Posts in the category 29er

PC15: Stan’s Builds New Carbon Road and Mountain Wheels Around Neo Hubs

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Stan’s No Tubes showed up to Press Camp with two new sets of carbon wheels, but the material of the rim is only part of the story. The key to the new hoops was the ability to to build them off of their all new line of hubs. For years, Stan’s engineers have been making their own changes to existing hub designs, but as Director of Sales and Engineering Mike Bush put it – only a ground up hub design would be able to accomplish all of their design goals.

So that’s exactly what they did. In the making for over two and a half years, the Neo and Neo Ultimate line represents a complete reboot of Stan’s hubs. Only available in complete wheels (for now), the Neo hubs are the perfect anchor for the new Avion and Bravo carbon wheels…


Trek Boosts Fuel EX with New Generation of 29ers


Before Trek was even done launching their new race bikes with the Procaliber SL and new Top Fuel SL, Waterloo was already working on the next release. Representing one of the most popular models in the line, changes to the Fuel EX platform aren’t taken lightly. While the Fuel EX 27.5 got its day in the sun last year at this time, the 29″ version was patiently waiting its turn.

Perhaps the wait was to see how the adaptation of Boost standards played out – or more likely just waiting for Boost compatible parts to become available. Whatever the reason, the new Fuel EX 29 is here and it looks like it was worth the wait…


Trek Smooths Out XC Racing with new IsoSpeed Procaliber SL, and Revamped Top Fuel


At this point you could guess what was coming, but now it’s officially here. Trek just dropped two new bikes aimed at high level XC racing whether that means a hard tail or a full suspension rig. However, as XC World Cup courses get more technical, racers are looking for bikes that will take the edge off but still remain as energy efficient as possible since it is XC racing after all.

Ever since Trek’s clever IsoSpeed Decoupler was unveiled on the Domane it seemed like a natural evolution would be to migrate it to hard tails. That’s exactly what Trek has done after first outfitting their Boone cyclocross bike, and now the new Procaliber SL. When the trails get really rough (for XC racing) Trek’s racers will be able to reach for the new Top Fuel which serves as the replacement for the Superfly FS…


The Ibis Ripley Gets Even More Talented with Two Frames and New Features


Once it was released, the original Ibis Ripley has received a lot of praise for its fun, fast ride quality. As it turns out though, many of the same attributes that caused it to be adored led to riders wanting more – more tire clearance, slacker geometry, and essentially the ability to ride the Ripley beyond its original XC/Trail limits.

That’s where the new Ripley comes in. On one side you have a frame with the original geometry that has been updated with new frame features. On the other hand you have the all new Ripley LS, a longer and slacker version of the original better tuned towards more aggressive riding. Both models benefit from new cable routing, improved frame stiffness, and standards, but which Ripley takes the cake is up to you….


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces


About the Video: It’s the story of four, high school “student athlete” mountain bikers who wanted to give back for their senior project by building and repairing the singletrack they pedaled weekly. Our Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew spent a weekend helping them and their classmates learn sustainable trail work.


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Project XC Race Rocket: Cockpit by Loaded Precision, Lizard Skins, Token & PRO

Project XC Race Rocket cockpit parts by Loaded Precision Lizard Skins Shimano PRO Token and Trid Designs

After frame and fork, the cockpit and wheels are the next biggest contributors to overall ride quality. For the XC Race Rocket project bike, we chose parts from Loaded Precision, Lizard Skins, Shimano PRO, Token and Trid Designs to complete the command center.

Loaded Precision had been offering components for review for a while, but I wanted the right project that took advantage of their typically lighter-than-the-competition parts. And the X-Lite UD Carbon handlebar, X-Lite Ti stem and X-Lite Ultra Carbon seatpost are among the lightest parts they make.

They also make more aggressive, wider and enduro/gravity oriented products, too, but the weights on the XC parts jumped out as some of the best in class. That’s nothing if they don’t hold up, though, so I figured my 190 pounds could put them to a proper test.

Completing the cockpit were my trusty Shimano PRO Turnix carbon railed saddle, a Token expansion plug and top cap combo and the adjustable headset spacer from the company formerly known as Trid Designs. All of it would make contact through Lizard Skin’s cushy DSP foam grips. Get a handle on their performance below…


Advocate Cycles Aims to Give Back with New Watchman Fat Bike, Titanium Frames Available First on Indiegogo


There’s not much better than the feeling of a new bike, other than getting that new bike out on trails for the first time. In the case of Advocate Cycles though, that feeling should be accompanied by the additional satisfaction knowing you not only got a sweet ride, but that 100% of the profits are being funneled right back into cycling advocacy. Set up as a Specific Benefit Corporation (SBC), the special corporate arrangement in Minnesota means Advocate gets to make fun products, you get a rad bike, and the profits all go to cycling related non-profits of Advocate’s choosing.

To help Advocate Cycles get off the ground without need for investors since that would conflict with the business model, the upstart has turned to crowdsourcing for the first run. To keep things interesting, the announcement of their Indiegogo campaign just happens to coincide with the launch of their second model – the Watchman fat bike. If that wasn’t enough, Advocate Cycles is also rolling out new seamless, 3/2.5, double butted titanium versions of both the Hayduke 27.5+ and the Watchman fat bike…


PC15: Pivot Unveils All New Mach 429 Trail, Updates Vault Gravel/Cross Machine

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Even though we just visited with Pivot at their headquarters in Tempe, AZ, we knew something big was on the horizon, but we didn’t know what. Characteristically tight lipped about future bikes in development, Chris Cocalis only promised that we would get a chance to see everything they were working on once we got to Press Camp in Deer Valley, UT.

True to his word, we arrived to find a bike that many Pivot fans have been asking for – a slacker, short travel trail bike, only with 29″ wheels. That of course would be the new Pivot Mach 429 Trail. Described to us as sort of a mash up of the Mach 429 SL and the Mach 6, the 429 Trail checks off a lot of boxes. Not only that, but at the same time Pivot was unveiling the Mach 429 Trail, they also showed off the revised Vault carbon cross/gravel bike. Now disc only and full thru axle, the Vault could unlock the ability to have just a single 700c bike in your garage…


All-New Orbea Occam mountain bikes mix wheel sizes to conquer the trail

2016 Orbea Occam AM 275 all mountain bike first ride review

The Orbea Occam was introduced in 2008, then updated in 2011 with their Advanced Dynamic suspension design. Then, a 29er Occam joined the mix in 2012. Now it’s getting its third edition, and it’s a massive step up in every regard, immensely capable and packed with user friendly features not found on any other mainstream bike.

Riders had told them they wanted something simple, and with clean lines. They wanted something that fit into the broadly interpreted Trail category, capable of riding most any terrain. So, Orbea traveled down the two-different-wheel-sizes road that’s become familiar for the brand. The prior Occam had 26″ and 29er, and the new Oiz introduced last year has 27.5″ and 29er. So, the Occam will also be available in 27.5” and 29er, but this time the bikes are differentiated by more than just wheel diameter – suspension travel and geometry are tweaked, too.

The Occam AM gets the smaller 27.5 wheels and 140mm travel front and rear with a slacker head angle. The Occam TR 29er gets 120mm travel and a half degree slacker seat tube. That’s up from the 120mm (26″) and 105mm (29er) rear wheel travel of the prior generation. The result is a modern family of bikes that can handle virtually any type of riding most of us do, and lets us choose the version that best suits our own needs…