Posts in the category 29er

SOC14: A Closer Look at the 2015 Fox Shox Product Line

New Fox 36 2015 FloatEarlier 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.

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SOC 14: Vee Tire Co. Teases Epic Edition 29er Treads, More Options for BMX

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More options are always a good thing right? Coming off their recently announced partnership with Team Meerendal at the Cape Epic, the tire line will be developed and tested by the team with a release date in the future. None of the three new tread patterns have their own name just yet, but they each have a distinct tread pattern and what Vee is calling their 29 Endurance Compound. If you haven’t noticed, Vee Tire Co. has been ramping up production and introducing quite a few new tires and treads in all disciplines across the board – including road and cross.

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New Open Cycles One Gets Lighter, Upends Traditional Hardtail Mountain Bike Design

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When Gerard Vroomen and Andy Kessler launched Open Cycles back in 2012, they wanted to push the limits of lightweight and stiffness on mountain bikes. And their original Open 1.0 did a pretty good job of kicking things off. Then they released a special edition AXX1 model and others that brought the complete bike weights lower thanks to a very, very expensive builds.

Now, they’ve gone back to the frame to eek out a bit more performance and shed a few more grams. The new Open One will be made in Germany using a new layup process and unusual frame details. The result is a frame that comes in as light as 796g for a Large…

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SOC 14: Felt Adds More Disc Brakes and Thru Axles to Cross and Road Bikes, Updates Nine FRD Frame

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2015 looks like it will be the year of the disc brake and the thru axle for cross – or at least some combination of the two. Add in SRAM’s CX1 and you have the makings for some exciting cross bikes this season. Felt has taken full advantage of many of those technologies with a full line of competitively equipped CX bikes to get your race on. Bikes like the new F4x which is their complete bike speced with SRAM CX1. The UHC Performance carbon frame uses a BB30 bottom bracket, tapered carbon fork, and a disc brake set up with Mavic’s new Aksium disc wheels. Thanks to the new CX1 optimized cable routing, this might be the most pressure washer friendly bike yet. Find out what that means next…

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SOC14: SDG Introduces New Colors & Saddles, Plus Prototype Sensus Saddles

SDG Belair Original & 2 Saddle

At their Sea Otter booth this year SDG was showcasing a revamped version of their popular Bel Air saddle. While the original saddle will still be available, and both will share more the less the same shape, the 2.0 version has a few new features which make it much more of a performance saddle.

Probably the biggest difference between the two models is the one that is not visible to the eye, because underneath the cover SDG has made the change from Mid-density PU foam to the lightest EVA available. This foam not only cuts down on weight, but it’s also slightly stiffer for better power transfer, and should hold it’s shape better in the long run.

Some other big changes were done to make the ride a little more friendly to your “soft tissue.” The new saddle has a Peri-canal which has been widened and extends the full length of the saddle to offer perennial relief. The 2.0 has also been redesigned with more rear-rise, to help rotate the pelvis forward to help place the rider in a better position on the bike.  READ MORE ->

SOC14: Marin Introduces Rift Zone Carbon, Indian Fire Trail Hartdtail, & Updates the Lombard

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The Rift Zone is a model that has been in Marin’s line up for years, but it was time to give it some fresh legs. Sticking with the 29″ wheel platform, the new Rift Zone is what Marin calls their Trail 29er with 110mm rear, and 120mm front travel. Other than the material change to carbon, the Rift Zone XC 9 gains Marin’s new Isotrack rear suspension design which uses a flex stay in place of the rear pivot. The result is a 29 FS just over 25 lbs that will be the enduro race weapon of choice for Kyle Warner…

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SOC14: BOS Reveals Radically Shaped Prototype XC Shock

BOS Prototype XC Shock

Long recognized as one of the premiere suspension manufacturers in Europe, it is only recently that BOS suspension has turned their attention to the US Market. Over their history, they’ve largely focused on the downhill and Enduro market, but with the recent introduction of their first 29er XC fork, the Dizzy, they finally started to give the spandex market some well deserved love.

Their prototype XC shock project began around a year ago, because BOS wanted to create a lightweight solution that would be capable of matching the performance of their Dizzy XC Fork. They wanted to build something small, easy to tune, and quickly adjustable. With this radically shaped 186g shock they feel they have finally achieved those goals.

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SOC14: 2015 Marzocchi Early Looks – 650B Carbon Forks, Espresso Coatings, Enduro Shocks & More!

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If the sneak peek we got at the 2015 Marzocchi product is any indication, the company is set to come back in a big way. The new product line is the most complete we’ve seen in some time from the Italian icon, and with an increased presence at this year’s SOC, Marzocchi is serious about getting back to their roots of durable, competitive suspension offerings. 2015 will see the introduction of new coatings, improved seals, reduced weights, and more wheel sizes for a completely rejuvenated line up. Get a glimpse of the new and improved 380 along with a whole lot more after the jump…

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SO14: Gamut Launches New Cillos Line of Stems and TTr Chainrings

Gamut Cillos Stem (6)As a long time manufacturer of some of our favorite chain retention systems, we had to stop by the Gamut booth at Sea Otter to help them celebrate their 10 year anniversary, and check out their latest and greatest.

Late last year they sent us over a sneak peak of their new line of Cillos stems, but this was the first time we’ve had the opportunity to see the product in real life, and our crummy photos booth photos do not do the product justice.  READ MORE ->