Posts in the category 29er

Motobecane Debuts New Fly Team Ti 29er XTR 11 Speed Edition & Teases Fantom XTR

Motobecane-Fly-Ti-Team-XTR-11Motobecane is known for selling bikes priced impossibly low for their spec by passing on the savings of consumer direct sales. The Fly Ti Team has been a leader in this area, over the past few years, the butted and shaped 3/2.5 Titanium framed bike has sold as a complete, top level spec bike for about the same price as most titanium frames.

Weighing just 22lbs complete, and tested on the Leadville 100 with a buckle to prove it, the full XTR M9000 bike costs little more than the group hung on it. And Motobecane is also teasing pictures of a full redesign of the Fantom 29er full suspension bike with pictures after the break.

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IB14: Syntace’s MTB Wheels Updated for 2015 – Still Insanely Wide, Now w/ More Affordable Options

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Back in 2012, Syntace rolled out collection of wheels spaced 5mm apart in width and ranging from 25mm to 40mm wide. Hit that link for rim and wheel weights for the MX range.

Now, those wheels have grown to include a lower level “M” series that share the same rims but get less expensive hubs. The MX series remains the high end and switches from bladed Sapim spokes to triple butted Sapim spokes. Weight is about the same, but they say that should make for easier maintenance and replacement availability. The W40MX remains a 26″-only offering, and the W35MX is available in all three sizes. They use the German-made hubs with 36 points of engagement using a “spur” system that’s eerily similar to DT Swiss’ toothed rings.

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Jones Announces Pricing, Availability For 29+ and Carbon H-Bars

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Jones Bikes, makers of imaginative and unique bicycles and components, has announced the pricing and availability of their new 29+ bike, as well as Carbon and Alloy H-Bars.

We caught up with Jeff at Interbike and saw the new 29+ model, a special frame designed around 29×3.0 tires. The new bars have been rumored to be coming since the middle of summer, and now we have the info! Ride past the break to grab hold of the details…

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EB14: Roundup – Silverback’s Superbike Concept, Plus Asian Examples, Ti, Carbon & Other Hacks

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Outside the exhibit halls were the award winners, among them Silverback’s SBC 29er full suspension race bike. Standing for “Superbike Concept”, it takes their technology to the brink to see what they can do. It’s not their only one, but this one caught our eye for the rather unique suspension design.

The closeups of that are after the break, but there’s more to it than that. The frame uses internal mandrels to help shape it and provide a strong enough base to layup longer strands of carbon. The result is a lighter, stronger and stiffer frame. The rear derailleur cable runs under the downtube in full length housing, and there’s room for a front mech’s cable, too, even though this one’s spec’d with a Race Face Next SL single ring crankset. There’s also a removable front derailleur mount, keeping things clean when you’re running a 1x.

Out back, a replaceable threaded insert fits 12×142 thru axles. On the left, a strut connects the seat- and chainstays to not only provide a rigid braking platform but also cool the rear brake. It’s angled, helping direct air over the rotor to blow heat away. Now, about that suspension…

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Factory Tour: The Garage Shop & Growth of Gamut USA

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The word Gamut means broad or far reaching, and judging from the Gamut’s presence at all levels of racing, it’s easy to imagine they’re a large corporation. Yet despite the polished website and big name sponsored athletes, Gamut is actually a small, rider-owned company.

Their idea for a better chain guide came about because Co-Founder Juan Graziosi wanted a lighter & more reliable solution for racing. Working in conjunction with his father Ed Graziosi, a machinist, they fabricated a working prototype in their garage. The idea would have likely ended there, but soon friends and fellow racers wanted guides as well, and selling the home made components quickly became a way for Juan to offset the cost of racing. The project began to look like a viable business venture when older brother Mateo and riding buddy Michael Poutre joined to to help crank up production and craft a business plan.

Today, Gamut continues to produce a large quantity of their products in the garage where Juan and his father created their first chain guide. Learn more about the process after the break…

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IB14: New Co-Motion Disc Brake Road Bike, Gravel Grinder, 29er & 650B Touring Bikes & More!

2015 Co-Motion Camino disc brake road bike

C0-Motion has a way of making steel look really, really good, and their latest new and updated frames continue to make the classic material modern.

The Camino is their all-new disc brake road bike. They introduced disc brake cyclocross and gravel bikes over the past couple years, and now there’s a proper pavement pounder in the mix, too. Its geometry is a bit more relaxed, like a Gran Fondo bike. It’s paired with a new tapered, full carbon fork with 47mm rake.

The frame is Reynolds 853 with a tapered headtube. They built in fender and rack mounts front and rear along with a frame pump tab. The dropouts are particularly interesting…

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Atomik Carbon Rolls In On New Carbon Fiber Wheels and Handlebars

Atomik Carbon Press Kit Tailwhip

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Atomik Carbon has been working on their new tubeless wheel line for over two years.  We had a short test on them earlier this year, and had a closer look with them as well during their development.  Now, ready for launch to the public, they are giving us the full specs, details and prices of the product line.

Atomik has created a line of rims that do more than just change width for the differing purposes of XC, Trail and AM.  They all use a thicker sidewall with a proprietary material designed to absorb impacts, and a combination of Toray T700 and T800 fibers.  How the rim is used though, will affect the final design…

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EB14: Konstructive Weaves A Brand from High End Carbon

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While the big brands have mass produced carbon bikes on lock down, there is one area where the smaller brands will always have an edge – custom frames. If you’re spending big bucks on a carbon frame it should be to your liking, right? That’s where companies like Konstructive come in with the ability to offer extremely light carbon frames tailored to an individual rider.

Based out of Berlin, all of the Konstructive frames are designed in Germany and then produced inside of Europe. Utilizing a tube to tube construction method, the company is able to offer truly custom geometry with the expense of producing individual molds. Add to that a custom paint program on some extremely light frames and Konstructive’s edge begins to take shape.

Check out their impressive carbon construction plus a number of new frames next…

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Vee Tire Co Offers Manufacturers Easy Customization

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You’ll probably be seeing more Vee Tires equipped on bikes in the future. That’s because the company is making a big push into the OEM market with their new guidebook designed to make the customization process as easy as possible. Offering companies the chance to pick their own tread patterns, color options, hot patches, sidewalls, and even special treatments on the shoulders, the move means we’ll not only see more Vee tires, but tires that will probably match the bike.

Obviously this is bigger news if you are a manufacturer, but it does mean the possibility for stock bikes to ship with better tires thanks to low prices and low minimums.

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