DIRTRAG MAG “Spotted in the pits – Windham World Cup tech report”

KHS DH650b

KHS Factory Team Manager Quinton Spaulding is totally psyched about 650b wheels for downhill racing. He told us that based on his prototype testing, the tween wheels offer traction advantages with no compromise in handling. “Nothing lost, only gained,” was his executive summary.

KHS is fully committed to the production of an all-new DH650b model, based on the suspension platform used on the company’s current DH300 bike (shown here). The first production bikes are due off the line in about six weeks. Look for KHS rider Logan Binggeli to pilot the DH650b at the upcoming Red Bull Rampage in Virgin River, Utah.

The plan is to have the Factory Team riders thoroughly test the DH650b throughout the end of the 2012 and into 2013, with an anticipated release to the public in late 2013 or early 2014.
Submitted by K-Man on Tue, 07/03/2012 – 09:15

By Karl Rosengarth and Jon Pratt

DirtRag Mag

Pro GRT # 3 – Plattekill, NY

Photos: Mike Lord & Six3Events

KHS was an early arrival for stop # 3 of the Pro GRT  Gravity Tour in Roxbury, NY. We hit the driving range…

and played a little “ping pong”.

Our good friends Laszlo and his “crew”  (from  PLATTEKILL Bike Park), showered us with the “FINEST” treatment,  from shuttling us to feeding us…THANKS so much guys!! 

Besides having access to a Pro Bike Wash, we had full use of a local bike shop.

A special thanks goes out to Chris Nolan of Plattekill Bike Park,  for allowing us access to their bike shop … YOU GUYS ROCK!

We discussed lines one more time before qualifying, and then it was time to do the work.

I had a solid qualifier. making sure to hit all my lines clean – I ended up 19th on the seeding list.

Binggeli had a fast qualifying run holding down 6th Place.

Aiello too had a fast qualifier (even with a small mishap) and ended up 10th.

Keeping our machines clean and dialed between qualifying and racing is imperative.

If you don’t have a Clean Well tuned machine, your chances of winning are significantly sabotaged.

My race run was pretty similar to my qualifier. I managed to shave 3 seconds off my qualifying time, (which was my goal for the race run). 

Binggeli’s race run was strong,  good enough for 7th place and a very important top 10 finish.

Aiello’s race run went way better than his qualifier… he SNATCHED up the 5th spot on the podium on the day!

The trip took a turn for the better when Aiello hit the wood for KHS Factory Racing!! – ON THE WOOD IS GOOD!!

Say good-bye to good friends and it’s off to Italy for the 2nd World Cup on the UCI DHI Tour.

Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

All the best,
Q.

Pro GRT # 2 – Vernon, NJ

Photos: Mike Lord & six3events

Words: Quinton Spaulding

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KHS was in Vernon, NJ this past weekend for round number two on the Pro GRT Tour.

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KHS Factory Racing videographer Travis Fant joined us for another first class race edit – STAY TUNED!

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Making it happen on the road ain’t easy… if you witnessed Travis AKA “Fant Films” at work he may make you think otherwise.

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Here is a view of Vernon from the chairlift at Mountain Creek Bike Park – AWESOME!

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Aiello on track and looking sharp during the first training session.

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And enough STYLE for all of NJ!

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Binggeli got up to speed real quick with his Nations flag on his sleeve… USA USA USA!!!

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Custom cutting our KENDA TIRES for the rough terrain on the East Cost is a must.

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Shade and hydration are so commonly overlooked when racing, so we are pretty regimental about staying on top of it!

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I certainly had a BLAST training and racing on the new track.

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It was a little more “wide open” than usual, this made it fun to attack!

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I had a solid run on the day and placed 28th.

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Aiello was on a super pinned race run but unfortunately went down in one of the major rock gardens. He still managed to finish 20th.

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Binggeli was close to the pace on the day… But finished just off the podium in 8th.

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In the big scheme of things KHS Factory Racing had a solid weekend, however at this level and with this amount of support we expect to be on the wood.

We are off to New York, PLATTEKILL to be exact and hope to redeem ourselves there with a BIG FINISH!

Please stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

All the best,
Q.

Sea Otter Classic – Monterey, CA

Photos By: Monique Spaulding / Stephanie Wolf & Mike Lord / six3events.com 

Words by: Quinton Spaulding

It is always good to see the Otter, we’ve known each other for a long time now!

This is why it is called the Sea Otter “CLASSIC”!!

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Extremely busy, Wayne D. Gray (Vice President – KHS)took time out of his schedule for a brief visit with us… great seeing you Wayne D!

Slalom was the first discipline on the agenda for our guys. This is an awesome event… I hope to see it replace 4X sooner than later.

This was a great view of the slalom track from our pits.

I believe that if  there were more slalom events, there would be way more downhillers participating.

It would also pull in more spectators for the tight head-to-head racing.

Blake Carney put on a stellar performance for KHS, qualifying 11th, taking 11th place on the day.

Carney will be racing all the 4X UCI World Cup events this year… we wish him the absolute best!

KHS Fans were a prominent feature in and about the crowds…

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… and so were the Monterey PD, always keeping an eye on things!

A regular at the Sea Otter event, and our friends from the “Coffee Cart” were out there in the very early morning hours serving FREE delicious  Espresso coffee.

The most common request at the Sea Otter Classic you ask??… STICKERS – “Got any stickers??”

A scene from the Lake that separates the Team Tech areas from the Retail vendors.

Downhill on Sunday took place on a revamped Otter track, which flowed well, and was a vast improvement from previous tracks for sure.

Logan Binggeli’s goal for the DH, was to achieve top ten. Considering the nature of this track (larger, longer 4x) and the depth of the field that would be a valuable result.

Binggeli “laying down the power” during Sunday’s final.

He finished in a very good 14th out of 105 Elite athletes. Great top 15 finish!

Chris Heath has worked hard in the off season.

Fondly known by his team mates as the “Heath Bomb”… Chris bombs down the track during Sundays race run.

Heath placed a Strong 20th place, putting two of the KHS riders in the “creme of the crop” top twenty at Sea Otter.

Kevin Aiello had a small bobble at the top of the track.

He still pinned it… and “show boated” for the crowds!

I too got off to a bad start and never really recovered… story of my life at Sea Otter! Maybe next year Top 40?!

The Sea Otter Classic has always been an AWESOME event and we will always be there! Big SHOUT OUT to Skip Latham for all he does to make this happen!

Mens Pro DH Top 50

Pack it up… pack it in! This was the end of a long road trip. Time to re-group, train and prepare even harder for the East Coast races that will separate the men from the boys!

Until Next Time!

Q.