District Ride are the Best Trick Contest on Friday evening and the Slopestyle Contest on Saturday, where the world’s best 15 MTB slopestyle riders compete.

The Red Bull District Ride follows a course from the Kaiserburg to the Hauptmarkt, where the grand finale takes place with the Big Air Jump in the heart of Nuremberg. The course leads right through the old town and is divided into five different districts, which each requires different skills from the riders. The Red Bull District Ride doesn’t feel like a pure slopestyle or freeride contest as it also includes a few elements of skate park riding, but with big jumps, drops and step-downs. A highlight in every athlete’s calendar, the Red Bull District Ride is always the scene of thrilling action and various tricks that have never been seen before, so-called “world’s firsts” on the mountain bike.

After 2005, 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2017, where 80.000 people attended the event, the Red Bull District Ride took place for the sixth time this year, attracting over 120,000 visitors. Joining the ranks of the previous winners Aaron Chase (USA), Cam McCaul (USA), Sam Pilgrim (GBR), Brandon Semenuk (CAN) and Nicholi Rogatkin (USA) was Swedish rider Emil Johansson in 2022. As a Diamond Event, the Red Bull District Ride is part of the Freeride Mountain Bike (FMB) World Tour.

Gemma Corbera performs a Backflip during Red Bull District Ride 2022 Best Trick in Nuremberg, Germany on September 2, 2022 // Wayne Reiche

ATHLETES – Thomas Genon’s Mine Line.

Thomas Genon aka Tommy G, known for one of the best styles in mountain biking is on his way to his 9th consecutive Red Bull Rampage.

Tommy showcases his proven track record for creating artistic content in his latest video project, Mine Line. Here he uses his unique riding style to pay homage to his heritage. In the heart of his Belgian roots, Mine Line sees Tommy showing his gratitude for his great-grandfather in a way only he could!

Ancestor veneration is one of the most widespread spiritual practices in the world. It is celebrated differently in different cultures, but in general, there is nothing better than honoring your history by doing what you do best.

Mine Line is all about friendship, hard work, and open-mindedness. Values that bring us to Genon’s hometown, Liège, Belgium, also home to one of the four authentic coal mines in Europe.

Tommy shows his excellent riding close to his origin by building and riding with friends in his city’s coal mine on the mine’s slag heap.

“When I look back on this project, what stands out the most are the weeks I spent with my friends, building, riding, and shooting. It was a great experience that will remain a memory of happy moments with my friends.

The idea came up some time ago, but it took a while to become a reality. Also, the fact that it was where I grew up and having my family around was amazing. The project itself is something that takes me back a few generations and is much more meaningful.” – Thomas Genon.

Two of the most well-known names in action sport filmmaking were a big part of this project: Rupert Walker, a filmmaker from Victoria, BC, and Clay Porter from California.

Rupert is known for dropping some undeniably skilled clips, both as a biker and a filmmaker. Working on various projects within the MTB scene, he frequently creates content with legends like Brandon Semenuk. Most recently releasing the amazing work of Parallel, Rupert has shown once again his talent and creativity in the latest project with Thomas Genon.

Behind the other lens was Clay Porter. Since the age of 17, Porter has dedicated his life to filmmaking, with projects all over the world. Clay has contributed to the progress of the sport with each new release and by creating films such as Deathgrip.

“Rupert is my favorite person in the world to work with. It’s the best thing in the world any time you get to work with a creative partner that you really respect.” – Clay Porter.

“It’s always good when projects go well, and you can finish without anyone getting hurt. You get to stick all the shots. I’m very happy to work with Clay, he’s like one of my best friends, and he inspires me a lot.” – Rupert Walker.

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BRANDS – ABUS AirDrop – New Full-Face Helmet for Enduro and Bikepark

ABUS is happy to present its first full-face helmet for gravity enthusiasts. The ABUS AirDrop scores big with elaborate details, its light weight, optimal fit and an affordable price. The new flagship of the mountain bike helmet portfolio of the ABUS safety experts is the result of several years of R & D with the direct support and regular input of team riders Cedric Gracia, Richie Schley and Gabriel Wibmer. Check out Gabriel and Cedric testing the Airdrop on La Palma, Canary Islands.

Autodesk VRED Design 2021

Bike park laps, steep exposed trails on the enduro bike or a session on the pump track: when it comes to speed and airtime on the mountain bike, the upgrade to all-round protection is a sensible choice. With the AirDrop, ABUS now has a full- face helmet in its range that offers complete protection, easy handling, and a high level of comfort, while also being visually impressive.

The fit is one of the most important criteria when choosing a helmet: the AirDrop can be adjusted at the back of the head using the practical Zoom-Ace adjustment system, which has been fully integrated into the well-known MIPS system. The cheek pads are removable, washable and available in different sizes for a truly individual fit. The height-adjustable visor comes with a break-away mechanism in the event of a heavy crash. The open design on the front provides an excellent field of vision and suits a wide variety of goggles, while the movable visor allows for an action-cam mount. The padded layers on the helmet’s underside, aptly named Collarbone Protection, protect the collarbone in the event of a crash.

All-round mountain bike talent Gabriel Wibmer was able to test the helmet extensively: “I really enjoyed riding with the new ABUS AirDrop helmet. The fit, the performance and of course the light weight makes it a perfect choice for a ride with the enduro and the downhill bike. Besides the performance, the new helmet has a unique and awesome look which perfectly fits my style.”
ABUS relies on tried and tested materials for production. The helmet is produced using the InMold process, which means that the outer shell is durable connected to the shock-absorbing EPS. The chin guard is made of ABS material. The core is improved with the Acti-Cage, a structural reinforcement to optimize stability, which allows for larger ventilation openings. A total of eleven air inlets on the front and six outlets on the back ensure perfect air circulation so that the helmet can also be worn easily when pedaling uphill. Thanks to a further opening at ear level, the Ambient Sound Channel, you always stay aware of your surroundings. All AirDrop models are equipped with MIPS and are QUIN ready, so they can easily be upgraded with the QUIN system for crash detection, which is already fully integrated in the top model only.

Downhill and freeride veteran Cedric Gracia has incorporated his wishes and feedback into the ABUS AirDrop and is more than happy with the result: “I am so happy about the final product. What I love the most about the helmet is definitely the fitting system. It’s super easy to put on and fits perfectly. Also, the breathability is working perfect, and your head is not overcooking. I never had any problems with fogging even in the summer heat. We know there are a lot of helmets on the market, but I think we raised the game. I am so proud and I think people are going to be surprised.”

During this years Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg (Germany) mountain bike fans could already check out the Airdrop at the ABUS booth. ABUS wasn’t only official event partner but was also represented through two world class riders: Lucas Huppert and Tom Isted just recently joined the ABUS roster and entertained the crowd of more than 100,000 spectators with their spectacular runs which ranked seventh and eighth.

• Certifications: CPSC, DIN EN 1078
• Sizes: S / M (52 – 58 cm), L / XL (58 – 62 cm)
• Weight: 790 g (S / M), 890 g (M / XL) (+5 g for QUIN models)
• Four colours: black gold, concrete grey, polar white, velvet black, QUIN model in velvet black matt