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ANY TRAIL. ANY TIME. NO SHORTCUTS When designing the all new Genius, we wanted to finish with a bike that was perfect for our backyard. We wanted a bike that could clear any climb and tackle any descent. A bike for any trail, any time. What we got is exactly that, and much more. Capable, lightweight, fun, the all new Genius is just calling for the mountains.

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LAW OF NATURE The Trans Julius team is not huge, but even superheroes in fairytales manage almost everything themselves. So, from an almost unrealistic wish to create a great mountain bike story under the mountains of the Alps, the first multi-day mountain bike adventure named Trans Julius was born. To be honest, we only borrowed courage from the superheroes; everything else is the result of countless hours of work and the fact that we did not count on miracles at any stage. Much like superhero stories, we heard that certain things could not be done and that countless other things would limit us: all of which are part of the recipe to any good fairytale. However, since we weren’t setting out to create a fairytale, but more so an unforgettable experience for all nature lovers, we joined forces with all who lived and worked for the nature. We created a story where a lot of good was being done, especially for her - Mother Nature. By the laws of nature, only the strongest survive, and we did - by combining our forces.

A mountain biker is by nature a traveler in search off all hidden corners of the world, soaking in the sun’s rays, raindrops or just the purest oxygen provided by nature. He or she is a hedonist, who indulge in great food and drink made by true alpine cooks; and also an egoist, who never has enough, and even after the hardest of rides thinks: “when and where will the ride take me next time?” A small but hearty land under the Alps is the most common answer – and The Trans Julius Pocket Magazine was created just for that. We didn’t want to only provide our slogan and an attractive photo on a poster; we wanted to offer answers – both to local and foreign mountain bikers. The stories that you’ll find on the upcoming pages are our views on the life of a mountain biker and the people who inspire us. Alongside these, you will also find more superheroes outside in our alpine nature, creating inspiring mountain biking stories – and for all these stories, the sunny days in the Alps are long enough for you to enjoy and experience them trough your own eyes.

Trans Julius Pocket Magazine. Issue I. Promotional material. Cover photo: Mitja Sodja. April 2018. Circulation: 4.000 copies. Managing editor: Vesna Stanić. Photos: Mitja Sodja, Gregor Skoberne, Primož Ravnik. Authors: Vesna Stanić, Primož Ravnik, Gašper Budkovič, Gašper Kos, Gregor Skoberne, Matjaž Bogataj. Illustrations: Maruša Žemlja. Design: Gašper Budkovič. Proofreading: Barbara Šubelj, Monique Andrade, Vinka Kerkez. Publisher: Trans Julius, Institute for mountain biking development. Print: ArtMania d.o.o. E D I T O R I A L



4 days, 4 different locations, local cuisine after each day, and 100 new MTB friends! 4-day enduro MTB adventure Trans Julius is going to take place in the Julian Alps in Slovenia from 21st to 24th June 2018. Due to a national holiday on 25th June there is going to be an additional day for mountain biking in Bike&Fun Park Cerkno. The last day of competition a mass start is going to take place for all who love team rivalry on two wheels. This year Cerkno, Most na Soči and Bohinj will be joined by Kranjska Gora. 1st day - Kranjska Gora First day in Kranjska Gora is going to start with the prologue to the event. The second part of the day will be a night stage. There will also be a lot of mountain biking activities for children during the whole day, and the Trans Julius Opening party will be sure to bring out the party animals in all the riders.

are going to transfer with the car train from Bohinj to Soča Valley (Most na Soči) - to the location of the best voted trail of Trans Julius 2017 by riders. This year’s trail is going to be even longer. At the end everyone will be able to enjoy the traditional local event - celebration of Midsummer’s Day with a movie night under the stars.

2nd day - Bohinj On day two the riders are going to drive to the second town - Bohinj, where the most picturesque stage will take place. The special experience with the bike train is also going to happen this year! Bohinj is going to host a special evening concert; so all mountain bikers will have many opportunities to enjoy great craft beer, produced in Bohinj.

4th day - Cerkno The last day of competition the riders will be going to Cerkno - a town with one of the best bike parks in Slovenia. Two stages are going to burn the last of the energy for the final day of competition! Like the year before, we expect one of the popular stages to be a stage with a mass start. All mountain biking fans will be able to enjoy the day at the Scott pumptrack and other partners’ activities. The evening is going to be in the lights of the closing party with live music.

3rd day - Most na Soči (Soča Valley) On Saturday morning the competitors

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It will offer riders longer trails and more fun, as well as the new Continental Service Point at all the stages. At the Continental Service Point Trans Julius, riders are going to have the chance to fully take care of their bikes at the bike service. The head of service point will be MatjaŞ Bogataj, a servicer with vast experience in competitive and recreational cycling, who will be assisted by his colleagues. We have not forgotten about washing the bikes – a wash station with MucOff cleaning products will be available for all riders.

Muc-off will take care of your bike to be shiny and glossy again.

Service Point Continental, the main partner of Trans Julius 2018, and one of the leading global technology companies, is known for its premium tires for mountain biking adventures.

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Junior Julius From April until June all young gun riders are candidates to win at our special Young guns competition by posting a photo or video on their social media channels. 4 youngsters (born frem 1998 to 2002) are getting free registrations for Trans Julius 2018. Stay tuned for the details and follow our Facebook page and Instagram account! Part of the way we will tackle with the car-train 6



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Primož Ravnik Figaro - Freeride Mountain Biker


Most people know Primož as the guy who rode a 60-metre fall of a dam in 2015. Those in mountain biking may also know him as a downhill and cross-country competitor. Since there has been much written about his most popular projects, our questions will stray far from: “how did you survive riding the dam?” Firstly, let’s clear it up: how did you get the nickname ‘Figaro’? The nickname Figaro is about 17 years old and it was born really spontaneously. My colleague at a local MTB club just called out the word Figaro to me after our afternoon ride - that was much like a symphony - and the name has remained since then. Often people ask, and I have to admit, there is no big story behind it - it just suits my character and it has become my biking personality.

tition with a red-coloured Scott bike the same year. We were just a group of young guns exploring local trails. At that time I didn’t know anything about downhill, but my only motivation to ride the ascents was to enjoy the descents. Among the many things you do in your life, you are also a coach at the Mountain Bike Club Završnica. What is most important when you are guiding youngsters through the world of mountain biking? When coaching youngsters my main goal is to show them the pure beauty of this sport. Mountain biking is a very diverse sport with many opportunities to explore and enjoy nature. It also doesn’t demand the need for a high-level of adrenaline to be a good mountain biker. Some of my kids are more into competitions, whilst the others prefer to gain the authentic feeling and passion for mountain biking. I am happiest when I see them riding with family or friends and having fun - that’s really all that counts.

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Your bike has been like your wife, even before the general public got to know you from your dam ride. When did the relationship start? Growing up between the mountains has always been a good base for doing different sports, but as far as I can remember there has always been a bicycle in my life. I started training at a local MTB club when I was 6 years old, winning my first compe-


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How do youngsters make you angry during trainings? Irresponsibility and laziness – there are no exceptions to not bringing a spare inner tube for example, or even water to the trainings. However, they know my system of push-ups, or methods for better physical condition and usually we don’t have many issues. You are the initiator of a special Trans Julius project; which selects 5 young riders to ride at Trans Julius with all expenses paid, gaining new experiences. What was most important for you when you were a young mountain biker at competitions? As a young mountain biker you don’t have many opportunities to explore the diversity of trails. Also youngsters need motivation and support, which can be quite hard to find when competing with older and more experienced riders. There is no

universal formula on how to motivate and support them, but I feel the answer is in the details of every new experience - which is what we aim to offer them with the Trans Julius project. When I was competing in cross-country and downhill as a youngster, I enjoyed the fun and the craziness of the rides. There wasn’t a lack of somersaults or laughs after every fall. That to me was most important. You stopped competing quite early. Why? The competition demands its time and special energy. I left because I lost the feeling to compete. Today’s world is too focused on competitions in every aspect of life. I fulfil my passion and needs with discovering remote places on a bike. Our lifetime is priceless and I prefer to do things that make me happy – like enjoying my passion without the competition factor surrounding it.

Don’t be affraid - Figaro is not a singer, but his mountain biking stories awake the sound of a nature of many people who attend his lectures.

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Your responsibility at Trans Julius is scouting for mountain biking routes (among many other things). What kind of rider do you have in mind when shaping a map of trails for Trans Julius? First, I always ask myself and the team, what is the story we want to deliver. The diversity of trails and other details that make the whole experience unique is the guideline when I begin to scout. The diversity gives the rider the opportunity to show their best skills. We are not looking for the perfect trails for professionals and we are not looking for sexy shaped trails either - nature has been shaping our playground for centuries, and every rider has an opportunity to be the best they can, in the details of the routes that we offer. There are limitless challenges and you can be your own artist on the bike to show your creativity. It has been a decade since you’ve started Figaro Bike Park in your backyard. What did the jumps look like in those days and how have they changed today? Figaro Bike Park has been a product of a beginner’s enthusiasm and craziness. I’ve been trail building a lot in the neighbourhood just with one purpose; the trails would live longer through more rides. At one point I focused mostly on building a small bike park behind my house. The objects I used were mostly wooden, because the terrain was too challenging to be shaped – it was rocky ground with just a few pinches of soil, so there was really no other option. Today there are still a few jumps, overlaid with soil that we were carrying ourselves and placing – those were funny times. Today however, I find myself occupied with so many other things, and I am waiting for the younger generations to develop my work further. Primož ‘Figaro’ Ravnik - is a pioneer of modern, freeride mountain biking in Slovenia. The general public came to know about him through his famous ride that consisted of 60-metre fall down a dam, but his passion for mountain biking spans much wider. He is a driving force of Trans Julius, a coach for young mountain bikers at the Mountain Bike Club Završnica and a trail builder with more than 10 years of experience. Last but not least, he is a big fan of every aspect of nature.

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BOHINJ - EDEN IN HEART OF THE JULIAN ALPS Bohinj is one of 10 European best destinations 2018, and has the biggest natural lake in Slovenia. It is the outdoor eden in the heart of the Julian Alps that offers a wide palette of activities and natural attractions. Lonely Planet, the famous guidebook, described the lake perfectly, and we could not have put it better ourselves: “Many visitors to Slovenia say they’ve never seen a more beautiful lake than Bled… that is, until they’ve seen Lake Bohinj, just 26 km to the southwest. We’ll refrain from weighing in on the Bled versus to Bohinj debate other than to say we see their point.” Bohinj Valley or Bohinj Basin is a 20 km long and 5 km wide basin in the Julian Alps in the Upper Carniola region of northwestern Slovenia. It is traversed by the Sava Bohinjka River. Its main gem is Lake Bohinj, the biggest natural lake in Slovenia - a country with more than 300 lakes on 20 thousands square kilometers!

The valley is nestled perfectly in the heart of the Triglav National Park, the only Slovenian national park, which is renowned for its natural beauties. Thus it is a haven for all hikers, cyclists, water sport enthusiasts and so much more. It has a lot to offer to every kind of outdoor soul, from beginners to experts who want to challenge themselves with the most daring ascents and descents in active sports of all sorts. The history of Bohinj Valley is strongly related with its railway which is part of the 144 km of rail network from Prague (Czech Republic) to Trieste (Italy). Today the railway is the key element for the development of sustainable tourism in the valley, and visitors love to explore the far side

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Bohinj Lake is the biggest Slovenian lake. of the Bohinj mountains with bicycles or hiking, and returning through the Bohinj tunnel with the train. It is a unique experience that shows the historical and natural attractions.

And don’t forget to recharge with some amazing local cuisine. Our one of the best restaurants is Štrudl in Bohinjska Bistrica, where also local people love to stop at least for a cup of coffee.

Endless hiking trails all around the valley offer a glimpse into the heritage of traditional farming which is still alive in the mountains. From spring to autumn many of the huts offer amazingly tasteful traditional dishes that will give you power for further exploration.

Despite its calmness of nature Bohinj has amazing sightseeing attractions like Savica Waterfall, which is the third most popular attraction in Slovenia. Although Vogel Ski Resort is more known for its natural shaped ski slopes in winter, it has become more popular amongst visitors in the summer as well. A panoramic cable car ride will give you the wings to see the valley and the majestic mountains of the Julian Alps from a completely new perspective.

Admittedly, Bohinj lacks typical Alpine glamour, but it’s less crowded and in many ways more authentic. It’s an ideal summer holiday destination. People come primarily to relax or to swim in the crystal-clear, blue-green water, with leisurely cycling and walking trails to occupy them. There are lots of outdoor pursuits like kayaking, hiking and horseback riding available.

The only unanswered question remains: when should you visit? The answer is all year round, as it really offers everything that you can imagine to fill your outdoor batteries to 100 %.

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KRANJSKA GORA - WHERE STYLISH MEETS OUTDOOR Well known for its heritage as an FIS Alpine Ski World Cup venue, Kranjska Gora offers its visitors far more than ‘just’ its ski slopes in the winter and sublime hiking views in the summer. Nestled between the Karawanks and Julian Alps mountain ranges, it is perfectly situated for outdoors and nature families and enthusiasts alike. When arriving in Kranjska Gora, you are greeted by the majestic picture perfect mountains in the background. Making your way towards them via the iconic Vršič mountain pass; constructed during the 1st World War and is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the region, you also pass Jasna lake for summer refreshment. Whether your conquering the pass with your car, motorcycle, or in our opinion the best option; with your bike - make sure to take the time to look around and stop at one of the 50 sharp turns winding up and down the pass – and keep in mind that this pass is conquered once a year by Pony bikes (a legendary Jasna lake local bike that all of us owned) at the Red Bull Goni Pony event. At the top of the pass take a stroll to one of the mountain huts and look for the Heathen Maiden - one of nature’s works of art. The pass is also a very popular starting point for hikers, alpinists, tour skiers and motor lovers, so don’t be surprised if a few friendly faces pass you on your way up or down the pass.

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Kranjska Gora is also well known as a training camp destination for the best teams in many sports such as basketball and football - CSKA Moscow and Fenerbahce as

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well as other world sports giants are regular guests in town. One reason why they often return to Kranjska Gora is certainly the vast cultural experience the town offers its visitors; from outdoor movie nights to concerts - everybody can find an activity that best suits them. Kranjska Gora also has a lot to offer cyclist. From the ones that enjoy the road to those that want to challenge themselves on mountain bikes or even singletrails Kranjska Gora is home to the first official mountain bike singletrack in the country, and not forgetting the cyclists that only enjoy the descents, the Bike Park at the Kranjska Gora ski resort, is one of the first in Slovenia and is extremely popular with the Italian and Austrian riders. The Bike Park provides the uplift and descents for all kinds of difficulty levels, from beginner to European Downhill Cup runs. For the more family-oriented visitors – there are also several options to enjoy.

Taking the Alpe-Adria cycle route toward either Mojstrana’s Slovenian Alpine Museum, with a short hike towards the Peričnik waterfall or; for hikers, visit the Vrata valley that ends up under the massive Triglav North wall. To the west you will pass the famous Planica Valley; a winter venue for ski flying and cross country skiing, and if you continue through the Tamar Valley, end your trip under the majestic Jalovec mountain – renowned as the most beautiful mountain in Slovenia. Another peak that you simply must visit when in Kranjska Gora, is the Tromeja (triple border) mountain where you will have the chance to stand at the point where the borders of three countries, Slovenia, Italy and Austria meet. From excellent outdoors and nature activities for both families and individuals to enjoy, to outstanding 5-star or more rustic accommodations, to elegant and authentic dining options - all in all, Kranjska Gora offers its visitors variety in all forms in a picturesque setting.

Bird’s-eye view of Kranjska Gora from the start of Robe Twist enduro trail.

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THE BRIDGE TOWN OVER THE EMERALD RIVER Soča Valley is one of the most filmed and documented valleys in Slovenia due to many popular ad-vertisements and locations for movies such as The Chronicle of Narnia, filmed on the banks of the crystal clear and turquoise coloured water. There aren’t any words of beauty that haven’t already been used to describe the only Slovenian river that flows into the Adriatic Sea, and yet it still hides many a place that you cannot find on Instagram yet! The valley extends to Bovec in the north - the town with the highest ski centre in Slovenia: Kanin. It has been home to all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts - paragliders, rafters, kayakers, mountain bikers and hikers. Furthermore the Bovec airfield offers incredible flight opportunities where you can see two countries at once - Italy in the west and Slovenia in the east. Further downstream the River Soča you can find Koba-rid, the home of fishermen. The best known Slovenian chef Ana Roš from House Franko has her culinary home nearby. If you are a culinary enthusiast as well, be sure not to miss the masterpiece cookery from one of the best female chefs in the world!

A further half an hour drive downstream takes you to Tolmin – the centre of the Soča Valley. Here you can visit the lowest and southernmost entry point into the Triglav National Park and Tolmin’s most im-portant natural sight – the Tolmin Gorges. The most prominent attractions are the wedged rock named Bear’s Head and the Devil’s Bridge that rises 60 metres above the blueish Tolminka River. In the immediate vicinity of the town you can find an amazing beach at the confluence of the Soča and Tolminka Rivers. In the summer it offers the feel of a true seaside atmosphere.

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Moving east of Tolmin you will discover a town which should definitely deserve more of your attention. Most na Soči is the name of a town in the Littoral region of Slovenia. Its name could be translated as The bridge town over Soča River. It is located on a rocky crest overlooking the confluence of Soča and Idrijca rivers. In the past these two riverbeds, deeply carved into the rocky slopes, provided the settlement with excellent protection from intruders. Due to the nearby Doblar Hydro Plant, the ba-sins of the river were entirely inundated. Below the settlement a vast accumulation lake was formed, which now attracts both fishermen, kayakers, stand-up paddlers and other nature enthusiasts, who can stroll along well-kept, panoramic and not too demanding paths. Exceptional archaeological finds – more than 7000 grave sites discovered so far – rank this location amongst one of the most important prehistoric settlements in Europe. The principal natural adornment

of Most na Soči is its lake. Although artificial, it is of the same unique colour as the mysterious Soča. Surrounding mountains are like observation tower from where you can see the Adriatic Sea in the south or the highest peaks of the Julian Alps. With mild winters you can enjoy spring time almost all year round! With just a 20 minute train ride (you can also use the car train) you can reach the Bohinj Valley in the north east or Nova Gorica in the south where you are just half an hour away from the Slovenian coastline. The train towards Nova Gorica is another unique experience, because the railway line goes over Solkan arch bridge. It is the world’s largest stone arch bridge (85-metres long). Built between 1900 and 1905, it is one of 27 viaducts on the Bohinj railway line. Well, have we given enough ideas for your own film from the Valley of the Emerald River?

The start of the Trans Julius stage at Most na Soči is located on a picturesque plateau with amazing sunset views.

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NEVER ON THE TOP OF SLOVENIA’S BUCKET LIST - AND THAT’S A PITY! The story about a town called Cerkno could start with a classic fairytale introduction: Across seven mountains there is a little town where amazing people live. To reach this fairytale land, you must first take a nice countryside ride. However when you are there, the story continues with real ad-ventures taking place around historical monuments, paired with views of the diverse mountain landscape. Throughout history Cerkno has always been caught between different nationalities - Italians in the West and Austro-Hungarian Empire in the North. The people therefore learnt to be independent, and their local character reflects their will to create and make everything by themselves. A strong connection with Italy is still present today, especially through Italian tourists who feel very much at home when visiting Cerkno. For short-term visitors the most common place to visit near Cerkno is the former Partisan Hospital called Franja. It was built on a difficult rugged terrain in the remote Pasica Gorge in west-ern Slovenia by Slovene Partisans. The hospital’s entrance was hidden in the forest, and the hospital could only be reached by crossing bridges. These could be retracted if the enemy was in the vicinity. In order to preserve the secrecy necessary for a clandestine hospital to operate, the patients were blind-folded during transportation to the facility. The hospital was also protected by minefields and nests of machine guns. As the hospital is in a gorge, the many trees and camouflage for buildings provided pro-tection against air reconnaissance. Cerkno has a population of roughly 2,000 inhabitants, and offers an authentic and 1 8

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self-exploring experi-ence for nature lovers - either hiking or cycling. Green valleys and plateaus are concentrated around Ho-tel & Ski Center Cerkno which operates the only hotel and ski resort in the neighbourhood. The ski resort has been rewarded as one of the best in Slovenia in winter season for many years in a row. This has been a good motivation to start developing a bike park for all levels of mountain bikers in the summer. With modern ski lifts Cerkno has been one of the best organisers of mountain biking competitions in Slovenia in the last few years. With its strong mountain biking community they have become one of the most pop-ular bike parks in the country. Cerkno is a place where you can easily forget about the amount of time needed to fully enjoy all the di-verse outdoor activities and their local culinary delights. Tradi-

tional food of the region is not just a matter of taste, but also a state of art. Small local restaurants are home to amazing traditional main dishes which include plenty of game meat, mushrooms and other fruits from the forests. Just a short drive from Cerkno you can reach the Idrijca river which is part of a very popular fishing loca-tions in SoÄ?a Valley. Along the road there are many small villages which have a long cultural heritage. Quite a few Slovenian writers were born there. Cerkno is most definitely an amazing outdoor holiday destination for domestic and foreign outdoor lov-ers. When you start discovering its treasures of nature, you will never get enough of it.

Bike & fun park Cerkno is one of the most popular bike parks in Slovenia. For the 2018 season it’s going to open on May 1st.

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5 THINGS THAT NOBODY DOES Author: MatjaĹž Bogataj, head of Continental Service Point Photo: Mitja Sodja

A bike worth a few thousand euros, but instead of a good service you rather trust the advice of a friend, or better yet you ignore the squeaking, because in the end what you really hear during an awesome descent is just the wind! In my 20 plus years of service practice, I have encountered such cases far too often. When some of the bikers bring their bikes in for a yearly service, the regular comment is usually “how can that be so expensive?” or “we’re not going to pay the extra few euros just to remove all the squeaks.” Just for these cases, I have a compiled a list of 5 things that almost nobody does - but if they did, they would not only save time and money, but their biking would be far more efficient.


After a great ride all of us wish for a clean, perfect bike so it is ready to go the next time around. Maybe that’s what we say to ourselves when the bike is still new, but if we realistically take into account that sometimes a ride can often be prolonged by the 2 to 3 beers that follow, we know that the motivation to wash the bike after can run low. The usual tool for the job is a high-pressure washer, which we know is really powerful when it can even remove



stickers from the frame. However, the most damage from its use is noticed on the most delicate parts – the bearings and suspension. Water enters inside both of these delicate parts, at high pressure and that is how those signature sounds are created, which usually leads to issues with your bike. We tackle the bike wash in a traditional way; water, cleaner (preferably a bike specific shampoo), a sponge, and of course time, so that we can intricately clean off all the excess mud on the bike.

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enter the insides of the bearings and create these symphonies of fear. The solution to this problem is actually once again quite simple; all it takes is some time and work. Put water repellent grease on all the bearings and this will prevent the water from getting in. By doing this, we can also prolong the lifespan of our bearings.


then hit the trails. If after the ride the chain looks like it’s covered in fur or full of dust, this might be due to not wiping off the excess lube from the initial application at the beginning of the ride, which also prevents damage to the drivetrain.

Bike crickets are those imaginary pests that usually decide to take refuge in certain areas of our bikes and sometimes sing louder than the ones during a summer’s evening. An improper bike wash (amongst other things) is usually to blame for their settlement in our bikes. Water and dirt can

After washing our bike we should not apply lube to the chain until it is totally dry, otherwise it defeats the purpose. We usually lube the chain right before the ride. Quickly apply the lube (more so than less) so that “crickets” cannot be heard, and

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way to create this layer is: firstly to clean break disc each time you install new brake pads and secondly brake lightly 20 times, then brake moderately 10 times and for the finish brake hard 5 times (at 30 km/h, holding the break for 3-5 seconds. If not done correctly, the pads are impregnated unevenly and the steel on the rotor squeaks and shakes whilst breaking. When that happens there is virtually no solution to the problem.


can result in chain and spoke problems, and in extreme cases in wheel damage. Also really common damages occur to the frame, especially the carbon ones. Therefore, after every fall make sure to carefully check the alignment of your derailleur because its damage can result in falls one after another, much like dominoes.

Most bikers know that new brake pads and rotors have to be “baked� before the first proper ride, to create a special layer that prevents noises and delivers the appropriate stopping power. However, with breaking in the rotors and pads we tend to do this on the ascent or on the flats, which is not the correct way to do it. The right

After a fall many riders want to get back on their bikes and continue the ride as soon as possible. The bike inspection that follows the fall is usually done very fast, but this sloppiness can result in worse damage than expected at first sight. A bent or damaged derailleur or derailleur hanger



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EVERY SUSPENSION CAN MAKE A RIDER BETTER Author: Matjaž Bogataj, head of Continental Service Point A simplified theory of suspension: it alleviates the forces created by inclination, the diversity of the terrain and the weight of the rider. The stories I hear as a servicer about suspension set-up usually start something like this: “before every ride I pump my fork, but it is still too firm - it doesn’t pick up the vibrations like it should.” A lot of riders resort to lubricant to upgrade the performance of the fork, but the result is even worse. In practice, the service staff likes to set-up the sag of the fork somewhere between 20% and 30% of the length of the fork for all mountain bikes, and up to 35% for downhill bikes. Of course, whilst speaking to the rider this setting is modified according to their feedback and the terrain. The experience with professional biking had proved that this was the way to go - right until ShockWiz came along; which provides air suspension with an exact mathematical setting for the terrain ridden by the rider, and suggests the optimal suspension settings. ShockWiz was developed by an Australian

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startup company run by Nigel Wade, and was acquired by Sram one year later. From the first presentation of ShockWiz, Wade pointed out that the device is meant for a broad spectrum of mountain bikers and not just professionals. By partnering up with Sram, ShockWiz is getting closer and closer to that goal every year of the device’s existence. The ShockWiz set-up process has just a couple of steps which are to be followed consistently - mounting the device on the bike and connecting it to the suspension, in addition to configuring the settings with the help of the ShockWiz smartphone app.



The whole process will be fun for a rider with some technical skill, however for others, the device will be more useful with the assistance of a skilled servicer. The test ride with ShockWiz is to be carried out on terrain as diverse as possible; which includes an ascent, in addition to technical and flowy sections of a descent. This is how the user will get the broadest spectrum of useful data. The results can be monitored even on the ride itself, with the key data being the efficiency of the suspension set-up. Aside from the statistics of the ride, the speed of rebound, and

the efficiency for the suspension set-up according to different terrain, the application suggests improvements for pressure, sag, rebound speed, and high and low speed compression for the rider. Since the invention of suspension in cycling, our recommendations have been based on experience, which varies from expert to expert. With a product like ShockWiz, the added mathematical basis enhances the servicing experience, which allows us to help cyclists fully enjoy the diverse descents and not waste unnecessary energy on the uphills.

Free suspension set-ups with the help of ShockWiz will be available at the Continental Service Point, at the Trans Julius Training Day and at Trans Julius 2018.



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100 GRAMS LESS WORTH HOURS OF HIKING? When we fill our backpack with all the accessories for on-trail repairs, water, spare clothes and other essentials we quickly start to ask ourselves if we can leave some of the gear at home. The extra 100 grams of weight can really add to the burden on the way up and down. But when the derailleur gets bent or broken after a couple of meters, or when the brake lever coupling breaks, you’d rather carry a 100kg backpack and have all the things you need handy. The following is not dedicated to answering the question “What should I always have in my backpack?” As we all know too well, Murphy’s Law dictates we’re always missing the item we need the most. For the best insight into what bikers carry with them, we took a peek into Primož Ravnik’s backpack, which is his companion on his more or less daily bike adventures. Don’t leave home without them Every bikers manual states that you should not leave home without a jacket and spare clothes, gloves, spare tubes, a pump, pocket multitool, a patch kit, water and energy bars. Even this basic package usually weighs a couple of kilograms. A possible solution for less weight is to attach some of the items to the frame of the bike (the pump, tubes and water).

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F I G A R O ’ S


First aid kit, even If we’ve never used it

Recreational bikers especially rarely bring a bike first aid kit, which holds patches, gauzes, bandages, pain medication, clips, medical tape, and also an adaptable splint for immobilization as well as a two-sided space blanket. For an unplanned, but much needed trail service, a universal wrench, chain lube and chain powerlink are also useful. Most of these we don’t usually need, but when we do, they are priceless, and can enable us to repair the bike and reach the nearest settlement or our destination.

The package we almost never open

Very few riders carry in their backpack items such as different length zip ties, duct tape (we can wrap a meter of it around the chain lube or pump), more than a meter of rope and aluminum couplings. All of them are useful when repairing a damaged derailleur, broken brake levers or other non-typical and rare bike breakdowns. Their use for quick repairs is up to the riders’ resourcefulness and also some compromises. You’ll probably just move these items from backpack to backpack, but if they help you to reach the end of your ride just once, their purpose is met.

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30 DAYS IN THE JULIAN ALPS AND SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN PASTURES Author and photo: Gregor Skoberne In summer 2015 I decided to take on a special challenge; to spend a month in the mountains and surrounding mountain pastures. At the beginning the idea was to spend a couple of days in the mountains around Bohinj. This eventually grew into a personal challenge. I knew that I could spend a week there, but what about a month? Before my challenge I have only slept in mountain huts a couple of times, and just for one night. I determined where I would start and finish my adventure, but all the rest would be improvisation based on the weather conditions, and the best photo locations and opportunities. Before the

adventure I packed all the gear in my backpack. This was the first time I was in serious doubt of what I got myself into. The backpack weighed about 25 kg which is quite a lot for a month of mountaineering. A third of that weight was down to photo equipment.

Sunrise on Ratitovec



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Water and food

I only took a 3-liter water bladder with me, which is actually small in the middle of summer, as I soon noticed. I had some problems with water during the first 14 days of the adventure, just because there is none in the lower Bohinj mountains – except on Soriška Planina. Water in the mountain huts is quite expensive, but a necessary expense, one we simply cannot live without. In the beginning I was saving my water, because it felt stupid to spend so much for it, but I soon decided otherwise. The tipping point was the hike up Krn where I first experienced the lack of water. The hike was pleasant in the morning hours, but when the midday sun hit the mountain it was the same as being in a steam room. The water bladder had a liter of day old water in it, but at that time it felt like I was drinking straight out of a cold mountain stream – it was just that good. To my luck I bought some water at the Krn lake hut and I stopped saving water from that point on. As it is with the water, you also start to appreciate food. During this month being picky was not an option – you eat what’s on the plate in front of you. I brought some cans with tuna and energy bars. At least once per day I treated myself to a warm meal in a mountain hut, but for the others I used the cans and fruit bars. Some pro-

The view from Komna towards Bohinj Lake 3 0

Mavrica preko Hribaric

visions were brought to me by family and friends when visiting. In some of the huts they took care of me really well.


Since I decided for a hiking trip in Triglav National Park camping was out of the question, as it is forbidden in the park. But I took the tent with me, just in case if the weather turned sour or if I encountered some other inconvenience and use it as a bivouac. So I spent most of my nights in mountain huts or in friends’ huts in the mountain pastures. The most interesting and probably also the worst night I spent on Možic. There is no mountain hut there, just an old WWII barrack turned into a barn for sheep and a shelter for the sheepherder. The sheepherder was generous enough to let me use the “guest room” in the barrack, which looked more like a storage room with a bunk bed. It wasn’t the most comfortable room and it smelled of gasoline, but I’m not the type of person that is bothered by that. What did bother me however was waking up in the middle of the night with mice crawling all over me. That was a bit too much, even for me. Despite the sheepherder’s generosity I could not stand that room any longer and was up bright and early that following morning, and managed to take some nice sunrise photos. J U L I A N


Sunrise from Small Triglav


The main reason behind my challenge in the mountains was photography. I had the whole gear with me: camera, three lenses, tripod, a lot of memory cards and three batteries. Even though summer is not ideal for taking photos due to bad visibility, you can experience everything the mountains can offer in a month spent up there. For truly great photos you have to spend some more time there and increase your chances for a perfect shot. The advantage of a multi-day trip in the mountains is also that you do not need to wake up in the middle of the night to reach a peak at sunrise. Most of the treks from the huts to the summits are relatively short. For a landscape photographer the mountains are a welcome motive, since they offer the perfect setting with their changing weather conditions. I had the change to film a sea of fog underneath me, sunrises and sunsets, the ibex, rainbows and the Gloria phenomenon. The latter, out of all the motives, impressed me he most. It’s J U L I A N


Ibex silhouettes at Hribarice an optical phenomenon caused by the suns light bending when passing through water particles – in the fog you can see your shadow surrounded with multi-color rings.. A one month long disconnection from all schedules, the freedom of the mountains, photography and meeting likeminded people in the mountains was probably my best experience in life. I would happily do it again, despite the occasional dehydration, hunger and exhaustion. 3 1

OUR BEST TECH FRIENDS For some of us the apps on our smartphones are as important as a spare tube these days. We have selected a few that will, from our experience, help to make your bike ride as carefree as possible, and it the best possible weather conditions. We also included apps for processing photos, so you can be the envy of all your online “friends”, and make them regret not joining you!


The world’s greatest treasury of mountain bike trails. Besides GPS tracks, the possibility of use without mobile signal, reports, videos and pictures from users etc. it also offers information about current conditions on the trail. For Slovenia we can currently find more that 170 trails in the app.


One of the must-haves for photographers, it shows the position of the sun and moon at a selected time. In addition to automatic location recognition it also allows storage of desired locations. This is not a free app and is thus more useful for those whose mountain biking adventures rely heavily on catching the sun’s rays.


For those with bad memory or the ones endlessly searching for new peaks. PeakLens shows names of the peaks in enriched reality quite accurately, captured by your phone’s camera. You can also take a shot in the app with the camera and share it on social media with peaks tagged in the photo (the near as well as the peaks in the distance). 3 2





First and foremost intended for wind seekers. Throughout the years the diversity of weather phenomena – which it predicts precisely to the hour - broadened a lot: in addition to checking live webcam feeds it offers detailed weather forecasts from different sources.

Whip MTB

Virtual MTB world in one application: access all popular videos, articles etc. According to your wish list you can choose different media sources and type of media (articles, videos, photos). Although the application is still young, and users are not yet widely posting their own generated content, it is very useful for a motivational scroll and review of the top stories of the day.


The mobile version is much more wallet friendly than the desktop one, but has all the key functions that can quickly turn an average photo into a potential MTB photo of the day. Very similar capabilities but free of charge are offered from InShot, Canva, Pixomatic, A Color Story etc.




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SINTER: "WHEN YOU WANT TO STOP, WE ARE IN YOUR MIND!" For almost a half a century the Slovenian brake production company Sinter has been developing a wide range of brake pads and discs for 2- or 4-wheel ride enthusiasts. High quality brake pads for mountain bikes have been 100% developed and produced at the Sinter factory in the European Union since 2015. Innovative quality and years of experience are Sinter’s driving force of progress in the world of adrenaline sports such as carting and Moto sports.

Pads trusted by the best riders

Sinter develops and produces more than 15 different types of brake pads for rec-reational and professional mountain bikers. They fulfil the expectations of even the most demanding riders who expect nothing less than high performance, 100% reliability and efficiency regardless of weather or trail conditions. “We are constantly developing new types of brake pads and today even the most specific brake systems are using our brake pads,” Miha Krapež, CEO of Sinter explains. “Our partnership with recreational and professional riders is based on exchange of experiences which is the basis for brake system improvements. Brake pads represent a very specific part of the brake system, and yet they are a key factor in being able to bring out the best in your bike.”

Red brake pads

Red brake pads are developed for recreational mountain bikers primarily riding cross-country and enduro. They ensure an excellent friction coefficient according to the riding style, as well as a constant modulation feeling regardless of wet or dry terrain.

Black brake pads

For the most demanding riders Sinter has developed the black brake pads. In comparison to the red line these have a higher friction coefficient at low temperatures as well. 3 4

Green brake pads

The partnership with Sinter Brake Team resulted in the green line of brake pads for professional mountain bikers. They are made of special materials which ensure high durability and a better friction coefficient in the most extreme conditions.

Sinter team

The team of engineers for product developments at Sinter factory and the associates based in Ljubljana are nothing short of a treasury of experience and knowledge. They develop the key part of braking systems for two- or four-wheeled sports on a world-wide level. With inhouse developed technology for products and production machines, Sinter is one of the most innovative companies in Europe. Its main goal is to create the future of the braking systems industry in today’s world.

Sinter Brakes Team

The most perspective young talents in mountain biking at Mountain Bike Club Rajd are joined together in Sinter Brakes Team. Their mentor Žiga Pandur is one of the most successful downhill riders of all times in Slovenia. Members of Sinter Brakes Team in season 2018 are Rudi Pintar, Marko Niemiz and Žan Pirš.

Check out Sinter brake pads offer online: shop.sinter.si/ bikes S I N T E R

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Trans Julius Pocket Magazine 2018  


Trans Julius Pocket Magazine 2018