Posts in the category 29er

Downtubes Store more than Bottles with Redesigned Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 650b and 29

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR 2016 swat door 650b 29 full suspension mountain bike (1)

Of all of the bikes in the Specialized line up, the Stumpjumper is perhaps the most well known. Introduced in 1981 and considered the first production mountain bike, over the years much has changed but the name carries on. Eventually the Stumpjumper lineage grew to include the first full suspension Stumpy, the FSR.

Today, Specialized continues the Stumpjumper FSR blood line with the latest version of their ‘trail legend.’ The previous version of the Stumpy FSR was already an impressive ride – so how do you go about improving it? For Specialized that meant the latest development in their SWAT technology offering a new, fully integrated way to store your flat kit…


BMC Smooths Out Teamelite 01 with New 15mm Micro Travel Soft Tail Frame


Advancements in carbon fiber technology have had a profound impact on bicycle frame design. They’re lighter, stronger, stiffer, and in some cases much more compliant. That last one comes as a number of companies look back to the early days of soft tail suspension design, but are doing so in a modern carbon fiber package. Both on the road and on the mountain, the concept of a soft tail frame has hung around for years with some bikes sticking around better than others (the Moots YBB comes to mind). Yet the idea still holds promise – just enough suspension performance to add compliance and aid in handling, all while retaining the sharpness of a hardtail.

While the idea is fairly common, how each company approaches the concept varies greatly from bike to bike. When it came time to redesign their Teamelite 01, BMC  used the opportunity to introduce their new Micro Travel Technology or MTT. Promising greater compliance through just 15mm of travel, the Teamelite 01 has a few other new additions as well…


Interview / Factory Tour: Zen Fabrications with David Woronets

Zen fab factory

David Woronets joined the industry in a way a lot of ex-elite racers have: he needed a winter job. But unlike a lot of those ex-racers, David found himself compelled by manufacturing and development of the physical product. After moving around the industry and after working for Elsworth for several years, David saw an opportunity for a job shop model of domestic manufacturing and jumped at it.

Five years after purchasing equipment from Elsworth, David and his team have established Zen as a viable alternative to overseas manufacturing. At NAHBS this year, Zen released their full line of house product, realizing a long desire of David’s to produce his own product… READ MORE ->

Found: Bold Cycles Linkin Trail full suspension concept hides the shock inside frame

Bold Cycles Linkin Trail full suspension mountain bike with rear shock hidden inside the frame

Launching out of Switzerland, Bold Cycles’ is making a statement with its debut bike, the Linkin Trail.

Yes, it’s a full suspension frame, but the shock is completely hidden inside the seat tube, driven by the upper rocker arm. The carbon frame has ports in the headtube to let air inside to cool the shock, with exit vents just below it. Behind that, a Boost 148 rear axle makes room for a 27.5+ tire or a less rotund 29er. Travel is 130mm, and it’s got all manner of trails in its sights…


SOC15: Mavic Highlights Crossmax SL Pro WTS with Team Dream and Stinner Frameworks Collaboration

Mavic Stinner crossmax LTD builds  (10)

In what seems to be turning into a bit of a tradition, Mavic teamed up with some talented people to hand build two show bikes for the new Crossmax LTD Wheel Tire Systems. To kick off the project Mavic gave Sean Talkington of Team Dream Bicycling Team a ring. Continuing his work with Jordan Low on paint and Aaron Stinner of Stinner Frameworks for the builds, two stunning mountain bikes emerged as the perfect canvases for Mavic’s WTS…


Twin Six Tempts Us with Pre-Order Deals on Their New Standard Ti 29er

Twin Six Standard Ti 29er, complete bike

I can’t say I’ve met a cyclist of any kind that wouldn’t want a titanium steed in their stable. Sure carbon is lighter and more shapely, but titanium seems to hold a special place in many riders hearts for its unique ride properties and the signature matte finish that catches the eyes of ‘those who know’.

This kind of quality doesn’t come cheap, but when companies like Minnesota’s Twin Six dangle special deals like this they just might turn a few window shoppers into buyers. To announce their new Standard Ti 29er, they’re shaving $200 off the eventual retail price for pre-ordered frames. Is now your time for titanium?

SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

Bontrager Line elite plus se5 enduro tire fat bike chupacabra hodag barbegazi (7)

With Trek going all in with the Stache +, it should stand to reason that Bontrager will be offering up a line of plus sized accessories. Already offering the Chupacabra tire for 29+ (27+ Chupacabras are coming), the big story is the addition of the Line Plus wheelset. Borrowing from many of the current Bontrager wheel technologies, the Line Plus is a wider version of their Line mountain bike wheelset that should be a great addition to your bike+ whether you need Boost or standard hubs…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

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  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…


SRAM’s New Rail 40 All-Mountain Wheels Designed to Grind up and Throw Down

SRAM Rail 40 alloy enduro mountain bike wheelset

As the popularity of Enduro racing rises, products made specifically for the segment are pouring out of MTB manufacturers left, right and center. Never one to be sleeping on the scene, SRAM has just announced their new 27.5” and 29” Rail 40 wheelsets which aim to provide the strength and stiffness needed for rough, fast descents without too much bulk to pedal up.

The new Rail 40’s represent the company’s ideal balance of strength, light weight, and width for charging aggressive all-mountain terrain. SRAM claims the wheels set a new benchmark in stiffness within their category yet offer excellent ride qualities for pointing it down and pushing it hard…