Thanks to Angelo Ferrara, Some great shot of his new build Travers DIRTi.
Full Shimano-Road Ultegra build with absoluteBLACK chainrings and Travers DIRTi carbon DIRT Prong forks.
Whoop, whoop, its raining, winter is coming! it can only mean one thing! CYCLOCROSS!
Every Travers DIRTi is a bespoke build, send your dream spec list for a quote...Shimano, SRAM, Campag, Enve, Chris King, Hope Tec, Extralite, Nextie. Frames in stock ready to build up.
Titanium bottle cage bolts are very popular this week. The rainbow one in particular. Just £3.99 a pair.
A warm WEMBO welcome to Steve Day, a man with a plan.
After a bit of a nightmare of a race in Italy with 2 crashes and a tree to head interface (which destroyed my helmet!), I’m looking forward to Fort William. Having been diagnosed with DVT earlier in the year, the start of 2018 hasn’t been great, but a recent trip to the Nevis Range after being signed-off as fit to race again, has left me in a positive place regarding this event with it being my only focus for the rest of the year. Bring it on Scotland, I’d love to get that third WEMBO Singlespeed jersey on soil closer to home!
Thanks to everyone that has continued to support me through the year so far - E3Coach.com, Travers Bikes, Lauf, Exposure Lights, Fibrax, VeeTire, Precision Hydration, Lezyne & Squirt Cycling Products.
Another tough weekend of 24 hour racing. Myself and Jake were pit crewing for Russ this weekend at Pivot TwentyFour12. After 9 months of training Russ was aiming to regain his 24 hour solo Vets title he won 2 years ago.
Conditions started out unexpectedly dry for the first 7-8 hours (although a very windy), the start of the race was very uneventful, Russ was feeling good and was swapping the lead with Martin Handley. Knowing the conditions were to get worse, Russ was taking a bit longer in the pits, making sure he ate properly which allowed him to lap quicker and pull out a small lead going into the night.
As it stated to get dark the rain came down and the winds got up gusting upto 50/60mph, tough condition for everyone riding, there was nothing to do but for Russ to put his head down and crack on. We continued with slightly longer stops feeding Russ with proper food and cups of tea to keep him warm, plus changing into dry clothes to keep the motivation up. The course tuned into a skating rink with almost zero grip in the wooded section with slippery roots and rocks.
About midnight Martin caught and started to extend his lead over Russ each lap until about 5 in the morning giving him a 24 min lead. The rain and wind were still hammering us, Russ started to struggled by 6 Russ was broken, he could no longer control the bike on the flat technical sections let alone Cottage Return (downhill section that bring you back into the arena), as where practically all the other riders, with hardly anyone else still managing to do a lap in the conditions, Reluctantly Russ decided to stop, get warm and some sleep.
I couldn't sleep, so about 7:30 I went to the arena area to check out the timing screen and see how everyone else was doing. To my surprise there was no arena left! The race had be cancelled at 7 due to the conditions with half the signing-on tent collapsed and gazebo and trees being blowing across the course, it was the only safe thing to do.
I rushed back to tell Russ the podium was still a possibility until....waiting for the prize giving I realised that Russ hadn't finished the last lap! We were all so tired, he had stopped in the pits to refuel with the intention of carrying on but was so cold he couldn't but instead of rolling round the corner to finish the lap, he got changed and went to sleep. It probably cost Russ 3rd place. Its crazy to think that after racing 19 hours of racing another 100 meters made all the difference. What a great race, the top 3 riders on the podium thoroughly deserved to be there, it was amazing to see all the training the riders have been putting in, making such close racing. Russ eventually finished 4th
The top 3 in the Vets solo 24 hour race
1st Martin Handley
2nd Jason Wells
3rd Jamie Ward
Amazing effort, well done to everyone, roll on next year!
Used Lauf Boost TR Regular for riders 65kg and above.
No scratches, the steerer is cut down to 190mm, Matte Black. Just 499
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Review on the Travers SOFTi. by Stuart Carmichael
See below a few pictures from my recent adventure in Scotland on my Travers SOFTi.
It’s the sort of riding I had in mind when I approached Michael Travers about building a Ti softail - something for long days back to back on single and double track where carrying the bike was a strong possibility.
It’s a 29r with room for 3” tyres so I can keep it comfortable without lots of suspension.
For this trip I ran tubeless Maxxis Forekaster tyres 2.25 rr 2.35ft on Mikes 35mm wide rims; the idea was for good air volume but not too draggy.
With a 100mm fork and 80mm available at the rear the balance between traction on loose climbs, comfort all day and fun factor on the descents was better than I had hoped for. I put a lot of this down to the frame geometry; well done Mike.
The bike climbs so well it feels like it’s accelerating! There is the perfect amount of compliance out back to keep the rear tyre in contact with the ground without pinging about and there was no bob the DTSwiss shox, it had three settings - open, climb and lock but such was the positive action I kept it open the whole time even on steep tarmac climbs!
On rocky fast descents line choice was no problem, the bike was stable and solid through twisty loose switchbacks as well as open let it all go straighter stuff even with only 100mm fork - perfect head tube angle.
On two feet being Ti it’s still light enough to carry for mile or so and get over eight foot high deer fencing!
Can this bike do it all? It’s pretty damn close, I raced a couple of the Kings Lynn Mtb club winter series on it in the three hour vets and managed 4th in the series.
So to sum up - best bike I’ve had, well done Mike, and I’ve had a lot of bikes but this is a keeper.
If you want a test ride then give me a shout.
Just 1 week to go before online entries close for the final round of the #TraversMTBSeries. The weather forecast is looking perfect 23º and sunny, bring your lunch and suntan lotion...and bike!
The jumps are ready for the dual slalom, nice little kick if you want to get some air or easily rollable. Thanks to John Forsyth for his help with design and construction.
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Internal cables/hoses are extremely easy to install on the Travers RUSSTi. Simply before installing the forks in the frames headtube guide the gear cable/brake hose in to the rear internal hose/cable entrance (nearest the seat tube). If it doesn't pop out into the headtube you might need to help guide it with your finger to the exit. That's it, no fishing around with a piece of wire/magnet/vacuum inside the tube!
Depending on the cable/hose you use it might rattle around inside the tube when going over rocky sections. There is a very simple solution.
You will need cable frame protector. Here is am using a Fibrax spiral frame protector because they are easy to wrap around the cable in a tight confined space.
You only need 1 protector per cable/hose, cutting it in half makes it easier to put on the cable/hose.
Install the cable/hose, cut it to length but do not attach the brake or run the cable through the rear mech.
Pull the cable forward about 30cm, install the cable protector over the cable/hose, then slide the cable hose back inside the frame. I found 1 was enough to stop any noise but you can add a cable protector every 10 cm, just by sliding the cable in smaller steps and adding another cable protector.
Do the same on the other cable/hose.
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