2015 Felt Mountain Bikes – Lighter High End, Cheaper Low End & Plenty in Between

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For 2015, Felt’s mountain bikes don’t introduce any brand new models, but like the road side they bring their top level tech down to more affordable level while also spreading their TeXtreme carbon to more bikes. They’ve also added a few women’s specific hardtails, from a carbon 29er racer to alloy 27.5 entry level builds. At the very top end, there’s a new FRD Edict that’s built with top shelf components to be a lightweight, World Cup level full suspension XC race rocket. We’ll start with that.

The new Edict FRD takes advantage of their top level UHC carbon and adds TeXtreme with a build that’s an XC racer’s dream with an XX1 Grip Shift group turned by a Race Face NEXT SL crankset, RS-1 fork with Monarch XX using their X-Loc Full Spring dual-push lockout to control both. An Easton carbon fiber cockpit, including the EC90 stem, and Avid XX World Cup brakes with 180/160 rotors. The Edict is a 100mm travel bike, but for this model they set the RS-1 at 120mm travel to make the bike a bit more aggressive. It’s rolling on the Rise 60 carbon wheels with Schwalbe Nobby Nics tires.

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First Look: Salsa Suspension gets Lighter, Stiffer with New Carbon Spearfish and Horsethief

Salsa Spearfish carbon RS-1

Just over a year ago, Salsa Cycles took the wraps off their all new full suspension bikes with the Spearfish and Horsethief. While the Spearfish had been around for some time, both of the bikes took advantage of Dave Weagle’s Split Pivot concentric dropout design to allow efficient pedaling suspension that was still active under braking. Built with 80 and 120mm of travel, the Spearfish and the Horsethief have been in high demand since their introduction.

In 2015 both bikes receive a major update in the form of material. Stepping into the realm of carbon fiber, both bikes now feature a high modulus carbon front triangle and seat stays while sticking with 6066-T6 aluminum chainstays. Even though the Spearfish was already a highly optimized, weight conscious bike the move to carbon fiber nets a 220g loss in frame weight while the burlier Horsethief sees around a 340g weight loss. Other than a larger seat post clamp to constrict the carbon tube, the main standards on each frame remain unchanged from their aluminum siblings.

With decreased weight, improved spec, and the same Salsa feel, the new Spearfish and Horsethief are ready for your next adventure. Details and actual weights after the jump…

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Park Tool Releases New Master Spoke Wrenches, SZR-1 Shop Scissors, and DW-2 Shimano Clutch Tool

Park Tools DW-2 Shimano Clutch Tool

Shop mechanics are always in search of the perfect tool for the job. While you can hack any number of things to install a product, there’s nothing like having the right one on hand when you’re on the clock.

So rather than tighten the clutches found on Shimano derailleurs with the small built in tool, Park Tool is now offering mechanics an alternative with their DW-2 clutch wrench. With a 3 mm and 5.5 mmm opening, it’s designed to work on Shimano XT, SLX, Deore, Saint and Zee rear Shadow Plus (+) derailleurs and all previous Shadow Plus models. The little guy retails for $6.95 and is available now.

More new tools after the break

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Niner RIP 9 RDO Gets Updated Carbon Compaction Frames & New Color

2015 Niner RIP 9 RDO 29er mountain bike gets new carbon compaction frame construction and white-green colorway

Niner’s new “RDO Carbon” debuted on the BSB cyclocross bike and immediately found a home on the JET 9 RDO, too. It’s a new manufacturing process for them that uses rigid molds on the inside to allow for tighter compaction, less resin pooling and smoother interior walls. The result is a frame that’s more fine tuned, stronger and a bit lighter.

Now, the RIP 9 RDO gets the new construction along with this matte white frame color accented by green logos and (available) color matched components. The matte/gloss black colorway is still available, too. Unfortunately, looks like that brilliant blue is gone, baby, gone…

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Renthal Launches New Range of Trail Stems & Wider DH Fatbar Carbon Bars

Renthal Apex Stem Mounted
Renthal is a UK based brand with a loyal following throughout the motorcycle world. In recent years, they’ve parlayed that brand recognition into a highly successful cycling venture.

Originally they produced aluminum handlebars and a horizontally divided two piece stem, but they’ve recently released a carbon trail bar, and just launched a new line of trail stems and carbon DH bars.
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Get Pumped With Limited Edition CVNDSH Headphones From Vibe

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Like many top athletes, Mark Cavandish listens to music before races in order to get into the right mindset. While plopping a set of his new branded headphones won’t make you one of the world’s fastest sprinters, they do look damn cool.

The £199.99 headphones are foldable and come with a stylish hard case for traveling.  The headphones have a detachable TPU flat cable, but can also be paired with your music device via bluetooth. A built in mic allows you to answer calls and dictate messages, and an additional row of buttons allow you to skip tracks, toggle call features, and more. 

Only 500 headphones will be sold and you can preorder now. The first headphones will begin shipping next week. Order yours here.

Bikerumor Pic Of The Day: Bee’s Bikes

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Photos submitted by Stewart Harris of Bee’s BikesHandmade wooden bicycles made in Idaho.

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.

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Northwave Teases Michelin Collaboration, Wild Grip’r Shoes Stepping Out?

northwave michelin bicycle shoe tire collaboration

We just received an invite to see a “revolutionary project by Northwave in collaboration with Michelin” to debut at Interbike. At first, the image suggests tires, but the tread pattern is of the existing Wild Rock’R 2 Advanced. Then we noticed the itsy bitsy “soles” tucked underneath the Michelin logo. After all, Northwave is known for their kicks, not components, so we’re thinking some Michelin rubber may soon be glued to the bottom of Italian soles.

Perhaps an aggressive enduro shoe with grippy lugs? Or a cyclocross shoe that makes run ups a little less hairy? Both, hopefully! We’ll know soon, but if you’ve got a better concept, leave it in the comments.

Sabbath Cycles Launches the Titanium Go-Anywhere Do-Anything All-Conditions September AR-1 Road Bike

Sabbath September AR-1 With Cyclocross Treads 35mm

The Brits continue to deliver the sportive style goods. This time we’re looking at Sabbath’s new September AR-1. If you are a lover of all-road riding, if rain never sent you scuttling for shelter, if you are a believer in titanium frames, super large tire clearances, discs, plus optional custom geometries, you’ll want to read on…

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