Posts in the category 29er

DVO Teases Soon to be Released Diamond Enduro Fork

DVO Diamond 27.5 ForkHot of the success of the recently launched Emerald downhill fork, DVO will soon be launching their new Diamond platform. Using many of the technologies developed for their top tier dual crown fork, this trail fork eschews the current trend of simplifying tuning options. Instead, it introduces an unprecedented amount of  user serviceability and customization.

So drop past the break to learn what all the knobs do!


SOC14: FatBack’s Corvus Fat bike Makes an appearance in Carbon

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Where there’s one fat bike there is usually another, which was the case when we caught up with the Salsa crew with their new BuckSaw full suspension fat bikes. It just so happened that there was another new fat bike in the mix with Greg and Fuzzy from Fatback bikes rolling the first production versions of their Corvus carbon fat bike.

First seen as a 3D model at Interbike, the Corvus joins the ranks as a symmetric ultra fat bike that is intended for winter riding and everything in between…


SOC14: Kappius Adds Carbon 29er Mountain Bike Rims, Plus New Hub Option


Kappius, a small brand known for their wild looking perforated carbon shelled hubs with integrated cassette, has spun off into carbon mountain bike rims, too.

Why get into rims? Company President Brady Kappius said “Most people don’t want to build up wheels piecemeal, so we thought it made sense to offer our hubs as complete wheels. And we thought we could introduce some significant innovations versus what’s out there.

“If you look at the cross section of a tire bead to a hookless rim, which seems to be getting more popular, it doesn’t mate up. With ours, we designed the all the radii in house for a very smooth transition, and it mates up well with a tire’s bead. The interior cavity’s center channel is fairly shallow so the tire’s beads will sit on it when mounting. That creates enough of a seal that you should be able to inflate and set them with a regular floor pump.”

See the cutaway and more below…


NAHBS 2014: Boo Builds an Epic Winter Sports Fat Bike, Plus Custom Bamboo Bikes and Paint

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Boo had a number of impressive show worthy bikes this year at NAHBS, but if there was one bike that stopped people in their tracks it was probably this AluBoo fat bike. If fat biking in the snow wasn’t enough winter sporting for you, this bike is the ultimate winter sportsmobile. Able to carry all the gear you need to get out to your favorite ice climbing location, the bike also has to ability to carry some massive skis if the snow gets too deep for fat bike tires.

Even if you don’t need a bike for a winter triathlon, Boo had some other bikes that may interest you…


Upside down and Right-side up, The Mirage Fork Caters to Every Wheelsize

Fakawitribe MIRAGE  upsidedown inverted fork Close up

Whether you identify yourself with the 26″ crowd or the wagon wheel crew, the Mirage fork uses a fancy acronym to cater to your every wheel size whim. Using a special hydraulic jack system dubbed FACRS (Free Adjust Control Reversible System), the fork stanchions lengthen and shorten to accommodate the big, bigger, and biggest wheelsizes that are currently popular today.
We’re not sure how the system works, maybe it’s a simple telescopic movement of the portly 45mm upper stanchions, or perhaps both the lower and upper tubes expand to accommodate different wheelsizes.


SRAM Launches New Ultra Light Rise XX Wheels for XC Racing

SRAM_MTB_RISE_XX_Front_Dynamic_MHWith the introduction of the new Rockshox RS1 fork, SRAM is looking to make a serious dent in the lucrative and fast paced world of XC racing.

So to compliment their innovative new wonder fork, they’ve created a brand new set of XC racing wheels called the Rise XX Carbon. These feather light wheels weigh 1285 gm and are available only for 29″ bikes, because the large majority of XC racers prefer that wheelsize.

*Updated* With New Photos

So how will these wheels help you reach the top of the podium?


RockShox Officially Introduces The 29er specific RS1 Inverted XC Fork

FS RS1 29 SA 120 BLACK TOPAfter teasing us mercilessly for weeks with almost complete image of the fork, scenic lifestyle videos, and all too brief slow-mo closeups of the fork in action – the new RS1 has finally arrived.

So what’s in side, how does it work, and many body parts will it cost you? READ MORE ->

Fox Racing Answers The Enduro Market with Redesigned 36 Fork For Every Wheel Size, Plus Tech Q&A


For it’s 40th anniversary, Fox is releasing a completely redesigned 36mm fork. This work was once the standard by which all long travel single crown forks were measured by and had not received a major refresh in years. The all new fork sheds half a pound over the previous version, carries some new internal improvements, and features a convertible 15mm to 20mm thru-axle design that is sure to excite the gnarliest of enduro bros. Even more importantly, it’s available to everyone, regardless of wheel size. Whether you like your wheels big, bigger, or biggest, Fox finally has a burly option to match your rowdiest of intentions.

In addition to the updates found on the new 36 model, all the 32 & 34 forks have been improved with features developed by working with some of the world’s top athletes under the Racing Application Development (RAD) program. These features include updated damping tunes for better small bump compliance and traction and an increased array of compression adjustments. Previous models offered 3 only the fly CTD damping adjustments and 3 clicks of fine tuning adjustment in trail mode, while the new 2015 product will offer 7-clicks of trail mode adjustment.

Across the single crown product line (32, 34, & 36mm), a redesigned seal head architecture is claimed to virtually eliminate breakaway force. In addition to the redesigned damper seals, an advanced lubrication oil that integrated Molybdenum is claimed to offer even further improvements to suppleness.

*Update* Travel Sizes now listed at the bottom.

Of course, what everyone really wants to know about is those new 36mm forks! So drop past the break for even more details…. READ MORE ->

Enve Introduces All New M-series, Carbon MTB Hoops get Lighter, Stronger and Lose the Hook

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It seems like not all that long ago, carbon rims for mountain bikes were a bit of an oddity. Mountain bikers were just coming to grips with carbon as a frame material, let alone a rim material. Considering how often mountain bike rims receive flat spots from unforgiving rocks, or have to be whacked against a tree to try and regain some semblance of true, it’s easy to think that carbon might not be cut out for the job.

After ENVE introduced their first carbon mountain bike rim in 2007, fast forward to 2012 and the Santa Cruz Syndicate was now racing downhill on ENVE’s carbon wheels. Having invested substantially in their research and development along with advanced testing both in the lab and with pro teams, ENVE’s Carbon technology has grown by leaps and bounds. As a rim material carbon is no longer viewed with skepticism, but as the premium, must have (if money is no object) option.

But just as carbon technology has changed, so too has mountain biking or at least how it is classified. More riders seem to be pushing the limits of what’s possible on bikes and categories have changed. While the standard XC, AM, and DH designations made sense in the past, ENVE felt it left a lot of riders unsure of where they fit when it came to selecting a rim. To address the issue, ENVE created an all new naming system which gave rise to the all new M-Series.

There’s much more than just a new name to the M-Series, read about it next…