AbsoluteBlack serves up the Taco bash guard, plus new 94BCD oval narrow-wide chainring

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When it rains, it pours, it seems, every time one brand introduces new single chainrings, a competitor slips one out within days. This time, Absoluteblack’s 94BCD oval narrow-wide chainring comes hot on the heels of OneUp’s complete collection. But, AB’s founder Marcin is quick to point out some of the differences that separate his oval rings from others. But first, let’s have a taco.

Their new Taco Bash Guard fits on standard ISCG05 mounts and uses a special polymer with glass fibers for the bash plate. They say this makes it stronger than the typical plastics used on other bash guards, helping it hold up to small and medium hits, but still letting it breakaway on major impacts to save the frame. Replacement guards will also be available separately. The metal mounting plate is 7075-T6 and will be anodized in a darker gunmetal gray than what’s shown here for production versions.

It’s sized to protect a 34-tooth round chainring, or a 32-tooth oval one. Retail will be €59.99 / £43.99 / $67 when it goes on sale in a couple weeks.

Now, about that oval…

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Enter Into the New BH Dimension – Interactively discover what riding the new BH Lynx 4.8 Carbon is like from your Smartphone or Tablet in three easy steps: 1- Download the free CLICKar app by clicking on Apple Store or Play Store. 2- Open it and scan the image. 3- Put yourself into the skin of BH Gravity Team riders. BHBikes.com
  • Camelbak acquired for $412 million – BikeBiz reported earlier this week that Vista Outdoor, a designer, manufacturer and marketer in the outdoor sport and recreation market, has purchased the brand. More on the acquisition at bikebiz.com.

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Get Ready For the Weekend with WC Preview from Claudio, Shredding Steeps and Slugs, Double Backflips and more…

It’s almost the weekend, which means it’s almost tine for some World Cup action. As has become sort of tradition, Claudio Caluori is on hand to give us a first hand account of the course at Mont Sainte Anne. You can catch the race live on Redbull TV and redbull.com.

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Michelin Launches Mountain Bike Ambassador Program with IMBA Certified Instructors

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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.).

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Polygon adds alloy Collosus N6 enduro & new DH models, plus their first cyclocross bike

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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…

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Alchemy Bicycles’ Oros hardtail mountain bike starts shipping, full suspension next?

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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?

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Women’s Cycling Summer Apparel Roundup with ORNOT, Ten Speed Hero, Velocio, Machines For Freedom, and Morvelo

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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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Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Lower Peninsula, MI

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Photo submitted by Neil Washburn, “Little River Boys 265 mile tour, warranted a cool down stop. Somewhere in the lower peninsula, MI.”

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.

BMW Helps Cook Up Belt Drive, Full Suspension HNF Heisenberg XF1 eBike

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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…

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