Posts in the category 29er

2015 Trek Bikes Sneak Peek 2 – Superfly FS, Plus More Farley & Session Mountain Bikes

2015 Trek Superfly 100 29er full suspension race mountain bikes 9_9 SL XX1 and XTR

In Part One of our TrekWorld gallery, we covered a much wider collection of new road, cyclocross, gravel, adventure and other mountain bikes. Here, we’ve snagged a few more pics of the Farley 8 fat bike and Sesson DH 27.5″, plus a lot of different Superfly 100 (er, Superfly FS…we still like the ’100′ moniker better) full suspension race 29ers.

Above is the new top of the line for the model, available in your choice of full XX1 or full XTR, each with a loverly powder blue paint scheme…

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2015 Trek Bikes Sneak Peek – New Road, Adventure & Mountain Bikes Coming!

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As this post goes live, the North American iteration of TrekWorld 2014 is kicking off, showing all 2015 bikes to dealers. Official info and images will be coming soon, but we couldn’t wait to give you a quick look at some of the highlights for their ’15 range.

Starting with their biggest road news of the year, the ultralight Emonda greeted everyone with a hanging sculpture of prototype and test frames dangling above the flagship SLR 10. If you recall, that bike has a 10.25lb claimed weight, which comes with the title of World’s Lightest Production Road Bike.”

UPDATE: Part Two posted here.

Roll on for pics and words…

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Long Term Review: The Full Coverage TLD A1 Helmet

TLD A1 Glamor Photos (3)

Troy Lee Designs has a reputation for having a fan base more rabid than Apple, so when they announced their first half shell bicycle helmet since a collaboration with Shoei in the early 90′s – it was met with great enthusiasm.

That excitement was due to the company’s reputation for developing products that save lives, are extremely comfortable, and ooze style. Of course, I’d only ever heard of the reputation from my gravity bros. Like that hot person in high school you wrote off as having nothing to offer but their looks, I was never sure if TLD  really offered anything special enough to merit the hefty cost.

So after spending a year riding in the A1, did it differentiate itself as the prom queen or the valedictorian of the Enduro helmet market?

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Prototype Maxxis Pace XC Tires Spotted, Possible Updates to Ardent

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While Geoff Kabush has mentioned liking them on his way to winning at Bonelli Park earlier this year,  we hadn’t yet seen the (presumably forthcoming) Maxxis Pace XC mountain bike tires yet.

Thanks to some snooping at a regional NC event and area trailheads, we spotted what’s presumably their next cross country race tread. Using a knob pattern similar to the Ikon, the Pace does change the shape of the knobs quite a bit and adds more pronounced reinforcing ribs to connect them. Knob height is very low, only a few millimeters, growing slightly taller toward the edges. Small nubs between the blocks should help a bit on dryer days.

The sidewalls introduce a new, tougher looking pattern. Perhaps it’s an update to their Exogrid, or perhaps it’s just cosmetic. Hopefully we’ll know more at Eurobike. In the meantime, click through to see a possible update to the Ardent trail tire…

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Rockshox RS-1 Inverted XC Suspension Fork – First Impressions & Actual Weights

Rockshox RS-1 inverted suspension fork review and actual weights

If you want to turn the mountain bike suspension world upside down, just create a fork that flips convention on its head, uses proprietary parts and price it into the unobtanium range.

That’s exactly what Rockshox has done with the RS-1. Introduced in April, they just finally became available about a month ago and I’ve been hammering it nonstop ever since. It combines Rockshox’s well regarded current damper technology with a massively stiff design and reasonably light weight, and, fortunately, it’s performance seems justify its rocking of the boat.

To put these first impressions into perspective, it’s important to clarify the brand’s goals for the RS-1. Being a cross country race item, weight was among them to be sure, but it wasn’t the biggest target. That would be performance, and it was tackled in two ways: Suspension tune and handling. The latter is the most noticeable difference by far. Not only does it set the bar for XC forks to come, it sets it really, really high. It’s easy to make a fork massively stiff by increasing stanchion diameter and beefing it up. To do it in a lightweight, XC race ready frame that feels like something much bigger is incredibly impressive. They also wanted to give it an race specific tune. Cross country competitors are notorious for damping the life out of their suspension in a misguided effort to make it more efficient, so Rockshox used this opportunity to tune the compression damping in a way that didn’t flop about under sprints but could still soak up trail chatter to maintain traction. When the fork can stay in contact with the ground without robbing the rider’s energy, that’s the real definition of efficiency, and their new Accelerator Damper seems to do just that.

Ready to race?

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Fox Goes Stealth with Blacked Out Limited Edition Float Forks

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Judging by the number of Stealth Black carbon Nomads we’ve seen with a murdered out parts kit, all black is still in. To help make your next build even more sinister, Fox has introduced a Limited Edition color option for three of their most popular Float forks complete with stealth graphics and black anodized adjusters. While the Kashima Coat stands out with its stark gold contrast, everything else on the Stealth Series is black on black.

See which forks are included after the jump…

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2015 Sneak Peek: Raleigh Brings Back Steel, New Willard Gravel Bike, New Women’s MTB, and More!

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It’s been great to see Raleigh reborn over the past few years, and our little glance into the future indicates they have no plans of slowing down any time soon. In 2014, the brand took a break from their steel classics series, but for 2015 they’re back. Not only is the company bringing Chromoly back, but the new bikes include bigger tires, more tire clearance, new geometry, and even a Ritchey Break-Away model at $2100 (above). In addition to a number of new options in steel, Raleigh is expanding their “gravel” line with the all new Willard – an aluminum version of the Tamland that’s both lighter and more affordable.

On the mountain bike side the Skarn full suspension bikes are in production now and will range from $2,500 to $4,000. Raleigh is also introducing a new price point, single pivot 27.5″ full suspension bike which starts at just $1,000. There’s even new women’s specific mountain bikes designed with input from Caroline Mani and Courtney McFadden. Raleigh has definitely been busy lately and the new product looks to be ideal for many – quality bikes with great design, that won’t break the bank.

Details on a few of the highlights, next…

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Review: Fizik Thar 29er Mountain Bike Saddle

Fizik That 29er mountain bike saddle review and actual weight

The Fizik Thar was the first wheel-size-specific saddle we heard of, but it wasn’t the last.

The concept was born from Fizik’s research that showed 29er riders tend to sit further back than others, so they redesigned the shell and rails to let the whole thing be mounted a bit more forward. That sounds counterintuitive, right? But it works, and the nose is snubbed short to keep it from looking ridiculous. In fact, on the bike, it looks a bit shorter that most saddles. Thanks to the protruding tip at the rear, though, dimensions are pretty similar to other seats.

After more than half a year on the Niner RIP 9 and plenty of XC-ish saddle time and big mountain action, here’s where it sits…

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Colossal Brings Bigger Tires, Thru Axles to Salsa Road, Plus Suspension Equipped Fargo

Salsa colossal ti steel disc road thru axle fargo suspension (7)

The Colossal is Salsa’s road bike for epic days in the saddle in any and all conditions. That meant that as the bikes were carried over for the 2014 model year, the lack of fender mounts was a glaring omission for many considering the bike. To prove that Salsa is listening, the Colossal is back for 2015, but with a new design that includes not only fender mounts but thru axles as well.

Colossal now runs bigger tires than ever, and should check most of the boxes for a fast road bike built for the long haul. More details, actual weights, and the new Fargo Suspension bike after the break…

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