Posts in the category 29er

Review: Fuji’s Elite XC Racer – The SLM 29 1.1

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Photo Credit: Mitch Lomacz

Since the 1970’s, Fuji has been a mainstay brand in the US cycling scene.  The American owned, Japanese brand has impressed us with their Altamira SL.  The release of their well designed Transonic aero road frame and Tri  / TT  Norcom Straight have shown the company is forging  ahead with innovation and good design on the road.

Enough about the road though, we are here to talk about their latest endeavor on the dirt.  The Fuji SLM 29 1.1 aims to be a podium topping XC race bike out of the box.  The bike is adorn with XTR, a claimed 1000g carbon frame, tubeless ready wheels, carbon cockpit, and a Fox 32 Float 100mm fork.  It sounds like a solid recipe, but you’ll have to make the jump to find out.

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First Look: ANVL Components Expands Lineup with Carbon Handlebars and Composite Pedals

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Despite having only launched last year, ANVL Components is already hard at work expanding their current product line. Having nailed down the aesthetics, geo, and tech for several products, they’re now playing with different materials.

Their Mandrel handlebar, which we reviewed earlier this year,  is now available in carbon. At 227 g, it’s ~70 g lighter than it’s aluminum counterpart, while still sharing the great ergonomics and graphics.

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EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

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The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…

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EB14: Industry Nine Teams with Reynolds for U.S. Made Pillar Hookless Carbon Wheels

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Not only are the new Industry Nine Pillar carbon wheels the first hookless rim design for the companies involved, but the wheels also represent the first completely US made carbon wheelset for the brand. With the exception of the bearings and o-rings, the Pillar wheels get the made-in-the-US moniker thanks to the new hookless carbon rims that are made possible by their collaboration with Reynolds. As one of the first mountain bike rims that Reynolds is manufacturing in the US, the rims use a design by Industry Nine.

Still largely in the preproduction phase, I9 plans to have four different models available in both 27.5 and 29″ sizes. Matched with Industry Nine’s legendary hubs and aluminum spokes, the wheels are designed to provide excellent stiffness, ride, and durability while staying a light as possible.

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EB14: DT Swiss Updates, Narrows Suspension Lineup & Expands Wheel Options for Road & MTB

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The 2015 DT Swiss suspension gets revamped, bringing their shock tech up to speed with modern features and simplifying the fork offerings to just two models offering five different travel options depending on wheel size. Inside, the damping circuits also get a reboot to improve their range of performance and make them a bit more plush. Turns out those new graphics we spotted on the pro bikes were more than just cosmetic changes!

Meanwhile, the mountain bike wheels get a new premium DH/Freeride wheel and a three-modle Spline Two group that has impressive features for the price. And there’s more new benefits across the range. For road, almost everything’s now tubeless ready, and the alloy wheels are starting to get wider…

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EB14: Euro-Bytes – Lauf Forks, Brake Force One & Schlumpf Advanced Belt Drive

Following the recent announcement if their new 27.5″ fork, Lauf has revised their already really light short travel leaf spring 29er fork to be a bit lighter and a bit stronger.

The revised lower section around the axle is cleaner looking, and it now holds their own bolt-in thru axle rather than being spec’d with the Rockshox Maxle. It’s just 47g, a considerable drop, and ther are new molded axle guides that the wheel can rest on while being installed.

More weight savings come from the full carbon bump stop, which replaces the alloy one on the original. You’re only goin to hit it when you bottom out the 60mm of travel, which is harder than you’d think.
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Meribel World Cup XC Pro Bike Check – Jaroslav Kulhavy

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Earlier this year Olympic Gold Medalist Jaroslav Kulhavy suffered a devastating knee injury during training, which caused him to miss the first two races of the World Cup series.

While he’s suffered a string of bad luck in his current pursuit of the rainbow stripes this season, he did capture the Czech National title and is now the reigning UCI Marathon World Champion.

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EB14: Single Speed Kit in a Box with Thomson’s Crate Motor, Thomson Ti Bikes, more

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When you think of Thomson you probably envision stems, seat posts and maybe handlebars at this point. But with Thomson’s latest project, you might just be left thinking single speed drivetrain. In addition to the components themselves, the concept for how the single speed parts will be sold would be unique to Thomson. Creatively named the Crate Motor concept, Thomson’s marketing manager David Parrett envisions the entire single speed drive train to be sold in a single box. That would include the forthcoming Thomson crank, bottom bracket, bash guard, true single speed chain ring, chainring bolts, chain, their new single speed cog system with 2 ratios, clear acrylic cassette body spacers, and a lock ring for somewhere around $700.

Of course, the parts would be available separately as well including the new single speed crank. Why would Thomson make a crankset? Part of the idea is to offer a cohesive single speed drivetrain package that also just happens to match the rest of their components. It’s also a chance for Thomson to do some interesting things with the design like coating the crank arms in Keronite instead of anodizing them. The Keronite coating not only wears better than anodizing but doesn’t effect the total part’s shelf like anodizing. Other touches will include a nickel plated spindle, steel helicoil inserts for the pedals, and standard 104 BCD. Some details are still yet to be worked out, but Thomson plans to have the forgings done in Taiwan with the machining done in the US.

The other big part of the Crate Motor is the new single speed cog system. Aluminum. Steel. It has it all…

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EB14: Schwalbe Pumps up Procore Dual Chamber System On All Rims, Jumbo Jim 4.8″ Fatbike Tire, Actual weights, more

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At trade shows everyone seems to ask the same question – have you seen anything cool? Most of the time there are a lot of interesting products, but especially in a show the size of Eurobike it’s hard to really stand out. Schwalbe seems to have no such trouble thanks to their game changing tire technology – Procore.

After a few good teases, the production version of the system was unveiled tonight at the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen which happens to be a fitting shrine to German engineering. Since we last reported on the technology a few things have changed including the amount of compatible rims. Full details next…

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