Posts in the category 29er

Twin Six Tempts Us with Pre-Order Deals on Their New Standard Ti 29er

Twin Six Standard Ti 29er, complete bike

I can’t say I’ve met a cyclist of any kind that wouldn’t want a titanium steed in their stable. Sure carbon is lighter and more shapely, but titanium seems to hold a special place in many riders hearts for its unique ride properties and the signature matte finish that catches the eyes of ‘those who know’.

This kind of quality doesn’t come cheap, but when companies like Minnesota’s Twin Six dangle special deals like this they just might turn a few window shoppers into buyers. To announce their new Standard Ti 29er, they’re shaving $200 off the eventual retail price for pre-ordered frames. Is now your time for titanium?

SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

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With Trek going all in with the Stache +, it should stand to reason that Bontrager will be offering up a line of plus sized accessories. Already offering the Chupacabra tire for 29+ (27+ Chupacabras are coming), the big story is the addition of the Line Plus wheelset. Borrowing from many of the current Bontrager wheel technologies, the Line Plus is a wider version of their Line mountain bike wheelset that should be a great addition to your bike+ whether you need Boost or standard hubs…

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



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  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…


SRAM’s New Rail 40 All-Mountain Wheels Designed to Grind up and Throw Down

SRAM Rail 40 alloy enduro mountain bike wheelset

As the popularity of Enduro racing rises, products made specifically for the segment are pouring out of MTB manufacturers left, right and center. Never one to be sleeping on the scene, SRAM has just announced their new 27.5” and 29” Rail 40 wheelsets which aim to provide the strength and stiffness needed for rough, fast descents without too much bulk to pedal up.

The new Rail 40’s represent the company’s ideal balance of strength, light weight, and width for charging aggressive all-mountain terrain. SRAM claims the wheels set a new benchmark in stiffness within their category yet offer excellent ride qualities for pointing it down and pushing it hard…


SOC15: First look at new ultra wide 29er rims from Derby


Founded in 2012, Derby Rims was one of the first manufacturers to bring ultra wide rims to the market. In addition to being at the forefront of the wider is better trend, their product was unique because it was carbon, and affordable.

At Sea Otter this year, they were showcasing a new ultra wide 29er rim that should appeal to both ultra wide and mid fat loving crowd. READ MORE ->

SOC15: Bulls Bikes Charges into United States with Consumer Direct Sales

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As a relative unknown to the U.S. consumer, Bulls Bikes is hoping to stake their claim here with consumer direct sales of performance oriented bikes. What first started in Germany in 1994 has evolved into a huge catalog of bikes of which only a few will initially be available here in the U.S. All of their current models are engineered in Germany and manufactured in Asia with bikes destined for the U.S. to be shipped to Bulls Bikes USA’s Los Angeles based warehouse. Initially planning to offer 20 different models here in the States, the first wave of Bulls will include only mountain and road bikes including their top of the line Wild Edge Team full suspension carbon 29er which will sell complete with XTR mechanical for $5,899…


SOC15: Marin Celebrates 30 Years with 27+ Pine Mountain 1, Four Corners Touring Rig, Plus Vintage Collection

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Between Marin’s booth and the Subaru exhibit, vintage bike nerds should have had a great time at Sea Otter. While Sea Otter was celebrating 25 years, Marin was pushing the big 30 going back to the days when Joey Murray was the original product manager for projects like the first Madrone Trail (which was on display). Thirty years later, Marin is once again working with Joe Murray and the brand has a few new bikes in the works like the plus sized Pine Mountain series.

Starting with the Pine Mountain 1, Marin is toeing the waters with a fully rigid plus sized bike, but this is just the beginning…


SOC15: Kappius goes wide, adds Boost 148 hubs & partners with Wolf Tooth Components

Kappius cassette with Wolf Tooth Components 42-tooth cog

Since inception, Kappius Components’ trademark feature has been their modified SRAM domed cassettes, whether for road or mountain, to fit on their oversized freehub body mechanism. When it came to XX1, that meant cutting the arms on the largest cog and fixing it to the freehub shell, which they admit reduced its stiffness and could lead to some creaking noises.

Now, they’ve partnered with Wolf Tooth Components to create a proprietary 42T cog that’s designed specifically for their hub. This method leaves a continuous ring at the center of the cog to make it much stiffer, and it’s a direct fit for their freehub.

More pics, plus a look at other new hubs and rims, below…


SOC15: Raleigh Adds More Carbon, Thru Axles, and Light Weight RX Women’s Elite Cross Bike

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Raleigh has a history of introducing new models at Sea Otter and 2015 is no different. Along with a few bikes that are completed and ready for production, Raleigh had two new prototypes on hand that will expand their carbon foot print. Following in the footsteps of the 29″ Skarn full suspension which marked their return to full suspension XC bikes, the next logical progression is to offer it in carbon.

Popping out of the mold just two weeks ago, this current carbon version of the frame manages to drop 300g from just the front triangle. Technically the alloy Skarn already had a carbon seat stay and link, and the Skarn carbon will keep the aluminum chainstay so the weight savings will be limited to the front of the bike. After the first version of the frame didn’t result in the stiffness they were looking for, Raleigh used an interesting rapid layup process that adds layers of carbon directly to the finished frame allowing engineers to tweak the frame characteristics without molding an entirely new frame.

The result is a frame with the same handling, lighter weight, and improved ride characteristics..