2016 FOX 34 Trail Forks, Float DPS Shock, & EVOL Air Sleeve – Plus Technical Interview

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Last year Fox introduced a completely revised 36 series of forks that were lighter and more supple than anything else in their lineup. An important part of that trail taming recipe was a move to a new air spring system, which eliminated the use of a coil in the negative spring.

In addition to helping shave almost a quarter pound, the new design (which they’re now calling FIT4, for fourth generation Fox Isolated Technology) provided a more consistent feel. Rather than having to pick a coil spring rate to accommodate a wide variety of riders, they borrowed from a designed first introduced in their 1999 Float Shock, to automatically equalize the air in the negative chamber when the fork was deep into it’s compression stroke. This technology also meant that Fox could introduce volume spacers to tune the progressiveness of the air spring. (You can read more about the new Float air spring here, and check out our Suspension Setup Series to learn more in general.)

Due to the drastic drop in weight and incredible gains in performance, it was only a matter of time before Fox took this technology down market to its 34 series of trail oriented forks. As such, Fox claims the new 34 is the “little brother to the 36″ and is aimed at aggressive trail riders looking for a super lightweight package.

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SRAM Guide Brakes get the “Ultimate” treatment with better heat management, bleeding & lower weight

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To SRAM, the original Guide was much more than a new brake. Truthfully, it was a redeeming Hail Mary, thrown in hopes of regaining consumers’ trust after the era of the Avid Elixir.

It worked.

We’ll have our long term review up soon, but the short version is this – the Guide brakes really are the brake SRAM needed. Big on power, good ergonomics, and smooth at the lever, the Guides were a perfect match with the new CenterLine rotors. In spite of how good the Guide brakes turned out, they’re about to get even better with the new Guide Ultimate. More than just a carbon lever and some titanium parts, the Guide Ultimates include an all new caliper, new bleed technology, and a lighter CenterLine X rotor to go along with it…

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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Oklahoma City, OK

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Photo submitted by Blair Lyons, “A few of our riders were riding home after the Wheeler Criterium in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, 24 March.  On the way home, the wife of one of the riders took this picture as we were riding into the beautiful Oklahoma sunset.”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

TPE15: Maxxis revamps mountain bike line, new fat bike tires, gravel, road tubeless & more!

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Updates across the entire Maxxis range touch every discipline, from mountain and fat bikes, to road tubeless and tubular, to new gravel options. Only cyclocross tires were untouched for now.

On the mountain bike side, some of their best known tread patterns were reworked to improve performance. The Crossmark II gets a few redesigns to help with cornering and braking. The side knobs have been opened up by dramatically reducing the size of the round knob and spacing it out to every other section to help with cornering grip. The center section gets a ramped/stepped design instead of being full height all the way around. They’re also a bit wider, so there’s more of an end block on each ramp to bite in for better braking.

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TPE15: IRC Tire 27.5″ mountain bike treads weigh in, new tubeless cyclocross tire

IRC Serac CX Sand tubeless ready cyclocross tire

At Interbike last year, IRC added the Sera CX Mud for wetter conditions. Now, they’re completing the spread with the new Serac CX Sand, a file tread version for much, much drier conditions. It’s also suitable for grassy courses (that aren’t wet) and gravel sections. It’s sized at 700×32 and weighs in at a claimed 375g.

Also introduced at Interbike last year were the 27.5″ versions of their mountain bike tires, and now we’ve got weights and a few other new tires and goodies to show you…

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Wheels Manufacturing put neutral race support in the bag, offering free kits to promoters

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Wheels Manufacturing is packaging many of its small parts into a rugged shop-grade bag that’s ready for neutral support tents. The Kit features a selection of 100 Wheels Mfg. CNC’d derailleur hangers, as well as Allen wrenches and a full assortment of stainless steel fasteners.

Shimano Neutral Support vans will be using the bag at events they attend, and race promoters can request one by emailing Wheels Mfg. by April 6th. A limited number will be provided to the promoters at no charge, but eventually it will be available for sale via direct inquiry or through Wheels’ B-to-B order pages for shops. It’s not meant as a consumer item…retail value is approximately $2,700!

Click through for a complete list of contents…

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OGIO Packs it All In with the Athlete Focused X-Train 2 Backpack

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Whether you’re headed off to a day at the office and hoping to squeeze in a workout, or simply looking for a backpack to manage all of your riding essentials, OGIO has a bag for you. The bigger brother of the X-Train Lite and the successor to the original X-Train, the X-Train 2 is essentially an organized gym bag that doubles as a backpack complete with padded laptop storage. Built with provisions for bike, yoga, gym, and running gear as well as pockets for nutrition, tech, valuables, and even wet clothing, not being able to find what you need in your duffel bag will no longer be an excuse…

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ACRE Supplies a New Spring Clothing Line for Mountain, Road, and Everything in Between

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Even though Spring might be teasing us with bipolar weather patterns, warmer weather is on the way. For those who are ready to get out there and explore in style, ACRE Supply has a number of additions to their clothing line to make up the Spring 2015 collection. Meant to adapt quickly to varying conditions while keeping riders comfortable and dry, the line also features ACRE Supply’s subdued style. Completely made in the USA with the exception of the jacket and vest (made in Vancouver, Canada), each piece makes use of some of the best materials and construction techniques for perfect complements to ACRE’s line of hydration packs.

Inside you’ll find a mix of spandex and semi-baggy clothes to fit road and mountain biker alike…

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Nox Composites tease fully molded carbon road/cyclocross carbon rims

Nox Composites 36mm carbon fiber rims for road and cyclocross

Nox Composites is developing full carbon road rims that will come in both symmetric and asymmetric profiles. The design is mostly intended for cyclocross, but looked darn fine on the Pivot Vault set up with Schwalbe One slicks at their office. Both versions use a somewhat aero shape, with a 36mm depth that gets very flat along a broad section of the sidewall. Width is 20mm internal, about 28mm external. The asymmetric version will be used for disc brake wheel builds and rear wheel builds on rim brake wheels. Front rim brake rims will be symmetrical. What separates them from many other carbon rims on the market is the fully molded bead hooks… READ MORE ->