Jit­sie Var­ial

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - WORDS: JOHN HULME WITH JIT­SIE

Cy­cle tri­als has a far wider au­di­ence than you may ever imag­ine. Al­most ev­ery­one at some pe­riod in their life will own a cy­cle, it’s a fact. The world of cy­cle tri­als has been em­braced by many of the lead­ing tal­ents on mo­tor­cy­cles over a long pe­riod of time who made it to the very top of their cho­sen dis­ci­pline with pedal power as op­posed to go­ing along the tra­di­tional mo­tor­cy­cle route. In par­tic­u­lar in Great Bri­tain we have some young rid­ers who are al­ready world cham­pi­ons and des­tined to go even fur­ther in cy­cle tri­als. They are from a new gen­er­a­tion, and to as­pire to the next level they need a new cy­cle to com­pete on; let Trial Mag­a­zine in­tro­duce you to the next gen­er­a­tion of cy­cle tri­als: the new Jit­sie range.

If there’s one thing that pretty much all of today’s top mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als rid­ers have in com­mon, then it is that they all ride bi­cy­cle tri­als.You may ask why? It’s the best train­ing tool for im­prov­ing your bal­ance, tech­nique, pre­ci­sion and strength, which can then be car­ried across to the mo­tor­cy­cle. Let’s not for­get, it is a lot of fun to do as well! Even at the world cham­pi­onship rounds you may spot rid­ers play­ing on their cy­cle tri­als bikes. 2017 is a big year for Bel­gian brand Jit­sie who are pre­sent­ing their Var­ial tri­als bi­cy­cle range, a true re­flec­tion of their 100% fo­cus and com­mit­ment on cy­cle tri­als.

WORLD CUP 2012

The de­ci­sion for Jit­sie to get in­volved in the bi­cy­cle tri­als mar­ket dates back to 2012 af­ter at­tend­ing the World Cup in Knokke, Bel­gium. Jit­sie no­ticed there was a wide va­ri­ety of ap­parel used by the com­peti­tors but noth­ing re­ally seemed es­pe­cially de­vel­oped for tri­als. It wasn’t long af­ter­wards that the de­vel­op­ment team from the Bel­gian brand got to work and came up with a first line of specif­i­cally bi­cy­cle-tri­als gear, high­lighted by a su­per light­weight short that didn’t re­strict rid­ers in their move­ments. Fur­ther key prod­ucts that were re­leased shortly af­ter­wards were bike tri­als shoes and shin guards, much to the rid­ers’ delight. The fo­cus quickly shifted to the de­vel­op­ment of the hard-parts range un­der the guid­ance of ten-time World Cham­pion Dani Co­mas, who joined the brand in 2013. As any bi­cy­cle tri­als com­peti­tor will con­firm, weight is the num­ber one en­emy in bi­cy­cle tri­als as there’s no en­gine to help you jump onto the dif­fi­cul­ties. It’s all down to the good-old hu­man body and tech­nique.

The goal from the start was to de­velop a full range of Jit­sie tech­ni­cal parts and then move for­ward to­wards the pro­duc­tion of a com­plete bi­cy­cle. A bike that would be suit­able for the elite rid­ers to com­pete at World Cup level as well as ama­teur rid­ers to have fun on. In other terms, to get the whole fam­ily in­volved with a bi­cy­cle range to suit ev­ery­one. Jit­sie made the clear choice for sim­plic­ity and func­tion­al­ity and didn’t move to new stan­dards or com­plex and ex­pen­sive tube de­signs. The Var­ial range is founded on con­ven­tional and proven stan­dards, with min­i­mal­ist lines but with the abil­ity to rhyme per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency.

THE SAD­DLE

There’s one cool fea­ture on the Var­ial bikes that makes it stand out from its com­peti­tors and that is the abil­ity to mount a sad­dle. The place where the sad­dle is to be in­stalled on the Var­ial frame is cov­ered up by a stylish sil­i­con seat plug. It’s only a 30 sec­ond job to re­place the sil­i­con seat plug with the spe­cially de­signed seat, it re­ally is that easy. It wasn’t ac­tu­ally that long ago that all the bikes had a seat but that slowly dis­ap­peared on the com­pe­ti­tion bikes.

The bi­cy­cle tri­als scene has un­der­gone a real rev­o­lu­tion with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of street tri­als, thanks to the amaz­ing videos by rid­ers such as Danny MacAskill and a whole bunch of other rid­ers. Bring­ing tri­als into the cities and show­ing what could be done on a tri­als bike has made such an im­pact on the sport. Be­yond its prac­ti­cal side for rid­ing from spot to spot in the city the seat also gives a tri­als bike the look and feel of a real bi­cy­cle. This cer­tainly helps to at­tract a broader pub­lic to tri­als as a bi­cy­cle with­out a seat isn’t re­ally per­ceived as a real bike. More­over, at a time when the UCI is try­ing to pro­mote the ‘ur­ban’ side of tri­als and bring­ing it closer to the BMX scene, the re­turn of a sad­dle on a com­pe­ti­tion tri­als bike seems to fit in per­fectly.

THE VAR­IAL RANGE What makes the Var­ial bikes in­ter­est­ing and stand out so well is that Jit­sie has de­vel­oped al­most all the stan­dard parts on the bike, from the frame and fork to the han­dle­bar and driv­e­train, and so on. Fur­ther­more, pretty much each of the orig­i­nal parts that are mounted on the Var­ial bi­cy­cle can be up­graded to a Race ver­sion from the Jit­sie cat­a­logue. That’s great when you know the Jit­sie parts cat­a­logue for bi­cy­cle tri­als is quite big!

The Var­ial range con­sists of seven bikes that of­fer qual­ity equip­ment and light weight at a great price. The 26” bike for ex­am­ple is priced at £1,169 and weighs in at 8.3kg whereas the 20” 1010 bike with rim brakes only weighs in at 7.4kg and re­tails at £1,049. With the Var­ial bi­cy­cle range, Jit­sie in a short space of time have made a re­mark­able en­try on the bike tri­als scene as a man­u­fac­turer.

A large range of bikes to choose from at great prices, the choice is yours. What are you waiting for?

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Team Rider: Ni­co­las Vallee

Team Rider: Adam More­wood

As the whole project came to life it was very re­ward­ing.

R and D work was on­go­ing all through the project.

Team Rider: Ale­jan­dro Mon­talvo Team Rider: Rafa Tibau

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From boy to man the Jit­sie range caters for all ages and abil­i­ties. 92

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