If you are a fan of enduro racing you will have witnessed team Life Cycle’s impact on the 2012 enduro circuit! Stand out riders Manu Ducci, Valentina Macheda, Alessandro Seddaiu, James McKnight and Joseph Merachelli took a host of podium and top 10 finishes throughout the season. Their racing pedigree is unquestionable, but Team Life Cycle is so much more than just a race team, it’s a club, a fun friendship group, riding and training together to share a passion for mountain biking and riding great trails!

Sharing the same ethos, Enduro magazine will be following Team Life Cycle through the 2013 season, sharing with you the highs and the lows of life at the top end of enduro. We will be bringing you exclusive behind the scenes footage, if you want to know how pro’s train mentally and physically for a race, what they ride and how they unwind, you will find it all here! We will also investigate the hottest question of 2013! Enduro was forged on the foundations of a ‘biking good life’, fun riding with a passion for bikes and friends! With the rapid professionalising of the sport, has the game now changed for those who aim to stand on the top of the podium?


To kick of this exciting series, we bring you an exclusive look at Manu Ducci’s 2013 race bike build! Every rider knows there is nothing more exciting than building up a new race bike, Manu hit the workshop to put together his 2013 Ibis Mojo HD and Matt Wragg was there to document the build with an exclusive video and photos!

Life Cycle 2013 Bike Build from Matt Wragg on Vimeo.


Plenty of gold and silverware rest in between the tools, motivation is strong for 2013!


Manu will be running a X-Fusion Vector HLR air for 2013, perfectly matched to the Ibis Mojo HD.


An Onza IBEX 2.40 DH tyre will be putting the power down on the front, a big dual ply tyre for the more rugged events.



Formula the One Brakes are reliable performers, and no stranger to many a podium bike, huge amounts of power and control.


Dirty Squod Karbon saddle – rumors say that soon there will be a 100% enduro specific saddle. We’ll see what that means…


Ready to roll, follow Manu and the Life Cycle team as they take on the 2013 Enduro World Series.


Vital Statistics

    The Ibis Mojo HD has been a dominant bike on the Enduro scene, taking many podium spots over the last 2 years. There can be no argument that it has the potential to build into a VERY fast bike. This is the build that Manu will be using in 2013

  • 2013 X-Fusion Vengance HLR Air Fork, 170mm travel, with a Vector HLR Air rear shock 160mm travel

  • SRAM X0 drivetrain. 34t front chainring and e*thirteen TRS Race Cranks

  • Formula The One brakes 180mm f / 160mm r

  • e*thirteen TRS+wheelset. 20mm front/142 thru rear, set up tubeless

  • Onza IBEX 2.40 DH front and Canis 2.25 rear

  • KS LEV Seatpost

  • Dirty Squod Karbon saddle – 180gr

Coming in at 13.6kg with dual ply tyres and 170mm forks, Manu’s Large Life Cycle Ibis Mojo HD looks ready for the toughest events in the EWS calendar. We hear rumours of a lightened, slimmed down version for the less rocky events.

For more information on team Life Cycles, check out their website here http://www.life-cycle.eu/

Photos: Matt Wragg

Words: Trev Worsey

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