Posts in the category 29er

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

Video Series

  • The Seasons Collection – A multi-media photography collection of adventure sports-driven stories about people who push the limits in pursuit of their passion aka LIFERS. The video highlights all that happened this past week at Windell’s Sports Camp as the team followed Cadence Founder Dustin Klein, Windell’s Sports Camp Director Jamie Weller and legendary action sports photographer Bryce Kanights. You can also watch all of the other video recaps here.

Father’s Day Deals and more after the break… 


Factory Tour: Pivot Turns out Prototypes and Assembled Bikes in Tempe, AZ

Pivot factory tour bikerumor (24)

Looking back, it’s almost hard to believe that Pivot has been around for less than 10 years. After a surprise launch at Interbike in 2007, in the words of founder Chris Cocalis, the brand has seen hugely exponential growth in a very short period of time. Compared to two other brands launched that very same year (Tomac and Corsair Bikes), Pivot has manufactured their own success through extremely tight tolerances.

Of course, that’s no accident. Pivot is far from Chris’ first venture into the bike business. While many may know Cocalis from Titus, his roots go even deeper back to the days of the Sun Eagle Bicycle Works Talon. Cofounded with Allen Vaughn in 1988, Sun Eagle was the result of Chris’s BMX background and desire to build bikes at the end of his freshman year of college. After Vaugn taught Cocalis to braze, the first Sun Eagle Talon was born. The company would only make around 20 of the frames, but it was enough to be named one of the “Bikes of the future” in 1988 by Mountain Bike Action.

Little did everyone know that Cocalis really would go on to create the bikes of the future…


Long Term Review: Orbea Oiz M20 full suspension XC race mountain bike

2015 Orbea Oiz M20 mountain bike long term review and actual weights

First revamped in 2012 as a 26” World Cup race rocket, the Orbea Oiz switched to 27.5” and 29er wheels for the 2015 model year but kept it’s XC race pedigree. At the launch event, we rode it through the mountains of France, putting it through plenty of uphill and flowing pedaling sections and some steep, aggressive descents. First impressions were very good, so we brought one in for long term review.

The upper/mid-range Oiz M20 29er arrived, offering a mix of SLX, XT and XTR components, DT Swiss wheels and Race Face cockpit parts for $4,999. The Oiz is offered in both 27.5″ (S/M/L) and 29er (M/L/XL) wheel sizes, and carbon fiber levels. The M20 uses their OMP level carbon frame, which is about 200g heavier than the top level OMR carbon found on the M10 and higher models…which start at $6,299 and go way up from there.

On paper, the bike would be perfect for our very XC-ish local trails in Greensboro, NC. The rear suspension is efficient, travel is short and the frame was now proven under Catharine Pendrel. And for a while it lived up to the hype…


First Ride! 2016 Fox FLOAT 32 FIT4 suspension fork w/ Boost spacing

2016 Fox FLOAT 32 FIT4 suspension fork with Boost 110mm spacing first ride review

At Sea Otter this year, Fox unveiled their entire 2016 suspension lineup with some impressive sounding tech and major improvements from the prior generation of CTD forks. The best news of all was that the new FIT4 cartridge would spread from the 34 to the other forks to provide drastically better damping.

On the prior models, I simply never used the “Descend” mode because the damping essentially disappeared and the fork would dive through its travel under hard braking or even the smallest of hits. To remedy this, the FIT4 system reworked oil flow on both compression and rebound damping circuits and changed the controls around a bit.

I had the chance to ride a 2016 32 FLOAT fork with 110mm boost axle spacing around Fort Collins, CO, for a few hours and the improvements are immediately apparent and amazing.


Canfield Brothers Update The Yelli Screamy Hardtail 29er with Stealth Routing, 142x12mm Axle

2015 Canfield Yelli Screamy hardtail 29er, frame shot

As soon as 29” wheels were legitimized in the MTB world, the race began between manufacturers to cram those wagon wheels into the most compact dimensions possible. The low rolling resistance was instantly appreciable, but it took a little time to figure out how to make a 29er feel lively and agile. Canfield Brother’s original Yelli Screamy was the first hardtail 29er with sub 17” chainstays, giving it the playful character of a smaller bike.

“The original Yelli was the 29er that we wanted to ride,” said Lance Canfield, owner and designer. “It didn’t exist, so we built it. It’s fun up, down, in the air, pretty much anywhere you want to take it.”

The second generation Yelli Screamy retains the same character but features all new tubing, ISCG mounts, a 142x12mm rear axle plus some key updates to keep up with current trends and innovations…

A Bikepacking Bike That Can’t be Caught, Salsa’s New Race Oriented Cutthroat Dropbar Mountain Bike


Today marks the start of the 2015 Tour Divide. Riders from all over the world will be setting off from Banff, Alberta Canada to make the incredible 2,745 mile journey all the way to the US – Mexican border.

While many view the ride as a personal journey of discovery and determination, to others it is a full on race. For those super human types who can ride for 16-18hrs a day for a week straight, Salsa has a new bikepacking weapon. Bikepack racing may sound a bit like an oxymoron, but for riders looking for a lightweight, efficient, reliable, and fast mountain bike with the ability to take it with you, Salsa is releasing the new Cutthroat…



Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



Bicycle as Art

  • Keirin: A Show of Photographs by Sam Polcer – Bike Cult Show produces events and exhibitions that intend to present every facet of cycling. This one-day exhibition of photography and paraphernalia explores the world of professional track bike racing in Japan. The show is Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6PM – 10PM at Bicycle Habitat (2nd floor), Chelsea – 226 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011.


Pyga Industries Marathon XC bikes Feature Slack Steering and Unique Chainline Spacing

Pyga Stage marathon XC bike- title shot

In South Africa, marathon XC racing is a very popular sport. Founded by bike industry veterans Patrick Morewood of Morewood Bikes and Leatt/cSixx products’ Mark Hopkins, Pyga Industries is a small MTB brand who set out to make bikes that feel equally at home in competitive races or on weekend trail rides. To accomplish this, they utilize slacker geometry than many full-bred race machines would offer in an attempt to keep things more versatile.

Recently Pyga launched two 29” XC models intended for regular and occasional racers, called the Stage and the Stage MAX. As their first carbon framed full-suspension bikes, these two will also debut Pyga’s new variation on rear spacing called +Five that provides a straighter chainline for their 11speed drivetrains. Check out more on Pyga’s rear spacing and geometry concepts below the break…


World Cup XC, Pro Bike Check: Rainbow Orbea Oiz of World Champion Catharine Pendrel


We sat down at the opening cross country World Cup to chat with the head mechanic and team manager for Team Luna Chix. They walked us through the setup for XC World Champion Catharine Pendrel’s full-suspension Orbea Oiz, the same bike she rode to earn her second set of rainbow stripes last summer in Hafjell. The Oiz, named for the mountain behind the Basque factory where the bikes are made, is offered in two levels of carbon, a Race version with all high modulus fibers for max stiffness to weight ration, and a Performance version that mixes in some lower modulus fibers for greater vibration absorption and overall toughness. The Luna Chix team, including Pendrel, all go for the stiffer Race carbon monocoque frames combined with electronic shifting and suspension setups.

Come past the break for a closer look at the details, and the actual bike weight…