Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ride along with Mikey Haderer in Chile

Mikey takes us down the course at VCA...

"Telluride local Trevor Martin takes a journey down south to South America to take part in an international urban downhill mountain bike race known as the Valparaiso Cerro Abajo in Valparaiso, Chile. Unfortunately, after confronting a handrail at the bottom of a set of stairs, he had to forfeit the event. (great crash footage in the credits) Thanks to Mikey Haderer for sporting the camera afterwords for Unofficial! Better luck next year!!"

Valparaiso Cerro Abajo 2012 - Trevor Martin from UnofficialNetworks.com on Vimeo.

Ouch Trevor!  We wish you better luck next year!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Tracey Hannah wins 2012 Australian National Championships

Congrats to Tracey Hannah who took the Australian National Championships! She won by more than 8sec in front of the best Australian riders aboard her Morewood Izimu.  Seriously...can you name another handmade adjustable geo DH bike with a Cane Creek Double Barrel for around $2,100?  That's right...on usa.morewoodbikes.com we spec this bad boy with a Cane Creek shock.  Yes, we ship internationally...but contact your Morewood distro.

That's beside the point.  Tracey has killed it every round in the series!  Here in a few weeks Tracey will switch from her Izimu to a Makulu and attack the World Cup Circuit.  Congrats and good luck!  Go Tracey go!

Tracey Hannah - 2:15:07
Jill Kintner - 2:23:59
Shelly Flood - 2:31:77
Alyssa Lyons - 2:36:01
Lisa Mathison - 2:42:80

Friday, February 24, 2012

Makulu Builds...

How will you build your Makulu?

Jared Hobbs
Ryan Sholes
Ben Weaver's "The Darkness"

Scott Punt's "Jiggly Puff"
Ben McClelland
Ned Kajko's "Man Camp"
Lance Tueller

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tracy Hannah Practicing at the Nationals

The Izimu is on it's way to yet ANOTHER National title.
You want a Tracey Hannah Replica Pink Izimu?  Yeah, we can do that.  Hit "CUS" for color in the cart.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Reaper Madness Makulu Cam

Ride along with Ben McClelland at Downhill Mike's Reaper Madness.  Ben placed 10th in Pro Mens DH and 6th in the Open Unchained DH.  See how awesome you will be on a Makulu?  Take a closer look here.

Reaper Madness DH from Ben McClelland on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Podiums, Loss of Shorts...iXS Morewood Factory Report

The iXS Morewood Factory Team attacked two races in two countries over the weekend.  Mikey Haderer hopped onto a Morewood Izimu and headed South for the Valpariso Cerro Abajo Urban DH race in Chile while the Harmonys headed to Boulder City, Nevada to compete in the Reaper Madness Super D and DH.

Valpariso Cerro Abajo
In Chile Mikey made go with a bike that had been assembled hours before departure.  Mikey is known for his red, white, and blue bikes.  When the red, white, and blue frame arrived the red Deity bar, stem, and grips were icing on the cake!  The bike was lacking the teams standard rear shock, the ultimate in adjustment, the Cane Creek Double Barrel.  Unfortunately, the bike was a bit under sprung for giant leaps to flat.

Mikey Haderer:
I survived but not exactly any sort of result...had a near death in qualifying that actually pulled my pants all the way off and then same spot in finals and a massive bottom out bounce that sent me into the guard fence.
After qualifying Mikey gave an interview to the live feed of 88,000+ viewers who got to watch Mikey butcher the Spanish language.  This was a bit of a dry run for Mikey on the Izimu but he is confident about the future.  Soon Mikey will be aboard the Morewood Makulu, for you fans out there we will also get Mikey tighter shorts.  Stay tuned!

Valparaíso Cerro Abajo 2012 from VCA on Vimeo.

Reaper Madness
Meanwhile in Bootleg Canyon, Jackie and Dante Harmony were about to hit the DH race at Downhill Mike's Reaper Madness!  Shipping and other issues delayed the arrival of the Harmony's team bikes.  Some sponsors like Marzocchi and MRP carried over from last seasons bikes.  The Harmony's ran their newly acquired VP-69 Pedals and iXS Slope EVO guards.  Like Mikey, the Harmony's will be decked out ready to go on the next outing.  

Dante had gathered up a 6th in the Pro Super D on Saturday while Jackie has suffered some issues on a borrowed bike.  Fellow iXS rider Josh Bender lent Jackie his 29er for the Super D.  Out of the gate things appeared to be going fine when Jackie heard an awful sound from the derailleur.  Looking down she saw that the chain had just ate the rear derailleur.  To no avail she wrestled the chain to make the bike coastable.  This was not her race.  On the other hand she eventually crossed the finish line and earned enough money to buy Bender a new Rear Derailleur!  Doh!

In the DH Jackie went to business as usual and took both the Womens Pro DH and the Womens Unchained DH.  Dante pulled a 12th in the Unchained DH out of 52 entered riders.  

Photo by Leslie Pitts

Pro Racer Ben McClelland took 10th in the Pro DH.  You may remember Ben from his Fontana race where he broke his chain.  Read that post HERE.   Ben put his chainless DH skills to the test in Boulder City in the Open Chainless race where he ended up in 6th place.  Awesome work Ben...can't wait to get you in full iXS gear!  Ben is also adding the smoothness of a Cane Creek Double Barrel to his already sick Morewood Makulu.

Photo by Kris Burke

Monday, February 20, 2012

DH New Zealand Cup Wellington - United Ride Trip

Here is a summary of the 5th National NZ cup in Wellington from the inside of the Hutchinson United Ride. The team hit the road for 1 week to get prepared for the 2012 season. It was a good race weekend for us with Fabien's victory and Guillaume's 4th place (U19).   Yet another win for the legendary Morewood Makulu.

Enjoy this little video which shows you how Kiwis drive a scooter!

1 - Fabien Cousinie / 2:08.14
2 - Brook Mc Donald / 2:08.49
3 - Markus Pekoll / 2:08.50
4 - Richard Leacock / 2:10.34
5 - Bryn Dickerson / 2:10.54

1 - Louis Hamilton / 2:15.08
2 - Reece Potter / 2:16.36
3 - Kurt Summerfield / 2:17.42
4 - Guillaume Cauvin / 2:17.54
5 - Lawrence Cawte / 2:20.05

DH New Zealand Cup Wellington - United Ride Trip on pinkbike.com

Friday, February 10, 2012

Makulu has left the building...

2012 model frames are shipping now...

The first Makulus, Kalulas and Izimus are now available from stock.

Second delivery is expected in early March, but they are already back ordered.

Get your name on one now, call direct or go to your LBS and have them call us to set up an account,  Lance is waiting by the phone to answer all your questions, including "can I really get a Tracey Hannah replica?"

Tracey Pic on VitalMTB

This article on VitalMTB features Tracey rocking her Pink Izimu.  You know, that Morewood Izimu that she is using to sweep the National series starts at $1516.84 (w/o shock)!  Clearly it is going to pull in another National title.  2008 US DH Mens Title...won on an Izimu, and the list goes on.  Cool article, check it out!
Personal Progression: Photographing a Race with Only One Lens
Round 3 of the Australian Mountain Bike National Series was on this past weekend and I gave myself a photo challenge.  Shoot with nothing more than a 300mm. No zoom, no flashes, no fisheye, nothing that I normally use...(Continued on VitalMTB)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Team Spy Shot

Jackie and Mikey are itching to get their hands on the new Makulu team bikes, and rumor has it that the little pixies at Morewood SA have been gathering all the magic dust they could to produce some very special frames for the US Team.

Meanwhile, back at base the design peeps have been playing with decal layout.

More to come

Monday, February 6, 2012

Superbowl Weekend = Two Podiums for Morewood!

In the Superbowl this weekend...oh wait, who cares?  Morewood picked up a couple of podiums thanks to Tracey Hannah and Richard Santana Ramos!  

Tracey got top spot in Pro Women on the third stop of The Australian National Series.  Watch an interview video of Tracey HERE on Vimeo.  This was Tracey's first race aboard her new adjustable geo Izimu!
 (Photos: UnitedRide)
The 2011 Champion of Gran Canaria Richard Santana Ramos pulled a 2nd on the podium at the first stop of the Gran Canaria Cup!  Richard was aboard his spectacularly equipped Makulu.    
 Congrats to Tracey and Richard on their top spots this weekend! 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Morewood Bikes at 2012 Sea Otter...

The iXS Morewood Factory Team will be joined by the Hutchinson UnitedRide Team, iXS Grammo Enduro Team, and a few privateers.  That is a LOT of Makulus...Makuli?  Of course maybe we will just break out a Sukuma or two.

iXS Morewood Factory
Jacqueline Harmony (Can/USA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Mikey Haderer (USA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Dante Harmony (USA) - Pro DH - Makulu

Hutchinson UnitedRide
Mick Hannah (AUS) - Pro DH - Makulu
Tracey Hannah (AUS) - Pro DH - Izimu
Fabien Cousinie (FRA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Guillaume Cauvin (FRA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Timothy Bentley (RSA) - Pro DH - Makulu

iXS Grammo Enduro
Jared Hobbs (USA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Avery Morin (USA) - Kalula
Wyatt Morin (USA) - Izimu

iXS Morewood 
Ben McClelland (USA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Ryan Sholes (USA) - Cat 1 DH - Makulu
Scott Punt (USA) - Cat 1 DH - Makulu
Ned Kajko (USA) - Cat 1 DH - Makulu

Kyle Davids (RSA) - Pro DH - Makulu
Danny Mendoza (USA) - Cat 1 DH - Makulu

Wishing we could add...

Melic Bros Racing
Richard Santana Ramos (ESP) - Pro DH - Makulu

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Morewood continues with United Ride

Hutchinson United Ride have announced their line up for 2012.

Continuing with Morewood bikes and now with Mick and Tracey Hannah

Check out the full press release  HERE

We are stoked to see another top female aboard Morewood and cant wait to see what results Tracey and Jackie can get between them at the North American WC rounds.

Last Piece of the Puzzle...

For weeks I have been asked about the DH forks for the iXS Factory Morewood Team's Morewood Makulu frames.  The team is pleased to announce that they will be running the 2012 Marzocchi 888 RC3 Evo V2 Titanium forks with a special tune.  Can you feel the butter?

Jackie won the Pan American Champs aboard this for last year and cleaned up several podiums at Colorado Crankworx as well.  This year Mikey Haderer will put the 888 to the test in February at the Urban DH race in Chile.  Stay tuned for more details and be sure to "like" the iXS Morewood Factory Team on Facebook!