With new bottom bracket standards comes new tools in order to service them properly. We won’t say that all of the issues that face PressFit bottom brackets are due to improper installation, but it’s more than likely it is sometimes the case. In order to make the installation and removal process as easy as possible, Enduro has updated their BB30 tool to now include PF30, as well as introduced a smaller version for BB86/90/and 92.
Locks are one of those products that can be hard to get excited about because, let’s face it – we wish we didn’t have to use them. Since we don’t live in a world of unicorns and rainbows, bike theft happens and we rely on companies like ABUS to keep our bikes safe. Their new mega Ugrip Plus 501 takes the U lock to another level with some interesting tech.
More plus a look at some ABUS helmets after the break…
When the discussion turns to gear boxes, Pinion seems to be getting all the attention these days, but there is another gear box which has been around for some time. Currently being used by companies like Cavalerie and Nicolai, the effigear gear box offers a tuneable range of gears from 6 to 9 speeds. While some of the Cavalerie bikes have only changed slightly in the past few years, they will now be available in the US through Philthy Bikes. Not only are they available, but the company does have a new Enduro bike in the works…
Geax are no strangers when it comes to mountain bike tires, but they think they can do better. Citing a big investment in mountain bike tire production, the company is looking into improved rubber compounds that will give their tires better grip. Thanks to their association with Vittoria, Geax tires already run impressively supple casings and the TNT tubeless system works great, which is why they are focusing their attention on the rubber itself.
The company is testing prototypes like his one with an extremely tacky 45 durometer rubber (the lower the number the softer the tire). 45 is soft enough that when your press your fingernail into the tread, the indent stays there for a few seconds. No word on when the new tire compounds might see production, but the story here is that they are working on revamped line up. Rumor has it that new line up might even include a fat bike tire or two…
Earlier this month we took a quick look at the big 2015 Fox product launch, but we finally had the opportunity to put our greasy paws on the new product at Sea Otter. In addition to snapping some photos and turning knobs, we also had the opportunity to sit down with Global Marketing Manager Mark Jordan to learn a little more about the new toys.
For this year, the big story is the revamped 36 fork. This is the model we all used to lust over, but it had fallen out of favor in recent years due to the emergence of the new 34mm standard.
So why does this new version of one of our favorite forks have us so excited? READ MORE ->
Life Behind Bars is one of the few mountain bike shows that get our non-riding friends stoked, so we thought we’d share the season premiere of the latest season
The Transition Klunker is about the most fun a mountain biker can have on a rigid frame. Despite it’s lack of gears, suspension, and hand brakes, this bike and it’s 26″ wheels are all about keeping things simple.
If that’s your style, then you’ll be excited to hear that Transition has new frames and colors in stock. Having ordered two Klunkers myself in the past, I can tell you they can be hard to catch in stock. READ MORE ->
Null Winds Technology has taken their Upper Wheel Fairings to Kickstarter to bring wind cheating shields to the masses.
Admittedly, they’re not for racers. And they’re different looking. But the science is interesting, so let’s have a look. Inventor Garth Magee says wind speed affecting the top of the wheel is up to 3x the speed of the headwind. That’s because the tire and spokes are all rolling directly into the wind at twice the speed of the bicycle. Of course it’s variable based on head wind speed and bicycle speed, but the power needed to overcome the drag rises in proportion to the cube of the wind speed. So, the faster the wind and the faster you try to go, the more power you’ll have to pump out for smaller and smaller gains.
His Upper Wheel Fairings block the spokes from “fanning” the wind against your efforts. Magee says the result is up to 20% more speed for a given effort…
Photo submitted by Sami Hiltunen, “Trails are beginning to dry at last after an exceptionally wet and slushy winter here in Oulu, Finland, so I took the time go a bit offroad with my 29er today. I just had stop and take this photo when I saw the light filtering though the trees. Good feelings, spring is finally here!”
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