Posts in the category 29er

EB14: DT Swiss Updates, Narrows Suspension Lineup & Expands Wheel Options for Road & MTB

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The 2015 DT Swiss suspension gets revamped, bringing their shock tech up to speed with modern features and simplifying the fork offerings to just two models offering five different travel options depending on wheel size. Inside, the damping circuits also get a reboot to improve their range of performance and make them a bit more plush. Turns out those new graphics we spotted on the pro bikes were more than just cosmetic changes!

Meanwhile, the mountain bike wheels get a new premium DH/Freeride wheel and a three-modle Spline Two group that has impressive features for the price. And there’s more new benefits across the range. For road, almost everything’s now tubeless ready, and the alloy wheels are starting to get wider…

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EB14: Euro-Bytes – Lauf Forks, Brake Force One & Schlumpf Advanced Belt Drive

Following the recent announcement if their new 27.5″ fork, Lauf has revised their already really light short travel leaf spring 29er fork to be a bit lighter and a bit stronger.

The revised lower section around the axle is cleaner looking, and it now holds their own bolt-in thru axle rather than being spec’d with the Rockshox Maxle. It’s just 47g, a considerable drop, and ther are new molded axle guides that the wheel can rest on while being installed.

More weight savings come from the full carbon bump stop, which replaces the alloy one on the original. You’re only goin to hit it when you bottom out the 60mm of travel, which is harder than you’d think.
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Meribel World Cup XC Pro Bike Check – Jaroslav Kulhavy

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Earlier this year Olympic Gold Medalist Jaroslav Kulhavy suffered a devastating knee injury during training, which caused him to miss the first two races of the World Cup series.

While he’s suffered a string of bad luck in his current pursuit of the rainbow stripes this season, he did capture the Czech National title and is now the reigning UCI Marathon World Champion.

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EB14: Single Speed Kit in a Box with Thomson’s Crate Motor, Thomson Ti Bikes, more

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When you think of Thomson you probably envision stems, seat posts and maybe handlebars at this point. But with Thomson’s latest project, you might just be left thinking single speed drivetrain. In addition to the components themselves, the concept for how the single speed parts will be sold would be unique to Thomson. Creatively named the Crate Motor concept, Thomson’s marketing manager David Parrett envisions the entire single speed drive train to be sold in a single box. That would include the forthcoming Thomson crank, bottom bracket, bash guard, true single speed chain ring, chainring bolts, chain, their new single speed cog system with 2 ratios, clear acrylic cassette body spacers, and a lock ring for somewhere around $700.

Of course, the parts would be available separately as well including the new single speed crank. Why would Thomson make a crankset? Part of the idea is to offer a cohesive single speed drivetrain package that also just happens to match the rest of their components. It’s also a chance for Thomson to do some interesting things with the design like coating the crank arms in Keronite instead of anodizing them. The Keronite coating not only wears better than anodizing but doesn’t effect the total part’s shelf like anodizing. Other touches will include a nickel plated spindle, steel helicoil inserts for the pedals, and standard 104 BCD. Some details are still yet to be worked out, but Thomson plans to have the forgings done in Taiwan with the machining done in the US.

The other big part of the Crate Motor is the new single speed cog system. Aluminum. Steel. It has it all…

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EB14: Schwalbe Pumps up Procore Dual Chamber System On All Rims, Jumbo Jim 4.8″ Fatbike Tire, Actual weights, more

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At trade shows everyone seems to ask the same question – have you seen anything cool? Most of the time there are a lot of interesting products, but especially in a show the size of Eurobike it’s hard to really stand out. Schwalbe seems to have no such trouble thanks to their game changing tire technology – Procore.

After a few good teases, the production version of the system was unveiled tonight at the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen which happens to be a fitting shrine to German engineering. Since we last reported on the technology a few things have changed including the amount of compatible rims. Full details next…

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Spy Shot: Prototype Chris King Lefty Hubs

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Spotted on professional cyclist Ryan Trebons twitter feed, this fancy new Lefty hub from Chris King is currently not in their catalog. The company originally let slip they were working on a conversion kit for their oversized mountain bike hubs last year at Sea Otter, but had not set an official release date. From what we were told then, the hub will utilize their existing non-drive clamp fitting, but have all new axle parts.

We’ll post more details as we get them…

First Look: FSA Launches New Off Road Carbon & Alloy K-Force, SLK, and Afterburner Wheelsets

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While better known for its cranks and finishing kit, FSA has recently enjoyed great success with it’s high end Vision road wheels. Ridden by the likes of Peter Sagan in the TdF, and to even more impressive heights by famed trials rider Martyn Ashton, FSA felt they could leverage that technology to create a feature rich off-road product.

They have divided the product line into three distinct models, which are versatile enough to encompass several dissimilar but related cycling disciplines – everything from gravel, CX, to XC and trail.

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First Look: Norco Launches New Fat Bikes, Kids Models, and Updates Mountain and Road Line

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For 2015, Norco has quietly launched several new bikes. While they’re most well known for their mountain bikes, they’re also well respected on the road front, and have been making inroads in the fat bike market. We stopped by their booth at Crankworx to get a closer look at the new product line.

Up first is their Endurance road bike, the Valance. Designed to be a comfortable for all day efforts and the occasional race, it has several neat features. READ MORE ->

Crankworx 2014: New Helmets and Protective Gear for XC to DH from Six Six One

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Several years ago when I was in the market for a full coverage half shell, something aimed at the all mountain segment we now call enduro, the selection was fairly limited. One of the few standouts was the Six Six One Recon, which paired well with their Kyle Straight Kneepads, and big air.

After several years with only minor updates, the company is introducing a new helmet that offers the same great protection, but uses some pretty neat technology to help improve fit and safety. READ MORE ->