Posts in the category 29er

EB15: Bike Ahead’s 1kg AC One XC Wheelset, plus more for Road and Trail


Bike Ahead showed us what they think may be the lightest production mountain bike wheelset ever made. The cross country AC One wheels are based on the company’s standard 6-spoke carbon wheel design, and using the strongest fibers currently available they were able to shave the weight down for this race-bred wheelset, while keeping strength and stiffness. Sure it is limited to a 85kg rider (187lb; including all their gear), but they have plenty of other options for more aggressive trail riding, heavier riders, and even road discs. We actually spotted their new road wheels in the Haibike booth on their new Affair road disc bike. Check them all out below the fold…  READ MORE ->

EUROBIKE COVERAGE REVIEW – WEEK #4. KTM, and Hope Tech Have Been Busy!


We’re still over flowing with product coverage from Eurobike. KTM shows no signs in slowing down towards becoming a major player and Hope Tech continues to prove they know what they’re doing, plus more!

Sort through and “dispose” of what ever summer beer you have left and join us on another week of Eurobike 2015!


EB15: Focus Debuts Sam C, Spine C & Raven Max off-road, plus road racing Izalco Max Disc


Over the course of this summer Focus has introduced expansions and refinements to their two premium mountain bike lines the trail/enduro Sam and the cross country Raven, plus a new shorter travel trail bike called the Spine. The 160mm Sam gets an upgrade to carbon, the Raven hardtail gets Max-ed with a totally reimagined carbon frame, and the new 120mm Spine will now be available in both carbon and aluminum versions. Not to ignore the road, Focus officially debuted the disc-brake edition of their premier WorldTour Izalco Max at Eurobike, and went home with a best in show award. Plus, on that bike, and everything else that didn’t have rear suspension, Focus was featuring their new CPX Plus carbon comfort seatpost. Drop in past the break for photos and details of the new bikes…


IB15: New in Blue – Park Tool Adds Cassette and Bearing Tools and Re-Categorizes Multi-Tools

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I can’t think of a year that I haven’t bought a Park Tool product. When bikes and the parts on them evolve, the tools to maintain them need to evolve as well. Park Tool, as always, stays ahead of the game and this year they were busy!

Sort through your tools and jump past the break to see what you’re missing now….


IB15: Red Bear Products Spools up to Distribute Kuroshiro, Bouwmeester, and Other Wheel Goods

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Not that anyone suggested otherwise, but it turns out that Tim Krueger is a very busy guy. While continuing to launch new models for Advocate cycles, Tim and his crew have also been getting ready to launch Red Bear Products. Positioned as a wheel goods distributor, Red Bear holds the exclusive distribution rights for both Kuroshiro and Bouwmeester wheels and rims in the US.

The move should make the products easier to access here in the states including Kuroshiro’s new 100mm fat bike rim…


EB15: KTM updates mountain bikes with Straight Line Link suspension, Boost, Plus, and more


We got to preview the new Made-in-Austria KTM mountain bikes earlier in the summer at the Euro Press Camp, but there were plenty of new details on hand at Eurobike. The biggest development off-road for KTM in 2016 is definitely the move to the new Straight Line Link suspension design for their cross-country and trail bikes. While the inline layout should improve shock actuation, the bigger impact is that the new design eliminated rear-end pivots, gets a new carbon rocker link, and adds Boost spacing, all of which increase rear stiffness while shedding a lot of weight.

Read past the break for more details on the new carbon bikes, an aluminum 27.5+ model, plus a new fat option and father and son e-trail bikes…


Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #3 PLUS 2015 Interbike Preview:

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We’re back from Interbike yet still have lots to bring you from Eurobike. Here is the 3rd installment of Eurobike coverage as well as a preview of some of the things coming up from this past week’s Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Grab your favorite Fall beer, relax, and enjoy!

And if you need to catch up, here is Week 1 and Week 2’s indexed coverage of Eurobike 2015.


EB15: Kross Debuts Soil Trail Bike, Steel Hardtails, plus Vento Road Disc and TT Bikes


Kross had a hand-full of new bikes to show at Eurobike that piqued our interest, both on the trail and on the road. The company based in Poland has been stepping up their game in the last couple years, and had a few of their all new trail bikes on display at Eurobike. That green Soil is an 130mm travel aluminum bike, while the Reynolds 853 bike behind it is modern take on a trail hardtail, offered in both 27.5″ and 29″ varieties. Add to those a new series of carbon disc-brake road race bikes and some TT/triathlon bikes both under the Vento name, and Kross has filled out a pretty solid range with their new offerings.

Join us after the break for a closer look at all of the bikes, with some more of their highlights… READ MORE ->

Niner puts fall in the air with limited edition Jet 9 and RIP 9


As we enter into our favorite time of year to ride a mountain bike, Niner’s celebrating it with limited edition colors of their racy JET 9 and terrain crushing RIP 9 alloy bikes for Fall.

The RIP 9 gets a Blue Bluer color scheme, and the JET 9 comes in a Black Orange. Build options are X1 or Deore, $3,300 and $2,300 respectively. Framesets are $1,849. All are based on the air formed alloy frame and are available in limited quantities while they last.

Jump past the break to see a video of the Jet 9 carving the lush Pisgah National Forest like warm pumpkin pie….