The next time you’re riding with an IMBA certified mountain bike instructor, check their tires – five lucky riders are now Michelin’s first MTB ambassadors. Based on the inclusion of Scott Givens from Phoenix, AZ who has been a regular (and stellar) guide for us at the Magura Press camps in Sedona, the 2015 ambassador class seems like a great crew to get the word out for Michelin as the instructors devote their time to others’ improvement. The other ambassadors include Jason Liebrecht (San Diego, Calif.), Shaums March (Sumas, Wash.), Brad Moskowitz (Waterburry Center, Vt.) and Kat Sweet (Issaaquah, Wash.).
Thus far, all of Polygon’s Collosus full suspension all-mountain/enduro bikes have been full carbon with high end spec. Now, there’s a more affordable version called the Collosus N6. It shares the same 160mm travel and carbon rear end, but pairs it with a new alloy front triangle.
The 140mm T-series, which uses the same suspension layout, will also get a T6 model with alloy frame. Both are spec’d with SLX and Mavic Crossride wheels.
Details and more new bikes below…
The Alchemy Oros carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike debuted at NAHBS (and took home an award for Best Carbon Layup) as the brand’s first carbon MTB. At the time, they were still finalizing layup, but now it’s ready and shipping.
The bike uses their rubber-over-metal mandrels and molds and is made in house just like all their other bikes. As in, 100% made in house, including the molds and parts used to create the frame. That gives them complete control over the process from start to finish. The bike will be available as a 29er in M/L/XL and a 27.5 wheel size for small. Check out all the details and closeup pics from our NAHBS coverage.
In other news, Dave Earl has joined Alchemy’s design and engineering team. Previously, Earl was with the Sotto Group and worked with Praxis on their 10-speed wide range cassette and Yeti’s Switch suspension system. So, what does that mean for Alchemy’s future?
Women’s Cycling Summer Apparel Roundup with ORNOT, Ten Speed Hero, Velocio, Machines For Freedom, and Morvelo
A new era in women’s cycling has arrived. This roundup of women’s riding apparel, with a closer look at bibs, flaunts an impressive variety in construction, features and details. Gone are the days of settling for sized-down men’s kits, a chamois more suited for a Clydesdale, and sacrificing form for all-day riding comfort.
This summer is the season of bib selection. Enjoy your pick from a range of compression to tailored, race to endurance fits, multiple inseam length options, and strap design alternatives. Go far and ride strong in a performance kit just to your liking, and just for women…
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Belt drive full suspension mountain bikes are still pretty rare, but belt drive, full suspension, center motor ebikes? Those are pretty much unheard of – that was at least until the HNF Heisenberg XF1 popped onto the scene. Founded by Michael Hecken, Karlheinz Nicolai, and Benjamin Börries, HNF Heisenberg was started in 2014 to create the future of ebikes. This collaboration with BMW isn’t heir first foray into joint ventures with automotive brands for ebikes either as Michael Hecken and Karlheinz Nicolai started Grace GmbH in 2008 where they developed the Smart ebike for Daimler-Benz AG.
Offering a full range of impressive ebikes, the XF1 is their take on a full suspension mountain bike and it represents a major step forward in terms of e-suspension design. Previously, ebikes with center mount motors required the motor unit to be firmly attached to the frame. Without a way to make a concentric pivot around the motor, there was realy no way to make a full suspension frame that could keep a constant belt tension. Once BMW Group Forschung und Technik was on the job though, they looked at the challenge in a new light – why not just make the entire motor part of the suspension…
Want to provide your input as to who gets inducted to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame? If you haven’t done so before, here is your chance for the class of 2015. Now that the nominees have been chosen, anyone is able to cast their vote for mountain biking immortality provided you are a member of the Hall of Fame. Not already a member? Memberships are available for $30 with the proceeds going to fund the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and Bicycling history museum in its new home of Fairfax, California.
Voting is open until August 12th – check out the list of nominees after the break…
2016 Giant bits – Particle flow saddles, longer dropper posts & LIV enduro, carbon women’s mountain bikes
For 2016, Giant’s women’s line adds the LIV Intrigue SX, a more aggressive version of the standard 140mm full suspension trail bike.
It’s spec’d with a 160mm Rockshox Pike on the front and a SRAM X1 1×11 group using a 30tooth chainring. It has a new 50mm Contact Slam stem to give it a more aggressive feel to match the longer fork and subsequent slacker head angle. The frame is unchanged, keeping 140mm travel in back, but this hints at a possible Enduro bike for women in the future.
Meanwhile, the The Lust finally gets a carbon version for the German market, giving them the same upper end frame the rest of the world has enjoyed for some time…