KTM Lycan Test and Review

I had the opportunity to test out the KTM Lycan 274. This is the absolute first KTM to the Treasure Valley of what most certainly will be many. The Boise Bike Wrench is the dealer bringing these KTMs in and Dave was good enough to let me be there for the first bike unboxing, build, and initial rides.

On their dirt bike side, KTM is very good about having their bikes race ready just as they come from the factory and this mountain bike is obviously the same way. This is the base model and Dave has these for $1,700 and change. You really get a lot of bike for that price. It is a 27.5 / 650B. Bike came packaged / protected really well, better than most any I’ve seen. The frame has some of the best looking / cleanest welds I’ve ever seen on a mountain bike.

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 125mm rear travel via 4 bar link is designed perfectly to be totally isolated from both pedalling and braking forces. Rear Rock Shox air shock also locks out. The lower shock mount is on the front of the swing arm pivot and this design really helps isolate the rear suspension from braking forces keeping it fully active in all conditions.

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120mm Rock Shox front has remote lock out as well, making this an absolute XC climbing beast.

It has a solid mix of mostly Deore and an XT rear derailleur. 3 x 10 gearing came stock.

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180mm rotors front and rear are solid.

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The way I rode the bike was totally box stock, all but the pedals. We threw on some really good platforms.

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The bike rode awesome, climbed much better than me. It’s really an all mountain / XC bike as delivered and the ride I gave it was about 24 miles of mostly downhill with a few climbs. We rode from Bogus down to Hidden Springs via Eastside trail, Sweet Connie trail, and Chuckar Butte trail. This gave plenty of miles and conditions to get a solid feel for the bike and see any weeknesses it might have.

The bike rode awesome. Climed well and decended well too. It was very predictable and confidence inspiring through the sketchy rocky sections. The rear suspension package delivered exactly as it should. It just did not bob when pedalling hard and it stayed active under heavy braking conditions too. It gave a really solid feel side to side. I did “land” a jump into a steep sandy rocky spot just wrong and crash (sorry about the scratches on the bike Dave) but that was totally operator error and not the bike.

My over all impressions were extremely positive. I’d highly recomend this bike as is, especially for XC riders. It’s just a good solid performer that will take a rider to the podium and bring a smile to their face.

The only things I’d change are more for personal prefference than anything else. I am more of a DH type rider than XC too, and so my changes would be to set up the bike more for that than the XC set up it comes with. I’d go with a shorter stem and riser bars, a more DH oriented front tire, and probably a 150 or so mm travel front fork just to rake the front out a little more than the 68 degree head it currently sits at.

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Brodie Jenson and Kore North at NW Cup race Mt. Hood Ski Bowl

Meridian’s Kore North Cycles team kicked ass at Mt. Hood Ski Bowl in the NW Cup Series. Here are the official results on the NW Cup page:

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Brodie Jensen, in particular is really making a name for him self, both locally as well as on the NW Cup circut. He got the silver at Hood in the 15-18 year old Cat 2 men’s class and we couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s got a great future in the sport ahead of him.

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Kore North Results From Port Angeles, WA at The NW Cup Series 16 May

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The folks at Kore North really have it going on this season. Ryan has put together a killer team and they are getting great results. All this success is obviously a direct result of all of the hard work by the team riders them selves, and also from having the killer set up on the Intense bikes that Ryan is building there. They have a great thing going on both sides of that coin. Props to Kore North and their team for doing all of the hard work and making the road trips to these other bigger race series events. You guys are awesome.

Ryan checked in on FB with the results. Lets hear it in his words:

Our team is bad ass ! Randy Barton 2nd cat 1 , Chris Shaw 3rd cat 3 Matt Dike 3rd cat 3 Ryan Gould 2nd cat 3 Austin Cantwell 2nd cat 3 . Thank you to all our friends and family for all the support and to all our sponsors ‪#‎intensecycles‬ ‪#‎deitycomponents‬ #100% ‪#‎dvosuspension‬ ‪#‎ourcustomersareourfriends‬ ‪#‎intensebombers‬ ‪#‎flyracing‬ ‪#‎flyracingusa

Dogs On The Trails

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It’s getting that time of year that we are seeing more and more dogs on the trails. This brings up a few things that are really worth noting here.

The first and most obvious for us as MTB riders is to keep out eyes open for the dogs. The very last thing any of us would ever want to do is to have an accident involving or hurting some one’s best friend. To that extent it is also very important for the dog owners to keep good control of their 4 legged friends. This is really a two way street.

For those who like to take their dogs when riding to give the dog a good run, it’s important to bring water for the dog as well as for your self. They can suffer from dehydration just as we can. Be careful when riding with the dogs too for when they cut right in front of you. Falling off the bike would be bad enough, but for the dog, it can be much worse. Running over a dog’s leg for instance would probably be a broken leg and would change that dog’s life in a very negative way.

The next point is for the dog owners to be sure to pick up after their dogs so that it doesn’t become a doggie bathroom. Most are really good about this, but as with most things, it only takes the actions of a few to create a bad name for the many. Carry a bag and pick it up. It’s just the right thing to do. No one wants to step in that.

The Ridge To Rivers folks did a great jon on their maps showing where dogs are allowed off leash as well. Please observe these rules. Again, it’s just the right thing to do. Their map is accessable HERE

We do have rattle snakes in our foot hills, so getting the dogs trained up to avoid snakes is a great thing to do. Also it’s another great reason to keep good control of your pets. Most dogs do not survive rattle snake bites and personally speaking, I love my dog. We also have tics in our foot hills, and so a flea and tic collar is a great little insurance policy. One should also check the dog over for tics after a walk through the trails.

These simple guidelines should really be common sense, but as we all know, common sense just isn’t very common.

Boise & Eagle, ID Named As Gold Level Ride Center By I.M.B.A.

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This was published in the Albany Democrat-Herald / Corvallis Gazette Times in Western Oregon South of Portland. We are getting noticed nationally for our mountainbiking and that is just huge for our biking community as well as for the tourist aspect.

I.M.B.A. has name Boise-Eagle as 1 of only 4 gold level riding centers in the entire USA. The other 3 are Park City, UT, Duluth, MN, and Oakridge, OR.  The best part of all this is that we are not done building it all up yet. It will only get better from here.

Kore North NW Cup DH Race 24 April Results In Port Angeles, WA

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Some of the guys from Kore North Cycles in Meridian made the trip to Port Angeles, WA for the NW Cup Series DH opener and really kicked some major ass over there. Great job Kore North!!! We are just SO proud of you!!!

Here is there results in Ryan’s words from Kore North:

Our team kicked ass at port angles WA ! Brody Jensen 3rd in cat 2 , Austin Cantwell 3rd in cat 3 his first race 💥👊 Randy Barton 7th in cat 1 and Chris Shaw 4 th in cat 3 her first Dh race !! 🏁👍🏼🚴🏽💨🏆🏆🏆🎉‪#‎ourcustomersareourfriends‬ ‪#‎intensecycles‬ ‪#‎intensebombers‬ ‪#‎magiksc

 

The KTMs Are Coming!!! The KTMs Are Coming!!!

Our friend Dave Seamons at the Boise Bike Wrench is now our source for KTM bikes. KTM is basically my favorite dirt bike and I’ve really wanted to ride one of their mountain bikes for some time now. This is huge news for the Boise bike community as well as for Dave.

Lets here it in Dave’s words:

Did I mention @ktmbikesusa ? ‪#‎boisebikewrench‬ ‪#‎thebikewrench‬ ‪#‎bikewrench‬ ‪#‎ktmbikes‬ ‪#‎ktmbikesusa‬ discover the difference of “hand built in Austria” The Boise Bike Wrench is your source for KTM Bikes! Hit me up and let’s get your new bike on the trail!

1934, 25-year-old Hans Trunkenpolz opened a small shop and began to sell DKW-motorcycles. As the demand for repairs started descending, he began to build light motorcycles. The venture was later supported by Ernst Kronreif. This cooperation is the reason for KTM’s name: K and T from the founder’s names, and M for Mattighofen, the site of the company.

In 1964, the first KTM bike was born, it was the birth of today’s KTM Fahrrad GmbH, internationally known as KTM Bike Industries.

Just like our first bikes in 1964, KTM is proud to label the bikes that we make today “Made in Austria”. This mark doesn’t only describe the location of our factory and headquarters, but represents a mark of pride in delivering Austrian made products that are fueled with cutting edge design and manufacturing.

Through the 70’s and 80’s KTM saw continued success and growth, including the sponsorship of Walter Obersberger from Braunau (Austria) who won multiple national championships & competed in several world championship events.

In 1989, KTM set a major milestone in the production of it’s millionth bike, and today we continue to produce roughly 200,000 bikes per year, despite a restructuring in 2001 that saw the separation of KTM’s business units.

As of 2015, more than 300 employees are working in our offices and factory in Mattighofen, a small town in upper Austria between Salzburg and Braunau, and the company is turning over nearly €120 M annually.

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New trail for the kids at the Eagle Mountain Bike Park

I saw on the news last night, 30 April 2016, that they just finished building another kids trail at the Eagle Mountain Bike Park called Snoop Loop. That’s not on the maps yet, but’s absolutely a great thing to be building the trails for the kids as well as the more experienced riders. The kids are the future of our sport. Props to BAMBA for that.