Until now, Mavic’s updated Crossmax Wheel Tire Systems on the mountain side have been geared towards the ever popular buzz word, Enduro. However, each successive launch has brought lighter and lighter wheels, and the all new Mavic Crossmax SL is the lightest yet. Not only are the wheels the lightest in the new WTS range, the wheels are the lightest mountain bike specific wheel system Mavic has produced. Designed specifically for cross country riders, racers, and fast trail riders, the Crossmas SLs certainly aren’t the uber wide wheels that have become so popular lately. Instead the wheels offer impressive durability with a new rim profile to create an impressively light aluminum wheel at an affordable price.
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Last summer, Magura introduced their eLECT suspension fork with built in sensors to automatically stiffen the fork up for climbing. It also gave the rider manual control over lock out by way of a Bluetooth remote button.
Where the Rockshox/Lapierre collabo utilizes outboard sensors and the Fox iCD is simply a manually controlled electronic lockout lever, Magura’s system is both simpler and smarter. It’s simpler in that it only has a lockout mode, not a multi-mode like the Rockshox system with variable levels. It’s smarter in that it does the lockout on its own, not requiring the flick of a switch. As such, it makes for a very efficient, lightweight system that (in it’s best configuration) requires absolutely no thought from the rider, leaving you to focus on racing. That’s good, because this fork and the eLECT system is itself entirely focused on racing as far as I’m concerned. For now anyway – there are a few changes and some interesting product testing going on at Magura, which I’ll recap at the end.
Check out the tech, weights and ride review to see how it all works…
In addition to a few new mountain bikes (with 26″ wheels no less), Kona has been hard at work on the skinnier side of the line up for 2015. One of the biggest additions to the range is the new Esatto road endurance disc series. Introduced in 2014 as a titanium, rim brake frameset manufactured by Lynskey, the Esatto is now a bonafide Kona with the added benefit of disc brakes. As an “Endurance Road bike,” the Esatto now makes up the entire category with the DDL, D, and standard Esatto (rim brakes), while the Zone road bikes are moved into the “Race” category to replace the Zing series.
While discs are the big story for the Esatto, Kona has a number of exciting new bikes including the steel Kapu, new Rove models, and the return of the Humuhumu!
For 2015, Genesis has launched four new bikes built for adventuring. From 29+, to full fledged fatty, and all the bike touring/gravel grinding/cyclocross capable things in between, there’s a little something for anyone seeking to enjoy the outdoors.
First up is the fatty. Developed for all season abuse, the Caribou excels in conditions like mud, sand, powder, and is fun just about everywhere else. For this year, they’ve also introduced a smaller 16″ frame size, more competitive pricing, and a beautiful new Orange color scheme.
As mountain bikes get more advanced, many companies are looking for ways to improve their designs. This often means proprietary mounts or technology in an effort to get a leg up on the competition. In terms of performance this is usually good news for the rider, until they need to upgrade or replace their shock. To riders of select Trek and Specialized models, RockShox’s got your back. Today the company unveiled a new range of Monarch rear shocks with specific mounting hardware, shock tunes, and configurations to match the needs of a number of Trek and Specialized bikes.
Both Monarch RT3 and Monarch Plus RC3 with DebonAir will be offered with some even featuring the Specialized Auto Sag. Details next…
Recall Roundup: Trek & Scott Recall Bikes for Fork Issues, & Tern Voluntarily Pulls Some Link Folding Bikes
Both Trek and Scott have issued safety recalls on a number of mid priced bicycles sold between 2011-2013 with SR Suntour Suspension Forks. According to the notice, the fork dropouts can break. All told, Scott is recalling 5,200 bikes, while Trek is recalling 120,000.
Customers are being asked to immediately stop using their bikes and to bring them to a dealer for inspection and repair. On some Trek bicycles, a replacement quick release can resolve the issue, but the manufacturer is replacing many models affected by the recall with RST Vita forks.
Thus far, Trek has received 28 reports of broken forks and five injuries. For more information, visit the CPSC webpage.
Like bad Enduro Jokes, and 650B envy, 1x drivetrains are suddenly cool. Recent advancements such as narrow wide chain rings, cassette adapters, and silly expensive drivetrains, have allowed the masses to ditch the front derailleur, without sacrificing gearing.
An unexpected outcome of this new technology is the gradual extinction of the full chainguide, because the new stuff works so well, it’s rare to drop a chain when using a narrow wide chainring and clutch equipped derailleur. Of course, when racing or simply out there pushing the limits, it pays to be prepared. For those who desire a little extra security, the Gamut Trail SXC guide is a inexpensive solution, that comes with a minimal weight penalty.
Eschewing the whole 650B craze and slotting in between their long travel Trailfox and racy Fourstroke, the new 130mm BMC Speedfox maintains their completely 29″ high end* mountain bike lineup and adds a mid-travel option for folks just looking to get out and play.
Meant to be a full fledged trail bike, the Speedfox uses BMC’s “Big Wheel Concept”, which pairs very short chainstays and stems with a long cockpit and slack head angle. All of that’s packed on to their very efficient APS suspension design in a frame that’s just 2210g (4.87 lb) for the top level, full carbon SF01 with shock and hardware. That makes for fun on the downhill sections without being a chore to pedal up hills.
Three versions will be offered, from full carbon to full alloy, with multiple builds on each frame type, with five sizes to fit virtually any rider. Check them all out below…
Spot Brand has been growing, adding a few more sales reps and bringing on Andy Emanuel to help design and build their next generation of bikes. Emanual comes from five years under Paul Turner at Maverick.
While we wait to see his impact on their bike designs, we have the new Spot Cream SS to hold us over. The frame is made to run single speed or geared, allowing for both chains and Gates Belt Drive transmissions. Sliding dropout options include one with a derailleur hanger for those who like adjustable-on-the-fly cadence options.
A slack 69.25º head angle across the size range (S/M/L/XL) promises stable descending and a 73º seat angle keeps the rider in an aggressive pedaling position. They say that combination provides an all around great ride with the liveliness titanium is known for.